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E.g., on Google, the meaning is: "the performance of tricks which are seemingly magical, typically involving sleight of hand." But the given example is: "a conjuring trick". Similarly, the example in LDOCE is: "He did conjuring tricks for the children." Why does it appear as an adjective in the dictionaries when it is listed as a noun?

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  • I think the first sentence in a related question might answer this one.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 8:53
  • There will be disputes about what part of speech "conjuring" is, but it could arguably be considered a participle modifying a noun. myenglishgrammar.com/lesson-12-modifiers/…
    – Stuart F
    Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 13:04
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    Dictionaries are not authoritative about parts of speech. They can give examples, but they do not have reliable grammatical information. Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 16:45

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