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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ail  \Ail\  ([=a]l),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Ailed}  ([=a]ld);  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Ailing}.]  [OE.  eilen  ailen,  AS  eglan  to  trouble, 
  pain;  akin  to  Goth.  us-agljan  to  distress,  agls  troublesome, 
  irksome,  aglo,  aglitha  pain,  and  prob.  to  E.  awe.  [root]3.] 
  To  affect  with  pain  or  uneasiness,  either  physical  or  mental; 
  to  trouble;  to  be  the  matter  with  --  used  to  express  some 
  uneasiness  or  affection,  whose  cause  is  unknown;  as  what 
  ails  the  man?  I  know  not  what  ails  him 
 
  What  aileth  thee,  Hagar?  --Gen.  xxi. 
  17. 
 
  Note:  It  is  never  used  to  express  a  specific  disease.  We  do 
  not  say  a  fever  ails  him  but  something  ails  him 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ailing 
  adj  :  somewhat  ill  or  prone  to  illness;  "my  poor  ailing 
  grandmother";  "feeling  a  bit  indisposed  today";  "you 
  look  a  little  peaked";  "feeling  poorly";  "a  sickly 
  child";  "is  unwell  and  can't  come  to  work"  [syn:  {indisposed}, 
  {peaked(p)},  {poorly(p)},  {sickly},  {unwell}] 




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