a suffix of adjectives of Greek or Latin origin, meaning “of or pertaining to,” “of the nature of,” “made of,” “like”:
asinine; crystalline; equine; marine.
a suffix, of no assignable meaning, appearing in nouns of Greek, Latin, or French origin:
doctrine; famine; routine.
a noun suffix used particularly in chemical terms (bromine; chlorine), and especially in names of basic substances (amine; aniline; caffeine; quinine; quinoline).
Compare 2 .
a suffix of feminine nouns (heroine), given names (Clementine), and titles (landgravine).
died after 726, king of Wessex (688–726)
of, relating to, or belonging to: saturnine
consisting of or resembling: crystalline
indicating a halogen: chlorine
indicating a nitrogenous organic compound, including amino acids, alkaloids, and certain other bases: alanine, nicotine, purine
Also -in. indicating a chemical substance in certain nonsystematic names: glycerine
indicating a mixture of hydrocarbons: benzine
indicating a feminine form: heroine
an obsolete equivalent of -yne
suffix used to form adjectives from nouns, from French -ine, fem. of -in, or directly from Latin -inus “of, like.”
chemical suffix, sometimes -in, though modern use distinguishes them; early 19c., from French -ine, from Latin -ina, fem. form of suffix used to form adjectives from nouns. In French commonly used to form words for derived substances, hence its extended use in chemistry.
- In earnest
1. With purposeful or sincere intent, as in We settled down to study in earnest. [ c. a.d. 1000 ] 2. Also, in dead earnest. Serious, determined, as in We thought he was joking, but he was in earnest, or I’m in dead earnest about selling the business. In the variant, from the late 1800s, […]
/ɪnˈɜːθ/ verb 1. (transitive) a poetic word for bury
[in-ee-bree-uh nt, ih-nee-] /ɪnˈi bri ənt, ɪˈni-/ noun 1. an intoxicant. adjective 2. ; intoxicating. /ɪnˈiːbrɪənt/ adjective 1. causing intoxication, esp drunkenness noun 2. something that inebriates inebriant in·e·bri·ant (ĭn-ē’brē-ənt) adj. Serving to intoxicate. n. An intoxicant.
[verb in-ee-bree-eyt, ih-nee-; noun, adjective in-ee-bree-it, ih-nee-] /verb ɪnˈi briˌeɪt, ɪˈni-; noun, adjective ɪnˈi bri ɪt, ɪˈni-/ verb (used with object), inebriated, inebriating. 1. to make drunk; intoxicate. 2. to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally. noun 3. an intoxicated person. 4. a habitual drunkard. adjective 5. Also, inebriated. drunk; intoxicated. verb (transitive) (ɪnˈiːbrɪˌeɪt) […]