open-class word

Definitions of open-class word
  1. noun
    a word to which an independent meaning can be assigned
    synonyms: content word
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    head word, headword
    a content word that can be qualified by a modifier
    a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
    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
    collective noun
    a noun that is singular in form but refers to a group of people or things
    mass noun
    a noun that does not form plurals
    count noun
    a noun that forms plurals
    generic noun
    a noun that does not specify either masculine or feminine gender
    proper name, proper noun
    a noun that denotes a particular thing; usually capitalized
    common noun
    a noun that denotes any or all members of a class
    intensifier, intensive
    a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies
    a word that expresses an attribute of something
    a word that modifies something other than a noun
    dangling modifier, misplaced modifier
    a word or phrase apparently modifying an unintended word because of its placement in a sentence: e.g., `when young' in `when young, circuses appeal to all of us'
    reflexive verb
    a verb whose agent performs an action that is directed at the agent
    copula, copulative, linking verb
    an equating verb (such as `be' or `become') that links the subject with the complement of a sentence
    a verb form that serves to express frequent repetition of an action
    a noun or noun phrase that is in apposition
    type of:
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
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