word-forming element used to make diminutives, from French -cule or directly from Latin -culus (masc.), -cula (fem.), -culum (neuter). -cle(1)

a suffix found in French loanwords of Latin origin, originally diminutive nouns, and later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin or in Neo-Latin coinages: article; conventicle; corpuscle; particle.


< French, Old French < Latin -culus, -cula, -culum, variant of -ulus -ule with nouns of the 3rd, 4th and 5th declensions, usually with the same gender as the base noun -cle(2)

a suffix found in French loanwords of Latin origin, later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin; in Latin, this suffix formed from verbs nouns that denoted a place appropriate to the action of the verb ( cubicle, receptacle ) or a means by which the action is performed ( vehicle ).


< French, Old French < Latin -culum, -cula < *-tlom, *-tlā World English Dictionary


— suffix forming nouns

indicating smallness: cubicle ; particle

[via Old French from Latin -culus. See -cule ]



variant of -cle1 : animalcule; molecule; reticule.


(< F) < Latin -culus, -cula, -culum; see -cle1 -cule(2)

variant of -cle2 : ridicule.


(< F) < Latin -culum, -cula; see -cle 1.cubicle

n. small division of a larger room,walled or curtained to make a separate compartment, eg. for sleeping in, or for (un)dressing at a swimming-pool 小隔间 *cub(=lie,bend)

例句:Each clerk had his own cubicle in which to do his work. 每个职员都有自己工作的小隔间。


n. fetter or chain for the hands or feet (pl.)手铐,脚镣

v. fetter with manacles;restrain 给…戴上镣铐;约束 *man(u)(=hand)

例句:The prisoners were manacled by a heavy chain and ball.囚犯们都戴着沉重的镣铐和铁球。


adj, tiny;very small 极小的 *min(i)(small)

例句:Growth of the tumor was so minuscule the doctor decided to delay the surgery.肿瘤长得很慢,所以医生决定推迟手术。


n. smallest unit into which a substance can be divided whithout a change in its chemical nature 分子*mol (=mass,heap)

例句:In chemistry,we study how atoms and molecules react to form new substances.在化学领域,我们研究原子和分子如何发生反应形成新物质。


n. answer given at place where questions about the future were asked of the gods,prophet;person considered able to give reliable guidance 神谕;传神者;圣哲 *or(=say)

例句:Consulting oracles before deciding to marry is still a very common practice.在决定结婚前占卜问卦,依然是一种很普遍的做法。


n. tall,pointed ornament built on to a roof or buttress;high,slender mountain peak;highest point 小尖塔;山顶;是高点顶点 *pin(=dim)

例句:At the pinnacle of his career,he was killed in a car accident.他在处于职业生涯的巅峰时死于一场车祸。