al

[ahl]

Origin:
< Hindi āl

Dictionary.com Unabridged

Al

[al]
noun
a male given name: form of Albert, Alfred, Aloysius.

al-

variant of ad- before l: allure.

Al-

a word in Arabic names meaning “family” or “the house of”: Al-Saud, or the members of the house of Saud.

Origin:
< Arabic āl family

-al

1
a suffix with the general sense “of the kind of, pertaining to, having the form or character of” that named by the stem, occurring in loanwords from Latin (autumnal; natural; pastoral ), and productive in English on the Latin model, usually with bases of Latin origin (accidental; seasonal; tribal ). Originally, -al1 was restricted to stems not containing an -l- (cf. ar-1. ); recent lapses in this rule have produced semantically distinct pairs, as familiar and familial.
Compare -ical, -ial.


Origin:
< Latin ālis, -āle; often replacing Middle English -el < Old French

-al

2
a suffix forming nouns from verbs, usually verbs of French or Latin origin: denial; refusal.

Origin:
< Latin -āle (singular), -ālia (plural), nominalized neuter of -ālis -al1; often replacing Middle English -aille < Old French < Latin -ālia

-al

3
Chemistry. a suffix indicating that a compound contains an aldehyde group: chloral.

Origin:
presumed to be short for aldehyde

AL

1.
Alabama (approved especially for use with zip code).

Al

Symbol, Chemistry.

al.

1
other things.

Origin:
< Latin alia

al.

2
other persons.

Origin:
< Latin aliī

A.L.

1.
Baseball. American League.
2.
American Legion.

a.l.

autograph letter.

Gore

[gawr, gohr]
noun
Albert Arnold, Jr ("Al") born 1948, U.S. politician: vice president of the U.S. 1993–2001.

Oerter

[awr-ter, ohr-]
noun
Alfred A ("Al") 1936–2007, U.S. track and field athlete: four-time Olympic discus champion.

Unser

[uhn-ser]
noun
Albert ("Al") born 1939, and his brother Robert, (Bobby ), born 1934, U.S. racing-car drivers.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Al
Collins
World English Dictionary
al
 
the internet domain name for
Albania

Al
 
the chemical symbol for
aluminium

AL
 
abbreviation for
1.  Alabama
2.  Anglo-Latin
3.  (in the US and Canada) American League (of baseball teams)
4.  Albania (international car registration)

-al1
 
suffix forming adjectives
of; related to; connected with: functional; sectional; tonal
 
[from Latin -ālis]

-al2
 
suffix forming nouns
the act or process of doing what is indicated by the verb stem: rebuttal; recital; renewal
 
[via Old French -aille, -ail, from Latin -ālia, neuter plural used as substantive, from -ālis-al1]

-al3
 
suffix forming nouns
1.  indicating an aldehyde: ethanal
2.  indicating a pharmaceutical product: phenobarbital
 
[shortened from aldehyde]

gore1 (ɡɔː)
 
n
1.  blood shed from a wound, esp when coagulated
2.  informal killing, fighting, etc
 
[Old English gor dirt; related to Old Norse gor half-digested food, Middle Low German göre, Dutch goor]

gore2 (ɡɔː)
 
vb
(tr) (of an animal, such as a bull) to pierce or stab (a person or another animal) with a horn or tusk
 
[C16: probably from Old English gār spear]

gore3 (ɡɔː)
 
n
1.  a tapering or triangular piece of material used in making a shaped skirt, umbrella, etc
2.  a similarly shaped piece, esp of land
 
vb
3.  (tr) to make into or with a gore or gores
 
[Old English gāra; related to Old Norse geiri gore, Old High German gēro]
 
gored3
 
adj

Gore (ɡɔː)
 
n
Al(bert) Jr. born 1948, US Democrat politician; vice president of the US (1993--2001); defeated in the disputed presidential election of 2000; leading environmental campaigner; shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel For Climate Change

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

gore
O.E. gor "dirt, dung, shit," a Gmc. word (cf. M.Du. goor "filth, mud;" O.N. gor "cud;" O.H.G. gor "animal dung"), of uncertain origin. Sense of "clotted blood" (especially shed in battle) developed by 1563.

gore
c.1400, from Scottish gorren "to pierce, stab," origin unknown, perhaps related to O.E. gar "spear" (see gar), which is certainly the source of the third meaning of Mod.Eng. gore, "triangular piece of ground" (O.E. gara), hence also "front of a skirt" (mid-13c.), and "triangular
piece of cloth" (early 14c.).

-al
suffix forming adjectives from nouns or other adjectives, "of, like, related to," M.E. -al, -el, from O.Fr. or directly from L. -alis (see -al (2)).

-al
suffix forming nouns of action from verbs, mostly from Latin and French, meaning "act of ______ing" (e.g. survival, removal), M.E. -aille, from Fr. fem. sing. -aille, from L. -alia, neut. pl. of adj. suffix -alis, also used in English as a noun suffix. Nativized in English and used with Germanic verbs
(e.g. bestowal, betrothal).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

Al
The symbol for the element aluminum.

al- pref.
Variant of ad-.

-al 3
suff.
Aldehyde: butyral.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
Al  
The symbol for aluminum.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
FOLDOC
Computing Dictionary

AL definition


1. Assembly Language.
2. artificial life.

al definition

networking
The country code for Albania.
(1999-01-27)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Abbreviations & Acronyms
Al
aluminum
AL
  1. Alabama

  2. Albania (international vehicle ID)

  3. American League

  4. American Legion

  5. Anglo-Latin

  6. artificial life

al.
  1. alcohol

  2. alcoholic

a.l.
autograph letter
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences for Al
After a few weeks, he becomes friends with a jail keeper named terrific al.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature