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rĕtĭnācŭlum (sync. retinaclum, Prud. ap. Symm. 2, 147), i, n. retineo, I.,
I.that which holds back or binds; a holdfast, band, tether, halter, halser, rope, cable (only in plur.; but the sing. occurs as v. l. Amm. 30, 4, 4).
II. Trop., a bond, chain, tie: “vita abrupit,Plin. Ep. 1, 12, 8: “desiderii,App. M. 11, p. 269, 28 (p. 806 Oud.): “blanda morarum,Aus. Ep. 8, 1: “leges, fundamenta libertatis et retinacula sempiterna,Amm. 14, 6, 5: “retinaculis temporis praestituti frenari,id. 30, 4, 4.
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