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Wood, subst. 1) a single component part of the language; f. i. “the w. 'noddy',” Gent. I, 1, 131. “blow not a w. away,” I, 2, 118. “mistake the w.” III, 1, 284. “is so from w. to w.” Alls III, 7, 10. “speaks four languages w. for w. without book,” Tw. I, 3, 28. Wiv. IV, 1, 68. LLL IV, 3, 4. Mids. II, 2, 106. Merch. III, 5, 48. Tw. III, 1, 17. Tw. III, 1, 17 R3 I, 4, 109. III, 1, 83. Tim. II, 2, 161 etc. Used for the idea expressed by it: “for wisdom's sake, a w. that all men love, or for love's sake, a w. that loves all men,” LLL IV, 3, 357. life is as bitter as a twice-told tale vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man, and bitter shame hath spoiled the sweet word's (viz life) “taste, that it yields nought but shame and bitterness,” John III, 4, 110 (M. Edd. perhaps rightly world's).
A single part of speech considered as sufficient for the communication of thought: “but one w.” Tp. II, 1, 296. “interrupt the monster one w. further,” III, 2, 77. “one w., good friend. Lucio, a w. with you,” Meas. I, 2, 146. As III, 2, 237. As III, 2, 237 “hear me but one w.” H6C I, 1, 170. “a w., good sir,” Tp. I, 2, 442. Tp. I, 2, 442 Gent. III, 1, 204. IV, 1, 38. Caes. IV, 2, 13. “a w. or two,” Gent. I, 3, 52. Wiv. II, 2, 42. in a w. == in short: Gent. II, 4, 71. Merch. I, 1, 35. III, 2, 99 etc. with a w., in the same sense, H4A II, 4, 283. at a w. (German: kurz und gut): “he hath wronged me; indeed he hath; at a w. he hath, believe me,” Wiv. I, 1, 109. “at a w., hang no more about me,” II, 2, 16. “you are Signior Antonio. At a w., I am not . . . You are he, you are he. At a w., I am not,” Ado II, 1, 118. Ado II, 1, 118 “go with us. No, at a w., madam,” Cor. I, 3, 122. “I am at a w., follow,” Wiv. I, 3, 15 (== I am not of many words; so said, so done). “I have spoke at a w.,” H4B III, 2, 319. Caes. I, 2, 270.
2) a watch-word, a parole, a motto: “cover is the w.” Merch. III, 5, 57. “hob nob is his w.” Tw. III, 4, 263. “the w. of peace is rendered,” H4B IV, 2, 87. “couple a gorge, that is the w.” H5 II, 1, 76. II, 3, 51. “our ancient w. of courage, fair St. George,” R3 V, 3, 349. “the w. is 'mildly',” Cor. III, 2, 142. “slaying is the w.” Caes. V, 5, 4. “now to my w. . . . it is 'remember me',” Hml. I, 5, 110. “antiquity forgot, custom not known, the ratifiers and props of every w.” IV, 5, 105 (of every thing that is to serve for a watch-word and shibboleth to the multitude. All the proposed emendations quite unnecessary). “his w. was still Fie, foh and fum,” Lr. III, 4, 188. “give the w.” IV, 6, 93. “death's the w.” Ant. I, 2, 139. “you were the w. of war,” II, 2, 44. “his name, that magical w. of war,” III, 1, 31. “hanging is the w.” Cymb. V, 4, 155. V, 5, 422. “the w. Lux tua vita mihi,” Per. II, 2, 21. Per. II, 2, 21 33 (in v. Per. II, 2, 21 38 and 44 motto).
3) speech, language: “speak fair --s,” Ven. 208. “her --s are done,” Ven. 208 “free vent of --s,” Ven. 208 “ere his --s begun,” Ven. 208 “foul --s and frowns,” Ven. 208 “I endowed thy purposes with --s,” Tp. I, 2, 358. “their --s are natural breath,” V, 156. Gent. I, 2, 105. II, 1, 164. III, 1, 91. Meas. V, 225. Meas. V, 225 Ado I, 1, 159. LLL IV, 1, 19. H6B I, 2, 89. R3 IV, 4, 126. Troil. IV, 1, 73. Hml. III, 2, 20. Lr. I, 2, 172 etc. Opposed to deeds: Tp. V, 71. Gent. II, 2, 18. H6A III, 2, 49. H8 III, 2, 154. Troil. IV, 5, 259. Mcb. II, 1, 61. Per. II Prol. 4. cf. “to fill the world with --s,” H6C V, 5, 44. to matter: H4A II, 4, 479. Troil. V, 3, 108. Rom. II, 6, 30. Lr. I, 1, 56. III, 2, 81. to writing: “might not you transport her purposes by w.?” Lr. IV, 5, 20. “by w. of mouth,” Tw. II, 3, 141. III, 4, 209. Caes. III, 1, 280. to a musical tune (== text): Mids. V, 405. Wint. IV, 4, 216. Wint. IV, 4, 216 Mcb. I, 3, 88. Cymb. II, 3, 20. IV, 2, 237.
Good w. or good --s == kindness expressed, commendation, praise: “where your good w. cannot advantage him,” Gent. III, 2, 42. “to speak a good w. to Mistress Anne Page for my master,” Wiv. I, 4, 88. “good --s went with her name,” Meas. III, 1, 220. “weeping-ripe for a good w.” LLL V, 2, 274. “neither my good w. nor princely favour,” R2 V, 6, 42. “neither gave to me good w. nor look,” Troil. III, 3, 144. “we have ever your good w. He that will give good --s to thee will flatter beneath abhorring,” Cor. I, 1, 170. Cor. I, 1, 170 “you gave good --s of a bay courser,” Tim. I, 2, 217. “in your bad strokes you give good --s,” Caes. V, 1, 30.
== speech exchanged, conversation: “if you spend w. for w. with me,” Gent. II, 4, 41. “the friar and you must have a w. anon,” Meas. V, 364. “a man may break a w. with you,” Err. III, 1, 75. “to change a w.” LLL V, 2, 238; cf. Ado IV, 1, 185. “maintain no --s with him,” Tw. IV, 2, 107. “some --s there grew 'twixt Somerset and me,” H6A II, 5, 46. “the generals would have some --s,” Caes. V, 1, 25. “to give --s or talk with the Lord Hamlet,” Hml. I, 3, 134. “that first we come to --s,” Ant. II, 6, 3 etc. cf. “to bandy w. for w.” Shr. V, 2, 172. H6C I, 4, 49.
4) anything said or pronounced: “with that w. she spied the hunted boar,” Ven. 900. “even at this w. she hears a merry horn,” Ven. 900 “the woeful --s she told,” Ven. 900 “w. of denial in thy labras here,” Wiv. I, 1, 166. “would take you at your w.” Err. I, 2, 17. Rom. II, 2, 49. Caes. I, 2, 270. “I will not eat my w.” As V, 4, 155, i. e. retract; cf. Ado IV, 1, 280. H4B II, 2, 150. “the hopeless w. of 'never to return',” R2 I, 3, 152. “upon the w.” Caes. I, 2, 104 etc. == saying: “hath planted in his memory an army of good --s,” Merch. III, 5, 72. “dun's the mouse, the constable's own w.” Rom. I, 4, 40.
== assurance; promise: “his w. is more than the miraculous harp,” Tp. II, 1, 86. “you have an exchequer of --s,” Gent. II, 4, 44. Gent. II, 4, 44 “his --s are bonds,” II, 7, 75. “his w. might bear my wealth,” Err. V, 8. “engaged a prince's w.” Err. V, 8 “we arrest your w.” LLL II, 160. “I'll not trust your w.” Mids. III, 2, 268. “if thou proceed as high as w.” Alls II, 1, 213 etc. “on my w.” Wiv. IV, 2, 61. Wiv. IV, 2, 61 Meas. V, 269. “o'my w.” Rom. I, 1, 1. “first, of my w.” Ado V, 4, 123 (of for on; cf. “Of).” Tit. IV, 3, 59. I'll be as good as my w. (cf. Good): Wiv. III, 4, 112. Tw. III, 4, 357. H4A III, 3, 164. H4B V, 5, 90. “if my gossip Report be an honest woman of her w.” Merch. III, 1, 8. “they are not men o'their --s,” Lr. IV, 6, 106. “to break one's w.” H4B II, 3, 10. H5 III, 2, 37 (breaks --s; quibbling). H6A IV, 3, 31. IV, 6, 2 “(with). his sons shall give their --s for him,” H6B V, 1, 137. “to Master Brook you yet shall hold your w.” Wiv. V, 5, 258. “to keep one's w.” Mids. I, 1, 222. III, 2, 266 “(with).” Shr. III, 2, 108. John V, I, 5. H4A I, 2, 135. H5 IV, 1, 238. Lr. III, 4, 83. “he will not pass his w.” Tw. I, 5, 87. “to take him at his w.” LLL II, 217. “I take your princely w.” H4B IV, 2, 66 etc. etc.
== communication, information, message: “I must carry her w. quickly,” Wiv. III, 5, 48. “I brought you w. that . . .,” Err. IV, 3, 37. Merch. I, 2, 138. V, 28. Tw. IV, 2, 72. Wint. II, 3, 136. H4A V, 1, 109. H4B II, 4, 20. H5 III, 5, 68. H6A I, 4, 19. Cor. I, 10, 31. Mcb. IV, 1, 141. Ant. II, 5, 114. Ant. II, 5, 114 Cymb. I, 5, 49. “Achilles shall have w. of this intent,” Troil. I, 3, 306. “he sent me w. to stay within,” Wiv. III, 5, 59. “to send him w. they'll meet him,” IV, 4, 18. “I'll send him certain w. of my success,” Meas. I, 4, 89. As V, 4, 74. As V, 4, 74 As V, 4, 74 Shr. V, 2, 80. John V, 3, 7 “(by).” H4A I, 1, 94. III, 2, 164. H6B III, 2, 243 & H6C II, 1, 206 “(by).” Tit. III, 1, 151. Caes. I, 3, 38. Ant. IV, 13, 4 etc.
== order, command: “when your --s are done,” Err. I, 1, 27. “every soldier kill his prisoner; give the w. through,” H5 IV, 6, 38. “the w. of Caesar might have stood against the world,” Caes. III, 2, 123. “stand, ho! give the w., ho! and stand,” IV, 2, 2 (i. e. the order to stand). “stand, ho! speak the w. along,” IV, 2, 2 “Brutus gave the w. too early,” V, 3, 5.
5) the Scripture, or any part of it: “the sword and the w., do you study them both, master parson?” Wiv. III, 1, 44. “make us pay down . . . the --s of heaven,” Meas. I, 2, 126. “set the w. itself against the w.” R2 V, 5, 13 (Ff faith . . . faith). “turning the w. to sword,” H4B IV, 2, 10.
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