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at least Explained

At least at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Least \Least\, a. [OE. last, lest, AS. l?sast, l?sest, superl.
of l?ssa less. See {Less}, a.] [Used as the superlative of
Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most
unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least

Note: Least is often used with the, as if a noun.

I am the least of the apostles. --1 Cor. xv.

{At least}, or {At the least}, at the least estimate,
consideration, chance, etc.; hence, at any rate; at all
events; even. See {However}.

He who tempts, though in vain, at least asperses The
tempted with dishonor. --Milton.

Upon the mast they saw a young man, at least if he
were a man, who sat as on horseback. --Sir P.

{In least}, or {In the least}, in the least degree, manner,
etc. ``He that is unjust in the least is unjust also in
much.'' --Luke xvi. 10.

{Least squares} (Math.), a method of deducing from a number
of carefully made yet slightly discordant observations of
a phenomenon the most probable values of the unknown

Note: It takes as its fundamental principle that the most
probable values are those which make the sum of the
squares of the residual errors of the observation a

At \At\, prep. [AS. [ae]t; akin to OHG. az, Goth., OS., & Icel.
at, Sw. [*a]t, Dan. & L. ad.]
Primarily, this word expresses the relations of presence,
nearness in place or time, or direction toward; as, at the
ninth hour; at the house; to aim at a mark. It is less
definite than in or on; at the house may be in or near the
house. From this original import are derived all the various
uses of at. It expresses:

1. A relation of proximity to, or of presence in or on,
something; as, at the door; at your shop; at home; at
school; at hand; at sea and on land.

2. The relation of some state or condition; as, at war; at
peace; at ease; at your service; at fault; at liberty; at
risk; at disadvantage.

3. The relation of some employment or action; occupied with;
as, at engraving; at husbandry; at play; at work; at meat
(eating); except at puns.

4. The relation of a point or position in a series, or of
degree, rate, or value; as, with the thermometer at
80[deg]; goods sold at a cheap price; a country estimated
at 10,000 square miles; life is short at the longest.

5. The relations of time, age, or order; as, at ten o'clock;
at twenty-one; at once; at first.

6. The relations of source, occasion, reason, consequence, or
effect; as, at the sight; at this news; merry at anything;
at this declaration; at his command; to demand, require,
receive, deserve, endure at your hands.

7. Relation of direction toward an object or end; as, look at
it; to point at one; to aim at a mark; to throw, strike,
shoot, wink, mock, laugh at any one.

{At all}, {At home}, {At large}, {At last}, {At length}, {At
once}, etc. See under {All}, {Home}, {Large}, {Last} (phrase
and syn.), {Length}, {Once}, etc.

{At it}, busily or actively engaged.

{At least}. See {Least} and {However}.

{At one}. See {At one}, in the Vocabulary.

Syn: {In}, {At}.

Usage: When reference to the interior of any place is made
prominent in is used. It is used before the names of
countries and cities (esp. large cities); as, we live
in America, in New York, in the South. At is commonly
employed before names of houses, institutions,
villages, and small places; as, Milton was educated at
Christ's College; money taken in at the Customhouse; I
saw him at the jeweler's; we live at Beachville. At
may be used before the name of a city when it is
regarded as a mere point of locality. ``An English
king was crowned at Paris.'' --Macaulay. ``Jean
Jacques Rousseau was born at Geneva, June, 28, 1712.''
--J. Morley. In regard to time, we say at the hour, on
the day, in the year; as, at 9 o'clock, on the morning
of July 5th, in the year 1775.

at least at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

at least
adv 1: if nothing else (`leastwise' is informal and `leastways' is
colloquial); "at least he survived"; "they felt--at
any rate Jim felt--relieved though still wary"; "the
influence of economists--or at any rate of
economics--is far-reaching" [syn: {leastways}, {leastwise},
{at any rate}]
2: not less than; "at least two hours studying the manual"; "a
tumor at least as big as an orange" [syn: {at the least}]
[ant: {at most}, {at most}]

at least at English (WD) Of Explained:


Prepositional phrase

Inter: en-PP » at least
  • Inter: context » focus At the least; at a minimum or lower limit.
    1. : I couldnt count them all, but I think there must have been at least 500 people in attendance.''
    2. In any event; anyway.


      Inter: trans-top » at a lower limit

  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|على الأقل|tr=3alaa al-'aqall
  • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|прынамсi|tr=prynámsi|sc=Cyrl
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|至少|tr=zhìshǎo|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|頂少|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|顶少|tr=dǐngshǎo|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|起碼|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|起码|tr=qǐmǎ|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|alespoň, Inter: t- » cs|přinejmenším, Inter: t- » cs|nejméně, Inter: t- » cs|při nejmenším, Inter: t+ » cs|aspoň
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|minstens, Inter: t+ » nl|tenminste, Inter: t+ » nl|althans
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|minimume
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|vähemalt
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ainakin, Inter: t+ » fi|vähintään
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|au moins, Inter: t+ » fr|au minimum
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|როგორც მინიმუმ|sc=Geor, Inter: t- » ka|სულ მცირე|sc=Geor
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|mindestens, Inter: t+ » de|zumindest, Inter: t+ » de|wenigstens
  • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|לפחות|tr=lefaxot|sc=Hebr
  • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|कम से कम|tr=kam se kam|sc=Deva
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|legalább
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|minimal
  • Interlingua: Inter: t- » ia|al minus

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|almeno
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|せめて|tr=semete, Inter: t- » ja|少なくとも|tr=sukunakutomo
    • Lojban: Inter: t+ » jbo|su'o
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|اقلا|alt=اقلًا|tr=aqalan|sc=fa-Arab
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|co najmniej, Inter: t+ » pl|przynajmniej
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|ao menos, Inter: t- » pt|pelo menos, Inter: t+ » pt|sequer
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|cel puțin, Inter: t- » ro|măcar
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|по меньшей мере|tr=po mén'šej mére, Inter: t+ » ru|по крайней мере|tr=po krájnej mére, Inter: t+ » ru|хотя бы|tr=xotjá by, Inter: t- » ru|как минимум|tr=kak minimum|sc=Cyrl
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|co-dhiù, Inter: t- » gd|aig a' char as lugha
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|barem, Inter: t- » sh|najmanje
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|al menos, Inter: t- » es|por lo menos
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|åtminstone, Inter: t+ » sv|i alla fall, Inter: t+ » sv|i varje fall
    • Turkish: Inter: t- » tr|en az
    • Urdu: Inter: t- » ur|کم سے کم|tr=kam se kam|sc=ur-Arab
    • West Frisian: Inter: t- » fy|alteast

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » anyway
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|sentään
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|legalább
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|almeno
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|przynajmniej

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|в любом случае|tr=v ljubom slučae|sc=Cyrl
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|co-dhiù
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|i varje fall, Inter: t+ » sv|hur som helst

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:English focus adverbs -
    Translation: et » at least
    Translation: fr » at least
    Translation: ko » at least
    Translation: it » at least
    Translation: kn » at least
    Translation: sw » at least
    Translation: ku » at least
    Translation: hu » at least
    Translation: pl » at least
    Translation: pt » at least
    Translation: fi » at least
    Translation: sv » at least
    Translation: ta » at least
    Translation: zh » at least