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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
able seaman
barely able
▪ She was very old and barely able to walk.
be able/unable to cope
▪ Some young mothers feel that they aren't able to cope on their own.
well able/capable
▪ She is well able to look after herself.
▪ Some, because their interests lie elsewhere, may be barely able to read, and their writing may be rudimentary.
▪ The police jeep and Boynes' vehicle were barely able to squeeze past.
▪ Soon she was barely able to walk and she had oxygen cylinders fitted in her bedroom.
▪ Cantor was barely able to utter this single word, so full of suspense, desire, triumph, and some deviousness.
▪ Still shocked and barely able to move; it's lucky to be alive.
▪ His eyes were glassy and he seemed barely able to keep them open.
▪ I pulled over to the emergency lane, barely able to see the other cars on the road.
▪ By the end of the evening, I was barely able to speak.
▪ No doubt many more boys were up to the same tricks, but convention ruled that they were better able to look after themselves.
▪ As a child becomes better able to generalize across stimuli, schemata become more refined.
▪ Handling and ride in the 5-Series is already legendary, and this engine is better able to make the most of it.
▪ Respondents said the president is better able to handle a variety of issues.
▪ By keeping close to customers, we are better able to service their needs and we can keep ahead of industry trends.
▪ Version 8. 0 also comes with an improved installation routine that is faster and better able to anticipate conflicts.
▪ Flies long exposed to the intruder were better able to cope than those attacked but recently.
▪ The grunts were better able to diagnose the problems of our business than the generals.
be able to stand the pace
▪ an able assistant
▪ Mrs Thomas is a very able teacher.
▪ She was widely regarded as one of the most able members of the president's staff.
▪ Apart from that, if you're able to get about then clearly it's helpful if there's no traffic.
▪ Currently, such creatures are not able to converse, creating instead relationships closer to the family pet.
▪ He would not have been able to put a precise age on the skeleton.
▪ It was being moved, placed where she wanted him, and there was nothing he was able to do about it.
▪ Jasper had said he would be able to spot me in a crowd, to pick me out at once.
▪ Most preschool children are well able to issue instructions.
▪ She needs to be able to reflect on her own behavior, feelings, and tendencies more than the average child.
▪ They should be able to offer you the support you need at an academic and personal level.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Able \A"ble\, a. [comp. Abler; superl. Ablest.] [OF. habile, L. habilis that may be easily held or managed, apt, skillful, fr. habere to have, hold. Cf. Habile and see Habit.]

  1. Fit; adapted; suitable. [Obs.]

    A many man, to ben an abbot able.

  2. Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman, soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain; able to play on a piano.

  3. Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able speech.

    No man wrote abler state papers.

  4. (Law) Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property.


    Able for, is Scotticism.

    ``Hardly able for such a march.''

    Syn: Competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; capable; skillful; clever; vigorous; powerful.


Able \A"ble\, v. t. [See Able, a.] [Obs.]

  1. To make able; to enable; to strengthen.

  2. To vouch for. ``I 'll able them.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., from Old French (h)able (14c.), from Latin habilem, habilis "easily handled, apt," verbal adjective from habere "to hold" (see habit). "Easy to be held," hence "fit for a purpose." The silent h- was dropped in English and resisted academic attempts to restore it 16c.-17c., but some derivatives (such as habiliment, habilitate) acquired it via French. Able-whackets - A popular sea-game with cards, in which the loser is beaten over the palms of the hands with a handkerchief tightly twisted like a rope. Very popular with horny-fisted sailors. [Smyth, "Sailor's Word-Book," 1867]


Etymology 1

  1. 1 (context obsolete passive English) Easy to use. (Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 18th century.)(R:SOED5: page=5) 2 (context obsolete passive English) Suitable; competent. (Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 18th century.) 3 (context obsolete dialectal passive English) Liable to. (First attested from around (1350 to 1470).) 4 Having the necessary powers or the needed resources to accomplish a task. (First attested from around (1350 to 1470).) 5 Free from constraints preventing completion of task; permitted to; not prevented from. (First attested from around 1350 to 1470).) 6 (context obsolete dialectal English) Having the physical strength; robust; healthy. (First attested from around (1350 to 1470).) 7 (context obsolete English) rich; well-to-do. (Attested from the mid 16th century until the late 19th century.) 8 Gifted with skill, intelligence, knowledge, or competence. (First attested in the mid 16th century.) 9 (context legal English) legal qualify or competent. (First attested in the early 18th century.) 10 (context nautical English) Capable of performing all the requisite duties; as an able seaman. (First attested in the late 18th century.) Etymology 2


  2. 1 (context transitive obsolete English) To make ready. (Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 16th century.) 2 (context transitive obsolete English) To make capable; to enable. (Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 19th century.) 3 (context transitive obsolete English) To dress. (Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 15th century.) 4 (context transitive obsolete English) To give power to; to reinforce; to confirm. (Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.) 5 (context transitive obsolete English) To vouch for; to guarantee. (Attested from the late 16th century until the early 17th century.) Etymology 3

    n. A word that is used in place of the letter "A" during communication.(w Joint_Army/Navy_Phonetic_Alphabet Wp)

  1. adj. (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something; "able to swim"; "she was able to program her computer"; "we were at last able to buy a car"; "able to get a grant for the project" [ant: unable]

  2. have the skills and qualifications to do things well; "able teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable" [syn: capable]

  3. having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity; "able to learn"; "human beings are able to walk on two feet"; "Superman is able to leap tall buildings"

  4. having a strong healthy body; "an able seaman"; "every able-bodied young man served in the army" [syn: able-bodied]

Able (1917 automobile)

The Able was an American car produced in Mount Vernon, New York between 1917 and 1919. It was a small production car, featuring its own engines, though other components were proprietary. In 1920 the car became the Vernon.

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Able (1920 automobile)

The Able was a small French cyclecar made in Avignon by Paul Toulouse, built between 1920 and 1927.

It was a fairly ordinary 4-cylinder light car that utilized engines from companies such as SCAP, Chapuis-Dornier and CIME, ranging from 1100 cc to 1500 cc. Some cars were sold under the name "Toulouse".


Able may refer to:

In science and technology:

  • Able, a U.S. 1946 nuclear weapon test, part of Operation Crossroads
  • ABLE (programming language), a simplified programming language
  • Able space probes, probes in the Pioneer program
  • Able, one of the first two monkeys in space (and living beings) to return to Earth alive


  • USNS Able (T-AGOS-20), a U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ship
  • Able (1917 automobile), an American car
  • Able (1920 automobile), a small French cyclecar

Companies and organizations:

  • Able Labs, a developer and manufacturer of generic pharmaceutical products
  • Association for Better Living and Education, a non-profit Church of Scientology organization
  • Able UK, British ship breaking and recycling company
  • Aragón de Cable (Able), Spanish telecommunications company
  • ABLE India, consortium of Indian biotechnology companies
  • ABLE or Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission

In other fields:

  • Able (surname)
  • Able Crown, a fictional character from DC Comics
  • The first letter of the "Able-Baker" spelling alphabet
  • Hurricane Able (disambiguation), three hurricanes in the early 1950s
ABLE (nuclear weapon)
Able (surname)

Able is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Forest Able (born 1932), American former basketball player
  • George Graham Able (born 1947), British educationalist
  • Whitney Able (born 1982), American actress
Able (rocket stage)

thumb|right|Able rocket stage, is the second stage in the Vanguard rocket cutaway view thumb|right|Able rocket stage engine in the foreground

Able rocket stage was a rocket stage manufactured in the United States by Aerojet for the Vanguard rockets used in the Vanguard project from 1957 to 1959. The rocket engine stage use as a rocket propellant Nitric acid and UDMH. Able rocket stage was the second of three stages on the multistage rocket Vanguard. The Able rocket stage was discontinued in 1960. A further improved versions were used in the upper stage in the Thor rocket family ( Thor-Able). An upgrade to the Able Stage was the Thor-Ablestar rocket. The Ablestar second stage was an enlarged version of the Able rocket stage, which gave the Thor-Ablestar a greater payload capacity compared to the Thor-Able. It also incorporated restart capabilities, allowing a multiple-burn trajectory to be flown, further increasing payload, or allowing the rocket to reach different orbits. It was the first rocket to be developed with such a capability and development of the stage took a mere eight months.

Some Able rocket stage parts were also used as the engine of Apollo Service Module. The Able stage name represents its place as the first in the series, from the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet.

To save weight Aerojet use an aluminum tube for the engine thrust chamber. The engine used on Vanguard was an AJ10-37. On later Able models rockets the AJ10-41 and AJ10-42 engines were used. Aerojet made 21 Able rocket stage for use on rockets. Vanguard project launched 11 of the Able stages, three were able to put satellites into orbit: Vanguard 1, Vanguard 2 and Vanguard 3. Able rocket stage and the Vanguard project were an important part of the space race between the USA and Soviet union. While the Able rocket stage ended in 1960, the AJ10 engines used in the Able rocket stage continue to be used on later rockets and are still in use. In honor of the rocket stage during an animals in space test, a rhesus monkey name Miss Able, flew with Miss Baker on May 28, 1959.

Usage examples of "able".

Will pegged as physically being able to visit those other realms, he had a hard time accepting their existence and his ability to travel to them.

The guns of those ships, being disposed along the sides, were for the most part able to bear only upon an enemy abreast of them, with a small additional angle of train toward ahead or astern.

The whole middle expanse of Asia was not academically conquered for Orientalism until, during the later eighteenth century, Anquetil-Duperron and Sir William Jones were able intelligibly to reveal the extraordinary riches of Avestan and Sanskrit.

As our most powerful particle accelerators can reach energies only on the order of a thousand times the proton mass, less than a millionth of a billionth of the Planck energy, we are very far from being able to search in the laboratory for any of these new particles predicted by string theory.

You will dishonour me by accepting such a poor offer, and you will do yourself harm too, as you will not be able to ask for a good salary after taking such a small one.

An experienced social engineer is able to gain access to virtually any targeted information by using the strategies and tactics of his craft.

She ached to be able to give way to her emotions, to turn to Robert and to scream at him that he was the reason she had devoted herself to her business, that it was because of him that she was too afraid to let herself love again.

He had known almost from the time he left her that he would never truly be able to forget Holly, and after less than six months away from her he had ached so intensely for her that he had often woken up in the night with his face wet with tears and the echoes of her name still resounding through his mind as he called despairingly for her.

In order that astral events other than those manifesting acoustically may become accessible to our consciousness, our own astral being must become capable of vibrating in tune with them, just as if we were hearing them - that is, we must be able to rouse our astral forces to an activity similar to that of hearing, yet without any physical stimulus.

Man is a noble creation, and he has fine and sturdy qualities which command the admiration of the other sex, but how will it be when that sex, by reason of superior acquirements, is able to look down on him intellectually?

And though he dared not to take any steps towards his further grandeur, lest he should expose himself to the jealousy of so penetrating a prince as Henry, he still hoped that, by accumulating riches and power, and by acquiring popularity, he might in time be able to open his way to the throne.

But, despite the learning and acumen displayed in his able and valuable volume, we must think Mr.

There is no test so powerfully able to bring out latent adaptability as one in which the stakes are survival.

Smoking, like all drug addiction, is a tug-of-war of fear: the fear of what the drug is doing to us, and the fear of not being able to enjoy or cope with life without it.

Not but that the duke of Queensberry at one time despaired of succeeding, and being in continual apprehension for his life, expressed a desire of adjourning the parliament, until by time and good management he should be able to remove those difficulties that then seemed to be insurmountable.