a phoneme that is defined or determined by its contrast in sound with other phonemes, without reference to its role in morphology or any other level of linguistic analysis beyond the phonetic level.
- Autonomous syntax
an approach of generative grammar in which the syntactic component of a grammar is viewed as existing or operating independently of the semantic component and abstract syntactic representation is not equivalent to semantic representation.
- Autonomous system
autonomous system networking, routing (AS) A collection of routers under a single administrative authority, using a common Interior Gateway Protocol for routing packets. (2001-09-16)
- Autonomous system number
autonomous system number networking, routing (ASN) Used for routing on the Internet. [Does each ASN uniquely identify an Autonomous System?] (2001-09-16)
Government. self-governing; independent; subject to its own laws only. pertaining to an autonomy, or a self-governing community. having autonomy; not subject to control from outside; independent: a subsidiary that functioned as an autonomous unit. Biology. existing and functioning as an independent organism. growing naturally or spontaneously, without cultivation. adjective (of a community, country, etc) possessing […]