Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Ale-knight noun A pot companion. [ Obsolete]
Alehouse noun A house where ale is retailed; hence, a tippling house. Macaulay.
Alem noun [ Turk. 'alem , from Arabic 'alam .] (Mil.) The imperial standard of the Turkish Empire.
Alemannic adjective Belonging to the Alemanni, a confederacy of warlike German tribes.
Alemannic noun The language of the Alemanni.
The Swabian dialect . . . is known as the Alemannic .
[ French alambic
(cf. Spanish alambique
), Arabic al-anbīq
, from Greek 'a`mbix
cup, cap of a still. The cap or head was the alembic
proper. Confer Limbec
.] An apparatus formerly used in distillation, usually made of glass or metal. It has mostly given place to the retort and worm still .
Used also metaphorically.
The alembic of a great poet's imagination.
Alembroth (-brŏth) noun [ Origin uncertain.] The salt of wisdom of the alchemists, a double salt composed of the chlorides of ammonium and mercury. It was formerly used as a stimulant. Brande & C.
Alençon lace See under Lace .
Alength (ȧ*lĕngth") adverb [ Prefix a- + length .] At full length; lengthwise. Chaucer.
Alepidote adjective [ Greek 'a priv. + ..., ..., a scale.] (Zoology) Not having scales. -- noun A fish without scales.
Alepole noun A pole set up as the sign of an alehouse. [ Obsolete]
Aleppo boil, button or evil (Medicine) A chronic skin affection terminating in an ulcer, most commonly of the face. It is endemic along the Mediterranean, and is probably due to a specific bacillus. Called also Aleppo ulcer , Biskara boil , Delhi boil , Oriental sore , etc.
Aleppo grass (Botany) One of the cultivated forms of Andropogon Halepensis (syn. Sorghum Halepense ). See Andropogon , below.
[ French alerte
, earlier Ã l'erte
on the watch, from Italian all' erta
on the watch, prop. (standing) on a height, where one can look around; erta
a declivity, steep, erto
steep, past participle of ergere
, to erect, raise, Latin erigere
. See Erect
.] 1. Watchful; vigilant; active in vigilance. 2. Brisk; nimble; moving with celerity.
An alert young fellow. Syn.
-- Active; agile; lively; quick; prompt.
Alert noun (Mil.) An alarm from a real or threatened attack; a sudden attack; also, a bugle sound to give warning. "We have had an alert ." Farrow. On the alert , on the lookout or watch against attack or danger; ready to act.
Alertly adverb In an alert manner; nimbly.
Alertness noun The quality of being alert or on the alert; briskness; nimbleness; activity.
Alestake noun A stake or pole projecting from, or set up before, an alehouse, as a sign; an alepole. At the end was commonly suspended a garland, a bunch of leaves, or a "bush." [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Alethiology noun [ Greek ... truth + -logy .] The science which treats of the nature of truth and evidence. Sir W. Hamilton.
Alethoscope noun [ Greek ... true + ... to view.] An instrument for viewing pictures by means of a lens, so as to present them in their natural proportions and relations.
Aleuromancy noun [ Greek ... wheaten flour + -mancy : confer French aleuromancie .] Divination by means of flour. Encyc. Brit.
Aleurometer noun [ Greek ... flour + -meter .] An instrument for determining the expansive properties, or quality, of gluten in flour. Knight.
[ See Aleurone
.] Flour made of aleurone, used as a substitute for ordinary flour in preparing bread for diabetic persons.
Aleurone noun [ Greek ... flour.] (Botany) An albuminoid substance which occurs in minute grains ("protein granules") in maturing seeds and tubers; -- supposed to be a modification of protoplasm.
Aleuronic adjective (Botany) Having the nature of aleurone. D. C. Eaton.
Aleutian, Aleutic adjective [ Said to be from the Russian aleut a bold rock.] Of or pertaining to a chain of islands between Alaska and Kamtchatka; also, designating these islands.
Alevin noun [ French alevin , Old French alever to rear, from Latin ad + levare to raise.] Young fish; fry.
Alew noun Halloo. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
; plural Alewives A woman who keeps an alehouse. Gay.
Alexanders, Alisanders noun [ Middle English alisaundre , Old French alissandere , from Alexander or Alexandria .] (Bot) A name given to two species of the genus Smyrnium , formerly cultivated and used as celery now is; -- called also horse parsely .
Alexandrian adjective 1. Of or pertaining to Alexandria in Egypt; as, the Alexandrian library. 2. Applied to a kind of heroic verse. See Alexandrine , noun
Alexandrine adjective Belonging to Alexandria; Alexandrian. Bancroft.
[ French alexandrin
.] A kind of verse consisting in English of twelve syllables.
The needless Alexandrine ends the song,
That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along.
Alexia noun [ New Latin ; a- not + Greek ... speech, from ... to speak, confused with Latin legere to read.] (Medicine) (a) As used by some, inability to read aloud, due to brain disease. (b) More commonly, inability, due to brain disease, to understand written or printed symbols although they can be seen, as in case of word blindness.
Alexipharmac, Alexipharmacal adjective & noun
[ See Alexipharmic
Alexipharmic noun (Medicine) An antidote against poison or infection; a counterpoison.
Alexipharmic, Alexipharmical adjective [ Greek ... keeping off poison; ... to keep off + ... drug, poison: confer French alexipharmaque .] (Medicine) Expelling or counteracting poison; antidotal.
Alexipyretic adjective [ Greek ... + ... burning heat, fever, ... fire.] (Medicine) Serving to drive off fever; antifebrile. -- noun A febrifuge.
Alexiteric noun [ Greek ... a remedy, an amulet: confer French alexitère , Late Latin alexiterium .] (Medicine) A preservative against contagious and infectious diseases, and the effects of poison in general. Brande & C.
Alexiteric, Alexiterical adjective [ Greek ... fit to keep off or help, from ... one who keeps off, helper; ... to keep off: confer French alexitère .] (Medicine) Resisting poison; obviating the effects of venom; alexipharmic.
Alfa, Alfa grass noun A plant ( Macrochloa tenacissima ) of North Africa; also, its fiber, used in paper making.
Alfalfa noun [ Spanish ] (Botany) The lucern ( Medicago sativa ); -- so called in California, Texas, etc.
Alfenide noun (Metal.) An alloy of nickel and silver electroplated with silver.
Alferes noun [ Spanish , from Arabic al- fārs knight.] An ensign; a standard bearer. [ Obsolete] J. Fletcher.
Alfet noun [ Late Latin alfetum , from Anglo-Saxon ālfæt a pot to boil in; āl burning + fæt vat.] A caldron of boiling water into which an accused person plunged his forearm as a test of innocence or guilt.
Alfilaria noun (Botany) The pin grass ( Erodium cicutarium ), a weed in California.
Alfileria Al*fil`e*ril"la noun [ Mex. Spanish , from Spanish alfiler pin.] Same as Alfilaria .
Alfione noun (Zoology) An edible marine fish of California ( Rhacochilus toxotes ).