American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A noun that is derived from a verb and usually preserves the verb's syntactic features, such as transitivity or the capability of taking nominal or verbal complements.
- n. grammar A noun that is morphologically related to a verb and similar to it in meaning; in English, this might be a gerund (ending in -ing), infinitive, or other noun derived from a verb.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Gram.) a noun derived directly from a verb or verb stem; a verbal. The term is specifically applied to infinitives, and nouns ending in
-ing, esp. to the latter. See Gerund, and -ing, 2. See also, Infinitive mood, under Infinitive.
- n. a noun that is derived from a verb
“Labbayka occurs in the verses attributed to Caliph Ali; so labba = he faced, and yalubbu = it faces (as one house faces another); lastly, he professed submission to Allah; in which sense, together with the verbal noun “Talbiyah,” it is used by Al-Hanri (Pref. and Ass. of Su’adah).”
“The genitive of the verbal noun formed by prefixing the article to the infinitive, which we may call for convenience the Genitive Infinitive, is one of the regular ways of expressing purpose in Biblical Greek, corresponding to our use of ` to. ”
“From this verb in its turn was formed a new verbal noun gregoresis Dan.”
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