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Aching. n.s. /Ache/
Pain; uneasiness
When old age comes upon him
it comes alone, bringing no other
evil with it: But when it comes
to wait upon a great & worship
ful sinner, who for many years
has ate well & done ill, it
comes attended with a long retinue
of rheums, together with many pain
ful girds gout & achings allied. South.

ABRO’AD. adv.


ABRO’AD. adv. [compounded of a and broad. See BROAD.]
1. Without confinement; widely; at large.
Intermit no watch
Against a wakeful foe, while I abroad,
Thro’ all the coasts of dark destruction seek
Deliverance. Milton’s Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 463.
Again, the lonely fox roams far abroad,
On secret rapine bent, and midnight fraud;
Now haunts the cliff, now traverses the lawn,
And flies the hated neighborhood of man. Prior.
2. Out of the house.
Welcome, Sir,
This cell’s my court; here have I few attendants,
And subjects none abroad. Shakespeare’s Tempest.
Lady — walked a whole hour abroad, without dying after
it; at least in the time I staid; though she seemed to be
fainting, and had convulsive motions several times in her had.
Pope’s Letters.
3. In another country.
They thought it better to be somewhat hardly yoked at home,
than for ever abroad, and discredited. Hooker Pref.
Whosoever offers at verbal transition, shall have the mis-
fortune of that young traveller, who lost his own language
abroad, and brought home no other instead of it. Sir J. Denham.

ABRO’ACH. adv.


Abro’ach. adv. [See To BROACH.]
1. In a posture to run out; to yield the liquor contained; pro-
perly spoken of vessels.
The Templer spruce, while ev’ry spout’s abroach
Stays till ’tis fair, yet seems to call a coach. Swift’s Miscel.
The jars of gen’rous wine, (Acestes’ gift,
When his Trinacrian shores the navy left)
He set abroach, and for the feast prepar’d,
In equal portions with the ven’son shar’d.
Dryden’s Virgil’s Aeneid ,vol. ii.
2. In a figurative sense; in a state to be diffused or advanced; in
a state of such beginning as promises a progress.
That man, that sits within a monarch’s heart,
And ripens in the sunshine of his favour,
Would he abuse the count’nance of the king,
Alack! what mischiefs might be set abroach,
In shadow of such greatness! Shakespeare’s Henry IV. p. ii.

ABA’CKE. adv.


ABA’CKE. adv. obsolete. Backwards.
But when they came where thou thy skill didst show,
They drew abacke, as half with shame confound,
Shepherds to see them in their art outgo. Spens. Past.