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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The 22nd letter of the modern English alphabet.
  • n. Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter v.
  • n. The 22nd in a series.
  • n. Something shaped like the letter V.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The twenty-second letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
  • n. cardinal number five (5).
  • n. velocity
  • n. used in the International Phonetic Alphabet and in several romanization systems of non-Latin scripts to represent a voiced labiodental fricative (IPA: /v/).
  • n. The twenty-second letter of the English alphabet, called vee and written in the Latin script.
  • abbr. Alternative form of v..
  • n. a shape resembling the letter v

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • V, the twenty-second letter of the English alphabet, is a vocal consonant. V and U are only varieties of the same character, U being the cursive form, while V is better adapted for engraving, as in stone. The two letters were formerly used indiscriminately, and till a comparatively recent date words containing them were often classed together in dictionaries and other books of reference (see u). The letter V is from the Latin alphabet, where it was used both as a consonant (about like English w) and as a vowel. The Latin derives it from a form (V) of the Greek vowel Υ (see y), this Greek letter being either from the same Semitic letter as the digamma F (see f), or else added by the Greeks to the alphabet which they took from the Semitic. Etymologically v is most nearly related to u, w, f, b, p; as in vine, wine; avoirdupois, habit, have; safe, save; trover, troubadour, trope. See U, F, etc.
  • As a numeral, V stands for five, in English and Latin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviation [l. c] of verb active
  • [lowercase] of verbal adjective
  • of Vicar Apostolic
  • of Vice-Admiral
  • of Victoria and Albert (Order of)
  • [lowercase] of the Latin vixit annos, lived [so many] years.
  • n. An abbreviation of Vice-Chairman
  • n. of Vice-Chancellor.
  • n. An abbreviation of Vice-Lieutenant.
  • n. An abbreviation in electrotechnics, of voltmeter
  • n. of the Latin Veterinarius Medicus, veterinary physician.
  • n. An abbreviation of the Latin verbum neutrum, neuter verb.
  • n. An abbreviation of Very Worshipful.
  • This character, the twenty-second in our alphabet, is (see U) the older form of the character U, having been long used equivalently with the latter, and only recently strictly distinguished from it as the representative of a different sound.
  • As a Roman numeral, V stands for 5; with a dash over it (V), 5,000.
  • 3, [lowercase] An abbreviation of velocity (in physics); verb; verse; versus (in law); vert (in heraldry); vision (in medicine); of verte, violino, voce, and volta (in music); of ventral (fin), etc.
  • The chemical symbol of vanadium.
  • n. A five-dollar bill: so called from the character V which is conspicuous upon it.
  • n. An abbreviation of Victoria cross.
  • n. An abbreviation, in book-catalogues, of various dates.
  • n. An abbreviation of verb intransitive.
  • n. An abbreviation of vice-president.
  • n. In music, an abbreviation of volti subito.
  • n. An abbreviation of veterinary surgeon.
  • The abbreviation, used in this work, of verb transitive.
  • n. An abbreviation in book-catalogues of various years.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a unit of potential equal to the potential difference between two points on a conductor carrying a current of 1 ampere when the power dissipated between the two points is 1 watt; equivalent to the potential difference across a resistance of 1 ohm when 1 ampere of current flows through it
  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
  • adj. being one more than four
  • n. a soft silvery white toxic metallic element used in steel alloys; it occurs in several complex minerals including carnotite and vanadinite
  • n. the 22nd letter of the Roman alphabet

Etymologies

Minuscule variation of Latin V, from seventh century Old Latin adoption of Old Italic letter 𐌖 (V), from Greek letter Υ (Y, "Upsilon"). (Wiktionary)
Lower case form of upper case roman numeral V, from abbreviation of IIIIΛ or IIIIV (representing 5), from tally stick markings resembling \\\\⋁ or ////⋌, from the practice of designating each fifth notch with a double cut, like the corresponding Western tally mark, . (Wiktionary)
From Middle English lower case letter v (also written u), from Old English lower case u and respelling of Old English f between vowels and voiced consonants. (Wiktionary)

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  • V. Chemical element symbol for Vanadium.

    December 1, 2007