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vectis , is (acc. vectim, Varr. L. L. 5, 32, 153; abl. vecti, Prisc. p. 766; Serv. ad Verg. A. 9, 469), m. vectigal,
I.a strong pole or bar; esp.,
1. A lever: “saxa quam maxima possunt vectibus promovent,Caes. B. C. 2, 11; 3, 40; Cic. N. D. 1, 8, 19.—In a trial of strength: “(Pompeius) cum alacribus saltu, cum velocibus cursu, cum validis vecte certabat,Sall. H. 2, 11 dub. Dietsch N. cr.
2. For moving machines, a handspike, Vitr. 6, 9.—
3. For carrying, a carryingpole, Claud. IV. Cons. Hon. 571.—
4. For breaking up or tearing down any thing, a crow, crow-bar: “demoliri signum ac vectibus labefactare conantur,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 43, § 94; Caes. B. C. 2, 11: “cum vecti,Ter. Eun. 4, 7, 4; Hor. C. 3, 26, 7: “vecte in pectus adacto,Ov. M. 12, 452.—
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