from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The letters of a language, arranged in the order fixed by custom.
- n. A system of characters or symbols representing sounds or things.
- n. A set of basic parts or elements: "genetic markers . . . that contain repeated sequences of the DNA alphabet” ( Sandra Blakeslee).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The set of letters used when writing in a language.
- n. A writing system in which letters represent phonemes. (Contrast e.g. logography, a writing system in which each character represents a word, and syllabary, in which each character represents a syllable.)
- n. A typically finite set of distinguishable symbols.
- n. One particular letter used in writing a language.
- v. To designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange alphabetically.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The letters of a language arranged in the customary order; the series of letters or signs which form the elements of written language.
- n. The simplest rudiments; elements.
- transitive v. To designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange alphabetically.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The letters of a language arranged in the customary order; the series of letters or characters which form the elements of written language. See the articles on the different letters, A, B, C, etc.
- n. Any series of characters intended to be used in writing instead of the usual letters, as the series of dashes, dots, etc., used in the transmission of telegraphic messages.
- n. First elements; simplest rudiments: as, not to know the alphabet of a science.
- To arrange in the order of an alphabet; mark by the letters of the alphabet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
- n. a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language
The term alphabet is explained by the fact that the alphabetical name of the note was attached to each slide.
Draftsman Scott Teplin has released a series of limited color prints of an imaginary city where every letter of the alphabet is an architectural drawing of a building.
As McLimans says in the introduction, In a way, this alphabet is a return to picture writing.
And when I can't fall asleep, I play what I call the alphabet game.
The pronunciation of detailed and complex Chinese characters must be memorized, rather than sounded out like words in alphabet-based languages.
Is there a field where authors-by-alphabet is standard, or is this some librul/Marxist/communist egalitarian thing? mattheww says:
(My only comnplaint — that cyrillic alphabet is a bitch.)
There is always someone's band playing on Ludlow Street, or a friend's one man show in alphabet city, or a comedy club desperate to pull you in off the sidewalk.
The phonetic alphabet is generally thought to have originated among the Phoenicians and the semitic peoples.
House and most of the other letters were not uniliteral glyphs in Egyptian: the Semitic alphabet is not derived from the existing Egyptian alphabet, but rather from the full set of hieratic hieroglyphs.