- Attending a movie is an example of being at a movie.
- Pointing a bow and arrow towards a target is an example of pointing at a target.
- When troops are commanded to no longer stand in attention that is an example of being commanded to stand at ease.
- on; in; near; by: at is the preposition of general (usually static) location, and is replaced by in, on, etc. when a more precise indication of location is needed: at the office, at the edge of town
- to or toward as the goal or object: look at her, swing at the ball, don't shout at me
- criticizing, attacking, pestering, etc.: the critics are at him again
- through: come in at the front door
- from: get the facts at their source
- attending: at the party
- occupied in; busy with: at work
- in a condition or state of: at war
- in the manner of: at a trot
- because of; in response to: terrified at the sight, to smile at a remark
- according to: at his discretion
- with reference to: good at tennis
- in the amount or number, to the degree, for the price, etc. of: symbol, @: at twenty miles per hour, at five cents each
- from an interval or distance of: visible at half a mile, at arm's length
- occurring on the hour, minute, etc. of: at five fifteen
- being of the age of: at sixty-five
- during the period of: it happened at night
- Comput. located at: used in an Internet address to separate a username from the domain name: usually written @
Origin of atMiddle English from Old English æt; akin to Goth, OS, Old Norse at and Classical Latin ad at, in, to
Origin of atThai
- a. In or near the area occupied by; in or near the location of: at the market; at our destination.b. In or near the position of: always at my side; at the center of the page.
- To or toward the direction or location of, especially for a specific purpose: Questions came at us from all sides.
- Present during; attending: at the dance.
- Within the interval or span of: at the dinner hour; at a glance.
- In the state or condition of: at peace with one's conscience.
- In the activity or field of: skilled at playing chess; good at math.
- To or using the rate, extent, or amount of; to the point of: at 30 cents a pound; at high speed; at 20 paces; at 350°F.
- On, near, or by the time or age of: at three o'clock; at 72 years of age.
- On account of; because of: rejoice at a victory.
- By way of; through: exited at the rear gate.
- In accord with; following: at my request.
- Dependent upon: at the mercy of the court.
- Occupied with: at work.
Origin of atMiddle English from Old English æt ; see ad- in Indo-European roots.
- air temperature
- automatic transmission
- In or very near a particular place.
- At that precise position, at Jim’s house.
- (indicating time) Simultaneous, during.
- At six o’clock, at closing time, at night.
- In the direction of (often in an unfocused or uncaring manner).
- He threw the ball at me, he shouted at her.
- Occupied in (activity).
- Men at work.
- Indicates a position on a scale or in a series.
- Sell at 90.
- Tiger finished the round at tenth, seven strokes behind the leaders.
- I'm offering it - just to select customers - at cost.
- Because of.
- Laugh at a joke.
- Holding a given speed or rate.
- It is growing at the rate of 3% a year.
- Cruising along at fifty miles per hour.
- In a state of.
- She is at sixes and sevens with him.
- They are at loggerheads over how best to tackle the fiscal cliff.
- The city was at the mercy of the occupying forces.
- (Ireland, stressed pronunciation) bothering, irritating, causing discomfort to
- He threw the ball to me — (so I could catch it).
- He threw the ball at me — (trying to hit me with it).
- He talked to her — (conversationally).
- He shouted at her — (aggressively).
- the @ symbol.
From Middle English at, from Old English æt (“at, near, by, toward”), from Proto-Germanic *at (“at, near, to”), from Proto-Indo-European *ád (“near, at”). Cognate with Scots at (“at”), North Frisian äät, äit, et, it (“at”), Danish at (“to”), Faroese at (“at, to, toward”), Norwegian åt (“to”), Swedish åt (“for, toward”), Icelandic að (“to, towards”), Gothic (at, “at”), Latin ad (“to , near”).
- Contraction of that.
- What’s ’at? (meaning What is that?)
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at - Computer Definition
at - Investment & Finance Definition
In trading jargon, a stock is offered for sale “at” a certain price. In a trading transaction the syntax is “quantity-at-price.”