Mentioned in ISO 80000-2:2019 as an alternative to the ⌊x⌋ bracket notation.
Compare Middle English *ent, eont (“giant”), inherited from the Old English word, but which apparently didn't survive through the Middle English period into Modern times. Apparently survived in some German dialects as Enz (“giant”), also in composite forms. Compare ettin.
- (fantasy) A fictional, large, humanoid, mobile talking tree in works by J. R. R. Tolkien.
- 2001, Stephen King, Peter Straub, p133 The Talisman:
- Ents and Entwives, Jack thought crazily. BAD Ents and Entwives.
- 2003, Walter Scheps, “The Fairy-tale Morality of The Lord of the Rings”, in Jared Lobdell, editor, A Tolkien Compass:
- […] and that fine young ent Quickbeam is merely a minor crux in an Old English glossary (the name Quickbeam means 'living tree' in Old English).
- 2003, Colin Duriez, Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship:
- Tolkien's Treebeard, his Ent creation, was inspired by Lewis, especially his sometimes emphatic deep voice
- 2003, Ralph C. Wood, The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth:
- Tolkien perhaps speaks for himself when he has Treebeard confess that "nobody cares for the woods as I care for them," and when this same Ent also warns that "the withering of all woods may be drawing near"
- 2003, Allen Paterson, p180 Trees for Your Garden:
- But this should not lead to complete avoidance, as if it is like some dire incursion of triffids or ents.
- 2003, Robert Dunn, p98 Horse Latitudes:
- Somewhere, ents and manitous laugh grimly For, despite all this, the trees lasted much longer Than most of the presents, and all of the holiday spirit.
- 2006, John Allran, p37 Men of Their Word:
- Hello, my good friend, myself I present. Not human, nor tree, for I am an ent.
- 2004, Paola Amico, James Beletic, page xxvi Scientific Detectors for Astronomy: The Beginning of a New Era:
- The Ents are a race of giant, tree-like people. Their purpose is to protect the electrons, though some align themselves with holes. However, as the great arrays have grown, the number of Ents has dwindled. Now they are said only to be found in the darkest and most mysterious of laboratories.
Possibly from empty, through assimilation of the "m" to the following "t"
- (dialect, Britain, Devon) To empty or pour.
- 1976, K. C. Phillips, Westcountry Words and Ways, Newton Abbot: David & Charles, page 47:
- A Truro correspondent remembers being sent to buy a teapot with the admonition 'and see he got a good ent to un'; that is, of course, a good 'pour'.
"Enting down with rain" is still occasionally heard.
- graft (particularly on a tree)
- → Indonesian: enten (from the plural)
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.
ent m (plural enc)
ent (not comparable)
- Shetland form of