Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An individual thing or element of a class; a particular object or item: an article of clothing; articles of food.
  • n. A particular section or item of a series in a written document, as in a contract, constitution, or treaty.
  • n. A nonfictional literary composition that forms an independent part of a publication, as of a newspaper or magazine.
  • n. Grammar The part of speech used to indicate nouns and to specify their application.
  • n. Grammar Any of the words belonging to this part of speech. In English, the indefinite articles are a and an and the definite article is the.
  • n. A particular part or subject; a specific matter or point.
  • transitive v. To bind by articles set forth in a contract, such as one of apprenticeship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set.
  • n. A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, internet etc.
  • n. A member of a group or class
  • n. An object.
  • n. A part of speech that indicates, specifies and limits a noun (a, an, or the in English). In some languages the article may appear as en ending (e.g. definite article in Swedish) or there may be none (e.g. Finnish, Estonian).
  • n. A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc.
  • n. A person.
  • n. A wench. A prime article = A handsome girl.
  • v. To study or train to become qualified, especially in the legal profession.
  • v. To bind by articles of apprenticeship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A distinct portion of an instrument, discourse, literary work, or any other writing, consisting of two or more particulars, or treating of various topics. Hence: A clause in a contract, system of regulations, treaty, or the like; a term, condition, or stipulation in a contract; a concise statement.
  • n. A literary composition, forming an independent portion of a magazine, newspaper, or cyclopedia.
  • n. Subject; matter; concern; distinct.
  • n. A distinct part.
  • n. A particular one of various things
  • n. Precise point of time; moment.
  • n. One of the three words, a, an, the, used before nouns to limit or define their application. A (or an) is called the indefinite article, the the definite article.
  • n. One of the segments of an articulated appendage.
  • intransitive v. To agree by articles; to stipulate; to bargain; to covenant.
  • transitive v. To formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars.
  • transitive v. To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles.
  • transitive v. To bind by articles of covenant or stipulation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To state in detail; particularize; specify.
  • To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles or accusations.
  • To bind by articles of covenant or stipulation: as, to article an apprentice.
  • To agree by articles; stipulate.
  • n. A joint connecting two parts of the body.
  • n. One of the parts thus connected; a jointed segment or part.
  • n. In botany, the name formerly given to that part of a stalk or stem which is between two joints.
  • n. A separate member or portion of anything. In particular— A clause, item, point, or particular in a contract, treaty, or other formal agreement; a condition or stipulation in a contract or bargain: as, articles of association; articles of apprenticeship.
  • n. A distinct proposition in a connected series; one of the particulars constituting a system: as, the Thirty-nine Articles; the articles of religion.
  • n. A separate clause or provision of a statute: as, the act of the six articles (see below).
  • n. A distinct charge or count: as, articles of impeachment.
  • n. A distinct item in an account or a list.
  • n. One of a series of regulations: as, the articles of war.
  • n. A literary composition on a specific topic, forming an independent portion of a book or literary publication, especially of a newspaper, magazine, review, or other periodical: as, an article on war, or on earthquakes and their causes.
  • n. A material thing as part of a class, or, absolutely, a particular substance or commodity: as, an article of merchandise; an article of clothing; salt is a necessary article.
  • n. A particular immaterial thing; a matter.
  • n. A concern; a piece of business; a subject. A point or nick of time joining two successive periods; a juncture; a moment; the moment or very moment.
  • n. The number 10, or any number ending in a cipher.
  • n. In grammar, a word used attributively to limit the application of a noun to one individual or set of individuals, and also to indicate whether the noun used signifies indefinitely one or any one of the class which it names, or definitely a specific object of thought.
  • n. That part of the proceedings which corresponds to the charge in our English bill in chancery to set aside a deed. The answer is called articles approbatory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bind by a contract; especially for a training period
  • n. one of a class of artifacts
  • n. a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)
  • n. (grammar) a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase
  • n. nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin articulus, joint, article, diminutive of artus, joint (translation of Greek arthron, joint, article).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin articulus ("a joint, limb, member, part, division, the article in grammar, a point of time"); prop. diminutive of artus ("a joint"), akin to Ancient Greek ἄρθρον (arthron, "joint, limb"), from root *ar ("to fit, join"); see arm, art, etc.

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