|Is (Is) (?), v. i.
[AS. is; akin to G. & Goth. ist, L. est, Gr. ¿, Skr. asti. ¿¿. Cf. Am, Entity, Essence, Absent.]
The third person singular of the substantive verb be, in the indicative mood, present tense; as, he is; he is a man. See Be.
^ In some varieties of the Northern dialect of Old English, is was used for all persons of the singular. "For thy is I come, and eke Alain." Chaucer. "Aye is thou merry." Chaucer.
^ The idiom of using the present for future events sure to happen is a relic of Old English in which the present and future had the same form; as, this year Christmas is on Friday. "To-morrow is the new moon." 1 Sam. xx. 5.
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