Definition of nictor
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LNS
nictor, nictārī, nictātus sum
1. nico
deponent verb (1st conjugation)
  1. to move the eyelids
  2. to move the eyelids up and down, to wink, blink
  3. To make a sign with the eyes, to wink
  4. to exert one's self, to strive
Abbreviations
nicto, āvi, ātum, 1, and ere, 3, v. n., and nictor, ātus, v. dep. n. [1. nico], to move the eyelids. Lit., to move the eyelids up and down, to wink, blink: plerisque naturale ut nictari (al. nictare) non cessent, Plin. 11, 37, 54, § 144; 11, 37, 57, § 156.

—Form nicto, ere: (canis) voce suā nictit ululatque ibi acute, Enn. ap. Paul. ex Fest. p. 177 Mull. (Ann. v. 346 Vahl.).

— To make a sign with the eyes, to wink: neque illa ulli homini nutet, nictet, annuat, Plaut. As. 4, 1, 39; id. Men. 4, 2, 49; id. Merc. 2, 3, 72.

— Transf., of fire: nictantia fulgura flammae, flashing, Lucr. 6, 182.

— Trop., to exert one's self, to strive: nictare et oculorum et aliorum membrorum nisu saepe aliquid conari, dictum est ab antiquis, ut Lucretius in libro quarto (6, 836): Hic ubi nictari nequeunt (Lachm. nixari): Caecilius in Hymnide: Garrulis medentes jactent, sine nictentur perticis, Paul. ex Fest. p. 177 Mull.
 
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