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Hell. n.s. [hll, Saxon.]

  1. 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.

    Hell's black tyrant trembled to behold
    The glorious light he forfeited of old.

  2. 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.

  3. Temporal death.

    The pains of hell came about me; the snares of death overtook me. Psalm xviii. 4.

  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.

  5. 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.

  6. The infernal powers.

    Much danger first, much did he sustain,
    While Saul and hell crost his strong fate in vain.

  7. It is used in composition by the old writers more than by the modern.

Sources: Apostles' Creed (1) · Butler, Samuel (98) · Cowley, Abraham (19) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · King, William (13) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Milton, John (449) · The Bible - Psalms (29) · Sidney, Philip (140)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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