What does initial mean?

Definitions for initial
ɪˈnɪʃ əlini·tial

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word initial.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. initialadjective

    the first letter of a word (especially a person's name)

    "he refused to put the initials FRS after his name"

  2. initialverb

    occurring at the beginning

    "took the initial step toward reconciliation"

  3. initialverb

    mark with one's initials

Wiktionary

  1. initialnoun

    The first letter of a word or a name.

  2. initialnoun

    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.

  3. initialnoun

    A distinguished initial letter of a chapter or section of a document.

  4. initialnoun

    onset, part of a syllable that precedes the syllable nucleus in phonetics and phonology.

  5. initialverb

    To sign one's initial(s), as an abbreviated signature.

    Please initial each page and sign the contract in full at the bottom.

  6. initialadjective

    Chronologically first, early; of or pertaining to the beginning, cause or origin

  7. initialadjective

    Spatially first, placed at the beginning, in the first position; especially said of the first letter of a word

Wikipedia

  1. Initial

    In a written or published work, an initial or drop cap 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 is often 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 Beatus initial or "B" of Beatus vir... at the opening of Psalm 1 at the start of a vulgate Latin psalter These specific initials, in an illuminated manuscript, also were called initiums.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Initialadjective

    of or pertaining to the beginning; marking the commencement; incipient; commencing; as, the initial symptoms of a disease

    Etymology: [L. initialis, from initium a going in, entrance, beginning, fr. inire to go into, to enter, begin; pref. in- in + ire to go: cf. F. initial. See Issue, and cf. Commence.]

  2. Initialadjective

    placed at the beginning; standing at the head, as of a list or series; as, the initial letters of a name

    Etymology: [L. initialis, from initium a going in, entrance, beginning, fr. inire to go into, to enter, begin; pref. in- in + ire to go: cf. F. initial. See Issue, and cf. Commence.]

  3. Initialnoun

    the first letter of a word or a name

    Etymology: [L. initialis, from initium a going in, entrance, beginning, fr. inire to go into, to enter, begin; pref. in- in + ire to go: cf. F. initial. See Issue, and cf. Commence.]

  4. Initialverb

    to put an initial to; to mark with an initial of initials

    Etymology: [L. initialis, from initium a going in, entrance, beginning, fr. inire to go into, to enter, begin; pref. in- in + ire to go: cf. F. initial. See Issue, and cf. Commence.]

Freebase

  1. Initial

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Initial

    in-ish′al, adj. commencing: placed at the beginning.—n. the letter beginning a word, esp. a name.—v.t. to put the initials of one's name to:—pr.p. init′ialing (-alling); pa.p. init′ialed (-alled).—v.t. Init′iāte, to make a beginning: to instruct in principles: to acquaint with: to introduce into a new state or society.—v.i. to perform the first act or rite.—n. one who is initiated.—adj. fresh: unpractised.—n. Initiā′tion, act or process of initiating: act of admitting to any society, by instructing in its rules and ceremonies.—adj. Init′iātive, serving to initiate: introductory.—n. an introductory step: the power or right of commencing.—adj. Init′iātory, tending to initiate: introductory.—n. introductory rite. [L. initialisinitium, a beginning, inīre, inītumin, into, īre, ītum, to go.]

Editors Contribution

  1. initial

    A number of letters to express a name.

    The employees did initial their change on the quality assurance procedure.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'initial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1626

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'initial' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3390

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'initial' in Adjectives Frequency: #207

How to pronounce initial?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of initial in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of initial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of initial in a Sentence

  1. Purvi Raniga:

    You have a dream. You want to live that dream everyday. Start from where you are. The goal looks far far away. Start anyway. Take baby steps. It is super hard. Keep going. The process is super painful. Initial results are not what you desired or deserve. Still keep going. Inner voice says quit now, this is not going anywhere. Still keep going anyway. Trust your purpose and process. Consistency and hard work brings better results. Other challenges of life also play their parts. Still keep going. You see tiny success in your path. Celebrate and be grateful for each success. Other opportunities start showing up in your journey. Keep learning throughout the process. Keep growing. Have faith. Dreams will come true. Real purpose will prevail.

  2. Leslie Rutledge:

    The action was only the initial step and I anticipate further action in the near future in our defense of these laws that protect the life of mothers and their unborn children.

  3. Selma Blair:

    I think the reason the kiss has resonated with people for so long is not just for the initial shock value.

  4. Steve Sordello:

    While initial demand was solid, Lead Accelerator required more resources than anticipated to scale.

  5. John Rosa:

    Uniformity is the cornerstone of this four-year leader development model, this process reflects an initial relinquishing of self during which cadets learn the value of teamwork to function as a single unit.

Images & Illustrations of initial

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Translations for initial

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  • إنسيال, أولArabic
  • inicial, obertura, caplletra, inicialsCatalan, Valencian
  • počáteční, výchozíCzech
  • Initial, ursprünglich, Anfangsbuchstabe, anfänglich, Initiale, ersterGerman
  • αρχικόςGreek
  • inicialSpanish
  • varhainen, alkuperäinen, alku-, ensimmäinen, nimikirjaimilla, nimikirjaimet, anfangi, alkukirjain, alustava, esi-Finnish
  • initiale, lettrine, initial, première lettre, parapherFrench
  • túslitirIrish
  • tùsailScottish Gaelic
  • प्रारंभिकHindi
  • սկզբնատառArmenian
  • inizialeItalian
  • イニシャル, 最初, 始め, 声母, 初期Japanese
  • 聲母, 성모Korean
  • initialLatin
  • initiaal, paraferen, voorletter, beginletterDutch
  • førsteNorwegian
  • inicjałPolish
  • inicial, inicialmentePortuguese
  • iniţialăRomanian
  • начальный, начальная буква, инициал, оригинальный, первичный, первоначальный, инициаль, исходный, буквица, первый, парафироватьRussian
  • иницијал, inicijalSerbo-Croatian
  • initialSwedish
  • แรกเริ่มThai
  • ilkTurkish
  • thanh mẫu, 聲母Vietnamese
  • ערשטYiddish
  • 初始Chinese

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