mean (n.) Old form(s): meane , meanes
means, way, method
1H4 I.iii.257[Worcester to Hotspur] make the Douglas' son your only mean / For powers in Scotland
1H6 III.ii.10[First Soldier to Pucelle] Our sacks shall be a mean to sack the city
2H6 IV.viii.67[Buckingham to rebels] we'll devise a mean / To reconcile you all unto the King
AC III.ii.32[Caesar to Antony, of Octavia] better might we / Have loved without this mean
AC[Enobarbus alone, of his heart] If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean / Shall outstrike thought
CE I.ii.18[Dromio of Syracuse to Antipholus of Syracuse] having so good a mean
H8 V.iii.146[King Henry to Councillors, of Cranmer] There's some of ye ... / Would try him to the utmost, had ye mean
JC III.i.161[Antony to all] No place will please me so, no mean of death, / As here by Caesar
Luc.1045[Lucrece to herself] I ... seek in vain / Some happy mean to end a hapless life
MM II.iv.95[Angelo to Isabella, of Claudio] No earthly mean to save him
Oth III.i.36[Iago to Cassio] I'll devise a mean to draw the Moor / Out of the way
Oth III.iii.247[Iago to Othello, of Cassio] You shall ... perceive him and his means
RJ III.iii.46[Romeo to Friar] Hadst thou ... / No sudden mean of death
TG II.vii.5[Julia to Lucetta] tell me some good mean / How ... I may undertake / A journey
TG III.i.38[Proteus to Duke, of Silvia and Valentine] they have devised a mean / How he her chamber-window will ascend
TG IV.iv.105[disguised Julia to Silvia] be my mean / To bring me where to speak with Madam Silvia
WT IV.iv.89[disguised Polixenese to Perdita] Nature is made better by no mean / But Nature makes that mean

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