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NOUN (1)

1. the case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb;
[syn: ablative, ablative case]


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. relating to the ablative case;

2. tending to ablate; i.e. to be removed or vaporized at very high temperature;
- Example: "ablative material on a rocket cone"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ablative \Ab"la*tive\, a. [F. ablatif, ablative, L. ablativus fr. ablatus. See Ablation.] 1. Taking away or removing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Where the heart is forestalled with misopinion, ablative directions are found needful to unteach error, ere we can learn truth. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) Applied to one of the cases of the noun in Latin and some other languages, -- the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ablative \Ab"la*tive\, (Gram.) The ablative case. [1913 Webster] ablative absolute, a construction in Latin, in which a noun in the ablative case has a participle (either expressed or implied), agreeing with it in gender, number, and case, both words forming a clause by themselves and being unconnected, grammatically, with the rest of the sentence; as, Tarquinio regnante, Pythagoras venit, i. e., Tarquinius reigning, Pythagoras came. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ablative adj 1: relating to the ablative case 2: tending to ablate; i.e. to be removed or vaporized at very high temperature; "ablative material on a rocket cone" n 1: the case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb [syn: ablative, ablative case]