• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alma Same as Alme.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alma The name given in some parts of the East, and especially in Egypt, to a girl whose occupation is to amuse company in the houses of the wealthy or to sing dirges at funerals; a singing girl, of a higher class than the ghawazee or dancing-girls of Egypt, with whom the almas are sometimes confounded. See ghawazee and ghaziyeh. Also spelled alme and almeh.
    • n alma A Turkish measure of capacity, equal to 1.15 gallons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alma al′ma an Egyptian dancing-girl
    • Alma Also Alme, Almeh
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  • Malcolm X
    “My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”


In literature:

I cannot quite agree with Mr. Alma Tadema on that point.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
It is the alma mater of some of the best-known American artists and architects.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
Half a dozen colleges were begging him to bestow honors upon them by making them his Alma Mater.
"The Mark of the Knife" by Clayton H. Ernst
With Illustrations by Mrs. ALMA TADEMA.
"The Girls and I" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
What of its loyalty to Tuskegee, our Alma Mater?
"Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt" by William James Edwards
I wonder if Alma is up?
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
One son only now remained, the brave, eloquent, happy-natured Prince Almas-ruh-bakhsh.
"The Brown Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
You will promise all the millers in Almas, Fuzito, and Izsaer double pay if they will grind your corn at once.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
A look from the Bandmaster made Alma draw herself up.
"Ditte: Girl Alive!" by Martin Andersen Nexo
He designed an "Alma Mater" for Princeton University, and a model is in the library.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

Silencioso por la puerta
Voy de su casa desierta
Do siempre feliz entre,
Y la encuentro en vano abierta
Cual la boca de una muerta
Despues que el alma se fue.
"Casa Sin Alma" by James Russell Lowell
When Alma now in different ages Has finish'd her ascending stages,
Into the head at length she gets,
And there in public grandeur sits,
To judge of things, and censure wits.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto III." by Matthew Prior
Yet if, perchance, a slender beam
Of feeling's glow or fancy's gleam
Still lingers in the lines we lay
At Alma Mater's feet today,
The touch of Nature may redeem
Our college rhymes.
"A Rondeau of College Rhymes" by Henry Van Dyke
Youth's gentle kindred, Health and Love, were met;
What though in Alma's guardian arms I play'd?
How shall the Muse those vacant hours forget?
Or deem that bliss by solid cares repaid?
"Elegy VIII. He Describes His Early Love of Poetry, and Its Consequences" by William Shenstone
On the heights of Alma it was a critical time,
And to see the Highland Brigade it was really sublime,
To hear the officers shouting to their men,
On lads, I'll show you the way to fight them.
"The Battle of Alma" by William Topaz McGonagall
All your strifes and vexations, your whims and complaints,
(You were not saints yourselves, if the children of saints!)
All your petty self-seekings and rivalries done,
Round the dear Alma Mater your hearts beat as one!
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Will Friend leads UGA o-line into SEC title game against alma mater.
David Letterman welcomed Oprah Winfrey to his alma mater, Ball State University in Indiana, on Monday as part of a lecture series he hosts there.
) — David Letterman welcomed Oprah Winfrey to his alma mater, Ball State University in Indiana, on Monday as part of a lecture series he hosts there.
PEACHLAND — Alma S Bowers, 95, died Nov 27, 2012 at Autumn Care of Marshville.
Gwinn's Aho chooses Alma College.
Alma Jean Bartholow Perdue, age 83, of Ripley, N.Y.
CROSSVILLE — Funeral services for Alma Lee Burgess, 69, of Cookeville and formerly of Crossville, will be held at noon Wednesday, Nov 28, from the chapel of Hood Funeral Home in Crossville.
FORT OGLETHORPE Alma Wenell Carter Donaldson, 80, died Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012.Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated, www.
Free Elete show at Alma 's Only Bar tonight.
Sometimes described as 'industrial metal' but not fond of being pigeonholed, Elete brings a free show to Alma 's Only Bar tonight.
Alma Alina Plesh Marczak, 93, a longtime resident of Wakefield, died Sunday, Nov 18, 2012, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield.
Brothers don't always agree, and when it comes to Maryland bolting from the ACC to the Big Ten, Todd and Shawn Benson have very different viewpoints about their alma mater.
"Hitchcock" trains lens on the love story of Alfred and Alma .
The evening sun shines through the sackcloth screen on Alma 's window.
Hitchcock' and 'The Girl' Remember Alma Reville.

In science:

The Atacama desert is one of the best astronomical sites in the world (with stable atmospheric conditions and low cloud cover), and and it already has excellent support infrastructure because of the large, international millimeter array (ALMA) that is currently being built there.
Gamma-Ray Summary Report
This Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) will be completed around 2011.
Millimetre Science with the Upgraded Australia Telescope
Angular resolution presently is a problem for the sub-millimeter as well, however the construction of SMA (Submillimeter Array) and ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array) are underway, and are presently 5 to 10 years away from carrying out these types of observations.
A Search for H2 Outflow Signatures from Massive Star Formation Regions Containing Linearly Distributed Methanol Masers
With the advent of powerful infrared and submillimeter observing facilities – including SIRTF, SOFIA, ALMA, Herschel, and Planck – we can anticipate that there will be progress on the astrophysics of dust, driven by the challenge of understanding the new data.
Astrophysics of Dust in Cold Clouds
In this respect, the high spatial resolution that can be achieved with interferometric techniques (Guilloteau & Dutrey, 1998), and, in the near future, with ALMA will eventually lead to clear-cut tests on the role of disk self-gravity in the rotation curve of protostellar disks.
Probing the rotation curve of the outer accretion disk in FU Orionis objects with long-wavelength spectroscopy