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Acronyms and Abbreviations - A  See also Glossary - A

This letter last updated 05 February 2003

A Agilent Technologies, NYSE
A3 Any time, anywhere, any place
A.D. anno Domini (in the year of our Lord, see C.E.)
a.m. ante meridian
A/D Analog-to-Digital  Conventions used in EIDX Supporting Documentation
A/K/A Also Known As
A/P Accounts Payable
A/P Authorize to Pay
A/R Accounts Receivable
A/R All Risk (insurance)
A/R As Required
A/R Return receipt--foreign mail (from French "Avis de Reception")
A/UX Apple UNIX operating system
A&R Accounting and Reporting
A1C Airman 1st Class
A1NA2 (n.a.) - Lawrence Welk's license plate ID
A2A Application-to-Application (c.f. B2B)
A4 (n.a.) International paper size, 210mm x 297mm
AA Alcoholics Anonymous
AA American Airlines
AA Associate of Arts
AAA American Automobile Association
AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
AACN American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
AAL ATM Adaption Layer
AARP American Association of Retired Persons
AAS Fellow of the American Academy (Academiae Americanae Socius)
AAU Amateur Athletic Union
AB Bachelor of Arts, c.f. BA
ABA American Bankers Association
ABA American Bar Association
ABA American Basketball Association
ABA American Breeder's Association
ABA Asian Business Association
ABA Auto-Build Authorization
ABAP Advanced Business Application Programming, SAP's programming language for R/3 systems
ABC American Broadcasting Company
ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation
ABI Applications Binary Interface
ABI Automated Broker Interface
ABS Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene
ABS Anti-lock Brake System
ac ACademic (.ac in an URL indicates an academic web site)
AC Account Current
AC Air Corps
AC Alternating Current
AC Application Context
ACD Automatic Call Distribution
ACH Automated Clearing House, c.f. NACHA
ACI Access Channel Integration
ACI Automatic Component Insertion
ACID Atomic, Consistent, Isolated, Durable, OMG
ACL Access Control List - way to allocate Java resources
ACM Association for Computing Machinery
ACN Automatic Change Notification
ACORD Agent-Company Organization for Research and Development (insurance industry)
ACS Applied Computer Solutions, Inc.
ACS Assets Control Module
ACS Automated Chemical Systems
ACS Automated Commercial System, U.S. Customs
ACSE Association Control Service Element
ACH Automated Clearing House
ACSI American Customer Satisfaction Index, c.f. CSI
ACSM American College of Sports Medicine
ACT American College Testing
ACT American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco
ACT Applied Computerized Technology
ACT Applied Computerized Telephony
ACTV Advanced Compatible TV, by RCA, GE, and NBC, 1050 lines
AD Acoustic Densitometry (ultrasound)
AD see A.D.
AD&I Application Development and Implementation
ADA American Dental Association
ADA American with Disabilities Act
Adabas (n.a.) Database software from Software AG
ADAPSO Association for DAta Processing Service Organizations
ADC Aide-De-Camp
ADC ADministration Center
ADC Analog-to-Digital Converter, heart of a voltmeter
ADCC Asynchronous Data Communications Controller
ADCNET Australian Diplomatic Communications NETwork
ADD Acoustic Drop Detect
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder, now called ADHD
ADF Automatic Document Feeder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADMD ADministration Management Domain (X.400)
ADP Advanced Development Program
ADP Automated Data Processing
ADPCM Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation
ADR American Depositary Receipts (stock market term)
ADS Aion Development System
ADS Automated Documentation Software
ADSL A Daringly Strange Line
ADSL Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Links
ADT Atlantic Daylight Time (e.g. Puerto Rico)
ADW (obs.) Application Development Workbench (CASE tool)
AE Agricultural Engineer
AE Application Entity
AEA American Electronics Association
AEA American Engineering Association
AEC Architecture, Engineering and Construction
AED Automatic External Defibrillator
AED Atomic-Emission Detector
AEM Assembly Evaluation Method (mechanical assembly analysis technique)
AES Aion Execution System
AF Audio Frequency
AFA Air Force Academy
AFC American Football Conference
AFCAC Air Force Computer Acquisition Center
AFDC Aid to Families with Dependent Children (welfare)
AFDEC Association of Franchised Distribution of Electronic Components
AFE Authentication Front-End
AFL (obs) American Football League, now AFC
AFL-CIO American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
AFPO American Forces Post Office
AFR Air Force Reserve
AFR Annualized Failure Rate
AFR Average Failure Rate
AGM Annual General Meeting (British)
AGV Automated Guided Vehicle
AHA American Hospital Association
AHAM Assocation of Home Appliance Manufacturers
AI Amnesty International
AI Artificial Intelligence, manifesting as expert systems
AIA Aerospace Industries Association
AIA American Institute of Architects
AIAA American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
AIAG Automotive Industry Action Group
AIC Artificial Intelligence Corporation, see also KBMS
AID American Institute of Interior Designers
AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIEE American Institute of Electrical Engineers
AIIM Association for Information and Image Management
AIM Access Isolation Mechanism, MULTICS
AIN Advanced Intelligent Network
AIPE American Institute of Plant Engineers
AIR Automatic Inventory Replenishment
AIS Automated Information System
AISES American Indian Science & Engineering Society
AIUSA Amnesty International USA
AIX Advanced IBM uniX, IBM's implementation of UNIX
AK-47 Automatik-Kolishnekoff Type 47, Soviet military automatic weapon
aka See A/K/A
AL American League (baseball)
AL-PA Arbitrated Loop Physical Address, FC-AL
ALA American Library Association
ALAP AppleTalk Link Access Protocol
ALC Airline Line Control
ALE Another Legacy Environment
ALE Another Little ERP Solution/Project
ALE Application Link Enabling
ALE Application Linking & Embedding?, SAP
ALGOL ALGOrithmic Langauge
ALS Advanced Low-power Schottky (technology type)
ALU Arithmetic and Logic Unit
AM Amplitude Modulation (radio)
AM Associate Member
AM fixed Assets Management module, SAP R/3
AM see a.m.
AMA American Management Association
AMA American Marketing Association
AMA American Medical Association
AMEX AMerican stock EXchange
AMFYOYO AdiosMy Friend, You're On Your Own
AMIGA A Merely Insignificant Game Addiction
AML Approved Manufacturer's List, c.f. AVL, ASL, PSL
AMO A Miracle Occurs - technology for interfacing applications
AMPS Advanced Module Phone System
AN Arrival Notice (shipping)
ANA (obs.?) Article Numbering Association (UK), responsible for setting TRADACOMS standards.
ANC African National Congress, RSA
ANI Automatic Number Identification
ANPA American Newspaper Publishers Association
ANS American Nuclear Society
ANSI American National Standards Institute - see Glossary
ANZAC Australia-New Zealand Army Corps (pron. an-zac)
AOG Act Of God
AOL America On-Line (service provider for Internet access)
AOS Arithmetic Operating System, opposite of RPN
AP Access Port
AP Application Process
AP Associated Press
AP See A/P
APB All Points Bulletin
APDU Application Protocol Data Unit
APEX American Product EXcellence
API A Pleasing Interface
API American Petroleum Institute
API Application Program Interface
APIC Advanced Programmable Interrupt-Control (bus)
APICS American Production and Inventory Control Society
APL A Programming Language
APN Access Point Name
APO Advanced Planner and Optimizer, SAP
APO Army Post Office
APPALLIN Acronym Production Particularly At Lavish Level Is No Good
APPC Advanced Program-to-Program Communications
APPN Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking
APR American Public Radio, a/k/a NPR
APR Annualized Percentage Rate
APRM Advanced Planning and Risk Management
APS Active Pixel Sensor
APS Advanced Planning System
APS American Protective Services
APS Automatic Protection Switching
AQ Acoustic Quantification
AQi Intelligent Acoustic Quantification
AQL Acceptable Quality Level
AQL Ask Questions Later
AR See A/R
ARC American Red Cross
ARC VARBusiness Annual Report Card
ARI Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (honest!) (cooling standards)
ARIBA Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects
ARM Advanced RISC Machines, Inc. �
ARM Application Response Measurement
ARO After Receipt of Order, normal process for quoting lead times
ARP Address Resolution Protocol, networking standard
ARPA Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of DoD, helped Gore invent the Internet
ARPANET ARPA NETwork, a computer network
ART Automated Regression Testing
AS Academy of Science
AS Account Sales
AS Advanced Schottky (technology type)
AS Application Server
AS Apprentice Seaman
As Arsenic
AS1 Applicability Statement 1, EDIINT
AS2 Applicability Statement 2, EDIINT
ASA (obs). American Standards Association (scale of film speeds), replaced by ISO
ASA/BS ASA British Standard
ASAP Administrative Support Advancing Productivity
ASAP As Sane(ly) As possible
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ASAP As Stupid(ly) As Possible
ASC American Shizuki Corporation
ASC X12 ANSI Accredited Standards Committee, responsible for X12 standards for EDI
ASCAP American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers
ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange
ASEAN Association of South East Asian Nations
ASF AT&T Standardized Facilities
ASIC Application Specific Integrated Circuits
ASL Approved Sourcing/Supplier List, c.f. AML, AVL, PSL
ASM Application Specific Memories
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASMOP A Simple Matter Of Programming (nirvana)
ASN Advance Shipment Notification
ASN.1 Abstract Syntax Notation One
ASNL Asynchronous Serial Network Link
ASOP Adaptable System of Production
ASP Active Server Page (.asp)
ASP Application Service Provider, c.f. FSPISP
ASP Application Support Provider
ASP Average Selling Price
ASP Association of Support Professionals
ASP Authorized Service Provider
ASPCA American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
ASPEN Automatic SPeech Exchange Network - voice mail system
ASPIC Application Service Provider Industry Consortium
ASPLOS Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems
ASQ American Society for Quality
ASQ Another Stupid Question
ASQGSA Ask a Stupid Question Get a Stupid Answer
ASR Automated Send Receive
ASSE American Society of Safety Engineers
ASSE American Society of Sanitary Engineering (honest)
ASSP Application- Specific Standard Parts
AST Atlantic Standard Time (Puerto Rico)
AST Agence de Secretariat Temporaire, EDIFICE secretariat
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
AT&T American Telephone and Telegraph Company
ATAC Advanced Traceability and Control, USN
ATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, US DOJ
ATM Asynchronous Transfer Mode
ATM Automated Teller Machine
ATN ASIC Technology & News
ATO Air Task Order (military)
ATP Acceptance Test Procedure
ATP Adenosine Tri-Phosphate
ATP Asychronous Terminal Processor
ATP Accounting Transaction Process
ATP Available To Promise
ATS Automated Test System
AU Angstrom Unit (of light)
AUI Attachment Unit Interface
AUP Acceptable Use Policy, defined by Internet SPs
AV Audio-Visual
AV Authorized Version
AVA Automated Visual Association
AVI Audio Video Interleaved (.avi)
AVL Approved Vendor List, c.f. AML, ASL, PSL
AWACS Airborne Warning and Control System
AWD Advance Warning Device
AWG American Wire Gauge
AWGTHTGTTA Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Again?
awol Absent WithOut Leave
AWS Advance Warning System
AWS Alternative Work Schedule
AWS Arbitrary Waveform Synthesizer
AWT Abstract Window Toolkit
AWWA American Water Works Association (honest)
AXAF Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility
AXE Application Execution Environment, a subset of HP-UX
AYB Ask Your Barber
AZT AZidoThymidine (AIDS drug)