Definitions for initialɪˈnɪʃ əl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
in•i•tialɪˈnɪʃ əl(adj.; n.; v.)-tialed, -tial•ing; -tialled, -tial•ling.
(adj.)of, pertaining to, or occurring at the beginning; first:
the initial step in a process.
(n.)an initial letter, as of a word.
the first letter of a proper name.
a large, often ornamental letter used at the beginning of a chapter or other division of a book or manuscript.
(v.t.)to mark or sign with an initial or the initials of one's name, esp. as a token of approval.
Origin of initial:
1520–30; < L initiālis, der. of initi(um) beginning, der. of inīre to enter, begin =in-in-2+īre to go
the first letter of a word (especially a person's name)
"he refused to put the initials FRS after his name"
occurring at the beginning
"took the initial step toward reconciliation"
mark with one's initials
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
before all others; = first
Her initial response was to say "yes."
the first letter of one of your names
Put your initials here to show you've received it.
to write your initials on sth
I read and initialed it.
The first letter of a word or a name.
In plural, the first letter of each word of a person's full name considered as a unit
You can get your initials printed at the top.
A distinguished initial letter of a chapter or section of a document.
onset, part of a syllable that precedes the syllable nucleus in phonetics and phonology.
To sign one's initial(s), as an abbreviated signature.
Please initial each page and sign the contract in full at the bottom.
Chronologically first, early; of or pertaining to the beginning, cause or origin
Spatially first, placed at the beginning, in the first position; especially said of the first letter of a word
of or pertaining to the beginning; marking the commencement; incipient; commencing; as, the initial symptoms of a disease
placed at the beginning; standing at the head, as of a list or series; as, the initial letters of a name
the first letter of a word or a name
to put an initial to; to mark with an initial of initials
In a written or published work, an initial is a letter at the beginning of a word, a chapter, or a paragraph that is larger than the rest of the text. The word is derived from the Latin initialis, which means standing at the beginning. An initial often is several lines in height and in older books or manuscripts, sometimes ornately decorated. In illuminated manuscripts, initials with images inside them, such as those illustrated here, are known as historiated initials. They were an invention of the Insular art of the British Isles in the eighth century. Initials containing, typically, plant-form spirals with small figures of animals or humans that do not represent a specific person or scene are known as "inhabited" initials. Certain important initials, such as the B of Beatus vir ... at the opening of Psalm 1 at the start of a vulgate Latin psalter, could occupy a whole page of a manuscript. These specific initials, in an illuminated manuscript, also were called Initiums.
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Translations for initial
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
of, or at, the beginning
There were difficulties during the initial stages of building the house.
- إبْتِدائي، أوَّليArabic
- inicialPortuguese (BR)
- indledende; førsteDanish
- početni, inicijalanCroatian
- fyrstur, byrjunar-Icelandic
- sākotnējs; sākuma-Latvian
- start-, begynnelses-, utgangs-Norwegian
- başlangıç, ilk, önTurkish
- 最初的Chinese (Trad.)
- початковий, первіснийUkrainian
- 最初的Chinese (Simp.)
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