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in-torquĕo , torsi, tortum, 2, v. a.,
I.to twist, turn round, turn to; to wrench, sprain (class.).
I. Lit.: “mentum in dicendo,to distort, Cic. de Or. 2, 66: “oculos,Verg. G. 4, 451: “caulem,Plin. 19, 6, 34, § 114: talum, to sprain, Auct. B. Hisp. 38: vereor, ne Pompeio quid oneris imponam, μή μοι Γοργείην κεφαλὴν δεινοῖο πελώρου intorqueat, Cic. Att. 9, 7, 3.—Pass. or with se, to twist or wrap itself: “involvulus, quae in pampini folio intorta implicat se,Plaut. Cist. 4, 2, 64: “cum subito ... procella nubibus intorsit sese,Lucr. 6, 124: “ipsi palmites intorquentur,Plin. 17, 22, 35, § 183. —
II. Transf.
A. To brandish, hurl, or throw towards: “hastam tergo,to launch at its back, Verg. A. 2, 231: “jaculum alicui,to hurl against one, id. ib. 10, 322; Ov. M. 5, 90; Sil. 1, 304: “telum,Verg. A. 10, 381: “saxum,Sil. 7, 623: “telum in hostem,Verg. A. 10, 882; Sen. Ep. 45. —
B. To throw into confusion: “orationem,Plaut. Cist. 4, 2, 65; cf. “mores,to corrupt, pervert, Pers. 5, 38.—
III. Trop., to cast upon, throw out against: “alternis versibus intorquentur inter fratres gravissimae contumeliae,Cic. Tusc. 4, 36, 77: “vocem diram,Sil. 11, 342.— Hence, intortus , a, um, P. a., twisted, wound; crisped, curled; trailed, prolonged; perplexed, involved; distorted, corrupted: “spirae modo,Plin. 2, 25, 23, § 91: “intorto circa bracchium pallio,wound about my arm, Petr. 80: “paludamentum,wrapped round, Liv. 25, 16: “angues intorti capillis Eumenidum,entwined, Hor. C. 2, 13, 35: “capilli,curled, Mart. 8, 33; Sil. 3, 284: “sonus concisus, intortus,Plin. 10, 29, 43, § 82: “noctuae intorto carmine occinunt,App. Flor. 13: “rudentes,twisted, made by twisting, Cat. 64, 235: “funes,Ov. M. 3, 679 al.Adv.: intortē , windingly, crookedly: “intortius,Plin. 16, 16, 27, § 68.— Transf.: hoc dicere, August. de Nat. et Grat. 49.
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