from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A disguised modern spelling of the genitive suffix -s, -es, as used adverbially in hence, thence, whence, once, twice, thrice: erroneously spelled -ce in conformity with that termination in words of French origin. See -ce, -ce, and -ce.
  • n. A disguised spelling
  • n. of original final -s (of the root) in ice, advice, device, etc., and the plurals lice, mice, or
  • n. of the original plural suffix -s, -es, in dice, pence: erroneously spelled -ce in conformity with that termination in words of French origin. See -ce, etc.
  • n. The terminal element of many words derived through French from Latin, as in tierce, justice, solace, absence, etc., occurring especially in the suffixes -ace, -ice, -ance (which see). See also -cy.
  • n. A termination of other origin than as above, particularly in fence, defence, offence, pretence, expence, etc.
  • n. The chemical symbol for cerium.

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  • adv. of the period coinciding with the Christian era; preferred by some writers who are not Christians
  • n. a ductile grey metallic element of the lanthanide series; used in lighter flints; the most abundant of the rare-earth group


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  • Ce. Chemical element symbol for Cerium.

    December 16, 2007

  • Variant of "cee", the letter c.

    December 6, 2007