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From Latin contextus.

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context (countable and uncountable, plural contexts)

  1. The surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings that determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event or other occurrence.
    In what context did your attack on him happen? - We had a pretty tense relationship at the time, and when he insulted me I snapped.
    • 2012 September 7, Phil McNulty, “Moldova 0-5 England”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      The display and result must be placed in the context that was it was against a side that looked every bit their Fifa world ranking of 141 - but England completed the job with efficiency to record their biggest away win in 19 years.
  2. (linguistics) The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning.
    Without any context, I can't tell you if the "dish" refers to the food, or the thing you eat it on.
  3. (archaeology) The surroundings and environment in which an artifact is found and which may provide important clues about the artifact's function and/or cultural meaning.
  4. (mycology) The trama or flesh of a mushroom.
  5. (logic) For a formula: a finite set of variables, which set contains all the free variables in the given formula.

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context (third-person singular simple present contexts, present participle contexting, simple past and past participle contexted)

  1. (obsolete) To knit or bind together; to unite closely.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Feltham to this entry?)
    • 1638, Richard Younge, The Drunkard's Character: Or, a True Drunkard with Such Sinnes as Raigne in Him
      The whole worlds frame, which is contexted onely by commerce and contracts.

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context (comparative more context, superlative most context)

  1. (obsolete) Knit or woven together; close; firm.
    • 1541?, Robert Copland (translator?), Guydon's Questionary Chirurgical, translation of 1533, Guy de Chauliac, La questionaire des cirugiens at barbiers
      The skynne is composed & context and woven with thredes and vaynes.
    • 1662, Robert Boyle, New Experiments Physico-mechanical, Touching the Spring of the Air, and its Effects, page 73:
      And though he could describe how such a string may be context, yet our Explication will have this advantage in point of probability above his, ...
    • 1711-12, William Derham, Physico-theology: Or, A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God, from His Works of Creation (3rd edition, corrected, 1714, page 110)
      the coats, without, are context and callous, firm and strong.

References[edit]

  • context at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • context in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin contextus.

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Noun[edit]

context m (plural contexts or contextos)

  1. context

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French contexte or Latin contextus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɔn.tɛkst/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: con‧text

Noun[edit]

context m (plural contexten)

  1. context

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  • Afrikaans: konteks
  • Indonesian: konteks

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French contexte

Noun[edit]

context n (plural contexte)

  1. context

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