Definitions for: K


[n] the 11th letter of the Roman alphabet
[n] a unit of information equal to 1024 bytes
[n] the basic unit of thermodynamic temperature adopted under the System International d'Unites
[n] the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
[n] a light soft silver-white metallic element of the alkali metal group; oxidizes rapidly in air and reacts violently with water; is abundant in nature in combined forms occurring in sea water and in carnallite and kainite and sylvite
[adj] denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units



Webster (1913) Definition: K, (k[=a]),
the eleventh letter of the English alphabet, is nonvocal
consonant. The form and sound of the letter K are from the
Latin, which used the letter but little except in the early
period of the language. It came into the Latin from the
Greek, which received it from a Ph[oe]nician source, the
ultimate origin probably being Egyptian. Etymologically K is
most nearly related to c, g, h (which see).

Note: In many words of one syllable k is used after c, as in
crack, check, deck, being necessary to exhibit a
correct pronunciation in the derivatives, cracked,
checked, decked, cracking; since without it, c, before
the vowels e and i, would be sounded like s. Formerly,
k was added to c in certain words of Latin origin, as
in musick, publick, republick; but now it is omitted.

Note: See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 240, 178, 179,
185.

Synonyms: 1000, 1000, a thousand, atomic number 19, cardinal, chiliad, G, grand, KB, kelvin, kilobyte, m, M, one thousand, one thousand, potassium, thou, thousand, thousand, yard

See Also: alphabetic character, brine, carnallite, computer memory unit, kainite, langbeinite, large integer, letter, letter of the alphabet, MB, megabyte, metal, metallic element, Roman alphabet, saltwater, seawater, sylvine, sylvite, temperature unit, word

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