• Al Sharpe's goal
    Al Sharpe's goal
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n AL a state in the southeastern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
    • n Al a silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Good-bye Al, Old Boy Good-bye Al, Old Boy
Dining al fresco Dining al fresco

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The expression cooked "al dente" means "to the tooth." What this means is that the pasta should be somewhat firm, and offer some resistance to the tooth, but should also be tender
    • a Al All.
    • conj Al Although; if.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Breton, AL there is a law against riding down the street in a motorboat.
    • n al A plant of the genus Morinda, allied to the madder.
    • n al An old form of all.
    • n al In chem., the symbol for aluminium.
    • n al An assimilated form of Latin ad- before l (see ad-); also an erroneous form of a-, from Anglo-Saxon ā-. See ad-.
    • n al A prefix in some words of Arabic origin, being the Arabic definite article “the”; as in alcaid, alchemy, alcohol, alcove, Aldebaran, algebra, alguazil, alkali, Alkoran, etc.; and, variously disguised, in apricot, artichoke, assagai, azimuth, hazard, lute, etc.; also el, as in elixir.
    • n al A very common suffix, of Latin origin. It forms from nouns in Latin, and thence in English— Adjectives, as in oral
    • n al manual
    • n al etc.: in this use equivalent to -ar, of the same ultimate origin, as in alar, polar, both forms occurring with a differentiation of meaning in lineal, linear (which see).
    • n al Secondary from primary adjectives, as in equal
    • n al whence in English -al is now applied to Latin adjectives ending in -e-us, -i-us, -u-us, -rn-us, -i-s, -ic-us, etc., to give them a distinctive English form, as in aerial, senatorial, perpetual, eternal, celestial, medical, etc., and similarly to Greek adjectives in -ικ-ός, -ακ-ός, -οειδ-ής (English -ic, -ac, -oid), etc., as in musical, heliacal, rhomboidal, etc.; hence in some cases a differentiation of meaning, as in comic and comical, historic and historical, etc.
    • n al Nouns from such adjectives, as in animal, rival, etc.
    • n al Nouns from verbs in English after the analogy of espousal, as in denial, proposal, refusal, etc., and even from native English verbs, as in bestowal, betrothal, withdrawal, etc.
    • n al The name is applied in India to several species of Morinda, especially to Morinda citrifolia and M. tinctoria, trees belonging to the madder family, which grow spontaneously and are also cultivated for the sake of the dye obtained from the bark of their roots and stem. The smallest roots yield the most valuable dye, the stem the most inferior. The al dye is gradually supplanting the more expensive red obtained from the Indian madder, or chaya root (Oldenlandia umbellata), with which the celebrated Madras handkerchiefs and turbans were formerly dyed. Morinda citrifolia, the principal al-tree, is widely spread throughout the East Indies, the west coast of Africa, and the islands of the Pacific Ocean, where its fruit is sometimes eaten by the natives. See nonu.
    • n al A nominal prefix, actually a reduction of alcohol in certain arbitrary formations, as aldehyde (and its numerous recent derivatives), *althionic, etc. Compare -al. Compare alk- in words like alkamine, etc. (where alk- represents G. alkohol), and -ol, representing the last syllable of alcohol.
    • n al In bridal, burial, etc., a nominal suffix, associated with -al, but actually of different origin, according to the history of each word. See the etymologies of the words cited.
    • n al In chem., a termination now recognized as signifying that the body named is an aldehyde, or derived from alcohol. Thus ordinary aldehyde is also called ethanal, that is, the aldehyde of ethane.
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In literature:

Hier wuerde sich Rousseau eben so gut gefallen haben, als auf seiner Insel St. Pierre.
"The Life of Friedrich Schiller" by Thomas Carlyle
Uncle Al was standing on the deck in a little pool of sunlight, his gaunt, hollow-cheeked face set in harsh lines.
"The Mississippi Saucer" by Frank Belknap Long
No concealment among pals, now, Al, it's no fair, you know, and it destroys confidence and breeds discord.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
Men al'ays has a hankerin' for good looks.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
At the moment of their arrival Al was in what might be termed a defensive formation.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
He might argue with Bill and plead with Al, but Laloo had the soul of a pawnbroker.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in consultation with the United States, has put forward a set of milestones critical for Iraq.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
At that time Haroun-al-Raschid was Commander of the Faithful.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
Wa'al," he went on, "it was like this.
"The Christmas Story from David Harum" by Edward Noyes Westcott
I wer born at the end o' the year, an' that's why I al'ays gets lef' behind.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds

In poetry:

He came al so still
There his mother was,
As dew in April
That falleth on the grass.
"Carol" by Anonymous British
He came al so still
There his mother lay,
As dew in April
That falleth on the spray.
"Carol" by Anonymous British
In al umbrei intuneric
Te asaman unui print,
Ce se uit-adânc în ape
Cu ochi negri si cuminti;
"O Remain, Dear One" by Mihai Eminescu
Tot astfel cînd al nostru dor
Pieri în noapte-adîncã,
Lumina stinsului amor
Ne urmãreste încã.
"La steaua" by Mihai Eminescu
Und meine Seele spannte
Weit ihre Flügel aus,
Flog durch die stillen Lande,
Als flöge sie nach Haus.
"Mondnacht (Moonlit Night)" by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
Ik denk aldoor aan rozen,
Rozen wit en rood,
Tot al gepeinzen overblozen
Uw eigen voetjes warm en bloot.
"Ik Denk Aldoor Aan Rozen" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens

In news:

What al-Libi's death means for al Qaeda.
Abu Yahya al-Libi, the deputy leader of al Qaeda, was killed in a drone strike Monday, US officials said.
Abu Yahya al-Libi, al Qaeda's deputy leader, was killed by a drone strike, US says.
The assault on the restive northwest town of Jisr al-Shughur may prove to be a pivotal moment in the rebellion against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota terrorism suspect used young men as "cannon fodder " when he helped send them from Minneapolis to their native Somalia to join the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.
But Moscow also warned that the regime of Bashar al-Assad faces threats from Al Qaeda.
Al's Garden Center is located at 16920 S W. The 17th Annual Kids Bulb Day is Oct 13 at Al's Garden Center.
Two cameramen working for al-Aqsa TV and an educational programming director for the al-Quds channel have been killed in Gaza.
Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan, and Hasan al-Turabi (one of the pre-eminent Islamist theologians and political theorists of the past half century) are the leaders of Sudan's Muslim Brotherhood.
Accused USS Cole bomber, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, seeks to halt Guantanamo trial.
Sudanese Ibrahim al-Qosi, the former cook of slain al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on July 11, 2012.
The Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki kissed the cheek of Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait after he deplaned in Baghdad.
Enlarge Chris Pow Merle Haggard performs with his band at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Chris Pow / Merle Haggard and Jamey Johnson at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater gallery (9 photos).
Sanjiv Bhatia, Al-Wadhah Al-Adawi, Amit Tiwari and Srdjan (Serge) Tanjga joined the public markets team at Harvard Management Co.
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri is shown in this undated file photo.

In science:

AL |2(t)| = | Z ˆAL (k) ˆAL (k − t)dk | ≤ Z ˆAL (k)dk = AL (0) ≤ const we note that the first integral is bounded from above by const Z|k |>(κL )1/2 | ˆf (k)|2dk → 0 as L → ∞.
Gaussian limit for determinantal random point fields
Lemma 4.1 A mountain-val ley pattern can be folded by a sequence of al l-layers simple folds precisely if there is an al lowable fold, and the result after performing that fold has an al lowable fold, and so on, until al l creases of the segment have been folded.
When Can You Fold a Map?
Theorem 3 Let A be associative simple superalgebra and I ⊂ [AL , AL} be a graded ideal of [AL , AL} such that I 6= [AL , AL}.
An example of simple Lie superalgebra with several invariant bilinear forms
Let A be associative simple superalgebra and I ⊂ [AL , AL} be agraded ideal of [AL , AL} such that [Ieven , I } ⊆ Z (A) where Z (A) is the center of A.
An example of simple Lie superalgebra with several invariant bilinear forms
Here and thereafter, ∇al = al − al−1 denotes the discrete gradient of a local operator al .
Transport in one dimensional quantum systems