Alfa



a word used in communications to represent the letter A.
the NATO name for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet attack submarine having a titanium hull and a submerged speed of more than 40 knots.
Contemporary Examples

The alfa members involved are now in hiding in Crimea but some former commanders are still in Ukraine and are being interrogated.
New Evidence: Russian Spies Backed Kiev’s Killers Jamie Dettmer April 2, 2014

The alfa Team trains with specialists from Russia, according to former Russian military intelligence officer Boris Volodarsky.
New Evidence: Russian Spies Backed Kiev’s Killers Jamie Dettmer April 2, 2014

“alfa only has about two hundred members,” says Anastasia Rozlertska, a 27-year-old activist.
Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers in Kiev Jamie Dettmer March 29, 2014

That leaves 36 the victims of the other units, including alfa, firing that day.
New Evidence: Russian Spies Backed Kiev’s Killers Jamie Dettmer April 2, 2014

On the video about that time two alfa members low-five each other as if to say job well done.
Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers in Kiev Jamie Dettmer March 29, 2014

Historical Examples

An aloe plant, a few palm leaves and some alfa grass are thrown together on one spot.
Plays by August Strindberg, Third Series August Strindberg

alfa, al′fa, n. an African name for esparto grass—also spelt Halfa.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

Esparto grass, called “alfa” or “halfa” by the Arabs, is another unique product of the Sahara.
Wealth of the World’s Waste Places and Oceania
Jewett Castello Gilson

The Irish title of the letter a or haw is alif, as also is the Arabian: the Greek alpha is either alpa or alfa.
Archaic England Harold Bayley

Mrs. “alfa Baba” Farmingham would be, then, one of the persons that Hargrave’s house was concerned to reach.
The Sleuth of St. James’s Square Melville Davisson Post

noun
a variant spelling of Alpha (sense 2)
Association for Low Flow Anaesthesia

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