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Strength, 1) power of the body, vigour, force: Ven. 42. Ven. 42 Ven. 42 Lucr. 124. Sonn. 23, 4. Gent. II, 4, 193. Meas. II, 2, 108. Err. II, 2, 178. Ado IV, 1, 200. LLL I, 2, 180. As I, 2, 182. As I, 2, 182 Tw. III, 4, 254. Wint. III, 2, 107 (cf. Limit). IV, 4, 414. John II, 330. V, 2, 63. V, 2, 63 R2 I, 1, 73. III, 2, 180. III, 2, 180 H4A III, 3, 7. H4B II, 3, 55. III, 1, 42. IV, 4, 8. IV, 5, 44. IV, 5, 44 H5 IV, 7, 90. V, 2, 141. H6A I, 5, 1. H6A I, 5, 1 II, 3, 63. III, 2, 112. V, 5, 32. H6B III, 2, 173. IV, 10, 53. H6C I, 4, 21. II, 3, 4. II, 6, 24. III, 2, 145. V, 2, 8. V, 4, 9. V, 4, 9 Troil. I, 1, 7. I, 3, 114. I, 3, 114 Cor. I, 3, 87. IV, 5, 118. Tit. II, 3, 117. Tit. II, 3, 117 Tit. II, 3, 117 Tit. II, 3, 117 III, 2, 2. Rom. V, 1, 78. Hml. IV, 4, 45. Lr. IV, 6, 235. V, 3, 131. Ant. IV, 14, 49. IV, 15, 33. Cymb. IV, 2, 160. V, 1, 31. V, 5, 150. Per. I, 4, 49. Abstr. pro concr.: “conferring them on younger --s,” Lr. I, 1, 41; cf. Cor. IV, 7, 55.
In a relative sense, == any degree of personal force: “little s. rings out the doleful knell,” Lucr. 1495. “your swords are now too massy for your --s,” Tp. III, 3, 67. what s. I have's mine own, Epil. Tp. III, 3, 67 As I, 2, 206. Shr. V, 2, 174.
2) power of resisting, fastness, solidity: “seven walled towns of s.” H6A III, 4, 7. “for s. and safety of our country,” H6C III, 3, 211. “the king's name is a tower of s.” R3 V, 3, 12. “thy country's s. and weakness,” Cor. IV, 5, 146. “all the policy, s. and defence, that Rome can make against them,” IV, 6, 127. “our castle's s. will laugh a siege to scorn,” Mcb. V, 5, 2.
3) power of mind; moral or intellectual force: “though she strive to try her s.” Pilgr. 317. “all advice my s. can give you,” Meas. I, 1, 7. “a charge too heavy for my s.” All's III, 3, 4. “we will, according to your --s and qualities, give you advancement,” H4B V, 5, 73 (Ff s.). “I have no s. in measure,” H5 V, 2, 140. “women may fall, when there's no s. in men,” Rom. II, 3, 80. “thou hast the s. of will to slay thyself,” IV, 1, 72. IV, 1, 72 “retentive to the s. of spirit,” Caes. I, 3, 95. “you do unbend your noble s., to think so brainsickly of things,” Mcb. II, 2, 45. “with all the s. and armour of the mind,” Hml. III, 3, 12.
4) force, efficiency, weight; energy: “no object but her passion's s. renews,” Lucr. 1103. “a power I have, but of what s. and nature I am not yet instructed,” Meas. I, 1, 80. “thy threats have no more s. than her weak prayers,” Mids. III, 2, 250. “with all religious s. of sacred vows,” John III, 1, 229. “those prisoners were not with such s. denied,” H4A I, 3, 25. “arguments of mighty s.” H6C III, 1, 49. “disguise the holy s. of their command,” Troil. II, 3, 136. “a proof of s. she could not publish more,” V, 2, 113 (== she could not publish a stronger proof; cf. Of). “this boy does reason our petition with more s. than thou hast to deny it,” Cor. V, 3, 176. “by the s. of their illusion,” Mcb. III, 5, 28. whose (circumstances') “s. I will confirm with oath,” Cymb. II, 4, 63. “whose wisdom's s.” Per. I, 2, 119.
5) power, sway, authority: “s. by limping sway disabled,” Sonn. 66, 8. “to leave poor me, thou hast the s. of laws,” 49, 13. “if thou wouldst use the s. of all thy state,” 96, 12. “in the very refuse of thy deeds there is such s. and warrantise of skill,” 150, 7. “ere they can behold bright Phoebus in his s.” Wint. IV, 4, 124. “to give him s. to make a more requital of your love,” John II, 33. “bidding me depend upon thy stars, thy fortune and thy s.” III, 1, 126. “it shall be so i' the right and s. o' the commons,” Cor. III, 3, 14. “they stand in their ancient s.” IV, 2, 7. “no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives s. to make it fly,” Rom. I, 3, 99. “our arms, in s. of malice, and our hearts of brothers' temper, do receive you in,” Caes. III, 1, 174 (having full power of doing you harm). “make your own purpose, how in my s. you please,” Lr. II, 1, 114. “grown to s.” Ant. I, 3, 48.
6) high degree, vehemence: “dishonoured me even in the s. and height of injury,” Err. V, 200. “you would abate the s. of your displeasure,” Merch. V, 198. “I'll wrestle with you in my s. of love,” Ant. III, 2, 62.
7) number, amount of force: “of what s. they are a-foot,” All's IV, 3, 181. “to descry the s. o' the enemy,” Lr. IV, 5, 14. V, 1, 52. Ant. II, 2, 164.
8) armed force, body of troops, army: “dissever your united --s,” John II, 388. “should draw his several --s together,” H4B I, 3, 76. “all France with their chief assembled s.” H6A I, 1, 139. “gather s. and march unto him straight,” IV, 1, 73. “leader of our English s.” IV, 3, 17. “then from Ireland come I with my s.” H6B III, 1, 380. H6C V, 3, 22. R3 IV, 3, 50 (Qq army). IV, 4, 449. V, 3, 26 (Ff power). Tit. I, 43. Tit. I, 43 Ant. II, 1, 17.
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