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Speed, subst. 1) swiftness, celerity: “s. more than s. but dull and slow she deems,” Lucr. 1336. “in winged s. no motion shall I know,” Sonn. 51, 8. “with more s.” Err. I, 1, 110. “the s. of your tongue,” Ado I, 1, 142. “ride upon the violent s. of fire,” All's III, 2, 112. “their s. hath been beyond account,” Wint. II, 3, 197. Wint. II, 3, 197 “this action of swift s.” John II, 233. III, 4, 11. IV, 2, 113. “rides at high s.” H4A II, 4, 379. “with great s. of judgement, ay, with celerity,” Troil. I, 3, 329. “this s. of Caesar's,” Ant. III, 7, 75. == impetuosity, headlong violence: stop the headlong fury of his (affection's) “s.” Lucr. 501. “withhold thy s., dreadful occasion,” John IV, 2, 125. “till the s. of his rage goes slower,” Lr. I, 2, 182.
2) haste: Lucr. 44. Lucr. 44 Lucr. 44 LLL V, 2, 751. Merch. III, 4, 49. Wint. IV, 4, 683. V, 1, 210. John IV, 2, 176. V, 7, 50. H4A III, 2, 162. H4B I, 1, 37. Rom. V, 2, 12. Caes. I, 2, 6. Hml. I, 2, 156. Oth. I, 3, 278. “with s.:” Lucr. 1294. Meas. II, 2, 17. III, 1, 60. LLL V, 2, 804. Wint. IV, 1, 23. John IV, 3, 157. H4A I, 1, 105. V, 2, 76. H4B I, 1, 214. IV, 2, 59. H5 IV, 3, 68. H6C IV, 6, 61. Troil. V, 10, 6. Rom. IV, 1, 123. Caes. III, 1, 287. Hml. III, 1, 177. IV, 3, 56. “with all s.:” H4A IV, 3, 48. H5 II, 4, 141. H6B I, 1, 73. H6C IV, 6, 64. R3 III, 2, 17. III, 5, 103. “with all convenient s.” Merch. III, 4, 56. “with all good s.” R2 I, 2, 66. “with what good s.” All's V, 1, 34. “with greatest s.” H4B I, 1, 120. “with sober s.” H4B IV, 3, 86. “with all swift s.” R2 V, 1, 54. “with imagined s.” Merch. III, 4, 52 (== with the s. of imagination). “with swiftest wing of s.” All's III, 2, 76. “with your dearest s.” H4A V, 5, 36. to make s.: “his rider loved not s. being made from thee,” Sonn. 50, 8. “make s. from hence,” Gent. III, 1, 169. “makes s.” Mids. II, 1, 233. H6C II, 5, 135. “I'll make all s.” Meas. IV, 3, 109. “make good s.” H4B III, 1, 3. “to make your s. to Dover,” Lr. III, 1, 36. “he would make some s. of his return,” Merch. II, 8, 37. “one of my fellows had the s. of him,” Mcb. I, 5, 36 (== was swifter than he, was in advance of him, had the start of him). cf. “whose footing here anticipates our thoughts a se'nnight's s.” Oth. II, 1, 77.
3) fortune, success: “happy be thy s.” Shr. II, 139. “with mere conceit and fear of the queen's s.” Wint. III, 2, 146 (== fear, that the queen might not succeed). “this fool's s. be crossed with slowness,” Cymb. III, 5, 167 (quibbling).
4) a protecting and assisting power: “Saint Nicholas be thy s.” Gent. III, 1, 301. “Hercules be thy s.” As I, 2, 222. “good manners be your s.” H4A III, 1, 190. “Saint Dennis be my s.” H5 V, 2, 194. “Saint Francis be my s.” Rom. V, 3, 121. “has had most favourable and happy s.” Oth. II, 1, 67 (i. e. Desdemona has been his guardian angel).
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