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aline

[uh-lahyn] /əˈlaɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), alined, alining.
1.
Related forms
alinement, noun
aliner, noun
nonalined, adjective
self-alining, adjective

Aline

[uh-leen, al-een] /əˈlin, ˈæl in/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Adeline.

A-line

[ey-lahyn] /ˈeɪˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
(especially in women's clothing) a cut of garment consisting basically of two A -shaped panels for the front and back, designed to give increasing fullness toward the hemline.
2.
a garment having such a cut.
adjective
3.
being of such design or cut:
an A-line coat; an A-line dress.
Origin of A-line
1960-1965
1960-65

align

or aline

[uh-lahyn] /əˈlaɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.
2.
to bring into a line or alignment.
3.
to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.:
He aligned himself with the liberals.
4.
to adjust (two or more components of an electronic circuit) to improve the response over a frequency band, as to align the tuned circuits of a radio receiver for proper tracking throughout its frequency range, or a television receiver for appropriate wide-band responses.
verb (used without object)
5.
to fall or come into line; be in line.
6.
to join with others in a cause.
Origin
1685-95; < French aligner, equivalent to a- a-5 + ligner < Latin līneāre, derivative of līnea line1
Related forms
aligner, noun
realign, verb
self-aligning, adjective
unaligned, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. straighten.
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Contemporary Examples
  • In July 2009, he and aline were arrested in Switzerland on charges of beating up their servants in a Geneva hotel.

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  • According to the cable, aline initially fled to the U.K. after confronting Hannibal and threatening to leave the marriage.

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  • Cretz wrote he was told that, "Hannibal had pursued aline in London and the encounter ended in assault."

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Historical Examples
  • That rose so large and full, with a rare shade of violet red, brightened with crimson maroon, is aline Sisley.

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  • Did you ever hear, aline, how poor Philippe de Vilmorin came by his end?

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  • "The assignation is for nine o'clock in the Bois de Boulogne," aline informed her.

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  • aline was her niece, and such a marriage in the family would be to the credit of the whole of it.

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  • She was breakfasting in Miss aline's sitting-room after a cool ramble in the garden.

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  • It was enough to inform aline that Mme. de Plougastel's errand must be akin to her own.

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  • Really, aline, you have a trick of asking the most disconcerting and improper questions.

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British Dictionary definitions for aline

aline

/əˈlaɪn/
verb
1.
a rare spelling of align
Derived Forms
alinement, noun
aliner, noun

align

/əˈlaɪn/
verb
1.
to place or become placed in a line
2.
to bring (components or parts, such as the wheels of a car) into proper or desirable coordination or relation
3.
(transitive) usually foll by with. to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group
4.
(transitive) (psychol) to integrate or harmonize the aims, practices, etc of a group
5.
(usually foll by with) (psychol) to identify with or match the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
Word Origin
C17: from Old French aligner, from à ligne into line

A-line

adjective
1.
(of a garment, esp a skirt or dress) flaring slightly from the waist or shoulders
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Word Origin and History for aline

Aline

fem. proper name, French, short for Adeline.

align

v.

early 15c., "to copulate" (of wolves, dogs), literally "to range (things) in a line," from Middle French aligner, from Old French alignier "set, lay in line," from à "to" (see ad-) + lignier "to line," from Latin lineare, from linea (see line (n.)). Transitive or reflective sense of "to fall into line" is from 1853. International political sense is attested from 1934. No justification for the French spelling, and aline was an early native form. Related: Aligned; aligning.

A-line

adj.

descriptive of a dress or skirt flared in shape of a letter "A," 1955, in reference to the designs of Christian Dior (1905-1957).

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