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-signo or dissigno (the latter form preferred by Brambach in sense II. B. 2. infra; so Keller, ad Hor. Ep. 1, 5, 16; cf. Roby, L. G. 2, p. 384), āvi, ātum, 1,
I.v. a., to mark out, trace out (freq. in the Aug. per.); to describe, designate, define (for syn. cf.: nomino, appello; voco, dico; facio, coöpto, evoco, prodo, declaro, renuntio, seligo).
I. Lit.: “Aeneas urbem designat aratro,Verg. A. 5, 755; cf.: “moenia fossā,id. ib. 7, 157: “moenia sulco,Ov. F. 4, 825; and: “oppidum sulco,Tac. A. 12, 24.— With dat.: “finis templo Jovis,Liv. 1, 10; cf.: “locum circo,id. 1, 35:—vulnere frontem, to mark, Stat. Th. 6, 782; cf.: “nubila ingenti gyro,id. ib. 1, 311.—*
B. Transf., to delineate, design, depict, represent, sc. by embroidering, weaving, etc.: “Europen,Ov. M. 6, 103.—Far more freq.,
II. Trop.
B. In partic.
1. In a bad sense, to contrive, devise, perpetrate (syn.: “exsequi, patrare, perpetrarevery rare): quae designata sint et facta nequitia,Plaut. Most. 2, 1, 66; cf.: Illa, quae antehac facta sunt, Omitto; “modo quid designavit!Ter. Ad. 1, 2, 7 Donat.—In a good sense: “quid non ebrietas designat,effect, do, accomplish, Hor. Ep. 1, 5, 16 Orell.—
2. With access. idea of arrangement, to dispose, regulate, arrange, appoint, ordain, nominate, elect, choose: “constituere et designare aliquid,Cic. Div. 1, 38, 82: “Anaxagoras primus omnium rerum descriptionem et modum mentis infinitae vi ac ratione designari et confici voluit,to be designed and executed, id. N. D. 1, 11; cf. id. ib. 3, 35.—Esp., to appoint to a public office: “aliquem praetorem,Suet. Cal. 18: “Mamertinum Consulem,Amm. 21, 12, 25: “ut ii decemviratum habeant, quos plebs designaverit: oblitus est, nullos ab plebe designari,Cic. Agr. 2, 10 fin.: “Catilina in proximum annum consulatum petebat, sperans si designatus foret, etc.,Sall. C. 26.—Hence,
b. Polit. t. t.: dēsig-nātus , elect; applied to a person elected to an office, but who has not yet entered upon it: “consul,Cic. Fam. 11, 6; Vell. 2, 58, and the superscriptions of letters in Cic. Fam. 11, 4-8: “tribunus plebis,id. Agr. 2, 5, 11; id. Att. 3, 13; Sall. J. 27, 2: “quaestor,Vell. 2, 111, 3 et saep.—Also, said of the office itself: “Pompeio consulatus designatus est,Gell. 14, 7, 1.—
(β). Transf., expected; of a child not yet born: “designatus civis,Cic. Clu. 11, 32.
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