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arto (not arcto ), āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. 1. artus, draw or press close together, to compress, contract (not found in Cic.).
B. Trop., to contract, straiten, limit, curtail: “fortuna humana fingit artatque ut lubet, i. e. in angustias redigit,Plaut. Capt. 2, 2, 54 Lind.; Liv. 45, 56: “tempus,to limit, circumscribe, Dig. 42, 1, 2; 38, 9, 1: “se,to limit one's self, to retrench, ib. 1, 11, 2 al.
II. In gen., to finish, conclude, Petr. 85, 4.—Hence, artātus , a, um, P. a., contracted into a small compass; hence, narrow, close; and of time, short: “pontus,Luc. 5, 234: “tempus,Vell. 1, 16.
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    • Plautus, Captivi, 2.2
    • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 1.576
    • Lucan, Civil War, 5.234
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