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Meaning of ALPHA

Pronunciation:  'alfu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet
  2. [n]  the beginning of a series or sequence; "the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end"--Revelations
  3. [adj]  first in order of importance; "the alpha male in the group of chimpanzees"; "the alpha star in a constellation is the brightest or main star"

ALPHA is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: important, of import
 See Also: alphabetic character, Greek alphabet, letter, letter of the alphabet, start



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Al"pha\, n. [L. alpha, Gr. 'a`lfa, from Heb. [=a]leph,
name of the first letter in the alphabet, also meaning ox.]
The first letter in the Greek alphabet, answering to A, and
hence used to denote the beginning.

      In am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the
      first and the last.                      --Rev. xxii.

Note: Formerly used also denote the chief; as, Plato was the
      alpha of the wits.

Note: In cataloguing stars, the brightest star of a
      constellation in designated by Alpha ([alpha]); as,
      [alpha] Lyr[ae].

Computing Dictionary
  1. (Or "Input") An extension of algol 60 for the m-20 computer developed by A.P. Ershov at Novosibirsk in 1961. ALPHA includes matrix operations, slices, and complex arithmetic.

    ["The Alpha Automatic Programming System", A.P. Ershov ed., A-P 1971].

  2. 1. A compiler generator written by Andreas Koschinsky <koschins@cs.tu-berlin.de> and described in his thesis at the technische universitaet berlin. Alpha takes an attribute grammar and uses bison and flex to generate a parser, a scanner and an ase evaluator (Jazayeri and Walter).

    The documentation is in german.

    2. dec alpha.

Thesaurus Terms
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