The Alternative English Dictionary: article

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article etymology From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin articulus; prop. diminutive of artus, akin to Ancient Greek ἄρθρον 〈árthron〉, from root *; see arm, art, etc. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɑːtɪkəl/,[ˈɑːtʰɪkʰəɫ]
  • (GenAm) /ˈɑɹtəkl̩/, [ˈɑ(ː)ɹtəkɫ],
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set. exampleEach of the chelicerae is composed of two articles, forming a powerful pincer. exampleThe [[Wikipedia:Articles of War|Articles of War]] are a set of regulations…to govern the conduct of…military…forces
    • Paley upon each article of human duty
    • Habington each article of time
    • E. Darwin the articles which compose the blood
  2. A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, etc.
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  3. A member of a group or class examplean article of clothing
  4. An object.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 12 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.”
    examplea sales article
  5. (grammar) A part of speech that indicates, specifies and limits a noun (a, an, or the in English). In some languages the article may appear as an ending (e.g. definite article in Swedish) or there may be none (e.g. Russian, Pashto).
  6. A section of a legal document, bylaw, etc.
  7. (derogatory) A person.
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  8. (1811) A wench. A prime article = A handsome girl. exampleShe's a prime article (whip slang), she's a devilish good piece, a hell of a goer.
  9. (dated) Subject matter; concern.
    • Addison a very great revolution that happened in this article of good breeding
    • Daniel Defoe This last article will hardly be believed.
  10. (dated) A distinct part.
  11. (obsolete) A precise point in time; a moment.
    • Evelyn This fatal news coming to Hick's Hall upon the article of my Lord Russell's trial, was said to have had no little influence on the jury and all the bench to his prejudice.
related terms:
  • articulate
  • articulation
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To bind by articles of apprenticeship. to article an apprentice to a mechanic
    • 1876, Sabine Baring-Gould, The Vicar of Morwenstow, When the boy left school at Liskeard, he was articled to a lawyer, Mr. Jacobson, at Plymouth, a wealthy man in good practice, first cousin to his mother; but this sort of profession did not at all approve itself to Robert's taste, and he only remained with Mr. Jacobson a few months.
  2. (obsolete) To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles or accusations.
    • 1665, Samuel Pepys, Diary, At noon dined alone with Sir W. Batten, where great discourse of Sir W. Pen, Sir W. Batten being, I perceive, quite out of love with him, thinking him too great and too high, and began to talk that the world do question his courage, upon which I told him plainly I have been told that he was articled against for it, and that Sir H. Vane was his great friend therein.
    • Stat. 33 Geo. III He shall be articled against in the high court of admiralty.
  3. To formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars.
    • Jeremy Taylor If all his errors and follies were articled against him, the man would seem vicious and miserable.
  • recital

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