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[n] a United States territory on the eastern part of the island of Samoa
[n] a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar
[adv] (often followed by `as') to the same degree; "they were equally beautiful"; "birds were singing and the child sang as sweetly"; "sang as sweetly as a nightingale"; (`every bit' is informal as in"he is every bit as mean as she is")

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\As\ ([a^]z), adv. & conj. [OE. as, als, alse, also, al swa, AS. eal sw[=a], lit. all so; hence, quite so, quite as: cf. G. als as, than, also so, then. See {Also}.]
1. Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner; like; similar to; in the same manner with or in which; in accordance with; in proportion to; to the extent or degree in which or to which; equally; no less than; as, ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil; you will reap as you sow; do as you are bidden. His spiritual attendants adjured him, as he loved his soul, to emancipate his brethren. --Macaulay. Note: As is often preceded by one of the antecedent or correlative words such, same, so, or as, in expressing an equality or comparison; as, give us such things as you please, and so long as you please, or as long as you please; he is not so brave as Cato; she is as amiable as she is handsome; come as quickly as possible. ``Bees appear fortunately to prefer the same colors as we do.'' --Lubbock. As, in a preceding part of a sentence, has such or so to answer correlatively to it; as with the people, so with the priest.
2. In the idea, character, or condition of, -- limiting the view to certain attributes or relations; as, virtue considered as virtue; this actor will appear as Hamlet. The beggar is greater as a man, than is the man merely as a king. --Dewey.
3. While; during or at the same time that; when; as, he trembled as he spoke. As I return I will fetch off these justices. --Shak.
4. Because; since; it being the case that. As the population of Scotland had been generally trained to arms . . . they were not indifferently prepared. --Sir W. Scott. [See Synonym under {Because}.]
5. Expressing concession. (Often approaching though in meaning). We wish, however, to avail ourselves of the interest, transient as it may be, which this work has excited. --Macaulay.
6. That, introducing or expressing a result or consequence, after the correlatives so and such. [Obs.] I can place thee in such abject state, as help shall never find thee. --Rowe. {So as}, so that. [Obs.] The relations are so uncertain as they require a great deal of examination. --Bacon.
7. As if; as though. [Obs. or Poetic] He lies, as he his bliss did know. --Waller.
8. For instance; by way of example; thus; -- used to introduce illustrative phrases, sentences, or citations.
9. Than. [Obs. & R.] The king was not more forward to bestow favors on them as they free to deal affronts to others their superiors. --Fuller.
10. Expressing a wish. [Obs.] ``As have,'' Note: i. e., may he have. --Chaucer. {As . . as}. See {So . . as}, under {So}. {As far as}, to the extent or degree. ``As far as can be ascertained.'' --Macaulay. {As far forth as}, as far as. [Obs.] --Chaucer. {As for}, or {As to}, in regard to; with respect to. {As good as}, not less than; not falling short of. {As good as one's word}, faithful to a promise. {As if}, or {As though}, of the same kind, or in the same condition or manner, that it would be if. {As it were} (as if it were), a qualifying phrase used to apologize for or to relieve some expression which might be regarded as inappropriate or incongruous; in a manner. {As now}, just now. [Obs.] --Chaucer. {As swythe}, as quickly as possible. [Obs.] --Chaucer. {As well}, also; too; besides. --Addison. {As well as}, equally with, no less than. ``I have understanding as well as you.'' --Job xii.
3. {As yet}, until now; up to or at the present time; still; now.
\As\, n. [See {Ace}.] An ace. [Obs.] --Chaucer. {Ambes-as}, double aces.
\As\, n.; pl. {Asses}. [L. as. See {Ace}.]
1. A Roman weight, answering to the libra or pound, equal to nearly eleven ounces Troy weight. It was divided into twelve ounces.
2. A Roman copper coin, originally of a pound weight (12 oz.); but reduced, after the first Punic war, to two ounces; in the second Punic war, to one ounce; and afterwards to half an ounce.