a system used in motor vehicles in which all four (or more) wheels are permanently connected to the source of power, in such a way that each wheel is able to rotate at a different speed See also four-wheel drive
a vehicle transmission system that delivers power to all four wheels at the same time
- Alla breve
using the half note as the basic time unit; 2/2 time. Symbol: . Historical Examples Vogler then gave Beethoven a theme of three measures (the scale of C major, alla breve). The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3) Alexander Wheelock Thayer noun a musical time signature indicating two or four minims to […]
- Alla marcia
like a march; in the manner of a march.
- Alla prima
a painting technique in which a canvas is completed in one session, often having a thickly applied impasto. Historical Examples Quel che fa il pazzo all’ ultimo, lo fa il savio 40 alla prima—The wise man does that at first which the fool must do at last. Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English […]
- Alla vostra salute
to your health (used as a toast).
allachesthesia allachesthesia al·la·ches·the·sia (āl’ə-kěs-thē’zhə) n. See allesthesia.