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Meaning of ENGLISH

Pronunciation:  'ingglish

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the discipline that studies the English language and literature
  2. [n]  an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the US and most of the Commonwealth countries
  3. [n]  (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
  4. [n]  the people of England
  5. [adj]  of or relating to or characteristic of England or its culture; "English histry"; "the English landed aristocracy"; "English literature"
 

ENGLISH is a 7 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: English language, English people, side, the English
 
 See Also: a people, American, American English, American language, Anglo-Saxon, arts, cockney, country, humanistic discipline, humanities, King's English, land, liberal arts, Middle English, Modern English, nation, Old English, Oxford English, Scots, Scots English, Scottish, spin, West Germanic, West Germanic language

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    {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}.
    
    
  2. \Eng"lish\, n.
    1. Collectively, the people of England; English people or
       persons.
    
    2. The language of England or of the English nation, and of
       their descendants in America, India, and other countries.
    
    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.
    
    3. A kind of printing type, in size between Pica and Great
       Primer. See {Type}.
    
    Note: The type called English.
    
    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.
    
    {The} {King's, or Queen's}, {English}. See under {King}.
    
    
  3. \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.
    
             Those gracious acts . . . may be Englished more
             properly, acts of fear and dissimulation. --Milton.
    
             Caxton does not care to alter the French forms and
             words in the book which he was Englishing. --T. L.
                                                   K. Oliphant.
    
    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.]
    
    
 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

1. (Obsolete) The source code for a program, which may be in any language, as opposed to the linkable or executable binary produced from it by a compiler. The idea behind the term is that to a real hacker, a program written in his favourite programming language is at least as readable as English. Usage: mostly by old-time hackers, though recognisable in context.

2. The official name of the database language used by the pick operating system, actually a sort of crufty, brain-damaged sql with delusions of grandeur. The name permits marketroids to say "Yes, and you can program our computers in English!" to ignorant suits without quite running afoul of the truth-in-advertising laws.

["Exploring the Pick Operating System", J.E. Sisk et al, Hayden 1986].

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