• The Ghostly Ally of Disaster
    The Ghostly Ally of Disaster
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ally become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage "He allied himself with the Communists"
    • n ally a friendly nation
    • n ally an associate who provides cooperation or assistance "he's a good ally in fight"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In WWII, when allied armies reached the Rhine River the first thing men did was pee in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it). Gen. Patton had himself photographed in the act
    • Ally A relative; a kinsman.
    • Ally Anything akin to another by structure, etc.
    • Ally Anything associated with another as a helper; an auxiliary. "Science, instead of being the enemy of religion, becomes its ally ."
    • Ally One united to another by treaty or league; -- usually applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate. "The English soldiers and their French allies ."
    • n Ally See Alley, a marble or taw.
    • Ally To connect or form a relation between by similitude, resemblance, friendship, or love. "These three did love each other dearly well,
      And with so firm affection were allied ."
      "The virtue nearest to our vice allied ."
    • Ally To unite, or form a connection between, as between families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or confederacy; -- often followed by to or with. "O chief! in blood, and now in arms allied ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo
    • ally To unite by marriage, treaty, league, or confederacy; connect by formal agreement: generally used in the passive or with reflexive pronouns.
    • ally To bind together; connect, as by resemblance or friendship.
    • ally To join or unite; enter into alliance.
    • n ally One united or associated with another by kinship, treaty, or league; a confederate; more particularly, a sovereign or state connected with another by league offensive and defensive, or a subject or citizen of such sovereign or state.
    • n ally An auxiliary; an associate or friend.
    • n ally In zoology, an animal more or less closely related to another in respect to morphological characters, and placed in the same alliance (which see). Synonyms Associate, Friend, Companion, etc. See associate.
    • n ally A former spelling of alley.
    • n ally See alley.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed every animal in the Berlin Zoo except the elephant, which escaped and roamed the city. When a Russian commander saw hungry Germans chasing the elephant and trying to kill it, he ordered his troops to protect it and shoot anyone who tried to kill it
    • n Ally a name given by boys to a choice taw or large marble.
    • v.t Ally al-lī′ to form a relation by marriage, friendship, treaty, or resemblance
    • n Ally (al-lī′, or al′lī) a confederate: a prince or state united by treaty or league:—pl. Allīes′, Al′līes
    • pa.p Ally and adj. Allied′
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  • Leonard Cohen
    “A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.”
  • Alan Dickey
    Alan Dickey
    “If the copying machines that came along later had been here during the war, I'm not sure the allies would have won. We'd all have drowned in paper.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.”
  • Sydney Hook
    Sydney Hook
    “Fear of death has been the greatest ally of tyranny past and present.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Some faults are so closely allied to qualities that it is difficult to weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. alien, OF. alier, F. alier, fr. L. alligare, to bind to; ad, + ligare, to bind. Cf. Alligate Alloy Allay Ligament


In literature:

The disaster of Caudium shook the fate of many of the Roman allies, and the fortune of war was for some years in favor of the Samnites.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Since the beginning of time animals have been the friends and allies of man.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
Meanwhile Germany had declined to recognize the laws of nations which allowed America to sell munitions to the Allies.
"Winning a Cause" by John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
We went to see the Allied Press "Major," to find out some place to stop in, etc.
"An Onlooker in France 1917-1919" by William Orpen
The allies still feared the Emperor.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
During this period the Turkish press maintained an active campaign against England and the Allies.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
Molo and his weird allies had escaped, I thought.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
The Tartars sent envoys to the allied dukes.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
They gave a very bad character to the dusky allies of the Spaniards and the Tlascalans returned the compliment in kind.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Adams and Clay were helpless; it was difficult for them to secure popular allies or get a fair hearing.
"Expansion and Conflict" by William E. Dodd

In poetry:

On earth by nought but pity's tie,
Detain'd a moment from on high;
One to sublimer worlds allied,
One from all passions purified.
"The Aged Patriarch" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
FIRST VOICE. Fill the cup and tread the measure
Make the most of fleeting leisure.
Hail it as a true ally
Though it perish bye and bye.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
What is the thing esteemed by few?
The monarch's hand it decks with pride,
Yet it is made to injure too,
And to the sword is most allied.
"Parables And Riddles" by Friedrich von Schiller
Tender as woman, manliness and meekness
In him were so allied
That they who judged him by his strength or weakness
Saw but a single side.
"In Remembrance Of Joseph Sturge" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He, from whose arm they ruin feared,
Their leader and ally appeared
An emblem of the Saviour's grace,
To those who humbly seek his face.
"Gibeon" by John Newton
"To the march that yon street-fiddler plies;
She told me 'twas the same
She'd heard from the trumpets, when the Allies
Her city overcame.
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

A war in which two Christian countries fighting a third claimed Islam as their ally.
He was an ally with the US against Al Qaeda.
P resident Obama and his congressional allies want to create the perception that Obamacare is a done deal, and that Republicans need to get over it.
Afghan Envoy Assails Western Allies as Halfhearted, Defeatist .
To assist auto customers in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy, Ally Financial will offer a 90-day payment deferral program on the purchase of all new GM and Chrysler 2012 and 2013 vehicles financed by Ally.
A Website with information on Northwestern State University's Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health is available at
Party leaders and their allies are investing in two candidates for the Ketchikan-Wrangell-northern-Prince-of-Wales-Island House.
John McCain delivered his plans for foreign policy and tells how he plans to work with US allies.
Natural allies in the book world.
Disenfranchised felons find an ally in governor.
A shockingly cruel letter sent from a father to his just-out gay son has gone viral, beginning with a Facebook post from LGBT ally wrestler Hudson Taylor.
Oncobiologics and Fox Chase Cancer Center Ally to Develop Cancer Therapy Platform.
Bishop Nicholas A DiMarzio, shown in 2007, and Assemblyman Vito J Lopez once were close allies.
President Bush will be in Budapest tomorrow to visit a good ally -- a member of the coalition of the willing.

In science:

Quantum random walk on an infinite, translationthat column n contains the 2n vertices in the middle of ally invariant line. the graph and column 2n is the root at the right.
An example of the difference between quantum and classical random walks
Allis, W. and Herlin, M. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 85 (1952).
The Energy-Entropy Principle
Meanwhile, McIntosh and allies kept erator A such that D(A investigating on the square root problem of Kato for elliptic linear operators, formulated by Kato in .
Square Root Problem of Kato for the Sum of Operators
Recently, such a famous and challenging question has been solved by McIntosh and allies.
Square Root Problem of Kato for the Sum of Operators
Pr(R > r) = (1 − r2 ) 2 will lead to a beta density of the first kind, which is closely allied to order statistics.
The linear Ising model and its analytic continuation, random walk