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rĭgĕo , ēre, v. n. prob. kindr. with ῥιγέω, frigeo,
I.to be stiff or numb; to stiffen (syn.: concresco, conglacio).
I. Lit. (class.).
1. With cold: “frigore,Lucr. 3, 891; Cic. Tusc. 1, 28, 69 (opp. uri calore): “gelu,Liv. 21, 32; Plin. Ep. 5, 6, 30; id. Pan. 82, 5: “prata rigent,Hor. C. 4, 12, 3: “stagnum,Col. 8, 17, 2: “corpora omnibus,Liv. 21, 54; cf. poet.: “horridus December,Mart. 7, 95.—
2. Of any physical stiffness: “gelido comae terrore rigebant,stood on end, bristled up, Ov. M. 3, 100; so, “ora indurata,id. ib. 14, 503: “ardua cervix (with horrent setae),id. ib. 8, 284: “cerealia dona rigent,” i. e. are hardened into gold, id. ib. 11, 122: “vestes auroque ostroque,are stiff, stand out, Verg. A. 11, 72; cf.: “terga boum plumbo insuto ferroque,id. ib. 5, 405: “manicae ex auro,Sil. 4, 155: “signa,Lucr. 5, 1427.—
II. Poet., transf., to stand stiff or upright: “(pars summa scopuli) riget,Ov. M. 4, 526; 6, 573: “late riget Tmolus,id. ib. 11, 150: “sine frondibus arbos,id. ib. 13, 691: “illitterati num minus nervi rigent?Hor. Epod. 8, 17.—
III. Trop., to remain unmoved, inert (very rare): “feritas immota riget,Mart. 5, 31, 5. —Hence, rĭgens , entis, P. a., stiff, inflexible, rigid, unbending (mostly post-class.).
1. Lit.: “secui madidas ungue rigente genas,Ov. H. 5, 72: “lorica ex aere,Verg. A. 8, 621: “aqua,” i. e. frozen, Mart. 14, 117: “pars mundi ipsis aquilonis conceptaculis rigentissima,Sol. 15: “caput (with praedurum),rigid, Quint. 11, 3, 69; cf. id. 2, 13, 9: interque rigentes (partes terrae), Tib. 4, 1, 165: “gelu flumina,Plin. Pan. 82, 5.—
2. Trop., stubborn, inflexible, unyielding: “animus,Sen. Hippol. 413; cf.: “vir tot malis,id. Thyest. 304.
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