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- (uncountable) A form of alternative medicine from Southeast Asia where a coin is rubbed vigorously on a patient's oiled skin.
- (countable, linguistics) A newly created word or phrase.
1783, Hugh Blair, George Edward Griffiths, editor, The Monthly Review, volume 68, Art. V. Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres., page 499:
- Poetry admits of greater latitude than proſe, which with reſpect to coining, or, at leaſt, new-compounding words; yet, even here, this liberty ſhould be uſed with a ſparing hand.
1989, Horsley, G.H.R., “The Greek Documentary Evidence and NT Lexical Study: Some Soundings”, in New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity, volume 5, ISBN 9780858376366, page 77:
- Once we move into the Patristic period, there is undoubted evidence for new coinings of words (particularly compounds) as a response to the needs of the theological debates which occurred.
2009, Kristin Denham, Anne Lobeck, “Morphological Typology and Word Formation”, in Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction, ISBN 9781413015898, page 194:
- Coinings or neologisms are words that have recently been created. [...] True coinings, which are completely new words, are rather rare relative to the vast number of words we create by means of the other word formation processes.
- (newly created word): neologism