- (of an animal) having the highest rank in a dominance hierarchy: the alpha female of an elephant pack.
- being the most dominant, powerful, or assertive person in a particular group.
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What Hopman and colleagues found was a prominent decrease in the strength of the alpha rhythm in the time spent in nature compared to either before or after.
The team then tried various combinations of cytokines and discovered that only the pairing of TNF alpha and gamma interferon was deadly to macrophages.
For instance, TNF alpha inhibitors are used to treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.
Nivelo is taking its first steps as a company with this funding, but it’s on its way with an alpha product and a future road map of products and services.Nivelo nabs $2.5M seed to reduce risk in digital ACH payments|Ron Miller|October 6, 2020|TechCrunch
Chris Biscardi is trying to get rid of that barrier to entry with a text editor for digital gardens that’s still in its alpha stage.Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet|Tanya Basu|September 3, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Alpha Team was killed, Faal told the FBI, while the Bravo members who were not gunned down fled.
The conspirators were split into two teams, “Alpha” and “Bravo.”
And when that happens, one “alpha dog” will run the show, usually the oldest, most experienced performer, who “knows more tricks.”
Former RSD instructor Nathan Kole says he saw firsthand how this “alpha male” marketing can damage students.
Lohse rushes Sigma Alpha Epsilon, gets a bid, endures pledge term, and then submits to the dehumanizing rigors of Hell Night.
Beta is not formed from alpha; one is first, the other is second, and no one knows why.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The ring shown in Fig. 117 bears the sacred monogram accompanied by the significant Alpha and Omega.The Catacombs of Rome|William Henry Withrow
The proper annual motion of the sun Alpha Centauri exceeds 188 millions of leagues per year.
The star Alpha Cygni comes to us in a direct line at a speed of 500 millions of leagues per year.
And I remember being jealous because she was chosen by the Kappa Alpha as a candidate.Ruth Fielding At College|Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for alpha (1 of 2)
- involving or relating to helium-4 nucleian alpha particle
- relating to one of two or more allotropes or crystal structures of a solidalpha iron
- relating to one of two or more isomeric forms of a chemical compound, esp one in which a group is attached to the carbon atom to which the principal group is attached