What does alder mean?

Definitions for alder
ˈɔl dəralder

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aldernoun

    wood of any of various alder trees; resistant to underwater rot; used for bridges etc

  2. alder, alder treenoun

    north temperate shrubs or trees having toothed leaves and conelike fruit; bark is used in tanning and dyeing and the wood is rot-resistant


  1. aldernoun

    Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Alnus, belonging to the birch family.

  2. Aldernoun

    for someone who lived by alder trees.

  3. Etymology: alder, aller, from alor, from aluz (confer Swedish al, East Frisian ällerboomboom), variant of alizō (confer Dutch els, German Erle), from hₐélisos (confer alanza, Latin alnus, Latvian àlksnis, Polish olcha, Albanian halë 'black pine', (Hesychius) άλιχα 'white poplar').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Aldernoun

    alnus, Lat. A tree having leaves resembling those of the hazel; the male flowers, or katkins, are produced at remote distances from the fruit, on the same tree; the fruit is squamose, and of a conical figure. The species are;1. The common or round-leaved alder.2. The long-leaved alder.3. The scarlet alder. These trees delight in a very moist soil, where few others will thrive, and are a great improvement to such lands. They may be also planted on the sides of brooks, and cut for poles every third or fourth year. The wood is used by turners, and will endure long under ground, or in water. These trees are propagated either by planting layers, or truncheons, about three feet in length, in February or March. Philip Miller

    Without the grot, a various silver scene
    Appear’d around, and groves of living green;
    Poplars and alders ever quivering play’d,
    And nodding cypress form’d a fragrant shade. Alexander Pope, Odyss.


  1. Alder

    Alders are trees comprising the genus Alnus in the birch family Betulaceae. The genus comprises about 35 species of monoecious trees and shrubs, a few reaching a large size, distributed throughout the north temperate zone with a few species extending into Central America, as well as the northern and southern Andes.


  1. alder

    An alder is a type of tree or shrub that belongs to the birch family, Betulaceae. They are typically found in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere and are known for their broad leaves and flowers in catkins. Alder woods are often used in construction, furniture, and for smoking food due to its sweet aroma when burned. Some species of alder also have the ability to fix nitrogen in the soil, making them beneficial for improving soil fertility.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aldernoun

    a tree, usually growing in moist land, and belonging to the genus Alnus. The wood is used by turners, etc.; the bark by dyers and tanners. In the U. S. the species of alder are usually shrubs or small trees

  2. Alderadjective

    alt. of Aller

  3. Etymology: [OE. aldir, aller, fr. AS. alr, aler, alor, akin to D. els, G. erle, Icel. erlir, erli, Swed. al, Dan. elle, el, L. alnus, and E. elm.]


  1. Alder

    Alder is the common name of a genus of flowering plants belonging to the birch family Betulaceae. The genus comprises about 30 species of monoecious trees and shrubs, a few reaching a large size, distributed throughout the north temperate zone.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alder

    awl′dėr, n. a tree related to the birch, usually growing in moist ground. [A.S. alor; Ger. erle; L. alnus.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ALDER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Alder is ranked #8485 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Alder surname appeared 3,885 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Alder.

    89.7% or 3,488 total occurrences were White.
    4.2% or 164 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 118 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 73 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 29 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 13 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. lader

  2. daler

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alder in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of alder in a Sentence

  1. Childrens Hospital:

    Thomas Evans has received the full support of Alder Hey's medical and nursing teams since being admitted, sadly Thomas Evans has remained unresponsive to treatment and Thomas Evans condition has rapidly declined.

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