english


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

English \Eng"lish\, a. [AS. Englisc, fr. Engle, Angle, Engles,
   Angles, a tribe of Germans from the southeast of Sleswick, in
   Denmark, who settled in Britain and gave it the name of
   England. Cf. Anglican.]
   Of or pertaining to England, or to its inhabitants, or to the
   present so-called Anglo-Saxon race.
   [1913 Webster]

   English bond (Arch.) See 1st Bond, n., 8.

   English breakfast tea. See Congou.

   English horn. (Mus.) See Corno Inglese.

   English walnut. (Bot.) See under Walnut.
      [1913 Webster]
.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

English \Eng"lish\, n.
   1. Collectively, the people of England; English people or
      persons.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. The language of England or of the English nation, and of
      their descendants in America, India, and other countries.
      [1913 Webster]

   Note: The English language has been variously divided into
         periods by different writers. In the division most
         commonly recognized, the first period dates from about
         450 to 1150. This is the period of full inflection, and
         is called Anglo-Saxon, or, by many recent writers, Old
         English. The second period dates from about 1150 to
         1550 (or, if four periods be recognized, from about
         1150 to 1350), and is called Early English, Middle
         English, or more commonly (as in the usage of this
         book), Old English. During this period most of the
         inflections were dropped, and there was a great
         addition of French words to the language. The third
         period extends from about 1350 to 1550, and is Middle
         English. During this period orthography became
         comparatively fixed. The last period, from about 1550,
         is called Modern English.
         [1913 Webster]

   3. A kind of printing type, in size between Pica and Great
      Primer. See Type.
      [1913 Webster]

   Note: The type called English.
         [1913 Webster]

   4. (Billiards) A twist or spinning motion given to a ball in
      striking it that influences the direction it will take
      after touching a cushion or another ball.
      [1913 Webster]

   The King's English or The Queen's English. See under
      King.
      [1913 Webster]
.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

English \Eng"lish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Englished; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Englishing.]
   1. To translate into the English language; to Anglicize;
      hence, to interpret; to explain.
      [1913 Webster]

            Those gracious acts . . . may be Englished more
            properly, acts of fear and dissimulation. --Milton.
      [1913 Webster]

            Caxton does not care to alter the French forms and
            words in the book which he was Englishing. --T. L.
                                                  K. Oliphant.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. (Billiards) To strike (the cue ball) in such a manner as
      to give it in addition to its forward motion a spinning
      motion, that influences its direction after impact on
      another ball or the cushion. [U.S.]
      [1913 Webster]
Feedback Form