an end or final part of something, esp. a period of time, an activity, or a book or movie:
the ending of the Cold War.
the furthest part or point of something:
a nerve ending.
the final part of a word, constituting a grammatical inflection or formative element.
A grammatical or derivational element at the end of a WORD: -s
added to horse
to form the plural horses
, added to sell
to form the third-person singular sells
added to central
to form centrality
. Elements like -s
are often referred to as inflectional endings
. Elements like -ity
may be referred to as derivational endings
, but are more commonly known as suffixes
. Inflectional endings may or may not be classed as suffixes. See CLASSICAL ENDING