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gerund


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gerund  \Ger"und\,  n.  [L.  gerundium  fr  gerere  to  bear,  carry, 
  perform.  See  {Gest}  a  deed,  {Jest}.]  (Lat.  Gram.) 
  1.  A  kind  of  verbal  noun  having  only  the  four  oblique  cases 
  of  the  singular  number,  and  governing  cases  like  a 
  participle. 
 
  2.  (AS.  Gram.)  A  verbal  noun  ending  in  -e,  preceded  by  to  and 
  usually  denoting  purpose  or  end  --  called  also  the 
  {dative  infinitive};  as  ``Ic  h[ae]bbe  mete  t[^o]  etanne'' 
  (I  have  meat  to  eat.)  In  Modern  English  the  name  has  been 
  applied  to  verbal  or  participal  nouns  in  -ing  denoting  a 
  transitive  action  e.  g.,  by  throwing  a  stone. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gerund 
  n  :  a  noun  formed  from  a  verb  (such  as  the  `-ing'  form  of  an 
  English  verb  when  used  as  a  noun) 




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