from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The 25th letter of the modern English alphabet.
- n. Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter y.
- n. The 25th in a series.
- n. Something shaped like the letter Y.
- The symbol for ordinate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The twenty-fifth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
- n. Symbol for the prefix yocto-.
- n. close front rounded vowel
- n. Denoting an item that is twenty-fifth in a list.
- n. The twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet, called wye and written in the Latin script.
- abbr. Abbreviation of year.
- abbr. Abbreviation of youth., usually followed by an age appropriate for the content so marked.
- abbr. Abbreviation of yes.
- abbr. Abbreviation of why.?
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Y, the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet, at the beginning of a word or syllable, except when a prefix (see Y-), is usually a fricative vocal consonant; as a prefix, and usually in the middle or at the end of a syllable, it is a vowel. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 145, 178-9, 272.
- n. One of the forked holders for supporting the telescope of a leveling instrument, or the axis of a theodolite; a wye.
- n. A forked or bifurcated pipe fitting.
- n. A portion of track consisting of two diverging tracks connected by a cross track.
- pro. I.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In electricity, the symbol for admittance, in alternating-current circuits. See admittance, 6.
- [lowercase] An abbreviation of yard.
- [lowercase or cap.] A corruption of the Anglo-Saxon character , equivalent to th, giving ye for the or thee; and, by contraction, ym for them; yn for then; yr for their; ys for this; yt for that. See def. 1.
- The twenty-fifth letter in the English alphabet.
- As a symbol:
- In chem., the symbol of yttrium.
- In ornithology, in myological formulas, the symbol of the accessory semitendinosus.
- In mathematics:
- [lowercase] In algebra, the second of the variables or unknown quantities.
- [lowercase] In analytical geometry, the symbol of the ordinate or other rectilinear point-coördinate.
- In mechanics, the component of a force in the direction of the axis of y.
- As a medieval Roman numeral, the symbol for 150, and with a line drawn above it (Y), 150,000.
- [lowercase] An abbreviation of year.
- n. Something resembling the letter Y in shape.
- n. An old mode of writing the pronoun I.
- n. See i-. For Middle English words with this prefix, see i-, or the form without the prefix.
- n. A very common suffix used to form adjectives from nouns, and sometimes from verbs, such adjectives denoting ‘having,’ ‘covered with,’ ‘full of,’ etc., the thing expressed by the noun, as in stony, rocky, icy, watery, rainy, dewy, meaty, juicy, mealy, salty, peppery, powdery, flowery, spotty, speckly, etc.
- n. A diminutive suffix, appearing chiefly in childish names of animals, etc., as kitty, doggy, piggy, birdy, froggy, mousy, and similar names, or familiar forms of personal names, as Katy or Kitty (diminutive of Kate), Jenny, Hetty, Fanny, Willy, Johnny, Tommy, etc., such names being often spelled with -ie, as Willie, Davie, etc., a spelling common in Scotch use, and also in general use in names of girls, as Katie, Jennie, Hettie, Carrie, Lizzie, Nellie, Annie, etc.
- n. A termination of nouns from the Latin or Greek, or of modern formation on the Latin or Greek model.
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- n. the 25th letter of the Roman alphabet
- n. a silvery metallic element that is common in rare-earth minerals; used in magnesium and aluminum alloys
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