• Showing layout of an extensive building, including alae and peristylium
    Showing layout of an extensive building, including alae and peristylium
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ala a wing of an insect
    • n ala a flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism "the alae of the nose","the alae of a maple seed","the flat petals of a pea blossom are alae"
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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)
    • n ala ā"lȧ (Biol) A winglike organ, or part.
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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.
    • n ala In botany: One of the two side petals of a papilionaceous blossom, or the membranous expansion of an organ, as of a fruit, seed, stem, etc. See cut under banner.
    • n ala In mosses, one of the basal lobes or auricles of the leaves.
    • n ala An axilla or axil.
    • n ala In anat., zoöl., etc.:
    • n ala A wing.
    • n ala Any part of a wing-like or flap-like character: as, ala auris, the upper and outer part of the external ear.
    • n ala The armpit.
    • n ala plural Specifically, in Cirripedia, the lateral parts of the shell, as distinguished from the parietes, when they are overlapped by others; when they overlap they are termed radii.
    • n ala In anc. Rom. arch., a wing or a small apartment placed on each side of the atrium of a Roman house. Audsley.
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  • 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.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Alas after a certain age, every man is responsible for his own face.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas!”
  • William Wycherley
    William Wycherley
    “Marrying to increase love is like gaming to become rich; alas, you only lose what little stock you had before.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a wing


In literature:

Do thou too, O Mars, alas!
"Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes" by Aeschylus
Alas, how are the mighty fallen!
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
Within a few months a principal was needed for the Swayne Public School of Montgomery, Ala., and this in the middle of the school year.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
From their frozen summits have too oft, alas!
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
The trays were followed, alas!
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
Alas, that Christmas was only a domestic feast, a feast of sweetmeats and toys!
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Black days had, alas!
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
Nay, he was drowning his sorrows therein, for his Master, alas!
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Birmingham (Ala.) Ledger, May 3, 21, 24, 31, July 31, Sept. 27, 1917; Apr.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
With what Life and Breath I had, I call'd for Assistance, both from Men and Heaven; but oh, alas!
"The Works of Aphra Behn" by Aphra Behn

In poetry:

Over the sexton's grave
The growing grass
Cried out: "Come home!
I am alive, alas!"
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
Now send we far around
Our harvest lay!
—Alas! a heavier sound
Comes o'er the day!
"Brandenburgh Harvest-Song" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Alas for such dreaming!
It took but a day
This friendship fair seeming,
To bring to decay.
"A Broken Friendship" by Anonymous British
In wonderment it muses,
And murmurs with a sigh:
"Alas! how God-forsaken
And desolate am I!
"A Tree In The Ghetto" by Morris Rosenfeld
Now, alas! he wandered wide,
Resting never more,
Over lake and mountain-side,
Over sea and shore!
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Hope has many a gladsome note
Now and then to pipe;
But, alas, he has the throat
Of a bird unripe.
"December 27, 1879" by George MacDonald

In news:

If you missed the ALA webcast of the announcements then you can still view it.
Jerri Gram, from Huntsville, Ala. Shares a smile with a baby girl during an examination on the USNS Comfort off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Birmingham, Ala.-based Vulcan Materials reported that the company's aggregates gross margin is up 220 basis points and its overhead expenses are down 16 percent from the second quarter 2011.
Raleigh, N.C.-based Martin Marietta Materials approached Birmingham, Ala.-based Vulcan Materials Co.
Hoyle , 76, a resident of McKenzie, Ala. Died on Saturday, Sept 11, 2012 in a local hospital.
Alas, "The Hunchback 's" message -- that beauty is only skin deep -- goes only so far.
Santos Valerio, left, helps Santos Rodriguez get luggage from their car Tuesday as they seek shelter at the Theodore High School in Theodore, Ala. After leaving Metairie, La.
Alas, it was too long.
University of Ala. Will implode 43-year-old dorm July 4.
But his departure has taken far too long (in fact, decades too long) and, alas, in all that time he did little to ease the transition to the free society that Cuba will eventually be.
Topless advocate Jeff S Johnson of Huntsville, Ala.
The existing employees' pension contract is exorbitant, and reflects an economic climate that, alas, no longer exists.
Alas, Time Warner Cable subscribers can watch the Thursday night offering on the NFL Network.
Alas, we must pity the poor individual .
Sept 22, 2012 8:35 a.m. Alas, those college years are finished.

In science:

The data consist of the indemnity payment (LOSS) and the allocated loss adjustment expense (ALAE) for 1466 general liability claims.
A test of goodness-of-fit for the copula densities
Exact details of their algorithms are alas not documented.
Statistical Automatic Summarization in Organic Chemistry
In particular, as our original motivation for [KoSo1] was our paper [KoSo4], we stress here again that a good way to encode our DT-invariants is as gluing data for a complex integrable system (or its quantization) “a’la [KoSo4]”.
Motivic Donaldson-Thomas invariants: summary of results
The layer was placed between two distributed Bragg reflecting mirrors, made of 25 (bottom) and 10 (top) periods of pairs of AlAs/GaAs quarter wavelength thick layers.
Radiative cascade from quantum dot metastable spin-blockaded biexciton
Alas, while the joint distribution of h12 , h13 is available, the joint distribution of {hij }1≤i
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering