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vĕl-ut or vĕl-ŭti , adv. (cf. vel, II.),
I.even as, just as, like as.
I. Correl., with a foll. sic or ita (very rare).
B. In partic., to introduce comparisons: veluti Consul, cum, etc. ... sic exspectabat populus, etc., Enn. ap. Cic. Div. 1, 48, 107 (Ann. v. 87 Vahl.): “ac veluti magno in populo cum saepe coorta est Seditio ... Sic, etc.,Verg. A. 1 148; v. infra, II. B. 2., and atque, II. 4.—
II. Absol.
B. In partic.
2. To introduce a comparison or figurative expression, as, like, as it were: concurrunt veluti venti, cum spiritus Austri, etc., Enn. ap. Macr. S. 6, 2 (Ann. v. 423 Vahl.); 6, 3 (ib. v. 431 ib.): “frena dabat Sipylus, veluti cum, etc.,Ov. M. 6, 231: “migrantes cernas totāque ex urbe ruentes, Ac, veluti ingentem formicae farris acervum Cum populant, etc.,Verg. A. 4, 402; cf. “supra, I. B.: hic velut hereditate relictum odium paternum conservavit, etc.,Nep. Hann. 1, 3: “quoddam simplex orationis condimentum, quod sentitur latente judicio velut palato,Quint. 6, 3, 19: “ducetur rerum ipsā serie velut duce,id. 10, 7, 6: haec velut sagina dicendi, id. 10, 5, 17: “inaequalia tantum et velut confragosa,id. 8, 5, 29: “haec est velut imperatoria virtus,id. 7, 10, 13.—
3. To introduce a hypothetical comparative clause, just as if, just as though, as if, as though.
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