alas

Definitions

  • Showing layout of an extensive building, including alae and peristylium
    Showing layout of an extensive building, including alae and peristylium
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv alas by bad luck "unfortunately it rained all day","alas, I cannot stay"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Isolde, seated on a sham rock, awaiting the coming of her lover. Alas! all ends unharpily Isolde, seated on a sham rock, awaiting the coming of her lover. Alas! all ends unharpily
"Alas! alas! where is our bliss departed?" "Alas! alas! where is our bliss departed?"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fleshy bulbs on each side of your nose are called the Alea (AY-lee) singular Ala (AY-luh)
    • interj Alas An exclamation expressive of sorrow, pity, or apprehension of evil; -- in old writers, sometimes followed by day or white; alas the day, like alack a day, or alas the white.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The biggest bell is the "Tsar Kolokol" cast in the Kremlin in 1733. It weighs 216 tons, but alas, is cracked and has never been rung. The bell was being stored in a Moscow shed which caught fire. To "save" it, caretakers decided to throw water on the bell. This did not succeed, as the water hit the superheated metal and a giant piece immediately cracked off, destroying the bell forever.
    • alas An exclamation expressive of sorrow, grief, pity, concern, or apprehension of evil: in old writers sometimes followed by the day or the while: as, alas the day, alas the while. See alackaday.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • interj Alas a-las′ expressive of grief
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Quotations

  • Thomas Gray
    Thomas Gray
    “Alas! regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come nor care beyond today.”
  • Sydney Smith
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    “I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
  • Richard D. Rosen
    Richard D. Rosen
    “Confession, alas, is the new handshake.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Alas, I am dying beyond my means.”
  • William Wycherley
    William Wycherley
    “Marrying to increase love is like gaming to become rich; alas, you only lose what little stock you had before.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. alas, allas, OF. alas, F. hélas,; a, interj. (L. ah,.) + las, wretched (that I am), L. lassus, weary, akin to E. late,. See Late
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ha las, a las (mod. Fr. hélas); ha! and las, lasse, wretched, weary—L. lassus, wearied.

Usage

In literature:

The Harlings, alas, had no absent Uncle Frederick to fall back upon.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
But, alas, for hopes and plans, alas, for the holy ideals of that little band.
"Ten Boys from History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
Below is a crypt where the last offerings and prayers are made by sailors departing on a voyage; and, alas!
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
Nothing to sing but songs, Ah, well, alas!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Alas, do not deny the fact, but give back the ring to the Countess.
"The Basket of Flowers" by Christoph von Schmid
Alas, for Joseph, however!
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Alas instead of Hansel she strikes the pot and upsets the milk.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Alas for human expectation!
"The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851" by Various
The close of the poor fellow's life, alas!
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Alas, it is not to the hero, it is to the sham-hero, that, of right and necessity, the valet-world belongs.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
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In poetry:

ALAS, ye poor Armenians !
In undeserved distress
Ye wander forth to slavery,
In want and wretchedness.
"The Exiles" by Leo Alishan
Alas! though bards make verse sublime,
And lines to quote,
It takes a fool like me to rhyme
About a goat.
"The Goat And I" by Robert W Service
Alas! the little day of life
Is shorter than a span;
Yet black with thousand hidden ills
To miserable man.
"The Complaint of Nature" by John Logan
But sights like these so cheering,
Alas, I cannot see!
The daylight and the darkness
Are both alike to me.
"To Mr. C.R." by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
But alas! if o'er the foam
I this flower should carry,
It would fade ere I could come;
Roses may not tarry.
"To The Beloved From Afar" by Nikolaus Lenau
I cannot flap a flag
Or beat a drum;
Behind the mob I lag
With larynx dumb;
Alas! I fear I'm not
A Patriot.
"At The Parade" by Robert W Service

In news:

Sommer Rehabilitation Unit in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Missouri Basketball Coach Frank Haith speaks during the SEC Basketball Media Day in Hoover, Ala.
Oyster bar & hot dog style restaurants are common where they grew up (Dothan, Ala.
Brooke graduated from White Bear Lake High School and College of the Highlands, Birmingham, Ala.
Mobile BayBears starting pitcher Brett Lorin (43) fires a pitch against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Thursday night at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Alas, William Powell is dead, and no other names came to mind.
A native of Anniston, Ala. Harman's career goes back to the early 1960s.
In this photo taken Saturday, Sept 20, 2012, Phil Savage poses in the broadcast booth for the Crimson Tide Network during halftime of an NCAA college football game on in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
We've gotten another sales contract on our house in Florence, Ala. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how a couple from California had backed out on a deal to buy the house.
Boost Mobile Discovery Stage, City Stages, Birmingham, Ala. You can download the band's CD, "Love Don't Come Easy," from the band's Web site.
Churches Stand Together Mobile, Ala. Opposition to the HHS mandate is Catholic, and catholic.
The Birmingham News The Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala. Is shown on Aug 17, 2012.
Ishmael "Ish" Worth Wright, 86, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept 30, 2012.He was born in Flat Rock, Ala. To the late Barbara Ann and James Driscoll Wright.
Sims was born in Cullman, Ala. She was a teacher and served as principal for many years in the Metro Davidson County school system.
Both Oxford High teams competed in the annual Jesse Owens Classic held in Oakville, Ala. Over 5,500 runners competed in the event.
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In science:

Alas this lesson app ears to have been forgotten, and multiquark models that did not consider fall-apart into the KN continuum were accepted as justi fication for the existence of such states wi th undue credulity.
HADRON05 Summary: Heavy Quark Hadrons and Theory
Assume that the transformation ˆU is given in an exponential form ˆUA = ei γ ˆA/ where γ is a continuous parameter and the generator ˆA = A( ˆp, ˆq) is expanded ala (8) as A( ˆp, ˆq) = Xm,n where am,n ’s are the expansion coefficients.
$\hbar$-independent Universality of the Quantum-Classical Canonical Transformations
Since many books talk about the LLT only in the N + 1 chapter for Mersenne numbers N = 2q − 1, it seemed useful to remind that the LLT can also be used for numbers N such that N − 1 is easy to factor, like Fermat numbers N = 22n + 1, by providing a proof `ala Lehmer.
A LLT-like test for proving the primality of Fermat numbers
For instance for GaAs/AlAs structures with sufficiently narrow GaAs layer, the holes are still confined in the GaAs layer, while the electrons are in the AlAs layer (the so-called type II quantum wells).
Exciton Spin Dynamics in Semiconductor Quantum Wells
Exciton exchange energy ∆0 as a function of the well widths in GaAs/AlGaAs (•) and GaAs/AlAs ((cid:4) ) QW.
Exciton Spin Dynamics in Semiconductor Quantum Wells
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