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Definition of the noun alligator

What does alligator mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: alligators

  1. leather made from alligator's hide
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: leather = an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
  2. either of two amphibious reptiles related to crocodiles but with shorter broader snouts

Alternative definition of the noun alligator


  1. [obsolete] One who binds or ties.
  2. A large amphibious reptile with sharp teeth and very strong jaws related to the crocodile and native to the Americas and China. Informal short form: 'gator'

Definition of the verb alligator

What does alligator mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: alligatored | alligatoring | alligators

  1. crack and acquire the appearance of alligator hide, as from weathering or improper application; of paint and varnishes
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: crack = break partially but keep its integrity


"Alligator" is a 1980 American monster movie, directed by Lewis Teague with a screenplay by John Sayles. It stars Robert Forster, Robin Riker, and Michael V. Gazzo. It follows the attempts of a police officer named David Madison and a reptile expert named Marisa Kendall to stop a deadly giant alligator that is killing humans in the sewers of Chicago.


  1. "Alligator" is the third studio album by American indie rock band The National, released on April 12, 2005 on Beggars Banquet. Recorded and produced by Peter Katis and Paul Mahajan, the album brought The National critical acclaim and increased their fanbase significantly.
  2. "Alligator" is the second single taken from Canadian rock duo Tegan and Sara's sixth studio album Sainthood. It was originally released in the United Kingdom in October 2009, a day before the release of the album, as a digital download. In March 2010, the single was released 17 track remix album in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada as a digital download and 12" vinyl. The single charted at number 32 in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.
  3. "Alligator" is a 1989 album by Leslie West featuring Stanley Clarke on bass. Recorded in 1986 and released in CD in 1989 by Capitol Records.
  4. "Alligator" is a musical album of Abandon Kansas.
    • released on
  5. "Alligator" is a composition.
  6. "Alligator" a.k.a. "Alligator!!" is a musical EP of Park.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  7. "Alligator" is a musical album of Brad Gillis.
  8. "Alligator" is a musical album of The Narrows.
  9. "Alligator" is a musical album of M-Train.
  10. "Alligator" is a cataloged instance, composition.


The Alligator is a Feet forwards motorcycle built by Dan Gurney Alligator Motorcycle Company which is the motorcycle division of the former driver/racing team owner's All American Racers workshop in Santa Ana, California. Although not the first of such design, it is unique for its unconventional low-slung seating position which allows for its low center of gravity.


Alligator is a town in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 208 at the 2010 census.


The Alligator was an inboard paddle-wheel steamboat that operated in the interior of north central Florida in the United States from 1888 to 1909. Famed archeologist Clarence Bloomfield Moore leased the steamer each year from 1891 to 1895 for his annual excursions to explore the St. Johns River and tributaries for Native American artifacts. On November 5, 1909 the paddlesteamer caught fire and sank ending its twenty-one years of service in the passenger and freight business. In December 2008, the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program led a search of the east side of Lake Crescent for the sunken wreckage of the Alligator.

Phrases with Alligator

Phrases starting with the word Alligator:

  1. alligator gar
  2. alligator clip
  3. alligator pear
  4. alligator weed
  5. Alligator-Flag
  6. Alligator Apple
  7. alligator grass
  8. alligator lizard
  9. Alligator Lucius
  10. alligator wrench
  11. Alligator Juniper
  12. Alligator Lizards
  13. Alligator Sebekia
  14. alligator snapper
  15. Alligator Pipefish

Phrases ending with the word Alligator:

  1. genus alligator
  2. Agabus Alligator
  3. Anolis Alligator
  4. chinese alligator
  5. Florida Alligator

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alligator

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Google previewAlligators: Floating Logs of the Swamp

A 15-Minute Book by Caitlind L. Alexander

Fun Facts The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America. Some people think that alligators can live to be hundreds of years old. This is not true. In the wild, they die when they are about 50 years old. In zoos, they can live ...

Google previewPocketguide to Eastern Wetlands (2014)

by T. Travis, Shanda Brown

The alligator is an important ecosystem engineer in some areas like the Everglades. This large species excavates wal- lows that are often the only aboveground source of water left during drought summers. Adult alligators have no natural ...

Google previewPhilosophy of Religion (2016)

A Contemporary Introduction by Keith E. Yandell

But No right angle is an alligator is a necessary truth expressible as For all x, if Rx then not Ax the denial of which is For some x, Rx and Ax which is false in all possible worlds, so its contradictory is true in all possible world, and hence ...

Google previewAdverbs (2003)

by Chandralekha Mathur

An alligator is a kind of crocodile which . (sometimes, China) 6. Monkeys and peacocks are seen ( frequently, Asia) but . (rarely, New York) EXERCISE 3 Answer the following questions ...

Google previewGaston the Green-Nosed Alligator

In turn, Gaston the Green- Nosed Alligator is the first book in another series that includes Gaston Goes to Mardi Gras and Gaston Goes to Texas. A coloring-book edition is also available from ...

Google previewCool Calm Kids (2008)

by Amelia Suckling, Carla Temple

Angry Alligator is a metaphor to illustrate an aggressive reaction. An Angry Alligator reaction is when you shout, fi ght and get mad. Refer to Poster 1 ( Appendices, page 00). 3 Scared Mouse is a metaphor to illustrate a passive reaction.

Google previewSunshine Champs (2010)

A Story About Florida by Karen Latchana Kenney

Alligator The American alligator is the Florida state reptile. These cold—blooded, scaly creatures live in swampy, wetareas. They have strongjaws and ...

Google previewJust Think! Grade 5 (eBook) (2000)

by Cindy Barden

An Alligator Is a Reptile, ...

Google previewReptile Medicine and Surgery (2005)

by Stephen J. Divers, Douglas R. Mader

The Chinese alligator is a severely endangered species and is found only in the valley of the lower Yangtze River in the Anhwei and Kiangsi provinces of the People's Republic of China.3 This species is highly protected by both Chinese and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Zoology (2014)

by Michael Allaby

alligator gar (Lepisosteus spatula) See LEPISOSTEIDAE. Alligatoridae (alligators, caimans; class *Reptilia, order ...

Google previewBritannica Student Encyclopedia (2014)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

More to explore Asthma • Immune System A view from above shows the different snouts of an alligator ...

Google previewThe Civil War Naval Encyclopedia (2011)

by Spencer Tucker, William E. White

The Alligator was designed by the French engineer Brutus de Villeroi and constructed for the U.S. Navy by the Philadelphia firm of Neafie and Levy. Its keel was laid down in early November 1861, and the submarine was launched on May 1, ...

Google previewThe Blues Encyclopedia (2004)

by Edward Komara, Peter Lee

During the next few years, Alligator added recordings by Son Seals and Fenton ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Blues (2005)

by Edward Komara

During the next few years, Alligator added recordings by Son Seals and Fenton ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Blues: A-J, index (2006)

by Edward M. Komara

During the next few years, Alligator added recordings by Son Seals and Fenton ...

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Quotes about Alligator

No call alligator long mouth till you pass him.
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Scrabble value of A1L1L1I1G2A1T1O1R1

The value of this 9-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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