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 63 result(s).
PlayKey LineModern TextOriginal Text
All's Well That Ends WellAW III.vii.45Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed,Is wicked meaning in a lawfull deede;
All's Well That Ends WellAW III.vii.46And lawful meaning in a lawful act,And lawfull meaning in a lawfull act,
All's Well That Ends WellAW IV.iii.213My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest inMy meaning in't I protest was very honest in
All's Well That Ends WellAW V.iii.302.1And now behold the meaning.And now behold the meaning.
Antony and CleopatraAC II.vi.66.1I have fair meanings, sir.I haue faire meaning Sir.
As You Like ItAYL IV.iii.50Meaning me a beast.Meaning me a beast.
As You Like ItAYL V.i.33his lips when he put it into his mouth, meaning therebyhis lips when he put it into his mouth, meaning thereby,
The Comedy of ErrorsCE II.i.51his meaning?his meaning. 
The Comedy of ErrorsCE III.ii.36The folded meaning of your words' deceit.The foulded meaning of your words deceit:
CymbelineCym V.v.435.2Read, and declare the meaning.Read, and declare the meaning.
HamletHam II.i.31That's not my meaning. But breathe his faults so quaintlyThat's not my meaning: but breath his faults so quaintly,
Henry IV Part 22H4 IV.ii.58Wrested his meaning and authority.Wrested his meaning, and Authoritie.
Henry VH5 I.ii.241The Dauphin's meaning and our embassy?The Dolphins meaning, and our Embassie.
Henry VH5 III.vi.50meaning.meaning.
Henry VH5 V.ii.302will teach her to know my meaning: for maids, wellwill teach her to know my meaning: for Maides well
Henry VI Part 11H6 III.ii.24Which, once discerned, shows that her meaning is:Which once discern'd, shewes that her meaning is,
Henry VI Part 22H6 III.i.70From meaning treason to our royal personFrom meaning Treason to our Royall Person,
Henry VI Part 33H6 IV.v.22Well guessed, believe me; for that was my meaning.Wel guest beleeue me, for that was my meaning
Henry VI Part 33H6 IV.vii.60Till then, 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning.Till then, 'tis wisdome to conceale our meaning.
Henry VIIIH8 IV.ii.39Both in his words and meaning. He was never,Both in his words, and meaning. He was neuer
King JohnKJ IV.ii.212To understand a law, to know the meaningTo vnderstand a Law; to know the meaning
King LearKL I.ii.170man if there be any good meaning toward you. I haveman, if ther be any good meaning toward you:I haue
King LearKL V.iii.4Who with best meaning have incurred the worst.Who with best meaning haue incurr'd the worst:
Love's Labour's LostLLL III.i.56The meaning, pretty ingenious? Is not lead aThy meaning prettie ingenious, is not Lead a
Love's Labour's LostLLL V.ii.19What's your dark meaning, mouse, of this light word?What's your darke meaning mouse, of this light word?
Love's Labour's LostLLL V.ii.21We need more light to find your meaning out.We need more light to finde your meaning out.
The Merchant of VeniceMV I.ii.29and lead, whereof who chooses his meaning chooses you,and leade, whereof who chooses his meaning, chooses you,
The Merchant of VeniceMV I.iii.15Ho no, no, no, no! My meaning in saying heHo no, no, no, no: my meaning in saying he
The Merchant of VeniceMV III.v.53thee understand a plain man in his plain meaning: gothee vnderstand a plaine man in his plaine meaning: goe
The Merry Wives of WindsorMW I.i.236'ord ‘ dissolutely.’ The 'ort is, according to our meaning,'ord, dissolutely: the ort is (according to our meaning)
The Merry Wives of WindsorMW I.i.237‘ resolutely.’ His meaning is good.resolutely: his meaning is good.
A Midsummer Night's DreamMND II.ii.52Love takes the meaning in love's conferenceLoue takes the meaning, in loues conference,
Much Ado About NothingMA II.iii.250come in to dinner ’ – there's a double meaning in that. ‘ Icome into dinner: there's a double meaning in that: I
Much Ado About NothingMA III.iv.73meaning; I meant plain holy-thistle. You may think perchancemeaning, I meant plaine holy thissell, you may thinke perchance
Much Ado About NothingMA V.i.215by my troth, there's one meaning well suited.by my troth there's one meaning well suted.
OthelloOth IV.i.4An hour or more, not meaning any harm?An houre, or more, not meaning any harme?
PericlesPer I.i.110Heaven, that I had thy head! He has found the meaning.Heauen, that I had thy head; he ha's found the mea-ning:
PericlesPer I.i.144He hath found the meaning,He hath found the meaning.
Richard IIR2 II.i.128My brother Gloucester, plain well-meaning soul – My brother Gloucester, plaine well meaning soule
Richard IIR2 II.iii.74Mistake me not, my lord. 'Tis not my meaningMistake me not, my Lord, 'tis not my meaning
Richard IIR2 V.iv.10Meaning the King at Pomfret. Come, let's go.Meaning the King at Pomfret: Come, let's goe;
Richard IIIR3 I.iii.73Come, come, we know your meaning, brother Gloucester:Come, come, we know your meaning Brother Gloster
Richard IIIR3 I.iv.95Because I will be guiltless from the meaning.Because I will be guiltlesse from the meaning.
Richard IIIR3 III.v.54Somewhat against our meaning, have prevented;Something against our meanings, haue preuented;
Richard IIIR3 III.v.77Heir to the Crown, meaning indeed his house,Heire to the Crowne, meaning indeed his House,
Richard IIIR3 IV.iv.262Be not so hasty to confound my meaning.Be not so hasty to confound my meaning:
Romeo and JulietRJ I.iv.46Take our good meaning, for our judgement sitsTake our good meaning, for our Iudgement sits
Romeo and JulietRJ II.iv.53Meaning, to curtsy.Meaning to cursie.
Romeo and JulietRJ V.iii.255Meaning to keep her closely at my cellMeaning to keepe her closely at my Cell,
The Taming of the ShrewTS III.ii.123He hath some meaning in his mad attire.He hath some meaning in his mad attire,
The Taming of the ShrewTS IV.iv.77to expound the meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.to expound the meaning or morrall of his signes and tokens.
The Taming of the ShrewTS V.ii.30And now you know my meaning,And now you know my meaning.
The Taming of the ShrewTS V.ii.31.1A very mean meaning.A verie meane meaning.
The TempestTem I.ii.356Know thine own meaning, but wouldst gabble likeKnow thine owne meaning; but wouldst gabble, like
The TempestTem II.i.222There's meaning in thy snores.There's meaning in thy snores.
Timon of AthensTim V.iv.59With my more noble meaning, not a manWith my more Noble meaning, not a man
Titus AndronicusTit II.iii.271Thou know'st our meaning. Look for thy rewardThou know'st our meaning, looke for thy reward
Titus AndronicusTit II.iv.3Write down thy mind, bewray thy meaning so,Write downe thy mind, bewray thy meaning so,
Titus AndronicusTit III.ii.45And by still practice learn to know thy meaning.And by still practice, learne to know thy meaning.
Troilus and CressidaTC II.i.129O, meaning you? I will go learn more of it.O meaning you, I wil go learne more of it.
Twelfth NightTN I.iii.56 her in this company. Is that the meaning of ‘ accost ’?her in this company. Is that the meaning of Accost?
Twelfth NightTN V.i.85Not meaning to partake with me in danger – (Not meaning to partake with me in danger)
The Two Gentlemen of VeronaTG II.i.113Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more.Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more.

Poems

 3 result(s).
PlayKey LineModern TextOriginal Text
The Passionate PilgrimPP.11.12 And would not take her meaning nor her pleasure. And would not take her meaning nor her pleasure.
The Rape of LucreceLuc.100 Could pick no meaning from their parling looks, Could picke no meaning from their parling lookes,
Venus and AdonisVen.462 His meaning struck her ere his words begun. His meaning strucke her ere his words begun.

Glossary

 150 result(s).
abstract[unclear meaning] something removed, withdrawal; abridgement
accosting[unclear meaning] making of advances, coming on
aglet-baby[unclear meaning] small ornamental figure forming the tag of a lace
arm-gaunt[unclear meaning] in fine condition; with gaunt limbs; with armoured trappings
bank[unclear meaning] put in a bank, win; pass by [as in a boat]
beguild[unclear meaning] beguile
betime[unclear meaning] betide, befall, be appropriate
braid[unclear meaning] twisted, deceitful
brief[unclear meaning] rife, widespread; pressing, urgent
brooded[unclear meaning] full of brooding
button[unclear meaning] very plain, easy to see
buzzard[unclear meaning] night-flying insect; cockchafer
Castalion[unclear meaning] Castilian [Spanish]; Castalian [sacred spring on Mt Parnassus]
Castiliano[unclear meaning] in Christian tradition, possibly a name of a devil
chopping[unclear meaning] equivocating, chopping and changing
coacher[Q variant of torcher, unclear meaning] coach, chariot
coasting[unclear meaning] approachable, ready, friendly
cock-a-hoop, set[unclear meaning] abandon all restraint, put everything into disorder
collectiondeduction, inference, gathering of meaning
condolement[unclear meaning] share-out, tangible expression of thanks
contentsubstance, matter, meaning
corroborate[unclear meaning; perhaps a malapropism] strengthened, fortified
cruel[unclear meaning] form of cruelty, cruel creature
crushforce the sense of, strain a meaning from
cuckoo-bud[unclear meaning] type of flower, perhaps chosen because its name resembles 'cuckold'; or: buttercup
default[unclear meaning] absence, lack, want
Dian's bud[unclear meaning] herb associated with chastity
directitude[humorous nonsense word; unclear meaning] discredit
disposer[unclear meaning] one who makes arrangements, one who can handle [a person]
distract[unclear meaning] perplex, bewilder
doubtwithout clear meaning, ambiguous
drawn[unclear meaning] drawn from cover, hunted; disembowelled; dragged along
ducdame[unclear meaning] probably a nonsense word, explained later by Jaques to mean a ‘Greek invocation, to call fools into a circle’
dull[unclear meaning] sleep-inducing, soothing, producing drowsiness
equipage[unclear meaning] small parts, instalments
even[unclear meaning] keep pace with; or: sort out, reach agreement over
evil[unclear meaning] hovel; privy; brothel
extend[unclear meaning] react to; evaluate; enlarge in scope
forestalled[unclear meaning] certain to be refused
forfeit[unclear meaning] list of penalties for bad behaviour
formsubstance, essence, true meaning
free[unclear meaning] not in formal marching order; quick
fustilarian[unclear meaning] smelly old woman
generation[unclear meaning] world, human race
gibbet[unclear meaning] hang [as on a gibbet]
glassy[unclear meaning] frail as glass, brittle; or: mirroring, reflecting [divinity]
go[unclear meaning] enjoy a sexual relationship
good-years[unclear meaning] good times to come
ground-piece[unclear meaning] painting used as a teaching-aid
hack[unclear meaning] be promiscuous, go whoring
higher[unclear meaning] upper, northern
higher[unclear meaning] further afield
hood[unclear meaning] head-covering, bonnet, mask
imbar[unclear meaning] bar, exclude; reveal, demonstrate
impair[unclear meaning] unworthy, dishonourable; harmful, injurious
imperceiverant[unclear meaning] unperceptive, undiscerning
imperseverant[unclear meaning] stubborn, obstinate
importment[unclear meaning] importance, significance
inequality[unclear meaning] difference of rank, social disparity; injustice, partiality
ingenious[unclear meaning] lacking all ability, stupid
insisture[unclear meaning] steady continuance, constancy, regularity
inteemable[debated meaning] unable to be poured out
intellectpurport, meaning, contents
intenable[debated meaning] unable to retain
jar[unclear meaning] make tick; strike; make discordant
jealous-hood[unclear meaning] state of being jealous
jew[unclear meaning] jewel; juvenal; Jew
joy[unclear meaning] delight, bliss [for Mary, as the mother of Jesus]; or: darling, pet
lam-damn[unclear meaning] beat the hell out of, thrash without pity
land-damn[unclear meaning] beat the hell out of, thrash without pity
leg[unclear meaning] supporting member
levy[unclear meaning] level, purpose, intend
Lipsbury[unclear meaning; perhaps: ‘lips-town’] space between the lips, jaws
little-seeming[difficult meaning] of no account; or: who refuses to acknowledge appearances
locust[unclear meaning] fruit of the carob tree, locust-bean
long purple[unclear meaning] probably a type of wild orchis
mainport[unclear meaning] tribute, offering
make[unclear meaning] avoid, beware; or: let go, release
mallecho[unclear meaning] mischief, misdeed
marry trap with you[unclear meaning] insulting or contemptuous exclamation
mattersignificance, import, meaning
meaningdesign, intention, purpose
mered[unclear meaning] sole, entire; particular, specific
miching[unclear meaning] sneaking, skulking, lurking
moralhidden meaning, import, significance
mose in the chine[unclear meaning] be in the final stages of the glanders
ne'er-offence[unclear meaning] non-offence
nick[unclear meaning] cut through, maim; do out of, cheat of; mark with foolishness
obliquy[unclear meaning] oblique, obliquity; deviance, perversity
obstruct[debated meaning] obstruction, impediment, hindrance
oneyer[unclear meaning] officer with financial responsibility
onyer, oneyer[unclear meaning] officer with financial responsibility
out[unclear meaning] without
overscutched[unclear meaning] well-beaten, often whipped
O-yea[unclear meaning] public crier [who shouts Oyez, ‘Hear ye’]
pajock[unclear meaning] savage, degenerate; or: peacock
parcel[debated meaning] increase, add to the list of
parti-eyed[unclear meaning] with eyes of mixed colours; bleeding
pass[unclear meaning] trespass; course of action; trickery
pass[unclear meaning] jest at; impose on; pass judgement upon
pensived[unclear meaning] pensive, reflective; melancholic; apprehensive
pheazar[unclear meaning] vizier, person of great stature
phoenix[unclear meaning] rare, matchless, beautiful
pill[unclear meaning] plunder, rob; pile up, accumulate
pioned[unclear meaning] displaying wild orchises ('pionies'); trenched, furrowed, channelled
pole[unclear meaning] polestar, guiding star
portage[unclear meaning] life's voyage, journey through life
prize[unclear meaning] bargain, contest, valuation
pugging[unclear meaning] pulling, thieving, pilfering
pur[debated meaning] knave in a type of card game [post and pair]
purportmeaning, expression, effect
quatch[unclear meaning] squat, fat, plump
reference[unclear meaning] designation, appointment, assignment
relapse[unclear meaning] falling back, return; rebound
ribaudred[unclear meaning] foul, obscene, wanton
rivo[unclear meaning] exclamation used while drinking
rope-trick[unclear meaning] possibly a malapropism of ‘rhetoric’ or ‘rope-rhetoric’ [i.e. bombastic rhetoric]
saltness[unclear meaning] maturing power; piquancy; vigour
samingo[unclear meaning] type of drinking refrain [Latin ‘mingo’ = urinate]
scamel[uncertain meaning] type of bird or fish
scarfed[unclear meaning] fully decked out; under full sail; [of the hull] well-jointed
shake[unclear meaning] nod, make a sign with [in approval]
simulationdissimulation, concealment, disguised meaning
skains-mate[unclear meaning] cut-throat fellow
spy[unclear meaning] opportunity to spy, watch-keeping
Strachy[unknown meaning] possibly a local house or institution
strainoverstate, exaggerate, stretch the meaning
strain[unclear meaning] strand; extreme degree; pang, stress
strange-achieved[unclear meaning] specially obtained; procured abroad
strike[unclear meaning] tap the casks; fill the cups; clink the glasses; bang the drums
subject[unclear meaning] entity with a real-world existence
talent[unclear meaning] wealth, treasure, riches
tallow-catch[unclear meaning] dripping-pan [placed under roasting meat]
tenormeaning, purpose, intention
traverse[unclear meaning] take aim, about turn
true[unclear meaning] skilful, of high quality; honest, justified
Turlygod[unclear meaning] nonsense name
turn[unclear meaning] turning-point; trick, game; occasion, proper time
twilled[unclear meaning] woven with osiers, tangled
unsisting[unclear meaning] unassisting; or: unshifting
untrimmed[unclear meaning] unbedded, virgin
utter[unclear meaning] commemorate, express, voice
verge[unclear meaning] limit, bound; rim of metal; sphere of jurisdiction
vulgo[unclear meaning] popularly, commonly; in everyday speech
wappened[unclear meaning] worn-out, weary, exhausted [perhaps sexually]
watch-case[unclear meaning] receptacle containing a watch; place for keeping watch
wet[unclear meaning] bequeath, bestow; suffuse, steep
wheel[unclear meaning] song refrain; or: spinning-wheel
white[unclear meaning] clearly, lacking colour
wing-led[unclear meaning] led on in organized formation

Thesaurus

 19 result(s).
disguised meaningsimulation
gathering of meaningcollection
hidden meaningmoral
meaningmatter
meaningtenor
meaningpurport
meaningcontent
meaningintellect
meaning, disguisedsimulation
meaning, gathering ofcollection
meaning, hiddenmoral
meaning, strain acrush
meaning, stretch astrain
meaning, trueform
meaning, without cleardoubt
strain a meaningcrush
stretch a meaningstrain
true meaningform
unclear meaningdoubt

Themes and Topics

 15 result(s).
a- as a particle...l particle (an element which affects the meaning of other words but without any dictionar...
...f other words but without any dictionary meaning itself) the commonest use is before a v...
...g various aspects of the verb’s durative meaning such as the repeated nature of an actio...
...ctivity of feasting’ (mw ii iii 80) the meaning is often reinforced by accompanying temp...
Clothing...l in use today with essentially the same meaning (such as apron hat cuff garters skir...
Exclamations...tc) in some cases words are used whose meaning is  totally dependent on the context...
...d &lsquo tailor&rsquo cries [unclear meaning said when falling] shock surprise ...
Functional shift...olved most are concrete and specific in meaning referring to people their attributes ...
Hither, thither, and whither...lace / time / end’ the selection of the meaning of location time or consequence depend...
Negatives...le function is to intensify the negative meaning of an utterance (this is how the rule ...
Past tenses...nd sometimes convey different nuances of meaning an example is the princess’s observatio...
Plants...yllaceae lychnis flos-cuculi unclear meaning probably the ragged robin used as part...
... cuckoo-bud lll v ii 885 unclear meaning ‘of yellow hue’ possibly the butterc...
... dian’s bud mnd iv i 72 unclear meaning herb associated with chastity perhap...
...y orchidaceae orchis mascula unclear meaning probably a type of wild orchis used as...
... sedge tg ii vii 29 general meaning several species of long grassy plant ...
... furrow-weed kl iv iv 3 general meaning weed growing on the furrows of a plou...
... hardoke kl iv iv 4 unclear meaning type of weed possibly burdock assoc...
... hebona ham i v 62 unclear meaning poisonous plant perhaps henbane ...
Thou and you...onversation always conveys a contrast in meaning - a change of attitude or an altered ...
Withal and withal...rbs expressing various kinds of additive meaning - usually positive (‘in addition’) occa...
Religious personalities and beings
London
World [outside Britain], places and peoples
French
Abbreviations...ending marks unless they are crucial for meaning (as in the case of some question-marks a...
...e of fine in the quotation which has the meaning of ‘ending’ the first instance has a di...
...ords refer to augury sense 1 where the meaning of ‘omens premonition divining the fut...
...ee see also [in panels] unclear meaning or usage = equivalent term or...
...or usage = equivalent term or meaning / marks a shared word in a headwor...
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