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vincŭlum , or (also in class. prose), contr., vinclum , i, n. id.,
I.that with which any thing is bound, a band, bond, rope, cord, fetter, tie (cf.: catena, manica, compes).
2. Esp. in the plur., of the fetters of prisoners, and hence sometimes to be rendered prison; and vincula publica, the state-prison: “mitto vincla, mitto carcerem, mitto verbera, mitto secures,Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 24, § 59: “aliquem aeternis tenebris vinculisque mandare,id. Cat. 4, 5, 10: “de convivio in vincla atque in tenebras abripi,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 10, § 24: in vincula conjectus, Caes. B. G, 3, 9; “4, 27: in vincula duci,Liv. 3, 13, 4; 3, 49, 2; 3, 56, 4; 3, 57, 5; 5, 9, 4; 9, 34, 24; 38, 56, 9; Vell. 2, 7, 2 al.: “in vinculis et catenis,Liv. 6, 16, 2; “ex vinculis causam dicere,” i. e. to plead in chains, Caes. B. G. 1, 4: “publica,Nep. Milt. 7, 6; id. Paus. 2, 2; id. Cim. 1, 1; Paul. Sent. 5, 17, 3; 5, 26, 1.—
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