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Strong's #2678 - κατασείω

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  1. to shake down, throw down
  2. to shake
    1. to make a sign, to signal with the hand to one
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. -σείσω Hp. Art. 43: pf. -σέσεικα Philem. 84:

1. shake down, throw down, οἰκοδομήματος ἐπὶ μέγα Th. 2.76; τεῖχος, τοῦ τείχους ἐπὶ μέγα, Arr. An. 1.19.2, 2.23.1; σεισμὸς κ. τὴν πόλιν Ae|. VH 6.7: Pass., fall down, Ph. 2.512; of a lion's mane, αὐχένος ἐκ λασίοιο Χαίτη -εσείετο Pancrat. Oxy. 1085.21: metaph., κ. ἀκροατοῦ ὦτα Philostr. VS 2.29; νόμους Procop. Arc. 27.33; κατέσεισεν ἅπαντα καὶ κατεβρόντησε Eun. Hist. p.256 D.; ἕως κατέσεισε until he laid him on the floor (with drinking), Men. 8, cf. Philem. l. c., Ath. 10.431c.

2. impel, drive headlong, νεανίσκον εἰς τὸν μανιώδη καὶ σφαλερὸν τῆς βασιλείας ἔρωτα Eun. Hist. p.235 D., cf. p.267 D.: Pass., πρὸς τὸ λέγειν κ. ib. p.223 D.

3. in Surgery, treat by shaking, Hp. Art. 42: Pass., ib. 43.

4. κατασείσας τὴν χεῖρα with a motion of the hand, Acts 19:33; κ. ἱκετηρίας J. BJ 2.21.8; κ. τὰ ἱμάτια, by way of signal, Plu. Pomp. 73: more freq. c. dat., κ. τῇ Χειρί beckon with the hand, Plb. 1.78.3, Hld. 10.7; κ. τῇ Χειρὶ σιγᾶν Acts 12:17; κ. τῷ λύχνῳ ἅμα λέγων τὸν λόγον PMag.Lond. 46.453; κ. ὀθόναις Hld. 9.6: abs., κ. τινί beckon to another, as a sign for him to be silent, X. Cyr. 5.4.4; κ. τισὶν ἐπεξιέναι J. AJ 17.10.2; but also, shake the head in token of contempt, Phld. Vit. p.37 J.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

κατασείω: 1 aorist κατεσεισα;

1. to shake down, throw down (cf. κατά, III. 1; (from Thucydides on)).

2. to shake: τήν χεῖρα, to make a sign by shaking (i. e. rapidly waving) the hand (Philo, leg. ad Gaium § 28; τάς χεῖρας, ibid. de Josepho § 36); of one about to speak who signals for silence, Acts 19:33; hence, simply κατασείειν, τίνι, to make a sign, to signal with the hand to one, Xenophon, Cyril 5, 4, 4; Josephus, Antiquities 8, 11, 2; then, with a disregard of the origin of the phrase, the instrumental dative, τῇ χειρί was added, Polybius 1, 78, 3; Josephus, Antiquities 4, 8, 48; so of one about to make an address: Acts 12:17; Acts 13:16; Acts 21:40; Josephus, Antiquities 8, 11, 2.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** κατα -σείω ,

[in LXX: Da TH Bel 1:14 AR, 1 Maccabees 6:38 *;]

1. to shake down.

2. Of the hand, to shake or wave as a signal: τ . χεῖρα , Acts 19:33; τ . χειρί , Acts 13:16; id. c. dat. pers., Acts 21:40; seq. inf., Acts 12:17.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For this verb with the dat., as in Acts 12:17 al., cf. the magical invocation P Lond 46453 (iv/A.D.) (= I. p. 80) κατασείων τῷ λύχνῳ ἅμα λέγων τὸν λόγον κτλ. See also Hobart p. 103.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
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List of Word Forms
κατασεισας κατασείσας κατασιγηθείσα κατασιωπήσω κατεσεισε κατέσεισε κατέσεισεν κατεσιώπησε κατεσιώπησεν κατεσιώπων kataseisas kataseísas kateseisen katéseisen
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