from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The part of speech that modifies a noun or other substantive by limiting, qualifying, or specifying and distinguished in English morphologically by one of several suffixes, such as -able, -ous, -er, and -est, or syntactically by position directly preceding a noun or nominal phrase.
- noun Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, such as white in the phrase a white house.
- adjective Adjectival.
- adjective Law Specifying the processes by which rights are enforced, as opposed to the establishing of such rights; remedial.
- adjective Not standing alone; derivative or dependent.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To make an adjective of; form into an adjective; give the character of an adjective to.
- Naming or forming an adjunct to a noun: as, an adjective name. Pertaining to an adjective: as, the adjective use of a noun. Added or adjected; additional.
- noun In grammar, a word used to qualify, limit, or define a noun, or a word or phrase which has the value of a noun; a part of speech expressing quality or condition as belonging to something: thus, whiteness is the name of a quality, and is a noun; white means possessing whiteness, and so is an adjective.
- noun A dependant or an accessory; a secondary or subsidiary part.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of an adjunct.
- adjective Not standing by itself; dependent.
- adjective a color which requires to be fixed by some mordant or base to give it permanency.
- adjective Relating to procedure.
- transitive verb rare To make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective.
- noun (Gram.) A word used with a noun, or substantive, to express a quality of the thing named, or something attributed to it, or to limit or define it, or to specify or describe a thing, as distinct from something else. Thus, in phrase, “a wise ruler,”
wiseis the adjective, expressing a property of ruler.
- noun A dependent; an accessory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective obsolete Incapable of independent function.
- adjective grammar
Adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective.
- adjective law Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure.
- adjective chemistry Of a
dyethat needs the use of a mordantto be made fastto that which is being dyed.
- noun grammar A
wordthat modifiesa noun or describesa noun’s referent.
- verb transitive To make an adjective of; to form or convert into an adjective.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a word that expresses an attribute of something
- noun the word class that qualifies nouns
- adjective of or relating to or functioning as an adjective
- adjective relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
An adjective may, in general, be distinguished from an _adverb_ by this rule: when a word qualifies a _noun_ or _pronoun_, it is an adjective, but when it qualifies a _verb, participle, adjective_, or _adverb_, it is an adverb.
Such an adjective is called an _adjective of three endings_.
Find them, and give the reason.] [Footnote 2: When a noun is modified by both a genitive and an adjective, a favorite order of words is _adjective, genitive, noun_.] [Footnote 3: A modifying genitive often stands between a preposition and its object.] *****
A fourth kind of adjective is called by the grammarians an ADVERB; which has generally been formed from the first kind of adjectives, as these were frequently formed from correspondent substantives; or it has been formed from the third kind of adjectives, called participles; and this is effected in both cases by the addition of the syllable ly, as wisely, charmingly.
My favorite is the adjective taken from the Old English word for “gore,” dreor.
Pandemic, an adjective from the Greek pandemos, "of all the people," becomes a noun to mean "the outbreak of a disease spreading over a large geographic area," now construed as "worldwide."
In fact, Wikipedia suggests that it is 'a descendant of the Latin adjective niger, meaning "black"', but that's a technicality.
Otherwise an adjective is attached, as in “temporary”.
Coming up with a new and different adjective is just too much for her.
Their profitability advantages will be offset by weak economic growth, so the adjective is fine rather than something more glowing.