Alpha meaning

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Alpha is the highest level in a group, or the best.

An example of alpha is when it is used to describe a dog who is the leader of the pack.

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The first letter of the Greek alphabet.
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The brightest star in a constellation.
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The letter A in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
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Alpha is defined as the beginning of something.

An example of alpha as the beginning of something is when it is used in the scripture Revelations 22:13 to refer to God.

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Being the highest ranked or most dominant individual of one's sex. Used of social animals.

The alpha female of the wolf pack.

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Alphabetical.
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The definition of alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet.

An example of alpha can be seen in many Greek fraternity or sorority names such as Alpha Sigma Lambda.

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The first of a series; the beginning.
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The first letter of the Greek alphabet (Α, α)
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The beginning of anything.
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The name assigned to the brightest star in each constellation.
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Designating or of the socially dominant member of a group, esp. of a group of animals.

The alpha male.

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Designating the first of two or more positions in which the substituting atom or radical appears relative to some particular carbon atom in an organic compound: usually written α-: the other positions, in order, are beta (β-), gamma (γ-), delta (δ-), etc.
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(1) See WolframAlpha.
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A measure of the risk-adjusted performance of an investment that factors in the individual risk of the security and not the overall market risk. A large alpha indicates that the stock or mutual fund has performed better than would be predicted given its beta, which is a measurement of an investment’s volatility.
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Referring to a product, usually a software product, that is ready for initial testing, in-house and possibly under laboratory conditions. An alpha product generally is unstable and does not include all planned features or functionality. See also beta and software.
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The name of the first letter of the Greek alphabet (Α, α), followed by beta. In the Latin alphabet it is the predecessor to A.
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Latin alpha.
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(sciences) The name of the symbols Α and α used in science and mathematics, often interchangeable with the symbols when used as a prefix.

I will attempt to make an alpha particle ("α-particle") with the large hadron collider.

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(finance) The return of a given asset or portfolio adjusted for systematic risk.
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An alpha male.
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(informal, abbreviation) Alphabet.
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(computer graphics) The level of translucency of a color, as determined by the alpha channel.
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Designates the first in an order of precedence.

I am the alpha male.

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(person, object or action) Associated with the alpha male/female archetype.
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(astronomy) Designates the brightest star in a constellation.

When space travel becomes feasible, I plan to visit Alpha Centauri.

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Origin of alpha

  • Greek of Phoenician origin ℵlp in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Ancient Greek ἄλφα (alpha), the first letter of the Greek alphabet, from the Phoenician aleph.

    From Wiktionary