In*i"tial (?), a. [L. initialis,
from initium a going in, entrance, beginning, fr. inire
to go into, to enter, begin; pref. in- in + ire to go:
cf. F. initial. See Issue, and cf.
1. Of or pertaining to the beginning; marking
the commencement; incipient; commencing; as, the initial
symptoms of a disease.
2. Placed at the beginning; standing at the
head, as of a list or series; as, the initial letters of a
In*i"tial, n. The first letter of
a word or a name.
In*i"tial, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Initialed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Initialing.] To put an initial to; to mark with an
initial of initials. [R.]