Definitions for: V


[n] the 22nd letter of the Roman alphabet
[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
[n] a soft silvery white toxic metallic element used in steel alloys; it occurs in several complex minerals including carnotite and vanadinite
[adj] being one more than four



Webster (1913) Definition: V (v[=e]).
1. 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 it from a form (V) of
the Greek vowel [Upsilon] (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. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect]
265; also [sect][sect] 155, 169, 178-179, etc.

2. As a numeral, V stands for five, in English and Latin.

Synonyms: 5, 5, atomic number 23, cardinal, cinque, fin, five, five, fivesome, Little Phoebe, pentad, Phoebe, quint, quintet, quintuplet, vanadium, volt

See Also: abvolt, alphabetic character, carnotite, digit, figure, kilovolt, kV, letter, letter of the alphabet, metal, metallic element, millivolt, mV, potential unit, Roman alphabet, vanadinite

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