from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of England or its people or culture.
- adj. Of or relating to the English language.
- n. The people of England.
- n. The West Germanic language of England, the United States, and other countries that are or have been under English influence or control.
- n. The English language of a particular time, region, person, or group of persons: American English.
- n. A translation into or an equivalent in the English language.
- n. A course or individual class in the study of English language, literature, or composition.
- n. The spin given to a propelled ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist.
- n. Bodily movement in an effort to influence the movement of a propelled object; body English.
- transitive v. To translate into English.
- transitive v. To adapt into English; Anglicize.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. English-language; of or pertaining to the English language.
- adj. Of or pertaining to England or its people.
- adj. Of or pertaining to an Englishman or Englishwoman.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the avoirdupois system of measure.
- proper n. The language originating in England but now spoken in all parts of the British Isles, the Commonwealth of Nations, the United States of America, and other parts of the world.
- proper n. The people of England; Englishmen and Englishwomen.
- n. One's ability to employ the English language correctly.
- n. The English-language term or expression for something.
- n. Specific language or wording; a text or statements in speech, whether a translation or otherwise.
- n. A regional type of spoken and or written English; a dialect.
- v. To translate, adapt or render into English.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to England, or to its inhabitants, or to the present so-called Anglo-Saxon race.
- n. Collectively, the people of England; English people or persons.
- n. The language of England or of the English nation, and of their descendants in America, India, and other countries.
- n. A kind of printing type, in size between Pica and Great Primer. See Type.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To translate into the English language; to Anglicize; hence, to interpret; to explain.
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to or characteristic of England (the largest of the three kingdoms which with the principality of Wales form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland), or to its inhabitants, institutions, etc.: often used for British.
- Of or pertaining to or characteristic of the language spoken by the people of England and the peoples derived from them. See II., 2.
- n. Collectively, in the plural, the people of England; specifically, natives of England, or the people constituting the English race, particularly as distinguished from the Scotch, Welsh, and Irish.
- n. [ME. English, Englisch, etc., ⟨ AS. Englisc, Ænglisc, neut. adj. as noun (also with a noun, Englisc gereord or getheód), the English language—that is, the language spoken by the Angles and, by extension, by the Saxons and other Low German tribes who composed the people called Anglo-Saxons. See etymology above, Anglo-Saxon, and def.] The language of the people of England and of the peoples derived from them, including those of English descent in the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the British dependencies in India, Africa, and other parts of the world.
- n. The English equivalent of a foreign word; an English rendering.
- n. In printing, a size of type between pica and great primer: in the United States, about 5⅛ lines to the linear inch.
- n. This line is in English type.
- n. In billiards, a twisting or spinning motion imparted by a quick stroke on one side to the cue-ball.
- n. idiomatic or correct English.
- To translate into the English language; render in English.
- To furnish with English speech.
- To express in speech; give an account of.
- In billiards, to cause to twist or spin and to assume a more or less sharply angular direction after impact: as, he Englished his ball too much.
- In billiards, to impart a twisting or spinning motion to the cue-ball: as, I Englished just right.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the discipline that studies the English language and literature
- n. the people of England
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of England or its culture or people
- n. an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries
- n. (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
- adj. of or relating to the English language
-- _English Grammar_ is the science which teaches the forms, uses, and relations of the words of the English Language+.
-- _English Grammar_ is the science which teaches the forms, uses, and relations of the words of the English language.
He has also published two series of charming lectures on English philology, entitled _The Study of Words_ and _English Past and Present_.
It is intended primarily for boys, but, in the present unsatisfactory state of English education, we entertain a hope that it may possibly be found not unfit for some who have passed the age of boyhood; and in this hope we have ventured to give it the title of _English Lessons for English People_.
The first English newspaper was the _English Mercury_, issued in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and was issued in the shape of a pamphlet.
Full of enthusiasm for the ideas of his English friends, he wrote _Letters on the English_ -- a triumph of deistic philosophy and sarcastic criticism of church and society.
Besides a certain ungainliness [Dr. Jespersens masculine quality], said a recent writer in English, 12 English labors under other grave disadvantages.
F.R.S., late President of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Webster argued that the time for regarding English usage and submitting to English authority had already passed, and that a future separation of the American tongue from the English was necessary and unavoidable.
I gather this because I find that they have professors of the English language and literature there, and I note that in the schools there are certain hours allotted for English under instructors who specialize in that subject.
The effect of English on the French, says Elliott, has been immeasurably greater than that of French on the English .