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Meaning of IN by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. Indiana, a state of the United States of America .



    1. internegative; a type of film stock, most commonly used regarding 35mm motion picture negative


    • ni, NI


    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/09 18:55 UTC Version )




    1. ( biochemistry ) Used, as a modification of -ine, to form the names of a variety of types of compound; examples include proteins ( globulin ), carbohydrates ( dextrin ), dyes ( alizarin ) and others ( vanillin ) .
    2. ( Geordie ) Used to form the present participles of verbs .
      gannin as in "Are ye gannin or what?"
    3. ( Geordie ) Used to form verbal nouns from verbs .
      myekin as in "The myekin of the boat."


    By Wiktionary ( 2011/06/04 17:35 UTC Version )


    Alternate pronunciation of -ing with /n/ instead of /ŋ/. From two sources

    The two Old English suffixes became confused in Modern English, due at least partly to the practice of spelling them both as -ing .



    1. ( proscribed, eye dialect ) Alternative form of -ing .

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    • -ed


    By Wiktionary ( 2012/08/13 19:28 UTC Version )

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English, from Old English in- ( “in, into”, prefix ), from Proto-Germanic *in ( “in, into” ), from Proto-Indo-European *en ( “in, into” ). More at in .

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    1. Prefixed to certain words to give the senses of in, into, towards, within .
      inhold, intake, inthrill
      inborn, inbound
      insight, inwork
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    Etymology 2

    From Latin in. Sometimes the Latin word has passed through French before reaching English ( e.g. incise, incite, incline, indication ) .



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    1. Note: Before certain letters, in- becomes:

    Etymology 3

    From Latin in- ( “not” ). Sometimes the Latin word has passed through French before reaching English ( e.g. incapable, incertainty, inclement, incompatible ). Compare un- .

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    From in ( “in” ). More at in



    1. in, into; on, upon
      inblāwan ( “to inspire, breathe upon” )
      inēodan ( “to enter” )
      inēþung ( “inspiration” )
    2. internal, positioned on the inside, inside
      incoþu ( “internal disease” )
      indryhten ( “distinguished, noble, courtly, excellent” ), from indryhtu ( “honor, glory, nobility” )
    3. ( intensifying ) very
      infrōd "very old, experienced, wise", from frōd "wise"


Explanation of IN by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. to or toward the inside of

    2. come in
      smash in the door
    1. currently fashionable

    2. the in thing to do
      large shoulder pads are in
    3. directed or bound inward

    4. took the in bus
      the in basket
    5. holding office

    6. the in party
    1. a state in midwestern United States

    2. a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot

    3. a rare soft silvery metallic element

    Definition of IN by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. In, prep. [AS. in; akin to D. & G. in, Icel. ī, Sw. & Dan. i, OIr. & L. in, Gr. ἐν. √197. Cf. 1st In-, Inn.] The specific signification of in is situation or place with respect to surrounding, environment, encompassment, etc. It is used with verbs signifying being, resting, or moving within limits, or within circumstances or conditions of any kind conceived of as limiting, confining, or investing, either wholly or in part. In its different applications, it approaches some of the meanings of, and sometimes is interchangeable with, within, into, on, at, of, and among. It is used: --

      1. With reference to space or place; as, “he lives in Boston; he traveled in Italy; castles in the air.”

      The babe lying in a manger. Luke ii. 16.

      Thy sun sets weeping in the lowly west. Shak.

      Situated in the forty-first degree of latitude. Gibbon.

      Matter for censure in every page. Macaulay.

      2. With reference to circumstances or conditions; as, “he is in difficulties; she stood in a blaze of light.” “Fettered in amorous chains.” Shak.

      Wrapt in sweet sounds, as in bright veils. Shelley.

      3. With reference to a whole which includes or comprises the part spoken of; as, “the first in his family; the first regiment in the army.”

      Nine in ten of those who enter the ministry. Swift.

      4. With reference to physical surrounding, personal states, etc., abstractly denoted; as, “I am in doubt; the room is in darkness; to live in fear.”

      When shall we three meet again,

      In thunder, lightning, or in rain? Shak.

      5. With reference to character, reach, scope, or influence considered as establishing a limitation; as, “to be in one's favor”. “In sight of God's high throne.” Milton.

      Sounds inharmonious in themselves, and harsh. Cowper.

      6. With reference to movement or tendency toward a certain limit or environment; -- sometimes equivalent to into; as, “to put seed in the ground; to fall in love; to end in death; to put our trust in God.”

      He would not plunge his brother in despair. Addison.

      She had no jewels to deposit in their caskets. Fielding.

      7. With reference to a limit of time; as, “in an hour; it happened in the last century; in all my life.”

      In as much as, or Inasmuch as, in the degree that; in like manner as; in consideration that; because that; since. See Synonym of Because, and cf. For as much as, under For, prep. -- In that, because; for the reason that. “Some things they do in that they are men . . . ; some things in that they are men misled and blinded with error.” Hooker. -- In the name of, in behalf of; on the part of; by authority; as, it was done in the name of the people; -- often used in invocation, swearing, praying, and the like. -- To be in for it. To be in favor of a thing; to be committed to a course. To be unable to escape from a danger, penalty, etc. [Colloq.] -- To be in with or To keep in with. To be close or near; as, “to keep a ship in with the land”. To be on terms of friendship, familiarity, or intimacy with; to secure and retain the favor of. [Colloq.]

      Syn. -- Into; within; on; at. See At.

    2. In, adv.
      1. Not out; within; inside. In, the preposition, becomes an adverb by omission of its object, leaving it as the representative of an adverbial phrase, the context indicating what the omitted object is; as, “he takes in the situation ( i. e., he comprehends it in his mind ); the Republicans were in ( i. e., in office ); in at one ear and out at the other ( i. e., in or into the head ); his side was in ( i. e., in the turn at the bat ); he came in ( i. e., into the house )”.

      Their vacation . . . falls in so pat with ours. Lamb.

      ☞ The sails of a vessel are said, in nautical language, to be in when they are furled, or when stowed.

      In certain cases in has an adjectival sense; as, the in train ( i. e., the incoming train ); compare up grade, down grade, undertow, afterthought, etc.

      2. ( Law ) With privilege or possession; -- used to denote a holding, possession, or seisin; as, “in by descent; in by purchase; in of the seisin of her husband.” Burrill.

      In and in breeding. See under Breeding. -- In and out ( Naut. ), through and through; -- said of a through bolt in a ship's side. Knight. -- To be in, to be at home; as, “Mrs. A. is in”. -- To come in. See under Come.

    3. In, n. [Usually in the plural.]
      1. One who is in office; -- the opposite of out.

      2. A reëntrant angle; a nook or corner.

      Ins and outs, nooks and corners; twists and turns. the peculiarities or technicalities ( of a subject ); intricacies; details; -- used with of; as, “he knew the ins and outs of the Washington power scene”.

      All the ins and outs of this neighborhood. D. Jerrold.

    4. In ( ĭn ), v. t. To inclose; to take in; to harvest. [Obs.]

      He that ears my land spares my team and gives me leave to in the crop. Shak.