- of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first: the initial step in a process.
- Phonetics. occurring at the beginning of a word or syllable, as the (k) sound of kite, chasm, or quay.
- an initial letter, as of a word.
- the first letter of a proper name.
- a letter of extra size or an ornamental character used at the beginning of a chapter or other division of a book, manuscript, or the like.
- to mark or sign with an initial or the initials of one's name, especially as a token of preliminary or informal approval.
Origin of initial
Examples from the Web for initial
“The U.S. Navy will attain IOC [initial operational capability] in 2018 with 3F software,” DellaVedova wrote.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
In an interview with ESPN, Jaffe recalled his initial meeting with Stuart Scott.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
Typically, aircraft will work in pairs where the flight lead will make an initial pass to mark a target with rockets.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
They maintain that the initial radicalization tends to occur offline before it is then reinforced online.ISIS Has a Message. Do We?
December 8, 2014
What follows is some of my initial reporting on the rise of the group, published in Wingnuts.The Oath Keepers Patrol Rooftops in Ferguson—The Facts Behind This ‘Mysterious’ Militia Group
December 1, 2014
And yet this practice is just as necessary as the initial lessons on level ground.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
"That goes very well with the initial on the kerchief," said Parson Jones.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
In the initial stages of building, the hull was upside down.The Migrations of an American Boat Type
Howard I. Chapelle
This is the initial symptom of the complaint, and may lead to the commission of assault.The Sexual Question
Miles and Ward were recovering somewhat from their initial astonishment.The Heads of Apex
- of, at, or concerning the beginning
- the first letter of a word, esp a person's name
- printing a large sometimes highly decorated letter set at the beginning of a chapter or work
- botany a cell from which tissues and organs develop by division and differentiation; a meristematic cell
- (tr) to sign with one's initials, esp to indicate approval; endorse
Word Origin and History for initial
1520s, "of or pertaining to a beginning," from Middle French initial or directly from Latin initialis "initial, incipient," from initium "a beginning, an entrance," from past participle stem of inire "to go into, enter upon, begin," from in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + ire "to go" (see ion).
"to mark or sign with initials," 1864, American English, from initial (n.). Related: Initialed; initialing.
"initial letter of a name or surname," 1620s, from initial (adj.) in a specialized sense "standing at the beginning of a word, sentence, etc."