I.a coming or going before. *
I. In gen.: “sine praecursione visorum,” without a previous occurrence of phenomena, Cic. Fat. 19, 44.—
II. In partic. *
A. In milit. lang., a preliminary combat, a skirmish, Plin. Ep. 6, 13, 6.—
B. In rhet. lang., a preparation of the hearer, Cic. Top. 15, 59.—
C. The office or work of a forerunner, the mission of John the Baptist, Aug. Tract. in Johan. 4, 6.