- a suffix of adjectives of Greek or Latin origin, meaning “of or pertaining to,” “of the nature of,” “made of,” “like”: asinine; crystalline; equine; marine.
Origin of -ine1
- a suffix, of no assignable meaning, appearing in nouns of Greek, Latin, or French origin: doctrine; famine; routine.
- a noun suffix used particularly in chemical terms (bromine; chlorine), and especially in names of basic substances (amine; aniline; caffeine; quinine; quinoline).Compare -in2.
- a suffix of feminine nouns (heroine), given names (Clementine), and titles (landgravine).
Origin of -ine2
Examples from the Web for ine
Ine, 22, is of great importance on account of its antiquity.Domesday Book and Beyond</p>
Frederic William Maitland
I will just see Judith among her party, and come and j'ine you.The Deerslayer
James Fenimore Cooper
The sugar-cane and banana and ine and malage are dealt with in another way.The Mafulu
Robert W. Williamson
The laws of Ine are preserved to us as an appendix of the laws of Alfred.Anglo-Saxon Literature
So at I seye at e face of is place ne amoeue me nat so myche as ine owen face.
- died after 726, king of Wessex (688–726)
- of, relating to, or belonging tosaturnine
- consisting of or resemblingcrystalline
- indicating a halogenchlorine
- indicating a nitrogenous organic compound, including amino acids, alkaloids, and certain other basesalanine; nicotine; purine
- Also: -in indicating a chemical substance in certain nonsystematic namesglycerine
- indicating a mixture of hydrocarbonsbenzine
- indicating a feminine formheroine
- an obsolete equivalent of -yne
Word Origin and History for ine
suffix used to form adjectives from nouns, from French -ine, fem. of -in, or directly from Latin -inus "of, like."
chemical suffix, sometimes -in, though modern use distinguishes them; early 19c., from French -ine, from Latin -ina, fem. form of suffix used to form adjectives from nouns. In French commonly used to form words for derived substances, hence its extended use in chemistry.
- or -in A chemical substance:bromine, amine, quinine.
- Amino acid:glycine.