aye-aye

Definitions

  • Aye-aye
    Aye-aye
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aye-aye nocturnal lemur with long bony fingers and rodent-like incisor teeth closely related to the lemurs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aye-aye (Zoöl) A singular nocturnal quadruped, allied to the lemurs, found in Madagascar (Cheiromys Madagascariensis), remarkable for its long fingers, sharp nails, and rodent-like incisor teeth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aye-aye A name of a remarkable lemurine quadruped of Madagascar, of the suborder Prosimiæ, family Daubentoniidæ (or Chiromyidæ), the Daubentonia (or Chiromys) madagascariensis, which combines a rodent-like dentition with the general characters of the lemurs. It was originally referred to the Rodentia, and was described as a species of Sciurus, or squirrel. It is a small squirrel-like animal (so far as its long bushy tail, general configuration, and arboreal habits may warrant the comparison), with large thin ears opening forward, great eyes looking forward, a very peculiar physiognomy, and an attenuated middle finger, which seems as if withered. The thumb is not apposable, in which respect it is unlike the inner digit of the foot. The animal is nocturnal, arboreal, and peculiar to Madagascar. Its economy is still imperfectly known. The meaningless name aye-aye was in 1802 or 1803 made a barbarous generic name by Lacépède. The genus is usually called by the name Chiromys, given by Cuvier in 1800, but this is antedated by Daubentonia, applied by Étienne Geoffroy St. Hilaire in 1798. See Daubentonia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aye-aye ī′ī a quadruped about the size of a hare found in Madagascar, closely allied to the lemurs, with much of the aspect of a squirrel.
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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
From the native name, prob. from its cry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Malagasy aiay.

Usage

In literature:

Aye, unhappily, rather; for other {ordinary} matters are to be called "unseasonable," Parmeno.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
Aye dreaming, that was you; you'll be dreaming next that the lassie likes you.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
Confide ye aye in Providence, for Providence is kind, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
And aye it grew late and the night more still.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Is both unlucky, aye, and foolish, too.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
For Jamie cam' back, and your cheek it grew white; White, white grew your cheek, but aye true unto me.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
I 'll love thee, sweet, for aye.
"Canada" by J. G. Bourinot
And he stood there and shook his fists and cast 'em all off for ever and aye.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Aye, that something's nothing.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Aye, aye, Cap'n, just as you say.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
But, aye, leddies, what a grand boat this is.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
And Janet, woman, there's aye a kind Providence.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
He wasna' buried there, for they aye burned their dead.
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
She pressed me to say whether I thought there was aye a chance of his returning with Sir John.
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
All in favor, say Aye!
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
Aye, the Cult of the Bayonet!
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
Aye, here was this gentleman; he thought that name would be among 'em.
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard I. Pyle
Those in favor of chicken please say aye.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
It's a lang time since ye've been to the Glen; jist an unconscionably lang time; aye, jist that, jist unconscionably like!
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
He said "aye, aye," in a dazed way when his daughters clamoured for his consent, adding that "he'd see what Andra said.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
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In poetry:

Goodness and mercy shall be mine
Unto my dying day;
Then will I bide at His dear side
Forever and for aye!
"The Twenty-Third Psalm" by Eugene Field
O weel's me on my ain man!
My ain man, my ain man;
O, weel's me on my ain gudeman!
He'll aye be welcome hame.
"O, Weel's Me On My Ain Man" by Carolina Oliphant
As if the ground had sunk away
Into a void below:
Its shapeless sides of dark-hued clay
Hang ready aye to go.
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
Error shall not reign for aye!
It shall die;
Wrong shall fly,
And for aye
Truth shall reign and falsehood die!
"Go Ahead!" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
O, weel's me on my ain man!
My ain man, my ain man;
O, weel's me on my ain gudeman!
He'll aye be welcome hame.
"O, Weel's Me On My Ain Man" by Carolina Oliphant
A' licht, and clear, and free,
God, thou shinest abune;
Yet luik, and see thysel in me,
Aye on me luikin doon.
"Mirls" by George MacDonald

In news:

It's aye , aye , aye and bye bye San Juan for Bronx pols.
All in favor say ' aye .
A Wand'ring Minstrel… Aye .
INTERVIEWS Watch Death Grips' Noisy New Video for 'Fever ( Aye Aye )'.
Makes the staff say " aye .".
Amedore will vote ' aye ' on Albany parking bill.
Aye matey, beloved pirate games set sail again.
New York senators vote " aye ".
For those keeping score, both Sens Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer voted " aye " to pass the $789 billion economic stimulus bill.
Weekend AYE Music & Art Festival Schedule.
Aye , aye , captain: Snedeker making Love look good.
INTERVIEWS Watch Death Grips' Noisy New Video for 'Fever (Aye Aye)'.
Makes the staff say "aye.".
Baron Ya Buk -Lu Dumu aye 'ku' Ngomo Line Productions By John Kuhlman.
It's aye, aye, aye and bye bye San Juan for Bronx pols.
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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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