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alpha and omega

The beginning and the end; the entirety of something. (Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.) In order to do well on the exam, you need to know the alpha and omega of the textbook.
See also: alpha, and, omega

alpha male

1. The dominant male in the social hierarchy of an animal group. Emerging research on animal groups suggests that alpha males may have more complex roles than previously thought.
2. By extension, a man who asserts dominance socially and professionally, typically by assuming leadership roles and easily acquiring sexual partners. He walks into the room with such confidence that you immediately know he's an alpha male.
See also: alpha, male

alpha and omega

both the beginning and the end; the essentials, from the beginning to the end; everything, from the beginning to the end. He was forced to learn the alpha and omega of corporate law in order to even talk to the lawyers. He loved her deeply. She was his alpha and omega.
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alpha and omega

The beginning and the end, the first and the last, as in She had to master the alpha and omega of the new computer program before she could even begin . This idiom and its meaning, based on the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, appears in the New Testament (Revelation 1:8): "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord," where it is repeated three more times.
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alpha and omega

1 the beginning and the end. 2 the essence or most important features.
Alpha and omega are respectively the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Christians use the phrase as a title for Jesus Christ, taking it from Revelation 1:8: ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord’.
2 1994 BBC Holidays At Cambridge…you'll find the alpha and omega of American academic life: historic Harvard and space-age MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
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Alpha Charlie

n. a bawling out; a severe scolding. (Based on AC = ass-chewing. NATO Phonetic Alphabet.) The cop stopped me and gave me a real Alpha Charlie for speeding.
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The third generation of Alpha, the 21264, is the world's fastest Windows NT solution, delivering twice the performance of the current 21164 at the same frequency, and speeds that are two to five times faster than any other processor available.
Alpha technology has powered the creation of hundreds of special effects in film and television, and is fast becoming the platform of choice among creators of advanced graphics content.
Alpha Five version 6 is a relational database application that lets both programmers and non-programmers create sophisticated desktop database applications without the need to write any code.
As part of its overall integration strategy, Broder intends to maintain the well-recognized and respected Alpha Shirt brand, supporting it with its own catalog, unique product offering, customer service, sales force, and website.
The first AlphaServer models, including 16-processor GS1280 systems, shipped earlier this month, with larger GS1280 systems ranging up to 64 Alpha processors to follow later this year.
At initial shipment, the GS Series is powered by up to 32 third generation Alpha microprocessors fabricated in Samsung's 0.
Alpha Software introduced 747 Jumbo Jet for Flight Simulator in the fourth quarter of 1997, and sales of the product have exceeded expectations.
The program can also be used in conjunction with Alpha Software's 747 Jumbo Jet, so users can fly the presidential aircraft into 747's exclusive airports, which include Dusseldorf and Frankfurt Main in Germany.
Software registration has long been a chore that doesn't always get done," said Richard Rosen, director of business development, Alpha Software.
With Gimme Space we saw an immediate user need that the product solved and felt that we could make the product into a top selling PC utility," said Richard Rabins, CEO, Alpha Software Corporation.
Kurzweil AI is both a pioneer and a current leader in the voice recognition field," said Richard Rabins, co-chairman of Alpha Software Corporation.
We're excited to have our software running on Digital Alpha systems," said PictureTalk President and CEO, Joe Salesky.
The high-speed performance of FMI's Sapphire 2SX, used in combination with the dynamic processing power of the Alpha platform, creates a preeminent graphics workstation for rendering and modeling the most 3D-intensive layouts and images.
The WorkStream Alpha Migration Alliance was formed in direct response to the semiconductor industry's outcry for increased throughput by way of higher performance from factory-floor and process-control systems -- something only a 64-bit, RISC-based computing environment can provide.
The new Alpha systems are a perfect product set for our partners," said Harold D.