In English chancery law, beyond the seas.

She dreams of summers spent by crystal lakes
With unfamiliar chatter in the air,
And mimicking strange accents with mistakes
To foreigners too full of life to care;

Now back at home, each gesture that she makes
Evinces how her heart has lingered there;
And in her eyes, I see, that same heart breaks
That in her reveries I cannot share.

This globe I did, like her, long to explore
Back when it was the only one I knew;
But empty are its novelties and few
Beside those spinning orbs, wherein lies more
Than ever world I glimpsed or felt before;
And when she smiles, the heavens come in view.

A*broad" (#), adv. [Pref. a- + broad.]

1.

At large; widely; broadly; over a wide space; as, a tree spreads its branches abroad.

The fox roams far abroad. Prior.

2.

Without a certain confine; outside the house; away from one's abode; as, to walk abroad.

I went to St. James', where another was preaching in the court abroad. Evelyn.

3.

Beyond the bounds of a country; in foreign countries; as, we have broils at home and enemies abroad.

"Another prince . . . was living abroad."

Macaulay.

4.

Before the public at large; throughout society or the world; here and there; widely.

He went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter. Mark i. 45.

To be abroad. (a) To be wide of the mark; to be at fault; as, you are all abroad in your guess. (b) To be at a loss or nonplused.

 

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