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GA Tweet Definition of GA Like Definition of GA on Facebook
  1. Georgia, a state of the United States of America.
  2. Genetic Algorithm, a search heuristic used in computer science.
  3. (netball) goal attack
  4. general aviation
general semantics Tweet Definition of general semantics Like Definition of general semantics on Facebook
  1. An educational discipline based on the notion that certain techniques can enhance one's ability to evaluate and respond to the world
generate Tweet Definition of generate Like Definition of generate on Facebook
verb (generat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To bring into being; give rise to.
The discussion generated an uproar.
  1. (transitive) To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process.
Adding concentrated sulphuric acid to water generates heat.
  1. (transitive) To procreate.
They generated many offspring.
  1. (context, transitive, mathematics) To form a figure from a curve or solid.
Rotating a circle generates a sphere.
gentile Tweet Definition of gentile Like Definition of gentile on Facebook
  1. non-Jewish
  2. aristocratic; upper class; polite and proper
ghost word Tweet Definition of ghost word Like Definition of ghost word on Facebook
noun (plural ghost words)
  1. A fictitious word that has been published in a dictionary, or has been adopted as genuine, as the result of misinterpretation or a typographical error.
Gimel Tweet Definition of Gimel Like Definition of Gimel on Facebook
noun gimel
  1. The third letter of the Hebrew alphabet, �.
proper noun 
  1. A Swiss comune.
Glagolitic Tweet Definition of Glagolitic Like Definition of Glagolitic on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The oldest known Slavonic alphabet, created by Saint Cyril around AD 862"863. It was soon replaced by the Cyrillic alphabet. The Croatian variant is still found in use in the Croatian Church along the Dalmatian coast. It was the first script (along with the Croatian language) that was granted special permission by the Vatican to be used in liturgy instead of Latin.
  1. Of or referring to the Glagolitic alphabet.
glottochronology Tweet Definition of glottochronology Like Definition of glottochronology on Facebook
  1. the study of languages to determine when they diverged from being the same language
glottogony Tweet Definition of glottogony Like Definition of glottogony on Facebook
  1. the genesis of language, i. e. the emergence of a system of verbal communication from proto-linguistic or non-linguistic means of communication
  2. the study of language origins
Gothic Tweet Definition of Gothic Like Definition of Gothic on Facebook
noun Goth"ic
  1. an extinct language, once spoken by the Goths in what is now Ukraine and Bulgaria.
adjective or gothic
  1. of or related to the Goth, Goths.
  2. of or related to the architecture, architectural style favored in western Europe in the 12th to 16th centuries.
  3. of or related to the goth subculture or lifestyle.
  4. of or related to a style of fictional writing emphasizing violent or macabre events in a mysterious, desolate setting.
  5. of a style of elaborate calligraphy based on medieval writing, also called black letter.
  6. (typography) of a sans serif typeface using straight, even-width lines, also called typesetters gothic.
grammar Tweet Definition of grammar Like Definition of grammar on Facebook
  1. (countable) A system of rules and principles for speaking and writing a language.
  2. (linguistics) (uncountable) The study of the internal structure of words (morphology) and the use of words in the construction of phrases and sentences (syntax).
  3. (countable) A book describing the rules of grammar of a language.
  4. (comptheory) (countable) A formal system specifying the syntax of a language.
  5. (comptheory) (countable) A formal system defining a formal language
grapheme Tweet Definition of grapheme Like Definition of grapheme on Facebook
  1. A fundamental unit of a writing system corresponding to letters in the English alphabet.
graphology Tweet Definition of graphology Like Definition of graphology on Facebook
  1. the study of handwriting, especially as a means of analyzing character
Greek Tweet Definition of Greek Like Definition of Greek on Facebook
  1. (countable) An inhabitant, resident, or a person of descent from Greece.
  2. (uncountable) The language of the Greek people, spoken in Greece, Cyprus, south Albania, parts of south FYROM, parts of Bulgaria and parts of Turkey and partially characterised by being written using the Greek alphabet. It is descended from Proto-Greek via Ancient Greek and other forms of Greek.
  3. (context, US, countable) A member of a college fraternity or sorority, which are commonly characterised by being named after Greek letters. (See also Greek system)
"Was Joe a Greek in college?"
  1. (uncountable) Nonsense talk or writing; gibberish.
  1. Of or relating to Greece, the Greek people, or the Greek language.
  2. Of or pertaining to a fraternity or sorority.
  3. unintelligible, especially regarding foreign speech.

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