al·pha·bet /ˈælfəˌbɛt, bət/
Al·pha·bet, v. t. To designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange alphabetically. [R.]
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. --Macaulay.
Deaf and dumb alphabet. See Dactylology.
n 1: a character set that includes letters and is used to write a
2: the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he
mastered only the rudiments of geometry" [syn: rudiment,
first rudiment, first principle, ABC, ABC's, ABCs]