Meaning of in- by Wiktionary Dictionary
- Prefixed to certain words to give the senses of in, into, towards, within .
- ( non-productive ) Used with certain words to reverse their meaning
- Note: Before certain letters, in- becomes:
- in, into; on, upon
- inblāwan ( “to inspire, breathe upon” )
- inēodan ( “to enter” )
- inēþung ( “inspiration” )
- internal, positioned on the inside, inside
- incoþu ( “internal disease” )
- indryhten ( “distinguished, noble, courtly, excellent” ), from indryhtu ( “honor, glory, nobility” )
- ( intensifying ) very
- infrōd "very old, experienced, wise", from frōd "wise"
- English in-
- ( 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 ) .
- ( Geordie ) Used to form the present participles of verbs .
- ( Geordie ) Used to form verbal nouns from verbs .
- In speech, the difference between the pronunciations /ɪŋ/ and /ɪn/ is usually one of formality. Most speakers tend to use /ɪŋ/ in more formal situations and /ɪn/ in less formal situations. ( But there are some speakers who use mainly /ɪŋ/ or mainly /ɪn/ regardless of the situation. )
- In writing, both the /ɪŋ/ and the /ɪn/ pronunciations are usually spelled -ing. When writers use -in', as in makin', they are emphasizing the informality of the situation ( or attempting, however accurately, to show the social status of the speaker ) .
- The [ɪn] pronunciation is more common for present participles and less common for verbal nouns .
By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/09 18:55 UTC Version )
By Wiktionary ( 2011/06/04 17:35 UTC Version )