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ψαύω , Ep. impf.
A.ψαῦονIl.13.132; ψαύεσκον ἐπι-) Orph.L.126: fut. “ψαύσωA.Ch.182, etc.: aor. “ἔψαυσαPi.N.5.42, etc.: pf. ἔψαυκα παρ-) S.E.M.7.116:—Pass., aor. “ἐψαύσθηνDsc.2.14: pf. ἔψαυσμαι παρ-) Hp.Morb.4.44:—touch, τινος Il.23.519,806, Hdt.2.47. etc.; “ἁπτόμενοι καὶ ψ. ἀλλήλωνin close contact, Plu.Pyrrh.12: metaph., “μὴ ψαύειν ἀδικίας ὃν τρόπον οὐδὲ πυρόςPhld.Rh.2.155S.: c. dat. instr., ψαῦον . . κόρυθες . . φάλοισι the helmets touched with their φάλοι, Il.13.132, 16.216; “τῇ κεφαλῇ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ ψ.Hdt.3.30; “χεροῖν . . ἔψαυσα πηγῆςA.Pers.202; “εἰ τῆσδε χώρας μήποτε ψαύσει ποδίId.Ch.182: but the dat. is used for the gen. in Pi.P.9.120, Herod.4.75, Q.S.8.349 (cf. “θιγγάνω11.3, προσψαύω):—ψαύω never takes acc. exc. in “αἵματι ψαῦσαι θύραςEzek.Exag.158: in S.Ant. 857, ἔψαυσας ἀλγεινοτάτας ἐμοὶ μερίμνας, πατρὸς τριπόλιστον οἶκτον (v.l. οἶτον, μερίμνας is gen. sg. and οἶκτον or οἶτον is acc. depending on ἔψαυσας . . μερίμνας, = ἐποίησάς με μεριμνᾶν; and ib.961, κεῖνος ἐπέγνω μανίαις ψαύων τὸν θεὸν ἐν κερτομίοις γλώσσαις, the construction is ἐπέγνω τὸν θεόν, ψαύων (sc. αὐτοῦ) he learned to know the god, assailing (him): later writers used the Pass. as if the Act. had a trans. sense, Dsc. l. c., Plu.2.951d.
2. touch lightly. a way of feeling the pulse, opp. θλίβω, Gal.8.808: metaph., touch upon a subject, notice it slightly, Plb.1.13.8:—Med., c. acc. rei, touch lightly upon a subject, Gal.18(1).331.
3. touch as an enemy, lay hands upon, τινος E.IA1559: abs., “κλάοις ἄν, εἰ ψαύσειαςA.Supp. 925, cf. S.OC856.
5. reach, gain,ὕμνωνPi.N.5.42; “ψ. ἈφροδίταςId.O. 6.35: abs., hit the mark, AP7.428.11Mel.).
6. Math., ἐπίπεδα ψαύοντα tangent planes, Archim.Con.Sph.17.
II. rarely in Pass., to be touched, of the star-fish, “ἐνδίδωσι τὸ σῶμα καὶ περιορᾷ ψαυόμενον ὑπὸ τῶν παρατρεχόντωνPlu.2.978b, cf. 951d (if the comma be placed before, not after, οὐσίας; ὅσοι ὑπὸ τῶν Ἀμινναίων (sc. οἴνων ψαύονται κεφαλῆς those who are affected in the head . . , Dsc. 5.19.—The word is very rare in early Prose, Antipho 3.3.5, X. Mem.1.4.12: freq. later, Plb.1.13.8, al., Plu.2.589f, al.
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