ens

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See also: ENS, -ens, Ens., and -ēns

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 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 as a present participle of sum (to be) in Medieval Latin (and therefore unknown in the Classical period) by analogy with the Ancient Greek present participle ὤν (ṓn), thereby using the bare present participle ending -ēns of second and third conjugation verbs. See also essentia for a similar formation.

The original present participle sōns had taken on the meaning "guilty" in the Classical period, but the still productive combining form -sēns present in the verbs absum (absēns (absent)) and praesum (praesēns (present)) was ignored in creating this form.

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

Declension[edit]

Third declension neuter.

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

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French ens.

Preposition[edit]

ens

  1. in; inside

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin intus.

Preposition[edit]

ens

  1. in; inside

Synonyms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle French: ens

Swedish[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ens

  1. even

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]