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The letter A

Translingual

Etymology 1

The Latin letter A derives from upper case Greek Α (a, “alpha”)

From Ancient Greek letter Α (a), alpha), derived from the Phoenician letter 𐤀 (ʼ), aleph).

Pronunciation

  • (most languages): IPA: /ɑː/, /a/

Letter

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. An upper case letter of the Latin (Roman) script, the first of most alphabets written in that script, including the English alphabet.

See also

Other representations of A
NATO phonetic Morse code
Alpha ·–
ICS Alpha.svg Semaphore Alpha.svg Sign language A.svg ⠁
Signal flag Semaphore ASL Manual Braille

Etymology 2

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  • (physics, ampere): abbreviation of surname of André-Marie Ampère
  • (biochemistry, adenosine): abbreviation of adenosine
  • (biochemistry, alanine): abbreviation of alanine
  • (computing, hexadecimal 10): the tenth item in the sequence {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F}

Symbol

A

  1. (physics, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) ampere, a unit of electrical current.
  2. (genetics) IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for adenine
  3. (biochemistry) IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for alanine
  4. (computing) hexadecimal digit for 10
    0x0000000A
    The value is hexadecimal A0, or decimal 160.
  5. (stock symbol) Symbol for the company Agilent Technologies, Inc. on the NYSE
See also
  • (computing, hexadecimal): (previous) 9, (next) B

English

Etymology 1

Runic letter ᚫ (a), “‘ansuz’”), source for Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letters replaced by A

From Middle English and Old English upper case letter A and split of Middle English and Old English upper case letter Æ.

  • Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter ᚪ (a), “‘āc’”) Old English upper case letter A from 7th century replacement by Latin upper case letter A of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter  (a), āc), derived from Runic letter  (a), Ansuz).
  • Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter ᚫ (æ), “‘æsc’”) Old English upper case letter Æ from 7th century replacement by Latin upper case ligature Æ of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter  (æ), æsc), also derived from Runic letter  (a), Ansuz).

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • (letter name)
  • Rhymes: -eɪ
    The current pronunciation is a comparatively modern sound, and has taken the place of what, till about the early part of the 15th century, was similar to that in other languages.

Letter

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the English alphabet.
    Apple starts with A.
Related terms
See also

Etymology 2

  • (highest rank, grade, music): From the initial position of the letter A in the English alphabet.
  • (blood type): From A antigen
  • (vehicle-distinguishing signs): From Australia

Symbol

A

  1. The highest rank on any of various scales that assign letters.
    We assign each item inspected a rating from A through G, depending on various factors.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The highest letter grade assigned (disregarding plusses and minuses).
    I was so happy to get an A on that test.
  3. (music) A tone three fifths above C in the cycle of fifths; the sixth tone of the C major scale; the reference tone that occurs at exactly 440 Hz.
    Orchestras traditionally tune to a concert A.
  4. A blood type that has a specific antigen that aggravates the immune response in people with type B antigen in their blood. They may receive blood from type A or type O, but cannot receive blood from AB or B.
    My blood type is A negative.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Austria
Derived terms

Abbreviation

A

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Adjective.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Answer
  3. Asian
  4. Admit
  5. Application
  6. asynchron
  7. Augsburg
  8. (physics) angstrom
  9. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) atom
  10. (baseball) An assist.
Synonyms
  • (physics, angstrom): Å
Derived terms

American Sign Language

Etymology

French Sign Language letter a
From French Sign Language sign for the letter A.

Letter

A (Stokoe A)

  1. The letter A

Egyptian

Pronunciation

See also

Noun

G1

(G1) or

G1Z1

(G1-Z1) A

  1. vulture
  2. bird in general

Verb

G1D56

(G1-D56) A

  1. tread

Finnish

Noun

A

  1. approbatur

French

Noun

A

  1. A (first letter of the alphabet)

Derived terms


Latin

Pronunciation

Letter

A (upper case, lower case A)[[Category:Template:lang:la letters|A]]

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) the first letter of the Latin alphabet.
    • C. Ennius Lucilius apud Terent, Scaur. p. 2255 P.:
      A primum est: hinc incipiam, et quae nomina ab hoc sunt
    • M. Tullius Cicero’s De Divinatione ad M. Brutum 1, 13, 23:
      sus rostro si humi A litteram impresserit
    • M. T. Quintilianus 1, 5, 61:
      ne in A quidem atque S litteras exire temere masculina Graeca nomina recto casu patiebantur

Abbreviation

A [[Category:Template:lang:la abbreviations|A]]

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) ante (“before”)
    A. D.ante diem
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) anno, annus (“year”)
    A. U. C.anno urbis conditae
    A. P. R. C.anno post Romam conditam
  3. Aulus (a Roman given name)
    • Inscriptiones Orelli 1530: A. A.Auli duo
  4. aquae (“waters”)
    • Inscriptiones Orelli 1643 sequens; 2620; 3011: A.A.Aquae Aponi (“Abano Terme”)
  5. auro, argento, or aeri (the three directors of the mint)
    • Inscriptiones Orelli 569; 2242; 2379; 3134 alia: III. VIRI A. A. A. F. F.auro, argento, aeri flando, feriundo
  6. agris (“fields”)
    • A. D. A.agris dandis adsignandis
    • A. I. A.agris judicandis adsignandis
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) absolvo (“I free”, “I acquit”)
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) antiquo — “I leave in its former state”, “I reject” [e.g. the point in question]
  9. amicō (“friend”)
    A. O.amico optimo — “best friend”
  10. a (“to”)
    A. P.a populo
  11. aediliciae
    A. P.aediliciae potestatis
  12. aerario
    A. P. R.aerario populi Romani
  13. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) adulescens or auditor, one of the disputants, as opposed to M. for magister or Marcus

See also

References

  • Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary, Oxford, 1879

Romanian

Pronunciation

Letter

A (capital, lowercase a)[[Category:Template:lang:ro alphabet|A]]

  1. The first letter of the Romanian alphabet.

See also

  • Next letter: Ă

Scots

Etymology

Old English .

Pronunciation

  • (stressed) IPA: /ɑ:/
  • (unstressed) IPA: /ə/

Pronoun

A (first person singular, emphatic I)

  1. I

Vietnamese

Letter

A

  1. The first letter of the Vietnamese alphabet.

See also

  • Next letter: Ă

Interjection

A!

  1. hah!

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