from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A bout, or turn, as at fencing; a thrust; a hit; a veney.
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- noun Archaic spelling of
- noun A bout, or turn, as at fencing; a thrust; a hit; a veney.
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The technical term in fencing for a hit — “A sweet touch, a quick venew of wit.”
Now, by the salt wave of the Mediterraneum, a sweet touch, a quick venew of wit! snip, snap, quick and home! it rejoiceth my intellect: true wit!
There is one circumstance in Sir John's character of Bishop Still, which is peculiarly applicable to Johnson: 'He became so famous a disputer, that the learnedest were even afraid to dispute with him; and he finding his own strength, could not stick to warn them in their arguments to take heed to their answers, like a perfect fencer that will tell aforehand in which button he will give the venew, or like a cunning chess-player that will appoint aforehand with which pawn and in what place he will give the mate.'
u Now, by the fait wave of the Mediterraneom, a ouch, a quick venew of wit; fnip, ihap, quick me; it rejoicetlvniyinteUeft; true wit.