Sense: 1
Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old English
Origin: -ende
Sense: 2
Origin: Old English -ing, -ung


Related topics: Grammar
1SLG forms the present participle of verbs:
They're dancing.
to go dancing
a dancing bear
2 [in uncountable nouns]SLG the action or process of doing something:
She hates swimming.
No parking.
3 [in countable nouns]
a) SLG an example of doing something:
to hold a meeting
b) a product or result of doing something:
a beautiful painting
4 [in nouns] something used to do something or used for making something:
a silk lining
ten metres of curtaining (=cloth for curtains)

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