- a collection of miscellaneous information about a particular subject, person, place, or thing.
- an item in such a collection, as an anecdote, a memorable saying, etc.
Origin of ana1
- (of ingredients in pharmaceutical prescriptions) in equal quantities; of each. Symbol: a̅a̅, āa
Origin of ana2
- a prefix in loanwords from Greek, where it means “up,” “against,” “back,” “re-”: anabasis; used in the formation of compound words: anacardiaceous.
Origin of ana-
- American Newspaper Association.
- American Nurses Association.
- Association of National Advertisers.
- a suffix that forms collective nouns denoting an assembly of items, as household objects, art, books, or maps, or a description of such items, as a bibliography, all of which are representative of or associated with the place, person, or period named by the stem: Americana; Shakespeareana; Victoriana.
Origin of -ana
Examples from the Web for ana
By Ana Marie Cox Just in time for Christmas, Glenn Beck goes for hipster-chic as a conservative fashion statement.Seven Must-Read Stories About North Korea, Police Deaths and Glenn Beck
The Daily Beast
December 27, 2014
The hospital and the Spanish health minister, Ana Mato, confirmed the infection.Ebola Contracted in Madrid Hospital Could Spread in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 7, 2014
Ana Gandley runs Project Shapeshift, one of the oldest sites for individuals with eating disorders.Should Pro-Anorexia Sites Be Criminalized?
August 30, 2014
Photojournalist Ana Lira is from the northeastern city of Recife and a founding member of Urban Rights.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare
May 30, 2014
To be sure, there have been no more battery meltdowns in a 787 since the ANA emergency landing.NTSB Doesn’t Think the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Is Safe Enough to Fly
May 28, 2014
It is Ana, the daughter of Manuel, who works in the smith's shop.
I had been in London for six weeks; ana in no other place had I been alone for so long.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
There is a wonderful collection of fables, and a most complete library of ana.The Book-Hunter in London
Ana leaned forward, "Why then, actually, you're a traitor to Russia."
Ana said, "He knows that both Georgi and I are members of the movement."
- pharmacol obsolete (of ingredients in a prescription) in equal quantitiesAbbreviation: aa
- a collection of reminiscences, sketches, etc, of or about a person or place
- an item of or for such a collection
- a name for anorexia, esp when used as a personification of the disease by its sufferers
- a person who identifies himself or herself as an anorexic
- Article Number Association: (in Britain) an organization of manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers that provides a system (article numbering) by which a product is identified by a unique machine-readable number compatible with article-numbering systems used in other countries
before a vowel an-
- up; upwardsanadromous
- back; backwardsanatropous
- denoting a collection of objects or information relating to a particular individual, subject, or placeShakespeareana; Victoriana; Americana
Word Origin and History for ana
before verbs an-, prefix meaning 1. "upward," 2. "back, backward, against," 3. "again, anew," from Greek ana- "up to, toward, exceedingly, back, against," from ana "up, on, upon, throughout, again," cognate with Old English on, from PIE root *ano- "on, upon, above" (see on).
or ana, word-forming element denoting "collection of sayings, gossip, etc. connected with a person or place," early 18c., originally the neuter plural ending of Latin adjectives ending in -anus "pertaining to," from PIE adjectival suffix *-no-.
- Both in the same quantity; of each. Used to refer to ingredients in prescriptions.
- Upward; up:anacrotic.
- Backward; back:anaplasia.
- Again; anew:anabiosis.