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Ab (n.) The fifth month of the Jewish year according to the ecclesiastical reckoning, the eleventh by the civil computation, coinciding nearly with August. The shell is lined with mother-of-pearl, and used for ornamental purposes; the sea-ear.
the great mullein, or hag-taper, and the golden-rod. Abalone (n.) A univalve mollusk of the genus Haliotis.
About (prep.) In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).
About (prep.) Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity.
A () In each; to or for each; as, "twenty leagues a day", "a hundred pounds a year", "a dollar a yard", etc. Abattis (n.) A means of defense formed by felled trees, the ends of whose branches are sharpened and directed outwards, or against the enemy. Abecedarian (n.) One engaged in teaching the alphabet.
A- () A, as a prefix to English words, is derived from various sources. Abator (n.) A person who, without right, enters into a freehold on the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee. Abbe (n.) The French word answering to the English abbot, the head of an abbey; but commonly a title of respect given in France to every one vested with the ecclesiastical habit or dress. A B C () A primer for teaching the alphabet and first elements of reading. Aber-de-vine (n.) The European siskin (Carduelis spinus), a small green and yellow finch, related to the goldfinch. Aberration (n.) A small periodical change of position in the stars and other heavenly bodies, due to the combined effect of the motion of light and the motion of the observer; called annual aberration, when the observer's motion is that of the earth in its orbit, and daily or diurnal aberration, when of the earth on its axis; amounting when greatest, in the former case, to 20.4'', and in the latter, to 0.3''.
A () The first letter of the English and of many other alphabets. er-), usually giving an intensive force, and sometimes the sense of away, on, back, as in arise, abide, ago. Abandonment (n.) The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion. t.) To bring down or reduce from a higher to a lower state, number, or degree; to lessen; to diminish; to contract; to moderate; to cut short; as, to abate a demand; to abate pride, zeal, hope. t.) To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates. t.) To be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates.
Above (prep.) Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than; as, things above comprehension; above mean actions; conduct above reproach.
Above (adv.) In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; as, the clouds above.
The capital A of the alphabets of Middle and Western Europe, as also the small letter (a), besides the forms in Italic, black letter, etc., are all descended from the old Latin A, which was borrowed from the Greek Alpha, of the same form; and this was made from the first letter (/) of the Phoenician alphabet, the equivalent of the Hebrew Aleph, and itself from the Egyptian origin. Abandonment (n.) Careless freedom or ease; abandon. Abatement (n.) The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed.
The Aleph was a consonant letter, with a guttural breath sound that was not an element of Greek articulation; and the Greeks took it to represent their vowel Alpha with the a sound, the Phoenician alphabet having no vowel symbols. Abanga (n.) A West Indian palm; also the fruit of this palm, the seeds of which are used as a remedy for diseases of the chest. Abatement (n.) The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee. Abecedarian (n.) One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a tyro.