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Meaning of item by Wiktionary Dictionary



    The word started as Latin item for "also", "in the same manner", and got its present English meaning by people misunderstanding usage in lists where the first entry began "Imprimis" ( Latin for "firstly" ), and the other entries each started "Item" ( Latin for "also" ), in former times when most learned people in England knew Latin .


    item ( plural: items )

    1. A distinct physical object .
      Tweezers are great for manipulating small items .
    2. A line of text having a legal or semantic meaning .
      In response to the first item, we deny all wrongdoing .
    3. A matter for discussion in an agenda .
      The first item for discussion is the budget for next year's picnic .
    4. ( informal ) Two people who are having a relationship with each other .
      Jack and Jill are an item .
    5. ( psychometrics ) A question on a test, which may include its answers .
      The exam has 100 items, each of which includes a correct response and three distractors .


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Explanation of item by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. also

    2. a length of chain, item a hook-Philip Guedalla
    1. a whole individual unit

    2. they reduced the price on many items
    3. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

    4. a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list

    5. he noticed an item in the New York Times
      she had several items on her shopping list
    6. an individual instance of a type of symbol

    7. a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

    Definition of item by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. item adv. [L. See Iterate.] Also; as an additional article.

    2. item n. [From Item, adv.]

      1. An article; a separate particular in an account; as, “the items in a bill; he picked up four items at the drug store”.

      2. A hint; an innuendo. [Obs.]

      A secret item was given to some of the bishops . . . to absent themselves. Fuller.

      3. A short article in a newspaper; a paragraph; as, “an item concerning the weather”.

      4. A topic or piece of information having the salacious character of gossip, especially a romantic relation between two people; as, “I hear that the boss and his new secretary are an item”.

    3. Item, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Itemed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Iteming.] To make a note or memorandum of.

      I have itemed it in my memory. Addison.