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Sand, a fine dust-like particle of stone, a grain of sand: “one s. another not more resembles,” Cymb. V, 5, 120. Collectively, == a mass of such grains: “whose hearts are all as false as stairs of s.” Merch. III, 2, 84. Particularly those covering the shores of the sea and forming shelves in it: “twenty seas, if all their s. were pearl,” Gent. II, 4, 170. “my wealthy Andrew docked in s.” Merch. I, 1, 27. “wrecked upon a s.” H5 IV, 1, 100. “make their ransom on the s.” H6B IV, 1, 10. “tread on the s.” H6C V, 4, 30. Plur. --s, == 1) grains of sand: “numbering --s,” R2 II, 2, 146. “turn the --s into eloquent tongues, and my horse is argument for them all,” H5 III, 7, 36. “the northern wind will blow these --s abroad,” Tit. IV, 1, 105. cf. H6C I, 4, 25. 2) the mass of such grains covering the shore of the sea, or forming shelves: Ven. 148. Tp. I, 2, 376. V, 34. Gent. III, 2, 81. IV, 3, 33. Mids. II, 1, 126. Lr. IV, 6, 280. Lucr. 335. John V, 3, 11. V, 5, 13. H6B III, 2, 97. C V, 4, 36. Oth. II, 1, 69. Cymb. III, 1, 21. 3) the contents of hour glasses: “the --s are numbered that make up my life,” H6C I, 4, 25. “horses have been nimbler than the --s,” Cymb. III, 2, 74. “our --s are almost run,” Per. V, 2, 1.
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