stop (n.) Old form(s): stoppes
means of closing a finger-hole in a wind instrument
2H4 induction.17[Rumour alone] Rumour is ... of so easy and so plain a stop [i.e. so easy to be played on]
Ham III.ii.368[Hamlet to Guildenstern] these are the stops
MA III.ii.55[Claudio to Don Pedro, of Benedick] his jesting spirit, which is now crept into a lute-string, and now governed by stops [i.e. controlled by music]
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