Dictionary: A-LONE – AL'PHUS

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A-LONE, adv.

Separately; by itself.

A-LONE-LY, a. [or adv.]

Only; merely; singly. [Not used.] – Gower.


That state which belongs to no other. [Not used.] – Montague.

A-LONG', adv. [Sax. and-lang or ond-lang; Fr. au long, le long. See Long. The Saxons always prefixed and or ond and the sense seems to be, by the length, or opposite the length, or in the direction of the length.]

  1. By the length; lengthwise; in a line with the length; as, the troops marched along the bank of the river, or along the highway. – 1 Sam. vi.
  2. Onward; in a line, or with a progressive motion; as, meteor glides along the sky; let us walk along. All along signifies the whole length; through the whole distance; in the whole way or length. Ishmael went forth, weeping all along as he went. – Jer. xli. 1 Sam. xxviii. Along with signifies in company; joined with; as, go along with us. Sometimes with is omitted. Come then, my friend, my genius, come along. – Pope. Along side, in seaman's language, that is, by the length or in a line with the side, signifies side by side, as by another ship, or by the side of a wharf. Along shore, is by the shore or coast, lengthwise, and near the shore. Lying along, is lying on the side, or pressed down by the weight of sail. – Mar. Dict.

A-LONGST', adv.

Along; through or by the length. [Obs.] – Knolles.

A-LOOF', adv. [Probably from the root of leave, to depart.]

  1. At a distance, but within view, or at a small distance, in a literal sense; as, to stand aloof.
  2. In a figurative sense, not concerned in a design; declining to take any share, implying circumspection; keeping at a distance from the point, or matter in debate.


The keeping at a distance. – Coleridge.

AL'O-PE-CY, n. [Gr. αλωπηξ, a fox, whose urine is said to occasion baldness.]

A disease, called the fox-evil or scurf, which is a falling off of the hair from any part of the body. – Quincy. Encyc. Bailey.

A-LO'SA, n.

A fish of passage, called the shad, or mother of herrings, a species of Clupea. It is an abdominal, and some naturalists alledge it to be a different species from the shad. – Encyc. Dict. of Nat. Hist.

A-LOUD', adv. [a and loud; Sax. gehlyd, clamor. See Loud.]

Loudly; with a loud voice, or great noise. Cry aloud, spare not. Isa. lviii.

A-LOW', adv.

In a low place, or a lower part; opposed to aloft. – Dryden.

ALP, or ALPS, n. [Qu. Gr. αλφος, white; L. albus. The Celts called all high mountains alpes or olbe. Cluver. Thucydides mentions a castle, in the territory of Argos, situated on a hill, and called Olpas or Olp. Lib. 3. Ca. 105. Pelloutier, Hist. des Celtes, Liv. 1. 15. The derivation of the word from αλφος, white, is therefore doubtful. In Ir. or Gaelic, ailp is a huge mass or lump.]

A high mountain. The name, it is supposed, was originally given to mountains whose tops were covered with snow, and hence appropriately applied to the mountains of Switzerland; so that by Alps is generally understood the latter mountains. But geographers apply the name to any high mountains. – Pinkerton.


An animal of Peru, used as a beast of burden; the Camelus Paco of Linnæus, and the Pacos of Pennant. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

AL'PHA, n. [Heb. אלועף, an ox or leader.]

The first letter in the Greek alphabet, answering to A, and used to denote first or beginning. I am Alpha and Omega. – Rev. i. As a numeral it stands for one. It was formerly used also to denote chief; as, Plato was the Alpha of the wits.

AL'PHA-BET, n. [Gr. αλφα and βητα, A and B.]

The letters of a language arranged in the customary order; the series of letters which form the elements of speech.

AL'PHA-BET, v.t.

To arrange in the order of an alphabet; to form an alphabet in a book, or designate the leaves by the letters of the alphabet.


A learner while in the A B C.


In the order of an alphabet, or in the order of the letters as customarily arranged.


In an alphabetical manner; in the customary order of the letters.

AL-PHE'NIX, n. [al and phœnix.]

White barley sugar, used for colds. It is common sugar boiled till it will easily crack; then poured upon an oiled marble table, and molded into various figures. – Encyc.


A small fish, having a purple back and belly, with yellow sides, a smooth mouth, and thick fleshy lips; always caught near the shore or among rocks. Labrus Cinædus, Linn. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.


Divination by barley-meal. – Knowles.


A surgical instrument for extracting bullets from wounds, so called from its inventor, Alphonsus Ferrier of Naples. It consists of three branches, which close by a ring, and open when it is drawn back. – Encyc.


Astronomical tables made by Alphonsus, king of Arragon. – Bailey.

AL'PHUS, n. [Gr. αλφος, white.]

That species of leprosy called vitiligo, in which the skin is rough, with white spots. Quincy.