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al

[ahl] /ɑl/
noun
Origin
< Hindi āl

Al

[al] /æl/
noun
1.
a male given name: form of Albert, Alfred, Aloysius.

al-

1.
variant of ad- before l: allure.

Al-

1.
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

-al1

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. -ar1. ); 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

-al2

1.
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

-al3

1.
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
1.

AL.

al.1

1.
other things.
Origin
< Latin alia

al.2

1.
other persons.
Origin
< Latin aliī

A.L.

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

a.l.

1.
autograph letter.

Gore

[gawr, gohr] /gɔr, goʊr/
noun
1.
Albert Arnold, Jr ("Al") born 1948, U.S. politician: vice president of the U.S. 1993–2001.

Oerter

[awr-ter, ohr-] /ˈɔr tər, ˈoʊr-/
noun
1.
Alfred A ("Al") 1936–2007, U.S. track and field athlete: four-time Olympic discus champion.

Unser

[uhn-ser] /ˈʌn sər/
noun
1.
Albert ("Al") born 1939, and his brother Robert, (Bobby), born 1934, U.S. racing-car drivers.
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British Dictionary definitions for al

al

abbreviation
1.
Albania

Al

Chemical symbol
1.
aluminium

AL

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

-al1

suffix
1.
of; related to; connected with: functional, sectional, tonal
Word Origin
from Latin -ālis

-al2

suffix
1.
the act or process of doing what is indicated by the verb stem: rebuttal, recital, renewal
Word Origin
via Old French -aille, -ail, from Latin -ālia, neuter plural used as substantive, from -ālis-al1

-al3

suffix
1.
indicating an aldehyde: ethanal
2.
indicating a pharmaceutical product: phenobarbital
Word Origin
shortened from aldehyde

gore1

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

gore2

/ɡɔː/
verb
1.
(transitive) (of an animal, such as a bull) to pierce or stab (a person or another animal) with a horn or tusk
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old English gār spear

gore3

/ɡɔː/
noun
1.
a tapering or triangular piece of material used in making a shaped skirt, umbrella, etc
2.
a similarly shaped piece, esp of land
verb
3.
(transitive) to make into or with a gore or gores
Derived Forms
gored, adjective
Word Origin
Old English gāra; related to Old Norse geiri gore, Old High German gēro

Gore

/ɡɔː/
noun
1.
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
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Word Origin and History for al

-al

suffix forming adjectives from nouns or other adjectives, "of, like, related to," Middle English -al, -el, from French or directly from Latin -alis (see -al (2)).

suffix forming nouns of action from verbs, mostly from Latin and French, meaning "act of ______ing" (e.g. survival, referral), Middle English -aille, from French feminine singular -aille, from Latin -alia, neuter plural of adjective suffix -alis, also used in English as a noun suffix. Nativized in English and used with Germanic verbs (e.g. bestowal, betrothal).

word-forming element in chemistry to indicate "presence of an aldehyde group" (from aldehyde). The suffix also is commonly used in forming the names of drugs, often narcotics (e.g. barbital), a tendency that apparently began in German and might have been suggested by chloral (n.).

gore

n.

Old English gor "dirt, dung, filth, shit," a Germanic word (cf. Middle Dutch goor "filth, mud;" Old Norse gor "cud;" Old High German gor "animal dung"), of uncertain origin. Sense of "clotted blood" (especially shed in battle) developed by 1560s.

"triangular piece of ground," Old English gara, related to gar "spear" (see gar), on the notion of "triangularity." Hence also meanings "front of a skirt" (mid-13c.), and "triangular piece of cloth" (early 14c.).

v.

c.1400, from Scottish gorren "to pierce, stab," origin unknown, perhaps related to Old English gar "spear" (see gar, also gore (n.2) "triangular piece of ground"). Related: Gored; goring.

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al in Medicine

Al
The symbol for the element aluminum.

al- pref.
Variant of ad-.

-al 3
suff.
Aldehyde: butyral.

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al in Science
Al  
The symbol for aluminum.
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Slang definitions & phrases for al

Al

noun

The shoe width A (Shoeshop)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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al in Technology

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

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Related Abbreviations for al

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
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Encyclopedia Article for al

al-

Arabic definite article, meaning "the." It often prefixes Arabic proper nouns, especially place-names; an example is Al-Jazirah (Arabic: "The Island"), the name of an interfluvial region in The Sudan. The article is often used in lowercase form, hence al-Jazirah. Reference works, including Encyclopaedia Britannica, often alphabetize names beginning with al- under the main part of the name (thus, in the example, "Jazirah, Al-"). Thirteen Arabic letters-the so-called sun letters, t, th, d, dh, r, z, s, sh, s, d, t, z, and n-assimilate the l of al- in pronunciation; thus, Ash-Sham (the colloquial Arabic name of Damascus), not Al-Sham.

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