from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A form of a verb in some languages, such as Classical Greek, that expresses action without indicating its completion or continuation.
- n. A form of a verb in some languages, such as Classical Greek or Sanskrit, that in the indicative mood expresses past action.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A verb in the aorist past, that is, in the past tense and the aorist aspect (the event described by the verb viewed as a completed whole). Also called the perfective past. The nearest equivalent in English is the simple past. The term aorist is used particularly often for verbs in Ancient and Modern Greek.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a verb in the aorist aspect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tense in the Greek language, which expresses an action as completed in past time, but leaves it, in other respects, wholly indeterminate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar, a tense of the Greek verb expressing action (in the indicative, past action) without further limitation or implication; hence, also, a tense of like form or like signification in other languages, as the Sanskrit.
- Indefinite with respect to time.
- Pertaining or similar to the aorist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a verb tense in some languages (classical Greek and Sanskrit) expressing action (especially past action) without indicating its completion or continuation
From Greek aoristos, indefinite, aorist tense : a-, not; see a-1 + horistos, definable (from horizein, to define; see horizon).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀόριστος (aoristos, "not done, not completed"). (Wiktionary)