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ordĭor , orsus, 4 (
I.fut. ordibor for ordiar: non parvam rem ordibor, Att. ap. Non. 39, 22; part. perf. orditus, Sid. Ep. 2, 9; Vulg. Isa. 25, 7), v. dep., lit., to begin a web, to lay the warp; hence, also, in gen., to begin, undertake a thing: “ordiri est rei principium facere, unde et togae vocantur exordiae,Fest. p. 185 Müll.; cf. Isid. 19, 29, 7: “telam,Hier. in Isa. 9, 30, v. 1; Vulg. Isa. 25, 7.
I. Lit., to begin to weave a web, to weave, spin: “araneus orditur telas,Plin. 11, 24, 28, § 80.—So of the Fates: “Lachesis plenā orditur manu,Sen. Apoc. 4: “(Parca) hominis vitam orditur,Lact. 2, 10, 20.—
II. In gen., to begin, commence, set about, undertake (class.; syn.: incipio, incoho, infit); constr. with acc., de, inf., or absol.
(δ). Absol., to begin, commence, set out, take or have a beginning: “unde est orsa, in eodem terminetur oratio,Cic. Marcell. 11, 33: Veneris contra sic filius orsus, thus began (to speak), Verg. A. 1, 325: “sic Juppiter orsus,id. ib. 12, 806; so commonly with specification of the point from which: “unde ordiri rectius possumus quam a naturā?Cic. Tusc. 5, 13, 37 init.: “a principio,id. Phil. 2, 18, 44: “a facillimis,id. Fin. 1, 5, 13: “a capite,Plin. 25, 11, 83, § 132.—(ε) Of things or subjects, to begin, to be begun (where the verb may be taken in pass. sense): “tormina ab atrā bile orsa mortifera sunt,Cels. 2, 8: “cum ex depressiore loco fuerint orsa fundamenta,Col. 1, 5, 9: sed ab initio est ordiendus (Themistocles), i. e. I must begin (his life) at the beginning, Nep. Them. 1, 2; cf.: “ab eo nobis causa ordienda est,Cic. Leg. 1, 7, 21.
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