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

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

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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. Sasha Luccioni:

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

  2. Ben Embarek:

    What we would like to do with the international team and counterparts in China is to go back in the Wuhan environment, re-interview in-depth the initial cases, try to find other cases that were not detected at that time and try to see if we can push back the history of the first cases.

  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. Lisa Murkowski:

    I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time I think you know that. I didn't support the President in the initial election, and I work hard to try to make sure that I'm able to represent my state well that I'm able to work with any administration and any president, he is our duly elected President I will continue to work with him. I will continue to work with this administration but I think right now as we are all struggling to find ways to express the words that need to be expressed appropriately, questions about who I'm going to vote for not going to vote for I think are distracting at the moment.

  5. Kudret Ozersay:

    Initial findings indicate the object that caused the explosion was either an aircraft carrying explosives or a direct explosive (missile). The writings and signs on the debris will allow us to understand exactly what happened soon.

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Translations for initial

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  • أول, إنسيالArabic
  • inicials, caplletra, inicial, oberturaCatalan, Valencian
  • počáteční, výchozíCzech
  • anfänglich, Anfangsbuchstabe, ursprünglich, Initial, erster, InitialeGerman
  • αρχικόςGreek
  • inicialSpanish
  • nimikirjaimet, esi-, alustava, nimikirjaimilla, ensimmäinen, alkukirjain, alku-, alkuperäinen, varhainen, anfangiFinnish
  • initial, parapher, lettrine, première lettre, initialeFrench
  • túslitirIrish
  • tùsailScottish Gaelic
  • प्रारंभिकHindi
  • սկզբնատառArmenian
  • inizialeItalian
  • 声母, 始め, 最初, イニシャル, 初期Japanese
  • 성모, 聲母Korean
  • initialLatin
  • voorletter, paraferen, beginletter, initiaalDutch
  • førsteNorwegian
  • inicjałPolish
  • inicial, inicialmentePortuguese
  • iniţialăRomanian
  • парафировать, первоначальный, первый, буквица, исходный, инициаль, первичный, начальный, оригинальный, начальная буква, инициалRussian
  • inicijal, иницијалSerbo-Croatian
  • initialSwedish
  • แรกเริ่มThai
  • ilkTurkish
  • 聲母, thanh mẫuVietnamese
  • ערשטYiddish
  • 初始Chinese

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