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ob-verto , ti, sum, 3, v. a.
I. To turn towards or against, to direct towards any thing (not in Cic. or Cæs.): cujus ob os Graii ora obvertebant sua, Poët. ap. Cic. Tusc. 3, 18, 39; also ap. Cic. Fam. 9, 26, 2: “mihi cornua,Plaut. Ps. 4, 3, 3: “arcūs in aliquem,Ov. M. 12, 605: “fenestras in aquilonem,Plin. 14, 21, 27, § 133: “pelago proras,Verg. A. 6, 3; “without pelago: cornua velatarum obvertimus antennarum,direct, id. ib. 3, 549: obstantes dum vult obvertere remos, to turn against (the water), to play, Ov. M. 3, 676: “ordines ad clamorem,Liv. 27, 18.—
II. Mid., to turn one's self to or towards, turn to any thing: “obvertor ad undas,Ov. H. 19, 191.—Hence, obversus , a, um, P. a., turned towards or against, directed towards.
A. Lit.: “faciemque obversus in agmen utrumque,Ov. M. 12, 467: “ad matrem,Tac. A. 4, 54: “domicilia (apium) ad orientem,Col. 9, 7, 5; “for which: frons (ornithonis) orienti,id. 8, 3, 1: “Caucasus quā soli est obversus,Sol. 65.—With simple acc.: “obversus orientem,App. M. 2, p. 127; cf.: “profligatis obversis,the opponents, enemy, Tac. A. 12, 14.—
B. Trop., turned towards, inclined to, engaged in: “ad sanguinem, et caedes,Tac. H. 3, 83: “obversi militum studiis,id. ib. 3, 11.
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