from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The first and the last: "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord” ( Revelation 1:8).
- n. The most important part.
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- n. The first and last; the beginning and end.
- n. The first and last letters in the Greek alphabet, quotation:
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the beginning and the ending; hence, the chief, the whole.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the first and last; signifies God's eternity
- n. the basic meaning of something; the crucial part
In addition, stained-glass windows represent the Passion of Christ, and a tiled floor is laid out in a mosaic of the Greek letters alpha and omega to remind us that our Savior is the beginning and end of all things.
But he talked very prettily on man's rights generally and particularly, even saying something in derogation of that fashionable life, which, as the poor boy had been taught, was the alpha and omega of existence.