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stringo , inxi, ictum, 3, v. a. root strig; Gr. στραγγ-, to squeeze; στράγξ, a drop; cf. O. H. Germ. streng; Engl. strong,
I.to draw tight, to bind or tie tight; to draw, bind, or press together, etc. (syn. ligo).
I. Lit.: “te stringam ad carnarium,Plaut. Ps. 1, 1, 66: “stringit vitta comas,Luc. 5, 143: caesariem crinali cultu, Claud. Cons. Prob. et Olybr. 85: “stricta matutino frigore vulnera,Liv. 22, 51: “pectora pigro gelu,Luc. 4, 652: “strictos insedimus amnes,Val. Fl. 1, 414: “mare gelu stringi et consistere,Gell. 17, 8, 16: “quercus in duas partes diducta, stricta denuo et cohaesa,having closed together, id. 15, 16, 4: “habenam,to draw tight, Stat. Th. 11, 513: “ferrum,Plin. Ep. 3, 16, 6.—
B. Transf. (through the intermediate idea of drawing close), to touch, touch upon, touch lightly or slightly, to graze (syn. tango): “litus ama, et laevas stringat sine palmula cautes,Verg. A. 5, 163; cf.: “stringebat summas ales miserabilis undas,Ov. M. 11, 733: “aequor (aurā),id. ib. 4, 136: “metas interiore rotā,id. Am. 3, 2, 12: “latus,Prop. 3, 11 (4, 10), 24: “vestigia canis rostro,Ov. M. 1, 536 et saep.: “equos,to stroke, Charis. 84 P.: “tela stringentia corpus,” i. e. slightly touching, Verg. A. 10, 331; cf. Sen. Ben. 2, 6, 1: “coluber Dente pedem strinxit,Ov. M. 11, 776: “strictus ac recreatus ex vulnere in tempus,Flor. 4, 12, 44.—
2. To pull or strip off, to pluck off, cut off, clip off, prune, etc. (cf. destringo): “oleam ubi nigra erit, stringito,Cato, R. R. 65, 1; so, “oleam,Plin. 15, 2, 3, § 12: “bacam,Varr. R. R. 1, 55, 2: “quernas glandes,Verg. G. 1, 305: “folia ex arboribus,Caes. B. C. 3, 58; Liv. 23, 30, 3: “frondes,Verg. E. 9, 61; Hor. Ep. 1, 14, 28: “hordea,Verg. G. 1, 317: “arbores,Col. 6, 3, 7: “celeriter gladios strinxerunt,drew from the sheath, unsheathed, Caes. B. C. 3, 93: “strictam aciem offerre,Verg. A. 6, 291: “ensem,id. ib. 10, 577; so, “gladios,id. ib. 12, 278; Ov. M. 7, 333: “ensem,id. ib. 8, 207; “14, 296: ferrum,Liv. 7, 40 al.: “cultrum,id. 7, 5, 5; 3, 50, 3; and poet. transf.: “manum,to bare, Ov. Am. 1, 6, 14; id. Tr. 5, 2, 30 al.
II. Trop.
A. Of speech, to touch upon, treat briefly, Sil. 8, 48.—Hence, to compress, abridge: “narrationis loco rem stringat,Quint. 4, 2, 128 Spald.—
B. To hold in check, to rule, sway (syn. coërceo): “quaecumque meo gens barbara nutu Stringitur, adveniat,Claud. B. Get. 371.—
C. To waste, consume, reduce: “praeclaram stringat malus ingluvie rem,Hor. S. 1, 2, 8.—
D. (Acc. to I. B.) To touch, move, affect; esp. to affect painfully, to wound, pain: “atque animum patriae strinxit pietatis imago,Verg. A. 9, 294: “quam tua delicto stringantur pectora nostro,Ov. Tr. 5, 6, 21: “nomen alicujus,id. ib. 2, 350.—
E. To draw in hostility, attack with: “in hostes stringatur iambus,Ov. R. Am. 377: “bellum,Flor. 3, 21, 1.—Hence, strictus , a, um, P. a. (acc. to I.), drawn together, close, strait, tight, etc.
A. Lit.: “laxaret pedem a stricto nodo,Liv. 24, 7, 5: “duriora genti corpora, stricti artus,Tac. G. 30: “strictissima janua,Ov. R. Am. 233: “si strictior fuerit pedatura,Hyg. Grom. 3, 1: “emplastrum,thick, Scrib. Comp. 45 fin.: “venter,” i. e. bound up, costive, Veg. 3, 16: “strictior aura,more severe, colder, Aus. Idyll. 14, 3.—
B. Trop.
1. Of language, brief, concise: “quo minus (Aeschines) strictus est,Quint. 10, 1, 77: “qui (Demosthenes) est strictior multo (quam Cicero),id. 12, 10, 52.—
2. Of character, severe, strict: “Catones,Manil. 5, 106: “mentes,id. 1, 769: “lex,Stat. S. 3, 5, 87.—
3. Rigid, exact (law Lat.): “restitutio stricto jure non competebat,Dig. 29, 2, 85; 39, 3, 3 al.Adv.: strictē and strictim , closely, tightly: “in foramen conicies,Pall. Mart. 8, 2.—Comp., Pall. 1, 6.—Sup., Gell. 16, 3, 4.—
2. Fig., accurately: “strictius interpretari,Dig. 8, 2, 20.
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