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alt

[alt] /ælt/ Music.
adjective
1.
high.
noun
2.
in alt, in the first octave above the treble staff.
Origin of alt
1525-1535
1525-35; < Provençal < Latin altum, noun use of neuter of altus high

Alt key

[awlt] /ɔlt/
noun, Computers.
1.
either of two keys on a PC keyboard that is held down while pressing another key, as to perform a specific operation or type a special character.
Also called Alt.
Origin
First recorded in 1980-85

alt-

1.
variant of alti- before a vowel:
altazimuth.

alt.

2.
3.
4.
alto.
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  • He was not beautiful, and his voice was three octaves above F in alt.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • "'alt, friends, while I 'as a look at you," said the sentry.

  • Whoever the war was between, and whatever it was about, alt Breisach was bound to be in it.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • "You whistled the octave of B. in alt," remarked Edith appreciatively.

    Dodo's Daughter E. F. Benson
  • It is only that in every human heart there is a chord that vibrates to C in alt.

    The Secret Life

    Elizabeth Bisland
British Dictionary definitions for alt

alt

/ælt/
adjective
1.
(esp of vocal music) high in pitch
2.
of or relating to the octave commencing with the G above the top line of the treble staff
noun
3.
in alt, in the octave directly above the treble staff
Word Origin
C16: from Provençal, from Latin altus high, deep
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alt in Medicine

ALT (ā'ěl-tē')
n.
Alanine aminotransferase; an enzyme in serum and body tissues that catalyzes the transfer of amino acid groups from l-alanine to 2-ketoglutarate or the reverse, thus allowing nitrogen to be excreted or incorporated into other compounds.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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