alphabet \al"pha*bet\ (&?;), n. [l. alphabetum, fr. gr. &?; + &?;, the first two greek letters; heb. āleph and beth: cf. f. alphabet.] 1. the letters of a language arranged in the customary order; the series of letters or signs which form the elements of written language. 2. the simplest rudiments; elements. the very alphabet of our law.
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An alphabet is a standard set of letters (basic written symbols or graphemes) which is used to write one or more languages based on the general principle that the letters represent phonemes (basic significant sounds) of the spoken language. This is in contrast to other types of writing systems, such as syllabaries (in which each character represents a syllable) and logographies (in which each character represents a word, morpheme, or semantic unit).
Noun 1. a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language (hypernym) character set (hyponym) Armenian, Armenian alphabet (member-meronym) letter, letter of the alphabet, alphabetic character (derivation) alphabetize 2. the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he mastered only the rudiments of geometry" (synonym) rudiment, first rudiment, first principle, ABC, ABC's, ABCs (hypernym) fundamentals, basics, fundamental principle, basic principle, bedrock (classification) plural, plural form
To designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange alphabetically. (n.)
The simplest rudiments; elements. (n.)
The letters of a language arranged in the customary order; the series of letters or signs which form the elements of written language.
1. An ordered set of all the letters used in a language, including letters with diacritical signs where appropriate, but not including punctuation marks. 2. An ordered set of all the symbols used in a language, including punctuation marks, numeric digits, nonprinting control characters, and other symbols. Note: Examples of alphabets include the Roman alphabet, the Greek alphabet, the Morse Code, and the 128 characters of the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) [IA No. 5]. (188 )
An ordered set of CHARACTERs which can be combined to form the ensembles, words or expressions of a language or to represent data. Whereas an alphabet is finite, the number of expressions to which it gives rise to may not be. A binary alphabet recognizes only two characters, e.g., "0" or "1". The English alphabet has 26 characters and the Japanese more than 4000. The term "alphabet" is also synonymous with "repertoire" (of symbols, states, behaviors) or with a set or collection (of elements) in finite mathematics. (Krippendorff )