(A*lign") v. t. [F. aligner; à (L. ad) + ligne (L. linea) line. See Line, and cf. Allineate.] To
adjust or form to a line; to range or form in line; to bring into line; to aline.
(A*lign"), v. t. To form in line; to fall into line.
(A*lign"ment) n. [F. alignement.]
1. The act of adjusting to a line; arrangement in a line or lines; the state of being so adjusted; a formation
in a straight line; also, the line of adjustment; esp., an imaginary line to regulate the formation of troops or
of a squadron.
2. (Engin.) The ground-plan of a railway or other road, in distinction from the grades or profile.
(A*like") a. [AS. onlic, gelic; pref. a + like.] Having resemblance or similitude; similar; without
difference. [Now used only predicatively.]
The darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Ps. cxxxix. 12.
(A*like"), adv. [AS. gelice, onlice.] In the same manner, form, or degree; in common; equally; as,
we are all alike concerned in religion.
(A*like"-mind`ed) a. Like- minded. [Obs.]
(Al"i*ment) n. [L. alimentum, fr. alere to nourish; akin to Goth. alan to grow, Icel. ala to
nourish: cf. F. aliment. See Old.]
1. That which nourishes; food; nutriment; anything which feeds or adds to a substance in natural growth.
Hence: The necessaries of life generally: sustenance; means of support.
Aliments of their sloth and weakness.
2. An allowance for maintenance. [Scot.]
(Al"i*ment), v. t.
1. To nourish; to support.
2. To provide for the maintenance of. [Scot.]
(Al`i*men"tal) a. Supplying food; having the quality of nourishing; furnishing the materials for
natural growth; as, alimental sap.
(A`li*men"tal*ly), adv. So as to serve for nourishment or food; nourishing quality. Sir T.
(Al`i*men"ta*ri*ness) n. The quality of being alimentary; nourishing quality. [R.]
Alimentary canal, the entire channel, extending from the mouth to the anus, by which aliments are
conveyed through the body, and the useless parts ejected.
(Al`i*men"ta*ry) a. [L. alimentarius, fr. alimentum: cf. F. alimentaire.] Pertaining to aliment
or food, or to the function of nutrition; nutritious; alimental; as, alimentary substances.
(Al`i*men*ta"tion) n. [Cf. F. alimentation, LL. alimentatio.]
1. The act or process of affording nutriment; the function of the alimentary canal.