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[zed] /zɛd/
noun, Chiefly British.
the letter Z or z.
a Z-bar.
Origin of zed
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French zede < Latin zēta < Greek zêta zeta


[zed] /zɛd/
a male given name, form of Zedekiah. Unabridged
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the British spoken form of the letter z US word zee
Word Origin
C15: from Old French zede, via Late Latin from Greek zēta
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for zed

c.1400, from Middle French zede, from Late Latin zeta, from Greek zeta, from Hebrew zayin, letter name, literally "weapon;" so called in reference to the shape of this letter in ancient Hebrew. U.S. pronunciation zee is first attested 1670s. Other dialectal names for the letter are izzard, ezod, uzzard, and zod.

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zed in Technology

1978. Software Portability Group, U Waterloo. Eh, with types added. Similar to C. Implementation language for the Thoth realtime operating system. Added a few simple types for greater efficiency on byte-addressed machines. String constants in case statements. Enforces the naming convention: MANIFESTS, Externals and locals. "Porting the Zed Compiler", G.B. Bonkowski et al, SIGPLAN Notices 14(8):92-97 (Aug 1979).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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