-ing -ing 1. [For OE. -and, -end, -ind, AS. -ende; akin to Goth. -and-, L. -ant-, -ent-, Gr. ?.] A suffix used to from present participles; as, singing, playing. [1913 Webster]

2. [OE. -ing, AS. -ing, -ung.] A suffix used to form nouns from verbs, and signifying the act of; the result of the act; as, riding, dying, feeling. It has also a secondary collective force; as, shipping, clothing. [1913 Webster]

Note: The Old English ending of the present participle and verbal noun became confused, both becoming -ing. [1913 Webster]

3. [AS. -ing.] A suffix formerly used to form diminutives; as, lording, farthing. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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