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ox

[oks] /ɒks/
noun, plural oxen for 1, 2, oxes for 3.
1.
the adult castrated male of the genus Bos, used chiefly as a draft animal.
2.
any member of the bovine family.
3.
Informal. a clumsy, stupid fellow.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English oxe, Old English oxa; cognate with Old Frisian oxa, Old Saxon, Old High German ohso, Old Norse uxi, oxi; akin to Welsh ych
Related forms
oxlike, adjective

ox-

Chemistry
1.
a combining form meaning “containing oxygen”:
oxazine.
Origin
short for oxygen

Ox.

1.
Origin
< Medieval Latin Oxonia
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Examples for ox
  • An unwarranted seizure for debt was fined, as was the distraint of a working ox.
  • An ox is nothing more than a mature bovine with an education.
British Dictionary definitions for ox

ox

/ɒks/
noun (pl) oxen (ˈɒksən)
1.
an adult castrated male of any domesticated species of cattle, esp Bos taurus, used for draught work and meat
2.
any bovine mammal, esp any of the domestic cattle
Word Origin
Old English oxa; related to Old Saxon, Old High German ohso, Old Norse oxi
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Word Origin and History for ox
ox
O.E. oxa (pl. oxan), from P.Gmc. *ukhson (cf. O.N. oxi, O.Fris. oxa, M.Du. osse, Ger. Ochse, Goth. auhsa), from PIE *uks-en- "male animal," (cf. Welsh ych "ox," M.Ir. oss "stag," Skt. uksa, Avestan uxshan- "ox, bull"), said to be from base *uks- "to sprinkle," related to *ugw- "wet, moist." The animal word, then, is lit. "besprinkler." Oxen is the only true survival in Mod.Eng. of the O.E. weak plural. Ox-bow "semicircular bend in a river" is first recorded 1797, Amer.Eng. (New England), in ref. to the shape of the piece of wood which forms the collar for an ox yoke (so called from 1368).
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ox in Medicine

ox- 1
pref.
Variant of oxo-.

ox- 2
pref.
Variant of oxy-.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ox

ox

Related Terms

dumb ox


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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ox in Technology
language, tool
A preprocessor, written by Kurt Bischoff of Iowa State University, that extends and generalises the syntax and semantics of Yacc, Lex, and C. Ox's support of LALR1 grammars generalises yacc in the way that attribute grammars generalise context-free grammars. It augments Yacc and Lex specifications with definitions of synthesised and inherited attributes written in C syntax. Ox checks these specifications for consistency and completeness, and generates a program that builds and decorates attributed parse trees. Ox accepts a most general class of attribute grammars. The user may specify postdecoration traversals for easy ordering of side effects such as code generation.
Latest version: G1.01, as of 1993-11-14.
(ftp://ftp.cs.iastate.edu/pub/ox/).
Info: .
["User Manual for Ox: An Attribute-Grammar Compiling System based on Yacc, Lex and C", K.M. Bischoff, TR92-30, Iowa State U, Dec 1992].
(2000-04-03)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for ox

Ox.

Oxford
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ox in the Bible

Heb. bakar, "cattle;" "neat cattle", (Gen. 12:16; 34:28; Job 1:3, 14; 42:12, etc.); not to be muzzled when treading the corn (Deut. 25:4). Referred to by our Lord in his reproof to the Pharisees (Luke 13:15; 14:5).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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