open-class word

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: word - a word to which an independent meaning can be assigned
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
head word, headword - a content word that can be qualified by a modifier
noun - a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
verb - a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence
modifier, qualifier - a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
lexical meaning - the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
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For instance, constituent structures are recognized around not open-class words, but closed-class words or specifiers.