of, pertaining to, on, or part of any lofty mountain.
very high; elevated.
Alpine, of, pertaining to, on, or part of the Alps.
Botany. growing on mountains above the limit of tree growth: alpine plants.
Often Alpine . of or relating to downhill skiing or a competitive downhill skiing event.: Compare Nordic (def. 3).
Alpine, Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) having the features characteristic of an Alpine.
Alpine, Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) a member of a Caucasoid people found in central Europe and characterized by heavy body build, medium complexion, and straight to wavy hair.
- al·pine·ly, adverb
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How to use alpine in a sentence
A great place to build skills is at Bluebird Backcountry, an alpine touring resort that opened last year near Steamboat.How to Safely Explore Colorado's Backcountry This Year | Outside Editors | January 28, 2021 | Outside Online
I’ve skied with pro big-mountain freeriders who are aerobic beasts and can charge up extended climbs on gear that weighs almost as much as a full alpine setup.
You’ll ascend a pleasantly steady 3,200 feet up an old railroad grade, peaking out around 11,700 feet and taking in classic high-alpine views.
With up to 195 horsepower, a whopping 22 inches of wheel travel on a trophy-truck-inspired suspension, and 30-inch tires, the Maverick X3 permits the kind of safe but high-speed desert and alpine driving you’ve seen on TV.
The Twin Skin features strips of mohair underfoot, like the skins you use with alpine touring skis, for surprisingly good kick and glide.The Most Coveted Gear of 2020, According to Our Editors | Will Taylor, Jeremy Rellosa, Ariella Gintzler, and Maren Larsen | December 9, 2020 | Outside Online
Let there be wine, food, music, and ravishing summer landscapes from alpine meadows to Riviera beaches.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder | Clive Irving | August 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Located in Fribourg, Switzerland, Perritaz uses untreated, foraged fruit grown on high trees around his home in the alpine region.
In 2007, Heather Mills—an amputee and alpine skier (and yes, the former wife of Paul McCartney)—danced on the show.
Half an hour due east of Marfa is the tiny college town of alpine.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America | Condé Nast Traveler | March 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
From Turin, as Ligety continued his rise to success in the alpine ski world, he and Miller would interact more as peers.The Can't-Miss Sochi Showdown: Bode Miller And Ted Ligety | Jake Bright | February 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In an ordinary alpine region the névé districts, where the snow gathers, are relatively small.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Passage over it is often one of the most difficult feats to accomplish which the alpine explorer has to undertake.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
In Europe it extended to the alpine region, but failed to reach the countries bordering on the Mediterranean.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
There are also a number of alpine species suitable for rockeries, such as C. alpina, caucasica, caespitosa and others.
Bud walked at least a rod toward alpine before he swung short around in his tracks and started the other way.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for alpine (1 of 2)
of or relating to high mountains
(of plants) growing on mountains, esp above the limit for tree growth
connected with or used in mountaineering in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps
skiing of or relating to racing events on steep prepared slopes, such as the slalom and downhill: Compare nordic
a plant that is native or suited to alpine conditions
British Dictionary definitions for Alpine (2 of 2)
of or relating to the Alps or their inhabitants
of or relating to an episode of mountain building in the Tertiary period during which the Alps were formed
of or relating to a high mountainous environment heavily modified by glacial erosion
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Scientific definitions for alpine
Resembling or characteristic of the European Alps or any other high mountain system, especially one that has been shaped by intense glacial erosion.
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