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ămussis , is, f. etym. unc.; perh. from am- and assis = axis, a plank, i. e. something flat, straight, moved about a surface in adjusting it (acc. amussim, v. Neue, Formenl. I. p. 198; abl. and plur. not used; only ante- and post-class.),
I.a rule or level, used by carpenters, masons, etc.: amussis: tabula, quā utuntur ad saxa leviganda, Varr. ap. Non. p. 9, 17; Aus. Idyll. 16, 11; cf. Sisenn. ap. Charis. p. 178 P.; Paul. ex Fest. p. 6 Müll. —In class. Lat. in the adv. phrases,
I. ad ămussim (also written as one word, ad-ămussim or ătamussim ), according to a rule or level, i. e. accurately, exactly: “adamussim non est numerus,Varr. R. R. 2, 1, 26: “talionem ad amussim aequiparare,Gell. 20, 1, 34 Hertz: “ut judicium esse factum atamussim diceres,id. 1, 4, 1 id.—
II. exămussim , according to a rule, exactly, quite: “Ne ista edepol, si vera haec loquitur, examussimst optuma,Plaut. Am. 2, 2, 213 (with the forms adamussim and examussim, cf. the Gr. ἐκποδών and ἐμποδών).
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    • Plautus, Amphitruo, 2.2
    • Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 20.1.34
    • Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 1.4.1
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