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-sīdo , sēdi (de-sīdi, Cic. l. l. infra, Lampr id. Alex. Sev. 39, 7), 3, v. n., v. consido. —Of inanimate things, esp. of places,
I.to sink, fall, or settle down.
I. Prop.: “tantos terrae motus factos esse, ut multa oppida corruerint, multis locis labes factae sint terraeque desiderint,Cic. Div. 1, 35 fin.; 1, 43, 97; Liv. 32, 9; and poet. of the apparent sinking of mountains to one flying aloft: “Gargara desidunt surgenti,Stat. Th. 1, 549: “ovum inane natat, plenum desidit,Varr. R. R. 3, 9, 11; Just. 4, 1, 10: “ex urina quod desidit album est,sediment, Cels. 2, 7: “tumor ex toto desidit,id. 7, 18. —*
II. Trop., to deteriorate, degenerate: desidentes mores, Liv. prooem. 9.
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