(intransitive) To form in line; to fall into line. (transitive) To adjust or form to a line; to range or form in line; to bring into line. 1975, Royal Society, Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Mathematics), Royal Society of London, page 167: (intransitive) To adhere oneself with a group or a way of thinking.
1.a female given name, form of Adeline.
1.to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.
2.to bring into a line or alignment.
3.to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc., He aligned himself with the liberals.
4.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.
5.to fall or come into line; be in line.
6.to join with others in a cause.
1.(especially in women's clothing) a cut of garment consisting basically of two A -shaped panels for the front and back, designed to give increasing fullness toward the hemline.
2.a garment having such a cut.
3.being of such design or cut, an A-line coat; an A-line dress.
1. a rare spelling of align Derived Formsalinement, nounaliner, noun align /əˈlaɪn/ verb
1. to place or become placed in a line
2. to bring (components or parts, such as the wheels of a car) into proper or desirable coordination or relation
3. (transitive) usually foll by with. to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group
4. (transitive) (psychol) to integrate or harmonize the aims, practices, etc of a group
5. (usually foll by with) (psychol) to identify with or match the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person Word OriginC17, from Old French aligner, from à ligne into line A-line adjective
1. (of a garment, esp a skirt or dress) flaring slightly from the waist or shoulders Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
fem. proper name, French, short for Adeline.
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 185
3. International political sense is attested from 193
4. No justification for the French spelling, and aline was an early native form. Related, Aligned; aligning.
descriptive of a dress or skirt flared in shape of a letter "A," 1955, in reference to the designs of Christian Dior (1905-1957).
He prepared a new edition of the monk Theophilus's celebrated treatise, Diversarum artium schedula, and for several years devoted his Saturday mornings to laboratory research with the chemist Aline Girard at the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers, the results of which were utilized by Marcellin Berthelot in the first volume (1894) of his Chimie au moyen dge.
"Aline," he said to his wife, "go and see what they are about."
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