Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having winglike extensions or parts; winged: alate leaves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having winglike extensions or parts; winged.
  • n. A winged, reproductive form of several social insects
  • adv. recently; lately; of late

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Lately; of late.
  • adj. Winged; having wings, or side appendages like wings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of late; lately.
  • Winged; having membranous expansions like wings.
  • Specifically— In botany, applied to stems and leaf-stalks with the edges or angles longitudinally expanded into leaf-like borders, or to other organs having membranous expansions: opposed to apterous.
  • In conchology, having an expanded lip: applied to shells. See cut under A porrhaidæ.
  • In architecture, having wings, as a building: as, “an alate temple,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions

Etymologies

Latin ālātus, from āla, wing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin alatus, from ala ("wing") (Wiktionary)
a- +‎ late (Wiktionary)

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  • US Railway Assn. Standard Cipher Code, 1906; telegraphers' shorthand for "agent's balance sheet shows large balance; investigate and report".

    January 19, 2013