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mōlĭor , ītus, 4 (
I.inf. molirier for moliri, Lucr. 5, 934), v. dep. n. and a. [moles].
I. Neutr.
A. To set one's self or one's powers in motion, to make exertions, exert one's self, to endeavor, struggle, strive, toil, etc. (rare but class.; “syn.: conor, nitor): viden ut misere moliuntur?Plaut. Curc. 1, 3, 32: “agam per me ipse et moliar,Cic. Fam. 6, 10, 2: “nōsti mores mulierum: Dum moliuntur, dum comuntur, annus est,Ter. Heaut. 2, 2, 11: “horam amplius jam in demoliendo signo permulti homines moliebantur,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 43, § 95.—
B. To set one's self in motion, endeavor to depart, to depart: “molientem hinc Hannibalem,Liv. 28, 44: “dum naves moliuntur a terra,id. 37, 11: “in quam (insulam) gladiatores navibus molientes,Tac. H. 2, 35.—
II. Act.
A. To labor upon any thing, exert one's self at or upon, set in motion, work an instrument or engine; to work any thing (cf. ago; class.).
1. Nihil enim agit (vita deorum), ... nulla opera molitur, Cic. N. D. 1, 19, 51: “res dura et regni novitas me talia cogant moliri,Verg. A. 1, 564: validam in vites molire bipennem, to work, i. e. wield, id. G. 4, 331: ancoras, to work, i. e. hoist the anchor, weigh anchor, Liv. 28, 17: “agricola incurvo terram molitus aratro,” i. e. to work, cultivate, till the ground, Verg. G. 1, 494; Col. 1 praef. 17; “11, 2, 19: erro molirier arva,Lucr. 5, 932: fores, to work, i. e. to force, to break open, Tac. A. 1, 39; 2, 82; Liv. 23, 18, 2; 24, 46, 5: “Atharrias ad Philotam missus clausum aditum domus moliebatur,Curt. 6, 8, 20: “habenas,to guide, Verg. A. 12, 327: “fulmina molitur dextrā,hurls, id. G. 1, 329: “ignem,id. A. 10, 131: “opera,to begin work, Col. 11, 2, 2: “aliquid sub divo moliri potest,id. 1, 8, 9.—
2. To set in motion, bestir, rouse, cause to remove, displace (syn.: “deicio, deturbo): montes suā sede,displaces, Liv. 9, 3: “corpora ex somno moliebantur,aroused, id. 36, 24, 3: “onera objecta,id. 25, 36.—
3. To build, make, erect, construct (syn.: “condo, fundo, construo): muros,to build, Verg. A. 3, 132: “classem,id. ib. 3, 6: “arcem,id. ib. 1, 424: “atrium,Hor. C. 3, 1, 46: “aedem,Flor. 1, 7: “locum,prepares, Verg. A. 7, 158: “pocula de inimicorum capitibus hominum,to construct, make, Sol. 15.—
B. Trop., to endeavor to do; to undertake, attempt, set about any thing (cf.: “aggredior, apparo): nec ea, quae agunt, molientes cum labore operoso,performing, doing, Cic. N. D. 2, 23, 59: “viam clipei molita per oras,made its way, Verg. A. 10, 477: “inde datum molitur iter,id. ib. 6, 477: “jamque alio moliris iter,Stat. S. 5, 2, 61: “viam et gressus,Claud. Rapt. Pros. 1, 278; 3, 438: animum, to form or acquire for one's self, Ov. A. A. 2, 119: “laborem,to undertake, Verg. A. 4, 233: “struere et moliri aliquid calamitatis alicui,to try to bring upon, Cic. Clu. 64, 178: “fortissimis atque optimis civibus periculum moliri,id. Sest. 1, 1: “pestem patriae nefarie,id. Cat. 2, 1, 1: “perniciem rei publicae,id. ib. 1, 2, 5: insidias avibus, to lay snares, Verg. G. 1, 271: “crimina et accusatorem,to bring about, find out, Tac. A. 12, 22: “triumphos,Ov. M. 14, 719: “fugam,Verg. A. 2, 109: “moram,to cause, make, occasion, id. ib. 1, 414: “opem extremam alicui,Val. Fl. 6, 431: “dolos apertos,to devise, id. 5, 249: “bellum in animo,to design, meditate, Vell. 2, 46: “Athenienses urbem ex integro condere moliuntur,Just. 2, 15, 1: “mundum efficere moliens deus,attempting, Cic. Univ. 4: “fallere,Val. Fl. 3, 491: “de occupando regno moliens,striving to usurp the government, Cic. Rep. 2, 35, 60: “nuptias,to bring about, Tac. A. 12, 3: “apud judices oratione molienda sunt amor, odium, etc.,are to be excited, called forth, Cic. de Or. 2, 51, 206: “tumorem,Col. 6, 17: “vorandi facultatem,Cels. 1, 3: “fidem moliri coepit,began to meddle with, disturb, Liv. 6, 11, 8.
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