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  • verb Present participle of delimit.
  • adjective that serves to delimit


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  • In a great many languages composition is confined to what we may call the delimiting function, that is, of the two or more compounded elements one is given a more precisely qualified significance by the others, which contribute nothing to the formal build of the sentence.

    Chapter 4. Form in Language: Grammatical Processes

  • Please look how many comments are here with people saying my son or my daughter suffrers from ADHD... if this was such a delimiting factor as people and medical industry makes it out to be then HOW, HOW have we gotten this far in society cause half the world is considered ADHD.

    Saving Carlos: Budget cuts leave 2nd-grader behind

  • So I think it is one of the big issues and then delimiting the lines and environmental issues.

    CNN Transcript Jan 10, 2010

  • So I think that it is one of the big issues, and then delimiting the lines and environmental issues, so it's a very, very big deal.

    CNN Transcript Jan 8, 2010

  • Point being that Hall's work was not delimiting an "edge" to "darwinism" – that edge is already assumed to be what Behe says it is for a single step – but was specifically trying to determine whether selectable steps exist (nearby) for IMP-1 to more effectively detoxify imipenem.

    Behe's Test, Take 2

  • This narrow, delimiting, Western conception of nationalism is referred to throughout this paper and represents the model of nationalism Anderson speaks of in Imagined Communities.

    Radovan Karadzic's website and blog

  • At work in this series of destructions is the familiar, pyromaniacal frustration of a kid at odds with the world and its architected environments -- the many rooms we inhabit and are fitted into -- especially those delimiting our sexual and professional identities.

    Andrew Gorin: Childhood, Violence, and Alien Mating Practices: James Franco's "The Dangerous Book Four Boys"

  • My version of this is to select a subject to browse in WorldCat, via deliberately not delimiting search terms, or doing so selectively.

    Making Light: Scholarly works to avoid citing at all costs

  • UCLA's Richard Baum, a specialist on Chinese politics, wrote in 1982 that "characteristics of traditional Chinese culture" were continuing to hinder the development of Chinese science in the eighties -- that is, the political and social factors that prevented Chinese science from independently developing "modern science" are still influencing and delimiting Chinese science today, even after "modern science" has come to China.

    Julian Baird Gewirtz: China Has Its Scientific Revolution

  • Conceived as delimiting a verbal habitus or ethos, verse instigates a traverse whose unruliness is grooved deep into the genesis of phrasing — and of its evoked and self-razed alternatives — rather than merely awaiting some transgressive gesture on the reader's part.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian


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