Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Pitched in the first octave above the treble staff; high.
  • n. The first octave above the treble staff.
  • n. A note or tone in the alt octave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • abbr. Alternative.
  • abbr. Alternate.
  • abbr. Altitude.
  • abbr. Alto.
  • abbr. A state of excitement, conveyed by a high pitched voice.
  • n. One of a player's alternate or secondary characters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The higher part of the scale. See alto.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, an abbreviation of alto, high: much used in compound words, as alt-horn, alt-clarinet.
  • An abbreviation of altitude.

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

  • n. angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

Etymologies

Latin altus, high; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I had written about using an attribute substring selector to bind a style to an element using its alt text.div. promo-main img [alt* = "Cover"] {z-index: 2; position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0;} div. promo-main img [alt* = "Disc"] {z-index: 1; position: absolute; top: 70px; left: 85px;}

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  • * @param string $alt Optional language string for alt tag within image, can be a language key or text

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  • "In a way, [the term alt-country] is insultingly reductive," he says, "but I guess if I had to live in one of those ghettos, I would choose that, rather than angry modern rock full of pointy guitars and eyeliner."

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  • He's got a new concert series in London, which he calls alt-classical, and which he's launching April 7 in London with a live performance of his new album at the here.

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  • My main alt, so to speak, is on Wyrmrest Accord, and though the quality of RP is much better there's just not enough of it.

    Howard Hughes and the 1934 World's Fair

  • He has faith that an investment in alt-energy ($150B over 10 yrs) will create new jobs, factories, patents and entire industries, thereby leading the economy out of its malaise.

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  • There he helped lay the groundwork for what became known as the alt-comedy scene a term he says he's never really understood, alongside Louis C.

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  • 'Come, prithee, be a little less in alt,' cried Lionel, 'and answer a man when he speaks to you.

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  • Back to purposely shoddy dye jobs, second-hand clothes, and the first wave of major label alt rock.

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  • Saying it straight is an underrated quality in 'alt'-indie music.

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  • short for alternate.. as in the 'alt' key in computing.

    April 27, 2009