to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.
to bring into a line or .
to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.:
He aligned himself with the liberals.
to adjust (two or more components of an electronic circuit) to improve the response over a frequency band, as to align the tuned circuits of a radio receiver for proper tracking throughout its frequency range, or a television receiver for appropriate wide-band responses.
to fall or come into line; be in line.
to join with others in a cause.
to place or become placed in a line
to bring (components or parts, such as the wheels of a car) into proper or desirable coordination or relation
(transitive) usually foll by with. to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group
(transitive) (psychol) to integrate or harmonize the aims, practices, etc of a group
(usually foll by with) (psychol) to identify with or match the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
a rare spelling of align
early 15c., “to copulate” (of wolves, dogs), literally “to range (things) in a line,” from Middle French aligner, from Old French alignier “set, lay in line,” from à “to” (see ad-) + lignier “to line,” from Latin lineare, from linea (see line (n.)). Transitive or reflective sense of “to fall into line” is from 1853. International political sense is attested from 1934. No justification for the French spelling, and aline was an early native form. Related: Aligned; aligning.
fem. proper name, French, short for Adeline.
the plate to which the wings are attached on the notum of an insect.
- Inter alios
among other persons. Historical Examples The problem of declining production by (inter alios) miners, cannot be solved by increasing the army or police. The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell He then consulted various people, the Dukes of Cumberland and Buckingham inter alios, who advised him not to resign. The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville […]
a star of the second magnitude in the constellation Ursa Major. Historical Examples Alioth is very nearly opposite Shedir in Cassiopeia, and at an equal distance from the Pole. A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
having the toes connected by a winglike membrane, as a bat. an aliped animal. Historical Examples Wing′-foot′ed, having wings on the feet, aliped; Wing′less, without wings. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various adjective (of bats and similar animals) having the digits connected by a winglike membrane noun an aliped […]
pertaining to nonaromatic hydrocarbon compounds in which the constituent carbon atoms can be straight-chain, branched chain, or cyclic, as in compounds; saturated, as in the paraffins; or unsaturated, as in the olefins and alkynes. Historical Examples Carbohydrates are classed as open-chain compounds, that is, they may be regarded as derivatives of the aliphatic hydrocarbons. The […]