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  • n. An ailment.
  • v. Present participle of to ail.
  • adj. sickly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. sick; unhealthy. Opposite of well or healthy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not well; indisposed.
  • Synonyms Unwell, etc. See sick.
  • n. Sickness; indisposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. somewhat ill or prone to illness


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  • But with Martin ailing and the rest of his teammates flailing, he was virtually a one-man show and ran out of gas in the fourth quarter, failing to make a basket.

  • When I last passed by there some years ago it seemed to be ailing, which is why I say "used to be".

    Jean's Knitting

  • In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released last week, 42 percent of registered voters named the ailing economy as their most pressing concern, almost twice the amount that named Iraq - the second most important issue.

    Poll shows Obama with economy edge

  • SPHERE OF INFLUENCE: Nearly every profile of Redstone seems required to make a King Lear allusion, with the mogul frequently described as ailing and impulsive.

    Sumner Redstone: Vanity Fair

  • ROBERTSON: Later that day in the Kurdish capital Erbil, Gasso (ph) calls his ailing father in London.

    CNN Transcript Apr 11, 2004

  • This home of the injured and ailing, which is in the mind of so many of the people gathered together, is indeed the cord that draws and binds the city and the village closest together and makes the two like one.

    A Shepherd's Life Impressions of the South Wiltshire Downs

  • This community has been struggling with the idea of ailing ...


  • Echoing the sentiment of taxpayers, the president on Monday called the ailing insurance giant's plans to dole out $165 million in bonuses an "outrage" and said he would attempt to block the additional compensation.

    WIBW - HomePage - Headlines

  • African clergy told to re-evangelise 'ailing' Anglican church

    Anglican leaders condemn victimisation of gays and lesbians

  • In NMA's video "Spider-Man wipes out on Broadway," not only the webslinging aerialist is hospitalized with injuries -- the show's "ailing" book is also treated by a paddle-wielding script doctor.

    ANIMATION OF THE DAY: Taiwan takes a bite out of 'Spider-Man'


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  • ail can also be a noun.

    August 8, 2010

  • Ailment is the noun.

    August 8, 2010