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In linguistics, a nominal is a part of speech in some languages that shares features with nouns and adjectives.

nominal adj 1: relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name; "the Russian system of nominal brevity"; "a nominal lists of priests"; "taxable males as revealed by the nominal rolls" 2: insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal); "the fee was nominal"; "a token gesture of resistance"; "a tokenish gesture" [syn: {token(a)}, {tokenish}] 3: pertaining to a noun or to a word group that functions as a noun; "nominal phrase"; "noun phrase" 4: being value in terms of specification on currency or stock certificates rather than purchasing power; "nominal or face value" [ant: {real}] 5: named; bearing the name of a specific person; "nominative shares of stock" [syn: {nominative}] 6: being such in name only; "the nominal (or titular) head of his party" [syn: {titular}]

92 Moby Thesaurus words for "nominal": abstract noun, adherent noun, adjectival, adverbial, alleged, apparent, attributive, budget, byname, cheap, cognominal, collective noun, common noun, conjunctive, copulative, correct, diminutive, easy, economic, economy, epithetic, formal, frugal, functional, gerund, glossematic, grammatic, honorific, hypocoristic, hypostasis, in name only, inconsiderable, inexpensive, insignificant, insubstantial, intransitive, linking, low, low-priced, manageable, minimal, minor, minuscule, moderate, modest, nominative, noun, noun phrase, ostensible, participial, postpositional, prepositional, pretended, professed, pronominal, pronoun, proper noun, proposed, propositional, puppet, purported, quasi, quotation noun, reasonable, representational, seeming, self-called, self-christened, self-styled, sensible, shabby, shoddy, small, so-called, soi-disant, structural, substantive, supposed, supposititious, syntactic, tagmemic, tiny, titular, token, transitive, trifling, trivial, unexpensive, verbal, within means, worth the money, would-be

Nominal \Nom"i*nal\, n. 1. A nominalist. [Obs.] --Camden. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) A verb formed from a noun. [1913 Webster] 3. A name; an appellation. [1913 Webster] A is the nominal of the sixth note in the natural diatonic scale. --Moore (Encyc. of Music. ) [1913 Webster]

Nominal \Nom"i*nal\, a. [L. nominalis, fr. nomen, nominis, name. See {Name}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a name or names; having to do with the literal meaning of a word; verbal; as, a nominal definition. --Bp. Pearson. [1913 Webster] 2. Existing in name only; not real; as, a nominal difference. ``Nominal attendance on lectures.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 4. Hence: Insignificant; trifling; -- of prices or costs, as compared with the benefits gained; as, to pay a nominal sum for the data; a nominal fee. [PJC] 3. Within acceptable limits; as expected; as, the hydraulic lines are at nominal pressure; -- used mostly in aviation and space operations. [PJC]

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ordinal adj 1: of or relating to a taxonomic order; "family and ordinal names of animals and plants" 2: being or denoting a numerical order in a series; "ordinal numbers"; "held an ordinal rank of seventh" [ant: {cardinal}] n : the number designating place in an ordered sequence [syn: {ordinal number}, {no.}]

114 Moby Thesaurus words for "ordinal": Gaussian integer, Sefer Torah, Torah, Torah scroll, Virginal, algebraic number, algorismic, algorithmic, aliquot, breviary, canon, cardinal, cardinal number, categorical, catenary, characteristic, church book, classificational, classificatory, complex number, consecutive, decimal, defective number, defining, denominative, differential, digital, distinctive, divisional, divisionary, euchologion, euchology, even, even number, exponential, farse, figural, figurate, figurative, finite, finite number, formulary, fraction, fractional, imaginary, imaginary number, impair, impossible, infinite, infinity, integer, integral, irrational, irrational number, lectionary, lineal, linear, litany, logarithmic, logometric, machzor, manual, missal, mixed number, negative, numeral, numerary, numerative, numeric, odd, pair, particular, peculiar, polygonal number, pontifical, positive, possible, prayer book, prime, prime number, progressive, pure imaginary, radical, rational, rational number, real, real number, reciprocal, rectangular number, ritual, rituale, round number, rubric, sequent, sequential, serial, serial number, seriate, service book, siddur, special, specific, subdivisional, submultiple, successional, successive, surd, taxonomic, transcendental, transcendental number, transfinite number, typal, typical, whole number

Ordinal \Or"di*nal\, n. 1. A word or number denoting order or succession. [1913 Webster] 2. (Ch. of Eng.) The book of forms for making, ordaining, and consecrating bishops, priests, and deacons. [1913 Webster] 3. (R. C. Ch.) A book containing the rubrics of the Mass. [Written also {ordinale}.] [1913 Webster]

Ordinal \Or"di*nal\, a. [L. ordinalis, fr. ordo, ordinis, order. See {Order}.] 1. Indicating order or succession; as, the ordinal numbers, first, second, third, etc. Contrasted to {cardinal}. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. Of or pertaining to an order. [1913 Webster]

ordinal An {isomorphism class} of {well-ordered set}s. (1995-03-10)

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  • nominal: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • nominal: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • nominal: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • nominal: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • ordinal: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • ordinal: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • ordinal: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • ordinal: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • ordinal: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)

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