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Webster 1913 Edition


Ens


Ens

(ĕnz)
,
Noun.
[L.,
ens
,
entis
, a thing. See
Entity
.]
1.
(Metaph.)
Entity, being, or existence; an actually existing being; also, God, as the Being of Beings.
2.
(Chem.)
Something supposed to condense within itself all the virtues and qualities of a substance from which it is extracted; essence.
[Obs.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Ens

ENS

,
Noun.
[L. ens, part. present of esse, to be.]
Entity; being; existence. Among the old chimists, the power, virtue or efficacy, which certain substances exert on our bodies; or the things which are supposed to contain all the qualities or virtues of the ingredients they are drawn from, in little room. [little used.]

Definition 2022


ens

ens

See also: ENS, -ens, Ens., and -ēns

English

Noun

ens (plural enses or entia)

  1. (philosophy) An entity or being; an existing thing, as opposed to a quality or attribute.
    • 1860, John Henry Macmahon, A treatise on metaphysics: chiefly in reference to revealed religion, page 195:
      the Nature of the Supreme Ens
  2. (chemistry, alchemy, now historical) Something supposed to condense within itself all the virtues and qualities of a substance from which it is extracted; an essence, an active principle.
    • 2006, Philip Ball, The Devil's Doctor, Arrow 2007, p. 245:
      Here he states that there are five ‘active principles’ – the five Enses or entia – that influence our bodies and give rise to disease […].

Etymology 2

Inflected forms.

Noun

ens

  1. plural of en

Anagrams


Catalan

Pronoun

ens (proclitic, enclitic nos, contracted enclitic 'ns)

  1. us (direct or indirect object)

Declension


Danish

Etymology

From Old Norse eins, from Middle Low German eines.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /eːns/, [eːˀns]

Adjective

ens

  1. identical
  2. alike

Pronoun

ens

  1. genitive of en

Latin

Etymology

Formed in Medieval Latin (and therefore unknown in the Classical period) by analogy with the Ancient Greek present participle ὤν, thereby using the bare present participle ending -ens of second and third conjugation verbs. The present participle morpheme -sens present in the verbs absum (absens) and praesum (praesens) was ignored. See also essentia for a similar formation.

Pronunciation

Noun

ēns n (genitive entis); third declension

  1. being
    • 13th c., Boetius of Dacia
      Ens autem aeternum nullum sequitur in duratione; ergo mundus non est aeternus. - Nothing follows the Eternal Being (God) in duration; therefore, the world isn't eternal.

Descendants

Participle

ēns m, f, n (genitive entis); third declension

  1. being

Declension

Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative ens enta
genitive entis entum
dative entī entibus
accusative ens enta
ablative ente entibus
vocative ens enta

Derived terms

References


Middle French

Etymology

Old French.

Preposition

ens

  1. in; inside

Old French

Alternative forms

  • enz

Etymology

From en + les.

Preposition

ens

  1. in; inside

Synonyms