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Time, subst. 1) the general idea of successive existence; the measure of duration: “as the riper should by t. decease,” Sonn. 1, 3. “what seest thou else in the dark backward and abysm of time?” Tp. I, 2, 50. “have more t. for vainer hours,” Tp. I, 2, 50 “t. goes upright with his carriage,” V, 2 (does not sink under its load, but carries all into execution). “wherefore waste I t.” Gent. I, 1, 51. “for want of idle t.” II, 1, 172. “omitting the sweet benefit of t.” II, 4, 65. “t. is the nurse and breeder of all good,” III, 1, 243. “t. wears,” Wiv. V, 1, 8. “till t. had made them for us,” Meas. I, 2, 157. “the tooth of t.” V, 12. “t. shall try,” Ado I, 1, 262. “spite of cormorant devouring t.” LLL I, 1, 4. “spend a minute's t. in pruning me,” IV, 3, 182. “take t. to pause,” Mids. I, 1, 83. who t. trots withal etc. As III, 2, 328. “t. lost,” V, 3, 41. “what else may hap to t. I will commit,” Tw. I, 2, 60. “O t., thou must untangle this,” II, 2, 41. “faster than thought or t.” Wint. IV, 4, 565. “the yet unbegotten sin of --s,” John IV, 3, 54. “fill up chronicles in t. to come,” H4A I, 3, 171. “I have a young conception in my brain; be you my t. to bring it to some shape,” Troil. I, 3, 313 (play the part of time, whose office is to develop things) etc. etc. “in little t.” Ven. 132. long t. (== a long t.) R2 II, 1, 77. H6A II, 3, 36. “in short t. after,” H4A IV, 3, 90. “t. out of mind,” Meas. IV, 2, 17. Rom. I, 4, 69. Considered as serving for particular purposes: “we shall lose our t.” Tp. IV, 248. “let him spend his t. no more at home,” Gent. I, 3, 14. “here he means to spend his t. awhile,” II, 4, 80. “give me so much of your t. in exchange,” Wiv. II, 2, 242. “heaven so speed me in my t. to come,” III, 4, 12 etc. etc. In t. == one day or other; by degrees: “in t. the rod becomes more mocked than feared,” Meas. I, 3, 26. “he in t. may come to clear himself, but at this instant he is sick,” V, 150. “in t. the savage bull doth bear the yoke,” Ado I, 1, 263. “you will try in t.” As I, 3, 25. “in t. I may believe, yet I mistrust,” Shr. III, 1, 51. “I did in t. collect myself,” Wint. III, 3, 38. “likely in t. to bless a regal throne,” H6C IV, 6, 74. “in t. will find their fit rewards,” H8 III, 2, 245. “it will in t. win upon power,” Cor. I, 1, 223. “which will in t. break ope the locks o'the senate,” III, 1, 137. “that in t. will venom breed,” Mcb. III, 4, 30. you may do then (hear of it) “in t.” Lr. II, 1, 14. “in t. we hate that which we often fear,” Ant. I, 3, 12. “wrinkled deep in t.” I, 5, 29. “dost thou think in t. she will not quench,” Cymb. I, 5, 46. “and in t. may make some stronger head,” IV, 2, 138. “and in t. to work her son into the adoption of the crown,” V, 5, 54 etc.
Personified as masc.: mis-shapen T. etc. Lucr. 925. “nothing 'gainst --'s scythe can make defence save breed, to brave him,” Sonn. 12, 13. “wasteful T.” 15, 11. 15, 11 “his scythe and crooked knife,” 100, 14. “his bending sickle,” 116, 10. “--'s fickle glass, his sickle hour,” 126, 2. “where shall --'s best jewel from --'s chest lie hid?” 65, 10 (i. e. from the coffin). “the plain bald pate of father T. himself,” Err. II, 2, 71. “T. himself is bald,” Err. II, 2, 71 “if T. were in debt,” IV, 2, 57. IV, 2, 57 IV, 2, 57 IV, 2, 57 I (t.) “turn my glass,” Wint. IV, 1, 16. Wint. IV, 1, 16 “old T. the clocksetter, that bald sexton,” John III, 1, 324. thy word is current with him (T.) “for my death,” R2 I, 3, 231. T. hath a wallet at his back, wherein he puts etc. Troil. III, 3, 145.
2) a particular part of duration, conceived either as a space or as a point; a period as well as a moment: “the t. is spent,” Ven. 255. “now stole upon the t. the dead of night,” Lucr. 162. these lets attend the t., like little frosts that sometime threat the spring, 330 (i. e. are natural, when one has such business before one). “the clock that tells the t.” Sonn. 12, 1. “not with the t. exchanged,” 109, 7 (i. e. the time of absence). “canst thou remember a t. before we came unto this cell?” Tp. I, 2, 39. “at that t. it was the first,” Tp. I, 2, 39 “the t. 'twixt six and now,” Tp. I, 2, 39 “before the t. be out,” Tp. I, 2, 39 “since Dido's t.” II, 1, 76. “I was the man i'the moon when t. was,” II, 2, 142. “at that t. I made her weep,” Gent. IV, 4, 170. “in these --s you stand on distance,” Wiv. II, 1, 233. “I have seen the t.” Wiv. II, 1, 233 “the t. was once when thou wouldst vow . . .,” Err. II, 2, 115. “his word might bear my wealth at any t.” V, 8. “to take the present t. by the top,” Ado I, 2, 15. “in eaning t.” Merch. I, 3, 88. “by this t.” Merch. II, 6, 59; cf. John II, 219. “the t. I linger here,” Merch. II, 9, 74. “many that have at --s made moan to me,” III, 3, 23. “music for the t. doth change his nature,” V, 82. “the t. was that I hated thee,” As III, 5, 92. “did I never speak of all that t.?” Shr. Ind. 2, 84 (== in all that t. Sly's speech). “t. was, I did him a desired office,” All's IV, 4, 5. the t. will bring on summer, 31 (i. e. not time in general, but that period of time which is immediately before us; hence the article). “at this t. of night,” Tw. II, 3, 95. “the t. hath been . . .,” R2 III, 3, 11. “what t. do you mean to come to London?” H4A II, 1, 46. “the t. was that you broke your word,” H4B II, 3, 10. “the t. of night when Troy was set on fire, the t. when screechowls cry,” H6B I, 4, 20. “where and what t. your majesty shall please,” R3 IV, 4, 490. “and when such t. they have begun to cry, let them not cease,” Cor. III, 3, 19. “the --s have been, that, when the brains were out, the man would die,” Mcb. III, 4, 78. “the t. has been, my senses would have cooled,” V, 5, 10. “in the fatness of these pursy --s,” Hml. III, 4, 153. “that t. -- O --s! -- I laughed him out of patience,” Ant. II, 5, 18. “the locking-up the spirits a t.” Cymb. I, 5, 41 etc. etc. “from t. to t.” Wiv. IV, 6, 8. As IV, 1, 107. Cor. III, 3, 94. Rom. III, 3, 170. “upon this t.” Meas. IV, 1, 17. “upon a t.” Cymb. III, 5, 137. “one t. or other,” Tw. II, 4, 73. H4B IV, 3, 32. H5 II, 1, 73. “nature hath framed strange fellows in her t.” Merch. I, 1, 51. “have I not in my t. heard lions roar?” Shr. I, 2, 201. “and in my t. wore threepile,” Wint. IV, 3, 13. “any t. these three hundred years,” Wiv. I, 1, 12. “hourly any t. this two and twenty years,” H4A II, 2, 17. III, 3, 54. dinner t., supper t., winter t. etc. Tp. III, 1, 95. Wiv. IV, 4, 30 (cf. the resp. articles). good t. == good hap: “good t. encounter her,” Wint. II, 1, 20 (i. e. a happy delivery). “I wish my brother make good t. with him,” Cymb. IV, 2, 108 (may acquit himself well). cf. “O t. most accurst, 'mongst all foes that a friend should be the worst,” Gent. V, 4, 71. What is the t. o' the day? == what o' clock is it: Tp. I, 2, 239. H4A I, 2, 1 etc.; used as a ludicrous question to change the theme: LLL II, 122; cf. As III, 2, 318. fair t. of day, good t. of day, used as a salutation: LLL V, 2, 339. H4B I, 2, 107. H5 V, 2, 3. R3 I, 1, 122. I, 3, 18. II, 1, 47. IV, 1, 6. Tim. III, 6, 1 etc. when every one will give the t. of day (== greet) H6B III, 1, 14. a malkin not worth the t. of day (== not worth greeting) Per. IV, 3, 35.
3) season proper or appropriated to something: “make use of t., let not advantage slip,” Ven. 129. “'tis t. I should inform thee farther,” Tp. I, 2, 22. “the truth you speak doth lack some gentleness and t. to speak it in,” II, 1, 138. “conspiracy his t. doth take,” II, 1, 138 “the t. now serves not to expostulate,” Gent. III, 1, 251. “when you see your t.” Wiv. V, 3, 2. “when they see t. they'll go or come,” Err. II, 1, 8. “there's a t. for all things,” II, 2, 66. “'tis high t. that I were hence,” III, 2, 162. “lest I come not t. enough,” IV, 1, 41 (cf. H4A II, 1, 48). “'tis t. that I were gone,” IV, 2, 53. “'tis t. you were ready,” Ado III, 4, 53. “stay the riping of the t.” Merch. II, 8, 40. “if I break t.” All's II, 1, 190. “is there no respect of place, persons, nor t. in you?” Tw. II, 3, 99. “we have landed in ill t.” Wint. III, 3, 3. “we at t. of year do wound the bark,” R2 III, 4, 57. “t. enough to go to bed with a candle,” H4A II, 1, 48. “wizards know their --s,” H6B I, 4, 18. “take the t.” H6C V, 1, 48. “take t. to do him dead,” I, 4, 108. “take your t.” Ant. II, 6, 23. “my occasions have found t. to use 'em,” Tim. II, 2, 200. “in best t. we will require her welcome,” Mcb. III, 4, 5 etc. etc. in t. == at the right moment; before it is too late: “look to't in t.” H6B I, 3, 147. “that gentle physic, given in t., had cured me,” H8 IV, 2, 122. “come in t.” Mcb. II, 3, 6. Lr. V, 3, 247. Ant. V, 1, 72. “just to the t.” Sonn. 109, 7. In good t., in happy t. == a) at the right moment, in good season, not too early and not too late: “to jest in good t.” Err. II, 2, 65. “we stood to't in good t.” Cor. IV, 6, 10. “and in good t. you gave it,” Lr. II, 4, 253. b) fortunately, happily, upon a wish (Fr. à propos): “here comes the rascal I spoke of. In very good t.” Meas. V, 286. “come in happy t.” Shr. Ind. 1, 90. “were now the general of our gracious empress, as in good t. he may, from Ireland coming,” H5 V Chor. H5 V Chor. “and in good t. here comes the noble duke,” R3 II, 1, 45. III, 1, 24. III, 1, 24 III, 4, 22. IV, 1, 12. “the king and queen and all are coming down. In happy t.” Hml. V, 2, 214. cf. the pun in Ado II, 1, 73. hence == well met: Gent. I, 3, 44. All's V, 1, 6. Rom. I, 2, 45. Oth. III, 1, 32 etc. c) == the French à la bonne heure, used either to express acquiescence, or astonishment and indignation: “and sowing the kernels of it in the sea, bring forth more islands. Ay. Why, in good t.” Tp. II, 1, 95. “pray you, use your patience: in good t.” Wiv. III, 1, 84. “leave me awhile with the maid . . . In good t.” Meas. III, 1, 183. “I think the meat wants that I have. In good t., sir, what's that?” Err. II, 2, 58. “myself am moved to woo thee for my wife. Moved! in good t., let him that moved you hither remove you hence,” Shr. II, 196. “marry, garlic, to mend her kissing with! Now, in good t.” Wint. IV, 4, 163. “hath sorted out a sudden day of joy, that thou expectest not. Madam, in happy t., what day is that?” Rom. III, 5, 112. “he, in good t., must his lieutenant be,” Oth. I, 1, 32.
4) season, moment, mentioned with reference to repetition: “another t. mine eye is my heart's guest,” Sonn. 47, 7. Tp. III, 2, 85. but one fiend at a t. (== at once) III, 3, 102. “any man living may be drunk at a t.” Oth. II, 3, 319 (== once. Qq at some t.). “a greater sum than ever at one t. the clergy yet did part withal,” H5 I, 1, 80. I, 2, 134 (== at once). “it were fit that all the plagues of hell should at one t. encounter such revolt,” Cymb. I, 6, 111. at all --s == always, All's I, 1, 9. “for this t.” Gent. II, 4, 30. Meas. II, 1, 265. Cymb. I, 1, 178. “this one t.” Wiv. IV, 2, 168. “yet one t. he did call me by my name,” Cor. V, 1, 9. “how mightily some other --s we drown our gain in tears,” All's IV, 3, 79. “and other --s to see . . .,” H4B III, 1, 49. “many a t.” Tp. III, 1, 40. “many a t. and oft,” Merch. I, 3, 107. H4A I, 2, 56. “at many --s I brought in my accounts,” Tim. II, 2, 142. “every t. gentler than other,” Caes. I, 2, 230. “urging it the second t.” Err. II, 2, 47. “a second t.” H4A V, 2, 101. “this is the third t.” Wiv. V, 1, 2. “the last t.” IV, 2, 32. last t. 98 etc.
Hence simply used by way of multiplication: 'ay me' she cries, and twenty --s 'woe, woe', Ven. 833. “a thousand --s,” Ven. 833 “he ten --s pines,” Lucr. 1115. Lucr. 1115 Sonn. 6, 8. Tp. III, 1, 8. Gent. I, 3, 91. Wiv. V, 5, 129. Meas. II, 4, 80. V, 42. V, 42 LLL III, 48. Merch. II, 6, 5. Wint. IV, 4, 802. H4A I, 3, 102. II, 4, 184. H6B II, 4, 60. H6B II, 4, 60 H8 V, 4, 46 etc. etc.
5) eternal duration, eternity: “when in eternal lines to t. thou growest,” Sonn. 18, 12. “to keep your name living to t.” Cor. V, 3, 127.
6) duration of a being, age: “a youth of greater t. than I shall show to be,” Gent. II, 7, 48. “tough senior, as an appertinent title to your old t.” LLL I, 2, 18. “when old t. shall lead him to his end,” H8 II, 1, 93. “all the learnings that his t. could make him the receiver of,” Cymb. I, 1, 43.
7) life: “not of this country, though my chance is now to use it for my t.” Meas. III, 2, 231. the great “debts wherein my t. something too prodigal hath left me gaged,” Merch. I, 1, 129. “I like this place, and willingly would waste my t. in it,” As II, 4, 95. “he hath persecuted t. with hope,” All's I, 1, 17 (cf. Persecute). “the purest treasure mortal --s afford is spotless reputation,” R2 I, 1, 177. “out of thy long-experienced t. give me some counsel,” Rom. IV, 1, 60. “his right arm might purchase his own t. and be in debt to none,” Tim. III, 5, 77. “upon this bank and school of t.” Mcb. I, 7, 6. “the best and soundest of his t. hath been but rash,” Lr. I, 1, 298. “makes the world bitter to the best of our --s,” I, 2, 50. “what's to come of my despised t. is nought but bitterness,” Oth. I, 1, 162. “the t. shall not outgo my thinking on you,” Ant. III, 2, 60 (== my life shall not last longer than etc.). “where I have paid more pious debts to heaven than in all the fore-end of my t.” Cymb. III, 3, 73. Caes. III, 1, 99.
8) the present state of things; circumstances: “that the --'s enemies may not have this to grace occasions,” John IV, 2, 61. “I am not glad that such a sore of t. should seek a plaster by contemned revolt,” V, 2, 12. “that you might the better arm you to the sudden t.” V, 6, 26. “let us pay the t. but needful woe,” V, 7, 110. “but t. will not permit,” R2 II, 2, 121. “I would the state of t. had first been whole ere he by sickness had been visited,” H4A IV, 1, 25. “the ragged'st hour that t. and spite dare bring,” H4B I, 1, 151. “thus we play the fools with the t.” II, 2, 155. to beguile the t. (cf. Tw. III, 3, 41), “look like the t.” Mcb. I, 5, 64. as I shall find the t. to friend, I will (redress) IV, 3, 10. “the t. is free,” V, 8, 55. “the t. is out of joint,” Hml. I, 5, 188. “beyond kim in the advantage of the t.” Cymb. IV, 1, 12.
Hence almost equivalent to the present moment, the present: “as bombast and as lining to the t.” LLL V, 2, 791 (to fill up the emptiness of the present moment). “that what in t. proceeds may token to the future our past deeds,” All's IV, 2, 62. “it spoils the pleasure of the t.” Mcb. III, 4, 98. “this was sometime a paradox, but now the t. gives it proof,” Hml. III, 1, 115. Cor. IV, 7, 50. Ant. II, 7, 106.
9) men, the world: “that posterity which by the rights of t. thou needs must have,” Ven. 759 (the claim which the world has on thee). “wonder of t.” Ven. 759 “if all were minded so, the --s should cease, and threescore year would make the world away,” Sonn. 11, 7. “slander doth but approve thy worth the greater, being wooed of t.” 70, 6. “that I have frequent been with unknown minds and given to t. your own dear-purchased right,” 117, 6. “the fashion of the t. is changed,” Gent. III, 1, 86. “picked from the chaff and ruin of the --s,” Merch. II, 9, 48. “they wear themselves in the cap of the t.” All's II, 1, 55. “mock the t. with fairest show,” Mcb. I, 7, 81. “you may convey your pleasures in a spacious plenty, and yet seem cold, the t. you may so hoodwink,” IV, 3, 72. “live to be the show and gaze o'the t.” V, 8, 24. “who would bear the whips and scorns of t.” Hml. III, 1, 70. “to show the very age and body of the t. his form and pressure,” III, 2, 27. “a fixed figure for the t. of scorn to point his slow and moving finger at it,” Oth. IV, 2, 54 (t. of scorn == scornful world; cf. Of).
10) musical measure: “distress likes dumps when t. is kept with tears,” Lucr. 1127. “he kept not t.” Wiv. I, 3, 29. As V, 3, 39. Tw. II, 3, 100. R2 V, 5, 42. Rom. II, 4, 21. Hml. III, 4, 140. Oth. IV, 1, 93 (figuratively). “pinch him to your t.” Wiv. V, 5, 96. “the fault will be in the music, if you be not wooed in good t.” Ado II, 1, 73 (quibbling). “when t. is broke,” R2 V, 5, 43. “sweet bells jangled, out of t. and harsh,” Hml. III, 1, 166 (Ff tune). In Mcb. IV, 3, 235 O. Edd. this t. goes manly, M. Edd. this tune.
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