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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ant, emmet, pismire(noun)

    social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers


  1. ant(Noun)

    Any of various insects in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females

  2. ant(Verb)

    To rub insects, especially ants, on one's body, perhaps to control parasites or clean feathers.

  3. Ant(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of the male given name Anthony.

  4. ant(Noun)

    Any of various insects in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females.

    The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters . But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna. That would be the frozen chicatanas – giant winged ants – at around $500 a kilo.

  5. ant(Noun)

    A Web spider.

  6. Origin: From Middle English ampte, amte, emete, amete, from Old English ǣmette ("ant") , from Proto-Germanic *ēmaitijǭ ("ant " , literally " biting-thing, cutter") , from Proto-Germanic *ē- ("off, away") + *maitaną ("to cut") , from Proto-Indo-European *mai- ("to cut") . Cognate with Scots emmot ("ant") , dialectal Dutch emt, empt ("ant") , German Ameise and Emse ("ant") . See also emmet .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ant(noun)

    a hymenopterous insect of the Linnaean genus Formica, which is now made a family of several genera; an emmet; a pismire

  2. Origin: [OE. ante, amete, emete, AS. mete akin to G. ameise. Cf. Emmet.]


  1. Ant

    Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist. Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. Larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of "workers", "soldiers", or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" and one or more fertile females called "queens". The colonies sometimes are described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony. Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems and may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass. Their success in so many environments has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Their long co-evolution with other species has led to mimetic, commensal, parasitic, and mutualistic relationships.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ant

    ant, n. a small insect: the emmet or pismire.—ns. Ant′-bear, one of the largest species of the ant-eaters, found in the swampy regions in Central and Southern America, also called the Great Ant-eater; Ant′-cow (see Aphides); Ant′-eat′er, a genus of edentate South American quadrupeds, feeding on insects, and chiefly on ants, which they procure by means of their very long cylindrical tongue covered with a viscid saliva; Ant′-hill, the hillock raised by ants to form their nest: also figuratively applied, as to the earth; Ant′-thrush, a general name applied to birds of tropical and sub-tropical countries which feed to a large extent on ants. [A contr. of Emmet—A.S. æmete.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ant' in Nouns Frequency: #3023

Anagrams for ant »

  1. nat, Nat, Nat., NAT; NTA; tan, Tan, TAN

  2. NTA

  3. tan, Tan, TAN

  4. nat, Nat, Nat., NAT

  5. NAT, Nat, Nat., nat, NTA, TAN, Tan, tan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ant in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ant in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    No one can know the infinite importance of a tiny drop of water better than a thirsty bird or a little ant or a man of desert!

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Everything is a hero: A lighthouse which gives light to us; weeds that provide shelter to little insects; a water drop which quenches a thirsty ant! Everything that helps us to live is a hero!

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    An ant can't make a revolution, but a monkey can do; because it owns a fist! No real revolution is ever possible without fist.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Ignorant have always the tendency to see the donkey as the noble horse, to see the pig as the lion! Ignore the judgements of the ignorant, because ignorant makes the ant elephant; he declares the stupid as the intelligent; he carries the silly on his shoulders!

  5. Sofia Vergara:

    We just wanted to plan ahead. My boyfriend Nick is three years younger than me and he's never had a son. I have my son, Manolo, so it's not that import(ant)... you know, it's not like an emergency for me to have another kid. For Nick, yes, because he's never had a baby.

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