a suffix occurring in words of latin origin, used to form abstract nouns from verbs or stems not identical with verbs, whether as expressing action (revolution; commendation), or a state (contrition; starvation), or -ssociated meanings (relation; temptation).
also, -ation, -cion, -ion, -sion, -xion.
indicating state, condition, action, process, or result election, prohibition compare -ation, -ion
from old french, from latin -tiō, -tiōn-
suffix forming nouns from verbs, from l. -tionem, accusative of noun suffix -tio (gen. -tionis) forming nouns of condition and action (the -t- is the latin pp. stem).
a suffix originally occurring in adjectives borrowed from latin (fict-tious); on this model, used with stems of other origin (b-mptious). also, -ious, -ous.
adjective (in combination) about to be; future a mother-to-be, the bride-to-be
a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome; osteotome), “segment, somite” (sclerotome), used in the formation of compound words. compare tomo-, -tomous, -tomy. -tome combining form indicating an instrument for cutting osteotome word origin from greek tomē a cutting, tomos a slice, from temnein to cut -tome suff. part; area; segment: dermatome. cutting instrument: […]
a combining form meaning “cut, divided,” used in the formation of compound words: dichotomous.
a combining form meaning “cutting, incision” of an organ, “excision” of an object, as specified by the initial element (appendectomy; lithotomy); also occurring in abstract nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -tomous, (dichotomy). compare -tome, tomo-, -tomous. -tomy combining form indicating a surgical cutting of a specified part or tissue lobotomy word origin from greek […]