from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A written note intended as an explanation, illustration, or criticism of a passage in a book or other writing; an annotation.
  • n. A series of annotations or explanations.
  • n. A statement of fact or opinion, especially a remark that expresses a personal reaction or attitude.
  • n. An implied conclusion or judgment: a novel that is a comment on contemporary lawlessness.
  • n. Talk; gossip: a divorce that caused much comment.
  • n. Computer Science A string of text in a program that does not function in the program itself but is used by the programmer to explain instructions.
  • n. Linguistics The part of a sentence that provides new information about the topic. Also called rheme.
  • intransitive v. To make a comment; remark.
  • intransitive v. To serve as a judgmental commentary: "Her demise comments on [the Upper East Side's] entire way of life” ( Mark Muro).
  • transitive v. To make comments on; annotate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A spoken remark.
  • n. A remark in source code which does not affect the behavior of the program.
  • v. To remark.
  • v. To make remarks or notes.
  • v. To insert comments into source code.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A remark, observation, or criticism; gossip; discourse; talk.
  • n. A note or observation intended to explain, illustrate, or criticise the meaning of a writing, book, etc.; explanation; annotation; exposition.
  • intransitive v. To make remarks, observations, or criticism; especially, to write notes on the works of an author, with a view to illustrate his meaning, or to explain particular passages; to write annotations; -- often followed by on or upon.
  • transitive v. To comment on.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make remarks or observations, as on an action, an event, a proceeding, or an opinion; especially, to write critical or expository notes on the works of an author.
  • To make remarks or notes upon; expound; discuss; annotate.
  • To feign; devise.
  • n. A spoken or written remark or observation; a remark or note; especially, a written note intended as a criticism, explanation, or expansion of a passage in a book or other writing; annotation; explanation; exposition.
  • n. Talk or discourse upon a particular subject; gossip.
  • n. Synonyms Annotation, etc. Sec remark, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
  • v. provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases
  • n. a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
  • v. explain or interpret something
  • v. make or write a comment on
  • n. a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information


Middle English, from Late Latin commentum, interpretation, from Latin, contrivance, from neuter past participle of comminīscī, to devise; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin commentum, from comminisci ("to invent"). (Wiktionary)



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  • regarding singletree
    I understand it is part of a harness system. a horizontal bar that allows a horse to pull a wagon. however, McMurtry uses it in Lonesome Dove in terms of a saddle. is this a southwestern/historical term for a kind of saddle? If so, what kind? Can't find anything on singletree saddle. Did find "tree" is wooden foundation of saddle.

    • The main thing that bothered him was that he lacked a saddle, but July took care of that by borrowing an old singletree from Peach Johnson.
    —Lonesome Dove
    • "It's better than that old singletree of yours," Pea Eye said.
    —Lonesome Dove

    So how does an old wooden bar with some rings on it "take care of" the lack of a saddle?

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