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A·li

 (ä-lē′) Full name Ali ibn Abi Talib. 600?-661.
Muslim caliph (656-661) whose reign was marked by the division of Islam into Sunni and Shiite sects. This schism intensified after his assassination by members of a third Muslim sect.

Ali

(ˈɑːliː)
n
1. (Biography) ?600–661 ad, fourth caliph of Islam (656–61 ad), considered the first caliph by the Shiites: cousin and son-in-law of Mohammed
2. (Biography) See Mehemet Ali
3. (Biography) See Muhammad Ali

A•li

(ˈɑ li, ɑˈli for 1–4; ɑˈli for 5 )

n.
1. (‘Alī ibn-abu-Talib), a.d. c600-61, fourth caliph of Islam 656-661 (cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad): considered the first caliph by Shi‘ites.
2. Muhammad (Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.), born 1942, U.S. boxer.
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Noun1.Ali - United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)Ali - United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)
2.Ali - the fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites; he was a cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad; after his assassination Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite sects
References in classic literature ?
Then the leader of these bad men (who called himself "Ben Ali, The Dragon") shook his fist at the Doctor and shouted across the water,
But you are not a good enough sailor to beat Ben Ali, the Barbary Dragon.
He had seen his fellow elephants die of cold and epilepsy and starvation and sunstroke up at a place called Ali Musjid, ten years later; and afterward he had been sent down thousands of miles south to haul and pile big balks of teak in the timberyards at Moulmein.
In the reign of Haroun-al-Raschid, there lived in Bagdad a merchant named Ali Cogia, who, having neither wife nor child, contented himself with the modest profits produced by his trade.
After some thought, Ali Cogia hit upon a plan which seemed a safe one.
She saw Ali ben Kadin, The Sheik's half brother, squatted upon a rug, smoking.
The Sheik jerked his thumb toward Ali ben Kadin and addressed Meriem.
He then endeavored to re-enter the marvellous grottos, but they had suddenly receded, and now the path became a labyrinth, and then the entrance vanished, and in vain did he tax his memory for the magic and mysterious word which opened the splendid caverns of Ali Baba to the Arabian fisherman.
His pine tree went so deep into the ground, and stuck there so fast, that, before Antaeus could get it out, Hercules brought down his club across his shoulders with a mighty thwack, which made the Giant roar as if ali sorts of intolerable noises had come screeching and rumbling out of his immeasurable lungs in that one cry.
Kim, fending the lama between excited men and excited beasts, sidled along the cloisters to the far end, nearest the -railway station, where Mahbub Ali, the horse-trader, lived when he came in from that mysterious land beyond the Passes of the North.
Give me a rupee, Mahbub Ali, and when I come to my wealth I will give thee a bond and pay.
According to the narrative of the German doctor, Ferdinand Werne, the expedition attempted in 1840, under the auspices of Mehemet Ali, stopped at Gondokoro, between the fourth and fifth parallels of north latitude.