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Stop, subst. 1) cessation of progressive motion: “my restless discord loves no --s nor rests,” Lucr. 1124 (perhaps quibbling; cf. sign. 5). “what course, what s. he makes,” Compl. 109. “he hath rid his prologue like a rough colt; he knows not the s.” Mids. V, 120 (quibbling; cf. sign. 3). “yea, without s., didst let thy heart consent, and consequently thy rude hand to act the deed,” John IV, 2, 239. “time, that takes survey of all the world, must have a s.” H4A V, 4, 83. “no care, no s.” Tim. II, 2, 1. “let's teach ourselves that honourable s., not to outsport discretion,” Oth. II, 3, 2. “then began a s. in the chaser,” Cymb. V, 3, 40.
2) cessation of speech, interruption: where did I leave? At that sad s., where rude hands etc. R2 V, 2, 4. “these --s of thine fright me,” Oth. III, 3, 120.
3) mark in writing, to show the proper pauses in reading or reciting: Mids. V, 120 (see sub 1). “come, the full s.” Merch. III, 1, 17 (== speak the whole sentence out).
4) hinderance, obstacle: “these be the --s that hinder study quite,” LLL I, 1, 70. “thy kinsmen are no s. to me,” Rom. II, 2, 69 (the surreptitious Q1 and some M. Edd. let). “more impediments than twenty times your s.” Oth. V, 2, 264.
5) In music, a) that by which the sounds of wind instruments are regulated: a pipe of so easy and so plain a s. H4B Ind. Oth. V, 2, 264 “they are not a pipe for fortune's finger to sound what s. she please,” Hml. III, 2, 76. “these are the --s,” Hml. III, 2, 76 Hml. III, 2, 76 b) regulation of musical chords by the fingers: “his jesting spirit is now crept into a lute-string and now governed by --s,” Ado III, 2, 62.*
6) the act of filling up and making whole again: “a breach that craves a quick expedient s.” H6B III, 1, 288.
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