Aye

Definitions

  • Aye-aye
    Aye-aye
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Aye Always; ever; continually; for an indefinite time. "For his mercies aye endure."
    • n Aye An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative; as, “To call for the ayes and noes;” “The ayes have it.”
    • adv Aye Yes; yea; -- a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question. It is much used in viva voce voting in legislative bodies, etc.☞ This word is written I in the early editions of Shakespeare and other old writers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • aye See ay.
    • aye See ay.
    • aye Yes; yea: a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question: opposed to no. It is common in dialectal and nautical language, and is the regular word used in voting “yes” in Congress, the House of Commons, and other legislative bodies. In Congress the official terms, as in the Constitution, are yea and nay; but the more sonorous aye and no are preferred in making response.
    • aye Yes; yea; even so; truly: indicating assent to what has been said, and introducing a further or stronger statement.
    • aye Indeed: suggesting slight surprise, interrogation, anger, or reproach, or simple attention, according to the mode of pronunciation.
    • n aye An affirmative answer or vote in deliberative bodies.
    • n aye See ey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Aye yea: yes: indeed
    • n Aye (ī) a vote in the affirmative
    • adv Aye ā ever: always: for ever
    • n Aye (pl.) those who vote in the affirmative
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Idioms

The ayes have it - If the ayes have it, those who voted in favour of something have won.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. ei, ey,; akin to AS. ā, āwa, always, Goth. aiws, an age, Icel. æfi, OHG, wa, L. aevum, Gr. an age, , , ever, always, G. je, Skr. va, course. , . Cf. Age (v.) Either (a.) Or conj,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. a dial. form of aye, ever; perh. a variant of yea.

Usage

In literature:

Aye, hours of this would suggest a certain sameness, probably.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
The ayes had it, and with nearly a thousand dollars of hard-earned savings he went to the oil-fields.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Aye, well may ye say it.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
No, no, I never liked fighting in my life; peace was aye in my thoughts.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith" by D. M. Moir
His reputation and character, aye!
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Aye, but how is he entitled to these ideas?
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
Aye, but death cannot be bribed.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
But if there is a war I'm going to it, aye, as certain as we two be sitting here in Budleigh Bay.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
Or let's do this: You say, 'All in favour say, aye.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
The motion was granted, and Iowa being called, voted No; and the vote stood: Ayes, 10; Noes, 10.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The ayes seem to have it, the ayes have it, and the motion is carried.
"America First" by Various
Aye ent care for das futball game, Aye gass.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Then out and spake the Belly Blind; He spake aye in good time.
"Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth" by Frank Sidgwick
It had been a long ride; aye, a long one indeed to Andrew Malden.
"The Transformation of Job" by Frederick Vining Fisher
For when thou art come thereto, thy joy and desire will aye be burning in Christ.
"The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises" by Richard Rolle of Hampole
Just twa een, and they aye keep thegither, though they're aye moving.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Aye, it is only the living who are eager and unhappy.
"The Arena" by Various
Aye, have we not a proverb about it: as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb?...
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
Ye're aye in a hurry, and aye behint.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Aye, that was the question.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

To thee I vow
'Mid joy or pain
My heart, where thou
Mayst aye remain.
"Invitation" by Friedrich Ruckert
FOR a name unknown,
Whose fame unblown
Sleeps in the hills
For ever and aye;
"Why" by Bliss William Carman
HARRY.
Aye--dear Grandmamma!
A pretty story! something dismal now;
A bloody murder.
"English Eclogues II - The Grandmother's Tale" by Robert Southey
Nought but thy best aye do,
Some one will reap;
Strive then thy best to do,
Why should'st thou weep?
"Songs Of The Season" by Alexander Bathgate
'Sweet is love alway
When life burns to embers,
Hearts keep warm for aye
With what love remembers!'
"The Passing Of Cadieux" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
"Deed ye wadna mock me, Mally,
Wi' yer lauchin ee,
Gien ye saw the thing aye muvin
I' the hert o' me!"
"Ower The Hedge" by George MacDonald

In news:

Kptm.com Regtransfers: DD11 AYE Has a Fighting Chance in the BUS 5H.
Aye, aye, captain: Snedeker making Love look good.
Aye matey , beloved pirate games set sail again.
THE AYE-AYE AND I A Rescue Mission in Madagascar.
JULIE PACE and AYE AYE WIN, Associated Press.
Aye, Captain More problems are caused when docking beside "that guy" — yeah, the one over there on the dock offering you advice and distracting you from the task at hand.
Aye Win, The Associated Press.
For the Aye family, the road to the 75th MJC Basketball Tournament is lined with memories.
Dairo Aye wa Kale Juju Master Original Music 0:12:13 (MP3 ).
P aying for information is, among American journalists, generally regarded as falling in the same moral category as paying for sex.
While millions of dollars have gone into saving the last three thousand pandas just because they're cute, at least one sorry creature—the aye-aye—is bound for extinction because it's ugly.
Engaged in every aspect of working cattle from horseback, Barr remembered that the longest cattle drive he experienced was when he helped Orville Burtis move a cow herd from Hymer to the Aye Ranch at Manhattan.
P aying attention to the Grammys is hard.
Aye, there's the Rub .
New York CU Execs Score Aye Vote Commitment on MBL from Maloney.
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In science:

It is easy to check that before each answer, the sum of the weights of the two possible new states (ayes , byes ) and (ano , bno ) is equal to the weight of the current state (a, b), i.e.
A simple solution to Ulam's liar game with one lie
In fluence of gas physics on dark matter distribution is displ ayed in Figure 2.
Influence of baryons on spatial distribution of matter: higher order correlation functions
Aye et al., Correcting high resolution imaging for the effects of the geomagnetic field, Proc. 27th Int.
Monte Carlo Studies of Geomagnetic Field Effects on the Imaging Air Cherenkov Technique for the MAGIC Telescope Site
In this section we introduce different games (or “tests”) pl ayed between the referee and r players.
Three-player entangled XOR games are NP-hard to approximate
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