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aline

[uh-lahyn]
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verb (used with or without object), a·lined, a·lin·ing.
  1. align.
Related formsa·line·ment, nouna·lin·er, nounnon·a·lined, adjectiveself-a·lin·ing, adjective

Aline

[uh-leen, al-een]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Adeline.

align

or a·line

[uh-lahyn]
verb (used with object)
  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.
verb (used without object)
  1. to fall or come into line; be in line.
  2. to join with others in a cause.

Origin of align

1685–95; < French aligner, equivalent to a- a-5 + ligner < Latin līneāre, derivative of līnea line1
Related formsa·lign·er, nounre·a·lign, verbself-a·lign·ing, adjectiveun·a·ligned, adjective

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1, 2. straighten.

A-line

[ey-lahyn]
noun
  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.
adjective
  1. being of such design or cut: an A-line coat; an A-line dress.

Origin of A-line

First recorded in 1960–65
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Examples from the Web for aline

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Historical Examples

  • Did you ever hear, Aline, how poor Philippe de Vilmorin came by his end?

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    Rafael Sabatini

  • He found his mind that morning distracted by thoughts of both Climene and Aline.

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    Rafael Sabatini

  • And oddly enough it was Aline who provided the deeper perturbation.

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    Rafael Sabatini

  • Really, Aline, you have a trick of asking the most disconcerting and improper questions.

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    Rafael Sabatini

  • "Uncle Quintin has left that matter to my own deciding," Aline reminded her.

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British Dictionary definitions for aline

aline

verb
  1. a rare spelling of align
Derived Formsalinement, nounaliner, noun

A-line

adjective
  1. (of a garment, esp a skirt or dress) flaring slightly from the waist or shoulders

align

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. (tr usually foll by with) to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group
  4. (tr) 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 Origin

C17: from Old French aligner, from à ligne into line
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Word Origin and History for aline

Aline

fem. proper name, French, short for Adeline.

align

v.

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 1853. International political sense is attested from 1934. No justification for the French spelling, and aline was an early native form. Related: Aligned; aligning.

A-line

adj.

descriptive of a dress or skirt flared in shape of a letter "A," 1955, in reference to the designs of Christian Dior (1905-1957).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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