Definition of ansa
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LNS
ansa, ansae
χανδάνω, λαβή, λαβεῖν, cf. χανδάνω, and prehendo, prehensum, and λαβή from λαβεῖν
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. that by which something is taken hold of, a handle, haft
  2. an iron handle of a door
  3. the loop on the edge of a sandal
  4. the handle of the rudder, the tiller
  5. the cheeks of a balance in which the lever moves
  6. the cramp-iron or brace which holds several stones together
Abbreviations
ansa, ae, f. cf. χανδάνω, and pre-hendo, pre-hensum, and λαβή from λαβεῖν, that by which something is taken hold of, a handle, haft; of a vessel, pitcher, vase, and the like. Lit., Cato, R. R. 113; Verg. E. 3, 45; 6, 17; Ov. M. 8, 653; id. H. 16, 252; Mart. 14, 106 al.

—Of other things, e. g. of an iron handle of a door: ansa ostii, Petr. 96.

—Of the loop on the edge of a sandal, through which the shoetie was drawn, Plin. 35, 10, 36, § 12; so Tib. 1, 8, 14.

—Of the handle of the rudder, the tiller, Vitr. 10, 8.

—Of the cheeks of a balance in which the lever moves, Vitr. 10, 8.

— In architecture, the cramp-iron or brace which holds several stones together, Vitr. 2, 8; Prop. 5, 1, 142.

— Trop., as also the Gr. λαβή, handle, occasion, opportunity (rare, and in the class. per. only in Cic.): illum quaerere ansam, infectum ut faciat? Plaut. Pers. 4, 4, 119: reprehensionis ansa, Cic. Planc. 34: controversiarum, id. Caecin. 6 fin.: ansas sermonis dare, id. Sest. 10: sibi tamquam ansas ad reprehendendum dare, id. Am. 16, 59: alicui lucrandi ansam offerre, Amm. 28, 1.
 
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