Dictionary: A'LI-AS – A-LIKE'

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A'LI-AS, conj. [L.]

Otherwise; as in this example, Simson alias Smith; a word used in judicial proceedings to connect the different names by which a person is called, who attempts to conceal his true name, and pass under a fictitious one.

A'LI-AS, n.

A second writ, or execution, issued when the first has failed to enforce the judgment.

A'LI-BI, n. [L.]

Elsewhere; in another place; a law term. When a person is charged with an offense, and he proves that he could not have committed it, because he was, at the time, in another place, he is said to prove an alibi. The part of a plea or allegation, which avers the party to have been in another place, is also called an alibi.

A'LIEN, a. [ālyen; L. alienus, from alius, another; Ir. aile, eile, oile, another; W. all, other, and ail, second; Arm. eel, all, eguile; Corn. gele; Gr. αλλος. Hence, L. alieno, to alienate; alter, another; whence Fr. alterer, to alter; L. alterno, to alter, to alternate, and alterco, altercor, to altercate. Eth. ከልኣ kalea, to alter, to change; whence alius, another, the second; the first letter being lost, except in the Cornish and Armoric, as it is in all. See Class Gl. No. 36, and Ludolf, 387.]

  1. Foreign; not belonging to the same country, land or government.
  2. Belonging to one who is not a citizen.
  3. Estranged; foreign; not allied; adverse to; as, principles alien from our religion.

A'LIEN, n. [ālyen.]

  1. A foreigner; one born in, or belonging to, another country; one who is not a denizen, or entitled to the privileges of a citizen.
  2. In Scripture, one who is a stranger to the church of Christ, or to the covenant of grace. At that time, ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. – Eph. ii. In France, a child born of residents who are not citizens is an alien. In Great Britain, the children of aliens born it that country, are mostly natural born subjects; and the children of British subjects, owing allegiance to the crown of England, though born in other countries, are natural subjects, and entitled to the privileges of resident citizens. – Blackstone. Alien-duty, a tax upon goods imported by aliens, beyond the duty on the like goods imported by citizens; a discriminating duty on the tunnage of ships belonging to aliens, or any extra duties imposed by laws or edicts on aliens.


The capacity of being alienated or transferred. The alienability of the domain. – Burke.


That may be sold, or transferred to another; as, land is alienable according to the laws of the state.


The state of being an alien. Why restore estates, forfeitable on account of alienage? – Story.

A'LI-EN-ATE, a. [L. alienatus.]

Estranged; withdrawn from; stranger to; with from. O alienate from God, O spirit accurst. – Milton. The Whigs were alienate from truth. – Swift.

A'LI-EN-ATE, v.t. [L. alieno.]

  1. To transfer title, property or right to another; as, to alienate lands, or sovereignty.
  2. To estrange; to withdraw, as the affections; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; with from; as, to alienate the heart or affections; to alienate a man from the friends of his youth.
  3. To imply to a wrong use. They shall not alienate the first fruits of the land. – Ezek. xlviii.


Estranged; withdrawn; transferred to another.


Estranging; transferring property or affection to another.

A-LI-EN-A'TION, n. [L. alienatio.]

  1. A transfer of title; or a legal conveyance of property to another.
  2. The state of being alienated.
  3. A withdrawing or estrangement, as of the heart or affections.
  4. Delirium; derangement of mental faculties; insanity. – Hooker. Alienation-office, in Great Britain, is an office to which all writs of covenant and entry, on which fines are levied and recoveries suffered, are carried, to have fines for alienation set and paid thereon. – Encyc.


One that alienates or transfers property. – Warton.

A-LIENE', v.t. [L. alieno.]

  1. To transfer title or property to another; to sell. Nor could he aliene the estate, even with the consent of the lord. – Blackstone.
  2. To estrange; to make averse or indifferent; to turn the affections from. The prince was aliened from all thoughts of the marriage. – Clarendon. In this sense, it is more common to use alienate.

A-LIEN-EE', n.

One to whom the title of property is transferred. If the alienee enters and keeps possession. – Blackstone.

A'LI-EN-ISM, n. [āl'yenizm.]

The state of being an alien. The law was very gentle in the construction of the disability of alienism. – Kent.

A-LIFE', adv. [a or on and life.]

On my life. – Shak.

A-LIF'ER-OUS, a. [L. ala, wing, and fero, to bear.]

Having wings.

AL'I-FORM, a. [L. ala, wing, and forma, shape.]

Having the shape of a wing; a term applied to a certain process and muscles of the body, as the pterygoid process, and the muscles arising from that process. – Quincy.

A-LIG'ER-OUS, a. [L. ala, wing, and gero, to carry.]

Having wings.

A-LIGHT', v.i. [Sax. alihtan, gelihtan, lihtan. See Light.]

  1. To get down or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage.
  2. To descend and settle; as, a flying bird alights on a tree.
  3. To fall or descend and lodge; as, snow alights on a roof.

A-LIGN', v.t. [Fr. aline.]

To adjust to a line; to lay out or regulate by a line.

A-LIGN'MENT, n. [Fr.]

A laying out or regulating by a line; an adjusting to a line.

A-LIKE', a. [Sax. gelic. See Like.]

Having resemblance or similitude; similar. The darkness and the light are both alike to thee. – Ps. xiii. [This adjective never precedes the noun which it qualifies.]