Definitions

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

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English Englisc, from Engle, the Angles.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English Englisċ ("of the Angles"), from Engle ("the Angles"), a Germanic tribe. (Wiktionary)

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