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Stiff, 1) rigid, not pliant: “clap their female joints in s. unwieldy arms,” R2 III, 2, 115. “with s. unbowed knee,” H6B III, 1, 16. “how s. is my vile sense, that I stand up,” Lr. IV, 6, 286. Used of limbs made rigid and inflexible by weariness, age or death: Err. I, 2, 15. H4A V, 3, 42. Cor. I, 1, 245. Rom. IV, 1, 103. IV, 5, 26. Cymb. III, 3, 32.
2) hard, strong: “in a s. tempest,” H8 IV, 1, 72. “make you ready your s. bats and clubs,” Cor. I, 1, 165. “this is s. news,” Ant. I, 2, 104 (hard to digest? or, according to Johnson, == asserted with good evidence?).
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