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War, subst. a contest between two powers carried on by force of arms: Ven. 98. Ven. 98 Lucr. 831. Sonn. 55, 5. Tp. V, 44. Gent. V, 2, 16. Meas. I, 2, 83. Err. V, 161. LLL II, 132. Mids. I, 1, 142. Shr. V, 2, 2, Shr. V, 2, 2 All's I, 1, 209. I, 2, 3. II, 1, 44. II, 3, 307. III, 1, 2. III, 2, 108. III, 4, 8. R2 II, 1, 252. H5 II, 4, 7 (towns of w. == fortified towns) etc. etc. Plur. --s in the sense of the singular: “some to the --s, to try their fortune there,” Gent. I, 3, 8. “when I bestrid thee in the --s,” Err. V, 192. “is Signior Mountanto returned from the --s?” Ado I, 1, 31. Ado I, 1, 31 Ado I, 1, 31 “'tis brave --s,” All's II, 1, 25. “I have seen those --s,” All's II, 1, 25 “I'll to the Tuscan --s,” II, 3, 290. II, 3, 290 “in his unlucky Irish --s,” H4A V, 1, 53. “she'll to the --s,” III, 1, 195. “thou art going to the --s,” H4B II, 4, 72. “since I have entered into these --s,” H6A I, 2, 132; cf. I, 1, 74. “attend upon Cominius to these --s,” Cor. I, 1, 241 etc. etc. Even: “as --s may be said to be a ravisher,” Cor. IV, 5, 242. “this --s,” Oth. I, 3, 235. a man of w. == a soldier: R2 II, 1, 286. II, 3, 52. H4B V, 1, 31. at w. == in the state of war (figuratively): Sonn. 46, 1. Meas. II, 2, 33. H4A II, 3, 59. Caes. I, 2, 46. “at --s,” H4B III, 1, 60. in w., in the same sense: Sonn. 15, 3. “to go to w.” Troil. II, 3, 145. “to go to --s,” Ado I, 1, 307. Ant. II, 2, 66. “to make w.” H6A I, 2, 17. “to make --s,” Ant. II, 2, 95; cf. II, 1, 13. “to make w. against,” Lucr. 774. Err. III, 2, 127. to make w. on or “upon,” Sonn. 16, 2. R2 III, 2, 133. R3 II, 4, 62. Per. I, 2, 45. to make --s on or “upon,” Cor. I, 4, 40. Ant. II, 2, 43. III, 5, 4. IV, 12, 15. “to make w. with,” H6C II, 2, 31. Mcb. II, 4, 18. “to make --s with,” Cor. I, 1, 239. “to wage --s,” Ant. III, 4, 3. “this civil w. of wits were much better used on Navarre,” LLL II, 226. “frowns, words and threats shall be the w. that Henry means to use,” H6C I, 1, 73. “that thou wilt use the --s as thy redress,” Tim. V, 4, 51.
Figurative use: “their silent w. of lilies and of roses,” Lucr. 71. “a w. of looks,” Ven. 355. “such civil w. is in my love and hate,” Sonn. 35, 12. “a kind of merry w.” Ado I, 1, 62. “such w. of white and red,” Shr. IV, 5, 30. Cor. II, 1, 232. “the morning's w.” H6C II, 5, 1 etc. etc. cf. above at w. and in w.
Used of a single combat: “telling the bushes that thou lookest for --s,” Mids. III, 2, 408 (rhyming). “law of w.” Lr. V, 3, 152 (Qq. l. of arms).
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