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A1 or a noun (As, A's or a's) 1 the first letter of the English alphabet. 2 (A) music a the sixth note on the scale of C major; b the musical key which has this note as its base. 3 (usually A) someone or something of first class, first in a sequence, or belonging to a class arbitrarily designated A. 4 medicine one of the four blood types in the ABO blood group system. 5 the principal series of paper sizes, ranging from A0 (841 x 1189mm) to A10 (26 x 37mm). from A to B from one place or point to another. from A to Z from beginning to end.
As symbol, chem arsenic.
as1 conj 1 when; while; during met him as I was coming out of the shop. 2 because; since didn't go as it was raining. 3 in the manner that fussing as only a mother can. 4 that which; what Do as you're told. 5 to the extent that Try as he might, he still couldn't reach. 6 for instance large books, as this one for example. 7 in the same way that married late in life, as his father had done. 8 used to refer to something previously said, done, etc: like; just like As Frank says, the job won't be easy. prep in the role of something speaking as her friend. adverb equally It was really hot yesterday, but I don't think today is as hot. as ... as ... used in similes and for comparison: denoting that the things compared are the same or share the expected quality or characteristic as sly as a fox as sly as his brother not as sly as he used to be. as for or to something or someone with regard to it or them; concerning it or them And as for Harry, he's just mad. as from or as of starting on or at (a particular time) As from Monday, we'll be open till ten. as if! colloq short form of as if I would etc: an exclamation that questions or negates what has just been said. as if or as though as he, she, etc would if behaved as if nothing had happened. as it is the way things are at the moment I think you've drunk enough as it is. as it were in a way; to some extent. as much the same; what amounts to that I thought as much. as well also. as yet until now. so as to in order to.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon eallswa just as.
as2 noun (asses) an ancient Roman copper coin.
ETYMOLOGY: 17c: Latin.
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