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Barren, 1) sterile: so b. a land, Ven. Dedic. Hml. V, 1, 235 Tp. I, 1, 70. I, 2, 338. R2 III, 2, 153 (the b. earth, i. e. the earth which serves for a grave) H4B V, 3, 8. Tit. II, 3, 93. “mountains,” Wint. III, 2, 213. H4A I, 3, 89. H4A I, 3, 89 “winter,” H6B II, 4, 3. “metal,” Merch. I, 3, 135. “women,” Ven. 136. Mids. I, 1, 72. Caes. I, 2, 8. “b. dearth of daughters and of sons,” Ven. 754. Figuratively: “b. skill,” Lucr. 81. “b. rage of death's eternal cold,” Sonn. 13, 12. “rhyme,” 16, 4. “hate,” Tp. IV, 19. “b. practisers, scarce show a harvest of their heavy toil,” LLL IV, 3, 325. “wit,” Err. II, 1, 91. “I am not b. to bring forth complaints,” R3 II, 2, 67. “brain,” Troil. I, 3, 327. “sceptre,” Mcb. III, 1, 62. Followed by of: “trees b. of leaves,” Sonn. 12, 5. “why is my verse so b. of new pride?” 76, 1. “of that kind our rustic garden is b.” Wint. IV, 4, 84. “b. and bereft of friends,” R2 III, 3, 84. “b. of accusations,” Cor. I, 1, 45. “Mine ears, that long time have been b.,” Ant. II, 5, 25, i. e. my ears which have long been, as it were, untilled, unploughed, having heard nothing.
2) dull: “the b. tender of a poet's debt,” Sonn. 83, 4. b. tasks, LLLI, 1, 47. “such b. plants are set before us,” IV, 2, 29 (quibble). “the shallowest thickskin of that b. sort,” Mids. III, 2, 13. “now I let go your hand, I am b.,” Tw. I, 3, 84 (quibble). “such a b. rascal,” I, 5, 90. V, 383. “b. ignorance,” R2 I, 3, 168. “such b. pleasures.” H4A III, 2, 14. “some quantity of b. spectators,” Hml. III, 2, 46. “made b. the swelled boast of him that best could speak,” Cymb. V, 5, 162.
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