Hell. n.s. [hll, Saxon.]
- The place of the devil and wicked souls.
For it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven, or to hell. Shakes. Macbeth.
If a man were a porter of hell gates, he should have old turning the key. Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Let none admire
That riches grow in hell; that soil may best
Deserve the precious bane. Milton.
Hell's black tyrant trembled to behold
The glorious light he forfeited of old. Cowley.
- The place of separate souls, whether good or bad.
I will go down to my son mourning to hell. Gen. vi. 35.
He descended into hell. Apostles Creed.
- Temporal death.
The pains of hell came about me; the snares of death overtook me. Psalm xviii. 4.
- The place at a running play to which those who are caught are carried.
Then couples three be straight allotted there;
They of both ends the middle two do fly;
The two that in mid-place, hell called were,
Must strive with waiting foot, and watching eye,
To catch of them, and them to hell bear,
That they, as well as they, hell may supply. Sidney.
- The place into which the taylor throws his shreds.
This trusty squire, he had, as well
As the bold Trojan knight, seen hell;
Not with a counterfeited pass
Of golden bough, but true gold lace. Hudibras, p. i.
In Covent-garden did a taylor dwell,
Who might deserve a place in his own hell. King's Cookery.
- The infernal powers.
Much danger first, much did he sustain,
While Saul and hell crost his strong fate in vain. Cowley.
- It is used in composition by the old writers more than by the modern.