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lemma

noun

1 lemma

A subsidiary proposition that is assumed to be true in order to prove another proposition.

Roget 476: reasoning ratiocination rationalism; dialectics, induction, generalization.    discussion, comment; ventilation; inquiry etc. 461.    argumentation, controversy, debate; ... show more

Dutch: hulpstelling, lemma
Polish: lemat

2 lemma

The lower and stouter of the two glumes immediately enclosing the floret in most Gramineae.

synonym: flowering glume.

3 lemma

The heading that indicates the subject of an annotation or a literary composition or a dictionary entry.

Dutch: hoofdwoord, ingang, titelwoord, trefwoord


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