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1. The letter n.
2. Printing A space equal to half the width of an em.


(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a unit of measurement, half the width of an em. Also called: nut See also ennage


(in Britain) abbreviation for
1. (Medicine) enrolled nurse
2. English Nature



1. the letter N, n.
2. a space that is half the width of an em.


a prefix forming verbs that have the general sense “to cause (a person or thing) to be in” the place, condition, or state named by the stem; more specifically, “to confine in or place on” (entomb); “to cause to be in” (enrich; enslave; entrust); “to restrict,” typically with the additional sense “on all sides, completely” (encircle; enclose; entwine). This prefix is also attached to verbs in order to make them transitive, or to give them a transitive marker if they are already transitive (enkindle; enliven; enshield).
Also, before labial consonants, em-. Compare be-, in-2.
[Middle English < Old French < Latin in- in-2]


a prefix meaning “within, in,” occurring in loanwords from Greek: energy; enthusiasm.
Also, before labial consonants, em-.
[(< Latin) < Greek; c. in-1, in-2]


a suffix formerly used to form transitive and intransitive verbs from adjectives (fasten; harden; sweeten), or from nouns (heighten; lengthen; strengthen).
[Middle English, Old English -n-, as in Middle English fast-n-en, Old English fǣst-n-ian to make fast, fasten]


a suffix used to form adjectives of source or material from nouns: ashen; golden; oaken.
[Middle English, Old English; c. Old High German -īn, Latin -īnus; compare -ine1]


a suffix used to mark the past participle in many strong and some weak verbs: taken; proven.
[Middle English, Old English; c. German -en, Old Norse -inn]


a suffix used in forming the plural of some nouns: brethren; children; oxen.
[Middle English; Old English -an, case ending of n-stem nouns, as in naman oblique singular, and nominative and acc. pl. of nama name]


a diminutive suffix: kitten; maiden.
[Middle English, Old English, from neuter of -en2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.en - half the width of an em
linear measure, linear unit - a unit of measurement of length
pica em, em, pica - a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing


N ABBR (Brit) =Enrolled NurseATS mf