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Dictionary Definition



1 a subsidiary proposition that is assumed to be true in order to prove another proposition
2 the lower and stouter of the two glumes immediately enclosing the floret in most Gramineae [syn: flowering glume]
3 the head of an annotation or gloss [also: lemmata (pl)]

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From sc=Grek.



  1. A proposition proved or accepted for immediate use in the proof of some other proposition.
  2. linguistics usually A canonical form of a term, particularly in the context of highly inflected languages.
  3. linguistics less frequently A lexeme; all the inflected forms of a term.


mathematics: proposition used mainly in the proof of some other proposition
liguistics: canonical form of a term

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Extensive Definition

Lemma may refer to:
  • Lemma (mathematics), a proven statement used as a stepping-stone toward the proof of another statement
  • Lemma (linguistics), the canonical form of a word
  • Lemma (logic), which is simultaneously a premise for a contention above it and a contention for premises below it
  • Lemma (botany), one of the specialised bracts enclosing a floret in a grass inflorescence
  • "Shadowing lemma", a fictional animal in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, which exists in only 2 dimensions and eats mathematicians
  • Analemma, the curve traced out by the sun over the course of a year, and the phenomenon may be used as a clock or calendar
  • Morris Iemma (Note: spelling with a capital i), current premier of the Australian state of New South Wales
lemma in Czech: Lemma
lemma in German: Lemma
lemma in Modern Greek (1453-): Λήμμα
lemma in French: Lemme
lemma in Ido: Lemo
lemma in Italian: Lemma (disambigua)
lemma in Luxembourgish: Lemma
lemma in Dutch: Lemma
lemma in Simple English: Lemma
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