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English Dictionary: sentence by the DICT Development Group
4 results for sentence
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
  2. (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed; "the conviction came as no surprise"
    Synonym(s): conviction, judgment of conviction, condemnation, sentence
    Antonym(s): acquittal
  3. the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned; "he served a prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; "he is doing time in the county jail"
    Synonym(s): prison term, sentence, time
  1. pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law; "He was condemned to ten years in prison"
    Synonym(s): sentence, condemn, doom
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sentence \Sen"tence\, n. [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia,
      from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel,
      to think. See {Sense}, n., and cf. {Sentiensi}.]
      1. Sense; meaning; significance. [Obs.]
                     Tales of best sentence and most solace. --Chaucer.
                     The discourse itself, voluble enough, and full of
                     sentence.                                          --Milton.
            (a) An opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment,
                  especially one of an unfavorable nature.
                           My sentence is for open war.         --Milton.
                           That by them [Luther's works] we may pass
                           sentence upon his doctrines.         --Atterbury.
            (b) A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as,
                  Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences.
      3. (Law) In civil and admiralty law, the judgment of a court
            pronounced in a cause; in criminal and ecclesiastical
            courts, a judgment passed on a criminal by a court or
            judge; condemnation pronounced by a judgical tribunal;
            doom. In common law, the term is exclusively used to
            denote the judgment in criminal cases.
                     Received the sentence of the law.      --Shak.
      4. A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a
            maxim; an axiom; a saw. --Broome.
      5. (Gram.) A combination of words which is complete as
            expressing a thought, and in writing is marked at the
            close by a period, or full point. See {Proposition}, 4.
      Note: Sentences are simple or compound. A simple sentence
               consists of one subject and one finite verb; as,
               [bd]The Lord reigns.[b8] A compound sentence contains
               two or more subjects and finite verbs, as in this
                        He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all.
      {Dark sentence}, a saving not easily explained.
                     A king . . . understanding dark sentences. --Dan.
                                                                              vii. 23.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sentence \Sen"tence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sentenced}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Sentencing}.]
      1. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to
            punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
                     Nature herself is sentenced in your doom. --Dryden.
      2. To decree or announce as a sentence. [Obs.] --Shak.
      3. To utter sententiously. [Obs.] --Feltham.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      A collection of {clauses}.
      See also {definite sentence}.
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