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Éxit. n.s. [exit, Latin.]

  1. The term set in the margin of plays to mark the time at which the player goes off the stage.

  2. Recess; departure; act of quitting the stage; act of quitting the theatre of life.

                All the world's a stage,
    And all the men and women meerly players:
    They have their exits and their entrances,
    And one man in his time plays many parts.

    A regard for fame becomes a man more towards the exit than at his entrance into life. Swift.

    Many of your old comrades live a short life, and make a figure at their exit. Swift.

  3. Passage out of any place.

    In such a pervious substance as the brain, they might find an easy either entrance or exit, almost every where. Glanville.

  4. Way by which there is a passage out.

    The fire makes its way, forcing the water forth through its ordinary exits, wells, and the outlets of rivers. Woodw.

Sources: Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · Glanvill, Joseph (53) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Woodward, John (78)

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