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curro, cŭcurri (old form cĕcurri, acc. to Gell. 7, 9, 14: curri, Varr. Imp. ap. Front. Ep. 2 Mai; Tert. Fug. in Pers. 12; Arn. 4, 4), cursum, 3, v. n. [kindr. with celer, coruscus], to run, to move quickly (on foot, on a horse, ship, etc.), to hasten, fly (very freq. in every period and species of composition).

I. Lit.

A. Of living beings: si ingrederis curre, si curris advola, Cic. Att. 2, 23, 3: propere, Ter. Ad. 3, 2, 56: per vias, Plaut. Poen. 3, 1, 24: per totum conclave pavidi, Hor. S. 2, 6, 113: circum loculos, id. ib. 2, 3, 147: subsidio, Cic. Att. 12, 3, 2; Prop. 2 (3), 26, 17 al.: in nostros toros, id. 3, 20 (4, 19), 10 et saep.: ad villam praecipitanter, Lucr. 3, 1063: per omne mare nautae, Hor. S. 1, 1, 30: trans mare, id. Ep. 1, 11, 27: extremos ad Indos mercator, id. ib. 1, 1, 45; cf.: injecto ter pulvere curras (nauta), id. C. 1, 28, 36 al.: sed neque currentem se nec cognoscit euntem, his former strength, Verg. A. 12, 903: ad vocem praeceps amensque cucurri, Ov. M. 7, 844.—With acc. of distance: uno die MCCCV. stadia, Plin. 7, 20, 20, 84; cf. in a figure: eosdem cursus, Cic. Agr. 2, 17, 44; cf. β infra.—Poet., of flight: medio ut limite curras, Icare, moneo, Ov. M. 8, 203.—With inf.: quis illam (dextram) osculari non curreret? Val. Max. 5, 1, ext. 1.—Impers.: ad me curritur, Ter. Heaut. prol. 44: curritur ad praetorium, Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 35, 92: quo curratur celeriter, Plaut. Poen. 3, 1, 30 al.

(b). Rarely with the homogeneous objects iter, stadium, campus, etc.: qui stadium currit, who runs a race, Cic. Off. 3, 10, 42: currimus aequor, Verg. A. 3, 191; 5, 235 (cf. id. ib. 5, 862).—Hence pass.: unde et campus curritur et mare navigatur, Auct. ap. Quint. 1, 4, 28.—

b. Prov.: currentem incitare or instigare, etc., to spur a willing horse, i. e. to urge one who needs no urging, Cic. Phil. 3, 8, 19; id. Fam. 15, 15, 3; id. ad Q. Fr. 1, 1, 16, 45: facilius est currentem, ut aiunt, incitare quam commovere languentem, id. de Or. 2, 44, 186; Plin. Ep. 3, 7, 15; cf. ellipt.: quod me hortaris ... currentem tu quidem, Cic. Att. 13, 45, 2; so, currentem hortari, id. ib. 5, 9, 1; 6, 7, 1: currenti calcaria addere, Plin. Ep. 1, 8, 1: asellum currere doceas, i. e. you labor to no purpose, Hor. S. 1, 1, 91: per flammam, to go through fire, Cic. Tusc. 2, 26, 62.—

B. Transf., of inanimate objects (mostly poet.): sol currens, Lucr. 5, 682; of liquids: amnes in aequora currunt, Verg. A. 12, 524; id. ib. 1, 607; Ov. M. 8, 597; Auct. B. Hisp. 29 al.: currente rotā, Hor. C. 3, 10, 10; id. A. P. 22; Ov. P. 4, 9, 10: quam (chlamydem) circum Purpura cucurrit, Verg. A. 5, 250; cf. Stat. Th. 2, 98: rubor per ora, Verg. A. 12, 66 et saep.: linea per medium, Plin. 18, 34, 77, 331: limes per agrum, id. 18, 33, 76, 326; 2, 108, 112, 243 and 245: vox currit conchato parietum spatio, id. 11, 51, 112, 270: varius per ora cucurrit Ausonidum turbata fremor, Verg. A. 11, 296: carmina dulci modulatione currentia, Lact. 5, 1, 10; of the eyes: oculi currentes, huc illucque directi et furiose respicientes, Cassiod. Hist. Eccl. 7, 2, p. 281 Garet.—

II. Trop.: non quo multa parum communis littera currat, not but that they have many letters in common, Lucr. 2, 692: proclivi currit oratio, venit ad extremum, haeret in salebrā, runs, Cic. Fin. 5, 28, 84: historia currere debet ac ferri, Quint. 9, 4, 18: cum debeant sublimia ingredi, acria currere, id. 9, 4, 139: numeri, id. 9, 4, 31; cf. rhythmi, id. 9, 4, 50: versus incomposito pede, Hor. S. 1, 10, 1: sententia, id. ib. 1, 10, 9: currit ferox Aetas, flies away, passes, id. C. 2, 5, 13.—

B. With acc., to run, traverse (cf. I. b. supra): eosdem cursus currere, to adopt the same policy, Cic. Agr. 2, 17, 44: talia saecla, suis dixerunt, currite, fusis Concordes Parcae, Verg. E. 4, 46 (al. regard saecla as voc.; al. take currite as transitive, produce such ages, cause them to be such, as ye run; cf. Forbig ad loc.).