nominal


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nominal \Nom"i*nal\, a. [L. nominalis, fr. nomen, nominis, name.
   See Name.]
   1. Of or pertaining to a name or names; having to do with the
      literal meaning of a word; verbal; as, a nominal
      definition. --Bp. Pearson.
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   2. Existing in name only; not real; as, a nominal difference.
      "Nominal attendance on lectures." --Macaulay.
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   4. Hence: Insignificant; trifling; -- of prices or costs, as
      compared with the benefits gained; as, to pay a nominal
      sum for the data; a nominal fee.
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   3. Within acceptable limits; as expected; as, the hydraulic
      lines are at nominal pressure; -- used mostly in aviation
      and space operations.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nominal \Nom"i*nal\, n.
   1. A nominalist. [Obs.] --Camden.
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   2. (Gram.) A verb formed from a noun.
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   3. A name; an appellation.
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            A is the nominal of the sixth note in the natural
            diatonic scale.                       --Moore
                                                  (Encyc. of
                                                  Music. )
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