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COMBINING FORM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does combining form mean? 

COMBINING FORM (noun)
  The noun COMBINING FORM has 1 sense:

1. a bound form used only in compounds

  Familiarity information: COMBINING FORM used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMBINING FORM (noun)


Sense 1combining form [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A bound form used only in compounds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

'hemato-' is a combining form in words like 'hematology'

Hypernyms ("combining form" is a kind of...):

bound form; bound morpheme (a morpheme that occurs only as part of a larger construction; eg an -s at the end of plural nouns)

Domain member usage:

badly; ill; poorly (('ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well)

roofed (covered with a roof; having a roof as specified (often used in combination))

minded ((used in combination) mentally oriented toward something specified)

neo ((used as a combining form) recent or new)

maxi (used of women's clothing having a hemline at the ankle)

midi (used of women's clothing having a hemline at mid-calf)

mini (used of women's clothing; very short with hemline above the knee)

minded ((used in combination) being of a specified kind of inclination or disposition)

in-chief (indicating the head of a staff)

hipped (having hips; or having hips as specified (usually in combination))

regent (acting or functioning as a regent or ruler)

bearing (producing or yielding)

good; well ((often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard ('good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for 'well'))

full; fully; to the full (to the greatest degree or extent; completely or entirely; ('full' in this sense is used as a combining form))

volumed ((often used in combination) consisting of or having a given number or kind of volumes)

radio (indicating radiation or radioactivity)

infested; overrun; plagued ((often followed by 'with' or used in combination) troubled by or encroached upon in large numbers)

tipped (having a tip; or having a tip as specified (used in combination))

seeded (having seeds as specified)

size ((used in combination) sized)

valued ((usually used in combination) having value of a specified kind)

storeyed; storied (having stories as indicated)

throated (having a throat as specified)

billed (having a beak or bill as specified)

columned (having or resembling columns; having columns of a specified kind (often used as a combining form))

smitten; stricken; struck ((used in combination) affected by something overwhelming)

hung ((usually followed by 'with' or used in a combining form) having items suspended on or from a support)

miler ((used only in combinations) the length of something in miles)

yarder ((used only in combinations) the height of length of something in yards)

footer ((used only in combinations) the height or length of something in feet)

pounder ((used only in combination) something weighing a given number of pounds)

ply ((usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood)

bedded (having a bed or beds as specified)

visaged (having a face or visage as specified)

pseudo ((often used in combination) not genuine but having the appearance of)

filled ((usually followed by 'with' or used as a combining form) generously supplied with)

unfriendly (not easy to understand or use)

friendly (easy to understand or use)

scented ((used in combination) having the odor of)

odd (an indefinite quantity more than that specified)

proto (indicating the first or earliest or original)

distended; swollen (abnormally expanded or increased in size; ('swollen' is sometimes used in combination))

boned (having bones as specified)

decker ((often used in combinations) something constructed with multiple levels)


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