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abbreviation of Associated Press, first recorded 1879; the organization was founded May 1848 as co-operative news gathering effort among New York City newspaper publishers covering the war with Mexico.


a. In or relating to the apothecaries' system of measures.

Ap (water)

Ap () is the Vedic Sanskrit term for "water", which in Classical Sanskrit only occurs in the plural, (sometimes re-analysed as a thematic singular, ), whence Hindi. The term is from PIE "water". The Indo-Iranian word also survives as the Persian word for water, āb, e.g. in Punjab (from panj-āb "five waters"). In archaic ablauting contractions, the laryngeal of the PIE root remains visible in Vedic Sanskrit, e.g. "against the current", from *.

In the Rigveda, several hymns are dedicated to "the waters" (): 7.49, 10.9, 10.30, 10.47. In the oldest of these, 7.49, the waters are connected with the drought of Indra. Agni, the god of fire, has a close association with water and is often referred to as Apām Napāt "offspring of the waters". The female deity Apah is the presiding deity of Purva Ashadha (The former invincible one) asterism in Vedic astrology

In Hindu philosophy, the term refers to water as an element, one of the Panchamahabhuta, or "five great elements". In Hinduism, it is also the name of the deva Varuna a personification of water, one of the Vasus in most later Puranic lists.


A&P, AP, A-p, Ap, A/P, or ap may refer to:

AP (rapper)

Yohann Dubaye better known by his stage nameAP (born in Vitry-sur-Seine, suburbs of Paris, France in 1979) is a French rapper whose parents originated from Guadeloupe in the French Antilles (French West Indies).

In 1994, AP started rapping at the age of 15 in the Paris suburbs, mainly Vitry-sur-Seine. He became a founding member of music collective 113 alongside Rim'K and Mokobé and part of a bigger music project collective called Mafia K-1 Fry. He has also his own solo career including albums Discret released in 2009 where he is credited as AP du 113 with the album reaching #22 in SNEP French Albums Chart. He has co-directed and co-produced the compilation Zone Caraïbes in 2005.

Usage examples of "ap".

The claxon rang violent summons into the air, barely heard over the earsplitting thunder as hundreds of dragons ap- peared, ranging in full fighting array, wing upon wing, up and down.

A The elevator dropped, the lights on the wall flashed, then thirty-foot-wide opening in the base of the mountain ap- halted at sublevel 2.

There has cum a leter for a sertun persen this morning, with a Lundun posmark, and i do not now hand nor sele, but bad writting, which i have not seen wot contanes, but I may, for as you told me offen, you are anceus for welfare of our famly, as i now to be no more than trewth, so I am anceus to ascest you Sir, wich my conseynce is satesfid, but leter as trubeled a sertun persen oufull, hoo i new was engry, and look oufull put about, wich do not offen apen, and you may sewer there is sumthing in wind, he is alday so oufull peefish, you will not thing worse of me speeken plane as yo disier, there beeing a deel to regret for frends of the old famly i feer in a sertun resent marrege, if I shud lern be chance contense of letter i will sewer rite you.

Lydia had spent some of her money for an AP nursemaid and had taken on herself the full responsibility for making certain that Alice did not become egocentric and asocial as was often the case with children left too much in the care of APs.

In the lobby of the APS were three other people waiting to talk to the psychiatrists.

He was watching on four different television sets, while checking the latest updates from AP, Reuters, and Agence France Presse on a lAPtop.

See the sharp epistle from Firmilianus, bishop of Caesarea, to Stephen, bishop of Rome, ap.

Beneath APs sketches of nooses, guillotines, and other means of mayhem, she scribbled: “No help here.

The lightning rods we use in the betweens are ap- parently far less attractive to the gods of lightning than the ringtowers themselves.

This morn- ing, two officers entered the room, dropped briefing folders marked TOP SECRET onto the table, and ap- proached the service wall.

One had got hold of an AP, shot right down the main downside corridor, blew six skuts to hell before somebody got him.