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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  En \En\, n. (Print.)
     Half an em, that is, half of the unit of space in measuring
     printed matter. See {Em}.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:



  En- \En-\
     1. [F. en-, L. in.] A prefix signifying in or into, used in
        many English words, chiefly those borrowed from the
        French. Some English words are written indifferently with
        en-or in-. For ease of pronunciation it is commonly
        changed to em-before p, b, and m, as in employ, embody,
        emmew. It is sometimes used to give a causal force, as in
        enable, enfeeble, to cause to be, or to make, able, or
        feeble; and sometimes merely gives an intensive force, as
        in enchasten. See {In-}.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A prefix from Gr. ? in, meaning in; as, encephalon,
        entomology. See {In-}.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  -en \-en\
     1. A suffix from AS. -an, formerly used to form the plural of
        many nouns, as in ashen, eyen, oxen, all obs. except oxen.
        In some cases, such as children and brethren, it has been
        added to older plural forms.
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     2. A suffix corresponding to AS. -en and -on, formerly used
        to form the plural of verbs, as in housen, escapen.
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     3. A suffix signifying to make, to cause, used to form verbs
        from nouns and adjectives; as in strengthen, quicken,
        frighten. This must not be confused with -en corresponding
        in Old English to the AS. infinitive ending -an.
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     4. [AS. -en; akin to Goth. -eins, L. -inus, Gr. ?.] An
        adjectival suffix, meaning made of; as in golden, leaden,
        wooden.
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     5. [AS. -en; akin to Skr. -na.] The termination of the past
        participle of many strong verbs; as, in broken, gotten,
        trodden.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

  en
       n : half the width of an em [syn: {nut}]

From Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002) [vera]:

  EN
       Europa Norm (Europe)
       
       

















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