mean (n.) Old form(s): meanes
(plural) resources, wherewithal, wealth
AW V.i.35.1[Helena to Gentleman] I will come after you with what good speed / Our means will make us means [first instance]
AYL II.vii.73[Jaques to Duke Senior] Till that the weary very means do ebb [unclear reading: until the resources [which underlie pride] become exhausted and run out]
KL IV.i.20[Gloucester to Old Man] Our means secure us
MM II.ii.24[Angelo to Provost, of Juliet] Let her have needful, but not lavish, means [i.e. while in prison]
Tim II.ii.172[Flavius to Timon] What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is Lord Timon's?
Tim V.iv.20[Second Senator to Alcibiades, of their wooing of Timon] By humble message and by promised means [or: effort]
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