equally, as, every bit

(adverb) to the same degree (often followed by ‘as’); “they were equally beautiful”; “birds were singing and the child sang as sweetly”; “sang as sweetly as a nightingale”; “he is every bit as mean as she is”

arsenic, As, atomic number

(noun) a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar

Source: WordNet® 3.1



plural of A


• S&A, S. A., S.A., SA, Sa, s.a.

Etymology 1


as (not comparable)

To such an extent or degree; to the same extent or degree.

Considered to be, in relation to something else; in the relation (specified).

(dated) For example; for instance. (Compare such as.)



In the (same) way or manner that; to the (same) degree that.

Used after so or as to introduce a comparison.

Used to introduce a result: with the result that it is.

Expressing concession: though.

At the time that; during the time when

At the same instant or moment that: when.

At the same time that, during the same time when: while.

Varying through time in the same proportion that.

Being that, considering that, because, since.

(dated) Introducing a comparison with a hypothetical state (+ subjunctive, or with the verb elided): as though, as if. [to 19th century]

Functioning as a relative conjunction, and sometimes like a relative pronoun: that, which, who. (See usage notes.) [from 14th c.]

(rare, now, England, Midland US and Southern US, possibly, obsolete) Than.

Usage notes

• Use of as as a relative conjunction meaning "that" dates to late Middle English and was formerly common in standard English, but is now only standard in constructions like "the same issue as she had" or "the identical issue as the appellant raised before"; otherwise, it is informal, found in the dialects of the Midland, Southern, Midwestern and Western US; and of Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, East Anglia, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, and Cornwall; sometimes in Durham, Westmorland, Yorkshire and Somerset; only rarely in Northumberland and Scotland; and only in certain set phrases in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Devon.


• (expressing concession): albeit, although; see also even though

• (at the same time that): while, whilst; see also while

• (being that): given that, seeing that; see also because



Introducing a basis of comparison, with an object in the objective case.

In the role of.

Usage notes

• The object in older English may appear, and it may be prescribed as appearing, in the nominative case, similar to than, eg. You are not as tall as I. In modern everyday English, this may seem pedantic.

Etymology 2


as (plural ases or asses)

(unit of weight) A libra.

Any of several coins of Rome, coined in bronze or later copper; or the equivalent value.

Etymology 3



plural of a (compare with aes)

Etymology 4

Shortening of as hell or as fuck.



(slang) As hell or as fuck; very much; extremely.


• S&A, S. A., S.A., SA, Sa, s.a.

Proper noun


Initialism of Anglo-Saxon.



Initialism of Advanced Supplementary.

Initialism of Advanced Subsidiary.

(cardiology) Initialism of aortic stenosis.

(neurology) Initialism of Asperger's syndrome.

(medicine) Initialism of ankylosing spondylitis.

(US, Navy) Initialism of auxiliary submarine: a naval tender, a submarine tender that tends to submarines

Coordinate terms

• (submarine tender): AD


• S&A, S. A., S.A., SA, Sa, s.a.

Source: Wiktionary


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