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Is the sense of two people having a first encounter a separate sense of "meeting"? bd2412 T 03:11, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

RFD discussion: April–June 2014[edit]

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"The action of the verb to meet." Isn't this actually the present participle? Renard Migrant (talk) 09:33, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

No, it's actually the gerund, which in English always has the same form as the present participle. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 09:40, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Keep: Gerund. Purplebackpack89 (Notes Taken) (Locker) 16:27, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Move to RfV, or at least get some plausible usage examples. This kind of definition has always seemed just pure intellectual laziness. DCDuring TALK 17:42, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
    • Isn't that the sense being used in sentences like:
      • 2013, Mark Q. Sutton, ‎E. N. Anderson, Introduction to Cultural Ecology, p. 36:
        Human ecology profits considerably from such meetings of the minds.
      • 2004, Eliezer Berkovits, ‎David Hazony, God, Man and History, p. 87:
        All encounters in this world are meetings of needs set in a context of value.
      • 1968, Robert S. Summers, Essays in Legal Philosophy, p. 215:
        • It is in the meeting of the requirements for principled decision that the qualities of neutrality and generality are achieved.
    • Cheers! bd2412 T 12:10, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
    The first looks like it is from one sense of the verb meet; the other two are from one or more different senses. Are other senses of the verb also covered? Shouldn't the use of the "action of the verb" sense of meeting be verified for each sense of meet? DCDuring TALK 20:51, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
    • We have five senses of "meet" as a verb, with a number of subsenses. It does not seem at all inconceivable that the gerund would be equally attestable for all of them. We can have accidental meetings with old friends, there can be meetings of lawmaking bodies, there can be a meeting of rocks rolling towards one another or a meeting of roads at an intersection, a meeting of needs or requirements, the meeting of a horrid fate. I'm not sure it would be of any benefit to have either separate senses or separate attestations for all of these, as I am hard-pressed to imagine a sense of meeting that could not have a gerund. bd2412 T 15:26, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
      • I have created Citations:meeting, and am adding cites for the gerund as it relates to all of our listed verb forms. bd2412 T 13:27, 21 April 2014 (UTC)
        I believe that I have now covered all the bases, so keep. bd2412 T 16:27, 24 April 2014 (UTC)
Keep because of "meetings of minds", etc. The definition can probably be improved. Equinox 16:05, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Kept. bd2412 T 01:32, 7 June 2014 (UTC)