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The king was desirous to establish peace rag

Their unbelief we may not impute into inther by bermignity than blood. Hayward.

mifficiency in the mean which is used, but to

the wilful bent of their obstinate hearts against 3. Salubrity ; wholesome quality; friend

it.

Hooker. liness to vital nature.

Yet we saw them forced to give way to the Bones receive a quicker agglutination in san

bent, and current humour of the people, in faguine than in choleric bodies, by reason of the

vour of their ancient and lawful government. benignity of the serum, which sendeth out better

Temples matter for a callus.

Wiseman, BENIGNLY. adv. (from benign.) Favour.

8. Turn of the temper, or disposition ; ably; kindly; graciously,

shape, or fashion, superinduced by arte

Not a courtier, "T is amazement, more than love,

Although they wear their faces to the bent Which her radiant eyes do move ;

Of the king's look, but hath a heart that is If less splendour wait on thine,

Shakspeare. Yet they so benignly shine,

Glad at the thing they scowl at. I would turn my dazzled sight

Two of them have the very bent of honour.

Shakspeare To behold their milder light.

Waller,

Then thy straight rule set virtue in my sight, Oh, truly good, and truly great!

The crooked line reforming by the right; For glorious as he rose, benignly so he set. Prior.

My reason took the bent of thy command, Be'nison, n. s. (benir, to bless; benissons, Was form'd and polish'd by thy skilful hand. Fr.] Blessing ; benediction : not now

Dryden. used, unless ludicrously.

9. Tendency; flexion; particular direca We have no such daughter; nor shall ever see tion. That face of hers again; therefore, begone The exercising the understanding in the several Without our grace, our love, our bénison. Shak.

ways of reasoning, teacheth the mind suppleness, Unmuffle, ye fair stars, and thou fair moon, to apply itself more dexterously to bents and That wont'st to love the traveller'sbenison. Milt.

turns of the matter, in all its researches. Lockiga BE'NNET, n. s. An herb; the same with

10. A stalk of grass, called bent-grass. Avens

His spear, a bent both stiff and strong, Bent. 1. s. [from the verb To bend.]

And well near of two inches long; 2. The state of being bent; a state of flex The pile was of a horse-fly's tongue, ure ; curvity,

Whose sharpness nought reversed. Drayton. Strike gently, and hold your rod at a bent a

'Then the flowers of the vines; it is a little little.

Walton.. dust, like the dust of a bent, which grows upon 2. Degree of flexure.

the cluster, in the first coming forth. Bacon. There are divers subtle inquiries concerning

June is drawn in a mantle of dark grass-green; the strength required to the bending of bows;

upon his head a garland of bents, kingcups, and the force they have in the discharge, according

maidefihair.

Peacbam. to the sever :1 bents; and the strength required BE'N TING Tiine: (from bent.] The time to be in the string of them.,

Wilkins.

when pigeons feed on bents before peas 3. Declivity.

are ripe. A mountain stood,

Bare berting times, and moulting months, may Threat'ning from high, and overlook'd the wood;

corne Beneath the low’ring brow, and on a bent, When, lagging late, they cannot reach their The temple stood of Mars armipotent. Dryden.

home.

Dryden. 4. Utmost power, as of a bent bow. Then let thy love be younger than thyself,

To BENU'M. v. a. [benumen, Saxon.] Or thy affection cannot hold the bent. Sbuksp. 1. To make torpid ; to take away the senWe both obey,

sation and use of any part by cold, or And here give up ourselves, in the ful bent, by some obstruction. To lay our service freely at your feet. Sbakspeare.

So stings a snake that to the fire is brought, S: Application of the mind ; strain of the

Which harn.less lay with cold benutzm'd, before mental powers.

Fairfax. The understanding should be brought to the The winds blow moist and keen, which bids knotty parts of knowledge, that try the strength

us seek of thought, and a full bent of the mind, by in Some better shroud, some better warm:h, ta sensible degrees.

Locke.

cherish 6. Inclination ; disposition toward some

Our limbs benummid.

Milton. thing.

My sincus slacken, and an icy stiffness O who does know the bent of women's fantasy!

Benums my blood.

Dabam. Spenser.

It seizes upon the vitals, and bennms the senses; To your own bents dispose you; you'll be found,

and where there is no sensu, there can be nopain.

South. Be you beneath the sky:

Shakspeare. He knew the strong bent of the country to

Will they be the less dangerous, when warmth wards the house of York.

Bacon.

shall bring them to themselves, because they Soon inclin'de admit delight,

were once frozen and benummed with cold? The bent of natura

L'Estrange Milton. The golden age was first; when man, yet new,

2. To stupify. No rule but uncorrupted reason knews

These accentsworeherlast: the creeping death And, with a native bent, did good pursue. Dryd.

Denummil her senses tirst, then stopp d her Let there be propensity and bent of will to re

breath.

Dryden. ligion, and there will be the same sedulity ard BENZO'IN: n. s. A medicinal kind of resin indefatigable industry.

South.

imported from the East Indies, and vul. Tis odds but the scale turns at last on nature's side, and the evidence of one or two senses

garly called benjamin. It is procured by sves way to the united tent and tendency of al.

making an incision in a tree, whose the five

Atterbury.

leaves resemble those of the lemon trec. 7. Determination ; fixed purpose.

The best comes from Siam, and is called

3.

amygdaloides, being interspersed with savages; it is to bercave us of all arts and sci

ences, of history and letters, nay of revealed re. white spots, resembling broken almonds.

ligion too, that inestimable favour of Heaven. Trevoux. Chambers.

Bentley's Sermons. The liquor we have distilled from benzoin, is

2. Sometimes it is used without of. subject to frequent vicissitudes of Auidity and

Bereave me not firmness.

Boyle. Whereon I live! thy gentle looks, thy aid, Jo BE PA'INT. v. a. [from paint.] To

Thy counsel, in this uitermost distress. Milton, cover with paint.

To take away from. Thou know'st, the mask of night is on my

scurt out.

to her.

All your interest in those territories face,

Is utterly bereft you, all is lost.

Sbakspeare: Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek.

BERE'AVEMENT. n. s. [from bereav.)
Shakspeare.
Deprivation.

Dict. I. BEPI'NCH. 3. a. [from pinch.] To

BERE'Ft. The part. pass. of bereave. mark with pinches.

The chief of either side, bereft of life, In their sides, arms, shoulders, all bepinebt,

Or yielded to the foe, concludes the strife. Ran thick the weals, red with blood, ready to Chapsan.

Dryden.

BERG. See BURROW. To Bepi'ss. v. a. [from piss.] To wet

BE'R GAMOT. n. s. [bergamoite, Fr.] with urine. One caused, at a feast, a bagpipe to be played,

1. A sort of pear, commonly called burgawhich made the knight bepiss himself, to thegreat

mot. See PEAR, diversion of all then present, as well as con 2. A sort of essence, or perfume, drawn fusion of himself.

Derbam. from a fruit produced by ingrafting a I. BEQUEATH. v. a. (cpide, Sax. 4 lemon-tree on a bergamot pear stock. will.] To leave by will to another. She had never been disinherited of that goodly 3. A sort of snuff, which is only clean to

bacco, with a little of the essence rubbed portion, which nature had so liberally bequeathed

into it. Sidney.

BE'RGMASTER.N.s.[from beng, Sax. and Let's choose executors, and talk of wills; And yet not so for what can we bequeath, master.] The bailiff, or chief officer, Save our deposed bodies to the ground? Shaksp. among the Derbyshire miners.

My father bequeathed me by will but a poor BE'RGMOTE. . s. (of beng, a monntain, thousand crowns.

Shakspeare,

and mote, a meeting, Saxon.] A court Methinks this age seems resolved to biqueath

held upon a hill for deciding controverposterity somewhat to remember it. Glanville. For you,

whom best I love and value most, sies among the Derbyshire miners. But to your service I bequeath my ghost. Dryd.

Blount. BEQUE'ATHMENT, n. s. [from bequeath.] To BERHYME v. a. [from rhyme.] To A legacy

Dict. mention in rhyme, or verses: a word of BEQUE'ST. n. s. [from bequeath.] Some contempt. thing left by will; a legacy.

Now is he for the numbers that Petrarch He claimed the crown to himself; pretending flow'd in: Laura to his lady was but a kitchen. an adoption,

or bequest, of the kingdom unto him wench; marry, she had a better love to be by the Confessor. Hale. rhyme her.

Sbatspare. TO BERA'TTLE, V. a. (from rattle.] To 1 sought no hoinage from the race that write;

I kept, like Asian monarchs, from their sight: fill with noise; to make a noise at in

Poems I heeded, now berbym'd so long, contempt.

No more than thou, great George! a birthday These are now the fashion, and so berattle the

song. cominon stages, so they call them, that many

BERLI'N. 1. s. [from Berlin, the city wearing rapiers are afraid of goosequills, and

dare scarce come thither. Sbakspeare. where they were first made.] A coach BE'R BERRY. n. so (berberis, sometimes of a particular form. written barberry, which see.] A berry

Beware of Latin authors all !

Nor think your verses sterling, of a sharp taste, used for pickles.

Though with a golden pen you scrawl, Some never ripen to be sweet, as tamarinds,

And scribble in a berlin. berberries, crabs, sloes, &c. Bacon's Nat. Hist.

Swift. TO BERE'AVE. V. n. pret. bereaved, or

BERME. n. s. [fr. in fortification.] A bereft; part. pass. bereft. [be neopian,

space of ground three, four, or five feet Saxon.]

wide, left without, between the foot of

the rampart and the side of the mote, 1. To strip of; to deprive of. It has ge

to prevent the earth from falling down nerally the particle of before the thing

into the mote ; sometimes palisadoed. taken away Madam, you have bereft me of all words,

Harris. Only my blood speaks to you in my veins. TO BERO'B. v. a. (from rob.] To rob;

Shakspeare. to plunder ; to wrong any, by taking That when thou com'st to kneel at Henry's away something from him by stealth or feet,

violence. Not used. Thou may’st bereave him of his wits with

She said, Ah dearest lord! what evil star wonder.

Shakspeare.

On you hath frown'd, and pour'd his influence There was never a prince bereaved of his de

bad, pendencies by his council, except there hath been ansver greatness in one counsellor,Bacon's Essays. BE'RRY. n. s. (berig, Sax. from benan,

That of yourself you thus berobbed are? F.Qucer. The sacred priests with ready knives bereuve The beasts of life.

Dryden.

to bear.] Any small fruit, with many To deprive us of metals, is to make us mere seeds or small stones.

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She smote the ground, the which straight forth

Verona's ancient citizens did yield

Cast by their brave beseeming ornaments. Shots, A fruitful olive tree, with berries spread,

What thoughts he had, beseems not me to say; That all the gods admir'd.

Spenser. Though some surmise he went to fast and pray. The strawberry grows umderneath the nettle;

Drydere And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, Bese'en, particip. [from besie, Skinner. Neighbour'd by fruit of basest quality. Sbaksp. This word I have only found in Spenser.] TO BE'RRY. 7. n. (from the noun.] To

Adapted ; adjusted ; becoming. bear berries.

Forth came that ancient lord and aged queen, BERRY-BEARING 'Cedar. [cedrus bacci Armed in antique robes down to the ground, . fera, Lat.] A trce.

And sad habiliments right well beseen. F. Queca. The leaves are squamose, somewhat like those TO BESE'T. V. a. pret. I beset ; I have beof the cypress. The katkins, or male flowers,

set. (besittan, Sax.) are produced at remote distances from the fruit

T. To besiege; to hem in; to enclose, as on the same tree. The fruit is a berry, inclosing with a siege. three hard seeds in each. The wood is of great

Follow him that's fled; use in the Levant, is large timber, and may be

The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape. Sbaksp. thought the shittim-woed mentioned in the Scrip

Now, Cæsar, let thy troops beset our gates, ture, of which many of the ornaments to the fa

And bar each avenue
mous temple of Solomon were made. Miller.
BERRY-BEARING Orach.

Cato shall open to himself a passage. Androile
See MUL-

I know thou look'st on me as on a wretch BERRY BLIGHT.

Besct with ills, and cover'd with anisfortunes. BERT, is the same with our bright; in the

Addison Latin, illustris, and clarus. So Ecbert, 2. To waylay ; to surround. eternally famous or bright ; Sigbert, fa

Draw forth thy weapons : we're beset with mous conquerour. And she who was

thieves; termed by the Germans Bertha, was by

Rescue thy mistress.

Shakspeare

The only righteous in a world perverse, the Greeks called 'Eudoxia, as is ob And refore hated, therefore so beset served by Luitprandus, Of the same With foes, for daring single to be just. Milton. sort were these, Phædrus, Epiphanius,

True fortitude I take to be the quiet possession Photius, Lampridius, Fulgentius, Illustris.

of a man's self, and an undisturbed doing his Gibson's Camden.

duty, whatever ill besets, or danger lies in his
way:

Lacke
BERTH. n. s. [with sailors.] See BIRTH.
BE'RTRAM. n. s. [pyrethrum, Lat.] A sort

3. To embarrass; to perples; to enof herb, called also bastard pellitory.

tangle without any means of escape.

Now, daughter Sylvia, you are hard beset, BE'R Y L. n. s. [beryllus, Lat.) A kind of

Sbakspeare. precious stone.

Thus Adam, sore beset, reply'd. Nikica.
May thy billows roul ashore

Sure, or I read her visage much amiss,
The beryl and the golden ore.
Milton, Or grief besets her hari.

Rowe.
The beryl of our lapidaries is only a fine sort

We be in this world beset with sundı y uneasiof cornelian, of a more deep bright red, some nesses, distracted with different desires. Locke. times with a cast of yellow, and more transpa 4. To fall upon; to harass. Not used.

rent than the common cornelian. Woodtvard. To Bescre'En. w. a. [from screen.] To

But they him spying, both with greedy force

At once upon him tan, and him beset cover with a screen ; to shelter ; to con

With strokes of mortal steel. Fairy Qireen. ceal.

T. BESHRE'w. v. a. [The original of this What man art thou, that, thus bescreen'd in word is somewhat obscure; as it cviSo stumblest on my counsel? Sbakspeare.

dently implies to wish ill, some derive TO BESE'ECH, v.a. pret. I besought; I have

it from beschryen, Germ. to enchant. besought. [from secan, Sax. versocker,

Topsel, in his Book of Animals, deduces Dutch.]

it from the shrew mouse, ananimal, says 1. To entreat ; to supplicate ; to implore:

he, so poisonous, that its bite is a severe sometimes before a person.

curse. A shrew likewise signifies a I beseech you, sir, pardon me; it is only a letter

scolding woman ; but its origin is not from my brother, that I have not all over-read.

known.) I beseech thee for my son Onesiinus, whom I

Shakspeare, 1. To wish a curse to.

Nay, quoth the cock, but I besbrew us both, in my bonds.

Philemon. If I believe a saint upon his oath. Drzden.
I, in the anguish of my heart, beseech you!
To quit the dreadful purpose of your soul,

2. To happen ill to.
Addison.

Beshrew thee, cousin, which didst lead me forth 2. To beg; to ask: before a thing,

Of that sweet way I was in, to despair. Sbaksp. But Eve fell humble, and besougbt

Now much beshrew my manners, and mypride, His s peace, and thus proceeded in her plaint. Milt.

If Hermia meant to say Lysander lied. Shaksp.
Before I come to them, I beseech
whilst I speak something to ourselves here pre-

Spratt. I. At the side of another ; near.
TO BESE'Em. v. n. (beziemen, Dutch.] To

Beside the hearse a fruitful palmtree groans, become ; to befit; to be decent for.

Ennobled since by this great funeral. Fairfis. What form of speech, or behaviour, beseemeth

He caused me to sit down beside him. Bacono us in our prayers to Almighty God?

Hooter.

At his right hand, Victory Sat eagle-wing'd: beside him

hung his bow. Milt. Bescems thee pof, in whom such virtpes spring.

Fair Livinia fed the fire Fairfax,

Before the gods, and stood beside her sire. Dryde

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night,

have begotten

your patience, BESI'DE. 2

BESIDES. } prep. [from be and side.]

sent.

1

This oversight

Popes

reason.

Fair is the kingcup that in meadow blows; 2. Not in this number; out of this class ; Fair is the daisy chat beside her grows. Gay. not included here. Now under laging mountains,

The men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any Beside the falls of fountains,

besides?

Genesis, Unntard, uniknirn,

Outlaws and robbers, who'break with all the He makes his moan.

Pope.

world besides, must keep faith among themselves. Over and above.

Locks, Doubtless, in man there is a nature found, All that we feel of it, begins and ends Besiu he senses, and above them far. Davies, In the snall circle of our foes or friends;

In brutes, besides the exercise of sensitive per To all beside as much an empty shade, certion, and imagination, there are lodged in An Eugene living, as a Cæsar dead. sticts antecedent to their imaginative faculty. And dead, as living; 't is our author's pride

Hale.

Still to charm those who charm the world beside. We may be sure there were great numbers of

Pope. wise and earned men, beside those whose names BESI'DERY. n. s. A species of pear. are in the christian records, who took care

TO BESI'EGE. v. a. (from siege.] To beexamine our Saviour's history. Alison on Christian Religion.

leaguer; to lay siege to; to beset with Precepts of morality, busides the natural cor armed forces; to endeavour to win a ' ruption of our tempers, are abstracted from ideas town or fortress, by surrounding it with of sense.

Addison. an army, and forcing the defendants, 3. Not according to, though not contrary; either by violence or famine, to give ad

as we say, some things are beside nature, mission. some are contrary to nature.

And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until The Stoicks did höld a necessary connexion of thy high and fenced walls come down. Deuter. causes; but they believed, that God doth act The queen, with all the northern earls and gratır & conira naluran, besides and against na

lords, Curc.

Bramball.

Intends here to besiege you in your castle. Sbaks. To say a thing is a chance, as it relates to sc

BESI'EGER. N. s. [froin besiege.] One emcond causes, signisies no more, than that there

ployed in a siege. are score events beside the knowledge, purpose,

There is hardly a town taken, in the common expectation, and power, of second causes. Souib. Proidence otten disposes of things by a me

forms, where the besiegers have not the worse of the bargain.

Swift. thod besia's, and above, the discoveries of man's

South.

To BESLU'BBER. v.a. [from slubber.] so It is beside my present business to enlarge up

daub; to smear. on this speculation.

Locke. He persuaded us to tickle our noses with 4. Out of; in a state of deviatirg from. speargrass and make them bleed ; and then beYou are too wilful blame,

stubber our garments with it, and swear it was

the blood of true men. And, since your coming here, have done

Sbakspears. Enough to put him quite beside his patience.

TO BESME's R. v.a. [from smear.]

Sbakspeare. 1. To bedaub; to overspread with someOf vagabonds we say,

thing that sticks on. That they are ne'er beside their way. Hodibras, He lay as in a dream of deep delight, These may serve as landmarks, to shew'what

Besmear'd with precious balm, whose virtuous lies in the direct way of truth, or is quite tusides

might it. Locte. Did heal his wounds.

Fairy Queen. s. Before a reciprocal pronoun, out of; That face of his I do remember well; as, beside himseif; out of the order of Yet when I saw it last, it was besmear'd

As black as Vulcan. rational beings; out of his wits.

Sbakspeare They be carried besides themselves, to whom

First Moloch, horrid king! besmear'] with

blood the dignity of publick prayer doth not discover somewhat more fitness in men of gravity, than

Of human sacrifice, and parents tears. Par. Lest. in children.

Hooker.

Her fainting hand let till the sword, bes mear': With blood.

Denbar. Only be patient, till we have appeasid The multitude, beside themselves with fear. Shak. Her gushing blood the pavement all bespear'd. Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art

Dryder. beside thyself; much learning doth make thee 2. To soil; to foul. mad.

Acts. My honour would not let ingratitude Besi'DE.

So much besmear it.

Sbakspeule adru. BESI'DES.S

To BESMI'RCH.v.a. To soil; to discolour.

Not in use. 1. More than that; over and above. If Cassio do renrain,

Perhaps he loves you now, He hath a daily beauty in his life,

And now no soil of cautel doth besmirch That makes me ugly : and, besides, the Moor

The virtue of his will.

Sbakspeace May unfold me to him; there stand I in peril. Our gayness and our gilt are all besmircb'd

Sbakspeare.

With rainy marching in the painful field. Sbal. Besides, you know not, while you here attend, To BESMO'KE. v. a. [from smoke.] Th' unworthy fate of your unhappy friend. 1. To foul with smoke.

Dryden. 2. To harden or dry in smoke. That man that doth not know those things, To BESMU'T. v. a. [from smut.] To which are of necessity for hiin to know, is but

blacken with smoke or soot. an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides.

Tillotson. Be'sOM. n. s. [besm, besma, Sax.] An Some wonder, that the Turk never attacks instrument to sweep with. this treasury. But, besides that he has attempted Bacon commended an old man that sold be it formerly with no success, it is certain the yoms : a proud young fellow came to him for a Venecians keep watchful an eye. Addison. besom upon trust; the old inan said, Borrow of

thy back and belly, they will never ask thee 3. To forebode; to tell something beforen again ; I shall dun thee every day. Bacon. hand.

I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, They started feare, bespoke dangers, and formsaith the Lord of hosts.

Isaiab.

ed ominous prognosticks, in order to seare che T. BESO'RT. v. a. [from sort.) To suit ; allies.

Stif). to fit ; to become.

4. To speak to; to address. This sense is Such men as may besort your age,

chiefly poetical. And know themselves and

you. Shakspears. With hearty words hier knight she 'gau to BESO'rt. n. s. [from the verb.] Com

cheer, pany; attendance; train.

And, in her modest manner, thus bespale: I crave fit disposition for my wife,

Dear knight.

Fairy Queen, With such accommodation and besort

At length with indignation thus he broke As levels with her breeding. Sbakspeare.

His awful silence, and the powers bespoke. Dryd. To Beso'r. v. a. [from sot.]

Then staring on her, with a ghastly look,

And hollow voice, he thus the queen bespoke. 1. To infatuate ; to stupify; to dull ; to

Drydento take away the senses. Swinish gluttony

5. To betoken; to show!

When the abbot of St. Martin was born, het Ne'er looks to heav'n amidst his gorgeous feast,

had so little of the figure of a man, that it bespoke But, with besotted base ingratitude,

him rather a monster.

Licke. Crams, and blasphemes his feeder. Milton.

He has dispatch'd me hence, Or fools besotied with their crimes,

With orders that bespeak a mind compos'd. That know not how to shift betimes. Hudibras.

Addison. He is besotted, and has lost his reason; and what then can there be for religion to take hold BESPE'A KER. n. s. [from bespeak.) He of him by?

South.

that bespeaks any thing. 2. To make to doat, with 03. Not much

They mean not with love to the bespeaker of

the work, but delight in the work itself. Iotton. used. Paris, you speak

To BES PE'C KLE. v. a. (from speckle.] To Like one besotted on your sweet delights. Sbaks.

mark with speckles, or spots, Trust not thy beauty; but restore the prize To BESPE'w. v. a. [from spew.) To daub. Which he, besotted on that face and eyes,

with spew or vomit. · Would rend from us.

Dryden. To Bespi'ce. v. a. [from spice.] To season Beso'ught. The preterit and part. pas with spices. sive of beseech.

Thou might'st bespice a cup,
Hasten to appease

To give mine enemy a lasting wirk. Shakspears Th' incensed Father, and th' incensed Son, To Bespi't. v. a. I tespat, or bespit; I While pardon may be found, in time besought. have bespit, or bespitten. [from spit.] To

Milton. To BeSPA'NGLE. v. a. [from spangle.]

daub with spittle. To adorn with spangies ; to besprinkle BESPO'KE. irreg. participle. [frem bespeak; with something shining.

To Bespoʻr. v. a. [from spot.) To mark Not Berenice's locks first rose so bright, The heav'ns bespangling with dishevell'd light.

with spots. Pope,

Mildew rests on the wheat, bespotting the To BeSPA'TTER. v. a. [from spatter.]

stalks with a different colour from the natural.

Mortimer. 1. To soil by throwing filth; to spot or

TO BESPRE'AD. v. a. preterit bespread : sprinkle with dirt or water. Those who will not take vice into their bosoms,

part. pass. bespread. [from spread.) To shall yet have it bespatter their faces.

spread over ; 'to cover over, Government of the Tongue.

His nuptial bed, His weapons are the same which women and With curious needles wroughi, and painted children use; a pin to scratch, and a squirt to

Aowers bespreud.

Dryderio bespatter.

Swift. The globe is equally bespread; so that no 2. To asperse with reproach.

place wants proper inhabitants.

Derbana. Fair Britain, in the monarch blest

TO BESPRI'N KLE. v. a. [from sprinkl.] Whom never faction could bespatter. Sevift. To sprinkle over ; to scatter over, T. BESPA'WL. v. a. [from spawl.] To

Herodotus, imitating the father poet, whose daub with spittle.

life he had written, hath besprinkled his 'work with many fabulosicies,

Broren. TO BESPE'AK. v. a. I bespoke, or bespake;

A purple flood I have bespoke, or bespoken. [from speak.) Flows from the trunk, that welders in the blood; 3. To order or entreat any thing before The bed besprinkles, and bedews the ground. hand, or against a future time.

Dryden,

To Bespu'TTER. v. a. [from sputter. ] To you will marry, make your loves to me; My lady is bespoke. Shakspeare. sputter over something; to daub

any Here is the cap your worship did bespesk.Sbak. thing by sputtering, or throwing out When Baboon came to Strutt's estate, his spittle upon it. tradesmen waited upon him co bespeak his cus. Best. adj. the superlative from good,

Arbuthnot.

(bet, betera, bezst, good, better, A heavy writer was to be encouraged, and accordingly many thousand copies were bespokes

best, Saxon.] Swift

. 1. Most good; that has good qualities in 2. To make way by a previous apology. the highest degree.

My preface looks as if I were afraid of my And he will take your fields, even the best of reader, by so tedious a bespeaking of him. Dryd. them, and give them to his servants. 1 Samuel,

tom.

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