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Smoke, subst. 1) the sooty exhalation from burning things: Lucr. 312. Lucr. 312 As IV, 1, 165. Tw. V, 56. John II, 462. H6A I, 5, 23. Tit. I, 145. Rom. I, 1, 186. Cymb. V, 5, 477. Per. I, 1, 138. Proverbial expression: “thus must I from the s. into the smother,” As I, 2, 299.
2) any vapour: “O night, thou furnace of foul-reeking s.” Lucr. 799. their (the clouds') “rotten s.” Sonn. 34, 4. “for s. and dusky vapours of the night,” H6A II, 2, 27. “in the dunnest s. of hell,” Mcb. I, 5, 52.
3) Metaphorically, == phrases, idle words: this “helpless s. of words doth me no right,” Lucr. 1027 (cf. Lucr. 1027). “sweet s. of rhetoric,” LLL III, 64 (Armado's speech). “they shoot but calm words folded up in s.” John II, 229; cf. John II, 229 love is a s. made (Q1 and M. Edd. raised) “with the fume of sighs,” Rom. I, 1, 196. “s. and luke-warm water is your perfection,” Tim. III, 6, 99. “let your close fire predominate his s.” IV, 3, 142; cf. IV, 3, 142
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