Definitions of er

  1. a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs with yttrium Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a room in a hospital or clinic staffed and equipped to provide emergency care to persons requiring immediate medical treatment Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. The chemical symbol of erbium, also written simply E. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  4. A termination of many English nouns, converting the word to which it is added into a noun of agency. It is the Teutonic form equivalent to the Latin -or, and native words may be roughly distinguished from words of Latin origin by this distinction; as, hearer, learner, doer, teacher, from auditor, instructor, factor, doctor. It was formerly a sign of the masculine gender-stre, -ster indicating the feminine; thus weaver, baker, malter, singer, brewer were masculine; webster, bakester (baxter), maltster, songster, brewster, feminine. In spinner and spinster the distinction is still to some extent observed. Generally, however, the termination does not indicate gender in any way, some nouns in -er signifying a person or thing indifferently, as ruler, heater, grater, poker. Added to names of places it sometimes signifies an inhabitant of, or one that belongs to a place, as Londoner, Berliner, New Yorker; though the terminations ite, an, and some others are fast supplanting er, in the United States, especially: the sign of the comparative degree of adjectives, and skin to Latin comparative termination -or, Gr. -er in -eros: an affix to verbs giving them a frequentative, and probably a diminutive sense; as, swag, swagger; spit, sputter; fret, fritter; pat, patter; wend, wander. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Used (1) to form nouns of agency; as, maker, knocker, pensioner, etc.; (2) to form the comparative degree; as, larger, longer; (3) to form frequentative and diminutive verbs; as, flutter (from FLOAT). The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. (watchful ). 1. First-born of Judah. Er "was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him." ( Genesis 38:3-7 ; Numbers 26:19 ) 2. Descendant of Shelah the son of Judah. ( 1 Chronicles 4:21 ) 3. Son of Jose and father of Elmodam. ( Luke 3:28 ) biblestudytools.com
  7. The country code for Eritrea. foldoc_fs
  8. OF, of various orig., esp.: (1) OF -er f. L -arem -AR as sampler. (2) Anglo-French -er f. OF -ier f. L -arius -ary, as butler, carpenter, danger. (3) OF -cure f. L -aturam\'-URE, as border. (4) See -OR. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  9. (exc. in poetry and mannered prose) only in adjj. of one syllable, or of two ending in -y, -ly, -le, -er, -ow, & a few others (esp. w. accent on last syllable; see -EST), & in advv., chiefly those identical with adjj., as hard; the vowel change seen in German &c. now remains only in elder, BETTER. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  10. Law terms, as cesser, disclaimer, misnomer, user; also dinner, supper. Meaning: (single instance of) the vbl action, document effecting this. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  11. (wander, waver, f. wend, wave) or on sound imitations (twitter); batter, flicker, shimmer, slumber. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  12. Chemical symbol for the element erbium. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  13. The termination of many English words, and the Teutonic form of the Latin or; it is indiscriminately applied to men or things, as a farmer grater; at the end of names of places, it signifies a person belonging to the place, as a Londoner. Cabinet Dictionary

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