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ē-volvo , volvi, vŏlūtum, 3 (
I.per diaeresin ēvŏlŭam, Cat. 66, 74: “ēvŏlŭisse,Ov. H. 12, 4), v. a., to roll out, roll forth; to unroll, unfold (class.).
b. Evolvere se, or mid. evolvi, to roll out, roll forth, glide away: “evolvere posset in mare se Xanthus,discharge itself, Verg. A. 5, 807; cf.: “Danubius in Pontum vastis sex fluminibus evolvitur,empties, Plin. 4, 12, 24, § 79: “species (anguis) evoluta repente,Liv. 26, 19, 7: “per humum evolvuntur,roll themselves along, Tac. G. 39.—
B. Transf.
2. To draw out a thread, i. e. to spin, said of the Fates: “quae seriem fatorum pollice ducunt Longaque ferratis evolvunt saecula pensis,Claud. Rapt. Pros. 1, 53; and pregn., to spin out, i. e. to spin to an end, said of the Fates: “tunc, quae dispensant mortalia fata, sorores Debuerant fusos evoluisse meos,Ov. H. 12, 4.—
II. Trop.
A. In gen.: si qui voluerit animi sui complicatam notionem evolvere, to unroll, i. e. to clear up (the figure being taken from a book), Cic. Off. 3, 19, 76; cf.: “exitum criminis,id. Cael. 23: “promissa evolvit somni,” i. e. turns over, revolves, Sil. 3, 216; cf.: “secum femineos dolos,Sen. Agam. 116: “evolutus integumentis dissimulationis (with nudatus),unwrapped, stripped, Cic. de Or. 2, 86, 350: “evolutus bonis,robbed, Sen. Ep. 74; cf.: “sede patria rebusque summis,Tac. A. 13, 15: “ex praeda clandestina,driven away, Liv. 6, 15: “nullo possum remedio me evolvere ex his turbis,Ter. Ph. 5, 4, 5: “se omni turba,id. Eun. 4, 4, 56.—
B. In partic., to unfold, disclose, narrate: “naturam rerum omnium,Cic. Ac. 2, 36: oras belli, Enn. ap. Macr. S. 6, 1 (Ann. v. 178 ed. Vahl.): “totam deliberationem accuratius,Cic. Att. 9, 10, 7: “rem propositam,Quint. 1, 1, 20: “condita pectoris,Cat. 66, 74: “seriem fati,Ov. M. 15, 152: “haec,Verg. G. 4, 509 et saep.; cf. with a rel.-clause, Lucr. 1, 954.—
C. To roll away, of time, i. e. to pass, elapse: “evolutis multis diebus,Vulg. Gen. 38, 12: “cum evolutus esset annus,id. 2 Par. 24, 23: “evoluto tempore,id. Esth. 2, 15.
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