- American Name Society.
- the Sumerian god of heaven: the counterpart of the Akkadian Anu.
Examples from the Web for ans
ANS researchers found that all off-site health consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi accident may ultimately be negligible.Japanese Debris Plume From Tsunami Migrating Across Pacific Ocean
March 9, 2012
Abandoning the project now, ANS officials note, would make all that spending a colossal waste.Yucca Nuclear Site Returns
August 26, 2011
Their fall released into German control the railway junction at Ans.
He's done a great play, and there are no ifs or ans about it.The Story of a Play
W. D. Howells
Ans: An action brought in earnest, and not by way of a joke.
It was so sure enough: a Queen Ans sixpence of that very date.Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush
William Makepeace Thackeray
Abstract nouns are derived from verbs by the addition of ans.A Handbook of the Cornish Language
- myth the Sumerian sky godBabylonian counterpart: Anu
- a form of the indefinite article used before an initial vowel soundan old car; an elf; an honour
- Netherlands Antilles
Word Origin and History for ans
indefinite article before words beginning with vowels, 12c., from Old English an (with a long vowel) "one; lone," also used as a prefix an- "single, lone;" see one for the divergence of that word from this. Also see a, of which this is the older, fuller form.
In other European languages, identity between indefinite article and the word for "one" remains explicit (e.g. French un, German ein, etc.) Old English got by without indefinite articles: He was a good man in Old English was he wæs god man. Circa 15c., a and an commonly were written as one word with the following noun, which contributed to the confusion over how such words as newt and umpire ought to be divided (see N).
In Shakespeare, etc., an sometimes is a contraction of as if (a usage first attested c.1300), especially before it.