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-cīdo , di, sum, 3, v. a. caedo,
I.to cut away, cut down, cut off (mostly poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
I. Lit.: “vepres,Cato, R. R. 2, 4; cf.: “malleolos ad imum articulum,Plin. 17, 21, 35, § 160: “sceptrum imo de stirpe,Verg. A. 12, 208; “for which: laurum imā stirpe,Claud. Rapt. Pros. 3, 76 (cf. II.): “ceras inanes,empty cells, Verg. G. 4, 241: “hirsutam barbam falce,Ov. M. 13, 766: “caput,id. ib. 9, 71: “immedicabile vulnus Ense recidendum est,id. ib. 1, 191: “pollicem alicui,Quint. 8, 5, 12: “comas,Mart. 1, 32, 4; cf. “capillos,Plin. Ep. 7, 27 fin.: “ungues,Plin. 10, 35, 52, § 106: “columnas,to hew out, Hor. C. 2, 18, 4: “fustes,id. ib. 3, 6, 40: “ancile ab omni parte recisum,Ov. F. 3, 377: “mella,” i. e. to take out, Pall. Jun. 7, 2.— “Of persons: cuncti simul ense recisi,cut down, Luc. 2, 194.— Poet.: “fulgorem sideribus,to rob the stars of their brightness, Stat. Th. 12, 310: “gramina morsu,to devour, Calp. Ecl. 2, 45.—
II. Trop. (borrowed from agriculture), to lop off, cut short, retrench, abridge, diminish: “perquam multa recidam ex orationibus Ciceronis,Quint. 12, 10, 52; cf. id. 12, 10, 55: “inanem loquacitatem,id. 10, 5, 22: ambitiosa ornamenta, Hor. A. P. 447: “omne quod ultra Perfectum traheretur,id. S. 1, 10, 69: nationes partim recisas, partim repressas, * Cic. Prov. Cons. 12, 31: “mercedes scaenicorum,Suet. Tib. 34 init.: “armaturas mirmillonum,to lessen, id. Calig. 55: “ornandi potestatem,Quint. 2, 16, 4: “facultatem aliter acquirendi,id. 12, 7, 10: “impedimenta,to diminish, obviate, Front. Strat. 4, 1, 7; cf. “occupationes,Sen. Q. N. 3 praef.: “culpam supplicio,Hor. C. 3, 24, 34; cf.: “cum magnis parva mineris Falce recisurum simili te,id. S. 1, 3, 123: vitia a stirpe, Claud. ap. Ruf. 1, 56; and: “aliquid priscum ad morem,” i. e. to reduce within the limits of ancient manners, Tac. A. 3, 53.—Hence, rĕcīsus , a, um, P.a., shortened, abridged; short, brief: “opus,Vell. 2, 89, 1: “ea recisa in unum librum coartasse,Plin. Ep. 1, 20, 8.—Comp.: “tempus recisius (opp. longius),Dig. 47, 21, 2.— Sup. and adv. do not occur.
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