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bc

1.
Music. basso continuo.
2.
blind copy: used as a notation on the carbon copy of a letter or other document sent to a third person without the addressee's knowledge.
Also, bcc.

BC

1.
Scuba Diving. buoyancy compensator.
2.
British Columbia, Canada (approved for postal use).

B&C

or B and C

1.
Insurance. building and contents.

b.c.

or B.C

1.
before Christ (used in indicating dates).
Usage note
The abbreviation b.c. “before Christ” is always placed after a date or century: Cleopatra lived from 69 to 30 b.c. The war took place in the first century b.c. See also a.d.1

B/C

1.
bills for collection.

B.C.

1.
Bachelor of Chemistry.
2.
Bachelor of Commerce.
3.
bass clarinet.
4.
battery commander.
5.
British Columbia.
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Examples from the Web for bc
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  • On measurement the air in (bc) will be found to have just one-half of its original volume.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • If bc is, say, 40 ft., that will be the height of your “stick of timber.”

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • Machine ab to bc, of the sole piece (fig. 2), open and press the seam.

  • If bc is, say 40 ft., that will be the height of your "stick of timber."

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • bc, is the back check which is simply a piece of wood with a thick piece of felt glued to the inner face and suspended on a wire.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
British Dictionary definitions for bc

BC

abbreviation
1.
Also B.C.. (indicating years numbered back from the supposed year of the birth of Christ) before Christ: in 54 bc Caesar came Compare AD
2.
British Columbia
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Word Origin and History for bc

B.C.

abbreviation of Before Christ, in chronology, attested by 1823. The phrase itself, Before Christ, in dating, with exact years, is in use by 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bc in Culture

B.C. definition


An abbreviation used with dates of events that took place before the birth of Jesus. b.c. stands for before Christ. (Compare a.d.; see b.c.e.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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