(Latin: a suffix; result of, means of, act of; place of action)
The suffix -meant is a final word element derived through Middle English and French from the Latin suffix -ment(um), originally used to form agent and action nouns from verbs, now used to form nouns and denominative verbs in several related senses:
- "An action, process, or skill" denoted by the combining root: rearmament, tournament, management.
- "A result, object, or agent of an action" named by the joining root: entombment, enthrallment, agreement.
- "The means or instrument of an action": implement, medicament, reinforcement.
- "The place of an action" named by the first root: battlement, ambushment, settlement.
- "A state or condition" specified by the first root: bewilderment, predicament, bereavement.
The verb combinations show no change in basic form: cement, compliment, lament.
Principal parts: -menting, -mented, -mented.
Related forms: -mentum (singular); -menta, -menti, -ments (plurals).
2. A legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body.
3. Acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gestures.
2. The act of producing certain wonderful effects by the invocation or aid of demons, or the agency of certain supposed spirits; the use of magic arts, spells or charms; incantation.
3. An irresistible influence or an overpowering influence of delight.
4. Etymology: from about 1297, from Old French enchantement, from enchanter, "bewitch, charm"; from Latin incantare, literally, "to chant (a magic spell) upon"; from in-, "upon, into" + cantare, "to sing".
"While attending the university, Stella benefited from the endowment that had been given to the history department, the income of which provided a modest income for her to continue her studies."2. Having received a natural ability or quality; such as, an attribute of mind or body; a gift of nature: "A sharp mind was just one of her many endowments."
2. The feeling or condition of lively enjoyment or pleasant anticipation: "She was finding it difficult to control her excitement about the trip."
3. The act or process of stimulating something.
4. Something that engages people's attention or emotions in a lively and compelling way.
2. A single fibril of natural or synthetic textile fiber, of indefinite length, sometimes several miles long.
3. A long slender cell or series of attached cells; such as, in some algae and fungi.
4. In botany, the stalklike portion of a stamen, supporting the anther.
5. In a light bulb or other incandescent lamp; the threadlike conductor, often of tungsten, in the bulb that is heated to incandescence by the passage of current.