What does initial mean?

Definitions for initial
ɪˈnɪʃ əlini·tial

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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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Initialadjective

    Etymology: initial, French; initialis, from initium, Lat.

    In the editions, which had no more than the initial letters, he was made by Keys to hurt the inoffensive. Alexander Pope.

    Moderate labour of the body conduces to the preservation of health, and cures many initial diseases; but the toil of the mind destroys health, and generates maladies. Gideon Harvey.

    The schools have used a middle term to express this affection, and have called it the initial fear of God. John Rogers.

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

  2. Initialadjective

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

  3. Initialnoun

    the first letter of a word or a name

  4. Initialverb

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

  5. 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

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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. Daniel Kass:

    Depending on the initial level of severity, we’ve been able to have very significant effects, the biggest challenge is always managing the sources of food for rats.

  2. Don Hancock:

    The initial closure of Panel 6 was supposed to be one of the quick and easy things to be done. It's not done. It's not quick. It's not easy. There are going to be risks to workers just to do that, this is in fact unprecedented and very hard and it's taking longer and it's going to cost more than what they've generally wanted to talk about.

  3. Developer Nic Johns:

    The initial inspiration comes from my co-founder and wife, Julie, who for many years has suffered from a fear of flying, in developing' Am I Going Down ?' I wanted to present the fact that the vast majority of flights are incredibly low risk. Our app is meant as tool to help reassure fearful fliers.

  4. Jose Villarruel:

    My initial thought was, 'Am I dreaming?' I still can't get over this experience.

  5. Sasha Luccioni:

    I think what we want is to channel that initial, like,' Oh man, my house is underwater,' into climate action.

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Translations for initial

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  • أول, إنسيالArabic
  • inicials, inicial, obertura, caplletraCatalan, Valencian
  • počáteční, výchozíCzech
  • erster, Initiale, anfänglich, Anfangsbuchstabe, ursprünglich, InitialGerman
  • αρχικόςGreek
  • inicialSpanish
  • alkukirjain, varhainen, esi-, alustava, nimikirjaimet, alkuperäinen, alku-, anfangi, nimikirjaimilla, ensimmäinenFinnish
  • première lettre, initial, initiale, parapher, lettrineFrench
  • túslitirIrish
  • tùsailScottish Gaelic
  • प्रारंभिकHindi
  • սկզբնատառArmenian
  • inizialeItalian
  • 声母, 始め, 最初, イニシャル, 初期Japanese
  • ಆರಂಭಿಕKannada
  • 聲母, 성모Korean
  • initialLatin
  • beginletter, initiaal, voorletter, paraferenDutch
  • førsteNorwegian
  • inicjałPolish
  • inicial, inicialmentePortuguese
  • iniţialăRomanian
  • парафировать, инициаль, первый, буквица, исходный, первоначальный, первичный, начальный, оригинальный, начальная буква, инициалRussian
  • inicijal, иницијалSerbo-Croatian
  • initialSwedish
  • ஆரம்பTamil
  • แรกเริ่มThai
  • ilkTurkish
  • 聲母, thanh mẫuVietnamese
  • ערשטYiddish
  • 初始Chinese

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