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Castle, a strong house, fortified against assault: Pilgr. 327. Wiv. III, 3, 232 “(Windsor C.).” IV, 5, 7 “(there's his chamber, his house, his c.).” V, 5, 60. John V, 1, 31 “(Dover C.).” R2 II, 2, 135 “(Bristol C.).” II, 3, 53. III, 2, 1 “(Barkloughly C.).” III, 3, 20. H5 IV, 7, 91. H6A II, 2, 41. III, 1, 47. H6B I, 4, 38. V, 2, 68. H6C I, 1, 206. R3 IV, 2, 107. Mcb. IV, 1, 56. Oth. II, 1, 203 etc. etc. “My old lad of the c.” H4A I, 2, 48 ('a familiar appellation, equivalent to old buck. Gabriel Harvey tells us of old lads of the castle, with their rapping babble; roaring boys.' Nares). Used as the emblem of security: “we steal as in a c., cocksure,” H4A II, 1, 95. “stand fast and wear a c. on thy head,” Troil. V, 2, 187.
In Tit. III, 1, 170 (which of your hands hath not defended Rome, and reared aloft the bloody battleaxe, writing destruction on the enemy's c.?) the word has unnecessarily been interpreted in the sense of casque, helmet. Marcus says: each hand of yours has been employed in defending Rome and in assailing and destroying the strongholds of enemies.
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