Definitions for: Initial


[n] the first letter of a word (especially a person's name); "he refused to put the initials FRS after his name"
[adj] occurring at the beginning; "took the initial step toward reconciliation"
[v] mark with one's initials



Webster (1913) Definition: In*i"tial, a. [L. initialis, from initium a going in,
entrance, beginning, fr. inire to go into, to enter, begin;
pref. in- in + ire to go: cf. F. initial. See Issue, and
cf. Commence.]
1. Of or pertaining to the beginning; marking the
commencement; incipient; commencing; as, the initial
symptoms of a disease.

2. Placed at the beginning; standing at the head, as of a
list or series; as, the initial letters of a name.


In*i"tial, n.
The first letter of a word or a name.


In*i"tial, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Initialed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Initialing.]
To put an initial to; to mark with an initial of initials.
[R.]

Synonyms: first

See Also: alphabetic character, approve, letter, letter of the alphabet, O.K., okay, sanction, sign

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