3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Nominal \Nom"i*nal\, adjective [L. nominalis, fr. nomen, nominis, name. See {Name}.]

1. Of or pertaining to a name or names; having to do with the literal meaning of a word; verbal; as, a nominal definition. --Bp. Pearson.

2. Existing in name only; not real; as, a nominal difference. "Nominal attendance on lectures." --Macaulay.

4. Hence: Insignificant; trifling; -- of prices or costs, as compared with the benefits gained; as, to pay a nominal sum for the data; a nominal fee. [PJC]

3. Within acceptable limits; as expected; as, the hydraulic lines are at nominal pressure; -- used mostly in aviation and space operations. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Nominal \Nom"i*nal\, noun

1. A nominalist. [Obs.] --Camden.

2. (Gram.) A verb formed from a noun.

3. A name; an appellation.

A is the nominal of the sixth note in the natural diatonic scale. --Moore (Encyc. of Music. )

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name; "the Russian system of nominal brevity"; "a nominal lists of priests"; "taxable males as revealed by the nominal rolls"

2: insignificantly small; a matter of form only ('tokenish' is informal); "the fee was nominal"; "a token gesture of resistance"; "a toknenish gesture" [syn: {nominal}, {token(a)}, {tokenish}]

3: pertaining to a noun or to a word group that functions as a noun; "nominal phrase"; "noun phrase"

4: of, relating to, or characteristic of an amount that is not adjusted for inflation; "the nominal GDP"; "nominal interest rates" [ant: {real}]

5: named; bearing the name of a specific person; "nominative shares of stock" [syn: {nominative}, {nominal}]

6: existing in name only; "the nominal (or titular) head of his party" [syn: {nominal}, {titular}]


1: a phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb [syn: {noun phrase}, {nominal phrase}, {nominal}]

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