- combining form
- a) A form of a word used for combining with other words or other combining forms to make new words. A combining form may conjoin with an independent word (e.g., mini- + skirt), another combining form (e.g., photo- + -graphy) or an affix (e.g., cephal + -ic); it is thus distinguished from an affix, which can be added to either a free word or a combining form but not solely to another affix (e.g., Iceland + -ic but not pro- + -ic). It can also be distinguished historically from an affix when it is borrowed from another language in which it is descriptively a word (e.g., the French mal gave the English mal- in malodorous) or a combining form (e.g., the Greek kako-, a combining form of kakos, gave the English caco- in cacography).
Some fonts support more of these ligatures and combining forms than others.b) In computer typography, the form of an accent that can be combined with other characters, as opposed to a single character that includes the accent.
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combining form — combining forms N COUNT A combining form is a word that is used, or used with a particular meaning, only when joined to another word. For example, legged as in four legged and fold as in fivefold are combining forms … English dictionary
combining form — ► NOUN ▪ a form of a word normally used in combination with another element to form a word (e.g. bio ‘life’ in biology) … English terms dictionary
combining form — n. a word form that occurs only in compounds or derivatives, and that can combine with other such forms or with affixes to form a word (Ex.: bio and lysis in biolysis) … English World dictionary
Combining form — In the linguistics of word formation, a combining form (also neoclassical element) is a bound base designed to combine with another combining form or a free word. For example, bio combines with graphy to form biography .Words with combining forms … Wikipedia
combining form — Gram. a linguistic form that occurs only in combination with other forms. In word formation, a combining form may conjoin with an independent word (mini + skirt), another combining form (photo + graphy), or an affix (cephal + ic); it is thus… … Universalium
combining form — noun a bound form used only in compounds hemato is a combining form in words like hematology • Members of this Usage Domain: ↑smitten, ↑stricken, ↑struck, ↑columned, ↑billed, ↑bedded, ↑visaged, ↑ … Useful english dictionary
combining form — UK [kəmˈbaɪnɪŋ ˌfɔː(r)m] / US [kəmˈbaɪnɪŋ ˌfɔrm] noun [countable] Word forms combining form : singular combining form plural combining forms linguistics a form of a word that has its own meaning but is used only in combination with other words to … English dictionary
combining form — noun Date: 1884 a linguistic form that occurs only in compounds or derivatives and can be distinguished descriptively from an affix by its ability to occur as one immediate constituent of a form whose only other immediate constituent is an affix… … New Collegiate Dictionary
combining form — combin′ing form n. gram. a linguistic form that occurs only in combination with other forms and may conjoin with an independent word (mini +skirt) or another combining form (photo + graphy) Compare affix 5) • Etymology: 1880–85 … From formal English to slang
combining form — com bining .form n technical a word that is combined with another word or another combining form to make a new word, for example Anglo , meaning English , in the word Anglo American … Dictionary of contemporary English