The rule is named from the method of connecting together the terms by certain ligature-like signs. Alligation
is of two kinds, medial and alternate; medial teaching the method of finding the price or quality of a
mixture of several simple ingredients whose prices and qualities are known; alternate, teaching the amount
of each of several simple ingredients whose prices or qualities are known, which will be required to make
a mixture of given price or quality.
(Al"li*ga`tor) n. [Sp. el lagarto the lizard fr. L. lacertus, lacerta, lizard. See Lizard.]
1. (Zoöl.) A large carnivorous reptile of the Crocodile family, peculiar to America. It has a shorter and
broader snout than the crocodile, and the large teeth of the lower jaw shut into pits in the upper jaw,
which has no marginal notches. Besides the common species of the southern United States, there are
allied species in South America.
2. (Mech.) Any machine with strong jaws, one of which opens like the movable jaw of an alligator; as,
(a) (Metal Working) a form of squeezer for the puddle ball; (b) (Mining) a rock breaker; (c) (Printing) a
kind of job press, called also alligator press.
Alligator apple (Bot.), the fruit of the Anona palustris, a West Indian tree. It is said to be narcotic in
its properties. Loudon. Alligator fish (Zoöl.), a marine fish of northwestern America Alligator
gar (Zoöl.), one of the gar pikes (Lepidosteus spatula) found in the southern rivers of the United States.
The name is also applied to other species of gar pikes. Alligator pear (Bot.), a corruption of Avocado
pear. See Avocado. Alligator snapper, Alligator tortoise, Alligator turtle (Zoöl.), a very large
and voracious turtle (Macrochelys lacertina) inhabiting the rivers of the southern United States. It sometimes
reaches the weight of two hundred pounds. Unlike the common snapping turtle, to which the name is
sometimes erroneously applied, it has a scaly head and many small scales beneath the tail. This name
is sometimes given to other turtles, as to species of Trionyx. Alligator wood, the timber of a tree
of the West Indies
(Al*lign"ment) n. See Alignment.
(Al*lin"e*ate) v. t. [L. ad + lineatus, p. p. of lineare to draw a line.] To align. [R.] Herschel.
(Al*lin`e*a"tion A*lin`e*a"tion) n. Alignment; position in a straight line, as of two planets with
the sun. Whewell.
The allineation of the two planets.
C. A. Young.
(Al*li"sion) n. [L. allisio, fr. allidere, to strike or dash against; ad + laedere to dash against.]
The act of dashing against, or striking upon.
The boisterous allision of the sea.
(Al*lit"er*al) a. Pertaining to, or characterized by alliteration.
(Al*lit"er*ate) v. t. To employ or place so as to make alliteration. Skeat.
(Al*lit"er*ate), v. i. To compose alliteratively; also, to constitute alliteration.
(Al*lit`er*a"tion) n. [L. ad + litera letter. See Letter.] The repetition of the same letter at
the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals; as in the
following lines: -
Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheaved
Fly o'er waste fens and windy fields.