• WordNet 3.6
    • n adverb the word class that qualifies verbs or clauses
    • n adverb a word that modifies something other than a noun
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Adverb (Gram) A word used to modify the sense of a verb, participle, adjective, or other adverb, and usually placed near it; as, he writes well; paper extremely white.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adverb In grammar, one of the indeclinable parts of speech: so called from being ordinarily joined to verbs for the purpose of limiting or extending their signification, but used also to qualify adjectives and other adverbs: as, I readily admit; you speak wisely; very cold; naturally brave; very generally acknowledged; much more clearly. Adverbs may be classified as follows: Adverbs of place and motion, as here, there, up, out, etc. Of time and succession, as now, then, often, ever, etc. Of manner and quality, as so, thus, well truly, faithfully, etc. Of measure and degree, as much, more, very, enough, etc. Of modality, as surely, not, perhaps, therefore, etc. Often abbreviated adverb
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adverb ad′vėrb a word added to a verb, adjective, or other adverb to express some modification of the meaning or an accompanying circumstance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adverbium,; ad, + verbum, word, verb: cf. F. adverbe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ad verbiumad, to, verbum, a word. It is so called, not because it is added to a verb, but because it is a word (verbum) joined to, or supplemental of, other words.


In literature:

The adverb makes the difference between a good and a bad fellow.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
The second to write twenty, containing only adverbs.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
There is an abruptness always somewhat unpleasant in the use of the adverb alone.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
Clauses may be used as adjectives, as adverbs, and as nouns.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
Adverbs should be placed next to the words they are intended to qualify.
"How to Write Clearly" by Edwin A. Abbott
"A Middle High German Primer" by Joseph Wright
The editor may have expunged nothing but a qualifying adverb.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
I recognize that it is at times very tempting to snuggle the adverb so close to the verb; but I hold fast my integrity.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
These are worn-down verbs which have become auxiliaries or they are reduced adverbs or prepositions.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
These figures mean that as the sentences are shortened, adjectives, adverbs, phrases, connectives, disappear.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster

In poetry:

Then Adverb, who had skulk'd behind,
To shun the mighty jar,
Came forward, and himself resign'd
A prisoner of war.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock

In news:

One such usage book, "Fowler's Modern English Usage," has this to say: "One of a number of adverbs (definitely, really, surely, etc.
Ronald Reagan conservatism, the Hong Kong tax model, zoos, space exploration and adverbs.
Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle.
Of adverbs and experimentation .
Is "upstate" an adverb, an adjective, or a noun.
"Cops die daily and they die bad," barks manic Police Lt Henry Oak (Ray Liotta) to undercover narcotics officer Nick Tellis (Jason Patric), revealing both his hardened 'tude and a little confusion when it comes to adverbs.
— Chloe Veltman, SF Weekly " and sigh, knowing full well that in the original the adjective was preceded by the adverb "hardly.
The Grandparent 's Dictionary of Adverbs.
Baroque adverbs are creeping back into statements from Goldman Sachs.
Why I Am Proudly , Strongly, and Happily in Favor of Adverbs.
I am gladly, fully, openly in support of adverbs.
With catchy songs like "Lolly, Lolly Get You Adverbs Here" and "The Magic Number".
Why I Am Proudly, Strongly , and Happily in Favor of Adverbs.
Innocent adverb is under attack .
Over on the home page, I take a look at the most common adverb of the Obama years: " unexpectedly .".

In science:

QUANT has two elements, the first one representing the proper name and the second one the temporal adverb tomorrow.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms
Further improvements could take into account tenses of verbs, temporal adverbs and prepositions, so that the system could determine the real chronological relationships between events. A similar comment can be given with regards to spatial information.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
The words “positive” and “increasing” are always understood in the wide sense of “≥”; the adverb “strictly” will be added when needed.
Rough paths in idealized financial markets
In case of adverbs –n is usually added to both the words of the reduplication. It is different from the above in such a way that the inflection is added to both the words in reduplication.
Reduplicated MWE (RMWE) helps in improving the CRF based Manipuri POS Tagger
Although the distinction between the noun class and verb classes is relatively clear; the distinction between nouns and adjectives is often vague. Distinction between a noun and an adverb becomes unclear because structurally a word may be a noun but contextually it is adverb.
Reduplicated MWE (RMWE) helps in improving the CRF based Manipuri POS Tagger