[ eyn ]
/ eɪn /

adjective, noun, pronoun Chiefly Scot.

Nearby words

  1. andrássy, julius, count,
  2. andré,
  3. andré, john,
  4. andvari,
  5. andy,
  6. anear,
  7. anecdata,
  8. anecdotage,
  9. anecdotal,
  10. anecdote

Origin of ane

1350–1400; Middle English (North) an, variant of on one



a suffix used in names of hydrocarbons of the methane or paraffin series: propane.

Origin of -ane

From the Latin suffix -ānus -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ane


/ (eɪn) /

determiner, pronoun, noun

a Scottish word for one


suffix forming nouns

indicating an alkane hydrocarbonhexane

Word Origin for -ane

coined to replace -ene, -ine, and -one

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Word Origin and History for ane


word-forming element in chemical use, indicating a chain of carbon atoms with no double bonds, proposed 1866 by German chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818-1892) to go with -ene, -ine (2), -one.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ane



A saturated hydrocarbon:hexane.

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Science definitions for ane


A suffix used to form the names of saturated hydrocarbons, such as ethane. The suffix is shortened to -an- before other suffixes to indicate compounds derived from saturated hydrocarbons, as in ethanol.
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