1. A suffix from -an, formerly used to form the plural of many nouns, as in ashen, eyen, oxen, all obs. except oxen. In some cases, such as children and brethren, it has been added to older plural forms.

2. A suffix corresponding to AS. -en and -on, formerly used to form the plural of verbs, as in housen, escapen.

3. A suffix signifying to make, to cause, used to form verbs from nouns and adjectives; as in strengthen, quicken, frighten. This must not be confused with -en corresponding in Old English to the AS. infinitive ending -an.

4. An adjectival suffix, meaning made of; as in golden, leaden, wooden.

5. The termination of the past participle of many strong verbs; as, in broken, gotten, trodden.

Origin: AS. -en; akin to Goth. -eins, L. -inus, Gr. .

(06 Feb 2009)

emu wren, EMX, emyd, emydea, emylcamate < Prev | Next > en-, enabling, enabling academic programme

Bookmark with: icon icon icon icon iconword visualiser Go and visit our forums Community Forums

<prefix>

1. A combining form or prefix meaning in or into, used in many English words, chiefly those borrowed from the French. Some English words are written indifferently with en- or in-. For ease of pronunciation it is commonly changed to em- before p, b, and m, as in employ, embody, emmew. It is sometimes used to give a causal force, as in enable, enfeeble, to cause to be, or to make, able, or feeble; and sometimes merely gives an intensive force, as in enchasten.

2. A prefix from Greek in- meaning in; as, encephalon, entomology.

Origin: F. en-, L. in.

(29 Oct 1998)

EMX, emyd, emydea, emylcamate, -en < Prev | Next > enabling, enabling academic programme

Bookmark with: icon icon icon icon iconword visualiser Go and visit our forums Community Forums