Definition of laxo
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LNS
laxō, laxāre, laxāvī, laxātus
i, b
verb (1st conjugation)
  1. to stretch out, extend, to make wide or roomy, to expand
  2. To open, undo, unloose
  3. To slacken, relax
  4. To lighten, ease
  5. To lighten, relieve, unbend, recreate
  6. To relax, mitigate, moderate, abate, weaken
Abbreviations
laxo, āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. (rarely n.; v. I. B. 2. β. and II. B. β. infra) [id.], to stretch out, extend, to make wide or roomy, to expand. Lit.: forum, Cic. Att. 4, 16, 8: manipulos, to open the ranks, Caes. B. G. 2, 25: lilium ab angustiis in latitudinem paulatim se laxans, Plin. 21, 5, 11, § 22.

— Transf. To open, undo, unloose (syn. solvo): vincula epistolae laxavit, Nep. Paus. 4: nodos Herculeos, Luc. 4, 632: ubi dolor vocem laxaverat, had loosened his voice, Just. 42, 4, 13: claustra, Verg. A. 2, 259: claustra portarum, Juv. 8, 261: intestina, Plin. 8, 36, 54, § 129.

— To slacken, relax: laxare arcum, to slacken, unbend, Phaedr. 3, 14, 11: excussos rudentes, Verg. A. 3, 267: laxantur corpora rugis, become flabby with wrinkles, Ov. A. A. 3, 73: laxatis habenis invehi jussit, Curt. 4, 9, 24; 4, 15, 3: laxatisque vinculis ... ostendit manum, Just. 14, 4, 1: se cutis arida laxet, Juv. 6, 144: oleum ad nervos laxandos utile est, Plin. 23, 8, 80, § 157: corpus velut laxatum, Petr. 82: ferrum, to smelt, Stat. Achill. 1, 429.

— Neutr.: crebris fluctibus compages operis verberatae laxavere, were loosened, opened, Curt. 4, 3, 6.

— To lighten, ease: pharetra graves laxavit umeros, Sen. Herc. Oet. 787.

— Trop. To lighten, relieve, unbend, recreate (syn.: levo, libero): a contentione disputationis animos curamque laxemus, Cic. de Or. 3, 61, 230: judicum animos atque a severitate ad hilaritatem traducere, id. Brut. 93, 322: animum ab assiduis laboribus, Liv. 32, 5: ut istis te molestiis laxes, release yourself, Luc. ap. Cic. Fam. 5, 14, 3.

— To relax, mitigate, moderate, abate, weaken: alicui laxare aliquid laboris, Liv. 9, 16: vix primos inopina quies laxaverat artus, Verg. A. 5, 187: placida laxarant membra quiete ... nautae, id. ib. 5, 836: subtile examen justitiae, Gell. 1, 3: iram, Stat. Th. 6, 831: nigrantes tenebras id. ib. 12, 254: paulatim temeritate laxata, Petr. 82: longiore dierum spatio laxare dicendi necessitatem, to prolong, delay, defer, Quint. 10, 5, 22: memoriae inhaeret fldelius, quod nulla scribendi securitate laxatur, id. 10, 6, 2: rarescit multo laxatus vulnere miles, weakened, Sil. 17, 422.

—To lay open, disclose, reveal (poet.): fata latentia laxa, Stat. Achill. 1, 508.

— To reduce the price of: annonam, Liv. 2, 34, 12; so neutr., to lessen, fall in price: annona laxaverat, Liv. 26, 20.

—laxātus, a, um, P. a., spread out, separated, extended, wide. Lit.: custodiae, i. e. separated, withdrawn, Liv. 21, 32 fin.: custodia, Petr. 112: membrana laxatior, Plin. 19, 1, 3, § 17: laxati ordines (aciei), Tac. H. 3, 25; Sil. 9, 364: corpore laxati, released from the body, Cic. Rep. 6, 15 fin.

— Trop.: libidinum vinculis laxati, released, freed, free, Cic. de Sen. 3, 7: laxatus curis, id. Tusc. 1, 19, 44: pugna, a battle broken off, Liv. 21, 59: nox, i. e. clear, Sil. 13, 550.
 
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