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Definitions of A

  1. See ALPHA [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary biblestudytools.com
  2. Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, as Omega is the last. These letters occur in the text of Revelation 1:8 Revelation 1:11 ; 21:6 ; 22:13 , and are represented by "Alpha" and "Omega" respectively (omitted in RSV, 1:11 ). They mean "the first and last." (Compare Hebrews 12:2 ; Isaiah 41:4 ; 44:6 ; Revelation 1:11 Revelation 1:17 ; 2:8 .) In the symbols of the early Christian Church these two letters are frequently combined with the cross or with Christ's monogram to denote his divinity. biblestudytools.com
  3. The first letter of the English and most other alphabets, is frequently used as an abbreviation, (q. v.) and also in the marks of schedules or papers, as schedule A, B, C, &c. Among the Romans this letter was used in criminal trials. The judges were furnished with small tables covered with wax, and each one inscribed on it the initial letter of his vote; A, when he voted to absolve the party on trial; C, when he was for condemnation; and N L, (non liquet) when the matter did not appear clearly, and be desired a new argument. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  4. The first letter of the English and of many other alphabets. The capital A of the alphabets of Middle and Western Europe, as also the small letter (a), besides the forms in Italic, black letter, etc., are all descended from the old Latin A, which was borrowed from the Greek Alpha, of the same form; and this was made from the first letter (Aleph, and itself from the Egyptian origin. The Aleph was a consonant letter, with a guttural breath sound that was not an element of Greek articulation; and the Greeks took it to represent their vowel Alpha with the dictgcide_fs
  5. The name of the sixth tone in the model major scale (that in C), or the first tone of the minor scale, which is named after it the scale in A minor. The second string of the violin is tuned to the A in the treble staff. A sharp (A dictgcide_fs
  6. In each; to or for each; as, a daya yeara yard dictgcide_fs
  7. In process of; in the act of; into; to; used with verbal substantives in -ing which begin with a consonant. This is a shortened form of the preposition an (which was used before the vowel sound); as in a hunting, a building, a begging. dictgcide_fs
  8. the first letter in our alphabet, its corresponding symbol standing first also in many other alphabets derived from the Phoenician. It originated in the hieroglyphic picture of an eagle (Old Egyptian ahom), the cursive hieratic form of which was the original of the Phoenician aleph, an ox, from a fancied resemblance to its head and horns.--A, as a note in music, is the major sixth of the scale of C; A1, the symbol by which first-class vessels are classed in Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping, hence first-rate. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  9. the indefinite article, a broken-down form of An, and used before words beginning with the sound of a consonant. [An was a new development, after the Conquest, of the A.S. numeral án, one.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. ä or [=a], a prep., derived from the old prep. on, and still used, as a prefix, in afoot, afield, apart, asleep, nowadays, twice-a-day; also with verbal nouns, as a-building, to be a-doing, to set a-going. It is now admitted only colloquially. [Short for A.S. an, a dialectic form of on, on, in, at. See PREFIXES.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  11. ä, a dialectic corruption of he or she, as in quotha, (Shak.) 'A babbled of green fields.'--A, usually written a', Scotch for all; A, a form of the L. prep. ab, from, of, used before consonants, as in Thomas à Kempis, Thomas à Becket, &c. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  12. Abbreviation for anode. na
  13. Abbreviations for ana, of each. na
  14. Letter (pl. As A\'s, Aes). (Mus.) note, and the corresponding scale. (In argument) first imaginary person or case. (Alg.) first known quantity. (Naut.) A1 (a wun), first-class ship in Lloyd\'s register; excellent, best, (colloq.). (Naut.) AE, third-class ship at Lloyd\'s. Abbreviations (1): ab, A.U.C. (urbe condita); able, A.B. (-bodied); acting, as A.A.Q.M.G. (assistant quartermaster general); assistant, as A.A.G. (adjutant general), A.Q.M.G. (quartermaster general); adjutant, as A.G. (general); aide, A.D.C. (-de-camp); anno, as A.D. (domini), A.H. (hegirae); ante, as a.m. (meridiem); army, as A.S.C. (service corps); Associate, as A.R.A. (Royal Academy); authorized, A.V. (version). Abbreviations (2): ab init., ab initio; Abp, Archbishop; a/c., account; Adm., Admiral; advt, advertisement; aet., aetatis; Ala., Alabama; Alas., Alaska; Alban., Bishop of St Alban\'s; Ariz., Arizona; Ark., Arkansas; arr., arrives. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. On, to, towards, into, in. Mostly now written as pref., or oftener omitted than expressed, or confused w. A. On: abed, afoot. To: ashore. Towards: aback, afar, aside. Into: apart, asunder. In: now-a-days, twice a day; w. vbl nouns, passively, a-building, actively, was (a-) fighting, and esp. w. go, set, as he went a begging, they set the bells a ringing. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. Abbreviation for anterior and anode. American pocket medical dictionary.
  17. Symbol for argon. American pocket medical dictionary.
  18. An abbreviation for anode and anterior. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  19. The symbol for argon. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  20. A symbol used to denote total acidity. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  21. The first letter of the alphabet in most languages; –the indefinite article, signifying one or any, placed before nouns of the singular number denoting an individual object, before collective nouns , and also before plural nouns when the adjective few or the phrase great many is interposed. It is a contraction of the Anglo-saxon an, or ane, one, and is substituted for an before all words beginning with a consonant sound, except words beginning with the sound of h and having the accent on any other syllable than the first; as, a table, a woman, a year. A sharp, the name of the musical tone intermediate between A and B. A flat, the name of a tone intermediate between A and G. Cabinet Dictionary
  22. The first letter of the alphabet. A, an article set before nouns of the singular number; a man, a tree; Before a word beginning with a vowel, it is written an, as, an ox; A is sometimes a noun, as, great A; A is placed before a participle, or participial noun; a hunting, a begging; A has a signification denoting. proportion, the landlord has a hundred a year. Complete Dictionary

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