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Definitions of alt

  1. angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The higher part of the scale. See Alto. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The high notes in the scale. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. In Scotch practice. An abbreviation of Alter, the other; the opposite party; the defender. 1 Broun, 330, note. thelawdictionary.org
  5. /awlt/ 1. The alt modifier key on manykeyboards, including the IBM PC. On some keyboards andoperating systems, (but not the IBM PC) the alt key sets bit7 of the character generated.See bucky bits.2. The "clover" or "Command" key on a Macintosh; use ofthis term usually reveals that the speaker hacked PCs beforecoming to the Mac (see also feature key). Some Mac hackers,confusingly, reserve "alt" for the Option key (and it is solabelled on some Mac II keyboards).3. (Obsolete PDP-10; often "ALT") An alternate name for theASCII ESC character (Escape, ASCII 27), after the keycaplabelling on some older terminals; also "altmode" (/awlt'mohd/). This character was almost never pronounced"escape" on an ITS system, in TECO or under TOPS-10,always alt, as in "Type alt alt to end a TECO command" or"alt-U onto the system" (for "log onto the [ITS] system").This usage probably arose because alt is easier to say.4. One of the Usenet newsgroup hierarchies.It was founded by John Gilmore and Brian Reid. The althierarchy is special in that anyone can create new groups herewithout going though the normal voting proceduers, hence theregular appearence of new groups with names such as"alt.swedish.chef.bork.bork.bork". foldoc_fs
  6. alt, n. high tone, in voice or instrument.--IN ALT, in the octave above the treble stave beginning with G; (fig.) in an exalted and high-flown mood. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  7. (Mus.) high tone, esp. in a., in octave above treble stave beginning with G; (fig.) in a., in an exalted frame of mind. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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