Definitions

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

  • adv. To the same extent or degree; equally: The child sang as sweetly as a nightingale.
  • adv. For instance: large carnivores, as the bear or lion.
  • adv. When taken into consideration in a specified relation or form: this definition as distinguished from the second one.
  • conj. To the same degree or quantity that. Often used as a correlative after so or as: You are as sweet as sugar. The situation is not so bad as you suggest.
  • conj. In the same manner or way that: Think as I think.
  • conj. At the same time that; while: slipped on the ice as I ran home.
  • conj. For the reason that; because: went to bed early, as I was exhausted.
  • conj. With the result that: He was so foolish as to lie.
  • conj. Though: Great as the author was, he proved a bad model. Ridiculous as it seems, the tale is true.
  • conj. In accordance with which or with the way in which: The hotel is quite comfortable as such establishments go. The sun is hot, as everyone knows.
  • conj. Informal That: I don't know as I can answer your question.
  • pro. That; which; who. Used after same or such: I received the same grade as you did.
  • pro. Chiefly Upper Southern U.S. Who, whom, which, or that: Those as want to can come with me.
  • prep. In the role, capacity, or function of: acting as a mediator.
  • prep. In a manner similar to; the same as: On this issue they thought as one.
  • idiom as is Informal Just the way it is, with no changes or modifications: bought the samovar as is from an antique dealer.
  • idiom as it were In a manner of speaking; as if such were so.
  • n. An ancient Roman coin of copper or copper alloy.
  • n. An ancient Roman unit of weight equal to about one troy pound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Symbol for the attosecond, an SI unit of time equal to 10−18 seconds.
  • n. arcsecond
  • adv. To such an extent or degree.
  • adv. In the manner or role specified.
  • adv. For example.
  • conj. In the same way that; according to what.
  • conj. At the same instant that; when.
  • conj. At the same time that; while.
  • conj. Varying through time in the same proportion that.
  • conj. Considering that, because, since.
  • conj. Introducing a basis of comparison, after as, so, or a comparison of equality.
  • prep. Introducing a basis of comparison, with an object in the objective case.
  • prep. In the role of.
  • n. A libra.
  • n. Any of several coins of Rome, coined in bronze or later copper; or the equivalent value.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner; like; similar to; in the same manner with or in which; in accordance with; in proportion to; to the extent or degree in which or to which; equally; no less than
  • adv. In the idea, character, or condition of, -- limiting the view to certain attributes or relations
  • adv. While; during or at the same time that; when.
  • adv. Because; since; it being the case that.
  • adv. Expressing concession. (Often approaching though in meaning).
  • adv. That, introducing or expressing a result or consequence, after the correlatives so and such.
  • adv. As if; as though.
  • adv. For instance; by way of example; thus; -- used to introduce illustrative phrases, sentences, or citations.
  • adv. Than.
  • adv. Expressing a wish.
  • n. An ace.
  • n. the chemical symbol for arsenic.
  • n. A Roman weight, answering to the libra or pound, equal to nearly eleven ounces Troy weight. It was divided into twelve ounces.
  • n. A Roman copper coin, originally of a pound weight (12 oz.); but reduced, after the first Punic war, to two ounces; in the second Punic war, to one ounce; and afterwards to half an ounce.
  • adv.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The antecedent in the correlation as … so, or as … as: In that degree; to that extent; so far.
  • The relative clause is often omitted, especially in colloquial speech, being inferred from the antecedent: as, this will do as well (sc. as that); I would as lief walk (sc. as ride).
  • The consequent in the correlations as … as, so … as, such … as, same … as, etc., expressing quantity, degree, proportion, manner, etc.
  • The antecedent as is often, and so is usually, omitted: as, black as jet; cold as ice; do as you like.
  • In parenthetical clauses involving a concession, the relative as (the antecedent being omitted) may be equivalent to though: as, late as it was, we set forth on our journey.
  • In parenthetical clauses involving a contrast or negation as to fact with the principal clause, as approaches an adversative sense, being nearly equivalent to but.
  • In subordinate clauses involving a supposition, as is conditional, being equivalent to as if, as though, which are the ordinary forms. This use is now rare or only poetical except in the independent phrase as it were. (See phrases below.)
  • The clause introduced by as may be reduced by ellipsis of its verb and other elements to one or two important words, leaving as as a quasi-connective: Between an adverb or adverbial phrase in the principal clause and an adverb or adverbial phrase constituting the subordinate clause.
  • Between the principal verb or its subject and the subordinate subject or object, which becomes equivalent to a predicate appositive or factitive object after the principal verb, as meaning ‘after the manner of,’ ‘the same as,’ ‘like,’ ‘in the character or capacity of,’ etc.: as, the audience rose as one man; all these things were as nothing to him; he has been nominated as a candidate. Hence in constructions where the appositive clause depends directly upon the noun: as, his career as a soldier was brilliant; his reputation as a scholar stands high: and so in naming phases of a general subject: as, Washington as a general; man as a thinker. The construction as a quasi-predicate appositive or factitive object after a principal verb is usual after verbs of seeming or regarding.
  • The subordinate clause introduced by as is often not dependent grammatically upon the principal verb, but serves to restrict or determine the scope of the statement as a whole. Such clauses are parenthetical, and usually elliptical, some of them, as as usual and as a rule, having almost the idiomatical unity of an adverbial phrase.
  • In certain emphatic formulas, as (‘even as’) introduces a solemn attestation (‘as truly or surely as’) or adjuration (‘in a manner befitting the fact that’), approaching a causal sense, ‘since, because.’ (See 2, below.)
  • Of reason: Since; because; inasmuch as.
  • Of time: When; while; during the time that.
  • Of purpose or result: The consequent in the correlations so … as, such … as: To such a degree that; in such a manner that: followed by an infinitive or, formerly, by a finite verb (but in the latter construction that has taken the place of as).
  • Of mere continuation, introducing a clause in explanation or amplification of a word or statement in the principal clause, especially in giving examples: For example; for instance; to wit; thus.
  • In dependent clauses: That.
  • After comparatives: Than.
  • Before certain adverbs and adverbial phrases, including prepositional phrases: Even; just: restricting the application to a particular point: as, as now, as then, as yet, as here, as there, etc.
  • Before prepositional phrases as becomes attached in thought to the preposition, making practically a new prepositional unit. See as anent, as concerning, as for, etc., below.
  • That; who; which: after such or same, and introducing an attributive clause: as, he did not look for such a result as that; he traveled the same route as I did.
  • An obsolete and dialectal or colloquial form of has: in colloquial speech often further reduced to 's: as, who's been here?
  • n. In Norse myth., one of the gods, the inhabitants of Asgard. See Asgard.
  • n. In Latin, an integer; a whole or single thing; especially, a unit divided into twelve parts. Thus, the jugerum was called an as.
  • n. As a unit of weight, 12 ounces (Latin unciœ, twelfths); the libra or pound, equal to 325.8 grams, or 5,023 grains.
  • n. A copper coin, the unit of the early monetary system of Rome.
  • n. . Obsolete form of ace. Chaucer.
  • n. An old Swedish and Dutch unit of weight, equal to 4.8042 centigrams, or about three quarters of a troy grain. See asducat and ass.
  • n. Chemical symbol of arsenic.
  • n. An assimilated form of ad- before s, as in assimilate, assert, assume, etc.
  • n. An erroneously restored form of a-, originally Latin ab-, in assoil, assoilzie, from the Latin absolvere, absolve.
  • n. A variant of es-, Latin ex-, in assart, assay, astonish, obsolete ascape, aschew, assaumple, etc.; now represented also, or only, by es-, as in escape, eschew, or s-, as in scape, sample. See es.

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

  • adv. to the same degree (often followed by `as')
  • n. a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar
  • n. a United States territory on the eastern part of the island of Samoa

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English ealswā; see also.
Latin as.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Reduced form of also, from Old English eallswā ("just so"). Cognate with West Frisian as ("as"), Low German as ("as"), Dutch als ("as"), German als ("as"). More at also. (Wiktionary)
From Latin as (Wiktionary)

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  • "An ancient Roman coin of copper or copper alloy."

    - American Heritage Dictionary

    June 29, 2010

  • the card game from persia, a predecessor of poker, perhaps?

    September 1, 2009

  • Rx abbv. for auris sinistra, left ear.

    February 18, 2009

  • As. Chemical element symbol for Arsenic.

    December 16, 2007