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con-stringo , strinxi, strictum, 3,
I.v. a., to draw together, bind together, to bind, tie up (class. in prose and poetry).
I. Lit.
A. In gen.: “vineam alligato recte, dum ne nimium constringas,Cato, R. R. 33, 1: “sarcinam,Plaut. Trin. 3, 2, 96: “galeam,Val. Fl. 3, 80.—Poet.: “Haec Amor ipso suo constringet pignera signo,stamp, seal, Prop. 3, 20, 17 (4, 20, 7).—
B. In partic., freq.,
1. To bind together with fetters, to fetter, bind (a criminal, insane person, etc.).
2. T. t. of medic. lang., to draw together, contract: “constringens vis suci,Plin. 23, 6, 54, § 100: “in febribus constrictis,id. 23, 7, 63, § 120 al.
II. Trop.
B. In partic., of discourse or reasoning, to bring into a narrow compass, to compress: “(sententia) cum aptis constricta verbis est, cadit etiam plerumque numerose,Cic. Brut. 8, 34: “constricta narratio (opp. latius fusa),Quint. 2, 13, 5: “quae (ars logica) rem dissolutam divulsamque conglutinaret et ratione quādam constringeret,Cic. de Or. 1, 42, 188.— Hence, constrictus , a, um, P. a., compressed, contracted, abridged, short, brief, concise, compact: “frons,knit, Petr. 132, 15; cf. “supercilia (opp. dissidentia),Quint. 1, 11, 10: “arbor,pruned, confined, Plin. 17, 12, 18, § 90; cf.: “folium tenuius et constrictius et angustius,id. 21, 10, 32, § 58: “nives perpetuo rigore,condensed, Curt. 7, 3, 11: “pulticula constrictior,thicker, Cael. Aur. Acut. 2, 18, 108.—Sup. not in use.—* Adv.: con-strictē , closèly: “constrictius jungi alicui,Aug. Doctr. Christ. 1, 28.
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