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Alps

[alps] /ælps/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
a mountain range in S Europe, extending from France through Switzerland and Italy into Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia. Highest peak, Mont Blanc, 15,781 feet (4810 meters).

alp

[alp] /ælp/
noun
1.
a high mountain.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-1645; back formation from Alps
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Examples for Alps
  • But they met with no success in their forays towards the Alps.
  • The city and castle were taken which weakened the emperor south of the Alps.
British Dictionary definitions for Alps

Alps

/ælps/
plural noun
1.
a mountain range in S central Europe, extending over 1000 km (650 miles) from the Mediterranean coast of France and NW Italy through Switzerland, N Italy, and Austria to Slovenia. Highest peak: Mont Blanc, 4807 m (15 771 ft)
2.
a range of mountains in the NW quadrant of the moon, which is cut in two by a straight fracture, the Alpine Valley

alp

/ælp/
noun
1.
(in the European Alps) an area of pasture above the valley bottom but below the mountain peaks
2.
a high mountain
See also Alps, Australian Alps
Word Origin
C14: back formation from Alps, from French Alpes (pl), from Latin Alpēs, from Greek Alpeis

ALP

abbreviation
1.
Australian Labor Party
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Word Origin and History for Alps

see Alp.

alp

n.

1590s, "any high, snow-capped mountain," from Alps, from French Alpes, from Latin Alpes "the Alps," perhaps from altus "high," or albus "white" or from a Celtic word (according to Servius), or a pre-Indo-European root. Alps, the European mountain range, attested by that name in English from 1550s.

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Alps in Culture

Alps definition


Mountain system of south-central Europe.

Note: The Alps provide scenic beauty and the location for an abundance of winter sports, making them a popular tourist destination.
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Alps in Technology
language
1. An interpreted algebraic language for the Bendix G15 developed by Dr. Richard V. Andree (? - 1987), Joel C. Ewing and others of the University of Oklahoma from Spring 1966 (possibly 1965).
Dale Peters reports that in the summer of 1966 he attended the second year of an NSF-sponsored summer institute in mathematics and computing at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Andree's computing class mostly used the language GO-GO, later renamed ALPS. The language changed frequently during the class, which was occasionally disorienting. Dale believes it was also used in Summer 1965 and that it was about this time that John G. Kemeny (one of the designers of Dartmouth BASIC, 1963) saw it during a visit.
Dr. Andree's January 1967 class mimeo notes on ALPS begin: "ALPS is a new programming language designed and perfected by Mr. Harold Bradbury, Mr. Joel Ewing and Mr. Harold Wiebe, members of the O.U. Mathematics Computer Consultants Group under the direction of Dr. Richard V. Andree. ALPS is designed to be used with a minimum of training to solve numerical problems on a computer with typewriter stations and using man-computer cooperation by persons who have little familiarity with advanced mathematics."
The initial version of what evolved into ALPS was designed and implemented by Joel Ewing (a pre-senior undergrad) in G15 machine language out of frustration with the lack of applications to use the G15's dual-case alphanumeric I/O capabilities. Harold Wiebe also worked on the code. Others, including Ralph Howenstine, a member of the O.U. Math Computer Consultants Group, contributed to the design of extensions and Dr. Andree authored all the instructional materials, made the outside world aware of the language and encouraged work on the language.
(2006-10-10)
2. A parallel logic language.
["Synchronization and Scheduling in ALPS Objects", P. Vishnubhotia, Proc 8th Intl Conf Distrib Com Sys, IEEE 1988, pp. 256-264].
(1994-11-24)
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Related Abbreviations for Alps

ALP

American Labor Party
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