American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The letter n.
- n. Printing A space equal to half the width of an em.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of the letter N, n. It is rarely written, the symbol N, n, being used instead.
- n. In printing, a space half as wide as an em, sometimes used as a standard in reckoning the amount of a compositor's work. See em, 2.
- n. A common adverbial or prepositional prefix, representing Latin in-, meaning primarily ‘in’ or ‘into.’ Appearing first in Middle English words derived through Old French from Latin, en- (before labials em-) has come to be freely used as a prefix of words of native as well as of Romance or Latin origin, being equivalent to in- of pure English origin and to in- of direct Latin origin, and hence often restored to the pure Latin form. Hence forms in en- (em-) and in- (im-) are frequently found (even in Middle English) coexisting, as enclose, inclose, enquire, inquire, enwrap, inwrap, enfold, infold, with, however, a tendency in one or other of the forms to disappear, or to become partly differentiated in use. Before labials en- becomes em-, as in embellish, embrace, but may remain unchanged before m, as in
enmewor emmew. As a verbal prefix, en-, when joined to a noun, or a verb from a noun, may retain its original meaning of ‘in’ (‘put in’), as in encage(put in a cage), enfold, enfetter, encapsule, etc.; or when prefixed to an adjective or a noun, it may denote a change from one state into another (‘make …’), as in enable(make able), enrich, enslave, enfranchise, enlarge, and hence has often the effect simply of a verb-forming prefix. In some cases, prefixed to a verb, it has no additional force, as in enkindle, encaptivate.
- n. An adverbial or prepositional prefix of Greek origin, meaning primarily ‘in’: chiefly in scientific or technical words of modern formation, as in encephalon, enanthema, etc.
- n. A termination of various origin, used in the formation of verbs. The infinitive suffix, now obsolete, as in Middle English singen, escapen, pullen, etc., modern English sing, escape, pull, etc. In late Middle English the -n fell away (singe, escape, pulle, etc.), but the -e continued to be pronounced, at least optionally, until near the end of the Middle English period; in modern English the -e, though always silent, is retained in spelling after a single consonant following a long vowel (as in
escape) and in some other positions.
- n. A suffix forming adjectives from nouns of material, as ashen, ashen, earthen, oaken, wooden, golden, sometimes simply -n, as cedarn, eldern, silvern, etc. Many such words are obsolete, dialectic, or archaic, as elmen, treen, clayen, hairen, etc.; many are also, some chiefly or exclusively, nouns, as aspen, linden, linen, woolen.
- n. A feminine suffix, of which only a few relics exist in native English words, as, for example, vixen, from Anglo-Saxon fyxen (= German füchsin), a female fox: in some instances regarded as having a diminutive force, as in maiden, from Anglo-Saxon mægden, etc. See vixen, maiden, and compare elfin.
- n. The plural suffix of a few nouns, as oxen, brethren, children, and (archaic and poetical) eyne or een (= eyen), kine (= kyen), shoon, dial. hosen, housen, peasen, etc. In these the termination is of Middle English origin, except in oxen (from Anglo-Saxon oxan), eyne, een (from Anglo-Saxon eágan), hosen (from Anglo-Saxon hosan), peasen (from Anglo-Saxon pisan).
- n. A suffix of various other origins besides those mentioned above: often ultimately identical with -an (Latin -anus), as in citizen, denizen, dozen, etc., but having also, as in often, midden, etc., other sources ascertainable upon reference to the word concerned.
- n. Abbreviations of encyclopedia.
- abbr. English
- n. The name of the Latin script letter N/n.
- n. typography A unit of measurement equal to half of an em (half of the height of the type in use).
- prep. Used in various phrases borrowed from French (see "Derived terms" below).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Print.) Half an em, that is, half of the unit of space in measuring printed matter. See em.
- n. half the width of an em
- The name of the letter comes from Latin en. Typographic sense 1793. (Wiktionary)
“La idea es muy buena y original, pero las fechas no concuerdan muy bien y ademas no creo que los tamaños en los distintos años de los imperios se correspondan con su poder. ¿en funcion de que estan hechos los tamaños?”
“Imagino que en época de clases estas búsquedas pueden deberse a algunos estudiantes que están investigando, pero ¿en pleno verano cómo pueden convencerme de que es gente que lo hace por obligación?”
“Antonio de Almaraz bedel puso en la posesion del dicho salario al dicho padre mº. fray Luis de Leon en la catedra questá en el general mayor de theologia de escuelas mayores, el qual la tomó é apprehendió sin contradicion ninguna, y _en lugar de posesion leyó un poco_.”
“Though she denies the liaison, she says of him that there was not "_en ce siècle-là de son sexe et de sa qualité rien de semblable en valeur, reputation, grace, et esprit_.”
“ I have found a notice of a similar case in France, during the sixteenth century, in Montaigne's _Journal du Voyage en Italie en_ 1850”
“Fifteen years have passed away, and these old people, no doubt, have joined their ancestors; but I can see them still sitting in that _salle à manger_; the _buffets en vieux chêne_; the opulent candelabra _en style d'empire_; the waiter lighting the gas in the pale Parisian evening.”
“She was his, as the French say, "_en droit, mais pas encore en jouissance! _”
“ I thus attempt to convey the emphasis of the words _ouk en sarki pepoithotes_, which is not precisely as if he had written _en sarki_.”
“Entonces pensé en mi mujer y en mi hija, ¡en ti y en tu madre, hija mía!”
“I understood the currency question --- Calais en gros, and Calais _en dtail, _ forgive one who has deeply wronged you.”
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