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aa

or a'a

[ ah-ah ]
/ ˈɑ ɑ /
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noun
basaltic lava having a rough surface.
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Origin of aa

First recorded in 1855–60, aa is from the Hawaiian word ʿaʿā

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Other definitions for aa (2 of 7)

a̅a̅

or āa


Symbol.
(in prescriptions) ana2.

Origin of a̅a̅

From the Greek word aná, with superscript bar representing the nasal consonant

Other definitions for aa (3 of 7)

AA1

abbreviation

Other definitions for aa (4 of 7)

AA2

Symbol.
a proportional shoe width size, narrower than A and wider than AAA.
the smallest proportional brassiere cup size.
a quality rating for a corporate or municipal bond, lower than AAA and higher than A.
Electricity. a battery size for 1.5-volt dry cells: diameter, 0.6 inch (1.4 centimeters); length, 2 inches (5 centimeters).
British. a designation for motion pictures certified as unsuitable for children under 14 unless accompanied by an adult.Compare A3 (def. 10), U5 (def. 6), X3 (def. 9).

Other definitions for aa (5 of 7)

a.a.

or aa


abbreviation
author's alteration. Also A.A., AA

Other definitions for aa (6 of 7)

A.A.1

or AA

[ ey-ey ]
/ ˈeɪˈeɪ /

abbreviation, noun

Other definitions for aa (7 of 7)

A.A.2

abbreviation
antiaircraft.Also AA
Associate in Accounting.
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British Dictionary definitions for aa (1 of 3)

aa1
/ (ˈɑːɑː) /

noun
a volcanic rock consisting of angular blocks of lava with a very rough surface

Word Origin for aa

Hawaiian

British Dictionary definitions for aa (2 of 3)

aa2

abbreviation for
ana 1

British Dictionary definitions for aa (3 of 3)

AA

abbreviation for
Alcoholics Anonymous
anti-aircraft
Architectural Association
(in Britain) Automobile Association
(in Britain) Advertising Association
symbol for
(in Britain, formerly) a film that may not be shown publicly to a child under fourteen
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Scientific definitions for aa

aa
[ ää ]

A type of lava having a rough, jagged surface. It is relatively slow moving in its molten state, advancing in the form of massive blocks with fissured and angular surfaces that ride on a viscous interior. The blocks range in size between the size of a football and the size of a house. See Note at pahoehoe.
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