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lăbo , āvi, ātum, 1, v. n. from the same root as 1. labor, totter, be ready to fall, begin to sink, to give way, be loosened (syn.: vacillo, titubo, nato).
I. Lit.: labat, labuntur saxa, caementae cadunt, Enn. ap. Non. 196, 3 (Trag. v. 142 Vahl.): “signum labat,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 43, 95: “si ex ictu ... labant dentes,Cels. 7, 12, 1: “labat ariete crebro Janua,Verg. A. 2, 492: “labant curvae naves,roll, Ov. M. 2, 163: “pressaeque labant sub gurgite turres,id. ib. 1, 290: “(turris) qua summa labantis Juncturas tabulata dabant,Verg. A. 2, 463: “littera labat,written with a trembling hand, Ov. H. 10, 140: “labare sermone,to stutter, speak indistinctly, Plin. 14, 22, 28, § 146: “si labat oculus et hac atque illac movetur,is unsteady, Cels. 7, 7, 14: “tarda trementi genua labant,sink, Verg. A. 5, 432; so, “pedes,Ov. F. 6, 676: “vincla labant,are loosed, id. A. A. 2, 85.—Poet., of dying persons: “inde labant populi,fall, sink, Luc. 6, 93; cf.: “omnia tum vero vitaï claustra lababant,Lucr. 6, 1153.—With Gr. acc.: “egressi labant vestigia prima,Verg. A. 10, 283 Forbig. (Rib. egressisque).—
II. Trop.
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