noun (s), nouns (pl)

(names of words)

The (nouns) entry refers to "the name of a person, place, thing, quality", or "an act".

The (s) = singular or "one"; while (pl) = plural or "more than one".

Examples of (nouns) entries and what they are indicating:

  • house (s), houses (pl) (nouns)
  • book (s), books (pl) (nouns)
  • picture (s), pictures (pl) (nouns)

Nouns now are morphing into verbs
With unrelenting zeal.
We're "lawyering" our words,
I've heard,
And "brokering" a deal.
We're "doctoring" the truth, and yes,
"Sandbagging" evidence.
Still other nouns, it is my guess,
"Will make the future tense."
—Doris O'Brien
(noun) (s) uncountable noun, used only in the singular form
1. (noun) (s): "uncountable", "uncountable noun", or "mass noun" are all terms that refer to a noun that cannot be used freely with numbers or the indefinite article, and which, therefore, usually take no plural forms.

The English nouns, perseverance, information, are uncountable nouns (or "mass nouns), at least in their primary meanings.

With such terms, it is not proper to say that there is one perseverance, nor that there are many perseverances or many informations.

2. Some dictionaries use the entry for a noun with the label [noncount] when it doesn't have a plural form or when it refers to something that can't be counted.
3. When a word can be used as both a singular noun and a plural noun, certain dictionaries will label it count, noncount.

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