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World, 1) the universe; all that has existence considered as a whole: “the w. hath ending with thy life,” Ven. 12. “from --'s minority,” Lucr. 67. “with thy daring folly burn the w.” Gent. III, 1, 155. “though all the --'s vastidity you had,” Meas. III, 1, 69. Err. II, 2, 108. III, 2, 102. Ado II, 1, 272. Tw. V, 414. R2 II, 1, 109. H5 IV, 3, 58 etc.
Emblem of immensity: “weakly fortressed from a w. of harms,” Lucr. 28. “what a w. of vile faults . . .,” Wiv. III, 4, 32. “a w. of torments though I should endure,” LLL V, 2, 353. “nor doth this wood lack --s of company,” Mids. II, 1, 223. “his youthful hose a w. too wide,” As II, 7, 160. “with a w. of pretty, fond, adoptious christendoms,” All's I, 1, 187. “a w. of curses,” H4A I, 3, 164. “a w. of figures,” H4A I, 3, 164 “there will be a w. of water shed,” III, 1, 94. “when a w. of men could not prevail,” H6A II, 2, 48. “yields up his life unto a w. of odds,” IV, 4, 25. “a w. of earthly blessings,” H6B I, 1, 22. “called forth from out a w. of men,” R3 I, 4, 186. “a w. of care,” III, 7, 223. “all that w. of wealth,” H8 III, 2, 211. “with such a hell of pain and w. of charge,” Troil. IV, 1, 57. “a w. of sighs,” Oth. I, 3, 159.
The same idea prevalent in the following expressions: “can the w. buy such a jewel!” Ado I, 1, 183. “I would not for the w.” Tp. V, 173. Gent. II, 4, 168. Ado IV, 1, 292. LLL II, 99. “by the w.!” LLL IV, 3, 19. V, 1, 107. V, 1, 107 Shr. II, 161. in the w. == possible, imaginable; and hence, with negatives, == at all: “I would not wish any companion in the w. but you,” Tp. III, 1, 55. Tp. III, 1, 55 “my son profits nothing in the w.” Wiv. IV, 1, 15. Meas. II, 1, 56. Ado II, 1, 17. Mids. V, 78. As V, 1, 9. All's III, 6, 105. Hml. III, 2, 245. Oth. V, 1, 103 etc. cf. “an I had but one penny in the w.” LLL V, 1, 74 (all in all). “never suffers matter of the w. enter his thoughts save such as do revolve and ruminate himself,” Troil. II, 3, 196 (not any at all). “offended, and with you chiefly i'the w.” Ant. II, 2, 33. “the least wind i'the w. will blow them down,” II, 7, 3.
For all the w., in comparisons, == exactly: “whose posy was for all the w. like cutler's poetry upon a knife,” Merch. V, 149. “his lackey for all the w. caparisoned like the horse,” Shr. III, 2, 66. “for all the w. as thou art to this hour was Richard then,” H4A III, 2, 93. “he was for all the w. like a forked radish,” H4B III, 2, 334. Evans says: “it is that very person for all the w.” Wiv. I, 1, 50.
It is a w. to see == it is a treat to see: “when the age is in, the wit is out: God help us! it is a w. to see,” Ado III, 5, 38 (Dogberry's speech). “O, you are novices! 'tis a w. to see how tame . . . a meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew,” Shr. II, 313.
2) the whole sphere of any individual existence; that which is the all to a particular being; f. i. the earth: the --'s comforter (the sun) Ven. 529. “the sun . . . who doth the w. so gloriously behold that cedartops and hills seem burnished gold,” Ven. 529 “how the --'s poor people are amazed at apparitions,” Ven. 529 “blown round about the pendent w.” Meas. III, 1, 126. “lords of the wide w. and wild watery seas,” Err. II, 1, 21. “the three corners of the w.” John V, 7, 116. R2 I, 3, 269. III, 2, 38. Mcb. II, 1, 49. Hml. IV, 1, 41 etc. Considered as the scene of human life, almost == life: “must sell her joy, her life, her --'s delight,” Lucr. 385. “weary of the w.” Ven. 1189. “to take this poor maid from the w.” Meas. III, 1, 241. “he hath released him from the w.” IV, 3, 119. “there is another comfort than this w.” V, 49. V, 49 “we came into the w. like brother and brother,” Err. V, 424. John I, 112. “when in the w. I lived, I was the --'s commander,” LLL V, 2, 565. “take me from the w.” H6C I, 4, 167. “I am peppered for this w.” Rom. III, 1, 103. “the sweet degrees that this brief w. affords,” Tim. IV, 3, 253 etc. This present or earthly sphere of life opposed to another: “destiny, that hath to instrument this lower w. and what is in't,” Tp. III, 3, 54. “fleet the time carelessly, as they did in the golden w.” As I, 1, 125. “win a new --'s crown,” R2 V, 1, 24. “this beneath w.” Tim. I, 1, 44. “let both the --s suffer,” Mcb. III, 2, 16. “both the --s I give to negligence,” Hml. IV, 5, 134.
Any part of the earth: “a pair of maiden --s unconquered,” Lucr. 408. this little w. (England) R2 II, 1, 45. “for thy w. enjoying but this land,” R2 II, 1, 45 “there is a w. elsewhere,” Cor. III, 3, 135. “Britain is a w. by itself,” Cymb. III, 1, 13. “these demesnes have been my w.” III, 3, 70. cf. “O brave new w. that has such people in't,” Tp. V, 183. “one of the greatest in the Christian w.” All's IV, 4, 2. “where am I? where's my lord? what w. is this?” Per. III, 2, 106.
The microcosm of man: “storming her w. with sorrow's wind and rain,” Compl. 7. “in his little w. of man,” Lr. III, 1, 10. And opposed to it, all that is without: “the w.'s mine oyster, which I with sword will open,” Wiv. II, 2, 2. “to see the wonders of the w. abroad,” Gent. I, 1, 6. “I to the w. am like a drop of water,” Err. I, 2, 35. “hath seen the w.” LLL V, 1, 114. Shr. I, 2, 58. “comest thou from the --'s great snare uncaught?” Ant. IV, 8, 18.
Oftenest == society, the people among whom one lives: “whose full perfection all the w. amazes,” Ven. 634. “the lamp that burns by night dries up his oil to lend the w. his light,” Ven. 634 “the w. will hold thee in disdain,” Ven. 634 Ven. 634 “not mine own fears nor the prophetic soul of the wide w. dreaming on things to come,” Sonn. 107, 2. “all the w. besides methinks are dead,” 112, 14. Tp. I, 2, 69. III, 1, 39. Gent. I, 1, 68. I, 3, 21. II, 7, 59. V, 4, 70. Wiv. II, 1, 21. II, 2, 136. IV, 5, 95. Meas. I, 2, 120. II, 2, 53. II, 4, 153. III, 2, 3. III, 2, 3 Err. I, 1, 34. Ado I, 1, 98. Ado I, 1, 98 II, 1, 216. Mids. II, 1, 224. All's I, 3, 36. Troil. III, 2, 180 (in the w. to come == with future generations). Tim. I, 1, 138. Hml. V, 2, 390. Oth. II, 3, 192. Cymb. II, 4, 26 etc. etc. Particularly with respect to their manner of living and thinking: “in a better w. than this I shall desire more love and knowledge of you,” As I, 2, 296 (in a better state of things). “as I intend to thrive in this new w.” R2 IV, 78 (in this new state of things). “deliver them like a man of this w.” H4B V, 3, 102. “upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the w.” Meas. III, 2, 243. “the grosser manner of these --'s delights,” LLL I, 1, 29. “to shield thee from diseases of the w.” Lr. I, 1, 177. “little of this great w. can I speak,” Oth. I, 3, 86. “the pleasures of the w.” Cymb. IV, 2, 296. cf. Meas. IV, 3, 127. John II, 561. IV, 3, 68. IV, 3, 68 H6B II, 4, 38. R3 II, 3, 5. H8 III, 2, 365. Cor. IV, 4, 12. IV, 5, 234. Mcb. III, 1, 109 etc. Hence, with contempt, that which engrosses the interest of most people: “you have too much respect upon the w.” Merch. I, 1, 74. “Fortune reigns in gifts of the w., not in the lineaments of nature,” As I, 2, 44.
Peculiar phrases: to go to the w. == to marry: Ado II, 1, 331. All's I, 3, 20. a woman of the w. == a married woman: As V, 3, 5.
Let the w. slide, and let the w. slip, Sly's philosophy in Shr. Ind. 1, 6 and 2, 146 (cf. Slide). Similarly in a popular rhyme: “so runs the w. away,” Hml. III, 2, 285. “To set the w. on wheels,” Gent. III, 1, 317 (cf. Wheel).
How goes the w. == how do you do? Shr. IV, 1, 36. Tim. I, 1, 2. Mcb. II, 4, 21. “how goes the w. with thee?” R3 III, 2, 98. cf. “as this w. goes,” Wint. II, 3, 72. “bring me word thither how the w. goes,” Cor. I, 10, 32. “we make his friends blush that the w. goes well,” IV, 6, 5. “how goes the w. that I am thus encountered with clamorous demands,” Tim. II, 2, 36 (== how comes it, how is it). “thou seest the w. how it goes; our enemies have beat us to the pit,” Caes. V, 5, 22. “the w. may laugh again,” H6B II, 4, 82 (== I may be fortunate again). “then the w. goes hard,” H6C II, 6, 77 (== then he is poorly off).
Similarly: “'twas never merry w. since of two usuries the merriest was put down,” Meas. III, 2, 6. Tw. III, 1, 109. H6B IV, 2, 9. “how the w. is changed with you,” Err. II, 2, 154 (== how you are changed). “bad w. the while!” John IV, 2, 100. “here's a good w.!” IV, 3, 116. R3 III, 6, 10. “is the w. as it was?” Meas. III, 2, 53 (are you the same man as you were?).
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