- As is defined as the same amount and is used to show comparison.
- An example of as is a tree equal in height to a house.
- An example of as is giving apples and oranges for examples of types of fruits.
- An example of as is having the same amount of hunger that a horse does.
- As means while something else occurred.
An example of as is dropping books while walking down the street.
- to the same amount or degree; equally: I'm just as happy at home
- for instance; thus: a card game, as bridge
- when set off or related in a specified way: romanticism as contrasted with classicism
Origin of asweakened form of also; Middle English as, ase from Old English eallswa (see also); literally , wholly so, just as
- in the same amount in which or to the same degree to which: it flew straight as an arrow
- in the same manner that; according to the way that: do as you are told
- at the same time that; while: she laughed as she spoke
- because; since: as you object, we won't go
- that the consequence is: the question is so obvious as to need no reply
- though: tall as he was, he couldn't reach it
- Informal that: I don't know as I should
- a fact that: we are tired, as anyone can see
- that: preceded by such or the same: the same color as yours is
- Dial. who; which; that: them as likes pork chops will be there
- in the role, function, capacity, or sense of: he poses as a friend
- like: the risk is as nothing compared to the gain
as ... as
- as it (or one) would if
- that: it seems as if you're never happy
as it were
- with reference to
- as if to
- an ancient Roman unit of weight, equal to about twelve ounces; libra, or Roman pound
- an ancient Roman coin of copper alloy
Origin of asClassical Latin
- American Samoa
- Associate in (or of) Science
- To the same extent or degree; equally: The child sang as sweetly as a nightingale.
- For instance: large mammals, as the bear or lion.
- When taken into consideration in a specified relation or form: this definition as distinguished from the second one.
- To the same degree or quantity that. Often used as a correlative after so or as: You are as sweet as sugar. The situation is not so bad as you suggest.
- In the same manner or way that: Think as I think.
- At the same time that; while: slipped on the ice as I ran home.
- For the reason that; because: went to bed early, as I was exhausted.
- With the result that: He was so foolish as to lie.
- Though: Great as the author was, he proved a bad model. Ridiculous as it seems, the tale is true.
- In accordance with which or with the way in which: The hotel is quite comfortable as such establishments go. The sun is hot, as everyone knows.
- Informal That: I don't know as I can answer your question.
- That; which; who. Used after same or such: I received the same grade as you did.
- Chiefly Upper Southern US Who, whom, which, or that: Those as want to can come with me.
- In the role, capacity, or function of: acting as a mediator.
- In a manner similar to; the same as: On this issue they thought as one.
Origin of asMiddle English from Old English ealswā ; see also .
Usage Note: Your mother is just as proud as me, said the father to the child with good grades. But should he have said, Your mother is just as proud as I ? As with similar constructions using than, a traditional rule states that the pronoun following as … as … constructions must be in the nominative case because She is just as proud as I is really a truncated version of the sentence She is just as proud as I am. Another way to view this situation is to say that the second as functions as a conjunction, not as a preposition, in these sentences. Whatever the merits of this logic, the as me construction is very common in speech and appears regularly in the writing of highly respected writers. Moreover, it can be argued that the second as is really a preposition in these constructions and so requires the objective case. There is the further objection that as I constructions are overly formal, and even pretentious. In short, both constructions are defensible, and both are subject to attack. The safe bet is to include the final verb to make a clause: She is just as proud as I am. • In many dialects, people use as in place of that in sentences like We are not sure as we want to go or It's not certain as he left. But this use of as is limited mostly to speaking, and it will likely seem inappropriate in formal writing. • Some nonstandard varieties of American English differ from the standard language in the form and usage of relative pronouns. Where Standard English has three relative pronouns— who, which, and that —regional dialects, particularly those of the South and Midlands, allow as and what as relative pronouns: “They like nothing better than the job of leading off a young feller like you, as ain't never been away from home much” (Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage ). The car what hit him never stopped. • When as expresses a causal relation, it should be preceded by a comma, as in She won't be coming, as we didn't invite her. When as expresses a time relation, it is not preceded by a comma: She was finishing the painting as I walked into the room. When an as- clause begins a sentence, it may be necessary to make clear whether as is used to mean “because” or “at the same time that.” The sentence As they were leaving, I walked to the door may mean either “I walked to the door because they were leaving” or “I walked to the door at the same time that they were leaving.” • As is sometimes used after verbs like consider, deem, and account, as in The paintings are considered as masterpieces in their home country. The measure was deemed as unnecessary. This usage may have arisen by analogy to the long-established use of as after regard and esteem in standard contexts: We regarded her as the best writer among us. In our 2009 survey, however, more than 80 percent of the Usage Panel rejected sentences in which as followed consider in this way, including the sentence just quoted. These constructions bear the stigma of redundancy and should be avoided in careful writing. See Usage Note at because. See Usage Note at equal. See Usage Note at like 2. See Usage Note at so1.
- An ancient Roman coin of copper or copper alloy.
- An ancient Roman unit of weight equal to about one troy pound.
Origin of asLatin
- American Samoa
- Associate in Science
- (metrology) Symbol for the attosiemens, an SI unit of electrical conductance equal to 10−18 siemens.
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as - Computer Definition
(1) See autonomous system.
(2) See authentication server.
(3) (Application System) An IBM mainframe 4GL that runs under MVS. It was originally designed for non-computer people and includes commands for planning, budgeting and graphics. However, a programmer can also produce complex applications. It also provides computer conferencing.