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alma mater

1. The school that one attended. One typically only uses the term after graduating from the school. I am visiting my alma mater this weekend, and I hope that some of my old professors are still there. Your alma mater did not fare so well in the big game!
2. A school's official song. In high school, we had to memorize the words to our alma mater. They play the alma mater every year at graduation.
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the alma mater

the official song of a school, college or university We ended our class reunion by singing the alma mater.
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your alma mater

the school, college, or university where you studied She has been offered the position of professor of international economic policy at Princeton, her alma mater.
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alma mater

Also, Alma Mater. The school or college one attended and, usually, graduated from, as in During football season I always check to see how my alma mater is doing. This expression sometimes refers to the institution's official song, as in I never did learn the words to my college's alma mater. The term is Latin for "kind mother." [c. 1800]
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And Alma says she has no plans to give up any time soon.
Such clarity is essential to understand how our own Solar System came to be and how planets form throughout the Universe," said Tony Beasley, director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia, which manages ALMA operations for astronomers in North America.
In keeping with Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to make affordable housing a mandatory piece of new projects, Alma has agreed to set aside 20 percent of the development's units for affordable housing, but both the council and groups such as Build Up NYC believe more can be done, especially since a portion of the affordable apartments could run as high as $2,700 per month.
Alma and her family want to thank staff at the home for making her birthday a special one.
The Court of Cassation considered the claim to Alma Shalabayeva addressed to the Internal Affairs of Italy and protest against the decision of the magistrate.
Though the anniversary of the Nobeyama Radio Observatory was celebrated, the main focus of the symposium was the direction of radio astronomy on the basis of initial outcomes of the Atacama large Millimeter Array (ALMA), and many exciting results from ALMA Cycle 0 observations were presented along with those from other instruments.
The company added that Alma operates on almost all devices with a Web browser, including Windows and Mac computers, iPads and Android tablets.
It was the sixth year Alma de Cuba had hosted the winner's party, which invites the public to continue the fun with samba dancers after Liverpool's sporting event of the year.
When the first test screening was not a success, Alma edited the film to make it sharper.
ACTRESS Tamsin Greig (below) will be joining the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera to pay tribute to the life of 'femme fatale' Alma Mahler at St David's Hall on Friday.
Ricci and his colleagues made their finding using the partially completed ALMA telescope in the high-altitude Chilean desert.
Immer wieder werden mich thatige Geister verlocken': Alma Mahler-Werfels Briefe an Alban Berg und seine Frau.
Adrian and Alma Goss were only together at weekends after deciding to buy a hotel in Blackpool.
Under the stewardship of President Kikwete and President Sirleaf, ALMA has grown to include 40 members and the African Union.
The EUR974million Alma facility - funded by European, US and Asian agencies - has shown two galaxies colliding.