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immensus (inm-), a, um, adj. [inmensus], immeasurable, boundless, endless, vast, immense (freq. and class.; syn.: infinitus, ingens, interminatus).

I. Adj.

A. Lit.: si immensam et interminatam in omnes partes magnitudinem regionum videretis, Cic. N. D. 1, 20, 54: aëra deum statuit eumque gigni esseque immensum et infinitum, id. ib. 1, 10, 26: ex ingenti quodam oratorem immensoque campo in exiguum sane gyrum compellitis, id. de Or. 3, 19, 70: in mari immenso vehi, id. Tusc. 1, 30, 73: domus, Ov. F. 6, 640: mons, Plin. 4, 13, 27, 96: via, Ov. P. 3, 3, 78: fines ingenii, Cic. de Or. 1, 49, 214: series laborum, Ov. H. 9, 5: jacuitque per antrum Immensus, Verg. A. 3, 632; cf.: omnis eorum juventus infinita numero, immensa corporibus, Vell. 2, 106, 1: argenti pondus et auri, Cic. Rep. 1, 17; Hor. S. 1, 1, 41: pretiis emere, Suet. Calig. 39: observata sunt haec tempore immenso, Cic. Div. 1, 7, 12: nox, Ov. Tr. 4, 3, 25.—

B. Trop., vast, measureless, boundless: morae, Ov. H. 1, 82: fletus, id. M. 10, 136: immensa vorago aut gurges vitiorum, Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 9, 23: immensae, infinitae, immoderatae cupiditates, Auct. Her. 2, 22, 34: sitis cruoris, Ov. M. 13, 768: difficultas, Plin. 28, 1, 2, 4: differentia, id. 36, 5, 4, 20: fervet immensusque ruit profundo Pindarus ore, fathomless (the fig. being taken from a river), Hor. C. 4, 2, 7: immensum est, erratas dicere terras, there is no end of recounting, Ov. F. 4, 573; cf.: quod persequi immensum est, Plin. 8, 28, 42, 102.—Sup. (very rare): immensissimae voluptates, Spart. Hadr. 19.—

II. Absol.

A. Subst.: immensum, i, n., a boundless extent, immense size, boundlessness, immensity (rare; not in Cic.): extra Processit longe flammantia moenia mundi, Atque omne immensum peragravit mente animoque, Lucr. 1, 74; cf. id. 1, 957: loci, Liv. 5, 37, 5: per immensum ventis discordibus actus, Ov. M. 4, 620: proruta per immensum aedificia, over a vast extent, Tac. A. 15, 40: aliquid mercari immenso, at an enormous price, Plin. 9, 40, 64, 138: mons saxeus in immensum editus, Sall. J. 92, 5: ardet in immensum geminatis ignibus Aetne, Ov. M. 2, 220: ad immensum aliquid augere, Liv. 29, 25, 3: aliquid immenso plus laudare, immoderately, Plin. 20, 9, 36, 92. —

B. Adv.: immensum, without end, exceedingly, immensely (not freq. till after the Aug. per.): creverat immensum, Ov. F. 5, 537: immensum attolli, Tac. A. 4, 40: vigere, id. ib. 3, 30: luxus immensum proruperat, id. ib. 3, 52: immensum quantum hinc Oceano, illinc Hiberico mari conprimentibus, exceedingly, Plin. 4, 20, 34, 110; 16, 36, 66, 172.