Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

Thematic indexes

Trying to classify affixes is like organising all human knowledge. Any attempt will fall short of perfection, perhaps even adequacy. But these headings between them cover the majority of entries and are included in the hope that you will find them useful.

BiochemistryRelating to the chemical and physico-chemical processes which occur within living organisms. See also Human body, Medicine and surgery.
Biological classesThe classification of living things into groups such as genus and family. See also Living world.
Chemical elementsThe building blocks of matter. See also Substances.
Chemical radicalsReferring to groups of atoms that behave as a unit in a number of chemical compounds.
ColoursA surprisingly small group of terms for hues, both physical and organic.
Culture & societyA spectrum of words relating to the actions and activities of people in groups. See also Religion and spirit.
DiminutivesImplying smallness, either actual or imputed. See also Grammatical affixes.
Direction & movementPhysical movement or position is implied; for movement in time, see Time.
GenderIndicating various qualities of maleness or femaleness or forming nouns with one of those qualities.
Grammatical affixesThose prefixes and suffixes that change the part of speech or function of a word without significantly amending its meaning. See also Negatives and Diminutives .
Human bodyA wide range of terms for organs and bodily processes. See also Medicine and surgery
KnowledgeAs a subject of study, a skill in a subject of study, or a compendium of knowledge.
Language & writingLinguistics, varieties of language, or communication.
Living worldA broad category relating to both plants and animals. See also Biological classes
Medicine & surgeryDiseases, conditions, injuries, infections, and medical techniques. See also Biochemistry, Human body
MiscellaneousA catch-all class.
NegativesGrammatical prefixes indicating negation. See also Grammatical affixes.
Numbers & multiplesIncluding the standard SI multiples as well as those indicating both fractions and multiples, as well as numbers.
Physical worldA broad collection of terms from earth science, astronomy, mineralogy and physics.
Places & peoplesTerms for geographical, cultural and religious groupings of peoples.
PositionIncludes some affixes indicating size as well as relative position and qualities relating to position. See also Direction & movement.
ProportionsAffixes indicating qualities such as inequality, division, and relative size.
QualitiesIntangible characteristics ranging from beauty to newness, from correctness to speed. See also Sensations
Religion & spiritWorship, existence, and holiness.
SensationsPhysical sensations experienced by the body, such as pain, vision, heat or pressure. See also Qualities
ShapesThis group includes affixes meaning crested, bent, circular, spiral or wheel-like.
SubstancesA broad category that includes items like wood and silk as well as some foodstuffs such as milk or wine. See also Chemical elements, Chemical radicals
TechnologyItems here range from farming to computing and electronics to turbines.
TimeBoth relationships in time and periods of time.

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