Definition of libramentum
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LNS
lībrāmentum, lībrāmentī
noun (n., 2nd declension)
  1. that which gives to any thing a downward pressure
  2. weight, gravity
  3. A fall, descent
  4. A level surface, horizontal plane
  5. Evenness, equality
  6. A straight line
Abbreviations
lībrāmentum, i, n. id., that which gives to any thing a downward pressure; weight, gravity. Lit.: plumbi, Liv. 42, 63, 4.

— A fall, descent of water: libramentum aquae, Plin. 31, 6, 31, § 57: quod libramentum cum exinanitum est, suscitat et elicit fontem, cum repletum, moratur et strangulat, of a spring that alternately rises and falls, Plin. Ep. 4, 30, 10: inferiore labro demisso ad libramentum modicae aquae receptae in fauces, palpitante ibi lingua ululatus elicitur, of the croaking of frogs, Plin. 11, 37, 65, § 173.

— Transf. A level surface, horizontal plane: extremitatem et quasi libramentum, in quo nulla omnino crassitudo sit, * Cic. Ac. 2, 36, 116: sub eodem libramento stare, Sen. Q. N. 1, 12, 1: usque ad libramentum summi fornicis, Ael. Gall. ap. Paul. ex Fest. p. 206 Mull.

— Evenness, equality: ventorum hiemalium et aestivorum, Col. 1, 5, 8

— A straight line: si recto libramento inter solem terrasque media (luna) successit, Sen. Ben. 5, 6, 4: libramentum finale, a boundary line, Amm. 15, 4, 4.

— A weight for balancing or giving motive power (ballista): ferrea manus cum injecta prorae esset, gravique libramento plumbi recelleret ad solum, Liv. 24, 34, 10: arietem admotum nunc saxis ingentibus nunc libramento plumbi gravatum ad terram urguebant, id. 42, 63, 4 Weissenb.: late cladem intulisset, ni duo milites vincla ac libramenta tormento abscidissent, Tac. H. 3, 23.
 
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