[ ahr-ti-kuh l ]
/ ˈɑr tɪ kəl /
a written composition in prose, usually nonfiction, on a specific topic, forming an independent part of a book or other publication, as a newspaper or magazine.
an individual object, member, or portion of a class; an item or particular: an article of food; articles of clothing.
something of indefinite character or description: What is that article?
an item for sale; commodity.
Grammar. any member of a small class of words, or, as in Swedish or Romanian, affixes, found in certain languages, as English, French, and Arabic, that are linked to nouns and that typically have a grammatical function identifying the noun as a noun rather than describing it. In English the definite article is the, the indefinite article is a or an, and their force is generally to impart specificity to the noun or to single out the referent from the class named by the noun.
a clause, item, point, or particular in a contract, treaty, or other formal agreement; a condition or stipulation in a contract or bargain: The lawyers disagreed on the article covering plagiarism suits.
a separate clause or provision of a statute.
Slang. a person.
Archaic. a subject or matter of interest, thought, business, etc.
Obsolete. a specific or critical point of time; juncture or moment: the article of death.
verb (used with object), ar·ti·cled, ar·ti·cling.
to set forth in articles; charge or accuse specifically: They articled his alleged crimes.
to bind by articles of covenant or stipulation: to article an apprentice.
Origin of article
Related formssub·ar·ti·cle, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for articling
/ (ˈɑːtɪkəl) /
one of a class of objects; iteman article of clothing
an unspecified or previously named thing, esp a small objecthe put the article on the table
a distinct part of a subject or action
a written composition on a subject, often being one of several found in a magazine, newspaper, etc
archaic to accuse
Word Origin for article
C13: from Old French, from Latin articulus small joint, from artus joint
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