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Trial, 1) examination, probation, test: “the doors, the wind, the glove, he takes for accidental things of t.” Lucr. 326. “the boy for t. needs would touch my breast,” Sonn. 153, 10. “all thy vexations were but my --s of thy love,” Tp. IV, 1, 6. “with t. fire touch his finger-end,” Wiv. V, 5, 88. “a t., come,” Wiv. V, 5, 88 if it (your love) “bear this t.” LLL V, 2, 813. “let us teach our t. patience,” Mids. I, 1, 152. “whose t. shall better publish his commendation,” Merch. IV, 1, 165. “was rather meant for his t. and fair purgation to the world,” H8 V, 3, 151. “the protractive --s of great Jove to find persistive constancy in men,” Troil. I, 3, 20. “in the t. of his several friends,” Tim. III, 6, 6. “sink in the t.” Caes. IV, 2, 27. “blow them to their t.” Hml. V, 2, 202. “stands an honourable t.” Ant. I, 3, 75. “'tis a punishment or t.” Cymb. III, 6, 11. “his --s well are spent,” V, 4, 104. to make t. or a t. of: to make t. of that which every one had avouched, Lucr. Arg. V, 4, 104 “make not too rash a t. of him,” Tp. I, 2, 467. “he made t. of you only,” Meas. III, 1, 202. “make the t. of it in any constant question,” Tw. IV, 2, 52. “before thou make a t. of her love,” H6A V, 3, 76. “make t. what your love can do,” Cor. V, 1, 40.
2) judicial examination: Meas. V, 304. Meas. V, 304 LLL I, 1, 279. Wint. II, 3, 205. III, 2, 122. R2 IV, 153. H6B III, 1, 114 “(t. day).” H6B III, 1, 114 III, 3, 8. H8 I, 2, 211. II, 1, 111. II, 1, 111 II, 2, 92. III, 1, 96. IV, 1, 5. V, I, 104. V, 3, 53. Cor. III, 1, 268. Lr. III, 6, 26 “(at t.).” Lr. III, 6, 26
3) a combat decisive of the merits of a cause: “challenge thee to t. of a man,” Ado V, 1, 66. “let your gentle wishes go with me to my t.” As I, 2, 199. “in dreadful t. of our kingdom's king,” John II, 286 (i. e. a battle which was to decide which of two was the legitimate king). “in this hot t.” John II, 286 “'tis not the t. of a woman's war, the bitter clamour of two eager tongues, can arbitrate this cause,” R2 I, 1, 48. “I'll answer thee in any fair degree of knightly t.” R2 I, 1, 48 “to assign our t. day,” R2 I, 1, 48 “order the t., marshal,” I, 3, 99. IV, 56. IV, 56 IV, 56 IV, 56 “to wage an instant t. with the king,” H4A IV, 4, 20 (== battle). “if once they join in t.” V, 1, 85. “by this one bloody t. of sharp war,” R3 V, 2, 16. “in the t. much opinion dwells,” Troil. I, 3, 336. “it would come to immediate t.” Hml. V, 2, 175. “the opposition of your person in t.” Hml. V, 2, 175
4) a state of being tried and known by experience; proof, verification: “they will scarcely believe this without t.” Ado II, 2, 41. “all purity, all t., all observance,” As V, 2, 104 (Schlegel very well: ganz Bewährung). “do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest thou hasten thy t.” All's II, 3, 223 (== lest thou be found out too soon). “sith every action . . . t. did draw bias and thwart,” Troil. I, 3, 14 (== proof, experience). cf. Merch. IV, 1, 165 and H8 V, 3, 151.
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