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[French soh-syr]
  1. Fer·di·nand de [French fer-dee-nahn duh] /French fɛr diˈnɑ̃ də/, 1857–1913, Swiss linguist.
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Examples from the Web for saussure

Historical Examples

  • Saussure states twice, 656, 677, that they are arranged in the form of a fan.

    Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)

    John Ruskin

  • Pallas and Saussure were among the most celebrated whose labors contributed to this end.

  • The humidity of the air was observed both by August's psychrometer and Saussure's hygrometer.

  • Saussure conjectures that it is the electrical fluid which surrounds these vesicles, and prevents them from dissolving in the air.

  • By the experiments of Saussure, it appears, that a cubic foot of atmospheric air will hold eleven grains of water in solution.

British Dictionary definitions for saussure


  1. Ferdinand de (fɛrdinɑ̃ də). 1857–1913, Swiss linguist. He pioneered structuralism in linguistics and the separation of scientific language description from historical philological studies
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Derived FormsSaussurean, adjective, noun
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