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noun
  1. (grammar) In Semitic languages, the "adjective of superiority." In some languages such as Arabic, the concepts of comparative and superlative degree of an adjective are merged into a single form, the . How this form is understood or translated depends upon context and definiteness. In the absence of comparison, the elative conveys the notion of "greatest", "supreme."
    The elative of (ARchar, كبي~+mn~) (kab:r, "big") is (ARchar, اكب~+mn~, أكب~+mn~) ("kbar, "bigger/biggest", "greater/greatest").
  2. (grammar) In Finno-Ugric languages, one of the locative cases. The elative case is a noun case that expresses "out of," as in Finnish talosta, Hungarian hzbl ("out of the house"). Its opposite is the illative case ("into").
element Tweet Definition of element Like Definition of element on Facebook
noun
  1. (chemistry) Any one of the simplest chemical substances that cannot be decomposed in a chemical reaction or by any chemical means and made up of atoms all having the same number of protons.
  2. One of the four basic building blocks of matter in theories of ancient philosophers and alchemists: water, earth, fire, and air.
  3. Something small.
an of doubt
  1. A place or state of being that an individual or object is better suited towards.
be in one's own
  1. A required aspect or component of a cause of action. A deed is regarded a violation of law only if each element can be proved.
  2. (set theory) One of the objects in a set.
  3. A group of people within a larger group having a particular common characteristic.
You sometimes find the hooligan at football matches.
  1. A short form of heating element, a component in electrical equipment, often in the form of a coil, having a high resistance, thereby generating heat when a current is passed through it.
The in this electric kettle can heat the water in under a minute.
elliptical Tweet Definition of elliptical Like Definition of elliptical on Facebook
adjective
  1. In a shape reminding of an ellipse; oval.
  2. Of, or showing ellipsis; having a word or words omitted.
If he is sometimes and obscure, it is because he has so much to tell us -- w:Edmund Wilson, Edmund Wilson
enclitic Tweet Definition of enclitic Like Definition of enclitic on Facebook
noun
  1. (linguistics) A clitic which joins with the preceding word. In English, the possessive 's is an example.
ending Tweet Definition of ending Like Definition of ending on Facebook
noun
  1. A termination or conclusion.
  2. The last part of something.
  3. (grammar) The last morpheme of a word, added to some base to make an inflected form (such as -ing in "ending").
verb
  1. (present participle of, end)
endocentric Tweet Definition of endocentric Like Definition of endocentric on Facebook
adjective
  1. (grammar) (of a phrase, or compound word) fulfilling the same grammatical role a one of its constituents e.g. the noun "houseboat" because "boat" is also a noun
epicene Tweet Definition of epicene Like Definition of epicene on Facebook
noun
  1. An epicene person, thing or word.
adjective
  1. lack of gender distinction, often specifically due to lack of the masculine
  2. effeminate " a male with female characteristics;
  3. androgynous " having both male and female characteristics;
  4. asexual " having neither male nor female characteristics; and
  5. (linguistics) having only one form of the word for either male or female referents.
essive Tweet Definition of essive Like Definition of essive on Facebook
noun
  1. (grammar) the essive case, or a word in that case
adjective
  1. (grammar) of, or relating to the grammatical case that in some languages indicates existence in a state or capacity
exocentric Tweet Definition of exocentric Like Definition of exocentric on Facebook
adjective
  1. (grammar) (of a group of words) not having the same grammatical role as any of its constituent words
    Example: The adverbal phrase with great care contains no adverbs
expletive Tweet Definition of expletive Like Definition of expletive on Facebook
noun
  1. A profane, vulgar or obscene oath
  2. (linguistics) A word without meaning added to fill a syntactic position
    Example: - It in It is snowing
  3. (linguistics) A word that adds to the strength of a phrase without affecting its meaning
    Example: - bloody in I'll give you a bloody good hiding.
adjective
  1. serving to fill up
  2. marked be expletives (phrase-fillers)

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