Ger"und(?), n. [L. gerundium, fr. gerere to bear, carry, perform. See Gest a deed, Jest.] (Lat. Gram.)
1. A kind of verbal noun, having only the four oblique cases of the singular number, and governing cases like a participle.
(AS. Gram.) A verbal noun ending in -e, preceded by to and usually denoting purpose or end; -- called also the
dative infinitive; as, "Ic hbbe mete t
etanne" (I have meat to
eat.) In Modern English the name has been applied to verbal or participal nouns in -ing denoting a transitive action;
e. g., by throwing a stone.
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