American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A participle expressing present action, in English formed by the infinitive plus -ing and used to express present action in relation to the time indicated by the finite verb in its clause, to form progressive tenses with the auxiliary be, and to function as a verbal adjective.
- n. grammar A verb form that indicates an ongoing action or state in the present and which can function as an adjective.
- n. a participle expressing present action; in English is formed by adding -ing
“This is the termination of the present participle and verbal adjective derived from verbs in ” a. These words sometimes have a special meaning, as toumbant, declivity. ” ard, ” ardo.”
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