from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that determines.
- n. Grammar A word belonging to a group of noun modifiers, which includes articles, demonstratives, possessive adjectives, and words such as any, both, or whose, and, in English, occupying the first position in a noun phrase or following another determiner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of a class of words functioning in a noun phrase to identify or distinguish a referent without describing or modifying it. Examples of determiners include articles (a, the), demonstratives (this, those), cardinal numbers (three, fifty), and indefinite numerals (most, any, each).
- n. A dependent function in a noun phrase marking the NP as definite or indefinite. This function is usually filled by words in the determinative class but may be filled by other elements such as a genitive pronoun.
- n. Something that determines, or helps someone to determine, something else.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, determines or decides.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who decides or determines.
- n. A determinant bachelor in a university. See determinant, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an argument that is conclusive
- n. one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
- n. a determining or causal element or factor
to determine + -er (Wiktionary)