From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gerund \Ger"und\, n. [L. gerundium, fr. gerere to bear, carry,
   perform. See Gest a deed, Jest.] (Lat. Gram.)
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   1. A kind of verbal noun, having only the four oblique cases
      of the singular number, and governing cases like a
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   2. In Modern English, the -ing form of a verb, when
      functioning as a noun; as, running is good for the heart.

   3. (AS. Gram.) A verbal noun ending in -e, preceded by to and
      usually denoting purpose or end; -- called also the
      dative infinitive; as, "Ic h[ae]bbe mete t[^o] etanne"
      (I have meat to eat.).
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