Definitions for: Alphabet

[n] the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he mastered the rudiments of geometry"
[n] a character set that includes letters

Webster (1913) Definition: Al"pha*bet, n. [L. alphabetum, fr. Gr. ? + ?, the
first two Greek letters; Heb. [=a]leph and beth: cf. F.
1. The letters of a language arranged in the customary order;
the series of letters or signs which form the elements of
written language.

2. The simplest rudiments; elements.

The very alphabet of our law. --Macaulay.

Deaf and dumb alphabet. See Dactylology.

Al"pha*bet, v. t.
To designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange
alphabetically. [R.]

Synonyms: ABC, ABCs, ABC's, first principle, first rudiment, rudiment

See Also: alphabetic character, Arabic alphabet, Aramaic alphabet, basic principle, basics, bedrock, character set, Cyrillic, Cyrillic alphabet, finger alphabet, fundamental principle, fundamentals, Greek alphabet, Hebraic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, letter, letter of the alphabet, manual alphabet, phonetic alphabet, Roman alphabet, sound alphabet

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