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circĭter , adv. and prep. circus.
I. Adv.
A. Of place, round about, on every side: lapidem fuisse quadratum circiter (i. e. cubical) in mediā arcā vinctum candelis quaquaversum, Cass. Hem. ap. Plin. 13, 13, 27, § 85 (cf. the passage cited under circum, I. A. 1., from Varr. R. R. 3, 10, 3).—
B. Of time, designating nearness to a fixed point, about, near (cf. ante, post): “illic noster est fortasse circiter triennium,Plaut. Mil. 2, 3, 79: “circiter duobus mensibus,Varr. R. R. 3, 10, 6: “diebus circiter quindecim ad fines Belgarum pervenit,Caes. B. G. 2, 2: “horā diei circiter quartā,id. ib. 4, 23: circiter horā decimā noctis, Sulp. ap. Cic. Fam. 4, 12, 1: circiter luminibus accensis Uticam pervenit, Auct. B. Afr. 89 fin.
II. Prep. with acc. (orig. an adv. with acc. of time or of space traversed; cf. Hand, Turs. II. p. 71 sq.).
A. Of place (very rare): nisi, ut opinor, Loca haec circiter excidit mihi (cista), Plaut, Cist. 4, 2, 8.—
B. Transf., of time, about, near: “redito huc circiter meridiem,Plaut. Most. 3, 1, 52 Ritschl: “circiter meridiem exercitum in castra deduxit,Caes. B. G. 1, 50: “nos circiter Kalendas in Formiano erimus,Cic. Att. 2, 4, 6: “circiter Idus Novembrīs in Italiā speramus fore,id. Fam. 14, 5, 2: “circiter Idus Maias,id. Att. 2, 17, 1: “noctem, Auct. B. Afr. 89: mensem,Varr. R. R. 3, 8, 3; 2, 11, 7; “Kalendas Junias,Sall. C. 17, 1: “octavam circiter horam,Hor. Ep. 1, 7, 47.!*? Circiter very rarely follows its case; v. Plaut. Cist. II. A. supra.
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