What does gerund mean?

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ˈdʒɛr əndgerund

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gerundnoun

    a noun formed from a verb (such as the `-ing' form of an English verb when used as a noun)


  1. Gerundnoun

    In Modern English, the -ing form of a verb, when functioning as a noun; as, running is good for the heart.


  1. gerundnoun

    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 Walking is good exercise.', walking is a gerund.

  2. gerundnoun

    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 ' .' (One shouldn't cross a street while reading a newspaper.), while reading' is a gerund.

  3. Etymology: From gerundium, from gerundus, future passive participle (gerundive) of gero.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gerundnoun

    In the Latin grammar, a kind of verbal noun, which governs cases like a verb.

    Etymology: gerundium, Latin.


  1. gerund

    A gerund is a verbal that ends in "-ing" and functions as a noun in a sentence. It can be used in various positions within a sentence, such as the subject, a direct object, a subject complement, or as the object of a preposition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gerundnoun

    a kind of verbal noun, having only the four oblique cases of the singular number, and governing cases like a participle

  2. Gerundnoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [L. gerundium, fr. gerere to bear, carry, perform. See Gest a deed, Jest.]


  1. Gerund

    In Latin and English grammar, the gerund is a non-finite verb form used to make a verb phrase that can serve in place of a noun phrase. The English gerund ends in -ing; the same verb form also serves as the English present participle, and as a pure verbal noun. The Latin gerund is a verb form which behaves similarly to a noun, although it can only appear in certain oblique cases. In relation to other languages, the term gerund may be applied to a form which has noun-like uses like the Latin and English gerunds, or in some cases to various other non-finite verb forms, such as adverbial participles. Gerund comes from the Latin gerundium, which itself derives from the gerundive of the Latin verb gero, namely gerundus, meaning " to be carried out".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gerund

    jer′und, n. a part of the Latin verb which has the value of a verbal noun—e.g. amandum, loving.—ns. Ger′und-grind′er, a teacher, tutor; Ger′und-grind′ing.—adj. Gerund′ial.—n. Gerund′ive, the future passive participle of a Latin verb. [L. gerundiumgerĕre, to bear.]

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  1. gurned

  2. nudger

  3. dunger

  4. greund

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gerund in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gerund in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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    very close or connected in space or time
    A arbitrary
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