previous next
Strong, 1) vigorous, of great physical power: so s. a prop to support so weak a burden, Ven. Ded. H8 V, 4, 55 “his --er strength,” Ven. 111. “straight legs and passing s.” Ven. 111 “the colt . . . never waxeth s.” Ven. 111 “with his s. course opens them again,” Ven. 111 “the --est body shall it make most weak,” Ven. 111 Lucr. 1646. Lucr. 1646 Sonn. 65, 4. Sonn. 65, 4 Err. II, 2, 177. Ado IV, 1, 127. V, 1, 25. As I, 2, 224. II, 3, 6. IV, 3, 152. John IV, 2, 82. R3 V, 3, 311. Cor. I, 1, 62 etc.
Hence == acting by physical force: “from me by s. assault it is bereft,” Lucr. 835. “if by s. hand you offer to break in,” Err. III, 1, 98. “I wot not by what s. escape he broke from those,” V, 148. “to tie thee to my s. correction,” R2 IV, 77. “the busy meddling fiend that lays s. siege unto this wretch's soul,” H6B III, 3, 22. “to recover of us, by s. hand, those foresaid lands,” Hml. I, 1, 102. “yet must not we put the s. law on him,” Hml. IV, 3, 3.
2) endowed with great force of mind or will: “divert s. minds to the course of altering things,” Sonn. 115, 8. “had women been so s. as men,” Pilgr. 321. “we are made to be no --er than faults may shake our frames,” Meas. II, 4, 132. “crouching marrow in the bearer s.” Tim. V, 4, 9. “O constancy, be s. upon my side,” Caes. II, 4, 6.
3) powerful, mighty: “high winds, s. pirates, shelves and sands,” Lucr. 335. “your charter is so s. that you yourself may privilege your time,” Sonn. 58, 9. “I s. o'er them, and you o'er me being s.” Compl. 257. “to thy s. bidding task Ariel,” Tp. I, 2, 192. “one so s. that could control the moon,” V, 269. “what king so s. can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue,” Meas. III, 2, 198. “in any breast of s. authority,” John II, 113. “in place and in account nothing so s. and fortunate as I,” H4A V, 1, 38. “the s. Illyrian pirate,” H6B IV, 1, 108. “a word devised to keep the s. in awe,” R3 V, 3, 310. s. thief (i. e. gold) Tim. IV, 3, 45. “your voice shall be as s. as any man's,” Caes. III, 1, 177. “Pompey is s. at sea,” Ant. I, 4, 36 etc.
Especially == supplied with forces, having sufficient troops: “his forces s.” John II, 61. “with s. and mighty preparation,” H4A IV, 1, 93. “'tis but wisdom to make s. against him,” IV, 4, 39. “we are a body s. enough,” H4B I, 3, 66. “the marshal and the archbishop are s.” II, 3, 42. “our armour all as s.” IV, 1, 156. “think we King Harry s.” H5 II, 4, 48. “s. enough to issue out,” H6A IV, 2, 20. “s. rescue,” IV, 6, 26. “is he but retired to make him s.” H6B IV, 9, 9. In a relative sense, when preceded by numerals, == amounting to, powerful to the extent of: “how many horse the duke is s.” All's IV, 3, 149. “seven thousand s.” H4A IV, 1, 88. “he was not six and twenty s.” IV, 3, 56. H4B III, 1, 96. H6A IV, 1, 20. H6C II, 1, 177. V, 3, 14. Jocularly: “I have been dear to him, lad, some two thousand s., or so,” Tw. III, 2, 59 (Sir Toby's speech).
4) firm, solid: “nor gates of steel so s., but time decays,” Sonn. 65, 8. “though the ship were no --er than a nutshell,” Tp. I, 1, 50. “not on a band, but on a --er thing, a chain,” Err. IV, 2, 50. “by Cupid's --est bow,” Mids. I, 1, 169. “a s. mast,” Tw. I, 2, 14. it (my leg) “is s.” I, 3, 143 (i. e. thick, bulky). “what --er breastplate than a heart untainted,” H6B III, 2, 232. “s. staves,” H8 V, 4, 8. “s. as the axletree on which heaven rides,” Troil. I, 3, 66. “s. fetters,” Ant. I, 2, 120. Metaphorically, == fixed, firm, constant: “which makes thy love more s.” Sonn. 73, 13. “her mother, even s. against that match,” Wiv. IV, 6, 27. “the s. statutes stand like the forfeits in a barber's shop,” Meas. V, 322. “any vice whose s. corruption inhabits our frail blood,” Tw. III, 4, 390. “our s. possession and our right for us,” John I, 39. John I, 39 “thou ever s. upon the --er side,” III, 1, 117. “s. reasons make s. actions,” III, 4, 182. “the s. warrant of an oath,” R2 IV, 235. “s. as a tower in hope,” I, 3, 102. “makes one pardon s.” V, 3, 135. “the s. course of my authority,” H8 V, 3, 35. “to steel a s. opinion to themselves,” Troil. I, 3, 353. “he will stand very s. with us,” Caes. II, 1, 142. “be s. in whore,” Tim. IV, 3, 141. “things bad begun make themselves s. by ill,” Mcb. III, 2, 55. “my --er guilt defeats my s. intent,” Hml. III, 3, 40. “cannot remove nor choke the s. conception that I do groan withal,” Oth. V, 2, 55. “we are s. in custom,” Per. III, 1, 52. “hath built Lord Cerimon such s. renown as time shall ne'er decay,” III, 2, 48.
Hence, in a good sense, == sure, to be relied on, certain: “how is this justified? The --er part of it by her own letters,” All's IV, 3, 65. “there is no English soul more --er to direct you than yourself,” H8 I, 1, 147. “I held Epicurus s. and his opinion,” Caes. V, 1, 77. “whose death indeed's the --est in our censure,” Per. II, 4, 34 (== most certain).
In a bad sense, == obdurate, reckless: “O heinous, s. and bold conspiracy,” R2 V, 3, 59. “s. and fastened villain,” Lr. II, 1, 79 (Ff strange).
5) affecting the senses forcibly: “to be stopped in, like a s. distillation,” Wiv. III, 5, 114. “poor suitors have s. breaths,” Cor. I, 1, 61 (bad breaths. cf. All's V, 2, 5).
In a general sense, == working forcibly, forcible, effectual, powerful: “assailed by night with circumstances s. of present death,” Lucr. 1262. “far the weaker with so s. a fear,” Lucr. 1262 “to him that bears the s. offence's cross,” Sonn. 34, 12. “I will drink potions of eisel 'gainst my s. infection,” 111, 10. “my s. imagination sees a crown dropping upon thy head,” Tp. II, 1, 208. “the --est suggestion,” IV, 26. “the --est oaths are straw to the fire i'the blood,” IV, 26 “in my heart the s. and swelling evil of my conception,” Meas. II, 4, 6. “the fiend is s. within him,” Err. IV, 4, 110. “with the force and s. encounter of my amorous tale,” Ado I, 1, 327. “messengers of s. prevailment,” Mids. I, 1, 35. “lost with their fears thus s.” III, 2, 27. “such tricks hath s. imagination,” V, 18. “the spirit of my father grows s. in me,” As I, 1, 75. “let gentleness my s. enforcement be,” II, 7, 118. “the oath of a lover is no --er than the word of a tapster,” III, 4, 34. “my reasons are most s.” All's IV, 2, 59. “to tell, he longs to see his son, were s.” Wint. I, 2, 34. “s. matter of revolt and wrath,” John III, 4, 167. “s. reasons,” John III, 4, 167 think them (reasons) “s.” IV, 2, 41. IV, 2, 41 “know the --est and surest way to get,” R2 III, 3, 201. “had not God, for some s. purpose, steeled the hearts of men,” V, 2, 34. “s. poison,” H6B III, 3, 18. “reasons s. and forcible,” H6C I, 2, 3. “O instance, s. as Pluto's gates,” Troil. V, 2, 153. “I am his kinsman and his subject, s. both against the deed,” Mcb. I, 7, 14. “my --er guilt defeats my s. intent,” Hml. III, 3, 40. “which drives o'er your content these s. necessities,” Ant. III, 6, 83. “the sore terms we stand upon with the gods will be s. with us for giving over,” Per. IV, 2, 38 etc.
6) of a high degree, great, violent: “night doth nightly make grief's strength seem --er,” Sonn. 28, 14. “whose inward pinches therefore are most s.” Tp. V, 77. “folly in fools bears not so s. a note as foolery in the wise,” LLL V, 2, 75. “so s. a liking,” As I, 3, 28. “love's s. passion,” All's I, 3, 139. her (Fortune's) “s. displeasure,” V, 2, 6. “so s. a passion,” Tw. II, 4, 97. “the verity of it is in s. suspicion,” Wint. V, 2, 31. “a s. disease,” John III, 4, 112. “the fit is --est,” John III, 4, 112 “my pains and s. endeavours,” H5 V, 2, 25. “I'll amerce you with so s. a fine,” Rom. III, 1, 195. “s. shudders,” Tim. IV, 3, 137. “nor our s. sorrow upon the foot of motion,” Mcb. II, 3, 130. “I am weak with toil, yet s. in appetite,” Cymb. III, 6, 37 etc.
7) severe (German: strenge)? cf. the passages quoted above: Meas. V, 322. LLL V, 2, 75. H8 V, 3, 35. Hml. IV, 3, 3. Ant. III, 6, 83.
Adverbial use: “smell somewhat s.” All's V, 2, 5. “I have the back-trick simply as s. as any man in Illyria,” Tw. I, 3, 132. “though it do work as s. as aconitum,” H4B IV, 4, 47. “violenteth in a sense as s. as that which causeth it,” Troil. IV, 4, 4. “I am armed so s. in honesty,” Caes. IV, 3, 67. “conceit in weakest bodies --est works,” Hml. III, 4, 114. “he that builds --er than the mason,” V, 1, 46. V, 1, 46
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: