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Meaning of GERMAN

Pronunciation:  'jurmun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic
  2. [n]  a native or inhabitant of Germany
  3. [adj]  of or pertaining to or characteristic of Germany or its people or language; "German philosophers"; "German universities"; "German literature"
  4. [adj]  of a more or less German nature; somewhat German; "Germanic peoples"; "his Germanic nature"; "formidable volumes Teutonic in their thoroughness"

GERMAN is a 6 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: German language, Germanic, High German, Teutonic
 See Also: Armin, Arminius, Berliner, Boche, Deutschland, East German, European, Federal Republic of Germany, FRG, Germany, Hermann, Hun, Jerry, Kraut, Krauthead, Middle High German, Old High German, Pennsylvania Dutch, Prussian, Teuton, West Germanic, West Germanic language, Yiddish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ger"man\, a. [OE. german, germain, F. germain, fr. L.
    germanus full, own (said of brothers and sisters who have the
    same parents); akin to germen germ. Cf. {Germ}, {Germane}.]
    Nearly related; closely akin.
          Wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to the lion.
    {Brother german}. See {Brother german}.
    {Cousins german}. See the Note under {Cousin}.
  2. \Ger"man\, n.; pl. {Germans}[L. Germanus, prob. of Celtis
    1. A native or one of the people of Germany.
    2. The German language.
       (a) A round dance, often with a waltz movement, abounding
           in capriciosly involved figures.
       (b) A social party at which the german is danced.
    {High German}, the Teutonic dialect of Upper or Southern
       Germany, -- comprising Old High German, used from the 8th
       to the 11th century; Middle H. G., from the 12th to the
       15th century; and Modern or New H. G., the language of
       Luther's Bible version and of modern German literature.
       The dialects of Central Germany, the basis of the modern
       literary language, are often called Middle German, and the
       Southern German dialects Upper German; but High German is
       also used to cover both groups.
    {Low German}, the language of Northern Germany and the
       Netherlands, -- including {Friesic}; {Anglo-Saxon} or
       {Saxon}; {Old Saxon}; {Dutch} or {Low Dutch}, with its
       dialect, {Flemish}; and {Plattdeutsch} (called also {Low
       German}), spoken in many dialects.
  3. \Ger"man\, a. [L. Germanus. See {German}, n.]
    Of or pertaining to Germany.
    {German Baptists}. See {Dunker}.
    {German bit}, a wood-boring tool, having a long elliptical
       pod and a scew point.
    {German carp} (Zo["o]l.), the crucian carp.
    {German millet} (Bot.), a kind of millet ({Setaria Italica},
       var.), whose seed is sometimes used for food.
    {German paste}, a prepared food for caged birds.
    {German process} (Metal.), the process of reducing copper ore
       in a blast furnace, after roasting, if necessary.
    {German sarsaparilla}, a substitute for sarsaparilla extract.
    {German sausage}, a polony, or gut stuffed with meat partly
    {German silver} (Chem.), a silver-white alloy, hard and
       tough, but malleable and ductile, and quite permanent in
       the air. It contains nickel, copper, and zinc in varying
       proportions, and was originally made from old copper slag
       at Henneberg. A small amount of iron is sometimes added to
       make it whiter and harder. It is essentially identical
       with the Chinese alloy {packfong}. It was formerly much
       used for tableware, knife handles, frames, cases, bearings
       of machinery, etc., but is now largely superseded by other
       white alloys.
    {German steel} (Metal.), a metal made from bog iron ore in a
       forge, with charcoal for fuel.
    {German text} (Typog.), a character resembling modern German
       type, used in English printing for ornamental headings,
       etc., as in the words,
    Note: This line is German Text.
    {German tinder}. See {Amadou}.
Computing Dictionary

\j*r'mn\ A human language written (in latin alphabet) and spoken in Germany, Austria and parts of Switzerland.

German writing normally uses four non-ascii characters: "äöüß", the first three have "umlauts" (two dots over the top): A O and U and the last is a double-S ("scharfes S") which looks like the Greek letter beta (except in capitalised words where it should be written "SS"). These can be written in ASCII in several ways, the most common are ae, oe ue AE OE UE ss or sz and the tex versions "a "o "u "A "O "U "s.

See also abend, blinkenlights, dau, din, gedanken, gmd, kluge.

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