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Definition of the noun alpha

What does alpha mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • alpha: alphas
  • Alpha: Alphas

  1. the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet
  2. the beginning of a series or sequence
    • example: the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic word: start = the beginning of anything

Alternative definition of the noun alpha


  1. 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'.
  2. Latin alpha
  3. [science] The name of the symbols 'Α' and 'α' used in science and mathematics, often interchangeable with the symbols when used as a prefix.
  4. [finance] The return of a given asset or portfolio adjusted for systematic risk.
  5. An alpha male.
  6. [informal, abbreviation] Alphabet.

Definition of the adjective alpha

What does alpha mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. first in order of importance
    • examples: the alpha male in the group of chimpanzees | the alpha star in a constellation is the brightest or main star
    • similar: important / of import
  2. early testing stage of a software or hardware product

Alternative definition of the adjective alpha


  1. Designates the first in an order of precedence.
  2. [star] Designates the brightest star in a constellation.


  1. Alpha is a borough in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 2,369, reflecting a decline of 113 from the 2,482 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 48 from the 2,530 counted in the 1990 Census.
  2. Alpha is a city in Jackson County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 116 at the 2010 census.
  3. Alpha is a village in Henry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 671 at the 2010 census, down from 726 at the 2000 census.
  4. Alpha is a village in Iron County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 145 at the 2010 census. The village is in Mastodon Township. The Alpha post office opened with the name Mastodon on October 1, 1883 and was discontinued on December 20, 1888. The office was reestablished as Alpha on December 15, 1913.
  5. Alpha is a rural town in the Barcaldine Region in Central West Queensland, Australia.
  6. Alpha is a neighborhood of Beavercreek, in Greene County, Ohio, in the United States. It is located on the eastern side of the Dayton metropolitan area. A post office is located in Alpha, with the ZIP code of 45301.
  7. Alpha is an unincorporated community in Clinton County, Kentucky, United States. It lies along Route 90 northeast of the city of Albany, the county seat of Clinton County. Its elevation is 1,014 feet, and it is located at 36°45′44″N 85°0′37″W / 36.76222°N 85.01028°W. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 42603.
  8. Alpha a.k.a. Alpha, Washington: Alpha is an unincorporated community located in Lewis County, Washington about 3.5 miles away from Cinebar. Due to its rural setting with little settlement concentration, it did not meet qualifications as a Census Designated Place, a program used by the U.S. Census Bureau for unincorporated communities. Alpha appears on the Mayfield Lake U.S. Geological Survey Map. Alpha is located within the Pacific time zone. It is the home to the Shoestring Cemetery, located on the Main Avenue, Washington State Route 508.
  9. Alpha a.k.a. Alpha, Wisconsin: Alpha is an unincorporated community in western Burnett County in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The community is in the town of Wood River, which had a population of 974 at the 2000 census. There are fewer than a dozen households in within the community.
  10. Alpha a.k.a. Alpha, Tennessee: Alpha is an unincorporated community in Hamblen County, Tennessee. It is located at and around the junction of Highway 11-E and Tennessee State Route 160 between Morristown and Jefferson City. Most of Alpha has been annexed into the Morristown City Limits.
  11. Alpha a.k.a. Alpha, Oklahoma: Alpha is an unincorporated community in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, United States. Its altitude is 1165 feet. The post office was established November 7, 1893, and closed December 14, 1903. The Alpha site is 5½ miles east of Omega.
  12. Alpha is a Building in Warsaw, Poland.

There are other places with in their name, like Alpha House, ALPHA Academy and Alpha Boys School.


Who is Alpha?

Alpha a.k.a. Alpha Acosta is an actress.


  1. Alpha is a trip hop/electronica group, comprising founding member Corin Dingley, vocalist and lyricist Wendy Stubbs and Hannah Collins; other founding member, Andy Jenks, left the group before the release of their 2007 LP "The Sky Is Mine". Originally working under the name "Ariel", the duo of Dingley and Jenks came together in 1995 after both had worked on various projects in the Bristol area, home of trip-hop groups Massive Attack and Portishead. Like Massive Attack, Alpha recruited singers to add vocals to their downtempo, beat-driven compositions of the late 1990s, which led to them being included in the category of "Post Trip-Hop". "ComeFromHeaven", their debut LP was the first release on Massive Attack's Melankolic label in 1997.
    • genres: Electronic music, Trip hop, Lounge music, Downtempo, Chill-out music
    • albums: "Come From Heaven", "Pepper", "The Impossible Thrill", "Lost in a Garden of Clouds", "Made in Space", "Stargazing", "Lost in a Garden of Clouds, Part 2", "South EP", "The Sky Is Mine", "Without Some Help", "Without Some Help. Net Edition", "Pepper: Remixes & Rarities", "Slim", "Two Phazed People", "Eleventh Trip"
    • official website:
  2. Alpha a.k.a. アルファ is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Alpha 60, Alpha Jet, Alpha Rev, Alpha Baby, Alpha Beat, Alpha Beta, Alpha Code, Alpha Jerk, Alpha Team, alpha-beta, Alpha Drone, Alpha Noise, Alpha Seven, Alpha Tiger, Cosmo Alpha, Model Alpha, Alpha Ralpha, Alpha Safari, Animal Alpha and Johnny Alpha.


  1. Alpha is a trademark of Kmart Australia Limited.
  2. Alpha is a record label.
  3. Alpha a.k.a. Alpha+ is a record label.
  4. Alpha is a publisher.


  1. Alpha is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. He is a martial artist created by writer Kelley Puckett and artist Damion Scott as a villain to Batgirl, and he first appeared in Batgirl #35.
  2. Alpha is a fictional character from the 2012 film Bayonet.
  3. Alpha is a fictional character from Pixar universe.
  4. Alpha, formerly Carl William Craft, is a rogue Active who escaped the Dollhouse. Before coming to the Dollhouse, he was a prisoner convicted of kidnapping and attempted murder. When the Dollhouse was starting up, it needed "guinea pigs"; he was able to reduce his sentence by agreeing to become an Active for five years. He becomes enamored with Echo once she enters the Dollhouse, and eventually attacks Whiskey so that Echo may become the most requested Doll. An accident causes a "composite event", in which 48 personalities are simultaneously imprinted on Alpha, along with the associated memories and skill sets. In his escape, he killed several Dolls and Dollhouse staff members, including Echo's previous handler, yet he let Echo live. After his escape from the Dollhouse, Alpha begins to send anonymous packages to Paul Ballard, hinting at the existence of the Dollhouse and at Echo's former identity. Alpha reveals himself after posing as former Los Angeles Dollhouse architect Stephen Kepler, whom Ballard has tracked down. He leads Ballard into the Dollhouse, takes control of the security and automated systems, and leaves with Echo. Though Echo escapes him, he remains at large, with Paul Ballard being sent by the Dollhouse to track him down.

There are other characters with in their name, like alpha 5, alpha 6, alpha 7, Alpha Dog, Alpha Male, Alpha Trion, Alpha Female, Alpha Centauri, Alpha Centurion and Alpha the Ultimate Mutant.


  1. "Alpha" is the second studio album by British rock band Asia, released in 1983. It was certified Platinum in the United States, eventually selling close to two million copies.
  2. "Alpha" is the sixth studio album by metal band Sevendust, and was released on March 6, 2007.
  3. "Alpha" is the second full-length studio album from visual kei rock band Alice Nine. It was released on the November 28th, 2007. Alpha includes 12 tracks, 4 of which were previously released as singles. Two versions of the album were released on the same day: one regular edition with only the CD, and one special edition with an exclusive DVD that includes two new music videos. The song "Eraser" is also featured on the band's Mirror Ball single, albeit remade with a different arrangement and instrumental background.
  4. "Alpha" is a composition.
  5. "Alpha" is a musical album of Such a Surge.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  6. "Alpha" is a composition.
  7. "ALPHA" is a musical single of Nobuo Uematsu.
    • released on (29 years ago)
  8. "alpha" is a musical album of JAWEYE.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  9. "Alpha" is a musical single of Kollegah.
    • released on
  10. "ALPHA" is a musical album of Double Drums.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  11. "Alpha" is a musical album of Vindensång.
    • released on
  12. "Alpha" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  13. "Alpha" is a musical EP of Liar.
    • released on
  14. "Alpha" is a musical album of Chris Fortier.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  15. "Alpha" is a musical album of Nightcreepers.
    • released on
  16. "Alpha" is a musical single of Periphery.
    • released on
  17. "Alpha" is a musical album of Cylix.
    • released on (5 years ago)


"Alpha" is a 2014 book by Jasinda Wilder.


"Alpha" is an interactive fiction and eroge game developed and published by Square. It was released for the NEC PC-8801 system in 1986.

  • also known as α
  • mode: Single-player video game
  • developer: Square
  • genres: Interactive fiction, Adventure game
  • publisher: Square
  • released on (29 years ago)


  1. Alpha: In social animals, the alpha is the individual in the community with the highest rank. Male or female individuals or both can be alphas, depending on their species. Where one male and one female fulfill this role, they are referred to as the alpha pair. Other animals in the same social group may exhibit deference or other symbolic signs of respect particular to their species towards the alpha or alphas.
    • also known as Alfa posameznik, アルファー
  2. Alpha is a risk-adjusted measure of the so-called active return on an investment. It is the return in excess of the compensation for the risk borne, and thus commonly used to assess active managers' performances. Often, the return of a benchmark is subtracted in order to consider relative performance, which yields Jensen's alpha.
    • also known as Coefficiente alpha, Συντελεστής άλφα, Alfa, Zwrot końcowy
  3. Alpha is a Russian system for long range radio navigation. RSDN in Russian stands for Радиотехническая Система Дальней Навигации, which translates to English as "radio-technical long-distance navigation system".
  4. Alpha is a fictional character in Marvel Comics who first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man.
  5. Alpha is a Franco-Belgian comics series written by Pascal Renard, illustrated by Youri Jigounov and published by Le Lombard in French and Cinebook in English.
  6. ALPHA or alpha-ethyl-3,4-methylenedioxybenzylamine, is a lesser-known psychedelic drug and a substituted benzylamine. It is also the benzylamine analogue of MDA. ALPHA was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin. In his book PIHKAL in the MDA page, the threshold dosage is listed as 10 mg. At mild threshold dosages there are eyes-closed "dreams" with some body tingling, at higher doses was reported to produce a pleasant, positive feeling. This compound is not anoretic at any dose. It lasts about 3 hours. Very little data exists about the pharmacological properties, metabolism, and toxicity of ALPHA.
  7. The Alpha language was the original database language proposed by Edgar F. Codd, the inventor of the relational database approach. It was defined in Codd's 1971 paper "A Data Base Sublanguage Founded on the Relational Calculus". Alpha influenced the design of QUEL. It was eventually supplanted by SQL, which IBM developed for its first commercial relational database product.
  8. Alpha a.k.a. Cardiff Corinthians F.C. are a football club from Cardiff, Wales. They play in the Welsh Football League Division Three. They were relegated at the end of the 2013-14 season.
  9. Alpha a.k.a. Alpha Magazine was a monthly periodical of financial publisher Euromoney Institutional Investor.

Phrases with Alpha

Phrases starting with the word Alpha:

  1. Alpha Cen
  2. Alpha Dog
  3. alpha ray
  4. Alpha Geek
  5. alpha iron
  6. Alpha Male
  7. alpha test
  8. alpha wave
  9. alpha brass
  10. alpha decay
  11. Alpha Error
  12. Alpha helix
  13. alpha bronze
  14. alpha crucis
  15. Alpha Female
  16. alpha rhythm
  17. Alpha-Lactam

Phrases ending with the word Alpha:

  1. Genus Alpha
  2. Lamia Alpha
  3. Onoba Alpha

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alpha

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Google previewLuther's Church Postil Gospels: Advent, Christmas and Epiphany sermons. 1905 (1905)

The other difference between Matthew and Micah, the former saying: Among the princes of Judah, the latter: Among the thousands of Judah, can easily be adjusted as the Hebrew word Alpha means both a prince and a thousand, hence ...

Google previewDictionary of Nursing Theory and Research (2005)

by Bethel Ann Powers, Thomas R. Knapp

Coefficient alpha, also known as Cronbach's alpha (the educational psychologist, Lee J. Cronbach, 1951, derived it), is an index of the degree to which a measuring instrument is internally reliable. It indicates how well the items correlate with ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders (2010)

by Charles Pollak, Michael J. Thorpy, Jan Yager

Alpha activity is an indication of lightening of sleep and becomes more prevalent as WAKEFULNESS approaches. This activity is a faster rhythm than that seen during SLEEP STAGES, which most typically consist of theta and delta activity.

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

alpha alcoholism Psychological dependency on alcohol, which is used to ...

Google previewThe Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience (2002)

by Michael Shermer

are associated with wakefulness; alpha waves (8-13 hertz) occur in relaxed wakeful states, particularly ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the African Diaspora (2008)

Origins, Experiences, and Culture. A-C. Volume 1

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., founded on the campus of Howard University on January 15, 1908, is the oldest Greek letter organization of black women. The sorority was established during the era of racial uplift and the club movement not ...

Google previewDictionary of Gems and Gemology (2013)

by Mohsen Manutchehr-Danai

alpha decay; ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Finance (2006)

by Cheng-Few Lee

Abstract This paper analytically determines the conditions under which four commonly utilized portfolio measures(theSharpeindex, theTreynorindex, theJensen alpha, and the Adjusted Jensen's alpha) will be similar and different. If the single ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (2008)

by Richard T. Schaefer

The first BGLO founded was Alpha Kappa Nu in 1903 at Indiana University in Bloomington. Alpha Kappa Nu is also recognized as being the first intercollegiate Black fraternity. Alpha Kappa Nu was formed to "strengthen the Negro voice" at the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women and Gender (2001)

Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender by Judith Worell

One such bias is “alpha bias,” or the tendency to exaggerate differences between the sexes. This includes the assumption that male and female are different and opposite, which influences which questions are asked in research, as well as the ...

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I think we in the Alpha Band, which was a strange group anyway, weren't dealing with any of these issues. They sneaked up on us and took us over, before we know what was going on. (T-Bone Burnett)
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Scrabble value of A1L1P3H4A1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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