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prō-tendo , di, sum and tum, 3, v. a., stretch forth or out, to extend (not in Cic.; syn. porrigo).
I. Lit.: “hastas,Verg. A. 11, 606 Wagn.: “bracchia in mare,Ov. M. 14, 191: “supinas manus ad genua alicujus,Petr. 17 fin.: “aciem (oculorum) in aestus pelagi,Cat. 64, 127: “cervicem fortiter,Tac. A. 15, 67: “cochleae bina ceu cornua protendentes contrahentesque,Plin. 9, 32, 51, § 101: “protentis hastis,Tac. A. 14, 37: “pedes temo protentus in octo,Verg. G. 1, 171: “consanguineam protendere dextram,Sil. 1, 655: “praerupta protendit juga Cithaeron,Sen. Phoen. 12.—Mid., to stretch forth or out, to extend: “inter digitos medius longissime protenditur,projects, Plin. 11, 43, 99, § 244: “protenditur ad Bactros usque gens Mardorum,reaches, extends, id. 6, 16, 18, § 47: anus haec in pellis periculum protenditur, is swelled out, distended with drink, Plaut. Fragm. ap. Schol. Hor. S. 1, 6, 22.—Of a river: “usque ad colla cornipedum protentus,swollen, Sil. 16, 387.—
II. Trop., to make long, to prolong, lengthen, extend (post-class.): “utramvis partem in plura verba protendere,App. Dogm. Plat. 3, p. 267 Oud.: “praepositiones producere atque protendere,to prolong in pronunciation, Gell. 2, 17, 1; 6: “barbare protendere,id. 4, 17, 7.—Hence, prōtentus , a, um, P. a., stretched out, lengthened, extended (post-class.): “Phocis lucis in exortum protentior,extending farther, Avien. Perieg. 597: “protentior vita,Sol. 30.
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