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centre (in Wint. II. i. 101* the sense is perhaps architectural ‘temporary framework supporting a superstructure’)
1. middle point of the earth MND. III. ii. 54, Ham. II. ii. 159 “I will find Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed Within the centre.”
2. the earth, as the supposed centre of the universe Troil. I. iii. 85 “The heavens . . ., the planets, and this ”
3. the heart or soul, taken as the centre of the body Wint. I. ii. 139 “thy intention stabs the centre,” Rom. II. i. 2, Sonn. cxlvi. 1.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (3):
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, cxlvi
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