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bosom sb. (“bosom multiplied” Cor. III. i. 130 prob. =the bosom of the many-headed monster, i.e. the people; “bisson multitude”†)
1. “Abraham's ” (Luke xvi. 22)=Paradise R3 IV. iii. 38.
2. fold or pocket in the front part of a bodice, used for letters, &c. Gent. I. ii. 111, Ham. II. ii. 112.
3. seat of affection, desire, passion=‘heart’ (freq.); Lr. V. iii. 50 “the common ” (= the affections of the populace); sometimes = (i) repository of secrets Meas. V. i. 10 “To lock it in the wards of covert ,” Cæs. V. i. 7 “I am in their b-s,” Lr. IV. v. 26 “you are of her ” ; (ii) desire, intimate thoughts Meas. IV. iii. 143 “have your on this wretch,” Oth. III. i. 58 “To speak your freely.”
4. of things: (i) surface John IV. i. 3 “the of the ground,” Rom. I. iv. 102, II. ii. 32 “the of the air” ; (ii) enclosing walls (of a tower) R2 V. i. 3 “whose flint ” ; (iii) depths, inmost recesses LLL. IV. iii. 32, John II. i. 410 “this city's ,” R3 I. i. 4 “the deep of the ocean” ; cf. H8 II. iv. 180 “the of my conscience” (=my inmost conscience).
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