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 initially
Dossi initially was listed in critical condition with wounds to his arm and lower back.
The building used to be an all-girls school, and when it was initially purchased by Fortune it was dilapidated.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Rather, it was the Democrats who initially were the Southern Party.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern|Lloyd Green|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Initially, it will be able to carry 1,000-pound satellite-guided bombs or 500-pound laser-guided weapons.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fatima says they were initially happy when Ziad joined the army, but that feeling has utterly faded.
Initially the drug supplies for the American Revolutionary Army had come from stocks largely in the hands of private druggists.Drug Supplies in the American Revolution|George B. Griffenhagen
I initially decided to estimate home ranges for animals caught five or more times and at three or more stations.
One of these assumptions is that the concrete is initially unstressed.Some Mooted Questions in Reinforced Concrete Design|Edward Godfrey
I am referring back to the time that he came from Dallas initially.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Initially, he was a hunter-naturalist, but scientific enough to publish in the Auk and the Journal of Heredity.Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest|J. Frank Dobie
verb -tials, -tialling or -tialled or US -tials, -tialing or -tialed
Word Origin for initial
"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."
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).