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pătesco (-isco), pătŭi, 3, v. inch. n. [pateo], to be laid open, to be opened, to open (mostly poet. and in post-Aug. prose; not in Cic.).
- I. Lit.: atria longa patescunt, Verg. A. 2, 483: portus patescit, id. ib. 3, 530: patescens fungus, Plin. 22, 22, 46, § 95.
- B. Transf., to stretch out, extend: paulo latior patescit campus, Liv. 22, 4: neque poterat patescere acies, Tac. H. 4, 78: civitates, in quas Germania patescit, id. G. 30; id. A. 2, 61 fin.; cf.: latius patescente imperio, Liv. 32, 27.
- II. Trop., to be disclosed, to become visible, evident, manifest: ratio patescit, Lucr. 5, 614: nunc primum certā notitiā patescente, Plin. 6, 23, 26, § 101: tum vero manifesta fides Danaumque patescunt Insidiae, Verg. A. 2, 309 (but the true reading, Cic. Phil. 14, 6, 15 B. and K., is quae res patefecit).