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līmo , āvi, ātum (arch. limassis, for limaveris, Caecil. Com. 140), 1, v. a. lima,
I.to file.
B. Transf.
1. To file off: “plumbum limatum,lead-filings, Plin. 34, 18, 50, § 168: “limata scobs,id. ib.: “cornum limatum lima lignaria,Scrib. 141: “acumen ossis,Cels. 8, 10, 7.—
II. Trop.
A. In gen., to file, polish, finish: “quaedam institui, quae limantur a me politius,Cic. Ac. 1, 1, 2: “stilus hoc maxime ornat ac limat,id. de Or. 3, 49, 190: “ut ars aliquid limare non possit,id. ib. 1, 25, 115: “vir nostrorum hominum urbanitate limatus,id. N. D. 2, 29, 74.—
B. In partic.
1. To investigate accurately, to clear of every thing superfluous: “veritas ipsa limatur in disputatione,Cic. Off. 2, 10, 35: “subtiliter mendacium,Phaedr. 3, 10, 49. —
2. Cum se ipse consulto ad minutarum causarum genera limaverit, has prepared one's self thoroughly for, Cic. Opt. Gen. Or. 3, 9.—
3. To file off, take away from, diminish: “tantum alteri affinxit, de altero limavit,Cic. de Or. 3, 9, 36: “de tua prolixa beneficaque natura limavit aliquid posterior annus,id. Fam. 3, 8, 8: “commoda alicujus,Hor. Ep. 1, 14, 38: “multum inde decoquent anni, multum ratio limabit,Quint. 2, 4, 7. —Hence, līmātus , a, um, P. a., polished, refined, elegant, fine, accurate: “vir oratione maxime limatus,Cic. de Or. 1, 39, 180: “jure madens, varioque togae limatus in usu,Mart. 7, 51, 5: “pressum limatumque genus dicendi,Quint. 2, 8, 4; 11, 1, 3: “Attici,id. 12, 10, 17.—Comp.: “limatius dicendi genus,Cic. Brut. 24, 93: “comis et urbanus fuerit limatior idem,Hor. S. 1, 10, 65: “limatius ingenium,Plin. Ep. 1, 20, 21.—Hence, adv.: līmātē , finely, elegantly, accurately; comp.: “limatius scriptum,Cic. Fin. 5, 5, 12: “limatius quaerere,Amm. 15, 13, 2.
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