American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Native or resident of: New Jerseyite.
- n. Descendant of: Levite.
- n. Adherent or follower of: Luddite.
- n. A part of an organ, body, or bodily part: somite.
- n. Rock; mineral: graphite.
- n. Fossil: trilobite.
- n. Product: metabolite.
- n. A commercial product: ebonite.
- n. A salt or ester of an acid named with an adjective ending in -ous: sulfite.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A termination of some English adjectives and nouns from adjectives, and of some verbs, derived from the Latin, as in apposite, composite, opposite, exquisite, requisite, erudite, recondite, etc. Its use in verbs, as in expedite, extradite, ignite, unite, and in nouns not directly from adjectives, as in
granite, is less common. When the vowel is short, the termination is often merely -it, as in deposit, reposit, posit, merit, inhabit, prohibit, etc. It is not used or felt as an English formative. In a few words, as appetite, audit, from Latin nouns of the fourth declension, no adjective form intervenes.
- A suffix of Greek origin, indicating origin or derivation from, or immediate relation with, the person or thing signified by the noun to which it is attached. Specifically— Noting a native or resident of a place: as, Stagyrite, a native of Stageira; Sybarite, a native of Sybaris, etc.
- n. In chem., a suffix used not only in the names of salts derived from sulphurous acid, as calcium sulphite, but also in the names of certain substances belonging to the class of sugars, as mannite and dulcite, though these latter names are now systematically made to end in -ol (indicating chemical relation to the alcohols), as mannitol and dulcitol; also used without technical precision in names of pharmaceutical and commercial products, as glycerite, dynamite, vulcanite, etc.
- n. a follower or adherent of a specified person
- n. a descendant of a specified historical person
- n. part of the body or part of an organ of the body
- n. a rock, mineral or fossil
- n. the product of a specified process or a commercial product
- n. a native or resident of a specified place
- n. chemistry a salt or ester of an acid whose name ends in -ous
- n. forming adjectives
GNU Webster's 1913
- A suffix denoting one of a party, a sympathizer with or adherent of, and the like, and frequently used in ridicule
- A suffix used in naming minerals
- (Chem.) A suffix used to denote the salts formed from those acids whose names end in
- From Latin past participles in -ītus, of verbs in -īre, -ĕre, -ēre, partly via Old French. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -ītēs, -īta, from Greek -ītēs.Alteration of -ate2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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