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10. One invested with dominion.

but add new force to your example, and recomAfter the tribulation of those days shall the mend the action more powerfully. Locke. sun be darkened, and the powers of the heavens Before the revelation of the gospel, the wicke shall be shaken.

Matthew. edness and impenitency of the heathen world The fables turn'd some men to flow'rs,

was a much more excusable thing, because they And others did with brutish forms invest; had but very obscure apprehensions of those

And did of others make celestial pow'rs, things which urge men most powerfully to forLike angels, whick still travel, yet still rest.

sake their sins.

Tillotson. Davies. The grain-gold upon all the golden coast of If there's a pow'r above us,

Guinea, is displayed by the rains falling there And that there is all nature cries aloud

with incredible force, powerfully beating off the Through all her works, he must delighe in virtue. earth.

Woodward. Addison. Po’WERFULNESS. n. s. (from powerful.] 11. Divinity.

Power ; efficacy; might; force.
Merciful powers!

So much he stands upon the powerfulness of Restrain in me the cursed thoughts, that nature the christian rcligion, that he makes it beyond all Gives way to in repose.

Shaksprare. the rules of moral philosophy, strongly effectual Cast down thyself, and only strive to raise to expel vice, and plant in men all kind of virtue. The glory of thy maker's sacred name;

Hakewill. Use allthy pow'rs, that blessed pow'r to praise, Po'WERLESS. adj. [from power.] Weak; Which gives thee pow'r to be and use the same.


Duvies. With indignation, thus he broke

I give you welcome with a pow’rless hand, His awful silence, and the puru’rs bespoke.

But with a heart full of unstained love. Sbaksp. Dryden. Pox. n. s. (properly pocks, which origi

nally signified small bags or pustules ; What are the gods the better for this gold?

of the same original, perhaps, with The wretch that offers from his wealthy store These presents, bribes the pure’rs to give him

poruke or pouch. We still use pock, for

Dryden. a single pustule ; poccas, Sax. pocken, 12. Host; army; military force.

Dutch.) He, to work him the more mischief, sent over 1. Pustules ; efflorescencies; exanthemahis brother Edward with a purver of Scors and tous eruptions. It is used of many Redshanks into Ireland, wlicre they got footing.

eruptive distempers.

Never such a power,

0! if to dance all night and dress all day

Charm'd the small pox, or chac'd old age away. For any foreign preparation, V'as levied in the body of a land. Shukspeare.

Pope. Who leads luis power?

2. The venereal disease. This is the Under whose government come they along?

sense when it has no epithet. Sbakspeare.

Though brought to their ends by some other My heart, dear Harry,

apparent disease, yet the pox hath been judged Threw many a nortiiward look, to see his father the foundation.

Wiseman, Bring up his pow'rs; but he did long in vain. Wilt thou still sparkle in the box,


Can’st thou forget thy age and pox? Dorset. Gazallus, upon the coming of the bassa, va- Porn. s. (appoyo, Spanish ; appuy, poids, liantly issued forth with all his power, and gave him battle,


Fr.) A ropedancer's pole.

To Poze. v.a. 13. A large quantity; a great number.

To puzzle. See Pose In low language: as, a power of good


And things. Force, French.

say you so? then I shall poze you

quickly. Po'WIRARLE. (.dj. [tom power.) C3- of human infirmities I shall give instances,

Sbakspeare. pable of performing any thing. Not in not that I design to pose them with those comuse.

mon enigmas of magnetism, fluxes and refluxes. That you may see how powerable time is in

Glanville. altering tongues, I will set down the Lord's Pra'cTICABLE. adj. (practicable, Fr.] prayer as it was translated in sundry ages. 1. Performable ; feasible; capable to be


practised. Po’WERFUL. adj. (power and full.]

This falls out for want of examining what is 1. Invested with cominand or authority; practicable and what not, and for want again of potent.

measuring our force and capacity with our design. Forcible; mighty.

L'Estrange. We have sustain'd one day in doubtful fight,

An heroick poem should be more like a glass What heaven's lord hath powerfullest to send

of nature, figuring a more practicable virtue to Against us from about his throne. Nilton.

us, than was done by the ancients. Dryden. Henry II. endeavouring to establish his grand

This is a practicable degree of christian magfather's laws, met with powerful opposition from


Atterbury archbishop Becket.

Some physicians have thought, that it it were 3. Eficacious : as, a powerful medicine.

practicable to keep the humours of the body in PoʻWERFULLY. adv. (from powerful.]

an exact balance of each with its opposite, it

might be immortal; but this is impossible in one Potently; mightily ; efficaciously; for


Swift. cibly. The sun and other powerfully lucid bodies

2. Assailable ; fit to be assailed : as, a dazzle our eyes.


practicable breach. By assuming a privilege belonging to riper

Pra'CTICABLENESS. n. s. [from practi. years, to which a child must liot aspire, you do cable.) Possibility to be performed.

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PRACTICABLY. adv. [from practicable.)

Shall we thus permit
In such a manner as may be performed. A blasting and a scandalous breath to fall

The meanest caracity, when he sees a rule On him so near us? this needs must be practice; practicably applied before lis eves, can no lorger W'nc knew of your intent and coming hither? be at a locs how it is to be performed. Rogers.


Wise states prevent purposes PRA'CTICAL. adj. (practicus, Lat. pre

Before they come to practice, and foul practices tique, Fr. from practice.] Kelating to ac- Before they grow to act.

Derbez, tion; not merely speculative.

Unreascuabie it is to expect that those who The image of God was no less resplendent in lived betore the rise and condemnation of bere. man's practical understanding; namely, that sies should come up to every accurate form of storehouse of the soul, in which are treasured up expression, which long experience afterwards the rules of action and the seeds of morality. found necessary, to guard the faith, against the

Soutb. subtile practices, or provoking insults of its adReligion comprehends the knowledge of its

Waterland principles, and a suitable life and practice; the Practick. adj. [Faxtimosi practicas, first, being speculative, may be called knouledge; and the latter, because 'tis practical, wisdom.

Lat. pratique, Fr.]

Tillotson. 1. Relating to action; not merely theoPRACTICALLY. adv. (from practical.]


When he speaks, 1. In relation to action.

The air, a charter'd libertine, is still; 2. By practice; in real fact.

And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears, I honour her, having practically found her To steal his sweet and honied sentences; among the better sort of trees.

Howel. So that the act and practice part of life Pra'CTICALNESS. 9. s. (from practical.]

Must be the mistress in this theorick. Sbaks The quality of being practical.

Whilst they contend for speculative truth, PRACTICE. u.s. (pantunni pratique,

they, by mutual calumnies, forfeit the practick.

Government of tbe Tapas French. ]

True piery without cessation tost 1. The habit of doing any thing.

By theories, the practick part is lost. Dentar 2. Use; customary use.

2. Ín Spenser it seems to signity, sly; ari

ful. Obsolete words may be laudably revived, when they are inome sounding, or more siguiticane than

She used hath the practice pain those in practice.


Of this false footman, cloaked with simpleness. Of such a practice when Ulysses told;

Speezer. Shall we, cries one, permit

Thereto his subtile engines he doch bend, This lewd romancer and his bant'ring wit? Tate.

His practick wit, and his fair tiled tongue,

With thousand other sleights. Spenser 3. Dexterity acquired by habit. i'll prove it on his body, if he care,

TO PRACTISE. v. a. [7faxrize; pratie Despite his nice fence and his active prectie.

guer, French.] Slanspeare.

1. To do habitually. 4. Actual performance, distinguislied from Incline not my heart to practise wicked works theory.

with men that work iniquity.

Psalms. There are two functions of the soul, conteni

2. To do; not merely to profess: as, ta plation and practice, according to that general die practise law or physick. vision of cbiects, some of which only e:tertain 3. "To use in order to babit and dexterity. our speculations, others also employ our actions; At practis'd distairces to cringe, not fight. so the understanding, with relatior to these, is

divided into speculative and practick. South. TO PRACTISE. V. n. s. Method or art of doing any thing. 1. To form a habit of acting in any man. 6. Medical treatment of diseases.

This disease is beyond my practice ; yet I Will truth return unto them that practise in have krown those which have walked in their


Eccksiasticus. sleep, who have died holily in their beds. Sbaksp. They shall practis: how to live secure. Mut. 7. Exercise of any profession.

Oit have we wonder'd After one or more ulcers formed in the lungs

How such a ruling spirit you cou'd restrain, I never, as I remember, in the course of above Ard pructise first over yourself to reign. W'aller. forty years practice, saw more than two recover. 2. To transact; to negotiate secretly.


I've practis'd with him,

And found a means to let the victor know, 8. (præt, Saxon, is cunning, slyness, and

That Syphax and Sempronius are his friends. thence prat, in Douglass, is a trick or

Addison. fraud; latter times, torgetting the ori. 3. To try artifices. ginal of words, applied to practice the Others by guilty artifice and arts sense of prat.) Wicked stratagem ; bad

Of promis'd kindness practise on our hearts; artifice. A sense not now in use.

With expectation blow the passion up, He sought to have that by practice, which he

She fans the fire without one gale of hope.

Graavi.le. could not by prayer; and being allowed to visit us, he used the opportunity of a fit time thus to

4. To use bad arts or stratagems. deliver us.


If you there With suspicion of practice, the king was suc

Did practise on my state, your being in Egypt denly turned.

Mignt be my question.

Sbakspear!. It is the shameful work of Hubert's hand,

If thou do'st him any slight disgrace, he will The practice and the purpose of the king.

gractise against thee by poison. Sbakspears, Socês reare. . To use medical methods.



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I never thought I should try a new experiment, PRAISE. n. s. (prijs, Dutch.] being little inclined to practise upon others, and

1. Renown; commendation ; fame; ho. as little that others should practise upon me.


nour; celebrity. 6. To exercise any profession.

Best of fruits, whose taste has taught

The tongue, not made for speech, to speak thy PRA'CTISANT, 1. s. (from To practise.]


Milton An agent.

Lucan, content with praise, may lie at ease Here enter'd Pucelle and her practisants. In costly grotts and marble palaces; PRACTISER. N. s. [from To practise.) But to poor Bassus what avails a name, 1. One that practises any thing; one that

To starve on compliments and empty fame? does any ihing habitually.

Dryden. We want in the principles of the politician, 2. Glorification ; tribute of gratitude ; shew how little efficacy they have to advance the practiser of them to the things they aspire to. He hath put a new song in my mouth, even South. praise unto our God.

Psalms. 2. One who prescribes medical treatment.

To God glory and praise.

Milton, Sweet practiserahy physick I will try,

3. Ground or reason of praise. That ministers thine own death if I die.' Sbaks. Praiseworthy actions are by thee embrac'd;

I had reasoned myself into an opinion, that the And ’tis my praise to make thy praises last. use of physicians, unless in some acute disease,

Dryden. was a venture, and that their greatest practisers To PRAISE. v. a. (prijsen, Dutch.) practised least upon themselves.

Temple. PRACTITIONER. 13. s. (from practice. )

1. To commend ; to applaud; to cele.

brate. !. He who is engaged in the actual exer

Will God incense hisire cise of any art.

For such a petty trespass, and not praise The author exhorts all gentlemen practitioners

Rather your dauntless virtue ? Milton. to exercise themselves in the translatory,

We praise not Hector, though his naine we drbuthnot.

know I do not know a more universal and unneces

Is great in arms; 'tis hard to praise a foe. Dryd. sary mistake among the clergy, but especially the younger practitioners.


2. To glorify in worship. 3. One who uses any sly or dangerous aris.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praisThere are some papistical practitioners among

ing God for all the things that they had heard

and seen. you. W bitgift.

Luke. 3. One who does any thing habitually.

One generation shall praise thy works to an

other, and declare thy mighty works. Psalms, He must be first an exercised, thorough-paced They touch'd their golden harps, and hymn. practitioner of these vices himselt. South.

ing prais'd PRÆCOʻGNIT d. n. s. (Lat.] Things God and his works.

Milton. previously known in order to under- PRAISEFU L. adj. (praise and full.] Laud. standing something else: thus the struc

able; cominendable.

Not in use. ture of the human body is one of the

Of whose high praise, and praiseful bliss, pracognita of physick.

Goodness the pen, heaven the paper is. Sidney. Either all knowledge does not depend on cer

He ordain't a lady for his prise, tain precognito or general maximns, calles princi- Generally praiseful, fair and young, and skilled ples, or else these are principles. "Locke.

in housewiferies.

Chapman. PRAGMATICAL. adj. [ Aqzyuztu; Praiser. n. s. [from praise.] One who PRAGMA' TICK. } pragm.utique, Fr.] praises ; an applauder'; a commender.

Meddling; inpertinently busy; assum- We men and praisers of men should rememing business without leave or invita- ber, that if we have such excellencies, it is reason tion.

to think them excellent creatures, of whom we No sham so gross, but it will pass upon a weak

Sidney. man that is pragmatical and inquisitive.

Forgive me, if my verse but say you are

A Sidney: but in that extend as far
Common estimation puts an ill character

As loudest praisers:

Turn to God, who knows I think this true, upon pragmatick meduling people. Government of the Tongue.

And useth ott, when such a heart missays, He understands no more of his own affairs,

To make it good; for such a praiser prays. than a child; he has got a sort of a pragmatical

Donne. silly jade of a wife, that pretends to take him out PRAISE WOʻrthy.adj. [praise and worthy.) of my hands.


Commendable; deserving praise. The fellow grew so pragmatical, that he took

The Tritonian goddess having heard upon him the government of my whole family.

Her blazed fame, which all the world had Aul'd,

Arbuthnot. Such a backwardness there was among good

Came down to prove the truth, and due reward

For her praiseworrby workinanship to yield. men to engage with an usurping people, and pragmatical ambitious orators. Swift.


Since men have left to do praiseworthy things, They are pragmatical enough to stand on the

Most think all praises flatteries; but truth brings watch tower, but who assigned them the post ?


That sound, and that authority with her name, PRAGMA'TICALLY. adv. [from pragma,

As to be rais'd by her is only fame. Ben Jonson.

Firmus, who seized upon Egypt, was so far tical.] Meddlingly ; impertinently. praisewortby, that he encouraged trade. PRAGMA'TICAĽ NESS. n. s. (from prag

Arbuthnote matical.] The quality of intermeduling PRAME. n. 5. A flat-bo tomed boat. without right or call.




Ben Jonsor.

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TO PRANCE. v, a. (pronken, Dutch, to talk carelesly and without weight; to set one's self to show.)

chatter; to tattle; to be loquacious; to 1. To spring and bound in high mettle. prattle. Here's no fantastisk mask, nor dance,

His knowledge or skill is in prating too much. But of our kids that frisk and prance ;

Tusser. Nor wars are seer,

Behold me, which owe Unless upon the green

'A moiety of the throne, here standing, Two harmless lambs are butting one the other. ! To prate and talk for life and honour, 'fore Wotton.' Who please to hear.

Sbakspeare. With mud fillid high, the rumbling cart draws This starved justice hath prated to me of the near,

wildness of his youth, and che seats he hath done Now rule thy prancing steeds, lac'd charioteer. about Turnbal-street; and every third word a


Spukspeure Far be the spirit of the chace from them,

After Flammock and the blacksmith bad, by To spring the fence, to rein the prancing steed. joint and several pratings, found tokens of con

Thomson. sent in the multitude, they offered themselves to 2. To ride gallantly and ostentatiousły. lead them.

Baier. The horses hoofs were broken by means of

Oh listen with attentive sight the prancings, the prancings of their mighty ones.

To what my prating eyes indite! Closela: Fuuges.

What nonsense would the fool thy masar I see

prate, Th’insulting tyrant prancing o'er the field, '

When thou, his knave, can'st talk at such a rate? Strow'd with Rome's citizens, and drench'd in

Dryder. slaughter,

She first did wit's prerogative remove, His horses ho fs wet with patrician blood, And made a fool presume to prot: of love. Drid.

Addison. This is the way of the world; the deaf will 3. To move in a warlike or showy man

prate of discords in musick.

Iletis. ner.

PRATE. n. s. (from the verb.] Tattle; We should neither have meat to eat, nor ma- slight talk; unmeaning loquacity. nufacture to clothe us, unless we could prance If I talk to him; with his innocent prate,

about in coats of mail, or eat brass. Swift. He will awake my mercy, which lies dead. T. PRANK. v. a. (pronken, Dutch. [ io

Stakspeare. decorate ; to dress or adjust to ostenta

Would her innocent prate could overcome me; Oh! what a conflict do I feel.

Derbes tion.

Some prank their ruffs, and others timely dight Prater. n. s. [from prate.] An idle Their gay attire.


talker; a chatterer. In wine and meats she flowed above the bank, When expectation rages in my blood, And in excess exceeded her own might,

Is this a time, thou prałcr? hence, begone. In sumptuous tire she joy'd herself to prank,

Sourbera. But of her love too lavish.

Spenser. PRA’TINGLY. adv. (from prate.] With These are tribunes of the people, The tongues o'th' common mouth: I despise PRATIQUE. n. s. [Fr. prattica, Ital. ]

tittle tattle; with loquacity. them;

A For they do prank them in authority

licence for the master of a ship to trafAgainst all noble sufferance.


fick in the ports of Italy, upon a certi. Your high selt,

ficate that the place froni whence he came The gracious mark o'th'land, you have obscurd With a swain's wearing; and me, poor lowly

is not annoyed with any infectious dis. maid,

Bailey. Most goddess-like prank'd up. Sbakspeare. T. PRA’TTLE. V. n. (diminutive of 'Tis that miracle, and queen sems,

prate.] To talk lightly; to chatter ; to That nature pranks, her mind attracis my soul.


be trivially loquacious. I had not unlock'd my lips

I pratile In this unhallow'd air, but that this jugler

Something too wildlý, and my father's precepts

I therein do torget. Would think to charm my judgment as mine

What the great ones do, the less will pratele eyes,


Sbakspeare. Obtruding false rules, prankt in reason's garb.

A French woman teaches an English girl to Mlilton.

speak and read French, by only praitling to her. PRANK. 7.s. A frolick; a wild flight;

Locks. a ludicrous trick; a mischievous act. There is not so much pleasure to have a child A word of levity.

prattle agreeably, as to reasoni well.

Loche Lay home to him;

His tongue, his prattling tongue, had changa Tell him, his pranks have been too broad to bear

him quite with.

To sooty blackness, from the purest white. Such is thy audacious wickedness, Thy lewd, pestif'rous and dissentious pranks; A little lively rustick, trained up in ignorance The very infants prattle of thy pride. Shaksp. and prejudice, will pratric treason a whole crenThey caused the table to be covered and meat


Adise. set on, which was no sooner set down, than in

I must pra:tle on, as afore, came the harpies, and played their accustomed And beg your pardon, yet this half hour. Prier. pranks.


Let cred'lous boys and prattling nurses tell, They put on their clothes, and played all those How, if the festival of Paul be clear, pranks you have taken norice of." Addison. Plenty from lib'ral horn shall strow the year. Pra'son. n. s. [7 pacov.) A leek; also a

Gay. sea weed as green as a leek. Bailey. PRA'TTLE. 1. S. (from the verb.] Empty TO PRATE. V. n. (praten, Dutch.] To talk ; trifling loquacity.




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In a theatre the eyes of men,

when the ferment was expanded to the extreAfter a well-grac'd actor leaves the stage,

mities of the arteries, why did it not break Are idly bent on him that enters next,

through the receptacle?

Bentley Thinking his prattle to be tedious. Sbakspeare. 4. Sometimes only pray elliptically. The bookish theorick,

Barnard in spirit, sense, and truth abounds; Wherein the toged consuls can propose

Pray then what wants he? tourscore thousand As masterly as he; inere prattle, without prac


Pope. tice,

TO PRAY. V. a. Is all his soldiership.


1. To supplicate ; to implore; to address The insigniticant prattle and endless garrulity of the philosophy of the schools. Glanville,

with submissive petitions. PRA'TTLER.n.s. (from prattle.) A trifling

How much more, if we pray him, will his ear

Be open, and his heart to pity incline? Milton. talker; a chatterer.

2. To ask for as a supplicant. Poor pruttler! how thou talk'st. Shakspeare.

He that will have the benefit of this act, must Pratller, no more, My thoughts must work, but like a noiseless

pray a prohibition before a sentence in the ecclesiastical court.

Aylife. sphere, Harmonious peace must rock them all the day;

3. To entreat in ceremony or form. No room for prottlers there.

Herbert. Pray my colleague Antonius I máy speak with

him; PRA'VITY. n.s. (pravitas, Lat.] Corruption; badness; malignity.

And as you go, call on my brother Quintus,

And pray him with the tribunes to come to me. Doubt not but that sin

Ben Jonson. Will reign among them, as of thee begot;

PRA'YER. n. s. (priere, French.)
And therefore was law given them, to evince
Their natural pravity.


1. Petition to heaven. More people go to the gibbet for want of

They did say their prayers, and address'd them timely correction, than upon any incurable pra

Again to sleep.

Shekspeare. sit, of nature.


O remember, God! I will shew how the pravity of the will could

O hear her prayer for them as now for us. influence the understanding to a disbelief of

Sbakspeare, christianity.


My heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Romans. PRAWN, n. s. A small crustaceous fish,

Unreasonable and absurd ways of life, whether like a shrimp, but larger.

in labour or diversion, whether they cousume I had prawns, and borrowed a mess of vinegar. our time or our money, are like unreasonable

Sbakspeare. and absurd prayers, and are as truly an offence TO PRAY. V. n. (prier, Fr. pregare, Ital.]

to God.

Law. 1. To make petitions to heaven.

2. Mode of petition. I will buy with you, sell with you; but I will The solemn worship of God and Christ is not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with ne lected in many congregations; and instead you.

Sbukspeare. thereof, an indigested form and conception of exPray for :his good man and his issue. Sbaksp. temporal prayer is used

W bite. Ne'er throughoutthe year to church thou go'st, 3. Practice of supplication, Except it be to pray against thy foes. Sbakspeare. Were he as famous and as bold in war,

I tell him, we shall stay here at the least a As he is fam'd for mildness, peace, and frizer. month; and he heartily prüys, some occasion

Shakspeare. may detain us longer.

Shakspeare. 4. Single formule of petition. Is any sick? let him call for the elders of the

He fell to his devotions on that behalf, and church, and let them pray over him. James. Unskilful with what words to pray, let ine

made those two excellent prayers which were Milton.

published immediately after his death. Interpret for him.


Sighs now breath'd He that prays, despairs not; but sad is the

Inutterable, which the spirit of prayer condition of him that cannot pray; happy are


Milton, they that can, and do, and love to do it. Taylor.

Nu man can always have the same spiritual Thou, Turnus, shalt atone it by thy fate,

pleasure in his prayers; for the greatest saints And pray to heav'n for peace, but pray too late.

have sometimes suffered the hanishment of the

Dryden. He prais'd my courage, pray'd for my success;

heart, sometimes are fervent, sometimes they He was so true a father of his country,

feel a barrenness of devotion; for this spirit

comes and goes. To thanh me for defending ev'n his foes. Dryden.

Tuylor. They who add devotion to such a lite, must be

s. Entreaty ; submissive importunity. said co pray as christians, but live as heathens,

Prayer among men is supposed a means to Law.

change the person to whom we pray; but prayer Should you pray to God for a recovery, how

to God doth not change him, but fits us to rerash would it be to accuse God of not hearing PRAYERBOOK: n.s. (prayer and book.)

ceive the things prayed for. Stilling fleet. your prayers, because you found your disease still to continue.

Wate. Book of publick or private devotions. 2. To entreat; to ask submissively.

Get a prayerbook in your hand,
You shail find

And stand between two churchmen;
A conqu'ror that will pray in aid for kindness, For on that ground I'll build a holy descant.
Where he for grace is kneelid to. Shakspeare.

Sbakspeare. Pray that in towns and temples of renown,

I know not the names or number of the family The name of great Anchises may be known.

which now reigns, farther than the prayerbook Dryden. informs me.

Swift. 3. I PRAY; that is, I pray you to tell me,

Pre. (præ, Lat.) A particle which, preis a slightly ceremonious form of intro- fixed to words derived from the Latin, ducing a question.

marks priority of time or rank. But i pray, in this mechanical foi mation, To PREACH. v. p. [prædico, Lat. prescher,


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