AN'T, in old authors, is a contraction of an it, that is if it. [See An.]
AN'T, conj. [AN'T.]
In old authors, is a contraction of an it, that is, if it. [See An.]
ANT, n. [Sax. æmet, emmet, contracted into ant; Germ. ameise.]
An emmet; a pismire. Ants constitute a genus of insects of the Hymenopteral order, of which the characteristics are; a small scale between the breast and belly, with a joint so deep that the animal appears as if almost cut in two. The females, and the neuter or working ants, which have no sexual characteristics, are furnished with a hidden sting; and both males and females have wings, but the neuters have none. These insects meet together in companies, and maintain a sort of republic. They raise hillocks of earth, in which they live. In these there are paths, leading to the repositories of their provisions. The large black ants, in the warm climates of America, to avoid the effects of great rains, build large nests on trees, of light earth, roundish and plastered smooth. – Encyc.
in our vulgar dialect, as in the phrases I ānt, you ānt, he ānt, we ānt, &c., is undoubtedly a contraction of the Danish er, ere, the substantive verb, in the present tense of the indicative mode, and not, I er-not, we ere-not, he er-not, or of the Swedish ar, the same verb, infinitive vara, to be. These phrases are doubtless legitimate remains of the Gothic dialect.
- An it, that is, and it or if
it. See An, conj.
- A contraction for are and am
not; also used for is not; -- now usually written
- See Anti-,
suffix sometimes marking the agent for action; as, merchant,
covenant, servant, pleasant, etc. Cf. -
- A hymenopterous insect of the
Linnæan genus Formica, which is now made a family of several
genera; an emmet; a pismire.