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nixus , ūs, m. 1. nitor,
I.a pressure (the same as nisus, v. 2, nisus).
I. Lit.: astra se nixu suo conglobata continent, revolution, course, * Cic. N. D. 2, 46, 117. —
II. Transf., a striving, exertion, effort: “hic ad summum non pervenit nixu (al. nisu), sed impetu,Quint. 8, 4, 9; 1, 12, 10. —
B. In partic., pains, throes, travail of parturition: “fetūs nixibus edunt,Verg. G. 4, 199; Ov. H. 4, 126: “laboriosi nixūs,Gell. 12, 1, 4.—
III. Nixus, a constellation; v. Engonasi.
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