prefix

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prefix attach a prefix to "prefixed words"
    • n prefix an affix that is added in front of the word
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "O" when used as a prefix in Irish surnames means "descendant of."
    • n Prefix That which is prefixed; esp., one or more letters or syllables combined or united with the beginning of a word to modify its signification; as, pre- in prefix, con- in conjure.
    • Prefix To put or fix before, or at the beginning of, another thing; as, to prefix a syllable to a word, or a condition to an agreement.
    • Prefix To set or appoint beforehand; to settle or establish antecedently. "Prefixed bounds.""And now he hath to her prefixt a day."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prefix To fix or put before; place in front; put at the beginning.
    • prefix To fix beforehand; set or appoint in advance; settle beforehand.
    • n prefix A word or syllable, or a number of syllables, rarely more than two, and usually one (sometimes reduced to a single consonant not forming a syllable), affixed to the beginning of a word, to qualify its meaning or direct, its application: opposed to suffix or postfix, a like addition at the end of a word. A prefix proper is an inseparable element, never used alone, as pre- in prefix, con- in conjure, in- in inactive, un-in unseen, etc.; but prepositions and primitive adverbs used in composition are usually accounted prefixes, as fore- in foresail, down in downfall, in in income, etc. By a looser use such recurring elements as equi-, multi-, iso-, mono-, poly-, etc., in compounds of Latin or Greek origin or formation, are called prefixes, though they are properly independent words in the original language. There is no hard and fast line between a prefix and the initial element of a compound.
    • n prefix The act of prefixing; prefixion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Prefix prē-fiks′ to put before, or at the beginning: to fix beforehand
    • ns Prefix a letter, syllable, or word put before another word to affect its meaning
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praefixus, p. p. of praefigere, to fix or fasten before; prae, before + figere, to fix: cf. F. prfix, fixed beforehand, determined, prfixer, to prefix. See Fix

Usage

In literature:

To which is prefix'd some Memoirs of his Life.
"Notes and Queries, Number 71, March 8, 1851" by Various
You have alarmed the editor of the Critical, as the advertisement prefixed to the Appendix plainly shows.
"Posthumous Works" by Mary Wollstonecraft
The recommendation is prefixed to the first number of this second collection.
"Notes and Queries, Number 74, March 29, 1851" by Various
Combine the meaning of suffix, root, and prefix, adding other words when necessary, to make definitions.
"Orthography" by Elmer W. Cavins
Stories included in this group are indicated in the yearbook index by two asterisks prefixed to the title.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
It entitled him to the prefix 'Mr.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
The term saurian means "lizard," and it has many prefixes to indicate the different genera and species.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
He will drop his official title and take his family name or part of his family name with a simple prefix.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
The form without the prefix appears in Fr.
"The Romance of Words (4th ed.)" by Ernest Weekley
In some cases the prefix has passed into English; e.g.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
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In news:

Why do we put the prefix "alt" in "alt-country".
Var prefix = name + "=".
After weeks of beta testing, the ARRL launched the integration of Logbook of The World (LoTW) -- its electronic confirmation system -- with CQ Magazine's Worked All Prefixes (WPX) Award on Monday, July 2.
"Kentucky point guard" has been nearly an automatic prefix to the name "John Wall" for the last year.
Cream Calendar / Moving Pictures Majestico Premieres 'Love Is God' Video Via Prefix , Celebrates EP Release Saturday at The Groove.
The island will now have the entire E6 prefix block.
Moving Pictures / Music Bad Cop Premieres 'Wet Lips' Vid via Prefix , Turbo Fruits Premiere 'Love Tennessee' via Prefix .
In the meantime, the Internet had come of age, chewing up a succession of prefixes along the way.
What does the prefix NGC mean.
The Mystery and Magic of Prefix Scan .
Sorted by prefix (rev 3-5) Go Now.
The network-prefix set up determines if the device can be addressed globally whereas the host address should be unique within the 6LoWPAN.
For the most part, everything will continue normally—that is, until a book is published with a 979-prefix ISBN-13.
This prefix is attached to many words in our everyday language.
More than seven months after being accepted as a member of the United Nations, the Republic of South Sudan requested and received its prefix block from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU): Z8.
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In science:

If x is a prefix of y, or vice versa, then prefixes x y.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
Normal LR parser operation pushes states on the parse stack. 11 FIRST(k) of a state in a DPDA is the set of k-length prefixes of token strings accepted starting in that state.
LR(1) Parser Generation System: LR(1) Error Recovery, Oracles, and Generic Tokens
Problem statement : The paths to "Local Leaders" from the "Global Leader" (root node) should be "Prefix free " and at the same time the average length of path to local leaders should be as small as possible.
Doubly Optimal Secure Multicasting: Hierarchical Hybrid Communication Network : Disaster Relief
And same as the information theory case where codeword should be uniquely decodable, the path to the local leaders should be Prefix free in this case.
Doubly Optimal Secure Multicasting: Hierarchical Hybrid Communication Network : Disaster Relief
As mentioned in Section 2 a word is rich with suffixes and prefixes. In order to stem a word an iterative method of stripping is done by using the acceptable list of prefixes (11 numbers) and suffixes (61 numbers) as mentioned in the Table 1 and Table 2 above.
Reduplicated MWE (RMWE) helps in improving the CRF based Manipuri POS Tagger
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