- a spinning motion imparted to a ball, especially in billiards.
- body English.
verb (used with object)
Origin of English
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Contemporary Examples of english
His first language was Russian, then he learned Swedish, but chooses to perform in monosyllabic broken English.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
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“Gently rolling hills” roll not-so-gently under my tires, but the English countryside scenery is soporific.Biking With the Bard
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Her phone rings at least once an hour with questions from journalists, which she answers in Arabic, English, and sometimes French.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
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“Deck the Halls” was written back in the 16th century, when the English language was very different.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
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You mix up English working-class gruffness with African-American soul from the Deep South.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
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Historical Examples of english
However, there was one comfort—English tongues answered, if it was only with denials.
Lucas spoke to him in Flemish to explain his own return with the English prentice.
They have seen the telegraph line, as can be seen by signs they make, but they cannot speak English.Explorations in Australia
"You see we do not follow the English style," said the smooth hostess to Philip.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"I'd like to recite English in one of your classes, Emma," smiled Grace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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"people of England; the speech of England," Old English Englisc (contrasted to Denisc, Frencisce, etc.), from Engle (plural) "the Angles," the name of one of the Germanic groups that overran the island 5c., supposedly so-called because Angul, the land they inhabited on the Jutland coast, was shaped like a fish hook (see angle (n.)).
The term was used from earliest times without distinction for all the Germanic invaders -- Angles, Saxon, Jutes (Bede's gens Anglorum) -- and applied to their group of related languages by Alfred the Great. After 1066, of the population of England (as distinguished from Normans and French), a distinction which lasted only about a generation.
In pronunciation, "En-" has become "In-," but the older spelling has remained. Meaning "English language or literature as a subject at school" is from 1889. As an adjective, "of or belonging to England," from late 13c. Old English is from early 13c.
"spin imparted to a ball" (as in billiards), 1860, from French anglé "angled" (see angle (n.)), which is similar to Anglais "English."
see body English; in plain English.