from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A word, such as a preposition, a conjunction, or an article, that has little semantic content of its own and chiefly indicates a grammatical relationship.
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- noun linguistics A word that has little meaning when standing alone, but instead serves to express grammatical relationships with other words within a sentence, or specify the attitude or mood of the speaker, such as
prepositions, pronouns, auxiliary verbs, or conjunctions.
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- noun a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
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