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Vein, 1) one of the vessels or pipes which convey the blood through animal bodies: Lucr. 419 “(azure).” Lucr. 419 440 and 1454 “(blue).” Sonn. 67, 10. 99, 5. Merch. III, 2, 178. Merch. III, 2, 178 Wint. V, 3, 64. John II, 431. III, 1, 278. III, 3, 44. III, 4, 132. V, 2, 38 “(combine the blood of malice in a v. of league).” H4A I, 3, 133. H4B IV, 1, 66 “(our very --s of life).” H5 I, 2, 119. II, 3, 4 (rouse thy vaunting --s; Pistol's speech). IV, 2, 20. H6C I, 1, 97. R3 I, 2, 59. Troil. IV, 1, 69. Cor. I, 1, 142. V, 1, 51. Rom. I, 1, 92. IV, 1, 95. IV, 3, 15. V, 1, 61. Ant. II, 5, 29 “(my bluest --s).” Cymb. IV, 2, 222 “(azured).” Per. II, 1, 77. Metaphorically, == the interior of a thing: “to do me business in the --s o'the earth,” Tp. I, 2, 255. “checks and disasters grow in the --s of actions highest reared,” Troil. I, 3, 6. “the Trojan horse was stuffed within with bloody --s expecting overthrow,” Per. I, 4, 94.
2) disposition, temper, humour: “to see you in this merry v.” Err. II, 2, 20. “the fellow finds his v.” IV, 4, 83 (humours him). “there is no following her in this fierce v.” Mids. III, 2, 82. “you touched my v. at first,” As II, 7, 94. “now to Paris in this conquering v.” H6A IV, 7, 95. “I am not in the giving v.” R3 IV, 2, 119. “I am not in the v.” R3 IV, 2, 119 “he rubs the v. of him,” Troil. II, 3, 210. “I am i'the v. of chivalry,” V, 3, 32. cf. John V, 2, 38.
3) strain, style, manner of speech or action: “touch him; there's the v.” Meas. II, 2, 70. “the whole world again cannot pick out five such, take each one in his v.” LLL V, 2, 548. “this is Ercles' v., a tyrant's v.” Mids. I, 2, 42. “I will do it in King Cambyses' v.” H4A II, 4, 426. cf. Liver-vein.
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