Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Coming into existence; emerging.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Beginning to exist or to grow; commencing development; coming into being; incipient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Commencing, or in process of development; beginning to exist or to grow; coming into being.
  • adjective (Chem.) Evolving; being evolved or produced.
  • adjective (Chem.) the fleeting or momentary state of an uncombined atom or radical just separated from one compound, and not yet united with another, -- a hypothetical condition implying peculiarly active chemical properties.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Emerging; just coming into existence.
  • adjective chemistry Of the state of an element at the time it is generated from some compound.

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

  • adjective being born or beginning

Etymologies

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

[Latin nāscēns, nāscent-, present participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin nascēns, present participle of nascor ("I am born").

Examples

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