vail (v.) Old form(s): vaild , vaile , vailes , vale
lower, bow down, cast down [as in submission]
1H6 V.iii.25[Pucelle alone] Now the time is come / That France must vail her lofty-plumed crest
2H4 I.i.129[Morton to Northumberland] The bloody Douglas ... / 'Gan vail his stomach
Cor III.i.98[Coriolanus to Senators, of Sicinius] If he have power, / Then vail your ignorance [i.e. let your ignorant selves bow down before him]
E3 II.i.17[Lodowick alone, of King Edward] If he did blush, 'twas red immodest shame, / To vail his eyes amiss [QQ waile]
E3 V.i.78[Copland to King Edward, of his behaviour] Copland ... / Is come to France, and with a lowly mind / Doth vail the bonnet of his victory
MV I.i.28[Salerio to Antonio, of a ship] docked in sand, / Vailing her high-top lower than her ribs
Per II.iii.42[Pericles to himself, of his father] None that beheld him but like lesser lights / Did vail their crowns to his supremacy
TS V.ii.175[Katherina to Widow and Bianca] vail your stomachs
Ven.314[of Adonis' horse] He vails his tail
Ven.956[of Venus] She vailed her eyelids
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