If you are working at something, you are dealing with it. If you are aiming at something, you are trying to achieve it. She has worked hard at her marriage. a $1.04m grant aimed at improving student performance on placement examinations
Advanced Technology IBM's first 286-based PC, introduced in 1984 It was the most advanced machine in the PC line and featured a new keyboard, 1 2MB floppy and 16-bit data bus AT-class machines run considerably faster than XTs (8088-based PCs)
If you are at something such as a table, a door, or someone's side, you are next to it or them. Graham was already at the door At his side was a beautiful young woman He gave the girl at the desk the message
You use at to indicate the place or event where something happens or is situated. We had dinner at a restaurant in Attleborough I didn't like being alone at home Hamstrings are supporting muscles at the back of the thigh The announcement was made at a news conference in Peking
The model name of the second-generation, 80286-based IBM computer Many aspects of the AT, such as the BIOS, CMOS, and expansion bus, have become de facto standards in the PC industry The physical organization of the components on the motherboard is called the AT form factor
You use at before a possessive pronoun and a superlative adjective to say that someone or something has more of a particular quality than at any other time. He was at his happiest whilst playing cricket
You can use at after verbs such as `smile' or `wave' and before nouns referring to people to indicate that you have put on an expression or made a gesture which someone is meant to see or understand. She opened the door and stood there, frowning at me We waved at the staff to try to get the bill
Strain at a gnat (Matt xxiii 24) Greek, di-aulizo, to strain off Here "at" is an error, probably in the first instance typographical, for "out " "Out" is given in the Bible of 1603, and has been restored by the Revisers
If someone is at school or college, or at a particular school or college, they go there regularly to study. He was shy and nervous as a boy, and unhappy at school I majored in psychology at Hunter College
The relation of a point or position in a series, or of degree, rate, or value; as, with the thermometer at 80°; goods sold at a cheap price; a country estimated at 10,000 square miles; life is short at the longest
If you point or gesture at something, you move your arm or head in its direction so that it will be noticed by someone you are with. He pointed at the empty bottle and the waitress quickly replaced it He gestured at the shelves. `I've bought many books from him.'
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at WEAK STRONG In addition to the uses shown below, at is used after some verbs, nouns, and adjectives to introduce extra information. At is also used in phrasal verbs such as `keep on at' and `play at'
Short for AT Attachment, a disk drive implementation that integrates the controller on the disk drive itself There are several versions of ATA, all developed by the Small Form Factor (SFF) Committee ATA: Known also as IDE, supports one or two hard drives, a 16-bit interface and PIO modes 0, 1 and 2 ATA-2: Supports faster PIO modes (3 and 4) and multiword DMA modes (1 and 2) Also supports logical block addressing (LBA) and block transfers ATA-2 is marketed as Fast ATA and Enhanced IDE (EIDE) ATA-3: Minor revision to ATA-2 Ultra-ATA: Also called Ultra-DMA, ATA-33, and DMA-33, supports multiword DMA mode 3 running at 33 MBps ATA/66: A new version of ATA proposed by Quantum Corporation, and supported by Intel, that will double ATA's throughput to 66 MBps The first ATA/66 computers are expected to be available in the first half of 1999
If you look at someone or something, you look towards them. If you direct an object or a comment at someone, you direct it towards them. He looked at Michael and laughed The crowds became violent and threw petrol bombs at the police
You use at to express a rate, frequency, level, or price. I drove back down the highway at normal speed Check the oil at regular intervals, and have the car serviced regularly The submarine lies at a depth of 6,000 feet in the Barents Sea
When you are describing where someone or something is, you can say that they are at a certain distance. You can also say that one thing is at an angle in relation to another thing. The two journalists followed at a discreet distance The tree was leaning at a low angle from the ground
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
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