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Thought, 1) any thing formed in the mind; an idea, a conception, a reflection, a fancy, an opinion, a recollection, an expectation, a design etc.: “the engine of her --s,” Ven. 367; i. e. her tongue; cf. Tit. III, 1, 82. “all my mind, my t., my busy care, is how to get my palfrey from the mare,” Ven. 383. “whose vulture t. doth pitch the price so high,” Ven. 383 “the t. of it doth make my faint heart bleed,” Ven. 383 the one (hope) doth flatter thee in --s unlikely, in likely --s the other (despair) “kills thee quickly,” Ven. 383 “even in this t. through the dark night he stealeth,” Lucr. 729. “within his t. her heavenly image sits,” Lucr. 729 “I think good --s whilst other write good words,” Sonn. 85, 5. “more to know did never meddle with my --s,” Tp. I, 2, 22. I wish mine eyes “would . . . shut up my --s,” II, 1, 192. “thy --s I cleave to,” IV, 165. “I do begin to have bloody --s,” IV, 165 “every third t. shall be my grave,” V, 311. “the table wherein all my --s are charactered,” Gent. II, 7, 3. “his --s immaculate,” Gent. II, 7, 3 “my --s do harbour with my Silvia nightly,” III, 1, 140. “one Julia, that his changing --s forget,” IV, 4, 124. “heaven make you better than your --s,” Wiv. III, 3, 219. “I was three or four times in the t. they were not fairies,” V, 5, 129. “throw away that t.” Meas. I, 3, 1. “let it not sound a t. upon your tongue against my brother's life,” II, 2, 140. “--s are no subjects,” V, 458. “let this be duly performed, with a t. that more depends on it,” IV, 2, 127. “I speak my t.” Ado I, 1, 226. “to think so base a t.” Merch. II, 7, 50. “punish me not with your hard --s,” As I, 2, 196. “never so much as in a t. unborn did I offend your highness,” I, 3, 53. “there was no t. of pleasing you when she was christened,” III, 2, 283. “let your highness lay a more noble t. upon mine honour,” All's V, 3, 180. “I come to whet your gentle --s on his behalf,” Tw. III, 1, 116. “all the unmuzzled --s that tyrannous heart can think,” Tw. III, 1, 116 “with t. of such affections, step forth mine advocate,” Wint. V, 1, 220. “where I may think the remnant of my --s in peace,” John V, 4, 46. “those --s which honour and allegiance cannot think,” R2 II, 1, 207. “on no t. I think,” II, 2, 31. “swayed your majesty's good --s away from me,” H4A III, 2, 131. “a power much smaller than the smallest of his --s,” H4B I, 3, 30 (== hopes, expectations). “I think you are Sir John Falstaff, and in that t. yield me,” IV, 3, 19. “question your royal --s,” V, 2, 91. “we have now no t. in us but France,” H5 I, 2, 302. “a name that in my --s becomes me best,” III, 3, 6. R3 I, 1, 59. Troil. I, 1, 30. II, 3, 156. IV, 1, 53. Tit. III, 1, 204 (later Ff t.). Caes. III, 1, 176. V, 5, 71. “with more offences at my beck than I have --s to put them in,” Hml. III, 1, 128. “the main descry stands on the hourly t.” Lr. IV, 6, 218 (== is hourly expected). “if we make t. of this, we must not think the Turk is so unskilful.” Oth. I, 3, 26. “prove such a wife as my --s make thee,” Ant. III, 2, 26. “will their good --s call from him,” III, 6, 21. Cymb. I, 3, 28. IV, 4, 33 etc. etc.
I had thought (followed by the perf. inf.) == I intended, I supposed, I was going: “I had t. to have held my peace,” Wint. I, 2, 28. “I had t. to have learned his health of you,” R2 II, 3, 24. H4B II, 2, 2. H6B II, 3, 107. Cor. IV, 5, 155. Mcb. II, 3, 20. Lr. I, 4, 224. Oth. I, 2, 5. Ant. III, 13, 186. cf. Oth. II, 3, 266 (Qq and M. Edd. I thought). H8 V, 3, 135.
Plur. --s sometimes == the manner of thinking, the disposition of the mind: “whose high imperious --s have punished me,” Gent. II, 4, 130. “manage it against despairing --s,” III, 1, 247. “your own good --s excuse me,” LLL II, 176. “bear free and patient --s,” Lr. IV, 6, 80. “to put my father in impatient --s,” Oth. I, 3, 243. fair --s and good --s (i. e. joy, happiness), as a kind wish: “fair --s and happy hours attend on you!” Merch. III, 4, 41. “good --s possess thee!” R3 IV, 1, 94. “fair --s be your fair pillow,” Troil. III, 1, 49 (Yorkshire tragedy I, 4: never look for prosperous hour, good --s, quiet sleep, contented walks). cf. “holy and heavenly --s still counsel her,” H8 V, 5, 30.
In this first as well as in the second sense, often applied to love, as a passion bred and nourished in the mind: “bending all my loving --s on thee,” Sonn. 88, 10. “made wit with musing weak, heart sick with t.” Gent. I, 1, 69. “a little time will melt her frozen --s,” III, 2, 9. whose (lust's) “flames aspire as --s do blow them,” Wiv. V, 5, 102. “to steal your --s,” Merch. II, 1, 12. “that same wicked bastard of Venus, that was begot of t., conceived of spleen, and born of madness,” As IV, 1, 217. “for his --s, would they were blanks, rather than filled with me,” Tw. III, 1, 114. “she pined in t.” II, 4, 115. “to angle for your --s,” Troil. III, 2, 162.
2) the act and operation of thinking, the forming of ideas, meditation: “those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view want nothing that the t. of hearts can mend,” Sonn. 69, 2. “t. is free,” Tp. III, 2, 132. Tw. I, 3, 73 (proverb). “if I in t. felt not her very sorrow,” Gent. IV, 4, 177. “those that lawless and incertain t. imagine howling,” Meas. III, 1, 127. “now he's there, past t. of human reason,” Err. V, 189. “it is past the infinite of t.” Ado II, 3, 106. “when such bad dealing must be seen in t.” R3 III, 6, 14. “sicklied o'er with the pale cast of t.” Hml. III, 1, 85. “had he been where he thought, by this had t. been past,” Lr. IV, 6, 45. “she deceives me past t.” Oth. I, 1, 167. Ant. I, 2, 150. III, 6, 87. Almost == mind, faculty of thinking, of forming ideas: “whereon the t. might think sometime it saw the carcass of a beauty spent,” Compl. 10. “as sure as I have a t. or a soul,” Ado IV, 1, 333. “how far dost thou excel, no t. can think, nor tongue of mortal tell,” LLL IV, 3, 42. “shall I have the t. to think on this, and shall I lack the t. that such a thing bechanced would make me sad?” Merch. I, 1, 36. “thou hast a perfect t.” John V, 6, 6.
Used of sad contemplations, almost == sorrow, melancholy: “take t. and die for Caesar,” Caes. II, 1, 187.* “t. and affliction, passion, hell itself, she turns to favour and to prettiness,” Hml. IV, 5, 188. if swift t. break it not (the heart), “a swifter mean shall outstrike t.; but t. will do't,” Ant. IV, 6, 35. Similarly of single sorrowful reflections: “hence I took a t., this was a judgment on me,” H8 II, 4, 193. “there is pansies, that's for --s,” Hml. IV, 5, 177. “take to you no hard --s,” Ant. V, 2, 116. “make not your --s your prisons,” Ant. V, 2, 116 cf. Thought-sick.
T. swifter than any thing: Sonn. 44, 1. H4B IV, 3, 37. H5 V Chor. H5 V Chor. Rom. II, 5, 4 etc. “as swift as t.” LLL IV, 3, 330. “fleeter than t.” V, 2, 261. “faster than t.” Wint. IV, 4, 565. “fly like t.” John IV, 2, 175. “of no less celerity than t.” H5 III Chor. H5 III Chor. with a t. == in a twinkling, in no time: “come with a t.” Tp. IV, 164. “with a t. seven of the eleven I paid,” H4A II, 4, 242. “I will be here again, even with a t.” Caes. V, 3, 19. “even with a t. the rack dislimns,” Ant. IV, 14, 9. upon a t., in the same sense: “upon a t. he will again be well,” Mcb. III, 4, 55.
3) the least imaginable degree or quantity; an atom, a trifle: “if the hair were a t. browner,” Ado III, 4, 14. “not Neoptolemus . . . could promise to himself a t. of added honour torn from Hector,” Troil. IV, 5, 145.
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