(A*larm"ing), a. Exciting, or calculated to excite, alarm; causing apprehension of danger; as, an
alarming crisis or report. A*larm"ing*ly, adv.
(A*larm"ist), n. [Cf. F. alarmiste.] One prone to sound or excite alarms, especially, needless
(A*lar"um) n. [OE. alarom, the same word as alarm, n.] See Alarm. [Now Poetic]
The variant form alarum is now commonly restricted to an alarm signal or the mechanism to sound an
alarm (as in an alarm clock.)
(Al"a*ry) a. [L. alarius, fr. ala wing.] Of or pertaining to wings; also, wing- shaped.
The alary system of insects.
(A*las") interj. [OE. alas, allas, OF. alas, F. hélas; a interj. (L. ah.) + las wretched L. lassus
weary, akin to E. late. See Late.] An exclamation expressive of sorrow, pity, or apprehension of evil;
in old writers, sometimes followed by day or white; alas the day, like alack a day, or alas the white.
(A*late") adv. [Pref. a- + late.] Lately; of late. [Archaic]
There hath been alate such tales spread abroad.
(A"late A"la*ted) a. [L. alatus, from ala wing.] Winged; having wings, or side appendages like
(Al"a*tern ||Al`a*ter"nus) n. [L. ala wing + terni three each.] (Bot.) An ornamental evergreen
shrub (Rhamnus alaternus) belonging to the buckthorns.
(A*la"tion) n. [F., fr. L. alatus winged.] The state of being winged.
(A*launt") n. See Alan. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Alb) n. [OE. albe, LL. alba, fr. L. albus white. Cf. Album and Aube.] A vestment of white
linen, reaching to the feet, an enveloping the person; in the Roman Catholic church, worn by those
in holy orders when officiating at mass. It was formerly worn, at least by clerics, in daily life.
(Al"ba*core) n. (Zoöl.) See Albicore.
(Al"ban) n. [L. albus white.] (Chem.) A white crystalline resinous substance extracted from
gutta-percha by the action of alcohol or ether.
(Al*ba"ni*an) a. Of or pertaining to Albania, a province of Turkey. n. A native of Albania.
(||Al*ba"ta) n. [L. albatus, p. p. of albare to make white, fr. albus white.] A white metallic
alloy; which is made into spoons, forks, teapots, etc. British plate or German silver. See German silver,
(Al"ba*tross) n. [Corrupt. fr. Pg. alcatraz cormorant, albatross, or Sp. alcatraz a pelican: cf.
Pg. alcatruz, Sp. arcaduz, a bucket, fr. Ar. al- qadus the bucket, fr. Gr. ka`dos, a water vessel. So
an Arabic term for pelican is water-carrier, as a bird carrying water in its pouch.] (Zoöl.) A web-footed
bird, of the genus Diomedea, of which there are several species. They are the largest of sea birds,
capable of long-continued flight, and are often seen at great distances from the land. They are found
chiefly in the southern hemisphere.