# Aleph

the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

the glottal stop consonant or, alternatively, long vowel represented by this letter.

Contemporary *Examples*

Daneri is using the aleph to write a terrible poem that minutely and pointlessly describes everything on earth.

Is Dave Eggers’ ‘The Circle’ Our Generation’s ‘1984’? Stefan Beck October 1, 2013

Historical *Examples*

Commonly referred to under the symbol , the Hebrew letter, aleph.

Lectures on Bible Revision Samuel Newth

Each short clause begins with aleph; each makes the same fervid resolve.

The Expositor’s Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1 A. Maclaren

The first begins with aleph, the second with Beth, and so on, the second verse of each pair not being counted in the scheme.

The Expositor’s Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1 A. Maclaren

**noun**

the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet (א) articulated as a glottal stop and transliterated with a superior comma (`)

n.

Hebrew and Phoenician letter, c.1300, from Semitic languages, pausal form of eleph “ox” (the character might have developed from a hieroglyph of an ox’s head); also see alphabet.

1. A Language Encouraging Program Hierarchy.

2. A system for formal semantics written by Peter Henderson ca. 1970.

[CACM 15(11):967-973 (Nov 1972)].

(1994-12-15)

text, language

[“Aleph: A language for typesetting”, Luigi Semenzato and Edward Wang edward@cs.berkeley.edu in Proceedings of Electronic Publishing, 1992 Ed. Vanoirbeek & Coray Cambridge University Press 1992].

(1994-12-15)

Tagged: a

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