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bond (2 and 4 are the most freq. uses)
1. chain, fetter, usu. pl. (often fig.) Err. V. i. 250 “gnawing . . . my b-s in sunder,” John III. iv. 70 “I tore them” (=hairs) “from their b-s,” Troil. I. iii. 66, Cæs. I. i. 38 “captive b-s,” Cym. I. i. 117 “b-s of death.”
2. tie of duty, obligation of affection AYL. I. ii. 293 “the natural bond of sisters,” Cor. V. iii. 25 “All bond and privilege of nature,” Tim. I. i. 145, Lr. I. i. 95 “I love your majesty According to my bond,” Sonn. cxvii. 4 “Whereto all bonds do tie me” ; Cæs. II. i. 280 “bond of marriage” ; cf. H8 II. iv. 38 “My bond to wedlock.”
3. cementing or uniting force Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 586 “Prosperity's the very bond of love.”
4. deed by which one binds oneself to another to make a payment or fulfil a contract Mer.V. I. iii. 28 “I think I may take his bond,” III. ii. 318, &c., R2 II. i. 64 “rotten parchment bonds” ; often fig. and in extended use, R3 IV. iv. 77 “Cancel his bond of life,” Mac. III. ii. 49 “Cancel and tear to pieces that” “great bond” (= Banquo's life), Sonn. cxlii. 7 “seal'd false bonds of love,” Lucr. 136.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (15):
    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 5.3
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 3.4
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 1.3
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.3
    • William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.4
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, cxlii
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, cxvii
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