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Point, subst. 1) the sharp end of an instrument: “with javelin's p.” Ven. 616. “thy spear's p.” Ven. 616 Wiv. III, 5, 113. Ado II, 3, 264. IV, 1, 110. Wint. III, 3, 87. R2 I, 3, 74. IV, 40. V, 5, 53 (a dial's p.); cf. H4A V, 2, 84. H5 II Chor. H5 II Chor. IV, 4, 9. H6B IV, 10, 74. H6C I, 3, 37. I, 4, 80. II, 3, 16. V, 6, 27. R3 I, 2, 96. V, 1, 24. Troil. V, 2, 151 (cf. Wint. III, 3, 87). Tit. IV, 2, 71. Tit. IV, 2, 71 V, 3, 63. Rom. IV, 3, 57. Caes. III, 1, 173. Hml. V, 2, 332. “I saw him hold Lord Percy at the p.” H4A V, 4, 21 (cf. Holinshed: kept him at the sword's p.). Pars pro toto, == sword: “turn face to face and bloody p. to p.” John II, 390; Rom. III, 1, 165. “thus I bore my p.” H4A II, 4, 216. H4A II, 4, 216 H4A II, 4, 216 “p. against p. rebellious,” Mcb. I, 2, 56. “the enemy's p.” Tit. V, 3, 111. “beats down their fatal --s,” Rom. III, 1, 171. “I'll touch my p. with this contagion,” Hml. IV, 7, 147. “between the pass and fell incensed --s of mighty opposites,” V, 2, 61. Figuratively: “blunting the fine p. of seldom pleasure,” Sonn. 52, 4. “how sharp the p. of this remembrance is,” Tp. V, 138. “the thorny p. of bare distress,” As II, 7, 94. “the sharp thorny --s of my alleged reasons,” H8 II, 4, 224.
2) a tagged lace, used to tie parts of the dress, especially the breeches: “with two broken --s,” Shr. III, 2, 49. “mingle eyes with one that ties his --s,” Ant. III, 13, 157. Worn for ornament: “for a silken p. I'll give my barony,” H4B I, 1, 53. “God's light, with two --s on your shoulder?” II, 4, 142 (perhaps a mark of his commission). Quibbling: “I am resolved on two --s. That, if one break, the other will hold,” Tw. I, 5, 25. “their --s being broken -- Down fell their hose,” H4A II, 4, 238. cf. Wint. IV, 4, 206.
3) the pommel of a saddle: “beat Cut's saddle, put a few flocks in the p.” H4A II, 1, 7.
4) a stop in writing: “come we to full --s here, and are etceteras nothing?” H4A II, 4, 198 (quibbling).
5) an exactly defined part of space or time: “swim to yonder p.” Caes. I, 2, 104. “arrive the p. proposed,” Caes. I, 2, 104 “I have touched the highest p. of all my greatness,” H8 III, 2, 223. “thou wert dignified enough, even to the p. of envy, to be styled the under-hangman of his kingdom,” Cymb. II, 3, 133. “which makes her story true, even to the p. of her death,” All's IV, 3, 67. “to prove it on thee to the extremest p. of mortal breathing,” R2 IV, 47. “vows obedience till the p. of death,” H6A III, 1, 168. “when men are at the p. of death,” Rom. V, 3, 88. at p. == on the point, about, going: “you are at p. to lose your liberties,” Cor. III, 1, 194. “almost at p. to enter,” V, 4, 64. “and are at p. to show their open banner,” Lr. III, 1, 33. “who was once at p. to master Caesar's sword,” Cymb. III, 1, 30. “at p. to sink for food,” III, 6, 17. “at p. of death,” Tw. V, 121. H6B III, 2, 369.
6) highest elevation, summit: “touching now the p. of human skill,” Mids. II, 2, 119. “what a p. your falcon made,” H6B II, 1, 5 (== how high she soared). Hence used to denote a state of perfection and readiness: “say what the play treats on, then read the names of the actors, and so grow to a p.” Mids. I, 2, 10. “come we to full --s here,” H4B II, 4, 198 (quibbling). “armed at all --s,” R2 I, 3, 2. Hml. I, 2, 200 (Qq at p.). “I do enjoy at ample p. all that I did possess,” Troil. III, 3, 89. at a p. or at p. == completely, in full preparation for any emergency: “old Siward, with ten thousand warlike men, already at a p., was setting forth,” Mcb. IV, 3, 135. “armed at p. exactly, cap-a-pe,” Hml. I, 2, 200 (Ff. at all points). “to let him keep at p. a hundred knights,” Lr. I, 4, 347. cf. Appointed.
7) a division of the mariner's compass: “to all the --s o' the compass,” Cor. II, 3, 25. == direction, side in general: “let your best love draw to that p. which seeks best to preserve it,” Ant. III, 4, 21.
8) state, situation, predicament: “the state of Normandy stands on a tickle p.” H6B I, 1, 216. “Rome and her rats are at the p. of battle,” Cor. I, 1, 166. “at such a p., when half to half the world opposed,” Ant. III, 13, 8. “he's at some hard p.” Cymb. III, 4, 16.
9) subject, matter, question: “touching that p.” Meas. I, 1, 84. “errea in this p.” II, 1, 15. “one of the --s in which women still give the lie to their consciences,” As III, 2, 409. “I am resolved on two --s,” Tw. I, 5, 25. “--s more than all the lawyers can handle,” Wint. IV, 4, 206 (quibbling). “the p. of my petition,” H8 I, 2, 16. “to this p. hast thou heard him at any time speak aught?” H8 I, 2, 16 “I speak my good lord cardinal to this p.” II, 4, 166. “in such a p. of weight,” III, 1, 71. “in this p. all his tricks founder,” III, 2, 39. “the main p. of this our after-meeting,” Cor. II, 2, 43. “there's a fearful p.” Rom. IV, 3, 32. “I took your hands, but was indeed swayed from the p. by looking down on Caesar,” Caes. III, 1, 219. “which is now our p. of second meeting,” Mcb. III, 1, 86. “to this p. I stand, . . . only I'll be revenged,” Hml. IV, 5, 133. “stand aloof from the entire p.” Lr. I, 1, 243. “my p. and period will be throughly wrought, as this day's battle's fought,” IV, 7, 96. “touch you the sourest --s with sweetest terms,” Ant. II, 2, 24. “make my senses credit thy relation to --s that seem impossible,” Per. V, 1, 125.
10) the main question, the precise thing to be considered: “this is the p.” Meas. I, 4, 49. H5 III, 2, 108. but to the p. (== to the purpose) Meas. II, 1, 100. H4A IV, 3, 89. “that's not to the p.” Wint. III, 3, 91. “ay, there's the p.” Wiv. I, 1, 229. H4B I, 3, 18. Oth. III, 3, 228. Ant. II, 6, 31. Cymb. III, 4, 156. “here lies the p.” H4A II, 4, 448. Hml. V, 1, 10. “let me know the p.” Meas. III, 1, 73.
11) single thing or subject, article, particular: “do all --s of my command,” Tp. I, 2, 500. “examine him upon that p.” Ado V, 1, 322. “that I did suit me all --s like a man,” As I, 3, 118. “he does obey every p. of the letter,” Tw. III, 2, 83. “the fail of any p. in it,” Wint. II, 3, 171. “this dangerous conception in this p.” H8 I, 2, 139. “with all their honourable --s of ignorance,” I, 3, 26. “in this p. charge him home,” Cor. III, 3, 1. “all our service in every p. twice done,” Mcb. I, 6, 15. “the due of honour in no p. omit,” Cymb. III, 5, 11. “from p. to p.” All's III, 1, 1. V, 3, 325. “p. from p.” IV, 3, 72. “p. by p.” H6C II, 5, 24. H8 I, 2, 7. Per. V, 1, 227. to p. or to the p. == in every article, exactly: “hast thou performed to p. the tempest?” Tp. I, 2, 194. “agree with his demands to the p.” Meas. III, 1, 254.
12) punctilio, nice respect: “this fellow doth not stand upon --s,” Mids. V, 118 (is not over-scrupulous). “wherefore stand you on nice --s?” H6C IV, 7, 58. Hence nearly == respect in general: “he takes on the p. of honour to support so dissolute a crew,” R2 V, 3, 11. “'tis a p. of friendship,” H4A V, 1, 122. “it is a p. of wisdom,” R3 I, 4, 99.* “and in that p. I will conclude to hate her,” Cymb. III, 5, 77 (== in that respect, therefore).
13) a signal given by the blast of a trumpet: “to a loud trumpet and a p. of war,” H4B IV, 1, 52. Hence == direction, command: “Aufidius obeys his --s as if he were his officer,” Cor. IV, 6, 125.
14) no p., in imitation of the French non point, == not at all, by no means; for the sake of quibbling: LLL II, 190. V, 2, 277.
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