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Vast, adj. boundless, having an extent not to be surveyed or ascertained: “more devils than v. hell can hold,” Mids. V, 9. “to seek the empty, v. and wandering air,” R3 I, 4, 39. “we shall not send o'er the v. world to seek a single man,” Cor. IV, 1, 42. “wert thou as far as that v. shore washed with the farthest sea,” Rom. II, 2, 83. Used of the sea: “the sun . . . robs the v. sea,” Tim. IV, 3, 440. “to make v. Neptune weep for aye,” V, 4, 78. “in that v. tennis-court,” Per. II, 1, 64. Of darkness and dark places not to be taken in at a view: v. sin-concealing chaos (viz night) Lucr. 767. “forced in the ruthless, v. and gloomy woods,” Tit. IV, 1, 53. “no v. obscurity or misty vale,” V, 2, 36. “antres v. and deserts idle,” Oth. I, 3, 140. Hence == indiscriminate, ranging at large and striking at random: “v. confusion waits . . . the imminent decay of wrested pomp,” John IV, 3, 152.
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