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vestīgĭum, ii, n. [id.], a footstep, step; footprint, foot-track, track.

I. Lit.: currentium pes vestigium facit, Quint. 9, 4, 67: hac socci video vestigium in pulvere, Plaut. Cist. 4, 2, 29: hominis, Plin. 8, 4, 5, 9: in foro vestigium facere, i. e. to set foot in the market, Cic. Rab. Post. 17, 48: ponere vestigia, id. Phil. 3, 12, 31: facere vestigium in possessione, id. Caecin. 14, 39: vestigiis persequi aliquem, id. Brut. 90, 307: vestigiis sequi hostem, Liv. 9, 45, 16: eodem remanere vestigio, to stay in the same spot or place, Caes. B. G. 4, 2: negans e republicā esse, vestigium abscedi ab Hannibale, the distance of a step, Liv. 27, 4, 1: deus ille, quem mente noscimus, atque in animi notione tamquam in vestigio volumus reponere, Cic. N. D. 1, 14, 37.—

B. Transf.

1. The part of the foot which makes a print, the sole of the foot: qui adversis vestigiis stent contra nostra vestigia, quos ἀντίποδας vocatis, Cic. Ac. 2, 39, 123; Cat. 64, 162; Verg. A. 5, 566.—

2. A horseshoe: vestigium equi excussum ungulā, Plin. 28, 20, 81, 263.—

3. In gen., a trace, mark, sign, token, vestige: praesertim cum in lectulo decumanae mulieris vestigia viderent recentia, Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 34, 79; id. de Or. 3, 2, 6; Caes. B. G. 6, 27: in vestigiis hujus urbis, ruins, Cic. Cat. 4, 6, 12: semiruta murorum vestigia, Amm. 24, 2, 6.—

II. Trop., of manners, cha racter, etc., a footprint, trace: a pueritiā vestigiis ingressus patriis et tuis, Cic. Rep. 6, 24, 26: amoris vestigia, Quint. 11, 1, 59: imprimi quaedam vestigia animo, id. 11, 2, 4: patris patruique vestigia premere, Tac. A. 2, 14 fin.—

B. Transf., of time, a point, moment, instant: eodem et loci vestigio et temporis, Cic. Pis. 9, 21: in illo vestigio temporis, Caes. B. G. 7, 25: vestigio temporis, at the moment, instantly, forthwith, id. B. C. 2, 26: ut urbs ab hostibus capta eodem vestigio videretur, at that very moment, id. ib. 2, 7.—

b. Adverb.: e (ex) vestigio, instantly, forthwith: repente e vestigio ex homine tamquam aliquo Circaeo poculo factus est Verres, Cic. Div. in Caecil. 17, 57; Sulp. ap. Cic. Fam. 4, 12, 2; Caes. B. C. 2, 25 fin.