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flŭĭto (contract. flūto , Lucr. 3, 189; 4, 77; Varr. ap. Macr. S. 2, 12), āvi, ātum, 1,
I.v. freq. n. [fluo], to float, swim, or sail about on the water, to flow (mostly poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
B. Transf., to move in a waving, unsteady manner; to wave, undulate: “fluitantia aplustra,Lucr. 2, 555: “pleno fluitantia vela theatro,Prop. 3, 18 (4, 17), 13: “vela summo fluitantia malo,Ov. M. 11, 470: “fluitantia lora,” i. e. flowing, slack, id. A. A. 2, 433: “vestis non fluitans sed stricta et singulos artus exprimens,flowing, loose, Tac. G. 17: “amictus,Cat. 64, 68: “fluitans labansque miles,staggering, Tac. H. 5, 18; 3, 27: “vela (in theatris) per malos trabesque trementia flutant namque ... cogunt suo fluitare colore,to wave, Lucr. 4, 77 sq.
II. Trop., to be doubtful or uncertain, to waver: “animi incerto errore fluitans,Lucr. 3, 1052: “spe dubiae horae,Hor. Ep. 1, 18, 110: “unde primum creditur Caecinae fides fluitasse,Tac. H. 2, 93 fin.: “fluitans fides,Claud. B. G. 247: “citra lectionis exemplum labor ille (scribendi) carens rectore fluitabit, i. e. will be performed at random,Quint. 10, 1, 2.
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