A tense when you look at the Greek language which expresses an action as finished in overdue but actually leaves it in other areas wholly indeterminate
- a verb tight in certain languages (ancient Greek and Sanskrit) expressing action (especially past action) without suggesting its completion or continuation
- A tense when you look at the Greek language, which expresses an action as finished in activity, but departs it, in other respects, completely indeterminate.
1580s, the easy past tense of Greek verbs, from Greek aoristos (khronos) "indefinite (tense)," from privative prefix a- "not" (see a- (3)) + horistos "limited, defined," verbal adjective from horizein "to limit, define," from horos "boundary, restriction, edge" (see horizon).
(Gr.) Discussing unspecified past time without implication of continuance or repetition; long j undefined. -- C.A.B.
(n.) A tense in the Greek language, which conveys an action as finished in activity, but simply leaves it, various other respects, completely indeterminate.
It will be evident that under this rule the perfect and first aorist subjunctive should always take a short vowel; and this accordingly is the case, with very few exceptions.