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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
alas
adverb
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▪ The promise, alas, was broken.
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Alas

Alas \A*las"\, interj. [OE. alas, allas, OF. alas, F. h['e]las; a interj. (L. ah.) + las wretched (that I am), L. lassus weary, akin to E. late. See Late.] An exclamation expressive of sorrow, pity, or apprehension of evil; -- in old writers, sometimes followed by day or white; alas the day, like alack a day, or alas the white.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
alas

mid-13c., from Old French ha, las (later French hélas), from ha "ah" + las "unfortunate," originally "tired, weary," from Latin lassus "weary" (see late). At first an expression of weariness rather than woe.

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alas

Etymology 1 interj. Used to express sorrow, regret, compassion or grief. Etymology 2

n. a type of (l en depression) which occurs in (l en Yakutia), formed by the (l en subsidence) of (l en permafrost)

WordNet
alas

adv. by bad luck; "unfortunately it rained all day"; "alas, I cannot stay" [syn: unfortunately, unluckily, regrettably] [ant: fortunately, fortunately]

Wikipedia
Alas

Alas may refer to:

  • Alas (surname)
  • Alas, Iran, a village in North Khorasan Province, Iran
  • an interjection used to express regret, sorrow, or grief
  • in geomorphology, a steep-sided depression formed by the melting of ice; it may contain a lake
  • in zoology, a wing or winglike body part
  • Alas (subdistrict), a subdistrict of the district Manufahi in East Timor
  • Alas people, an ethnic group in Aceh, Indonesia
  • Alas River, a river of Aceh, Indonesia
  • Alas!, a work of literature by Rhoda Broughton
  • AlAs, aluminium arsenide
  • Alas (band), progressive metal band from USA
  • ALAS (band), a mid-1970s Argentine progressive rock band
  • Artificial Limb & Appliance Service
  • ALAS Foundation (Fundacion América Latina en Acción Solidaria), Movement dedicated to poor children in Latin America
  • Alas Chiricanas, a Panamanian airline
  • Alaska
  • The ALAS missile, a Serbian long-range ground attack missile
  • 5-aminolevulinate synthase is an enzyme expressed in eukaryotes. Its two forms are ALAS1 and ALAS2.
Alas (band)

Alas are an operatic progressive metal band from Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.

ALAS (missile)

ALAS (Advanced Light Attack System, ) is a Serbian long-range multipurpose wire guided missile system developed by the private company EdePro, which operates under the direction of the state-owned Yugoimport SDPR. The ALAS missile system was developed primarily for missions against tanks, armored vehicles, fortifications, command posts, low-flying helicopters, coastal ships, industrial facilities and bridges. It can be deployed by any suitable platform including helicopters, armored vehicles, small ships and infantry. The guidance system is based on video/ infrared technology, with the missile connected to the launcher by a fiber-optic cable. The ALAS flies at low altitude and has small radar and infrared (heat) signatures due to using a turbofan motor instead of a turbojet. In recent years, the ALAS platform has found a secondary use as a UAV.

Alas (East Timor)

Alas (East Timor) is a town in Alas Subdistrict. It is located in the interior of the island, 294 metres above sea level. As the crow flies, Alas is 56 km southeast of the state capital Dili und 7 km to the East of Same. Alas lies to the North of the Suco of Mahaquidan (Malaquidan, Malagidan), and the Alas suburbs of Uma Mean (Umanican, Umamean) and Beremanek are located in Mahaquidan. The suburbs of Lurin und Ailora are in the suco of Taitudac (Taitudak, Taitudac, Taitudal). It is located in the interior of the island, 294 metres above sea level. As the crow flies, Alas is 56 km southeast of the state capital Dili und 7 km to the East of Same. Alas lies to the North of the Suco of Mahaquidan (Malaquidan, Malagidan), and the Alas suburbs of Uma Mean (Umanican, Umamean) and Beremanek are located in Mahaquidan. The suburbs of Lurin und Ailora are in the suco of Taitudac (Taitudak, Taitudac, Taitudal). There is a medical station and a helicopter in Alas, as well as a primary school (Escola primaria Alas Vila) and a pre-secondary school.

Alas (geography)

Alas is a shallow depression which occurs primarily in Yakutia, which is formed by subsidence of the Arctic permafrost due to repeated melting and refreezing. An alas first develops as a shallow lake as melt water fills the depression. The lake eventually dries out and is replaced by grasses and other herbaceous vegetation.

An alas is different from thermokarst depressions found elsewhere in the Arctic in that the lake is only temporary. Due to the aridity of Yakutia, the lake will dry up once the underlying ice has been depleted.

Alases are often used for pasturage for horses as well as hay-fields.

Alas (surname)

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

  • Dennis Alas (born 1985), Salvadoran footballer
  • Jaime Alas (born 1989), Salvadoran footballer
  • José Inocencio Alas (born 1934), Salvadoran Roman Catholic priest
  • Juan Carlos Alas (born 1989), Salvadoran footballer
  • Junjun Alas (born 1989), Filipino basketball player
  • Kevin Alas (born 1991), Filipino basketball player
  • Leopoldo Alas (1852–1901), Spanish writer
  • Louie Alas (born 1963), Filipino basketball coach
  • Urmas Alas (born 1956), Estonian writer

Usage examples of "alas".

But I fear, alas, that fools will condemn me, because I have sought to write as a wise man.

There be two wayes, either death or shame, That thou must suffer, -- alas that I was bore!

Human scholars, alas, tend to think solely in terms of human accomplishments.

Capustan shall be cleansed, Shield Anvil, though, alas, you will not live to see that glorious day.

I would have done so but, alas, I find myself unable to release my swords from my own hands.

ASIA: You said that spirits spoke, but it was thee Sweet sister, for even now thy curved lips Tremble as if the sound were dying there Not dead PANTHEA: Alas it was Prometheus spoke Within me, and I know it must be so I mixed my own weak nature with his love .

Can change with its false times and tides, Like hope and terror,-- Alas for Love!

Among their children, comfortable men Gather about great fires, and yet feel cold: Alas, then, for the homeless beggar old!

This lowly Thought, which once would talk with me Of a bright seraph sitting crowned on high, Found such a cruel foe it died, and so My Spirit wept, the grief is hot even now-- And said, Alas for me!

Heaven, not to punish the shepherds, for, alas, what had these innocent shepherds done?

A very specific point, alas, and that more by will than any skill the medics brought.

Such an irregular circumstance must, alas, awaken the liveliest speculations among those who move in the world.

My painful lumbago has alone prevented me from answering your short note yesterday, to express to you my regrets, and the love which has been enhanced in me by your generosity, alas!

Beale could introduce the little girl only, alas, by revealing to her so attractive, so enthralling a name: the side-shows, each time, were sixpence apiece, and the fond allegiance enjoyed by the elder of our pair had been established from the earliest time in spite of a paucity of sixpences.

Stephen, alas: a bateleur killed their mother, and I did not succeed in bringing them up.