Definitions for: I


[n] the 9th letter of the Roman alphabet
[n] the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number; "he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it"; "they had lunch at one"
[n] a nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes; occurs naturally only in combination in small quantities (as in sea water or rocks)
[adj] used of a single unit or thing; not two or more; "`ane' is Scottish"



Webster (1913) Definition: I ([imac]).
1. I, the ninth letter of the English alphabet, takes its
form from the Ph[oe]nician, through the Latin and the
Greek. The Ph[oe]nician letter was probably of Egyptian
origin. Its original value was nearly the same as that of
the Italian I, or long e as in mete. Etymologically I is
most closely related to e, y, j, g; as in dint, dent,
beverage, L. bibere; E. kin, AS. cynn; E. thin, AS.
[thorn]ynne; E. dominion, donjon, dungeon. In English I
has two principal vowel sounds: the long sound, as in
p[=i]ne, [=i]ce; and the short sound, as in p[i^]n. It has
also three other sounds: (a) That of e in term, as in
thirst. (b) That of e in mete (in words of foreign
origin), as in machine, pique, regime. (c) That of
consonant y (in many words in which it precedes another
vowel), as in bunion, million, filial, Christian, etc. It
enters into several digraphs, as in fail, field, seize,
feign. friend; and with o often forms a proper diphtong,
as in oil, join, coin. See Guide to Pronunciation,
[sect][sect] 98-106.

Note: The dot which we place over the small or lower case i
dates only from the 14th century. The sounds of I and J
were originally represented by the same character, and
even after the introduction of the form J into English
dictionaries, words containing these letters were, till
a comparatively recent time, classed together.

2. In our old authors, I was often used for ay (or aye), yes,
which is pronounced nearly like it.

3. As a numeral, I stands for 1, II for 2, etc.


I-, prefix.
See Y-.


I ([imac]), pron. [poss. My (m[imac]) or Mine
(m[imac]n); object. Me (m[=e]). pl. nom. We (w[=e]);
poss. Our (our) or Ours (ourz); object. Us ([u^]s).]
[OE. i, ich, ic, AS. ic; akin to OS. & D. ik, OHG. ih, G.
ich, Icel. ek, Dan. jeg, Sw. jag, Goth. ik, OSlav. az', Russ.
ia, W. i, L. ego, Gr. 'egw`, 'egw`n, Skr. aham. [root]179.
Cf. Egoism.]
The nominative case of the pronoun of the first person; the
word with which a speaker or writer denotes himself.

Synonyms: 1, 1, ace, ane, atomic number 53, cardinal, iodin, iodine, one, one, single, unity

See Also: alphabetic character, brine, chemical element, digit, element, figure, halogen, iodine-125, iodine-131, letter, letter of the alphabet, monad, monas, Roman alphabet, saltwater, seawater, singleton

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