ant

noun
\ ˈant How to pronounce ant (audio) \

Definition of ant

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: any of a family (Formicidae) of colonial hymenopterous insects with a complex social organization and various castes performing special duties
ants in one's pants
: impatience for action or activity : restlessness

ant

abbreviation (1)

Definition of ant (Entry 2 of 6)

1 antenna
2 antonym

Ant

abbreviation (2)

Definition of Ant (Entry 3 of 6)

Antarctica

ant-

prefix

Definition of ant- (Entry 4 of 6)

— see anti-

Definition of -ant (Entry 5 of 6)

1a : one that performs (a specified action) : personal or impersonal agent claimant coolant
b : thing that promotes (a specified action or process) expectorant
2 : one connected with annuitant
3 : thing acted upon (in a specified manner) inhalant

Definition of -ant (Entry 6 of 6)

1 : performing (a specified action) or being (in a specified condition) somnambulant
2 : promoting (a specified action or process) expectorant

Examples of ant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet so do sea otters, fish and even some insects, such as ants that sop up honey in spongy matter. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "Video shows a puffin in Iceland using a tool to scratch an itch," 30 Dec. 2019 Fifty-five power magnification revealed a swarm of gadwalls, teal, and shovelers, thick as piss ants on a cookie. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "How to Scout for Late-Season Ducks—and Shoot a Limit," 17 Dec. 2019 And while getting rid of snakes may not be as easy as getting rid of fruit flies or ants, the process doesn't have to be too scary. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Snakes, From Copperhead to Garden," 17 Dec. 2019 The ant’s speed was the human equivalent of 360 miles per hour, according to scientists. Fox News, "'Rodeo ants' that hitch a ride on larger ants discovered in Texas," 13 Dec. 2019 High-end chefs like Jose Andres and Rene Redzepi serve up grasshoppers and ants. Jason Plautz, Ars Technica, "“Out poked two antennae”—crafting an insect-based dinner party," 28 Nov. 2019 Researchers have now used high-speed cameras to document just how quickly these ants move. Kelso Harper, Scientific American, "Undying Cells, Speedy Ants and a Deep-Sea Ghost: Science GIFs to Start Your Halloween Week," 28 Oct. 2019 The ants are harmless, but the honeydew will result in growth of sooty mold, an unattractive black fungus that will coat the leaves and stems. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Blackened roses-of-Sharon victims of sooty mold, aphids," 10 Oct. 2019 In a statement, the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Health Care System said it was told the ants were affecting patients. CBS News, "Vietnam vet dies after being found covered in ants at Georgia VA home, daughter says," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ant

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ant

Noun

Middle English ante, emete, from Old English æmette; akin to Old High German āmeiza ant

Noun suffix

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from -ant, present participle suffix, from Latin -ant-, -ans, present participle suffix of first conjugation, from -a- (stem vowel of first conjugation) + -nt-, -ns, present participle suffix; akin to Old English -nde, present participle suffix, Greek -nt-, -n, participle suffix

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The first known use of ant was before the 12th century

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-ants. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for ant

ant

noun
How to pronounce -ant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ant

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a kind of small insect that lives in an organized social group

English Language Learners Definition of -ant (Entry 2 of 3)

: a person or thing that does a specified thing

English Language Learners Definition of -ant (Entry 3 of 3)

: doing a specified thing or behaving in a specified way

ant

noun
\ ˈant How to pronounce ant (audio) \

Kids Definition of ant

: a small insect related to the bees and wasps that lives in colonies and forms nests in the ground or in wood in which it stores food and raises its young

Kids Definition of ant.

antonym

ant-

Kids Definition of ant-

see anti-

\ ənt \

Kids Definition of -ant

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : one that does or causes a certain thing deodorant
2 : thing that is acted upon in a certain way

Kids Definition of -ant (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : doing a certain thing or being a certain way observant
2 : causing a certain action

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