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ENE

or E.N.E.

  1. east-northeast.
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-ene

Chemistry.
  1. a suffix used to form names of unsaturated hydrocarbons (anthracene; benzene), especially those of the alkene series (butylene).
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Origin of -ene

< Greek -ēnē, feminine of -ēnos, adj. suffix denoting origin or source
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Historical Examples

  • These are a succession of rocky patches extending 4½ miles in an ENE.

    Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine

    Walter H. Rich

  • The navigation for steamers drawing 10 feet of water terminates at the junction of the Perene and Ene.

  • Sanct Tredwall, als, thare may be sene Quhilk on ane prick hes baith her ene.


British Dictionary definitions for ene

ENE

symbol for
  1. east-northeast
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-ene

n combining form
  1. (in chemistry) indicating an unsaturated compound containing double bondsbenzene; ethylene
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Word Origin

from Greek -ēnē, feminine patronymic suffix
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Word Origin and History for ene

-ene

hydrocarbon suffix, from Greek name-forming suffic -ene; it has no real meaning in itself; probably abstracted mid-19c. from methylene (1834). Put in systematic use by Hofmann (1865). "The breakdown of methylene into methyl and -ene, and the identification of the last syllable of methyl with the general suffix -ly, led to the use of meth- as a separate combining-element, as, for example, in methane, methacrylic [Flood].

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ene in Medicine

-ene

suff.
  1. An unsaturated organic compound, especially one containing a double bond between carbon atoms:ethylene.
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ene in Science

-ene

  1. A suffix used to form the names of hydrocarbons having one or more double bonds, such as benzene.
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