Associations to the word «Alpha»


ALPHA, noun. The name of the first letter of the Greek alphabet (Α,   α), followed by beta. In the Latin alphabet it is the predecessor to A.
ALPHA, noun. Latin alpha
ALPHA, noun. (science) The name of the symbols Α and α used in science and mathematics, often interchangeable with the symbols when used as a prefix.
ALPHA, noun. (finance) The return of a given asset or portfolio adjusted for systematic risk.
ALPHA, noun. An alpha male.
ALPHA, noun. (informal) (abbreviation) Alphabet.
ALPHA, noun. (computer graphics) The level of translucency of a color, as determined by the alpha channel.
ALPHA, adjective. Designates the first in an order of precedence.
ALPHA, adjective. (person, object or action) exhibiting characteristics of the alpha male/female archetype.
ALPHA, adjective. (star) Designates the brightest star in a constellation.
ALPHA, symbol. The letter A in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
ALPHA AND OMEGA, noun. The first and last; the beginning and end.
ALPHA AND OMEGA, interjection. An exclamation denoting surprise.
ALPHA BLENDING, noun. (computing) A computer graphics technique that simulates translucency by combining colours.
ALPHA CANIS MAJORIS, proper noun. Sirius
ALPHA CANIS MINORIS, proper noun. Procyon
ALPHA CARBON, noun. (organic chemistry) The first carbon atom of an aliphatic chain that is attached to a functional group
ALPHA CEN, proper noun. (informal) Abbreviation of Alpha Centauri.
ALPHA CENTAURI, proper noun. (star) The brightest star in the southern constellation of Centaurus. It is actually a binary star with Proxima Centauri as a third component.
ALPHA CENTAURI A, proper noun. (star) The brightest star in the southern constellation of Centaurus. Alpha Centauri is actually a binary star with Alpha Centauri C or Proxima Centauri as a third component. Alpha Centauri A is the brightest star of the system and is somewhat brighter than our sun. Alpha Centauri B is somewhat fainter than Alpha Centauri A but much brighter than Proxima Centauri.
ALPHA CENTAURI B, proper noun. (star) The brightest star in the southern constellation of Centaurus. Alpha Centauri is actually a binary star with Proxima Centauri as a third component. Alpha Centauri B is less bright than Alpha Centauri A and is somewhat less bright than our sun.
ALPHA CENTAURI C, proper noun. (star) The star Proxima Centauri
ALPHA CHANNEL, noun. (computer graphics) A numerical value specifying a level of translucency to be applied to a colour.
ALPHA CHANNELS, noun. Plural of alpha channel
ALPHA DECAY, noun. Radioactive decay by emitting an alpha particle.
ALPHA DECAYS, noun. Plural of alpha decay
ALPHA DOG, noun. A dominant dog; a dog that is an alpha male or alpha female. Often used figuratively.
ALPHA EMISSION, noun. (physics) A form of radioactivity in which alpha particles are emitted from the nucleus of an atom
ALPHA EMITTER, noun. (physics) a radioactive substance that decays by emitting alpha particles
ALPHA ERROR, noun. (statistics) type I error
ALPHA ERRORS, noun. Plural of alpha error
ALPHA FEMALE, noun. (biology) the dominant female animal in a pack
ALPHA FEMALE, noun. (by extension) a self-assured and strong woman; an alphette
ALPHA FEMALES, noun. Plural of alpha female
ALPHA GEEK, noun. The person in a group who displays the most experience or knowledge, especially with respect to technology.
ALPHA GEEKS, noun. Plural of alpha geek
ALPHA HELICES, noun. Plural of alpha helix
ALPHA HELIX, noun. A secondary structure found in many proteins, where the amino acids are arranged in a coil, or helix, with almost no free space on the inside and all side chains being pointed towards the outside.
ALPHA HELIXES, noun. Plural of alpha helix
ALPHA HINGE, noun. (aeronautics) On rotorcraft, a hinge perpendicular to the plane of rotor rotation about which the blades trail or lag.
ALPHA HINGES, noun. Plural of alpha hinge
ALPHA MALE, noun. The dominant male in a group of animals.
ALPHA MALE, noun. A large and muscular dominating, controlling, protecting, successful, and leading man
ALPHA MALES, noun. Plural of alpha male
ALPHA PAPER, noun. (UK) (dated) (photography) A sensitized photographic paper for obtaining positives by artificial light. It is coated with gelatin containing silver bromide and chloride.
ALPHA PARTICLE, noun. A positively charged nucleus of a helium-4 atom (consisting of two protons and two neutrons), emitted as a consequence of radioactivity; α-particle
ALPHA PARTICLES, noun. Plural of alpha particle
ALPHA PRIVATA, noun. Plural of alpha privativum
ALPHA PRIVATIVE, noun. (grammar) The prefix a- (or an- when prefixing a root which begins with a vowel) found in some English words of Greek derivation. It expresses negation or absence. The prefix has cognates in other Indo-European languages, including in- in Latin and un- in English.
ALPHA PRIVATIVE, noun. (grammar) A word formed using such prefixes.
ALPHA PRIVATIVES, noun. Plural of alpha privative
ALPHA PRIVATIVUM, noun. An alpha privative.
ALPHA RADIATION, noun. (physics) The radiation of alpha particles as a result of radioactive decay.
ALPHA RAY, noun. A stream of alpha particles.
ALPHA RAYS, noun. Plural of alpha ray
ALPHA TAXONOMY, noun. The science of finding, describing, classifying and naming living things.
ALPHA TESTING, noun. A process where a software application approaching full functionality is made available to a group of sophisticated users. This differs from later beta testing, where the product is more functional and made available to a wide group of users.
ALPHA VERSION, noun. (computer) (technology) A development status that usually means an early version of a program or application, that is most likely unstable, but is useful to show what the product will do to, usually, a selected group. Sometimes this stage is referred to as a preview version. Sometimes no more features are added after this release, but bug fixes continue. This release comes after a pre-alpha version and before a beta version. As opposed to a beta version an alpha version is usually not feature complete.
ALPHA VERSIONS, noun. Plural of alpha version
ALPHA WAVE, noun. (neurology) An electrical signal produced by the brain while the subject is relaxed.
ALPHA WAVES, noun. Plural of alpha wave

Dictionary definition

ALPHA, noun. The 1st letter of the Greek alphabet.
ALPHA, noun. The beginning of a series or sequence; "the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end"--Revelations.
ALPHA, adjective. First in order of importance; "the alpha male in the group of chimpanzees"; "the alpha star in a constellation is the brightest or main star".
ALPHA, adjective. Early testing stage of a software or hardware product; "alpha version".

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