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

  • n. A grammatical ending; an inflection.

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  • n. A suffix used as an inflection; an ending

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Termination; ending.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ending; close; termination; specifically, in grammar, the termination or formative or inflectional suffix of a word.

Etymologies

French désinence, from Medieval Latin dēsinentia, from Latin dēsinēns, dēsinent-, present participle of dēsinere, to come to an end : dē-, off; see de- + sinere, to leave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Does "giant" mean bigger or less immense?
    By context you have to guess the sense -
    A marketing label
    Is wholly unstable
    And shuns the assistance of desinence.

    February 21, 2015