[uh-lahy-uh ns] /əˈlaɪ əns/
the act of or state of being .
a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes.
a merging of efforts or interests by persons, families, states, or organizations:
an alliance between church and state.
the persons or entities so allied.
marriage or the relationship created by marriage between the families of the spouses.
correspondence in basic characteristics; affinity:
the alliance between logic and metaphysics.
the act of allying or state of being allied; union; confederation
a formal agreement or pact, esp a military one, between two or more countries to achieve a particular aim
the countries involved in such an agreement
a union between families through marriage
affinity or correspondence in qualities or characteristics
(botany) a taxonomic category consisting of a group of related families; subclass
noun (in Britain)
c.1300, “bond of marriage” (between ruling houses or noble families), from Old French aliance (12c., Modern French alliance) “alliance, bond; marriage, union,” from aliier (Modern French allier) “combine, unite” (see ally (v.)). As a bond or treaty between rulers, late 14c.
a treaty between nations, or between individuals, for their mutual advantage. Abraham formed an alliance with some of the Canaanitish princes (Gen. 14:13), also with Abimelech (21:22-32). Joshua and the elders of Israel entered into an alliance with the Gibeonites (Josh. 9:3-27). When the Israelites entered Palestine they were forbidden to enter into alliances with the inhabitants of the country (Lev. 18:3, 4; 20:22, 23). Solomon formed a league with Hiram (1 Kings 5:12). This “brotherly covenant” is referred to 250 years afterwards (Amos 1:9). He also appears to have entered into an alliance with Pharaoh (1 Kings 10:28, 29). In the subsequent history of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel various alliances were formed between them and also with neighbouring nations at different times. From patriarchal times a covenant of alliance was sealed by the blood of some sacrificial victim. The animal sacrificed was cut in two (except birds), and between these two parts the persons contracting the alliance passed (Gen. 15:10). There are frequent allusions to this practice (Jer. 34:18). Such alliances were called “covenants of salt” (Num. 18:19; 2 Chr. 13:5), salt being the symbol of perpetuity. A pillar was set up as a memorial of the alliance between Laban and Jacob (Gen. 31:52). The Jews throughout their whole history attached great importance to fidelity to their engagements. Divine wrath fell upon the violators of them (Josh. 9:18; 2 Sam. 21:1, 2; Ezek. 17:16).
[uh-lit-uh-reyt] /əˈlɪt əˌreɪt/ verb (used without object), alliterated, alliterating. 1. to show : In “Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran,” the “r” alliterates. 2. to use : Swinburne often alliterates. verb (used with object), alliterated, alliterating. 3. to compose or arrange with : He alliterates the “w’s” in that line. /əˈlɪtəˌreɪt/ […]
[al-fuh-bet-i-kuh l] /ˌæl fəˈbɛt ɪ kəl/ adjective 1. in the order of the letters of the : alphabetical arrangement. 2. pertaining to, expressed by, or using an : alphabetical writing. /ˌælfəˈbɛtɪkəl/ adjective 1. in the conventional order of the letters or symbols of an alphabet 2. of, characterized by, or expressed by an alphabet adj. […]
[am-bi-gyoo-i-tee] /ˌæm bɪˈgyu ɪ ti/ noun, plural ambiguities. 1. doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention: to speak with ambiguity; an ambiguity of manner. 2. an unclear, indefinite, or equivocal word, expression, meaning, etc.: a contract free of ambiguities; the ambiguities of modern poetry. /ˌæmbɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. the possibility of interpreting an expression […]
[noh-neym] /ˈnoʊˌneɪm/ adjective 1. packaged and sold without a brand name and usually at a lower price than similar items with brand names; generic: a can of no-name dog food. adjective without a brand name adj. 1978, “not having made a name in one’s profession,” originally American English sporting jargon, from no + name (n.).