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Period, subst. 1) limit, term, end to be attained: “this is the p. of my ambition,” Wiv. III, 3, 47. “there would be no p. to the jest, should he not be publicly shamed,” IV, 2, 237 (German: kein rechter Abschluss). “to make the perfect p. of this peace,” R3 II, 1, 44 (German: den Frieden zum vollständigen Abschluss zu bringen). “there's his p., to sheathe his knife in us,” H8 I, 2, 209. “my point and p. will be throughly wrought,” Lr. IV, 7, 97. “this would have seemed a p. to such as love not sorrow,” V, 3, 204.
2) conclusion, end: “then had they seen the p. of their ill,” Lucr. 380. “make --s in the midst of sentences,” Mids. V, 96 (== stop, make full stops). “my worldly business makes a p.” H4B IV, 5, 231. “the p. of thy tyranny approacheth,” H6A IV, 2, 17. “the p. of their tyranny,” H6B III, 1, 149. now here a p. of tumultuous broils, H6CV, 5, 1. “let me make the p. to my curse,” R3 I, 3, 238. “O bloody p.” Oth. V, 2, 357. “may be it is the p. of your duty,” Ant. IV, 2, 25. “time is at his p.” IV, 14, 107.
3) a sentence, in a grammatical sense: “she puts the p. often from his place,” Lucr. 565. “a pretty p.” Gent. II, 1, 122. In both passages it may be == stop, end.
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