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Syllable, 1) that which is uttered by one articulation; the smallest part of speech: “do all points of my command. To the s.” Tp. I, 2, 500. “which you shall find by every s. a faithful verity,” Meas. IV, 3, 131. “who dare speak one s. against him,” H8 V, 1, 39. “every s. that here was spoke,” Troil. V, 2, 117. if thou deniest “the least s. of thy addition,” Lr. II, 2, 25. “I heard each s.” Oth. IV, 2, 5. “subscribe to any s. that made love to you,” Per. II, 5, 70. “I will believe you by the s. of what you shall deliver,” V, 1, 169.
Metaphorically, == the smallest particle, a little, a jot: “the duke will extend to you what further becomes his greatness, even to the utmost s. of your worthiness,” All's III, 6, 75. “wish he were something mistaken in't. No, not a s.” H8 I, 1, 195.
2) == word: “I can't say your worships have delivered the matter well, when I find the ass in compound with the major part of your --s,” Cor. II, 1, 65. “with such words that are but roted in your tongue, though but bastards and --s of no allowance to your bosom's truth,” III, 2, 56. it (heaven) “resounds as if it felt with Scotland and yelled out like s. of dolour,” Mcb. IV, 3, 8. Metaphorically: “creeps in this petty pace to the last s. of recorded time,” Mcb. V, 5, 21.
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