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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
A
n
  1. a metric unit of length equal to one ten billionth of a meter (or 0.0001 micron); used to specify wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation
    Synonym(s): <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=angstrom" onclick="return m('angstrom',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">angstrom, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=angstrom%20unit" onclick="return m('angstrom%20unit',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">angstrom unit, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=A" onclick="return m('A',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">A
  2. any of several fat-soluble vitamins essential for normal vision; prevents night blindness or inflammation or dryness of the eyes
    Synonym(s): <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=vitamin%20A" onclick="return m('vitamin%20A',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">vitamin A, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=antiophthalmic%20factor" onclick="return m('antiophthalmic%20factor',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">antiophthalmic factor, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=axerophthol" onclick="return m('axerophthol',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">axerophthol, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=A" onclick="return m('A',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">A
  3. one of the four nucleotides used in building DNA; all four nucleotides have a common phosphate group and a sugar (ribose)
    Synonym(s): <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=deoxyadenosine%20monophosphate" onclick="return m('deoxyadenosine%20monophosphate',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">deoxyadenosine monophosphate, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=A" onclick="return m('A',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">A
  4. (biochemistry) purine base found in DNA and RNA; pairs with thymine in DNA and with uracil in RNA
    Synonym(s): <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=adenine" onclick="return m('adenine',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">adenine, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=A" onclick="return m('A',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">A
  5. the basic unit of electric current adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; "a typical household circuit carries 15 to 50 amps"
    Synonym(s): <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=ampere" onclick="return m('ampere',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">ampere, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=amp" onclick="return m('amp',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">amp, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=A" onclick="return m('A',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">A
  6. the 1st letter of the Roman alphabet
    Synonym(s): <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=A" onclick="return m('A',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">A, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=a" onclick="return m('a',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">a
  7. the blood group whose red cells carry the A antigen
    Synonym(s): <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=A" onclick="return m('A',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">A, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=type%20A" onclick="return m('type%20A',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">type A, <a href="/dings.cgi?o=302;service=en-de;iservice=dict-en;query=group%20A" onclick="return m('group%20A',this,'l1');" ondblclick="return d(this);">group A
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Infinitive \In*fin"i*tive\, n. [L. infinitivus: cf. F.
      infinitif. See {Infinite}.]
      Unlimited; not bounded or restricted; undefined.
  
      {Infinitive mood} (Gram.), that form of the verb which merely
            names the action, and performs the office of a verbal
            noun. Some grammarians make two forms in English: ({a})
            The simple form, as, speak, go, hear, before which to is
            commonly placed, as, to speak; to go; to hear. ({b}) The
            form of the imperfect participle, called the infinitive in
            -ing; as, going is as easy as standing.
  
      Note: With the auxiliary verbs may, can, must, might, could,
               would, and should, the simple infinitive is expressed
               without to; as, you may speak; they must hear, etc. The
               infinitive usually omits to with the verbs let, dare,
               do, bid, make, see, hear, need, etc.; as, let me go;
               you dare not tell; make him work; hear him talk, etc.
  
      Note: In Anglo-Saxon, the simple infinitive was not preceded
               by to (the sign of modern simple infinitive), but it
               had a dative form (sometimes called the gerundial
               infinitive) which was preceded by to, and was chiefly
               employed in expressing purpose. See {Gerund}, 2.
  
      Note: The gerundial ending (-anne) not only took the same
               form as the simple infinitive (-an), but it was
               confounded with the present participle in -ende, or
               -inde (later -inge).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Legate \Leg"ate\ (l[ecr]g"[asl]t), n. [OE. legat, L. legatus,
      fr. legare to send with a commission or charge, to depute,
      fr. lex, legis, law: cf. F. l[82]gat, It. legato. See
      {Legal}.]
      1. An ambassador or envoy.
  
      2. An ecclesiastic representing the pope and invested with
            the authority of the Holy See.
  
      Note: Legates are of three kinds: ({a}) Legates a latere, now
               always cardinals. They are called ordinary or
               extraordinary legates, the former governing provinces,
               and the latter class being sent to foreign countries on
               extraordinary occasions. ({b}) Legati missi, who
               correspond to the ambassadors of temporal governments.
               ({c}) Legati nati, or legates by virtue of their
               office, as the archbishops of Salzburg and Prague.
  
      3. (Rom. Hist.)
            (a) An official assistant given to a general or to the
                  governor of a province.
            (b) Under the emperors, a governor sent to a province.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Libration \Li*bra"tion\ (l[isl]*br[amac]"sh[ucr]n), n. [L.
      libratio: cf. F. libration.]
      1. The act or state of librating. --Jer. Taylor.
  
      2. (Astron.) A real or apparent libratory motion, like that
            of a balance before coming to rest.
  
      {Libration of the moon}, any one of those small periodical
            changes in the position of the moon's surface relatively
            to the earth, in consequence of which narrow portions at
            opposite limbs become visible or invisible alternately. It
            receives different names according to the manner in which
            it takes place; as: {(a)} Libration in longitude, that
            which, depending on the place of the moon in its elliptic
            orbit, causes small portions near the eastern and western
            borders alternately to appear and disappear each month.
            ({b}) Libration in latitude, that which depends on the
            varying position of the moon's axis in respect to the
            spectator, causing the alternate appearance and
            disappearance of either pole. ({c}) Diurnal or parallactic
            libration, that which brings into view on the upper limb,
            at rising and setting, some parts not in the average
            visible hemisphere.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   A- \A-\
      A, as a prefix to English words, is derived from various
      sources. (1) It frequently signifies on or in (from an, a
      forms of AS. on), denoting a state, as in afoot, on foot,
      abed, amiss, asleep, aground, aloft, away (AS. onweg), and
      analogically, ablaze, atremble, etc. (2) AS. of off, from, as
      in adown (AS. ofd[umac]ne off the dun or hill). (3) AS. [be]-
      (Goth. us-, ur-, Ger. er-), usually giving an intensive
      force, and sometimes the sense of away, on, back, as in
      arise, abide, ago. (4) Old English y- or i- (corrupted from
      the AS. inseparable particle ge-, cognate with OHG. ga-, gi-,
      Goth. ga-), which, as a prefix, made no essential addition to
      the meaning, as in aware. (5) French [85] (L. ad to), as in
      abase, achieve. (6) L. a, ab, abs, from, as in avert. (7)
      Greek insep. prefix [alpha] without, or privative, not, as in
      abyss, atheist; akin to E. un-.
  
      Note: Besides these, there are other sources from which the
               prefix a takes its origin.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Respiration \Res`pi*ra"tion\ (r?s`p?*r?"sh?n), n. [L.
      respiratio: cf. F. respiration. See {Respire}.]
      1. The act of respiring or breathing again, or catching one's
            breath.
  
      2. Relief from toil or suffering: rest. [Obs.]
  
                     Till the day Appear of respiration to the just And
                     vengeance to the wicked.                     --Milton.
  
      3. Interval; intermission. [Obs.] --Bp. Hall.
  
      4. (Physiol.) The act of resping or breathing; the act of
            taking in and giving out air; the aggregate of those
            processes bu which oxygen is introduced into the system,
            and carbon dioxide, or carbonic acid, removed.
  
      Note: Respiration in the higher animals is divided into:
               ({a}) Internal respiration, or the interchange of
               oxygen and carbonic acid between the cells of the body
               and the bathing them, which in one sense is a process
               of nutrition. ({b}) External respiration, or the
               gaseous interchange taking place in the special
               respiratory organs, the lungs. This constitutes
               respiration proper. --Gamgee. In the respiration of
               plants oxygen is likewise absorbed and carbonic acid
               exhaled, but in the light this process is obscured by
               another process which goes on with more vigor, in which
               the plant inhales and absorbs carbonic acid and exhales
               free oxygen.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Monkey \Mon"key\, n.; pl. {Monkeys}. [Cf. OIt. monicchio, It.
      monnino, dim. of monna an ape, also dame, mistress, contr.
      fr. madonna. See {Madonna}.]
      1. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) In the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana,
                  including apes, baboons, and lemurs.
            (b) Any species of Quadrumana, except the lemurs.
            (c) Any one of numerous species of Quadrumana (esp. such
                  as have a long tail and prehensile feet) exclusive of
                  apes and baboons.
  
      Note: The monkeys are often divided into three groups: ({a})
               {Catarrhines}, or {Simid[91]}. These have an oblong
               head, with the oblique flat nostrils near together.
               Some have no tail, as the apes. All these are natives
               of the Old World. ({b}) {Platyrhines}, or {Cebid[91]}.
               These have a round head, with a broad nasal septum, so
               that the nostrils are wide apart and directed downward.
               The tail is often prehensile, and the thumb is short
               and not opposable. These are natives of the New World.
               ({c}) {Strepsorhines}, or {Lemuroidea}. These have a
               pointed head with curved nostrils. They are natives of
               Southern Asia, Africa, and Madagascar.
  
      2. A term of disapproval, ridicule, or contempt, as for a
            mischievous child.
  
                     This is the monkey's own giving out; she is
                     persuaded I will marry her.               --Shak.
  
      3. The weight or hammer of a pile driver, that is, a very
            heavy mass of iron, which, being raised on high, falls on
            the head of the pile, and drives it into the earth; the
            falling weight of a drop hammer used in forging.
  
      4. A small trading vessel of the sixteenth century.
  
      {Monkey boat}. (Naut.)
            (a) A small boat used in docks.
            (b) A half-decked boat used on the River Thames.
  
      {Monkey block} (Naut.), a small single block strapped with a
            swivel. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
  
      {Monkey flower} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Mimulus}; -- so
            called from the appearance of its gaping corolla. --Gray.
  
      {Monkey gaff} (Naut.), a light gaff attached to the topmast
            for the better display of signals at sea.
  
      {Monkey jacket}, a short closely fitting jacket, worn by
            sailors.
  
      {Monkey rail} (Naut.), a second and lighter rail raised about
            six inches above the quarter rail of a ship.
  
      {Monkey shine}, monkey trick. [Slang, U.S.]
  
      {Monkey trick}, a mischievous prank. --Saintsbury.
  
      {Monkey wheel}. See {Gin block}, under 5th {Gin}.
  
      {Monkey wrench}, a wrench or spanner having a movable jaw.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Motion \Mo"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. motio, fr. movere, motum, to
      move. See {Move}.]
      1. The act, process, or state of changing place or position;
            movement; the passing of a body from one place or position
            to another, whether voluntary or involuntary; -- opposed
            to {rest}.
  
                     Speaking or mute, all comeliness and grace attends
                     thee, and each word, each motion, forms. --Milton.
  
      2. Power of, or capacity for, motion.
  
                     Devoid of sense and motion.               --Milton.
  
      3. Direction of movement; course; tendency; as, the motion of
            the planets is from west to east.
  
                     In our proper motion we ascend.         --Milton.
  
      4. Change in the relative position of the parts of anything;
            action of a machine with respect to the relative movement
            of its parts.
  
                     This is the great wheel to which the clock owes its
                     motion.                                             --Dr. H. More.
  
      5. Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or
            impulse to any action; internal activity.
  
                     Let a good man obey every good motion rising in his
                     heart, knowing that every such motion proceeds from
                     God.                                                   --South.
  
      6. A proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress;
            esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly;
            as, a motion to adjourn.
  
                     Yes, I agree, and thank you for your motion. --Shak.
  
      7. (Law) An application made to a court or judge orally in
            open court. Its object is to obtain an order or rule
            directing some act to be done in favor of the applicant.
            --Mozley & W.
  
      8. (Mus.) Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in
            the same part or in groups of parts.
  
                     The independent motions of different parts sounding
                     together constitute counterpoint.      --Grove.
  
      Note: Conjunct motion is that by single degrees of the scale.
               Contrary motion is that when parts move in opposite
               directions. Disjunct motion is motion by skips. Oblique
               motion is that when one part is stationary while
               another moves. Similar or direct motion is that when
               parts move in the same direction.
  
      9. A puppet show or puppet. [Obs.]
  
                     What motion's this? the model of Nineveh? --Beau. &
                                                                              Fl.
  
      Note: Motion, in mechanics, may be simple or compound.
  
      {Simple motions} are: ({a}) straight translation, which, if
            of indefinite duration, must be reciprocating. ({b})
            Simple rotation, which may be either continuous or
            reciprocating, and when reciprocating is called
            oscillating. ({c}) Helical, which, if of indefinite
            duration, must be reciprocating.
  
      {Compound motion} consists of combinations of any of the
            simple motions.
  
      {Center of motion}, {Harmonic motion}, etc. See under
            {Center}, {Harmonic}, etc.
  
      {Motion block} (Steam Engine), a crosshead.
  
      {Perpetual motion} (Mech.), an incessant motion conceived to
            be attainable by a machine supplying its own motive forces
            independently of any action from without.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   A \A\ ([adot]), prep. [Abbreviated form of an (AS. on). See
      {On}.]
      1. In; on; at; by. [Obs.] [bd]A God's name.[b8] [bd]Torn a
            pieces.[b8] [bd]Stand a tiptoe.[b8] [bd]A Sundays[b8]
            --Shak. [bd]Wit that men have now a days.[b8] --Chaucer.
            [bd]Set them a work.[b8] --Robynson (More's Utopia).
  
      2. In process of; in the act of; into; to; -- used with
            verbal substantives in -ing which begin with a consonant.
            This is a shortened form of the preposition an (which was
            used before the vowel sound); as in a hunting, a building,
            a begging. [bd]Jacob, when he was a dying[b8] --Heb. xi.
            21. [bd]We'll a birding together.[b8] [bd] It was a
            doing.[b8] --Shak. [bd]He burst out a laughing.[b8]
            --Macaulay.
  
      Note: The hyphen may be used to connect a with the verbal
               substantive (as, a-hunting, a-building) or the words
               may be written separately. This form of expression is
               now for the most part obsolete, the a being omitted and
               the verbal substantive treated as a participle.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   A \A\ ([adot] emph. [amac]).
      1. [Shortened form of an. AS. [be]n one. See {One}.] An
            adjective, commonly called the indefinite article, and
            signifying one or any, but less emphatically. [bd]At a
            birth[b8]; [bd]In a word[b8]; [bd]At a blow[b8]. --Shak.
  
      Note: It is placed before nouns of the singular number
               denoting an individual object, or a quality
               individualized, before collective nouns, and also
               before plural nouns when the adjective few or the
               phrase great many or good many is interposed; as, a
               dog, a house, a man; a color; a sweetness; a hundred, a
               fleet, a regiment; a few persons, a great many days. It
               is used for an, for the sake of euphony, before words
               beginning with a consonant sound [for exception of
               certain words beginning with h, see {An}]; as, a table,
               a woman, a year, a unit, a eulogy, a ewe, a oneness,
               such a one, etc. Formally an was used both before
               vowels and consonants.
  
      2. [Originally the preposition a (an, on).] In each; to or
            for each; as, [bd]twenty leagues a day[b8], [bd]a hundred
            pounds a year[b8], [bd]a dollar a yard[b8], etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   A \A\ [From AS. of off, from. See {Of}.]
      Of. [Obs.] [bd]The name of John a Gaunt.[b8] [bd]What time a
      day is it ?[b8] --Shak. [bd]It's six a clock.[b8] --B.
      Jonson.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   A \A\
      A barbarous corruption of have, of he, and sometimes of it
      and of they. [bd]So would I a done[b8] [bd]A brushes his
      hat.[b8] --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   A \A\
      An expletive, void of sense, to fill up the meter
  
               A merry heart goes all the day, Your sad tires in a
               mile-a.                                                   --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ferment \Fer"ment\, n. [L. fermentum ferment (in senses 1 & 2),
      perh. for fervimentum, fr. fervere to be boiling hot, boil,
      ferment: cf. F. ferment. Cf. 1st {Barm}, {Fervent}.]
      1. That which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or
            fermenting beer.
  
      Note: Ferments are of two kinds: ({a}) Formed or organized
               ferments. ({b}) Unorganized or structureless ferments.
               The latter are also called {soluble [or] chemical
               ferments}, and {enzymes}. Ferments of the first class
               are as a rule simple microscopic vegetable organisms,
               and the fermentations which they engender are due to
               their growth and development; as, the {acetic ferment},
               the {butyric ferment}, etc. See {Fermentation}.
               Ferments of the second class, on the other hand, are
               chemical substances, as a rule soluble in glycerin and
               precipitated by alcohol. In action they are catalytic
               and, mainly, hydrolytic. Good examples are pepsin of
               the dastric juice, ptyalin of the salvia, and disease
               of malt.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   d8Gastropoda \[d8]Gas*trop"o*da\, n. pl., [NL., fr. Gr. [?],
      [?], stomach + -poda.] (Zo[94]l.)
      One of the classes of Mollusca, of great extent. It includes
      most of the marine spiral shells, and the land and
      fresh-water snails. They generally creep by means of a flat,
      muscular disk, or foot, on the ventral side of the body. The
      head usually bears one or two pairs of tentacles. See
      {Mollusca}. [Written also {Gasteropoda}.]
  
      Note: The Gastropoda are divided into three subclasses; viz.:
               ({a}) The Streptoneura or Dioecia, including the
               Pectinibranchiata, Rhipidoglossa, Docoglossa, and
               Heteropoda. ({b}) The Euthyneura, including the
               Pulmonata and Opisthobranchia. ({c}) The Amphineura,
               including the Polyplacophora and Aplacophora.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gripe \Gripe\, n.
      1. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
  
                     A barren scepter in my gripe.            --Shak.
  
      2. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the
            gripe of a sword.
  
      3. (Mech.) A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake
            to stop a wheel.
  
      4. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress;
            as, the gripe of poverty.
  
      5. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; -- chiefly
            used in the plural.
  
      6. (Naut.)
            (a) The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the
                  fore end; the forefoot.
            (b) The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the
                  water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
            (c) pl. An assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes, and hocks,
                  fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats
                  when hoisted; also, broad bands passed around a boat
                  to secure it at the davits and prevent swinging.
  
      {Gripe penny}, {a} miser; a niggard

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   A \A\ (named [be] in the English, and most commonly [84] in
      other languages).
      The first letter of the English and of many other alphabets.
      The capital A of the alphabets of Middle and Western Europe,
      as also the small letter (a), besides the forms in Italic,
      black letter, etc., are all descended from the old Latin A,
      which was borrowed from the Greek {Alpha}, of the same form;
      and this was made from the first letter ([?]) of the
      Ph[d2]nician alphabet, the equivalent of the Hebrew Aleph,
      and itself from the Egyptian origin. The Aleph was a
      consonant letter, with a guttural breath sound that was not
      an element of Greek articulation; and the Greeks took it to
      represent their vowel Alpha with the [84] sound, the
      Ph[d2]nician alphabet having no vowel symbols. This letter,
      in English, is used for several different vowel sounds. See
      Guide to pronunciation, [sect][sect] 43-74. The regular long
      a, as in fate, etc., is a comparatively modern sound, and has
      taken the place of what, till about the early part of the
      17th century, was a sound of the quality of [84] (as in far).
  
      2. (Mus.) The name of the sixth tone in the model major scale
            (that in C), or the first tone of the minor scale, which
            is named after it the scale in A minor. The second string
            of the violin is tuned to the A in the treble staff. -- A
            sharp (A[sharp]) is the name of a musical tone
            intermediate between A and B. -- A flat (A[flat]) is the
            name of a tone intermediate between A and G.
  
      {A per se} (L. per se by itself), one pre[89]minent; a
            nonesuch. [Obs.]
  
                     O fair Creseide, the flower and A per se Of Troy and
                     Greece.                                             --Chaucer.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   A#
  
      /A sharp/ A separable component of Version 2 of the
      {AXIOM*} computer algebra system.   It provides a programming
      language with an {optimising compiler}, an {intermediate code}
      {interpreter}, and a library of data structures and
      mathematical {abstraction}s.   The compiler produces
      {stand-alone executable} programs, {object} libraries in
      {native} {operating system} formats, {portable} {bytecode}
      libraries, {C} and {Lisp} {source code}.
  
      The A# programming language has support for {object-oriented}
      and {functional programming} styles.   Both types and functions
      are {first class} values that can be manipulated with a range
      of flexible and composable {primitive}s and user programs.
      The A# language design places particular emphasis on
      compilation for efficient {machine code} and portability.
  
      Ports have been made to various 16, 32, and 64 bit
      architectures: {RS/6000}, {SPARC}, {DEC Alpha}, {i386},
      {i286}, {Motorola 680x0}, {S 370}; several {operating
      system}s: {Linux}, {AIX}, {SunOS}, {HP/UX}, {Next}, {Mach} and
      other {Unix} systems, {OS/2}, {DOS}, {Microsoft Windows},
      {VMS} and {CMS}; {C} compilers: {Xlc}, {gcc}, {Sun},
      {Borland}, {Metaware} and {MIPS} C.
  
      (1995-02-07)
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   A
      Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, as Omega is the
      last. These letters occur in the text of Rev. 1:8,11; 21:6;
      22:13, and are represented by "Alpha" and "Omega" respectively
      (omitted in R.V., 1:11). They mean "the first and last." (Comp.
      Heb. 12:2; Isa. 41:4; 44:6; Rev. 1:11,17; 2:8.) In the symbols
      of the early Christian Church these two letters are frequently
      combined with the cross or with Christ's monogram to denote his
      divinity.
     
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