Definition for ans (2 of 3)
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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|Daniel Stone|March 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Abandoning the project now, ANS officials note, would make all that spending a colossal waste.
Ans bashfully crept in beside the sleeping child, taking care not to waken her, and lay there thinking of his new responsibility.
It was then, and for the first time, that they heard the slow and groping utterance of Ans Handerson.The Faith of Men|Jack London
Their fall released into German control the railway junction at Ans.
Ans, we've got to send Flaxen back to St. Peter; she's so homesick she don't know what to do.
It was a custom with the I'ans, and a few other West Country families, to have their burials at night.Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, Second Series|William Bottrell
British Dictionary definitions for ans (1 of 6)
British Dictionary definitions for ans (2 of 6)
the chemical symbol for
British Dictionary definitions for ans (3 of 6)
British Dictionary definitions for ans (4 of 6)
Word Origin for an
British Dictionary definitions for ans (5 of 6)
British Dictionary definitions for ans (6 of 6)
the internet domain name for
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.