from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a grammatical case indicating separation, direction away from, sometimes manner or agency, and the object of certain verbs. It is found in Latin and other Indo-European languages.
- n. The ablative case.
- n. A word in this case.
- adj. Of, relating to, or capable of ablation.
- adj. Tending to ablate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Taking away or removing.
- adj. Applied to one of the cases of the noun in Latin and some other languages, -- the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away.
- The ablative case.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Taking or tending to take away; tending to remove; pertaining to ablation.
- In grammar, noting removal or separation: applied to a case which forms part of the original declension of nouns and pronouns in the languages of the Indo-European family, and has been retained by some of them, as Latin, Sanskrit, and Zend, while in some it is lost, or merged in another case, as in the genitive in Greek. It is primarily the from-case.
- Pertaining to or of the nature of the ablative case: as, an ablative construction.
- n. In grammar, short for ablative case. See ablative, adjective, 2. Often abbreviated to abl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to the ablative case
- adj. tending to ablate; i.e. to be removed or vaporized at very high temperature
- n. the case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb
Middle English, from Latin ablātīvus, from ablātus, carried away; see ablation.
From ablation.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)