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AST

or A.S.T. a.s.t

1.
Atlantic Standard Time.
See under standard time.

-ast

1.
a suffix of nouns that denote a person who practices or is concerned with something, or holds certain principles, doctrines, etc.: enthusiast; ecdysiast;
gymnast.
Origin of -ast
a variant of -ist after the vowel i; from Greek -astēs
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  • And I believe ef you was to AST 'em they'd all tell you the same, suh.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • Ye've AST us t' b'lieve a genuwine out 'n out impossibility.'

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • I want to AST you to pray, not that he may be converted, but that he may be converted this very night.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris
  • I'd be afraid to AST her, for fear she'd spot me or accuse me, whichever way it was.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough
  • One of them AST me if I knew anything about the alleged elopement.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough
  • She AST it; and she's got to have it, though she's been dead more than ten years now.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough
  • He said good morning; then I AST him about the flowers and he offered to help me with the crocuses.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for AST

AST

abbreviation
1.
Atlantic Standard Time
2.
automated screen trading (in securities)
3.
(Brit, education) advanced skills teacher
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Word Origin and History for AST

-ast

agential suffix, cognate with -ist, from French -ast, from Latin -asta, from Greek -astes.

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AST in Medicine

AST (ā'ěs-tē')
n.
Aspartate aminotransferase; an enzyme that catalyzes the transfer of the amino group from glutamic acid to oxaloacetic acid forming alpha-ketoglutaric acid and aspartic acid.

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