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Definition of A-

1.A, as a prefix to English words, is derived from various sources. (1) It frequently signifies on or in (from an, a forms of AS. on), denoting a state, as in afoot, on foot, abed, amiss, asleep, aground, aloft, away (AS. onweg), and analogically, ablaze, atremble, etc. (2) AS. of off, from, as in adown (AS. ofdūne off the dun or hill). (3) AS. ā- (Goth. us-, ur-, Ger. er-), usually giving an intensive force, and sometimes the sense of away, on, back, as in arise, abide, ago. (4) Old English y- or i- (corrupted from the AS. inseparable particle ge-, cognate with OHG. ga-, gi-, Goth. ga-), which, as a prefix, made no essential addition to the meaning, as in aware. (5) French à (L. ad to), as in abase, achieve. (6) L. a, ab, abs, from, as in avert. (7) Greek insep. prefix abyss, atheist; akin to E. un-.
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A sheet in the wind
A ship's caliber
A ship's husband
A short cut
a snowball's chance in hell
A son
A speaking acquaintance
A stand of arms
A stick of eels
A straight face
A straight line
A tempo giusto
A true bill
A Visit from St. Nicholas
A wet blanket
A wheel within a wheel
A whited sepulcher
A wild goose chase
A world to see
A year's mind
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A-mornings
A-sea
A-tiptoe
A. F. of L.
a.u.
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Aard-wolf
aardvark
Aaron's rod
Aaronic
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