11-letter words containing a, l

  • agonistical — relating to conflict or struggle
  • agonizingly — accompanied by, filled with, or resulting in agony or distress: We spent an agonizing hour waiting to hear if the accident had been serious or not.
  • agony uncle — a man who writes the replies to readers' letters in an agony column
  • agranulosis — (rare) agranulocytosis.
  • agriculture — Agriculture is farming and the methods that are used to raise and look after crops and animals.
  • agrobiology — the science of plant growth and nutrition in relation to agriculture
  • agronomical — the science of soil management and the production of field crops.
  • agrostology — the branch of botany concerned with the study of grasses
  • ahistorical — not related to history; not historical
  • ai-complete — (artificial intelligence, jargon)   /A-I k*m-pleet'/ (MIT, Stanford: by analogy with "NP-complete") A term used to describe problems or subproblems in artificial intelligence, to indicate that the solution presupposes a solution to the "strong AI problem" (that is, the synthesis of a human-level intelligence). A problem that is AI-complete is, in other words, just too hard. See also gedanken.
  • aiguillette — an ornamentation worn by certain military officers, consisting of cords with metal tips
  • ailanthuses — Plural form of ailanthus.
  • ailurophile — a person who likes cats
  • ailurophobe — a person who dislikes or is afraid of cats
  • aimlessness — The state or quality of being aimless, or without purpose or direction.
  • air bladder — an air-filled sac, lying above the alimentary canal in bony fishes, that regulates buoyancy at different depths by a variation in the pressure of the air
  • air cavalry — an infantry or reconnaissance unit transported by air to combat areas.
  • air cleaner — a filter that prevents dust and other particles from entering the air-intake of an internal-combustion engine
  • air marshal — a senior Royal Air Force officer of equivalent rank to a vice admiral in the Royal Navy
  • air quality — the composition of the air in terms of how much pollution it contains
  • air shuttle — a shuttle service operated by aircraft, usually covering short routes with frequent flights
  • air vesicle — a large air-filled intercellular space in some aquatic plants
  • air waybill — a document made out by the consignor of goods by air freight giving details of the goods and the name of the consignee
  • airlessness — The state or condition of being poorly ventilated; lacking good air circulation, having stale air.
  • airwaybills — Plural form of airwaybill.
  • al hudaydah — a city in W Yemen, on the Red Sea.
  • al-ghazzali — Ghazzali.
  • alabastrine — a finely granular variety of gypsum, often white and translucent, used for ornamental objects or work, such as lamp bases, figurines, etc.
  • alan turing — (person)   Alan M. Turing, 1912-06-22/3? - 1954-06-07. A British mathematician, inventor of the Turing Machine. Turing also proposed the Turing test. Turing's work was fundamental in the theoretical foundations of computer science. Turing was a student and fellow of King's College Cambridge and was a graduate student at Princeton University from 1936 to 1938. While at Princeton Turing published "On Computable Numbers", a paper in which he conceived an abstract machine, now called a Turing Machine. Turing returned to England in 1938 and during World War II, he worked in the British Foreign Office. He masterminded operations at Bletchley Park, UK which were highly successful in cracking the Nazis "Enigma" codes during World War II. Some of his early advances in computer design were inspired by the need to perform many repetitive symbolic manipulations quickly. Before the building of the Colossus computer this work was done by a roomful of women. In 1945 he joined the National Physical Laboratory in London and worked on the design and construction of a large computer, named Automatic Computing Engine (ACE). In 1949 Turing became deputy director of the Computing Laboratory at Manchester where the Manchester Automatic Digital Machine, the worlds largest memory computer, was being built. He also worked on theories of artificial intelligence, and on the application of mathematical theory to biological forms. In 1952 he published the first part of his theoretical study of morphogenesis, the development of pattern and form in living organisms. Turing was gay, and died rather young under mysterious circumstances. He was arrested for violation of British homosexuality statutes in 1952. He died of potassium cyanide poisoning while conducting electrolysis experiments. An inquest concluded that it was self-administered but it is now thought by some to have been an accident. There is an excellent biography of Turing by Andrew Hodges, subtitled "The Enigma of Intelligence" and a play based on it called "Breaking the Code". There was also a popular summary of his work in Douglas Hofstadter's book "Gödel, Escher, Bach".
  • alarm bells — If you say that something sets alarm bells ringing, you mean that it makes people feel worried or concerned about something.
  • alarm clock — An alarm clock is a clock that you can set to make a noise so that it wakes you up at a particular time.
  • alaska crab — king crab (def 2).
  • alaska time — Alaska-Hawaii time.
  • alaska-crab — horseshoe crab.
  • albategnius — Latin name of Battani.
  • albatrosses — Plural form of albatross.
  • albedometer — an instrument that measures the albedo of a surface.
  • albendazole — An antiparasitic anthelmintic used especially against the larvae of tapeworms.
  • albert nile — a river in NW Uganda: part of the upper Nile River.
  • albertville — former name of Kalemie.
  • albugineous — related to or resembling the white of an egg
  • album chart — a regular listing of bestselling record albums
  • album cover — the front of the outer packaging of a record album, usually decorated and showing its title and the name of the artist
  • albumenized — Simple past tense and past participle of albumenize.
  • albuminemia — (pathology) The (normal) presence of albumin in the blood.
  • albuminized — Simple past tense and past participle of albuminize.
  • albuminoids — any of a class of simple proteins, as keratin, gelatin, or collagen, that are insoluble in all neutral solvents; scleroprotein.
  • albuminuria — the presence of albumin in the urine
  • albuminuric — related to the state of albuminuria
  • albuquerque — a city in central New Mexico, on the Rio Grande. Pop: 471 856 (2003 est)
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