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

Definition of ant (Entry 2 of 6)

1 antenna
2 antonym

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 Think about a wide stretch of desert compared with an ant farm. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Surprise! There's a Secret Organ in Your Head," 20 Oct. 2020 This instinct is like an ant that has been stopped in its tracks by a giant object dropped suddenly in its path. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 27 Oct. 2020 The team modeled shadows and temperatures on the moon and discovered that ice can form in the tiny patches—some as small as an ant, reports National Geographic. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Moon Has More Water and Ice Hidden All Over Its Surface Than Originally Predicted," 27 Oct. 2020 By modeling temperatures and shadows on the moon, the team found that ice could form in tiny areas—as small an ant. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Water on moon’s surface may be more abundant than once thought," 26 Oct. 2020 Even the ant farm comes with a level of commitment. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "If you're considering a pet, think past the usual dogs and cats to fish, reptiles and more," 30 Sep. 2020 Peppered throughout are jokes that resonate now but will likely only elicit head-scratches and futile Google searches years on: Why is someone pretending to be an ant on Facebook? Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "Social Distance is quick-turn pandemic content done right," 15 Oct. 2020 When an ant colony went hunting small insects on a dry river bed in Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal, India, a tiger beetle began to pick off some of the ants. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020," 14 Oct. 2020 Schiap might have been seen as a gnat-like rival by Coco Chanel, but her approach to fashion was in line with that of her artist friends, especially Salvador Dalí, who included an ant on his 1944 cover for Vogue. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "A Fashion Fly-By Inspired by Last Night’s Debate," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ant. Accessed 1 Dec. 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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