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māchĭna , ae, f. = μηχανή,
I.a machine, i. e. any artificial contrivance for performing work, an engine, fabric, frame, scaffolding, staging, easel, warlike engine, military machine, etc.
I. Lit.
B. Esp.,
1. A platform on which slaves were exposed for sale: “amicam de machinis emere,Q. Cic. Petit. Cons. 2, 8.—
2. A painter's easel, Plin. 35, 10, 37, § 120.—
3. A scaffold for building: “de machinā cadere,Dig. 13, 6, 5; Plin. 19, 2, 8, § 30.—
II. Trop., a device, plan, contrivance; esp. a trick, artifice, stratagem: “at nunc disturba quas statuisti machinas,” i. e. abandon your schemes, Plaut. Ps. 1, 5, 137: “totam hanc legem ad illius opes evertendas tamquam machinam comparari,Cic. Agr. 2, 18, 50: omnes ad amplificandam orationem quasi machinae, * Quint. 11, 1, 44: dolum aut machinam commoliar, Caecil. ap. Cic. N. D. 3, 29, 73: “quantas moveo machinas!Plaut. Mil. 3, 2, 1: “aliquam machinabor machinam, Unde aurum efficiam,id. Bacch. 2, 2, 54.
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