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Cates, confections, dainties.

Catling, catgut, lute-strings.

Cautel, cunning, deceit; cautelous, treacherous. Caviarie, a delicacy, prepared from the roe of the sturgeon: the word applied to anything beyond the reach of common people.

Censorinus. The line, placed within brackets, in which this name occurs (Coriolanus, ii. 3; vol. x. p. 185), has been introduced to complete the sense of the passage. The name is given in Plutarch's Lives, whence Shakspeare appears to have drawn his information on the subject.

Censure, judgment, opinion; censure well, to approve. Century, a hundred, whether of years, of soldiers, or of objects in general.

Ceremonious, superstitious.

Chamber, a kind of ordnance, of small size.

Chamber, King's, a name formerly given to London.

Change, to exchange, to interchange, to vary.

Channel, a kennel for refuse water, an open sewer.

Charact, affected quality.

Character, handwriting, ciphers, a letter.

Charge-house, a free-school.

Charles's Wain, the constellation Ursa Major, the Great

Bear, called also the Plough.

Charm, to conjure by superstitious observances.

Charm the tongue, to put a spell upon the tongue,
Charming, putting forth magical influence.

Charneco, a kind of sweet wine.

Chaudron, entrails.

Cheater, escheator, an officer in the Exchequer; an unfair


Check, to fly from, or shy at; a term in falconry.

Cherry-pit, a game in which cherry-stones are used.

Cheveril, a kid; the name applied to kid leather.

Chewet, a noisy, chattering bird.

Chide, to resound, to echo, to be clamorous.

Children. In some instances, to treat this word as a trisyllable, child (e)ren, will give a more fluent reading.

Childing, pregnant, teeming.

Chill, familiar expression for "I will."

Chirurgeonly, skilfully as a surgeon.

Chopine, a high shoe or clog.

Christendom, the condition of being a Christian.

Christom, a white garment formerly put on children

after they were baptized.

Chuff, a coarse, heavy, surly peasant.
Cicatrice, a mark or scar of a wound.
Circle, a diadem, a crown.

Circumstance, a tedious argument.

Circumstanced, controlled by external circumstances. Cite, to summon, to demand the attendance of any one. Civil, serious; relating to human society and interests. Civil, frequently used as a pun on Seville, where bitter oranges are chiefly obtained.

Clack-dish, a beggar's dish.

Clamour your tongues, keep silence.

Clap i the clout, to hit the bull's eye in the target.
Clean kam, balderdash.

Clear, innocent, fully, perfectly.

Clearstory, or clerestory, upper row of windows.

Cleave the pin, to split the centre pin of the target.

Cliff, or Clef, a key in musical composition.

Cling, to wither, to shrink away.

Clinquant, clinking, jingling.

Close, in a concealed manner, stealthily.

Closeness, retirement, devoted to study.

Clouted brogues, shoes fastened together with clout nails.

Clown, merryman, a jester, often retained in the families of the nobility and gentry.

Clubs! a popular cry in street quarrels in London.
Coast, to advance; coasting, inviting, conciliatory.
Cock, a cock-boat, a small boat belonging to a ship.
Cock and pye, a form of oath in conversation.
Cockney, a spooney, a cook.

Cockshut-time, probably the evening twilight or gloaming.
Codling, an early kind of apple, used for boiling.

Coffin, the crust of pastry; a chest or coffer.

Cognizance, a distinctive badge.

Coigne, a projecting corner of masonry.

Colbrand the giant, a famous Danish hero.

Colchos, the capital of Colchis, on the Euxine, whence Jason took the golden fleece, and afterwards married Medea, who had instructed him how to obtain it.

Collied, darkened, blackened.

Coloquintida, a plant yielding a fruit called bitter apple.
Colours, pretences, deceitful appearances.
Co-mart, to traffic in fellowship.

Comfortable, able to give comfort; comforting, aiding. Commandment. It is occasionally necessary, for the sake of the measure, to read this word as a quadrisyllable, command (e) ment. It is so spelt in one

passage, vol. xiii., p. 310. Similar instances occur in
other writers of the period, and also in the Scotch
metrical version of the Psalms.

Commings, encounters in fencing, hits.
Commission, delegation, rule, authority.

Commodity, commercial credit, profit, money-making.
Common liar, rumour, general report.

Commune, to partake in common, to share.
Compact, made up, constituted.

Comparative, apt in making comparisons.
Compassed, round, arched.

Compassed window, bow-window.

Compassionate, complaining, invoking compassion.
Competitor, equal in authority, confederate.

Complement, filling up, that which makes complete.
Complements, the most approved accomplishments.
Comply, to be compliant, courtly in manners.
Compose, to arrive at terms of agreement.
Composure, composture, compostion, composition.
Compromised, under mutual promise or covenant.
Compt, in, in charge of trustees; comptible, apt, sensitive.
Concent, harmonious agreement, as in musical concord.
Conclusions, practical experiments.

Condition, nature, occupation, rank.
Conduce, to lead to.

Conduct, leader, conductor.

Coney-catched, cheated, deceived.

Coney-catcher, a poacher, a cheat.

Confect, to mix the ingredients for making sweetmeats. Confound, to destroy, waste.

Confounded, consumed, destroyed.

Conjurations, urgent petitions, entreaties.

Consigned, sealed, bound.

Consist, to stand on, to make a condition.

Consort, to associate with as a friend.

Conspectuity, mental vision, power of clear perception.

Constancy, adherence to principle.

Constant, stedfast, firm, unyielding to temptation.

Conster, to construe, to rightly understand.

Contain, to hold, to retain.

Contemptible, contemptuous, sarcastic.

Content, acquiescent; continent, temperate.

Continence, self-command, temperance.

Contraction, the contract of marriage.

Contrarious, different; contrary, to offer opposition.

Contrive, to engage in schemes and plots.

Convent, to unite in a plan; to call together; convenient. Convertite, one who changes his views, a convert. Conveyance, jugglery, act of theft, fraudulent conduct.

Convicted, conquered; convince, to prevail over.

Convive, to make merry together.
Copatain-hat, a hat with a high crown.

Corinth, cant name for a house of bad fame.

Corky, withered, dry, like cork.

Corners, obscure spots, by-places.

Corollary, an overplus.

Corporal, bodily; corporal of the field, an aide-de-camp. Corrival, competitor, rival.

Costard, the head.

Costermonger's times, peddling, trafficking times.

Cot-quean, a man of effeminate character.

Cote, a cottage: cote, to quote, to instance; to overtake.
Cotsale, Cotswold hills, in Gloucestershire.

Count Confect, a man of rank very affected in manners.
Counter, to run, to track the scent backwards.
Counter-caster, a contemptuous name for a shopkeeper.
Counterfeit, a portrait, an image; base coin.

Countervail, to balance, to furnish a counterpoise.
County, a peer, an earl.

Court. [You're for the court.] These words, occurring in All's Well that Ends Well, i. 1.; vol. v., p. 106, were inserted by Hanmer to complete the sense.

Court holy-water, flattery, sycophancy.

Courtship, acts and expressions of courtesy.

Cousin, used in addressing kinsmen of different degrees. Covent, a convent.

Cowish, cowardly, unmanly.

Coystril, a coward kind of hawk; a mean, drunken man. Cozen, to outwit, to cheat; cozenage, cheating.

Cozier, a bungling tailor or shoemaker.

Crack, a forward youth; a loud noise; a thunder-clap.

Crack of doom, the final judgment.

Crack-hemp, a ne'er-do-well, on the road to the gallows. Cranks, winding passages; cranking, winding.

Crants, crowns, garlands.

Crare, a trading vessel of moderate burden, a hoy.
Credent, creditable; credible; credulous.

Crestless, of mean position; not of rank to bear arms.
Crewel, worsted.

Critic, a cynic: critical, ready to censure; cynical.
Cross, a coin stamped with a cross.

Crow-keeper, one who keeps off the crows; a scarecrow.

Crowner, a coroner.

Crowner's quest law, rather doubtful law.

Cruzado, a Portuguese gold coin, stamped with a cross. Cry, a pack of hounds; a company, as of players.

Cry aim, to give encouragement.

Cry havoc! a war-cry, a signal for slaughter.

Cry in the top of question, to exult, to boast.
Cuisses, pieces of armour to protect the thighs.
Cunning, able, skilful, sagacious.

Curious, nice, scrupulous, punctilious.

Curious-knotted, having many complicated figures.
Curiosity, delicacy, scrupulous attention to externals.
Curled, applied to ostentatiously genteel people.
Currents, current events, occurrences.
Curst, ill-tempered, shrewish, harsh.

Curtail, a dog of small value.

Curtle-axe, a cutlass.

Custalorum, a misnaming of "Custos Rotulorum."

Cut and long tail, good and bad.

Cypress, or Cyprus, a kind of crape, used in mourning.

Daff, or doff, to do off, to lay aside; to befool.
Damn, to condemn.

Danger, to be in another's control, power, danger.
Danskers, natives of Denmark.

Darraign, to put in order for action, to set in array.

Daub, to disguise; daubery, chicanery, deceit.

Dauphin, eldest son of the sovereign of France, sometimes referred to as dolphin.

Day-woman, a woman employed in a dairy.
Dazzled, sometimes to be read as if spelt dazzeled.
Dealt in lieutenantry, got substitutes to fight for him.
Dear, affectionate, important, dire, extreme.

Dearn, lonely, solitary.

Death's man, the public executioner.

Death-tokens, plague-spots forewarning death.
Debitor-and-Creditor, the title of some old works on

Deck, to bedew, to sprinkle.

Deck, a pack of cards.

Defeatures, ill-looks, changes of feature for the worse. Defend, to forbid, as "God defend."

Defunctive, relating to death.

Defy, to disdain, to spurn, to renounce.

Delations, secret accusations.

Demerit, desert, whether good or bad.

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