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Split, 1) trans. (partic. “splitted:” Err. I, 1, 104. V, 308. H6B III, 2, 411. Ant. V, 1, 24. Impf. not found) to rive, to cleave, to burst: “thou rather --'st the gnarled oak,” Meas. II, 2, 116. thou --'st thine own (heart) Wint. I, 2, 349. “I stabbed your fathers' bosoms, s. my breast,” H6C II, 6, 30. “when he shall s. thy very heart with sorrow,” R3 I, 3, 300. V, 1, 26. “entered me with a --ing power,” H8 II, 4, 183. “when the --ing wind makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks,” Troil. I, 3, 49. “crack thy lungs, and s. thy brazen pipe,” IV, 5, 7. “--ing the air with noise,” Cor. V, 6, 52. “though it do s. you,” Caes. IV, 3, 48. “tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to s. the ears of the groundlings,” Hml. III, 2, 12 (to fill them to bursting). “let sorrow s. my heart,” Lr. V, 3, 177. “hath --ed the heart,” Ant. V, 1, 24. “blow and s. thyself,” Per. III, 1, 44 (cf. Tp. I, 1, 8: blow till thou burst thy wind).
== to break on a rock: “our ship was --ed in the midst,” Err. I, 1, 104. “the --ing rocks cowered in the sands,” H6B III, 2, 97 (cf. “the --ing wind,” Troil. I, 3, 49). “a --ed bark,” Troil. I, 3, 49
Applied to the manner of speaking, == to mutilate, to make inarticulate: “mine own tongue --s what it speaks,” Ant. II, 7, 131. “hast thou so cracked and --ed my poor tongue,” Err. V, 308.
2) intr. (partic. “split:” Tp. V, 223. Per. II Prol. 32. Impf. not found) to burst, to part asunder: “give me ribs of steel! I shall s. all in pleasure of my spleen,” Troil. I, 3, 177 (burst with laughter). Quibbling: “a part to tear a cat in, to make all s.” Mids. I, 2, 32 ('to make all split, a phrase expressing violence of action.' Nares). == to be broken on a rock, to be wrecked: Tp. I, 1, 65. Tp. I, 1, 65 V, 223. Tw. I, 2, 9. H6C V, 4, 10. Per. II Prol. 32.
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