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Thick, adj. 1) having a great circumference, not thin or slender: “his short t. neck,” Ven. 627. the --est and the tallest (lady) LLL IV, 1, 47. LLL IV, 1, 47 LLL IV, 1, 47 “smite flat the t. rotundity o' the world,” Lr. III, 2, 7. == having or producing more depth or extent than usual; laid on so as to increase the bulk: “this shoulder was ordained so t. to heave,” H6C V, 7, 23. “if this cursed hand were --er than itself with brother's blood,” Hml. III, 3, 44. And adverbially: “let her paint an inch t.” Hml. V, 1, 214.
2) dense, close, set with things close to each other, or being close to each other: “thin mane, t. tail,” Ven. 298 (having much hair). “in the --est troop,” H6C II, 1, 13. “though perils did abound, as t. as thought could make 'em,” H8 III, 2, 195. “the dews of heaven fall t. in blessings on her,” IV, 2, 133. “where you perceive them t.” Caes. I, 1, 76. “a retire, anon a rout, confusion t.” Cymb. V, 3, 41.
Adverbially: “thou shalt be pinched as t. as honeycomb,” Tp. I, 2, 329. “the floor of heaven is t. inlaid with patines of bright gold,” Merch. V, 59. bears his blushing honours (blossoms) “t. upon him,” H8 III, 2, 354.
3) inspissated, crass: “had baked thy blood and made it heavy, t.” John III, 3, 43. “his wit's as t. as Tewksbury mustard,” H4B II, 4, 262. “make t. my blood,” Mcb. I, 5, 44. “make the gruel t. and slab,” IV, 1, 32. “their eyes purging t. amber,” Hml. II, 2, 200. In a moral sense, == heavy, dull: “t. slumber hangs upon mine eyes,” Per. V, 1, 235. see above: John III, 3, 43. H4B II, 4, 262. Mcb. I, 5, 44.
4) not transparent, not clear; turbid (of fluids); dense, dark (of vapours and clouds); “let thy misty vapours march so t.” Lucr. 782. “come, t. night,” Mcb. I, 5, 51. “their t. breaths, rank of gross diet,” Ant. V, 2, 211. “dissolve, t. cloud, and rain,” Ant. V, 2, 211 “a fountain troubled, muddy, ill-seeming, t.” Shr. V, 2, 143. cf. the quibble: thine (desert) “is too t. to shine,” H4B IV, 3, 64. In a moral sense: “the people muddied, t. and unwholesome in their thoughts and whispers,” Hml. IV, 5, 82 (cloudy in mind).
Applied to eyes, == dim, short-sighted: “his dimensions to any t. sight were invincible,” H4B III, 2, 336. “my sight was ever t.” Caes. V, 3, 21. cf. “your eyeglass is --er than a cuckold's horn,” Wint. I, 2, 269.
5) following each other in quick succession, rapid, quick: “through his lips do throng weak words, so t. come in his poor heart's aid, that no man could distinguish what he said,” Lucr. 1784. “he furnaces the t. sighs from him,” Cymb. I, 6, 67 (or == dense, vaporous?).
Adverbially: “O Lord, sir! t., t., spare not me,” All's II, 2, 47 (fast, quickly!). “and speaking t., which nature made his blemish, became the accents of the valiant; for those that could speak low and tardily would turn their own perfection to abuse,” H4B II, 3, 24.* “my heart beats --er than a feverous pulse,” Troil. III, 2, 38. as t. as tale (M. Edd. hail) “came post with post,” Mcb. I, 3, 97. “why do you send so t.?” Ant. I, 5, 63. “say, and speak t.” Cymb. III, 2, 58.
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