• WordNet 3.6
    • adj alien being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world "alien customs","exotic plants in a greenhouse","exotic cuisine"
    • adj alien not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something "an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism","the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper","jealousy is foreign to her nature"
    • v alien arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"
    • v alien transfer property or ownership "The will aliened the property to the heirs"
    • n alien a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere
    • n alien a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
    • n alien anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the U.S. government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
    • Alien A foreigner; one owing allegiance, or belonging, to another country; a foreign-born resident of a country in which he does not possess the privileges of a citizen. Hence, a stranger. See Alienage.
    • Alien Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign; as, alien subjects, enemies, property, shores.
    • Alien One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged; as, aliens from God's mercies. "Aliens from the common wealth of Israel."
    • v. t Alien To alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or ownership. "It the son alien lands.""The prince was totally aliened from all thoughts of . . . the marriage."
    • Alien Wholly different in nature; foreign; adverse; inconsistent (with); incongruous; -- followed by from or sometimes by to; as, principles alien from our religion. "An alien sound of melancholy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Vulcan, Alberta Canada, the tourist welcome sign is written in both English and Klingon (alien language from “Star Trek”).
    • alien Residing under another government or in another country than that of one's birth, and not having rights of citizenship in such place of residence: as, the alien population; an alien condition.
    • alien Foreign; not belonging to one's own nation.
    • alien Wholly different in nature; estranged; adverse; hostile: used with to or from.
    • n alien A foreigner; one born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization; one who is not a denizen, or entitled to the privileges of a citizen. In France a child born of residents who are not citizens is an alien. In the United States, as in Great Britain, children born and remaining within the country, though born of alien parents, are, according to the better opinion, natural-born citizens or subjects; and the children of citizens or subjects, though born in other countries, are generally deemed natural-born citizens or subjects, and if they become resident are entitled to the privileges of resident citizens; but they also may, when of full age, make declaration of alienage. See citizen.
    • n alien A stranger.
    • n alien An English statute of 1836 (6 and 7 Wm. IV. c. 11) providing for the registration of aliens; and one of 1844 (7 and 8 Vict. c. 66) allowing aliens from friendly nations to hold real and personal property for purposes of residence, and resident aliens to become naturalized.
    • n alien An English statute of 1847 (10 and 11 Vict. c. 83) concerning naturalization.
    • alien To transfer or convey to another; make over the possession of: as, to alien a title or property. In this sense also written aliene.
    • alien To make averse or indifferent; turn the affections or inclinations of; alienate; estrange.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jean-Claude Van Damme was the alien in the original "Predator" in almost all the jumping and climbing scenes.
    • adj Alien āl′yen foreign: different in nature: adverse to
    • n Alien one belonging to another country: one not entitled to the rights of citizenship
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  • Roland Barthes
    “There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.”
  • Eugene Ionesco
    “There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.”
  • R. D. Laing
    “Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings.”
  • Arthur Miller
    “Without alienation, there can be no politics.”
  • King George III
    King George III
    “Knavery seems to be so much the striking feature of its inhabitants that it may not in the end be an evil that they will become aliens to this kingdom.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. alien, L. alienus, fr. alius, another; properly, therefore, belonging to another. See Else


In literature:

The technological level of the aliens could not be said to be either "above" or "below" that of Man: it could only be said to be "different.
"Dead Giveaway" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He saw the aliens grouped around the square, boxlike buildings, watching and waiting for trouble.
"Despoilers of the Golden Empire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
And the European is not merely an aloof alien; he is a ruling alien as well.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
The only good alien is a dead alien!
"Victory" by Lester del Rey
An alien presence, a rude fist through the canvas negated the convention that this was a picture of reality.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
There was something about the alien that bothered him, and he couldn't place exactly what it was.
"The Highest Treason" by Randall Garrett
And that ties in very well with the photographs of the alien itself.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Tried to move that alien intelligence into the rear of his consciousness.
"The Monster" by S. M. Tenneshaw
Clearly, these are cases for the Aliens Act.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
But they had alien features, so alien as to hold him in open-mouthed amazement.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton

In poetry:

"Aliens from Heaven's worth,
Fine beasts who nose i' the earth,
Do there
Reward prepare.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
Thus I, a splinter
from the tree of great equanimity,
to my own eyes an alien,
to my God a stranger.
"O You, My Silent Sadness" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
He shall not be a Briton
Who dares to be a slave!
An alien to our country!
And a mockery to the brave!
"Our Cheer" by Ernest Jones
On you the sun is shining free;
Our Poet sleeps in Italy,
Beneath an alien sod; on me
The cloud descends.
"To E." by Amy Levy
Over meadow stands new moon,
Over boundary of dew.
Come, we'll make a friend of you,
Dear, distant, alien.
"New Moon" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
I know my lawful heritage,
Although I stand on alien ground;
I know what kingship is, although
I go uncrowned.
"Prairie Winds" by Helena Coleman

In news:

Journey far into deep space to see man confront great philosophical questions and battle hostile alien life — with a broom.
Alien fish species and nylon nets have forced the extinction of a water bird in Madagascar, a conservation group said Tuesday.
A superhero wannabe fights the forces of loneliness and alienation in this uneven Aussie indie.
A practical compendium based on author Stuart Spencer's experience crafting plays (Resident Alien.
Ayoade, Vaughn, Stiller and Hill look for aliens invading smalltown Ohio.
Alien Hearts was the last book that Guy de Maupassant finished before his death at the early age of forty-three.
'Super-Earth' alien planet may be habitable for life.
Astronomers have detected an alien planet that may be capable of supporting life as we know it — and it's just a stone's throw from Earth in the cosmic scheme of things.
"Super-Earth" alien planet may be habitable for life.
Billions of alien habitable planets, right here in our galaxy.
Study indicates existence of billions of habitable alien planets in Milky Way (+video).
Artist's conception of the alien planet GJ 667Cc (Carnegie Institution for Science).
A potentially habitable alien planet — one that scientists say is the best candidate yet to harbor water, and possibly even life, on its surface — has been found around a nearby star.
Is the Rocky Alien Planet Gliese 581d Really Habitable .
High school kids fight aliens in the new Aspen Comics series Homecoming.

In science:

Our analysis relies on two tools: (i) the Sagnac effect which allows us to measure rotations of a coordinate system or induced by the curvature of spacetime, and (ii) computer visualizations which bring out the alien features of the G¨odel Universe.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
Moreover, we bring out some of the alien features of the G¨odel Universe by presenting computer visualizations of two scenarios. 1.1.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
An alien invasion fleet is interfering with the connection to the global positioning satellite.
To study the phenomenon of the Moravec's Paradox
This is an ingredient alien to the original spirit of the standard formulation.
Reverse Engineering Quantum Field Theory
However, if instead of developing computers ourselves we had been given them by an alien species, we could still hope one day to unravel the mysteries of their magic.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems