Improper diphthong
Improper Im*prop"er, a. [F. impropre, L. improprius; pref. im- not + proprius proper. See {Proper}.] 1. Not proper; not suitable; not fitted to the circumstances, design, or end; unfit; not becoming; incongruous; inappropriate; indecent; as, an improper medicine; improper thought, behavior, language, dress. [1913 Webster]

Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service, Improper for a slave. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And to their proper operation still, Ascribe all Good; to their improper, Ill. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Not peculiar or appropriate to individuals; general; common. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Not to be adorned with any art but such improper ones as nature is said to bestow, as singing and poetry. --J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster]

3. Not according to facts; inaccurate; erroneous. [1913 Webster]

{Improper diphthong}. See under {Diphthong}.

{Improper feud}, an original feud, not earned by military service. --Mozley & W.

{Improper fraction}. See under {Fraction}. [1913 Webster]


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  • improper diphthong — Diphthong Diph thong (?; 115, 277), n. [L. diphthongus, Gr. ?; di = di s twice + ? voice, sound, fr. ? to utter a sound: cf. F. diphthongue.] (Ortho[ e]py) (a) A coalition or union of two vowel sounds pronounced in one syllable; as, ou in out, oi …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • improper diphthong — noun 1. : a vowel digraph 2. : partial diphthong 3. : an alpha, eta, or omega with an iota subscript …   Useful english dictionary

  • Improper — Im*prop er, a. [F. impropre, L. improprius; pref. im not + proprius proper. See {Proper}.] 1. Not proper; not suitable; not fitted to the circumstances, design, or end; unfit; not becoming; incongruous; inappropriate; indecent; as, an improper… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Improper feud — Improper Im*prop er, a. [F. impropre, L. improprius; pref. im not + proprius proper. See {Proper}.] 1. Not proper; not suitable; not fitted to the circumstances, design, or end; unfit; not becoming; incongruous; inappropriate; indecent; as, an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Improper fraction — Improper Im*prop er, a. [F. impropre, L. improprius; pref. im not + proprius proper. See {Proper}.] 1. Not proper; not suitable; not fitted to the circumstances, design, or end; unfit; not becoming; incongruous; inappropriate; indecent; as, an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diphthong — Diph thong (?; 115, 277), n. [L. diphthongus, Gr. ?; di = di s twice + ? voice, sound, fr. ? to utter a sound: cf. F. diphthongue.] (Ortho[ e]py) (a) A coalition or union of two vowel sounds pronounced in one syllable; as, ou in out, oi in noise; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper diphthong — Diphthong Diph thong (?; 115, 277), n. [L. diphthongus, Gr. ?; di = di s twice + ? voice, sound, fr. ? to utter a sound: cf. F. diphthongue.] (Ortho[ e]py) (a) A coalition or union of two vowel sounds pronounced in one syllable; as, ou in out, oi …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • iota adscript — noun : the unpronounced iota of a Greek improper diphthong when written on the line after the long vowel used in standard printing practice only when the long vowel is a capital …   Useful english dictionary

  • iota subscript — noun : the unpronounced iota of a Greek improper diphthong when written small beneath the preceding long vowel [as ᾳ (āi), ῃ (ēi), ῳ (ōi)] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Brazilian Portuguese — (Portuguese: português brasileiro or português do Brasil; pt BR) is a group of Portuguese dialects written and spoken by most of the 190 million inhabitants[1] of Brazil and by a few million Brazilian emigrants, mainly in the United States,… …   Wikipedia

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