immediate constituent
noun Date: 1933 any of the meaningful constituents directly forming a larger linguistic construction (as a phrase or sentence)

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  • immediate constituent — n. any of the meaningful hierarchical components into which a complex linguistic structure may be directly divided and which may in turn be subdivided …   English World dictionary

  • immediate constituent — Gram. one of the usually two largest constituents of a construction: The immediate constituents of He ate his dinner are he and ate his dinner; of ate his dinner are ate and his dinner; etc. Abbr.: IC Cf. ultimate constituent. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • immediate constituent — imme′diate constit′uent n. gram. one of the usu. two largest constituents of a linguistic construction: The immediate constituents of He ate his dinner are he and ate his dinner Compare ultimate constituent • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • immediate constituent — noun a constituent of a sentence at the first step in an analysis: e.g., subject and predicate • Hypernyms: ↑constituent, ↑grammatical constituent …   Useful english dictionary

  • immediate constituent — /ɪˌmidiət kənˈstɪtʃuənt/ (say i.meedeeuht kuhn stichoohuhnt) noun Grammar the parts into which any fragment of language can most immediately be divided, as the subject and predicate of a sentence, or the verb and object of a predicate. Abbrev.: i …   Australian English dictionary

  • immediate constituent analysis — ▪ linguistics also called  Ic Analysis,         in linguistics, a system of grammatical analysis that divides sentences into successive layers, or constituents, until, in the final layer, each constituent consists of only a word or meaningful… …   Universalium

  • constituent — constituently, adv. /keuhn stich ooh euhnt/, adj. 1. serving to compose or make up a thing; component: the constituent parts of a motor. 2. having power to frame or alter a political constitution or fundamental law, as distinguished from… …   Universalium

  • constituent — con•stit•u•ent [[t]kənˈstɪtʃ u ənt[/t]] adj. 1) serving to make up a thing; component: the constituent parts of a motor[/ex] 2) gov having power to frame or alter a political constitution or fundamental law, as distinguished from lawmaking power …   From formal English to slang

  • constituent — [kən stich′o͞o ənt] adj. [< L constituens, prp. of constituere: see CONSTITUTE] 1. necessary in forming or making up a whole; component [a constituent part] 2. that can or does appoint or vote for a representative 3. authorized to make or… …   English World dictionary

  • constituent — /kɒnˈstɪtʃuənt / (say kon stichoohuhnt) adjective 1. serving to make up a thing; component; elementary: constituent parts. 2. having power to frame or alter a political constitution or fundamental law, as distinguished from lawmaking power: a… …   Australian English dictionary

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