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Vast, subst. (cf. the adj.) 1) a boundless sea: “shook hands as over a v.” Wint. I, 1, 33 (later Ff a v. sea). “the god of this great v.” Per. III, 1, 1.
2) Applied to the darkness of midnight in which the prospect is not bounded in by distinct objects: “urchins shall forth at v. of night,” Tp. I, 2, 327 (O. Edd. for that v. of night). “in the dead v. and middle of the night,” Hml. I, 2, 198 (lection of Q1. Hml. I, 2, 198 6; the rest of O. Edd. waste).
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