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noun [countable] linguistics combining form pronunciation in American English /kəmˈbaɪnɪŋ ˌfɔrm/
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  1. a form of a word that has its own meaning but is used only in combination with other words to make new words, for example -footed in “a four-footed animal

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

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troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

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