American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- The form of a used before words beginning with a vowel or with an unpronounced h: an elephant; an hour. See Usage Notes at a2, every.
- conj. Archaic And if; if.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The indefinite article. As between the two forms of this word, the general rule is that an be used before an initial vowel-sound of the following word, and a before an initial consonant-sound: thus, an eagle, an answer, also
anhour (the h being silent); and a bird, a youth, a wonder, also ause, a eulogy, a one (these three words being pronounced as if they began with y or w). But an is still sometimes used before a consonant sound, especially before the weak consonant h; and in written style, and in more formal spoken style, an is by many (especially in England) required before the initial h of a wholly unaccented syllable, as if such an h were altogether silent: thus, an hotel, but a hostess; an historian, but a history; an hypothesis, but a hypothetical. In colloquial speech, and increasingly in writing, a is used in all these cases alike. As by its derivation, so also in meaning, an or a is a weaker or less distinct one. In certain phrases, and with certain nouns, it still has nearly the value of one: thus, two of a trade; they were both of a size; a hundred, a thousand, a million. Usually, as the indefinite article proper, it points out, in a loose way, an individual as one of a class containing more of the same kind: thus, give me a pint of milk; he ate an apple; they built a house; we see aman; the earth has a moon; our sun is a fixed star. Hence, before a proper noun, it implies extension of the name or character of the individual to a class: thus, he is a Cicero in eloquence; they built up a new England in America — that is, a person like Cicero, a country like England. A is used, apparently, before a plural noun, if few or many (now only great many, or good many) stands between: thus, a few apples, a great many soldiers; but the plural noun is here historically a genitive partitive dependent on few, many. It is used distributively, or with the meaning of each or every, in such phrases as two dollars a piece, three times a day, five cents an ounce; but a or an is here historically a preposition. See a. An or a always precedes the noun to which it belongs, and in general also any other adjective word qualifying the same noun; but what and such come before it. thus, what a shame! such a beauty; and so also any adjective preceded by how, or so, or as, or too: thus, how great a calamity, so rare a case, as good a man, too early a death. Many a is a phrase of peculiar meaning. See many.
- Coordinate use: And; same as and, A.
- Conditional use: If; same as and, B.
- An earlier form of on, retained until the last century in certain phrases, as an edge, an end, now only on edge, on end; in present use only as an unfelt prefix an- or reduced a-. See an-, a-.
- A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, the same as on- and a-, occurring unfelt in anent, anon, anan, aneal, aneal, etc., and with accent in anvil (but in this and some other words perhaps originally and-: see an).
- A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, a reduced form of and- (which see), occurring unfelt in answer.
- A prefix of Latin origin, usually an assimilation of ad- before n-, as in annex, annul, announce, etc., but sometimes representing Latin in-, as in anoint, annoy.
- A prefix of Latin origin, a reduced form of ambi-, occurring (unfelt in English) in ancile, ancipital, anfractuous, etc.
- A prefix of Greek origin, the fuller form of
ἀ- privative (a-) preserved before a vowel, as in anarchy, anarthrous, anecdote, anomaly, etc.
- A prefix of Greek origin, the form of ana- before a vowel, as in anode.
- A suffix of Latin origin, forming adjectives which are or may be also used as nouns. It expresses various adjective relations, being used especially with proper names to form local or patrial adjectives or nouns, as Roman, Italian, Grecian, American, Fijian, etc.; terms indicating party, sect, or system, as Arian, Lutheran, Wesleyan, Mohammedan, Copernican, Linnean, etc., so in Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Unitarian, etc.; and in zoology, to form adjectives and nouns from names of classes or orders, as mammalian, reptilian, etc. As an English formative it is confined chiefly to words which may be made to assume a Latin type, having here also the euphonic variant -ian, especially in proper adjectives, as in Darwinian, Johnsonian, etc.
- conj. archaic If, so long as.
- conj. archaic as if; as though.
- prep. In each; to or for each; per.
- n. The first letter of the Georgian alphabet, ა (mkhedruli), Ⴀ (asomtavruli) or ⴀ (nuskhuri).
- Form, used before a vowel sound, of a
GNU Webster's 1913
- This word is properly an
adjective, but is commonly called the indefinite article. It is used before nouns of the singular number only, and signifies one, or any, but somewhat less emphatically. In such expressions as “twice anhour,” “once anage,” a shilling anounce (see 2d a, 2), it has a distributive force, and is equivalent to each, every.
- conj. If; -- a word used by old English authors.
- n. an associate degree in nursing
- From Old English ān. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English ān, one. Middle English, short for and, and, from Old English; see and. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Security is an exception..an additional cost..a headwind that slows growth.”
“But kitteh, it iz krunchee an full uv vitimins an nootrishun an guud fer u an..an…o neber mynd, heer, haz sum toona”
“In an interview, he laughed and described the presidents remarks as an enthusiastic endorsement.”
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“Teh sky is blu, teh wind is gentlol, teh temps ar fabulus an…..an…….aaawww poopsdegrass….ai runawaywifakwikness an goes owrt sied.”
“Cursing….lots of cursing…..an hopping….oh, an mebbe a crazyur haredo?”
“The clause would effectively wipe out a series of private lawsuits seeking damages against the telecoms for their cooperation with what civil libertarians and administration critics claim was an illegal expansion of electronic spying against targets inside the U. S.-an expansion authorized by President Bush in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.”
“How many times I call a doc's office to clarify an rx.. to find out if they really wanted Levaquin 750 bid or Tussionex 1-2 tsp q 4-6h, or today..an IV antibiotic for a patient who was expecting an oral med...there's a good chance that the reason you're on hold is I'm on hold to some other physician's office.”
“August 3, 2008 at 12:06 am awww tankies muchly annipuss! but sillybrayshuns is no fun by meseff…you to be joinin me as well? an hashim..an daisy! we needs summat big to quenshhee de tirst if ebryone.”
“July 5, 2008 at 5:28 am an mamakitty sez ohai tew him tew……..an lef a commint at teh bottom ob teh pix”
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