from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or serving to cause continuation.
- adj. Linguistics Of or relating to the durative aspect or a durative verb or verb form.
- n. Something that expresses or causes continuation.
- n. Linguistics See durative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to continuation.
- adj. durative.
- n. Something that causes a continuation.
- n. a durative.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A term or expression denoting continuance.
- n. A word that continues the connection of sentences or subjects; a connective; a conjunction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the character of continuing, or of causing continuation or prolongation.
- n. An expression noting permanence or duration.
- n. In grammar, a loose or unemphatic copulative; a connective.
- n. In philology, a form that indicates continuation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
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If you think about it, the reduplicated form could easily lend a resultative nuance if analysed in this way since the reduplication would have originally stressed the non-stative quality of the verb either "repetitive" in nature as for punctual actions, or "continuative" as for non-momentaneous ones while the *h₂e-set of personal endings would ensure a completive aspect in contrast to the non-completive *mi-set.
Then a reduplicated form developed out of this in MIE *Ca-CáC- to express an action that was continuative at some point but was thereafter completed.
One sentence should follow another without abrupt break; and, if continuative of it, adversative to it, or an inference from it, and the hearer needs to be advised of this, let it swing into position on the hinge of a fitting connective.
Our cry is indefinite as to aspect, be crying is durative, cry out is momentaneous, burst into tears is inceptive, keep crying is continuative, start in crying is durative-inceptive, cry now and again is iterative, cry out every now and then or cry in fits and starts is momentaneous-iterative.
Thus, buchong son forms the plural bochang-i (contrast the objective buchong-a); enash grandfather, the plural inash-a; the verb engtyim to sleep forms the continuative ingetym-ad to be sleeping and the past ingetymash.
The functions of relatives are performed by position, explanatory or continuative clauses being made to precede directly the word they affect.
The verb garadjimbat (with transitive suffix - im and continuative aspect - bat) is from English scratch (and him and about) but means ` to dig. '
Scarcely had these precautionary measures of safety been completed, when a shrill cry, as if by a child inside the vehicle, was heard, loud and continuative, which, after the lapse of some minutes, broke out into the urgent and reiterated exclamation of -- "Let me out!
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