Definition of Initial

1. Noun. The first letter of a word (especially a person's name). "He refused to put the initials FRS after his name"

2. Verb. Mark with one's initials.
Entails: Approve, O.k., Okay, Sanction
Generic synonyms: Sign

3. Adjective. Occurring at the beginning. "Took the initial step toward reconciliation"
Similar to: First

Definition of Initial

1. a. Of or pertaining to the beginning; marking the commencement; incipient; commencing; as, the initial symptoms of a disease.

2. n. The first letter of a word or a name.

3. v. t. To put an initial to; to mark with an initial of initials.

Definition of Initial

1. Adjective. Chronologically first, early; of or pertaining to the beginning, cause or origin ¹

2. Adjective. Spatially first, placed at the beginning, in the first position; especially said of the first letter of a word ¹

3. Noun. The first letter of a word or a name. ¹

4. Noun. In plural, the first letter of each word of a person's full name considered as a unit ¹

5. Noun. (typesetting calligraphy) A distinguished initial letter of a chapter or section of a document. ¹

6. Noun. (phonology) onset, part of a syllable that precedes the syllable nucleus in phonetics and phonology. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To sign one's initial(s), as an abbreviated signature. ¹

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Definition of Initial

1. to mark with the first letters of one's name [v -TIALED, -TIALING, -TIALS or -TIALLED, -TIALLING, -TIALS]

Medical Definition of Initial

1. Pertaining to the very first stage of any process. Origin: L. Initialis, from initium = beginning This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Initial

initial (current term)
initial cell
initial contact
initial dose
initial haematuria
initial heat
initial object
initial objects
initial offering
initial point
initial points
initial public offering
initial rate
initial rhyme

Literary usage of Initial

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1. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1916)
"initial SPURT IN A SIMPLE MENTAL FUNCTION By J. CROSBY CHAPMAN and WILLIS J. NOLAN, Western Reserve University In a recent ..."

2. Geographical Essays by William Morris Davis (1909)
"initial Drainage. At the beginning of a cycle there are relatively broad, massive forms on which the carving of the destructive forces has made no mark. ..."

3. Modern perspective: a treatise upon the principles and practice of plane and by William Robert Ware (1882)
"... initial-line may accordingly pass through its vanishing- point and its initial-point in any direction, it follows that any two parallel lines in the ..."

4. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"The rate of iodine consumption was calculated at 25, 50, and 75% conversion from them and was plotted against the initial concentration of peracetic acid, ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"In infectious diseases, delirium may appear at the beginning (initial delirium), ... (a) initial and Febrile Deliria In the initial and the febrile deliria, ..."

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