Advertisement

Ar

1
or Ar.

abbreviation for



-ar

2
  1. variant of the adjective-forming suffix -al 1, joined to words in which an l precedes the suffix: circular; lunar; singular .

Ar

3
Symbol, Chemistry.

-ar

4
  1. variant of -er 2, often under the influence of a spelling with -ar- in a cognate Latin noun:

    burglar; cellar; collar; mortar; poplar; scholar; vicar; vinegar.

-ar

5
  1. variant of -er 1 on the model of -ar 2, used in the formation of nouns of agency: liar; beggar .

AR

6

abbreviation for

  1. annual return.
  2. (loosely) AR-15 ( def ).
  3. Arkansas (approved especially for use with zip code).
  4. Army Regulation:

    This regulation supersedes AR 600-20, dated 6 November 2014.

A/R

7
or a/r
  1. account receivable.
  2. accounts receivable.

ar-

8
  1. variant of ad- before r: arrears.

ar.

9

abbreviation for

  1. arrival.
  2. arrive; arrives.

a.r.

10

abbreviation for

  1. Insurance. all risks.

A.R.

11

abbreviation for

  1. annual return.
  2. Army Regulation; Army Regulations.

-ar

1

suffix forming adjectives

  1. of; belonging to; like

    linear

    minuscular

    polar



Ar

2

the chemical symbol for

  1. argon

AR

3

abbreviation for

  1. Arkansas
  2. Autonomous Region
  3. AlsoA/R (in the US and Canada) accounts receivable

Ar.

4

abbreviation for

  1. Arabia(n)
  2. AlsoAr Arabic

a.r.

5

abbreviation for

  1. anno regni

ar

6

the internet domain name for

  1. Argentina
Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of Ar1

< Latin -āris; replacing Middle English -er < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin -āris
Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of Ar1

via Old French -er from Latin -āris, replacing -ālis ( -al 1) after stems ending in l

Origin of Ar2

Latin: in the year of the reign
Discover More

Example Sentences

Foster: Give kids AR-15s instead of video games, for America.

Abd Ar-Rahim al-Hammadi, who goes by the name Abu Omar, is the assistant headmaster at the school.

Republicans in Oregon are honoring two victims of gun violence by auctioning off an AR-15.

All 45 Republicans were opposed, along with three Democrats: Carl Levin (D-MI), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Pryor (D-AR).

Legal owners of AK-47s and AR-15s are extremely rare in France.

Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, it is silent: because the wall of Moab is destroyed in the night, it is silent.

Dat ar train don' know hit, an' she'll go to Day ob Jedgment, an' ebery soul aboard ob her!

Right up that canyon about two mile is whar Welborn found the b'ar cubs.

I des wish you look at dat pone er co'n-bread, honey, en dem ar greens, en see ef dey aint got Remus writ some'rs on um.

An' says I, 'Laws, you didn't think o' sech a thing as my sleepin' in dat 'ar' bed, did you?

Advertisement

Discover More

About This Word

What else does AR mean?

AR can stand for hundreds of things, but here are three of the big ones: augmented reality, alternate reality, and ArmaLite rifle.

How do you pronounce AR?

[ ey-ahr ]

Where does AR come from?

Augmented reality is similar to virtual reality, except instead of immersing the user into a simulated environment, it enhances (augments) an existing environment around them, usually digitally. Potential applications range from education to medicine.

An early, analog AR example was Morton Heilig’s 1950s Sensorama cinema. Heilig would hide in a movie theater and administer vibrations and smells to enhance the viewing experience. It is unconfirmed what he would use to create the smells.

The phrase augmented reality emerged by 1992, with the abbreviation AR following after. AR is familiar to many when watching football on television, with the technology used to add a first-down line on screens. AR exploded into public consciousness in 2016, with the world’s favorite pastime (for a month) Pokemon Go, which mapped digital creatures on real-world maps.

Alternate reality is the concept of universes that coexist alongside the one we’re all in. Since the mid-20th century, physicists—such as Erwin Schrödinger, of cat fame—have considered the possibilities of parallel universes, or alternate realities, sometimes abbreviated as AR.

A final AR is found in AR-15. First created and designated in the 1950s, the AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle that we’re all too tragically familiar with due to its use in mass shootings—or, less darkly, video games. Contrary to popular belief, the AR does not stand for assault rifle but ArmaLite Rifle after the company that first made it.

How is AR used in real life?

Techies and educators alike are very excited about the potential of AR. It can bring hard-to-imagine things to life. Alongside VR for virtual reality, AR is commonly used as a jargon abbreviation in the tech industry and startup communities.

Rick and Morty fans will be all too familiar with the concept of alternate realities, as it’s a key concept that underpins the popular cartoon.

Outside of discussion of theoretical alternate realities, alternate reality is used as a figure of speech to characterize someone who is in such denial of the facts that it’s as if they are living in an alternate reality. The abbreviation AR is more likely to be found in scientific contexts.

AR-15 often comes up in discussions in gun control, especially after mass shootings in the United States.

More examples of AR:

“Onshape lets engineers collaborate on 3D designs with Magic Leap’s AR glasses”
—Dean Takahashi, Venture Beat (headline), October, 2018

Note

This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement


a quoAR-15