Definition of nomenclature
2 : the act or process or an instance of naming nomenclature … is at its simplest the task of assigning a name to each distinct species — R. I. Smith
3a : a system or set of terms or symbols especially in a particular science, discipline, or art the nomenclature of inorganic chemistryb : an international system of standardized New Latin names used in biology for kinds and groups of kinds of animals and plants
nomenclaturalplay \ˌnō-mən-ˈklāch-rəl, -ˈklā-chə-\ adjective
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Examples of nomenclature in a Sentence
the nomenclatures of zoology and chemistry
the nomenclature, “tuxedo,” derives from the fact that the jacket first became popular in the resort area of Tuxedo Park, New York
Recent Examples of nomenclature from the Web
While in other Ford models the top-flight luxury versions wear similar Platinum nomenclature, this Titanium is the second-most-expensive Edge, short of the more powerful and expressive Edge Sport.
Baseball hangs on to its National Pastime nomenclature.
The ACA required that premium subsidies be linked to the price of a category of health insurance that was a kind of minimum standard for Obamacare and covered 70 percent of health costs on average — called a silver plan under Obamacare nomenclature.
Still, Grosso says the fight goes on, and a change in nomenclature could smooth the way.
Paris was simply the city that hosted the talks after which, in the long tradition of diplomatic nomenclature, the agreement was named.
One brilliant thing about the play is that as the dread and paranoia grow to a fever pitch, the group’s way of working through scenarios and quibbling over nomenclature doesn’t change.
The show, known as SIHH, unveiled the Carré des Horlogers (the watchmakers’ square), a space dedicated to independent luxury brands—also called cult brands, niche brands or artisan brands, depending on your preferred nomenclature.
Rooms starting around $219 a night will fall into Ace’s usual nomenclature (small, medium, double, large) and include nine suites.
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Are nomenclature and Name Synonymous?
In his 1926 Dictionary of Modern English Usage, grammarian H. W. Fowler asserted that it was wrong to use nomenclature as a synonym for name; he declared that nomenclature could only mean "a system of naming or of names." It is true that nomenclature comes from the Latin nomenclatura, meaning "the assigning of names," but the name sense was the first to appear in English (it is documented as long ago as 1610), and it has been considered perfectly standard for centuries.
Origin and Etymology of nomenclature
Latin nomenclatura assigning of names, from nomen + calatus, past participle of calare
First Known Use: 1610See Words from the same year
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Definition of nomenclature for English Language Learners
: a system of names for things especially in science
Medical Definition of nomenclature
: a system of terms used in a particular science; especially : an international system of standardized New Latin names used in biology for kinds and groups of kinds of animals and plants—see binomial nomenclature
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