Definitions for -ine

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an adjective-forming suffix meaning “of, pertaining to, or characteristic of,”“of the nature of,”“made of”:

    Alpine; crystalline; equine; marine.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -ine:

< L -īnus; in some cases (< L -inus ) < Gk -inos


  1. a noun suffix used in the names of many organic compounds, esp. basic substances (amine; caffeine), and several elements (bromine; chlorine).

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare -in 1 5 2 .

Origin of -ine:

< F; orig. identical with -ine3


  1. a noun-forming suffix found in a diverse group of words primarily of Latin and Romance origin, including abstract nouns (

    doctrine; famine; rapine

    concubine; inquiline


    figurine; tambourine

    brilliantine; gabardine; glassine; saltine

    Category: Affix

Origin of -ine:

(< F -in, -ine ) < L -īnus (agentive), -īna place, thing, or abstraction


  1. a suffix of distinctively feminine nouns (

    chorine; heroine

    Josephine; Pauline


    Category: Affix

Origin of -ine:

< F -ine < L -īna < Gk -īnē


  1. -ine(Suffix)

    of or pertaining to, like: asinine; marine.

  2. Origin: From -ine, from -ine, from -inus, from ινος. More at -en.

Webster Dictionary

  1. -ine

    a suffix, indicating that those substances of whose names it is a part are basic, and alkaloidal in their nature

  2. -ine

    a suffix, used to indicate hydrocarbons of the second degree of unsaturation; i. e., members of the acetyline series; as, hexine, heptine, etc


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