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ablative


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ablative  \Ab"la*tive\,  a.  [F.  ablatif  ablative,  L.  ablativus 
  fr  ablatus  See  {Ablation}.] 
  1.  Taking  away  or  removing.  [Obs.] 
 
  Where  the  heart  is  forestalled  with  misopinion, 
  ablative  directions  are  found  needful  to  unteach 
  error,  ere  we  can  learn  truth.  --Bp.  Hall. 
 
  2.  (Gram.)  Applied  to  one  of  the  cases  of  the  noun  in  Latin 
  and  some  other  languages,  --  the  fundamental  meaning  of 
  the  case  being  removal,  separation,  or  taking  away 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ablative  \Ab"la*tive\,  (Gram.) 
  The  ablative  case. 
 
  {ablative  absolute},  a  construction  in  Latin,  in  which  a  noun 
  in  the  ablative  case  has  a  participle  (either  expressed  or 
  implied),  agreeing  with  it  in  gender,  number,  and  case, 
  both  words  forming  a  clause  by  themselves  and  being 
  unconnected,  grammatically,  with  the  rest  of  the  sentence; 
  as  Tarquinio  regnante  Pythagoras  venit  i.  e., 
  Tarquinius  reigning,  Pythagoras  came 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ablative 
  adj  1:  (linguistics)  relating  to  the  ablative  case 
  2:  tending  to  ablate;  i.e.  to  be  removed  or  vaporized  at  very 
  high  temperature;  "ablative  material  on  a  rocket  cone" 
  n  :  the  case  indicating  the  agent  in  passive  sentences  or  the 
  instrument  or  manner  or  place  of  the  action  described  by 
  the  verb  [syn:  {ablative  case}] 




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