from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviation of the Latin phrase anno Domini, in the year of the Lord: as, A. D. 1887.
  • An abbreviation of adjutant-general.
  • An abbreviation of the Latin anno hejiræ, in the year of the hejira, or flight of Mohammed from Mecca, a. d. 622.
  • An abbreviation of several Latin phrases in common use:
  • Of artium magister, Master of Arts. M. A., which represents the English rendering, is now more usual in England, but in a purely Latin idiom the form A. M. is still preferable.
  • Of anno mundi, in the year of the world: used in some systems of chronology.
  • Of ante meridiem, before noon: as, the party will start at 10 A. M. (also written a. m. or a. m.). Frequently used as synonymous with morning or forenoon: as, I arrived here this A. M. (pronounced ā em), that is, this morning or forenoon.
  • In electricity, an abbreviation for alternating current.
  • An abbreviation of Analytical Chemist.
  • n. An abbreviation of the Middle and New Latin Artium Baccalaureus, Bachelor of Arts. In England it is more commonly written B. A. See bachelor.
  • n. An abbreviation of able-bodied, placed after the name of a seaman on a ship's papers.
  • n. An abbreviation of Latin ante Christum, before Christ, used in chronology in the same sense as B. C.; army-corps.
  • n. An abbreviation of Anglo-Saxon.
  • n. An abbreviation of Attorney-General.
  • n. In astronomy, an abbreviation of Argelan-der-Oeltzen, referring to a catalogue of southern stars observed by Argelander in zones and reduced to a regular catalogue by Oeltzen.
  • n. In electricity, an abbreviation of ampere-turn.
  • n. An abbreviation of Authorized Version.


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