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Definition of English


  1. Of or pertaining to England, or to its inhabitants, or to the present so-called Anglo-Saxon race.
  2. See 1st Bond, n., 8.
  3. Collectively, the people of England; English people or persons.
  4. The language of England or of the English nation, and of their descendants in America, India, and other countries.
  5. A kind of printing type, in size between Pica and Great Primer. See Type.
  6. A twist or spinning motion given to a ball in striking it that influences the direction it will take after touching a cushion or another ball.
  7. To translate into the English language; to Anglicize; hence, to interpret; to explain.
  8. To strike (the cue ball) in such a manner as to give it in addition to its forward motion a spinning motion, that influences its direction after impact on another ball or the cushion.

English Quotations

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Ronald Reagan

The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
Derek Walcott

There are uses to adversity, and they don't reveal themselves until tested. Whether it's serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited English, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths.
Sonia Sotomayor

Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
Theodore Roosevelt

We have a president for whom English is a second language. He's like 'We have to get rid of dictators,' but he's pretty much one himself.
Robin Williams
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English Translations

english in Afrikaans is Engels
english in Dutch is Engels
english in Finnish is englantilainen
english in French is anglais
english in German is Englisch
english in Hungarian is angol
english in Italian is inglese
english in Swedish is engelsk