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glŏbus, i, m. [kindr. with glomus], a round body, a ball, sphere, globe.

I. Lit.

A. In gen.: cum duae formae praestantes sint, ex solidis globus (sic enim σφαῖραν interpretari placet), ex planis autem circulus aut orbis, qui κύκλος Graece dicitur, Cic. N. D. 2, 18, 47: ille globus, quae terra dicitur, id. Rep. 6, 15: terrae, id. Tusc. 1, 28, 68; cf. stellarum, id. Rep. 6, 16; 6, 17: solis et lunae, Lucr. 5, 472; cf. lunae, id. 5, 69: cum caelum discessisse visum est atque in eo animadversi globi, fire-balls, Cic. Div. 1, 43, 97: in fundas visci indebant grandiculos globos, Plaut. Poen. 2, 35: cordis, poet. for cor, Lucr. 4, 119: farinae, Varr. L. L. 5, 107 Müll.; v. in the foll.

B. In partic.

1. A dumpling: a globo farinae dilatato item in oleo cocti dicti globi, Varr. L. L. 5, 107 Müll.; Cato, R. R. 79.—

2. In milit. lang., a close order of battle, a knot, troop, band, company, Cato ap. Fest. s. v. serra, p. 344 b. Müll.: cum globo juvenum, Liv. 1, 6, 7; 1, 12, 9: emissi militum globi turbam disjecere, Tac. A. 14, 61; 4, 50; 12, 43; 15, 60; Sil. 7, 53.—

II. Transf., a globular mass, a ball, globe of things collected together (mostly poet. and in post-Aug. prose; not in Cicero nor Cæsar): flammarumque globos liquefactaque volvere saxa, globes or masses of flame, Verg. G. 1, 473: sanguinis, Ov. M. 12, 238: nubium, Luc. 4, 74; Tac. A. 2, 23: telorum, Val. Fl. 6, 381. —A throng, crowd, body, or mass of people: extrema contio et circa Fabium globus increpabant inclementem dictatorem, Liv. 8, 32, 13: circa eum aliquot hominum, ne forte violaretur, constitisset globus, id. 2, 29, 2: cum repelleretur adsertor virginis a globo mulierum, id. 3, 47, 8: aditum senatus globus togatorum obsederat, Tac. A. 16, 27: magno semper electorum juvenum globo circumdari, id. G. 13; and with a contemptuous secondary notion: si quem ex illo globo nobilitatis ad hoc negotium mittatis, from that noble clique, Sall. J. 85, 10 Kritz.: conjurationis, Vell. 2, 58, 2; cf. consensionis, Nep. Att. 8, 4: Jehu, Vulg. 4 Reg. 9, 17.