Al*ly" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Allied (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Allying.] [OE. alien, OF. alier, F. alier, fr.
L. alligare to bind to; ad + ligare to bind. Cf.
Alligate, Alloy, Allay, Ligament.]
1. To unite, or form a connection between, as between
families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or
confederacy; -- often followed by to or with.
O chief! in blood, and now in arms allied.
2. To connect or form a relation between by
similitude, resemblance, friendship, or love.
These three did love each other dearly well,
And with so firm affection were allied.
The virtue nearest to our vice allied.
☞ Ally is generally used in the passive form or
Al*ly" (?), n.; pl.
Allies (?). [See Ally, v.]
1. A relative; a kinsman. [Obs.]
2. One united to another by treaty or league; --
usually applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate.
The English soldiers and their French allies.
3. Anything associated with another as a helper; an
Science, instead of being the enemy of religion, becomes its
4. Anything akin to another by structure,
Al"ly (?), n. See Alley, a
marble or taw.