One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A high mountain, especially a snowcapped one.
mountain, hill, height, aiguille, serac, puy, crag, tor, inselbergView synonyms
- ‘Now, I knew on one level that my fears were ridiculous, and that there are in fact no lions on Swiss alps, no wolf-packs in the lake district and no giant carnivorous elk anywhere.’
- ‘When the school was over in the summer, we would usually go up into the alp that was filled with wild animals and uncharted lands.’
- ‘For winter sports enthusiasts, the southern and northern Japanese alps and the mountains of Hokkaido are home to some of the very best powder snow in the world.’
- ‘In the fading light, with a view right up the lake to a glacier held high between dark jagged alps, I really could not have cared if I had caught nothing.’
- ‘However, on the last day we could even afford to enjoy the spectacular view over the alps.’
- ‘Why then, after it had been segregated to emphasize its inferior status, did men wilfully cross the alps and seek out this remote spot for their clandestine purposes?’
- ‘I called Eileen and started to complain in soft gentle tones, just kidding, really loud tones, until Eileen asked me in a rather hurt voice how come I am hollering like my windpipe just got back from a ski in the alps.’
- ‘Sun's Cradle was an old chain of rocky, copper alps, two of which towered over the rest like protruding inverted fangs.’
- ‘The late renaissance had little experience of pack-ice and polar seas, but they did have plenty of glaciers in the alps.’
- ‘It's a CD of music from the Swiss alps I bought at a flea market one Sunday when I was in an ironic mood.’
- ‘It boils at 80 degrees C or even less if you're up in the alps, in which case, you'll need a pressure-boiler to get the water hot enough before it bubbles.’
- ‘To really take in the majesty of the alps, I highly recommend you cough up the money for a go at skydiving.’
- ‘Suddenly a brilliant glow filled the night, illuminating the snow-capped alps in the distance.’
- ‘Estimates of the cost of an air ambulance from the alps to the UK range from £8,500 to £16,000.’
- ‘The wind chill factor on the roof of the alps puts the temperature at about minus 10C but we wade knee-deep in pristine powder, waving our arms and skylarking like the Beatles in Help.’
- ‘Tyndall was an expert and enthusiastic mountaineer, calculating how high the energy in a ham sandwich would take him; his writings about the alps are suffused with pantheism.’
- ‘The whole continent, except for some semi-inaccessible places in the alps, northern Scotland or Scandinavia, has been groomed and tended by the hand of man.’
- ‘You go in, sit down, and order some pastries and you imagine that you are in the Austrian alps.’
- ‘The fog cleared to reveal gleaming glaciers and maritime alps as we made a cautious sun-soothed entry into the sound itself.’
- ‘Out at the distant horizon ascended a monstrous tidal swell amassing into an alp.’
- 1.1 (in Switzerland) an area of green pasture on a mountainside.
- ‘During the filming of the mountaineering movie Five Days One Summer, she managed to wind up most of the cast and crew by wandering around a Swiss alp wearing nothing but a pale green bikini and an oriental veil.’
- ‘Partly, this is the setting - nestled on the shores of a number of lakes at the southernmost tip of Switzerland, surrounded by the craggy beauty of the alps.’
- ‘Areas of the alps still show signs of environmental damage wrought by decades of cattle grazing, even though grazing stopped more than 60 years ago.’
- ‘The steep grass of the alp scoured my knees and slapped my cheeks.’
- ‘The Valais is sheltered by the alps and, like south east Switzerland, benefits particularly from the föhn, but it can be dry and irrigation with mountain water is sometimes necessary.’
Late Middle English: singular of Alps.
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