What does "something-borne" mean and how do you use this expression?
"Borne" means that something is brought, carried, transmitted, or transported by something else. You can attach "borne" to a noun with a hyphen to indicate that something is brought about by that noun. However, some nouns do not require a hyphen. Ex: The flu is an airborne virus. In this example, "airborne" means that the flu is transmitted or travels through the air. Ex: It is a water-borne disease.
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