ens

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See also: -ens, ENS, and Ens.

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Late Latin ēns (thing), from esse (to be). See entity.

Noun[edit]

ens (plural enses or entia)

  1. (philosophy) An entity or being; an existing thing, as opposed to a quality or attribute.
    • 1860, John Henry Macmahon, A treatise on metaphysics: chiefly in reference to revealed religion, page 195:
      the Nature of the Supreme Ens
  2. (chemistry, alchemy, now historical) Something supposed to condense within itself all the virtues and qualities of a substance from which it is extracted; an essence, an active principle.
    • 2006, Philip Ball, The Devil's Doctor, Arrow 2007, p. 245:
      Here he states that there are five ‘active principles’ – the five Enses or entia – that influence our bodies and give rise to disease […].

Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected forms.

Noun[edit]

ens

  1. plural form of en

Anagrams[edit]


Catalan[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ens (proclitic, enclitic nos, contracted enclitic 'ns)

  1. us (direct or indirect object)

Declension[edit]


Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse eins, from Middle Low German eines.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /eːns/, [eːˀns]

Adjective[edit]

ens

  1. identical
  2. alike

Pronoun[edit]

ens

  1. genitive of en

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Formed in Medieval Latin by analogy with the Ancient Greek present participle ὤν, thereby using the bare present participle ending -ens of second and third conjugation verbs. The present participle morpheme -sens present in the verbs absum (absens) and praesum (praesens) was ignored. See also essentia for a similar formation.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ēns n (genitive entis); third declension

  1. being
    • 13th c., Boetius of Dacia
      Ens autem aeternum nullum sequitur in duratione; ergo mundus non est aeternus. - Nothing follows the Eternal Being (God) in duration; therefore, the world isn't eternal.

Descendants[edit]

Participle[edit]

ēns m, f, n (genitive entis); third declension

  1. being

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative ens enta
genitive entis entum
dative entī entibus
accusative ens enta
ablative ente entibus
vocative ens enta

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French.

Preposition[edit]

ens

  1. in; inside

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From en + les.

Preposition[edit]

ens

  1. in; inside

Synonyms[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Adverb[edit]

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Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

ens

  1. indefinite genitive singular of en

Pronoun[edit]

ens

  1. genitive of the indefinite pronoun "man"; one's

Declension[edit]