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Headword: *diabh/ths
Adler number: delta,507
Translated headword: compass
Vetting Status: high
The compass [is] an instrument, useful for many crafts, [which is shaped] rather like the letter l[ambda]. By inserting one half of this instrument and moving the other half around, they make circles.[1]
The name also refers to the thing which shows the time.[2]
Greek Original:
*diabh/ths. e)rgalei=on o( diabh/ths, eu)/xrhstos te/xnais pollai=s, tw=| l stoixei/w| pareoikw/s. tou/tou to\ e(\n me/ros e)ntiqe/ntes, to\ de\ e(/teron peria/gontes ku/klous poiou=si. shmai/nei de\ kai\ o)/noma kairou= parastatiko/n.
[1] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Clouds 178, where the headword occurs (web address 1).
[2] This last sentence presumably refers to the gnomon of a sundial (gamma 346).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; mathematics; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Nicholas Wilshere on 16 October 2004@14:52:55.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note, link, and keyword; set status) on 16 October 2004@21:41:36.
David Whitehead (x-ref for n.2; further cosmetics) on 17 October 2004@03:47:53.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 27 June 2012@05:39:52.
Catharine Roth (another keyword) on 18 July 2016@17:18:31.


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