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prae-lābor, lapsus, 3, v. dep. n. and a., to glide onwards, to flow, swim, etc., before or along; to move, glide, etc., quickly by or past (mostly poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
- I. Lit.: insula, in quam Germani nando praelabebantur, Tac. H. 2, 35: piscis praelabitur ante, Cic. poët. N. D. 2, 43, 111: amnis, Luc. 9, 355.
With acc.: rotis flumina, to glide by the streams on wheels, Verg. G. 3, 180; cf.: ales bestiam praevenit et secundo flatu praelabitur et anticipat, App. de Deo Soc. prol. p. 365, 28.
- II. Trop., to glide past, to hasten by a thing; with acc.: ira eruditas mentes praelabitur, Petr. 99: praelabens tempus, Col. 11, 1.