Each entry is made up of one or more senses. Each sense represents a particular meaning of the headword.
Senses are chronologically arranged, first by part of speech
and then according to the date of first recorded use for each sense.
In general, compounds are grouped together as a separate numbered sense or
Each sense is followed by a set of quotations. Senses are listed in the horizontal bar shown to the right of each entry and in search results only when they are attested by a set of quotations.
Labelling of senses
A capital letter (A, B) is used for each part
of speech represented by the headword, and an arabic numeral (1, 2) for each sense
within that group
Hertzogite, noun and adjective
. . . A. noun 1.
A supporter of J.B.M. Hertzog . . . 2. Herstigte noun
sense a . . . B. adjective 1. Herstigte adjective
. . . 2.
contexts. Of or pertaining to supporters of J.B.M. Hertzog and his Afrikaner Party
African, noun1 and adjective1
. . .
A. noun 1.
A black person of African descent . . . B. adjective 1. a.
Of or pertaining to Africa
If the distinction between these senses is a fine one, lower case letters
(a, b) may be used instead of arabic numerals to suggest a closer semantic distance.
. . . a. intransitive.
To work with a hoe . . . b. transitive.
To weed (a piece of land)
with a hoe
. . . a. transitive
. To smoke (a cigarette or reefer) . . . b. intransitive
. To smoke
Senses marked 1, 2 may have subdivisions (marked a, b), and further subdivisions
(marked i, ii).
. . . 1.obsolete
. A parish clerk . . . 2. a.
sense a . . . b.
‘Minister’, used: i.
As a term of address. ii
With a name, as a title
Numbered senses which fall into distinct semantic
or other patterns may be grouped by large roman numerals (I, II).
. . . I.
A common noun. 1. obsolete
. One not fully in authority . . .
sense 2 . . . II.
A form of address. 3. baasie
sense 1 a . . .
A title. 4.
Used with a name
. . . I.
The gazelle Antidorcas marsupialis
of the Bovidae . . . II. transferred sense
Used as a national symbol