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grand (in Wiv. IV. v. 89*, Lr. II. ii. 112* the meaning is uncertain; in Ham. V. ii. 18 “ commission” is prob. modelled on technical terms like ‘grand assize’, ‘grand jury’)
1. pre-eminent, chief Tp. I. ii. 274 “her hests,” V. i. 280 “this liquor” (=the elixir), R2 V. vi. 19 “The conspirator,” R3 IV. iv. 52.
2. “ sum,” grand total H8 III. ii. 294.
3. main, principal Ant. III. x. [xii.] 10 “ sea” (=ocean).
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