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From Latin contextus.



context (countable and uncountable, plural contexts)

  1. The surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings that determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event or other occurrence.
    In what context did your attack on him happen? - We had a pretty tense relationship at the time, and when he insulted me I snapped.
    • 2012 September 7, Phil McNulty, “Moldova 0-5 England”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      The display and result must be placed in the context that was it was against a side that looked every bit their Fifa world ranking of 141 - but England completed the job with efficiency to record their biggest away win in 19 years.
  2. (linguistics) The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning.
  3. (archaeology) The surroundings and environment in which an artifact is found and which may provide important clues about the artifact's function and/or cultural meaning.
  4. (mycology) The trama or flesh of a mushroom.
  5. (logic) For a formula: a finite set of variables, which set contains all the free variables in the given formula.



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context (third-person singular simple present contexts, present participle contexting, simple past and past participle contexted)

  1. (obsolete) To knit or bind together; to unite closely.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Feltham to this entry?)
    • R. Junius
      The whole world's frame, which is contexted only by commerce and contracts.


context (comparative more context, superlative most context)

  1. (obsolete) Knit or woven together; close; firm.
    • Derham
      The coats, without, are context and callous.



From Latin contextus.



context m (plural contexts or contextos)

  1. context

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