Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AL-A-BAS'TRITE – A-LAS'
A vase, box, or other vessel used by the Greeks and Romans for holding perfumes. – Elmes.
A-LACK', exclam. [Per. هَاَاك halaka, perdition, destruction, and alaksadan, to perish.]
An exclamation expressive of sorrow.
An exclamation uttered to express regret or sorrow.
Briskness. [Not used.]
A-LAC'RI-TY, n. [L. alacritas, from alacer, alacris.]
Cheerfulness; gayety; sprightliness; more usually, a cheerful readiness or promptitude to do some act; cheerful willingness; as, the soldiers advanced with alacrity to meet the enemy.
Free thinkers among the Mohammedans. – Encyc.
A crystalized mineral; diopside; a semitransparent pyroxene. A variety with twelve-sided prisms, was found by Bonvoisin, near the village of Ala in Piedmont, and by him called Alalite. – Cleaveland.
The lowest note but one, in Guido Aretine's scale of music. – Johnson.
Conformity to the prevailing mode, or fashion of the times. [Little used.] – Encyc.
AL-A-MODE', adv. [Fr. à la mode, after the fashion.]
According to the fashion or prevailing mode. – Whitlock.
A thin glossy silk for hoods, scarfs, &c.
At or on land. – Sidney.
An amylaceous substance extracted from the root of the Angelica archangelica.
A-LARM', n. [Dan. larm, noise, bustle, alarm; larmer, to make a noise or bustle, to alarm; G. lärm, lärmen, id.; Sw. larm, larma, id.; Fr. alarme, alarmer; Sp. alarma, alarmar; It. allarme, allarmare; W. alarm, a great shout, compounded of al, very, most, and garm, an outcry. The Welsh gives the true origin and primary signification.]
- Any sound, outcry or information, intended to give notice of approaching danger; as, to sound an alarm.
- A summon to arms. – Dryden.
- Sudden surprise with fear or terror; as, the fire of the enemy excited an alarm.
- Terror; a sensation excited by an apprehension of danger, from whatever cause; as, we felt an alarm at the cry of fire.
- In fencing, an appeal or challenge. – Encyc.
- To give notice of danger; to rouse to vigilance, and exertions for safety.
- To call to arms for defense.
- To surprise with apprehension of danger; to disturb with terror; to fill with anxiety by the prospect of evil.
A bell that gives notice of danger.
Notified of sudden danger; surprised with fear; roused to vigilance or activity by apprehension of approaching danger; solicitous at the prospect or expectation of evil. Thus, we are alarmed at the approach of danger, or alarmed for the safety of friends at sea.
Exciting apprehension; terrifying; awakening a sense of danger; as, an alarming message.
Giving notice of approaching danger; rousing to vigilance; exciting solicitude by a prospect of evil.
With alarm; in a manner to excite apprehension.
One that excites alarm.
A place to which troops are to repair in eases of an alarm.
A watch that strikes the hour by regulated movement. – Herbert.
ALARUM, n. [or v. for Alarm, is a corruption, and is not to be used.]
A-LAS', exclam. [Dutch, helaas; Fr. hélas.]
An exclamation expressive of sorrow, grief, pity, concern, or apprehension of evil; sometimes followed by day or while; alas the day, like alack a day; or alas the while, [Obs.] Spenser, expressing an unhappy time.