adjective

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj adjective relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law "adjective law"
    • adj adjective of or relating to or functioning as an adjective "adjectival syntax","an adjective clause"
    • n adjective the word class that qualifies nouns
    • n adjective a word that expresses an attribute of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It has 51 meanings as a noun, 126 meanings as a verb, and 10 meanings as a participle adjective.
    • Adjective A dependent; an accessory.
    • Adjective (Gram) A word used with a noun, or substantive, to express a quality of the thing named, or something attributed to it, or to limit or define it, or to specify or describe a thing, as distinct from something else. Thus, in phrase, “a wise ruler,” wise is the adjective, expressing a property of ruler.
    • Adjective Added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of an adjunct; as, an adjective word or sentence.
    • Adjective Not standing by itself; dependent.
    • Adjective Relating to procedure. "The whole English law, substantive and adjective ."
    • v. t Adjective To make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective. "Language has as much occasion to adjective the distinct signification of the verb, and to adjective also the mood, as it has to adjective time. It has . . . adjectived all three."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longest muscle in the human body is the sartorius. This narrow muscle of the thigh passes obliquely across the front of the thigh and helps rotate the leg to the position assumed in sitting cross-legged. Its name is a derivation of the adjective "sartorial," a reference to what was the traditional cross-legged position of tailors (or "sartors") at work.
    • adjective Naming or forming an adjunct to a noun: as, an adjective name. Pertaining to an adjective: as, the adjective use of a noun. Added or adjected; additional.
    • n adjective In grammar, a word used to qualify, limit, or define a noun, or a word or phrase which has the value of a noun; a part of speech expressing quality or condition as belonging to something: thus, whiteness is the name of a quality, and is a noun; white means possessing whiteness, and so is an adjective. The adjective is used attributively, appositively, or predicatively: thus, attributively in “a wise ruler”; appositively, in “a ruler wise and good”; predicatively, in “the ruler is wise.” Commonly abbreviated to a. or adjective
    • n adjective A dependant or an accessory; a secondary or subsidiary part.
    • adjective To make an adjective of; form into an adjective; give the character of an adjective to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adjective ad′jek-tiv a word added to a noun to qualify it, or limit it by reference to quality, number, or position
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Quotations

  • Angela Carter
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    “I think the adjective post-modernist really means mannerist. Books about books is fun but frivolous.”
  • Clifton Fadiman
    Clifton Fadiman
    “The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “As to the adjective, when in doubt strike it out.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adjectivum,sc. nomen,), neut. of adjectivus, that is added, fr. adjicere,: cf. F. adjectif,. See Adject
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. adjectivum (nomen), an added (noun)—adjicĕre, -jectum, to throw to, to add—ad, to, jacĕre, to throw.

Usage

In literature:

The Comparison of Adjectives.
"A Grammar of the English Tongue" by Samuel Johnson
And it was on poor Katherine quite as much as on Earl, who had tripped up on an adjective in place of an adverb.
"Campfire Girls in the Allegheny Mountains" by Stella M. Francis
The work was carried on vigorously, amid a continuous flow of adjectives.
"Windjammers and Sea Tramps" by Walter Runciman
The conjunction of the letter H with that particular adjective started echoes.
"The Honorable Percival" by Alice Hegan Rice
This caused him to become abusive, which the oldest apprentice, James Leigh, resented by using some longshore adjectives.
"Looking Seaward Again" by Walter Runciman
It is used both as an adjective and adverb.
"Notes and Queries, Number 51, October 19, 1850" by Various
Nor would the adjective 'Liberal' secure the adhesion of the 'intellectuals.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
How are the adjectives used in l. 57?
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
There was scarcely a sailor adjective that was not applied to them.
"Drake, Nelson and Napoleon" by Walter Runciman
Thus the adjective 'present' would, if it had come direct from Latin, have had a long vowel in the first syllable.
"Society for Pure English Tract 4" by John Sargeaunt
Seeing her to-day, drooping a little over the cold lunch, you'd have left out the adjective young.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
The adjectives "fearful" and "abject" brought him up short.
"The Little Red Chimney" by Mary Finley Leonard
Adjectives of the third declension whose feminine was not distinguishable in Latin took no "e" in early French.
"Avril" by H. Belloc
Archie Fletcher was a great person; "great" in fact was the only adjective that really fitted him.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
He could guess at all which that one adjective implied.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
Why, oh why, had he not piled up adjectives?
"Jerry" by Jean Webster
Why, oh why, had he not piled up adjectives?
"Jerry Junior" by Jean Webster
Adjectives of Relation are, as we have seen, (chiefly) the Oblique Cases of the Noun Substantive.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864" by Various
Note that the adjective ante-Nicene is printed as it here appears.
"Capitals" by Frederick W. Hamilton
Prepositions might then be introduced into his vocabulary; and, later, adjectives and adverbs.
"What Is and What Might Be" by Edmond Holmes
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In poetry:

His radio Homers all day long
In over-Whitmanated song
That does not scan,
With adjectives laid end to end,
Extol the doughnut and commend
The Common Man.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
The Noun and Verb he scatters without End
And Adjectives to Pronouns Horror lend -
Ah, fumid Pipe, I thank you hour by hour
That you have never learned to talk, my Friend!
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
"The time has come," the Vulture said,
"To talk of many things,
Of Accidence and Adjectives,
And names of Jewish kings,
How many notes a sackbut has,
And whether shawms have strings."
"The Vulture and the Husbandman" by Arthur Clement Hilton
For 'orses they are 'orses, but a mule 'e is a mule
(Bit o' monkey, bit o' devil, bit o' bloomin' fool!)
Oh, I'm usin' 'eaps o' adjectives I never learned at school
On the rampin', raw-boned, cast-steel jawboned Army Transport Mule!
"Mules" by Cicely Fox Smith
'Twas the Adjective that roused me, sanguinary and familiar,
That embellishes the diction of my fellow countrymen,
When they do commune together in regard to crops or weather -
Such a word as never, never shall defile this pious pen.
"The Woes of Bill" by C J Dennis
An' 'orses they are 'orses — but a mule 'e is a mule
(Bit o' devil, bit o' monkey, bit o' bloomin' boundin' fool!).
Oh, I'm usin' all the adjectives I didn't learn at school
On the prancin', glancin', rag-time dancin' Army Transport Mule!
"Mules" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. Bill Haas, the 2011 FedEx Cup Champion and Tour Championship winner, is not an underdog or an overachiever or any of those other adjectives used to describe people who win when they aren't supposed to.
Underappreciated, overlooked, neglected: any or all of these adjectives can be applied to the dynamic black-and-white photographs of Leon Levinstein, now at the Museum of Modern Art.
British playwright Harold Pinter , a Nobel Prize winner whose signature writing style spawned the adjective "Pinteresque," died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, according to his widow.
The word is " prewar ," and developers are using it as an adjective for a steady stream of nouns.
The word is "prewar," and developers are using it as an adjective for a steady stream of nouns.
The adjective is often used by critics to describe this heart-warming film or that.
Watching the housing market over the past several years has been a bit like watching paint dry, with the most exciting adjectives used to describe it being: flat, slow, and steady.
I usually edit out the fancy adjectives that marketing people love to use, but I want to make sure you read about this Windham.
And many other adjectives that bear no explanation.
" If you think of the " Strait " of Gibraltar, it's easier to remember that the adjective " strait " means "narrow" or "constricting.
The Caps earned a well-deserved day off today after last night's crazy, ridiculous, insert-flashy-adjective-here contest.
Just fill in the blanks for adjectives, nouns and verbs, hit submit, and enjoy the result.
Have you noticed the adjective ' sustainable ' being used to describe agriculture, development, and communities.
Times Headline Deploys Adjective or Verb .
Wacky, volatile, unpredictable: These are just a few of the adjectives one could use to describe today's state of tobacco.
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In science:

To an large extent, we ignore what a quantum theory real ly is – i.e., we ignore what the adjective “quantum” really means – and how we should interpret these theories.
Symmetries in two-dimensional dilaton gravity with matter
The adjective regular , as used in technical mathematics, is probably the most overloaded word in the English language.
A Survey of Ultraproduct Constructions in General Topology
Notice that the adjectives “simple” and “orthogonally complemented” do not appear in (B).
Quantum Galois theory for compact Lie groups
First we wish to point out that the statement of Theorem 3.1 of [DLM] inadvertently omitted the adjective “simple” so that as stated, Theorem 3.1 of (loc. cit.) is incorrect.
Quantum Galois theory for compact Lie groups
The velocity field is determined independently of the scalar field (hence the adjective passive) and (in this discussion) is incompressible (∇ · u = 0).
A Simple Passive Scalar Advection-Diffusion Model
The adjective “weak” is to distinguish this notion of locality from others employed in physics, such us spacelike commutativity of the quantum fields or absence of nonlocal interactions.
The century of the incomplete revolution: searching for general relativistic quantum field theory
The justification of the ’chaotic’ adjective can be done with different dynamical systems tools.
Boundary effects in extended dynamical systems
Hatzivassiloglou, V., & Wiebe, J.M. 2000. Effects of adjective orientation and gradability on sentence subjectivity. Proceedings of 18th International Conference on Computational Linguistics.
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Semantic Orientation Applied to Unsupervised Classification of Reviews
Isham’s quotation above should also carry the adjective ‘classical’ in front of ‘differential geometry’, and read: ‘one wil l not be able to use classical differential geometry’ (or equivalently, a geometrical base differential spacetime manifold) ‘in the true quantum-gravity theory’.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
However, we prefer to “integer polynomial” to avoid confusion with the word “integral” as an adjective (see ).
Null Polynomials modulo m
However, unlike in van Leuven-Zwart’s approach, each predicate (lexical verbs, certain nouns and certain adjectives) and each argument represents a transeme in itself, i. e. there are predicate transemes and argument transemes.
Building a resource for studying translation shifts
MontyREChunker reads the POS sequence and identifies semantic phrases (adjective, noun, verb, prepositional) using a series of Regular Expressions. MontyExtractor extracts phrases and subject-verb-object triplets from the chunked text.
An Anthological Review of Research Utilizing MontyLingua, a Python-Based End-to-End Text Processor
Adjective applied to a measure to indicate the measure is finite on relatively compact sets.
Multivariate Regular Variation on Cones: Application to Extreme Values, Hidden Regular Variation and Conditioned Limit Laws
Learning sub jective adjectives from corpora.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
The adjective proximity — for the catch digraph D and for the map NY — comes from thinking of the region NY (x) as representing those points in Ω “close” to x (Toussaint (1980) and Jaromczyk and Toussaint (1992)).
A New Family of Random Graphs for Testing Spatial Segregation
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