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tractus , ūs, m. traho,
I.a drawing, dragging, hauling, pulling, drawing out, trailing.
I. Lit. (mostly poet.): “tractu gementem Ferre rotam,Verg. G. 3, 183: “tractu taurea terga domant,Val. Fl. 6, 359: “modicus tractus (al. tractatus),Plin. 9, 46, 70, § 153: “aut si qua incerto fallet te littera tractu,stroke, Prop. 4 (5), 3, 5.continuus subitarum tractus aquarum,” i. e. a drinking, Luc. 4, 368; cf.: “aëra pestiferum tractu,” i.e. a drawing in, inhalation, id. 7, 412: “repetitaque longo Vellera mollibat nebulis aequantia tractu,Ov. M. 6, 21: harenam fluctus trahunt ... Syrtes ab tractu nominatae, i. e. from Gr. σύρω, = traho; “because of this drawing,Sall. J. 78, 3: “(risus) interdum quodam etiam corporis tractu lacessitur,” i. e. movement, Quint. 6, 3, 7.—Of a serpent, a drawing itself along, a creeping, crawling: “squameus in spiram tractu se colligit anguis,Verg. G. 2, 154; Ov. M. 15, 725; Claud. B. Get. 22; id. II. Cons. Stil. 172.—
2. Concr., a train, track, course: “nonne vides longos flammarum ducere tractus,long trains, Lucr. 2, 207: flammarum, Verg. G. 1, 367; Luc. 2, 270: (Phaëthon) longo per aëra tractu Fertur, in a long train (of fire), Ov. M. 2, 320: “longo per multa volumina tractu Aestuat unda minax,Luc. 5, 565; so of the course of the moon, Cic. Div. 2, 46, 97; “of the Nile,Luc. 10, 257: “(Cydnus) leni tractu e fontibus labens puro solo excipitur,Curt. 3, 4, 8: “aquarum,id. 5, 3, 2: “ut arborum tractu equitatus hostium impediretur,Nep. Milt. 5, 3; “of the wind,Val. Fl. 1, 614; cf. Manil. 1, 532; 3, 366. —
B. Transf., a space drawn out, i. e. a stretch, extent, tract of a thing (class.): “castrorum,Liv. 3, 28, 1: “cujus (urbis) is est tractus ductusque muri, ut, etc.,Cic. Rep. 2, 6, 11 Moser N. cr.: “cum mediae jaceant immensis tractibus Alpes,Luc. 2, 630; and Claud. Rapt. Pros. 3, 9. —
II. Trop.
A. In gen., course, progress, movement: “tractus orationis lenis et aequabilis,course, movement, current, Cic. de Or. 2, 13, 54; cf.: “in omni corpore, totoque, ut ita dixerim, tractu (orationis),Quint. 9, 4, 61: “cetera continuo magis orationis tractu decurrunt,id. 5, 8, 2.—
2. Of time, space, lapse, period: “quod neque clara suo percurrere fulmina cursu Perpetuo possint aevi labentia tractu,Lucr. 1, 1004; 5, 1216: “eodem tractu temporum nituerunt oratores, etc.,Vell. 2, 9, 1: “aetatis,Val. Max. 8, 13, ext. 2: “hoc legatum Cum voluerit, tractum habet, quamdiu vivat is, a quo, etc.,duration, period, Dig. 32, 1, 11. —
B. In partic., a drawing out, protracting, lengthening, protraction, extension, length: “quanta haesitatio tractusque verborum!drawling, Cic. de Or. 2, 50, 202: “pares elocutionum,Quint. 4, 2, 118: “illa (historia) tractu et suavitate atque etiam dulcedine placet,extent, copiousness, Plin. Ep. 5, 8, 10.—
2. Of time: “durante tractu et lentitudine mortis,Tac. A. 15, 64: “belli,id. ib. 15, 10.—
3. In gram.: “in tractu et declinatione talia sunt, qualia apud Ciceronem beatitas et beatitudo,a lengthening in derivation, Quint. 8, 3, 32 Spald.
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