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Open, adj. 1) not shut, unclosed: “an o. ear,” Lucr. 283. Wint. IV, 4, 685. V, 2, 68. “eye,” Lucr. 520. Tp. II, 1, 214. Wiv. II, 1, 126. Mcb. V, 1, 28. “door,” Shr. III, 2, 212. H4B IV, 5, 56. Troil. IV, 2, 19. Mcb. II, 2, 5. “mouth,” John IV, 2, 195. “ports of slumber,” H4B IV, 5, 24. “gates,” H6C V, 1, 60. “the o. ulcer of my heart,” Troil. I, 1, 53. “the offices are o.” Oth. II, 2, 9. “purse,” Per. III, 2, 47. “to be secretly o.” Troil. V, 2, 24 (quibbling). “to break o.” Wiv. I, 1, 115. H6B IV, 3, 18. Tim. IV, 3, 450. “burst o.” H6A I, 3, 28. “how came the posterns o.?” Wint. II, 1, 53. “gape o.” R3 I, 2, 65. “keep o.” Sonn. 27, 7. 61, 1. “leave o.” Mids. III, 1, 58. “wrench o.” Per. III, 2, 53. An o. hand the emblem a) of unreserved and honest sentiments: “where a noble heart hath pawned an o. hand in sign of love,” H6C IV, 2, 9. b) of liberality: Tw. IV, 1, 22. H4B IV, 4, 32. Troil. IV, 5, 100. “your o. bounty,” Tim. V, 1, 61.
2) unenclosed, not obstructed, accessible: “if money goes before, all ways lie o.” Wiv. II, 2, 175. “lodge in o. field,” H6B I, 1, 80. “let me have o. means to come to them,” R3 IV, 2, 77. Metaphorically: “o. to incontinency,” Hml. II, 1, 30. Hence == exposed: “hath left me o. to all injuries,” H4B V, 2, 8. “I lie o. to the law,” H6B I, 3, 159. H8 III, 2, 334. “left me o., bare for every storm,” Tim. IV, 3, 265.
3) not covered, not sheltered: “the o. air,” Wint. III, 2, 106. John V, 7, 7. H6C III, 2, 177. R3 I, 1, 124. Lr. III, 6, 1. “the tyranny of the o. night,” Lr. III, 4, 2. Double meaning: “a hand o. as day,” H4B IV, 4, 32
4) public: “thy secret pleasure turns to o. shame,” Lucr. 890. Err. IV, 4, 70. H6B II, 4, 19. “an o. room,” Meas. II, 1, 135.* “in the o. court,” Merch. IV, 1, 338. “as she hath been publicly accused, so shall she have a just and o. trial,” Wint. II, 3, 205. “sequestration from o. haunts and popularity,” H5 I, 1, 59. “to make o. proclamation,” H6A I, 3, 71. “in o. market-place,” I, 4, 40. “in the o. streets,” I, 6, 13. “three days' o. penance,” H6B II, 3, 11. “we are too o. here to argue this; let's think in private more,” H8 II, 1, 168. “all run, with o. outcry, toward our monument,” Rom. V, 3, 193. in o. == in public: “was viewed in o. as his queen,” H8 III, 2, 405.
Adverbially: “do not then walk too o.” Tw. III, 3, 37; cf. H8 II, 1, 168.
5) undisguised, free from dissimulation: “by o. war,” H6C I, 2, 19. “o. perils,” Caes. IV, 1, 47. “to show their o. banner,” Lr. III, 1, 34. “truth loves o. dealing,” H8 III, 1, 40. “the Moor is of a free and o. nature,” Oth. I, 3, 405.
6) apparent, evident, plain: “his thefts were too o.” Wiv. I, 3, 28. “what's o. made to justice, that justice seizes,” Meas. II, 1, 21. “this is o.” Tw. II, 5, 174. “gross as a mountain, o., palpable,” H4A II, 4, 250. “this o. and apparent shame,” H4A II, 4, 250 “their faults are o.” H5 II, 2, 142. “his apparent o. guilt,” R3 III, 5, 30. to lay o. == to show, to reveal: Lucr. 747. Lucr. 747 Wiv. II, 2, 191. Err. III, 2, 34. Wint. III, 2, 19. John IV, 3, 38. H4A II, 3, 34. R3 III, 7, 15. Cymb. III, 2, 29.
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