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hastīle (also astīle ), is, n. hasta,
I.the shaft of a spear or javelin.
II. Transf.
A. (Pars pro toto.) A spear, javelin, in gen. (poet.): “torquere hastilia lenta,Ov. M. 8, 28; Verg. A. 1, 313; 5, 557; 12, 489; Sen. Hippol. 397: “curvatum,Juv. 7, 127.—
B. In gen., a piece of wood in the form of a shaft (poet. and in post-Aug. prose). So of branches, Verg. A. 3, 23; of poles, props, id. G. 2, 358; Col. 4, 12, 1; Plin. 17, 23, 35, § 212; the standard: “candelabri,Vulg. Exod. 25, 31: “arcus,Amm. 22, 8, 37.
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