verb (used with object), in·i·tialed, in·i·tial·ing or (especially British) in·i·tialled, in·i·tial·ling.
- initial code,
- initial rhyme,
- initial teaching alphabet,
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.
In an interview with ESPN, Jaffe recalled his initial meeting with Stuart Scott.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott|Stereo Williams|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They maintain that the initial radicalization tends to occur offline before it is then reinforced online.
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|John Avlon|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were twenty-one entrants, and fully 300,000 spectators gathered to witness the initial flight of the aerial races.Flying Machines|W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
The initial misstep on his part had been made upon her pronouncement of the name Stefani Gregor.The Drums Of Jeopardy|Harold MacGrath
At this rate the initial expense could only be paid off in about five years.Campward Ho!|Unknown
The whole idea was to seize only as much ground as the initial success could gain, and not to press if resistance became strong.Now It Can Be Told|Philip Gibbs
That initial greeting with its disarming undertones of empathy and innocence had accomplished its purpose.Assassin|Jesse Franklin Bone
verb -tials, -tialling or -tialled or US -tials, -tialing or -tialed
Word Origin 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."