Definition for ats (2 of 3)
Origin of at2
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Examples from the Web for ats
By now, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had managed to intercept the phone conversations between the fidayeen and their handlers.
Precious few coppers 'ud fall into their 'ats, I'll go bail!
And a general 'urrying up for stror 'ats, lemon squoshes, and beer.
Why, ats radaklous—only nine hundred and seventy-five dollars!Pictures of Southern Life|William Howard Russell
Out they comes, no brains in their 'eads, and wound up nice and tight, ready to touch their 'ats to anyone who looks at them.The Wonderful Visit|Herbert George Wells
And flourishing their feathered 'ats bright reds, and blues and yellers.
British Dictionary definitions for ats (1 of 5)
the chemical symbol for
British Dictionary definitions for ats (2 of 5)
British Dictionary definitions for ats (3 of 5)
Word Origin for at
British Dictionary definitions for ats (4 of 5)
noun plural at
Word Origin for at
British Dictionary definitions for ats (5 of 5)
the internet domain name for
Word Origin and History for ats
Old English æt, from Proto-Germanic *at (cf. Old Norse, Gothic at, Old Frisian et, Old High German az), from PIE *ad- "to, near, at" (cf. Latin ad "to, toward" Sanskrit adhi "near;" see ad-).
Lost in German and Dutch, which use their equivalent of to; in Scandinavian, however, to has been lost and at fills its place. In choosing between at church, in church, etc. at is properly distinguished from in or on by involving some practical connection; a worshipper is at church; a tourist is in the church.
The colloquial use of at after where ("where it's at") is attested from 1859. At last is recorded from late 13c.; adverbial phrase at least was in use by 1775. At in Middle English was used freely with prepositions (e.g. at after, which is in Shakespeare), but this has faded with the exception of at about, which was used in modern times by Trollope, Virginia Woolfe, D.H. Lawrence, and Evelyn Waugh, but nonetheless is regarded as a sign of incompetent writing by my copy editor bosses.