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μηχανή μῆχος

= Lat. machina: instrument, machine for lifting weights and the like, Hdt.; μ. Ποσειδῶνος, of the trident, Aesch.; λαοπόροις μ., of Xerxes' bridge of boats, id=Aesch. engine of war, Thuc.
3.a theatrical machine, by which gods were made to appear in the air, Plat.: hence proverb. of any sudden appearance, ὥσπερ ἀπὸ μηχανῆς (cf. Lat. deus ex machina), Dem.
II.any contrivance, for doing a thing, Hdt., etc.: in pl. μηχαναί, shifts, devices, arts, wiles, Hes., attic; μηχαναῖς Διός by the arts of Zeus, Aesch.; proverb., μηχαναὶ Σισύφου Ar.:—Phrases, μηχανήν or μηχανὰς προσφέρειν Eur.; εὑρίσκειν Aesch., etc.:—c. gen., μ. κακῶν a contrivance against ills, Eur.; but, μ. σωτηρίας a way of providing safety, Aesch.
2.οὐδεμία μηχανή [ἐστι] ὅπως οὐ, c. fut., Hdt.; also, μὴ οὐ, c. inf., id=Hdt. adverb, phrases, ἐκ μηχανῆς τινος in some way or other, id=Hdt.; μηδεμιῆι μηχανῆι by no means whatsoever, id=Hdt.

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