American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of contributing.
- n. Something contributed.
- n. A payment exacted for a special purpose; an impost or a levy.
- n. An article or other work submitted for publication.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of giving to a common stock, or in common with others; the act of promoting or affording aid to a common end; the payment by each of his share of some common expense, or the doing by each of his part of a common labor.
- n. That which is given to a common stock or done to promote a common end, either by an individual or by many; something furnished as a joint share or constituent part.
- n. Specifically A writing furnished as a distinct part of a periodical or other joint literary work.
- n. Milit., an imposition paid by a frontier country to secure itself from being plundered by the enemy's army; an imposition upon a country in the power of an enemy, which is levied under various pretenses and for various purposes, usually for the support of the army.
- n. In law, a payment made by each of several, having a common interest, of his share in a loss suffered, or in an amount paid, by one of the number for the common good: as, for instance, a payment levied on each of the several owners of a vessel for equalizing the loss arising from sacrifices made for the common safety in sea voyages, where the ship is in danger of being lost or captured.
- n. Something given or offered that adds to a larger whole.
- n. An amount of money given toward something.
- n. The act of contributing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of contributing.
- n. That which is contributed; -- either the portion which an individual furnishes to the common stock, or the whole which is formed by the gifts of individuals.
- n. (Mil.) An irregular and arbitrary imposition or tax leved on the people of a town or country.
- n. (Law) Payment, by each of several jointly liable, of a share in a loss suffered or an amount paid by one of their number for the common benefit.
- n. the part played by a person in bringing about a result
- n. act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity
- n. a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
- n. a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story
- n. an amount of money contributed
- From Latin contributionem, from contribuere. (Wiktionary)
“Judge Posner's main contribution is the application of economics to law.”
“Its main contribution is to offer a measure of clarity in three important areas.”
“We usually get tired of turkey and other holiday food by Christmas and end up making a Tex-Mex Christmas, and my contribution is always sour cream enchiladas, although I'm probably blasphemous in that I make them with FLOUR tortillas, ahh, the horror!”
“Another result of this contribution is a shift of the discussion of economic policy away from isolated policy measures towards the institutional setup of policy making.”
“Your contribution is the overall impact you'd like to achieve.”
“Your contribution is always welcome and respected.”
“Your contribution is a huge boost and will be saved for a strong, smart campaign in the fall.”
“The other contribution is the synthesis of liquid crystalline conjugated polymers by replacing the hydrogen atom bonded to polyacetylene with a substituent having liquid crystalline nature as the side chain.”
“Once the scale of the contribution is arranged, and not until then, will this necessary Dominion-wide onslaught upon poor housing, slums, and all that is detrimental to us as civilized people, become possible.”
“Tertullian encouraged the "blessed martyrs designate" by what he termed a contribution to their spiritual sustenance (Ad martyres, i), and at the same time protested against the unjust measures of which they were the victims.”
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