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ē-mĭnus , adv. manus; cf. the opp. comminus; lit., hands apart, i. e. not hand to hand,
I.aloof, at fighting distance with missiles, a spear's-throw off (cf.: longe, procul).
I. Prop., a milit. t. t., used of fighting with missiles, spears, etc. (class.), mostly opp. comminus: “eminus fundis, sagittis reliquisque telis pugnabatur,Caes. B. C. 1, 26. 1; cf. Sall. J. 50, 4; 101, 4; Nep. Alcib. 10, 6; Tac. H. 3, 27; Verg. A. 10, 346; 645; 776; Liv. 38, 21, 13 saep.; “of throwing fire, etc.: alii faces de muro in aggerem eminus jaciebant,Caes. B. G. 7, 24, 4.—
II. Transf., in gen., at a distance, from a distance (mostly postAug.): “oppugnationem eminus incipere,Tac. A. 13, 41: fer opem eminus unam, Ov. P. 1, 6, 17; id. Her. 16, 40; Lucr. 6, 904; 7, 650.
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