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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun article:

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Definition of the noun article

What does article mean as a name of something?

Article is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: articles

  1. nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication
  2. one of a class of artifacts
    • example: an article of clothing
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • article of commerce = an article that is offered for sale
      • breakable = an article that is fragile and easily broken
      • knickknack / novelty = a small inexpensive mass-produced article
      • notion = small personal articles or clothing or sewing items
      • ware = articles of the same kind or material
  3. a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)
    • domain: contract
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of article: clause
    • more generic words: section / subdivision = a self-contained part of a larger composition
    • more specific terms:
      • arbitration clause = a clause in a contract providing for arbitration of disputes arising under the contract
      • deductible = a clause in an insurance policy that relieves the insurer of responsibility to pay the initial loss up to a stated amount
      • double indemnity = a clause in an insurance policy that provides for double the face value of the policy in the case of accidental death
      • escalator clause / escalator = a clause in a contract that provides for an increase or a decrease in wages or prices or benefits etc. depending on certain conditions
      • joker = an inconspicuous clause in a document or bill that affects its meaning in a way that is not immediately apparent
      • reserve clause = a clause that used to be part of the contract with a professional athlete extending the contract for a year beyond its expiration
      • rider = a clause that is appended to a legislative bill
    • part of: document / papers / written document = writing that provides information
  4. (grammar) a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase
    • domain: grammar
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: determinative / determiner = one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
    • more specific terms:
      • definite article = a determiner (as `the' in English) that indicates specificity of reference
      • indefinite article = a determiner (as `a' or `some' in English) that indicates nonspecific reference

Alternative definition of the noun article


  1. A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, internet etc.
  2. A member of a group or class
  3. An object.
  4. [context: grammar] A part of speech that indicates, specifies and limits a noun (a, an, or the in English). In some languages the 'article' may appear as en ending (e.g. definite 'article' in Swedish) or there may be none (e.g. Finnish, Estonian).
  5. A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc.
  6. [context: derogatory] A person.
  7. [1811] A wench. A prime 'article'. A handsome girl.

Definition of the verb article

What does article mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: articled | articling | articles

  1. bind by a contract; especially for a training period

Alternative definition of the verb article


  1. To study or train to become qualified, especially in the legal profession.
  2. To bind by articles of apprenticeship.


  1. Article: An article is a written work published in a print or electronic medium. It may be for the purpose of propagating the news, research results, academic analysis or debate.
    • also known as 条目
  2. Article: An article is a word that is used with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Articles specify grammatical definiteness of the noun, in some languages extending to volume or numerical scope. The articles in the English language are the and a/an, and some. 'An' and 'a' are modern forms of the Old English 'an', which in Anglian dialects was the number 'one' and survived into Modern Scots as the number 'ane'. Both 'on' and 'an' survived into Modern English, with 'one' used as the number and 'an' as an indefinite article.
    • also known as Where to shoot when it rains
  3. Article: The title of the article.
  4. article is an umql_property.

Phrases with Article

Phrases starting with the word Article:

  1. article of faith
  2. article of clothing
  3. article of commerce
  4. article of furniture
  5. Article of Extraordinary Value

Phrases ending with the word Article:

  1. news article
  2. review article
  3. feature article
  4. definite article
  5. Definite-Article
  6. magazine article
  7. newspaper article
  8. indefinite article
  9. Indefinite-Article
  10. Prepositional Article

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Article

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Google previewCongressional Record

ARTICLES OF RECONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITY ZONES IN AFGHANISTAN—The article is the product of 1 or more Reconstruction...

Google previewInitiatory Grammar for the Use of Junior Pupils (1872)

by James Douglas

ARTICLE. An Article is a word placed before a noun to mark the extent of its signification. Examples.

Article is The. The Indefinite Article is An or A. The Definite Article refers to some particular object ; thus, the boy means some particular boy.

Google previewThe Pilgrims' Complaint (2009)

A Study of Popular Thought in the Early Tudor North by M. L. Bush

The third article is that where your grace hath a tax or a quindime granted unto you by act of parliament payable the next year, the which is and hath been ever leviable of sheep and cattle, and the sheep and cattle of your subjects within the ...

Google previewHuman Interface and the Management of Information. Interacting with Information (2011)

Symposium on Human Interface 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011, Orlando, FL, USA, July 9-14, 2011. Proceedings by Gavriel Salvendy, Michael J. Smith

Conversely, the third article is a majime celebrity blog, and the fourth article is the search result that is the top hits of majime. Both articles consist of more words and no pictograms or emoticons. As is evident from these examples, Kawaii ...

Google previewLand-Saving Action (1984)

by Russell Brenneman

The second article is a republication of the Uniform Conservation Easement Act. This act is one in a series of model...

The third article is an actual recorded agreement, filed to protect the land and buildings of a historic property in Connecticut.

Google previewUnderstanding the Dynamics of Global Inequality (2014)

Social Exclusion, Power Shift, and Structural Changes by Alexander Lenger, Florian Schumacher

Christian Schneickert, Andreas Kroneder, and Regine Schwab Abstract The article refers to the current debate on global elites. It is argued that social science research on globalization and elites is based on Eurocentric assumptions and ...

Google previewAdvances in Agronomy (1992)

The second article is a review on various aspects of pearl millet and its use as food, feed, and forage. The third article...

The fifth and final article is an historical review of the status of host plant resistance in cotton to insects in the United States.

Google previewA Dictionary of Travel and Tourism Terminology (2005)

by Allan Beaver

org PREAMBLE PRINCIPLES ANNEX Article 1 Tourism's contribution to mutual understanding and respect between peoples and societies Article 2 Tourism as a vehicle for individual and collective fulfilment ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Women in South Asia: Pakistan (2004)

The Article 8 of the Constitution needs to be further strengthened with the addition of a specific clause saying in substance that all the provisions of the Constitution shall be interpreted so as to accord with the Fundamental Rights. An exception ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of South Dakota Indians (2001)

by Donald Ricky

ARTICLE 3. In order that the Kansas Indians may know the west line of the land which they have ceded by this treaty, it is...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

It includes both the volume number and the page number of each article. 2.

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

Article 2 affirms equal entitlement to all the rights in the Declaration and specifically includes language as one of several grounds that must not be used to justify denial of equal rights. It was considered necessary to state this because language ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Texas (2001)

by Nancy Capace

Of the additional bonds authorized to be issued $590 million of those bonds are dedicated for use for the purposes provided by Sections 49c and 49d of this article with $400 million of those bonds to be used for state participation in the ...

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Scrabble value of A1R1T1I1C3L1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ARTICLE

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