Dictionary: A-LIKE' – AL'KA-LI-FY

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A-LIKE', adv.

In the same manner, form or degree; as, we are all alike concerned in religion. He fashioneth their hearts alike. – Ps. xxxiii.


Having the same mind; but like-minded is more generally used.

AL'I-MENT, n. [L. alimentum, from alo, to feed; Ir. alaim, ailim, olaim, to feed or nurse.]

That which nourishes; food; nutriment; any thing which feeds or adds to a substance, animal or vegetable, in natural growth.


Supplying food; that has the quality of nourishing; that furnishes the materials for natural growth; as, chyle is alimental; alimental sap.


So as to serve for nourishment or food.


The quality of supplying nutriment.


Pertaining to aliment or food; having the quality of nourishing; as, alimentary particles. The alimentary canal, in animal bodies, is the great duct or intestine, by which aliments are conveyed through the body, and the useless parts evacuated. Alimentary law, among the Romans, was a law which obliged children to support their parents. – Encyc. Obligation of aliment, in Scots law, is the natural obligation of parents to provide for their children. – Encyc.


  1. The act or power of affording nutriment.
  2. The state of being nourished. – Johnson. Bacon.

AL-I-MO'NI-OUS, a. [See Alimony.]

Nourishing; affording food. [Little used.]

AL'I-MO-NY, n. [L. alimonia, of alo, to feed. See Aliment.]

An allowance made for the support of a woman, legally separated from her husband. The sum is fixed by the proper judge, and granted out of the husband's estate. – Blackstone.

AL'I-PED, a. [L. ala, wing, and pes, foot.]

Wing-footed; having the toes connected by a membrane, which serves as a wing.

AL'I-PED, n. [Supra.]

An animal whose toes are connected by a membrane, and which thus serve for wings; a cheiropter; as, the bat. – Dumeril.

AL'I-QUANT, a. [L. aliquantum, a little.]

In arithmetic, an aliquant number or part, is that which does not measure another number without a remainder. Thus 5 is an aliquant part of 16, for 3 times 5 is 15, leaving a remainder 1.

AL'I-QUOT, a. [L.]

An aliquot part of a number or quantity is one which will measure it without a remainder. Thus 5 is the aliquot part of 15.

A'LISH, a. [From ale.]

Like ale; having the qualities of ale. – Mortimer.

AL'I-TRUNK, n. [L. ala, a wing, and trunk.]

The segment of the body of an insect to which the wings are attached. – Kirby.

A-LIVE', a. [Sax. gelifian, to live, from lifian, to live. See Life.]

  1. Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions, and the fluids move, whether in animals or vegetables; as, the man or plant is alive.
  2. In a state of action; unextinguished; undestroyed; unexpired; in force or operation; as, keep the process alive.
  3. Cheerful; sprightly; lively; full of alacrity; as, the company were all alive.
  4. Susceptible; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as when the mind is solicitous about some event; as, one is alive to whatever is interesting to a friend.
  5. Exhibiting motion or moving bodies in great numbers; as, the city was all alive, when the general entered.
  6. In a Scriptural sense, regenerated; born again. For this my son was dead and is alive. – Luke xv. [This adjective always follows the noun which it qualifies.]

AL'KA-HEST, n. [Arab.]

A universal solvent; a menstruum capable of dissolving every body, which Paracelsus and Van Helmont pretended they possessed. This pretense no longer imposes on the credulity of any man. The word is sometimes used for fixed salts volatilized. – Encyc.


Pertaining to the alkahest.

AL-KA-LES'CEN-CY, n. [See Alkali.]

A tendency to become alkaline; or a tendency to the properties of an alkali; or the state of a substance in which alkaline properties begin to be developed, or to be predominant. – Ure.


Tending to the properties of an alkali; slightly alkaline.

AL'KA-LI, n. [plur. Alkalies. Ar. قلي kali, with the common prefix, the plant called glass wort, from its use in the manufacture of glass; or the ashes of the plant, which seems to be its primitive sense, for the verb signifies to fry.]

A salifiable base, having in a greater or less degree a peculiar acrid taste, the power of changing blue vegetable colors to a green, and the color of turmeric and rhubarb, to a brown. Some chimists comprehend all salifiable bases under this name.


That may be alkalified, or converted into an alkali. – Th. Thomson.


Converted into alkali.

AL'KA-LI-FY, v.i.

To become an alkali.