alpha

Part of speech: noun

The first letter in the Greek alphabet, equal to the English A, a; hence, the beginning or the first of anything.

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Usage examples "alpha":

  1. It must have been thus, I feel confident, that Orestes and Pylades talked by the hour when one of them or both were in love, and so too all the O. 's and P. 's, and, for the matter of that, all the other initials of the alphabet, ranging from the Alpha to the Omega. - "Fragments of an Autobiography", Felix Moscheles.
  2. If the confidants of the Curia understand how to insert the wedge into this split, and drive it home, they may perhaps contrive to break up the whole Opposition, and carry through, by an imposing and apparently almost unanimous vote, this Alpha and Omega of ultramontanism, in which all their wishes and hopes are concentrated. - "Letters From Rome on the Council", Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger.
  3. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending. - "The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon", Alexander Maclaren.