Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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All-hail transitive verb To salute; to greet. [ Poet.]

Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-hailed me "Thane of Cawdor."
Shak.

Alleviation noun [ Late Latin alleviatio .]
1. The act of alleviating; a lightening of weight or severity; mitigation; relief.

2. That which mitigates, or makes more tolerable.

I have not wanted such alleviations of life as friendship could supply.
Johnson.

Alleviative adjective Tending to alleviate. -- noun That which alleviates.

Alleviator noun One who, or that which, alleviates.

Alleviatory adjective Alleviative. Carlyle.

Alley noun ; plural Alleys [ Middle English aley , alley , Old French alée , French allée , a going, passage, from Middle English aler , French aller , to go; of uncertain origin: confer Prov. anar , Italian andare , Spanish andar .]
1. A narrow passage; especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes; a bordered way.

I know each lane and every alley green.
Milton.

2. A narrow passage or way in a city, as distinct from a public street. Gay.

3. A passageway between rows of pews in a church.

4. (Persp.) Any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length.

5. The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office.

Alleyed adjective Furnished with alleys; forming an alley. "An alleyed walk." Sir W. Scott.

Alleyway noun An alley.

Allfours [ All + four (cards).] A game at cards, called "High, Low, Jack, and the Game."

Allhallond noun Allhallows. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Allhallow eve (ēv`). The evening before Allhallows. See Halloween .

Allhallow, Allhallows noun
1. All the saints (in heaven). [ Obsolete]

2. All Saints' Day, November 1st. [ Archaic]

Allhallowmas noun The feast of All Saints.

Allhallown adjective Of or pertaining to the time of Allhallows. [ Obsolete] " Allhallown summer." Shak. (i. e., late summer ; "Indian Summer").

Allhallowtide noun [ Anglo-Saxon tīd time.] The time at or near All Saints, or November 1st.

Allheal noun A name popularly given to the officinal valerian, and to some other plants.

Alliable adjective Able to enter into alliance.

Alliaceous adjective Of or pertaining to the genus Allium , or garlic, onions, leeks, etc.; having the smell or taste of garlic or onions.

Alliance noun [ Middle English aliaunce , Old French aliance , French alliance , from Old French alier , French allier . See Ally , and confer Late Latin alligantia .]
1. The state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states, parties, etc., especially between families by marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league; as, matrimonial alliances ; an alliance between church and state; an alliance between France and England.

2. Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity.

The alliance of the principles of the world with those of the gospel.
C. J. Smith.

The alliance . . . between logic and metaphysics.
Mansel.

3. The persons or parties allied. Udall.

Syn. -- Connection; affinity; union; confederacy; confederation; league; coalition.

Alliance transitive verb To connect by alliance; to ally. [ Obsolete]

Alliant noun [ Confer French alliant , present participle] An ally; a confederate. [ Obsolete & R.] Sir H. Wotton.

Allice, Allis noun (Zoology) The European shad ( Clupea vulgaris ); allice shad. See Alose .

Alliciency noun Attractive power; attractiveness. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.

Allicient adjective [ Latin alliciens , present participle of allicere to allure; ad + lacere to entice.] That attracts; attracting. -- noun That attracts. [ Rare or Obsolete]

Allied adjective United; joined; leagued; akin; related. See Ally .

Alligate transitive verb [ Latin alligatus , past participle of alligare . See Ally .] To tie; to unite by some tie.

Instincts alligated to their nature.
Sir M. Hale.

Alligation noun [ Latin alligatio .]
1. The act of tying together or attaching by some bond, or the state of being attached. [ R.]

2. (Arith.) A rule relating to the solution of questions concerning the compounding or mixing of different ingredients, or ingredients of different qualities or values.

» The rule is named from the method of connecting together the terms by certain ligature-like signs. Alligation is of two kinds, medial and alternate ; medial teaching the method of finding the price or quality of a mixture of several simple ingredients whose prices and qualities are known; alternate , teaching the amount of each of several simple ingredients whose prices or qualities are known, which will be required to make a mixture of given price or quality.

Alligator noun [ Spanish el lagarto the lizard ( el lagarto de Indias , the cayman or American crocodile), from Latin lacertus , lacerta , lizard. See Lizard .]
1. (Zoology) A large carnivorous reptile of the Crocodile family, peculiar to America. It has a shorter and broader snout than the crocodile, and the large teeth of the lower jaw shut into pits in the upper jaw, which has no marginal notches. Besides the common species of the southern United States, there are allied species in South America.

2. (Mech.) Any machine with strong jaws, one of which opens like the movable jaw of an alligator ; as, (a) (Metal Working) a form of squeezer for the puddle ball ; (b) (Mining) a rock breaker ; (c) (Printing) a kind of job press, called also alligator press .

Alligator apple (Botany) , the fruit of the Anona palustris , a West Indian tree. It is said to be narcotic in its properties. Loudon. -- Alligator fish (Zoology) , a marine fish of northwestern America ( Podothecus acipenserinus ). -- Alligator gar (Zoology) , one of the gar pikes ( Lepidosteus spatula ) found in the southern rivers of the United States. The name is also applied to other species of gar pikes. -- Alligator pear (Botany) , a corruption of Avocado pear . See Avocado . -- Alligator snapper , Alligator tortoise , Alligator turtle (Zoology) , a very large and voracious turtle ( Macrochelys lacertina ) inhabiting the rivers of the southern United States. It sometimes reaches the weight of two hundred pounds. Unlike the common snapping turtle, to which the name is sometimes erroneously applied, it has a scaly head and many small scales beneath the tail. This name is sometimes given to other turtles, as to species of Trionyx . -- Alligator wood , the timber of a tree of the West Indies ( Guarea Swartzii ).

Alligator wrench (Mech.) A kind of pipe wrench having a flaring jaw with teeth on one side.

Allignment noun See Alignment .

Allineate transitive verb [ Latin ad + lineatus , past participle of lineare to draw a line.] To align. [ R.] Herschel.

Allineation, Alineation noun Alignment; position in a straight line, as of two planets with the sun. Whewell.

The allineation of the two planets.
C. A. Young.

Allision noun [ Latin allisio , from allidere , to strike or dash against; ad + laedere to dash against.] The act of dashing against, or striking upon.

The boisterous allision of the sea.
Woodward.

Alliteral adjective Pertaining to, or characterized by alliteration.

Alliterate transitive verb To employ or place so as to make alliteration. Skeat.

Alliterate intransitive verb To compose alliteratively; also, to constitute alliteration.

Alliteration noun [ Latin ad + litera letter. See Letter .] The repetition of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals; as in the following lines: -

Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheaved
His vastness.
Milton.

Fly o'er waste fens and windy fields.
Tennyson.

» The recurrence of the same letter in accented parts of words is also called alliteration . Anglo-Saxon poetry is characterized by alliterative meter of this sort. Later poets also employed it.

In a somer seson whan soft was the sonne,
I sh ope me in sh roudes as I a sh epe were.
P. Plowman.

Alliterative adjective Pertaining to, or characterized by, alliteration; as, alliterative poetry. -- Al*lit"er*a*tive*ly , adverb -- Al*lit"er*a*tive*ness , noun

Alliterator noun One who alliterates.

Allium noun [ Latin , garlic.] (bot.) A genus of plants, including the onion, garlic, leek, chive, etc.

Allmouth noun (Zoology) The angler.

Allness noun Totality; completeness. [ R.]

The allness of God, including his absolute spirituality, supremacy, and eternity.
R. Turnbull.

Allnight noun Light, fuel, or food for the whole night. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Allocate transitive verb [ Late Latin allocatus , past participle of allocare , from Latin ad + locare to place. See Allow .]
1. To distribute or assign; to allot. Burke.

2. To localize. [ R.]

Allocation noun [ Late Latin allocatio : confer French allocation .]
1. The act of putting one thing to another; a placing; disposition; arrangement. Hallam.

2. An allotment or apportionment; as, an allocation of shares in a company.

The allocation of the particular portions of Palestine to its successive inhabitants.
A. R. Stanley.

3. The admission of an item in an account, or an allowance made upon an account; -- a term used in the English exchequer.

Allocatur noun [ Late Latin , it is allowed, from allocare to allow.] (Law) "Allowed." The word allocatur expresses the allowance of a proceeding, writ, order, etc., by a court, judge, or judicial officer.

Allochroic adjective Changeable in color.

Allochroite noun (Min.) See Garnet .

Allochroous adjective [ Greek ... changed in color, from ... other + ... color.] Changing color.