Definitions for gerundˈdʒɛr ənd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a form in Latin regularly derived from a verb and functioning as a noun, used in all cases but the nominative, as dicendī gen., dicendō dat., abl., etc., “saying.”
a form similar to the Latin gerund in meaning or function, as in English the -ing form of a verb when functioning as a noun, as writing in
Writing is easy.
* Usage: See me.
Origin of gerund:
1505–15; 蠐 L gerundum that which is to be carried on, der. of ger(ere) to bear, carry on + -undum, var. of -endum gerund suffix
a noun formed from a verb (such as the `-ing' form of an English verb when used as a noun)
A verbal form that functions as a verbal noun. (In English, a gerund has the same spelling as a present participle, but functions differently.)
In the phrase u2018Walking is good exercise.u2019, walking is a gerund.
In some languages such as Italian or Russian, a verbal form similar to a present participle, but functioning as an adverb. These words are sometimes referred to as conjunctive participles.
In the Russian 'u041Du0435u043Bu044Cu0437u044F u043Fu0435u0440u0435u0445u043Eu0434u0438u0442u044C u0443u043Bu0438u0446u0443 u0447u0438u0442u0430u044F u0433u0430u0437u0435u0442u0443.u2019 (One shouldnu2019t cross a street while reading a newspaper.), u0447u0438u0442u0430u044F u2018while readingu2019 is a gerund.
Origin: From gerundium, from gerundus, future passive participle (gerundive) of gero.
a kind of verbal noun, having only the four oblique cases of the singular number, and governing cases like a participle
a verbal noun ending in -e, preceded by to and usually denoting purpose or end; -- called also the dative infinitive; as, "Ic haebbe mete to 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