To be aknow, to acknowledge; to confess. [Obs.]

(Al) a. All. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Al-). A prefix. (a) [AS. eal.] All; wholly; completely; as, almighty, almost. (b) [L. ad.] To; at; on; — in OF. shortened to a-. See Ad-. (c) The Arabic definite article answering to the English the; as, Alkoran, the Koran or the Book; alchemy, the chemistry.

(Al). conj. Although; if. [Obs.] See All, conj.

(||A"la) n.; pl. Alæ [L., a wing.] (Biol.) A winglike organ, or part.

Alabama period
(Al`a*ba"ma pe"ri*od) (Geol.) A period in the American eocene, the lowest in the tertiary age except the lignitic.

(Al"a*bas"ter) n. [L. alabaster, Gr. said to be derived fr. Alabastron, the name of a town in Egypt, near which it was common: cf. OF. alabastre, F. albâtre.]

1. (Min.) (a) A compact variety or sulphate of lime, or gypsum, of fine texture, and usually white and translucent, but sometimes yellow, red, or gray. It is carved into vases, mantel ornaments, etc. (b) A hard, compact variety of carbonate of lime, somewhat translucent, or of banded shades of color; stalagmite. The name is used in this sense by Pliny. It is sometimes distinguished as oriental alabaster.

2. A box or vessel for holding odoriferous ointments, etc.; — so called from the stone of which it was originally made. Fosbroke.

(Al`a*bas"tri*an) a. Alabastrine.

(Al`a*bas"trine) a. Of, pertaining to, or like, alabaster; as alabastrine limbs.

(||Al`a*bas"trum) n.; pl. Alabastra [NL.] (Bot.) A flower bud. Gray.

(Ak"e*ton) n. [Obs.] See Acton.

(A*kim"bo) a. [Etymology unknown. Cf. Kimbo.] With a crook or bend; with the hand on the hip and elbow turned outward. "With one arm akimbo." Irving.

(A*kin") a. [Pref. a- (for of) + kin.]

1. Of the same kin; related by blood; — used of persons; as, the two families are near akin.

2. Allied by nature; partaking of the same properties; of the same kind. "A joy akin to rapture." Cowper.

The literary character of the work is akin to its moral character.

This adjective is used only after the noun.

(||Ak`i*ne"si*a) n. [Gr. quiescence; 'a priv. + motion.] (Med.) Paralysis of the motor nerves; loss of movement. Foster.

(Ak`i*ne"sic) a. (Med.) Pertaining to akinesia.

(A*knee") adv. On the knee. [R.] Southey.

(Ak*now") Earlier form of Acknow. [Obs.]

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