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Season, subst. 1) time generally: “now the happy s. once more fits,” Ven. 327. “now serves the s. that they may surprise the silly lambs,” Lucr. 166. “make glad and sorry --s,” Sonn. 19, 5. “what is the time o' the day? Past the mid s.” Tp. I, 2, 239. “so it would have done at the same s., if your mother's cat had but kittened,” H4A III, 1, 19. “not a soldier of this --'s stamp should go so general current through the world,” IV, 1, 4. “you wish me health in very happy s.” H4B IV, 2, 79 (== in good time). “I trembling waked and for a s. after could not believe but that I was in hell,” R3 I, 4, 61. “in brief, -- for so the s. bids us be,” V, 3, 87. “he is wise and best knows the fits o' the s.” Mcb. IV, 2, 17. “that s. wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,” Hml. I, 1, 158. “it draws near the s. wherein the spirit held his wont to walk,” I, 4, 5. “confederate s.” III, 2, 267. “I will tell you at some meeter s.” Ant. V, 1, 49. “be friended with aptness of the s.” Cymb. II, 3, 53. “youth of such a s.” III, 4, 175 (== age). “we'll slip you for a s.” IV, 3, 22. “you did relieve me to see this gracious season,” V, 5, 401.
2) one of the four divisions of the year: Sonn. 14, 4. 104, 6. Mids. II, 1, 107. II, 2, 117. As II, 1, 6. Wint. IV, 4, 81. H4B IV, 4, 123. H6B II, 4, 4. Tim. III, 6, 58. Caes. II, 1, 108. Almost == weather: “defend you from --s such as these,” Lr. III, 4, 32. Metaphorically: “it is I that, lying by the violet in the sun, do as the carrion does, not as the flower, corrupt with virtuous s.” Meas. II, 2, 168 (with the benign influence of summer-weather and sunshine). “I am not a day of s., for thou mayst see a sunshine and a hail in me at once,” All's V, 3, 32 (not such a day as one would expect in the present time of the year; cf. Unseasonable in R2 III, 2, 106).
3) fit and convenient time: “whoever plots the sin, thou 'point'st the s.” Lucr. 879. “I warrant you, buck, and of the s. too,” Wiv. III, 3, 169 (cf. unseasonable in Lucr. 581). “even for our kitchens we kill the fowl of s.” Meas. II, 2, 85 (duly matured, prepared and fattened). “these jests are out of s.” Err. I, 2, 68. II, 2, 48. “time is a very bankrupt and owes more than he's worth to s.” IV, 2, 58 (is seldom so convenient and opportune as one would wish). Ado I, 3, 26. LLL I, 1, 107. V, 2, 63. Merch. V, 107. R3 I, 4, 76. Troil. I, 3, 87. Lr. II, 1, 121.
4) that which keeps fresh and tasteful; seasoning: “salt too little which may s. give to her foul-tainted flesh,” Ado IV, 1, 144. “the s. of all natures, sleep,” Mcb. III, 4, 141.*
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