Definition of Copula

1. Noun. An equating verb (such as 'be' or 'become') that links the subject with the complement of a sentence.

Exact synonyms: Copulative, Linking Verb
Generic synonyms: Verb
Derivative terms: Copular, Copulative

Definition of Copula

1. n. The word which unites the subject and predicate.

Definition of Copula

1. Noun. (grammar) A word used to link the subject of a sentence with a predicate (usually a subject complement or an adverbial); it serves to unite (or associate) the subject with the predicate. (e.g. be). ¹

2. Noun. (statistics) A function that represents the association between two or more variables, independent of the individual marginal distributions of the variables. ¹

3. Noun. (music) A device that connects two or more keyboards of an organ ¹

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Definition of Copula

1. something that links [n -LAS or -LAE] : COPULAR [adj]

Medical Definition of Copula

1. 1. In anatomy, a narrow part connecting two structures, e.g., the body of the hyoid bone. 2. A swelling that is formed during the early development of the tongue by the medial portion of the second branchial arch; it is overgrown by the hypobranchial eminence and is not present in the adult tongue. 3. Obsolete term for zygote. Origin: L. A bond, tie (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Copula

coptic lung
copula (current term)
copula linguae
copular verb
copular verbs

Literary usage of Copula

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Handbook of Husband and Wife According to the Law of Scotland by Frederick Parker Walton (1893)
"If the promise be to marry the woman if she conceives, the fact that copula followed will not be a ground of declarator of marriage. ..."

2. Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar by Wilhelm Gesenius (1859)
"MANNER OF EXPRESSING THE copula. THE union of the substantive or pronoun, which forms the subject of the sentence, with another substantive or adjective as ..."

3. The Essentials of Logic: Being Ten Lectures on Judgment and Inference by Bernard Bosanquet (1903)
"In analysing the Judgment as an act of thought we copula, may begin by ... We should try to think of the copula not as a link, separable and always 1 Mill's ..."

4. The Logical Bases of Education by James Welton (1899)
"We have, however, yet another element of copula, the proposition to ... This additional element in the expression of a judgment is called the copula, ..."

5. On legislative expression; or, The language of the written law by George Coode (1845)
"If a right, privilege, or power is conferred, the appropriate copula is may or may not; if a right, power, or privilege is to be abridged, the appropriate ..."

6. Psychology; Or, The Science of Mind by Oliver S. Munsell (1880)
"The copula.—The copula, or connective of a judgment, is the word or words which declare the congruence or non-congruence of the predicate with the subject, ..."

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