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dēfectus , ūs, m. deficio.
I. (For defectio, no. I.) Defection, revolt: “magno animo defectum eorum tulit,Curt. 7, 19, 39 Mützell.: “legionum,Capitol. Macr. 8.—
II. ( = defectio, no. III.) A failing, failure, lack, disappearance (freq. in the elder Pliny; “elsewhere rare): lactis (mammae),Plin. 20, 23, 96, § 256: “stomachi,weakness, id. 19, 5, 29, § 92: “animi,a swoon, id. 20, 2, 6, § 12: “albicante purpurae defectu,fading away into white, id. 37, 9, 40, § 123: “in tanto defectu rerum,freedom from occupation, Amm. 16, 5, 5. Of the eclipsing of the heavenly bodies: “solis,Lucr. 5, 751; imitated by Verg. G. 2, 478: “ejus (sc. lunae) species ac forma mutatur tum crescendo, tum defectibus in initia recurrendo,Cic. N. D. 2, 19 fin.
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