On the alert, on the lookout or watch against attack or danger; ready to act.

(A*lert"ly), adv. In an alert manner; nimbly.

(A*lert"ness), n. The quality of being alert or on the alert; briskness; nimbleness; activity.

Ale silver
(Ale" sil`ver) A duty payable to the lord mayor of London by the sellers of ale within the city.

(Ale"stake) n. A stake or pole projecting from, or set up before, an alehouse, as a sign; an alepole. At the end was commonly suspended a garland, a bunch of leaves, or a "bush." [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Ale"tast`er) n. See Aleconner. [Eng.]

(A*le`thi*ol"o*gy) n. [Gr. truth + -logy.] The science which treats of the nature of truth and evidence. Sir W. Hamilton.

Ale-knight to Alienate

(Ale"-knight`) n. A pot companion. [Obs.]

(Al`e*man"nic) a. Belonging to the Alemanni, a confederacy of warlike German tribes.

(Al`e*man"nic), n. The language of the Alemanni.

The Swabian dialect . . . is known as the Alemannic.
Amer. Cyc.

(A*lem"bic) n. [F. alambic Ar. al-anbiq, fr. Gr. 'a`mbix cup, cap of a still. The cap or head was the alembic proper. Cf. Limbec.] An apparatus formerly used in distillation, usually made of glass or metal. It has mostly given place to the retort and worm still.
Used also metaphorically.

The alembic of a great poet's imagination.

(A*lem"broth) n. [Origin uncertain.] The salt of wisdom of the alchemists, a double salt composed of the chlorides of ammonium and mercury. It was formerly used as a stimulant. Brande & C.

Alençon lace
(A`len`çon" lace") See under Lace.

(A*length") adv. [Pref. a- + length.] At full length; lengthwise. Chaucer.

(A*lep"i*dote), a. [Gr. 'a priv. + a scale.] (Zoöl.) Not having scales.n. A fish without scales.

(Ale"pole`) n. A pole set up as the sign of an alehouse. [Obs.]

(A*lert") a. [F. alerte, earlier à l'erte on the watch, fr. It. all' erta on the watch, prop. (standing) on a height, where one can look around; erta a declivity, steep, erto steep, p. p. of ergere, erigere, to erect, raise, L. erigere. See Erect.]

1. Watchful; vigilant; active in vigilance.

2. Brisk; nimble; moving with celerity.

An alert young fellow.

Syn. — Active; agile; lively; quick; prompt.

(A*lert"), n. (Mil.) An alarm from a real or threatened attack; a sudden attack; also, a bugle sound to give warning. "We have had an alert." Farrow.

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