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A Dictionary of

Prefixes, Suffixes, and Combining Forms
from

Webster s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged
2002

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Abbreviations in This Work
The abbreviations in this list are regularized to one style without periods, although they may appear with periods in context, depending on whether printed in roman type or italics. abl acc act adj adv AF Alb alter anat aor Arm Av biol bot cgs chem comb. form conj contr crystallog D Dan dat dial dim E esp F fem fr freq fut G gen geol Gk Gmc Goth Hitt IE imit indic interj IrGael irreg ISV It ital L LGk lit Lith LL masc ablative accusative active adjective adverb Anglo-French Albanian alteration anatomy aorist Armenian Avestan biology botany centimeter-gram-second chemistry combining form conjunction contraction crystallography Dutch Danish dative dialect diminutive English especially French feminine from frequentative future German genitive geology Greek Germanic Gothic Hittite Indo-European imitative indicative interjection Irish Gaelic irregular International Scientific Vocabulary Italian italic Latin Late Greek literally Lithuanian Late Latin masculine MD ME med MF MGk MHG MIr ML modif n neut NL nom n pl obs OE OF OFris OHG OIr OL ON OPer OProv OPruss orig OS OScan OSlav OW part perh pers Pg pl prep pres prob pron Russ Sc sing Skt Sp specif superl Sw Toch A Turk usu var vb VL W Middle Dutch Middle English medicine Middle French Middle Greek Middle High German Middle Irish Medieval Latin modification noun neuter New Latin nominative noun plural obsolete Old English Old French Old Frisian Old High German Old Irish Old Latin Old Norse Old Persian Ool Proven al Old Prussian originally Old Saxon Old Scandinavian Old Slavic Old Welsh participle perhaps person Portuguese plural preposition present probably pronoun Russian Scots singular Sanskrit Spanish specifically superlative Swedish Tocharian A Turkish usually variant verb Vulgar Latin Welsh

Prefixes, Suffixes, and Combining Forms
from

Webster s Third New International Dictionary
a- prefix ME, fr. OE a-, an, on 1 : on : in : at abed afoot asunder sometimes used in dialect speech in locutions not found in standard he did it a-purpose 2 : in such a state or condition afire asleep often used with with acrawl with ants 3 : in such a manner aloud 4 : in the act of : in the process of daddy s gone a-hunting months later the ship was still a-building a- or an- prefix L Gk L a-, an-, fr. Gk more at - : not : without achromatic asexual used chiefly with words of Gk or L origin a- before consonants other than h and sometimes even before h, an- before vowels and usu. before h ahistorical anesthesia anhydrous -a- combining form ISV : replacing carbon esp. in a ring in initial combining forms as second constituent after a first constituent designating a chemical element arsa- aza-a n suffix - NL, prob. fr. originally nonsignificant -a in magnesia, fr. ML -a in magnesia, alchemical substance , fr. Gk -a, - in magn sia, magn si , alchemical substance, magnet , fr. nom. sing. fem. adjectival ending corresponding to nom. sing. masc. -os and nom. sing. neut. -on : oxide ceria lanthana thoria ab- prefix ME, fr. OF L OF, fr. L, fr. ab from 1 : from : departing from abnormal 2 : away : outside of abenteric ab- prefix absolute used for a cgs electromagnetic unit abampere abhenry abdomin- or abdomino- combining form L abdomin-, abdomen : abdomen : abdominal abdominalgia abdominoperineal abdominocardiac -ability also -ibility n suffix ME -ablete, -abilite, -iblete, -ibilite, fr. MF -ableté, -abilité, -ibleté, -ibilité, fr. L -abilitas, -ibilitas, fr. -abilis, -ibilis + -tas -ty : capacity, fitness, or tendency to act or be acted on in a specified way ensilability washability abio- combining form a- + bio- : whatever is lifeless abiogenesis -able also -ible adj...
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