- (obsolete) A crowd or throng; a concourse.
- 1671, John Milton, “The Second Book”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398, page 35:
- I, as I undertook, and with the vote / Conſenting in full frequence was impower'd, […]
- (obsolete) Frequency; abundance.
- 1622, Ios. Hall [i.e., Joseph Hall], “[Contemplations vpon the Principall Histories of the Nevv Testament. The Third Booke.] The Dumbe Deuill Eiected.”, in Contemplations [vpon the Principal Passages of the Holy Story], […], volume VI, London: […] I[ohn] H[aviland] for Nathaniel Butter, OCLC 55169093, pages 338–339:
- Raritie and difficultie are wont to cauſe wonder; There are many things which haue wonder in their worth, and leeſe it in their frequence; there are ſome which haue it in their ſtrangeneſſe, and leeſe it in their facilitie; Both meet in this.
- 1914 January, Zane Grey, “The Mountain Trail”, in The Light of Western Stars: A Romance, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 2804952, page 225:
- The storm-center gathered slowly around the peaks; low rumble and bowl of thunder increased in frequence; slowly the light shaded as smoky clouds rolled up; the air grew sultrier, and the exasperating breeze puffed a few times and then failed.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for frequence in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)