to cause pain, uneasiness, or trouble to.
to be unwell; feel pain; be ill:
He’s been ailing for some time.
It would be impossible to cure all that ailed the GOP in the course of a single calendar year.
GOP Report Turns One—Is it Worth Celebrating? Kristen Soltis Anderson March 17, 2014
I petted him and patted him; I stroked his ears and I rubbed his nose; and then I asked him point blank what ailed him.
On a Donkey’s Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
And I sighed: not knowing what ailed me, but yet uneasy and most melancholy.
The Cruise of the Shining Light Norman Duncan
All the knights gathered round him to ask what ailed the Duke.
Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II Charlotte Mary Yonge
His forehead was scratched deeply, but nothing else ailed him.
Harper’s Young People, September 21, 1880 Various
There was a man got married, and he began to pine away, and after a few weeks the mother asked him what ailed him.
Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland, First Series Lady Gregory
The veins of her body were full of caprice, that’s what ailed her, and for that is there any remede?
Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
The Doctor asked of them what ailed them, and was then informed, for the first time, of the evil tidings that awaited him.
How I Found Livingstone Henry M. Stanley
What ailed you, man, but to have been a lawyer as weel as other folk?
St. Ronan’s Well Sir Walter Scott
One glance showed me what ailed him when I awoke this morning.
A Girl in Ten Thousand L. T. Meade
(transitive) to trouble; afflict
(intransitive) to feel unwell
c.1300, from Old English eglan “to trouble, plague, afflict,” from Proto-Germanic *azljaz (cf. Old English egle “hideous, loathsome, troublesome, painful;” Gothic agls “shameful, disgraceful,” agliþa “distress, affliction, hardship,” us-agljan “to oppress, afflict”), from PIE *agh-lo-, suffixed form of root *agh- “to be depressed, be afraid.” Related: Ailed; ailing; ails.
It is remarkable, that this word is never used but with some indefinite term, or the word no thing; as What ails him? … Thus we never say, a fever ails him. [Johnson]
a female given name, form of . Contemporary Examples John Paul III was born in 1956 and a daughter, Aileen, the following year. The Getty Family Implosion Anthony Haden-Guest February 9, 2011 Charlize Theron was there, too, God bless, kicking it in 2003 with her portrayal of Aileen Wournos in Monster. The Campiest Movie of […]
Aeronautics. a movable surface, usually near the trailing edge of a wing, that controls the roll of the airframe or effects maneuvers, as banks and the like. a wall at the end of a roof with a single slope, as that of a church aisle. Historical Examples Wire, aileron Gap—A wire connecting top and bottom […]
- Aileron roll
a roll consisting of one or more rotations, usually controlled by the use of ailerons.
either of two standing pieces of metal or cuir-bouilli, attached to the shoulders as an ornament or as a means of displaying the wearer’s arms: used c1275–c1350. Historical Examples It is clear, from the Cross on the shield having the same position as the other, that the ailette is not a square one worn awry. […]