One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting a case (especially in Latin) of nouns and pronouns (and words in grammatical agreement with them) indicating separation or an agent, instrument, or location.
- ‘‘De minimis’ is a construction called the ablative plural, you don't use the ending ‘us’ after the preposition ‘de’.’
- ‘And what on earth is ‘motu’ - ablative form of ‘motus’, but there is no fourth-declension ‘motus’ in Lewis and Short.’
- ‘My Mongolian had got as far as the ablative case and the important greeting noxhoi-khoi, ‘hold the dog’.’
- ‘Indeed, the nominal part of this prepositional phrase is not in the nominative case; sub governs the ablative case.’
- ‘Of the six Indo-European cases capable of being governed by adpositions, the ablative and genitive singular were not distinguished outside of o-stems.’
2(of surgical treatment) involving ablation.
- ‘Disease limited to the liver is suitable for surgical resection or ablative techniques.’
- ‘The ablative surgery included an anterior thigh flap by the plastic surgery service.’
- ‘Atrophic scars, on the other hand, can be resurfaced with either ablative or nonablative lasers.’
- ‘It may be wise to biopsy all ‘warts’ before ablative treatment.’
- ‘Treatment methods can be chemical or ablative.’
- ‘For ablative treatment procedures other than cryotherapy, local anesthesia with topical or injected lidocaine should be used.’
- ‘If patients have a less than 50 percent reduction in wart size, surgical excision or other ablative therapy should be initiated.’
3Relating to or subject to ablation through melting or evaporation.‘the spacecraft's ablative heat shield’
- ‘George Thompson gritted his teeth as he reported ‘Dorsal ablative armor is dropping fast, inner shield systems aren't responding.’’
- ‘Second, it has some sort of ablative shielding and is making a very steep controlled entry.’
- ‘But many boaters today use ablative bottom paints that don't require stripping.’
- ‘There are different types of phasers now, including ablative and shield penetrating.’
- ‘In the center of the roof, stood three tubes which stuck into the building itself, made up of a flexible poly-alloy substance, lightly sheathed in a coat of transparent ablative armor.’
- ‘Protected by an ablative thermal shield, the probe will decelerate to 400 metres per second.’
- ‘An ablative heat shield is made of a resinous composite material that slowly vaporizes during descent.’
- ‘This heat shield is covered by an insulating layer protected by an ablative material in contact with the hot plasma flow.’
- ‘Alright, get up here, and switch on the ablative hull armor.’
- ‘But that ablative armor of your's isn't going hold out under this punishment.’
- ‘To hell with temporal paradoxes, let's have that ablative armor and transphasic torpedo technology just a few years earlier.’
- ‘The craft survived the journey with a rounded, blunt heat shield covered with ablative material, which evaporated away to dissipate heat.’
- ‘Why use a glass thermal protection system, rather than a low-tech ablative shield?’
- ‘Tests concluded that the average time the cannon needed to penetrate high-power ablative shielding and hull plating, was just under sixteen seconds.’
1A word in the ablative case.
- ‘Identify the types of ablatives in five Latin sentences, and then translate the ablative forms.’
- ‘No, I think I mean loco, from the Latin ablative for locus, meaning place.’
- ‘I don't see why the word couldn't be used for hairless, though I'll admit it might be more usual to have an ablative of respect in there somewhere.’
- ‘You may find yourself analyzing a long sentence with half a dozen unexplained ablatives left over at the end.’
- ‘Thinking of ablatives as Latin's version of English adverbial clauses and phrases may help you.’
- 1.1the ablative The ablative case.
- ‘Classical Mongolian had seven cases: nominative, accusative, dative, genitive, ablative, instrumental, and comitative.’
- ‘Just to clarify what the cases mean - dative means Bellesiles is the indirect object; and the ablative, among other things, it's used with the preposition ‘with’ (I wrote the book with Bellesiles).’
- ‘Mention one example each of verbs followed by the nominative, the accusative, the genitive, the dative, the ablative.’
- ‘The nominal system distinguishes five cases: nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, and ablative.’
Late Middle English: from Old French ablative (feminine of ablatif), Latin ablativus, from ablat- ‘taken away’ (see ablation).
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