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Table, 1) that on which a picture is painted: “mine eye hath played the painter and hath stelled thy beauty's form in t. of my heart,” Sonn. 24, 2 (the heart itself being the table; cf. Of). “to sit and draw his arched brows . . . in our heart's t.” All's I, 1, 106. “I beheld myself drawn in the flattering t. of her eye,” John II, 503. John II, 503
2) that on which something is written: “who art the t. wherein all my thoughts are charactered,” Gent. II, 7, 3. “unclasp the --s of their thoughts to every ticklish reader,” Troil. IV, 5, 60. you (seals) clasp young Cupid's --s (i. e. letters) Cymb. III, 2, 39. “from the t. of my memory I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,” Hml. I, 5, 98. Used a) of the boards containing the ten commandments: scraped one (commandment) “out of the t.” Meas. I, 2, 9. “the great King of kings hath in the --s of his law commanded,” R3 I, 4, 201 (Ff t.). b) plur. --s == memorandum-book: thy “gift, thy --s, are within my brain full charactered with lasting memory,” Sonn. 122, 1. “to trust those --s that receive thee more,” Sonn. 122, 1 “his master's old --s, his notebook, his counsel-keeper,” H4B II, 4, 289. “therefore will he wipe his --s clean,” IV, 1, 201. “my --s, -- meet it is I set it down,” Hml. I, 5, 107. c) the palm of the hand, in the language of chiromancy: “if any man in Italy have a fairer t. which doth offer to swear upon a book,” Merch. II, 2, 167.
3) the article of furniture usually consisting of boards supported by four legs: H4B II, 1, 95 “(at the round t.).” Rom. III, 1, 7. Hml. V, 2, 278. Particularly used for meals: Gent. IV, 4, 20. Wiv. I, 1, 270. Err. III, 1, 23. Merch. III, 5, 65 “(cover the t.).” Merch. III, 5, 65 As II, 7, 105. Shr. III, 2, 249. Wint. IV, 4, 59. H4B II, 2, 190. Troil. I, 1, 29. II, 3, 45. Cor. IV, 5, 205. IV, 7, 4 “(at t.).” Rom. I, 5, 29. Tim. I, 2, 30. Tim. I, 2, 30 III, 6, 88. Mcb. III, 4, 12. Mcb. III, 4, 12 III, 6, 34. Hml. I, 2, 181. IV, 3, 26. IV, 5, 44 “(God be at your t.).” Per. I, 4, 28. T. and bed the symbols of conjugal life (cf. Board): H6C I, 1, 248. to set foot under a person's t. == to live upon his charity; “your father were a fool to give thee all, and in his waning age set foot under thy t.” Shr. II, 404.
4) a company sitting together at a table: “it shall please you to gratify the t. with a grace,” LLL IV, 2, 161. “you may worst of all this t. say so,” H8 V, 3, 79. “a perfecter giber for the t.” Cor. II, 1, 91. “by the entreaty and grant of the whole t.” IV, 5, 213. “I drink to the general joy o' the whole t.” Mcb. III, 4, 89. “to set the t. on a roar,” Hml. V, 1, 211.
5) --s == backgammon: “when he plays at --s, chides the dice in honourable terms,” LLL V, 2, 326.
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