noun, plural C's or Cs, c's or cs.
Origin of c1
- the first tone, or keynote, in the scale of C major or the third tone in the relative minor scale, A minor.
- a string, key, or pipe tuned to this tone.
- a written or printed note representing this tone.
- (in the fixed system of solmization) the first tone of the scale of C major, called do.
- the tonality having C as the tonic note.
- a symbol indicating quadruple time and appearing after the clef sign on a musical staff.
- a battery size for 1.5 volt dry cells: diameter, 1 inch (2.5 cm); length, 1.9 inches (4.8 cm).
- charge conjugation.
- charm1(def 9).
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Examples from the Web for c
Contemporary Examples of c
Rule 16(c) was a proposed change in the rules at the 1976 Republican Convention.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
A personal favorite is “C Is For Cookie” for guiding me through a 1994 playground debate over how to spell the word.‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome
November 10, 2014
C, lastly, I just think [Perritaz] has a natural taste for purity, delicacy, and ethereal balance.Wine, Watch Out! These Ciders Are Just as Good
July 19, 2014
Astronomers clearly identified planet candidates “b” and “c,” with “d,” “e,” “f,” and “g” following.The Exoplanet That Wasn’t There
Matthew R. Francis
July 6, 2014
Recipes were reprinted with permission from The Old-Fashioned by Robert Simonson, copyright (c) 2014.The Rise and Fall…and Rise Again of the Old-Fashioned
June 14, 2014
Historical Examples of c
When you solve a sum you go from "a" to "b" and from "b" to "c" and from "c" to "d" and so on.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
With her appearance at C——-, commenced all that surmise could invent.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
(c) Stories of explorations as told by the explorers themselves.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
(c) A very religious lady had married a man who became insane.The Sexual Question
A cross-beam or support, C, Fig. 70, is cut and fitted as illustrated.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
noun plural c's, C's or Cs
- something shaped like a C
- (in combination)a C-spring
- a note having a frequency of 261.63 hertz (middle C) or this value multiplied or divided by any power of 2; the first degree of a major scale containing no sharps or flats (C major)
- a key, string, or pipe producing this note
- the major or minor key having this note as its tonic
- a time signature denoting four crotchet beats to the barSee also alla breve (def. 2), common time
abbreviation for (of US military aircraft)
Word Origin for c.
third letter of the alphabet. Alphabetic writing came to Rome via the southern Etruscan "Caeretan" script, in which gamma was written as a crescent. Early Romans made little use of Greek kappa and used gamma for both the "g" and "k" sounds, the latter more frequently, so that the "k" sound came to be seen as the proper one for gamma. To restore a dedicated symbol for the "g" sound, a modified gamma was introduced c.250 B.C.E. as G. In classical Latin -c- has only the value "k," and thus it passed to Celtic and, via Irish monks, to Anglo-Saxon, where -k- was known but little used.
In Old French, many "k" sounds drifted to "ts" and by 13c., "s," but still were written with a -c-. Thus the 1066 invasion brought to the English language a more vigorous use of -k- and a flood of French and Latin words in which -c- represented "s" (e.g. cease, ceiling, circle). By 15c. native English words with -s- were being respelled with -c- for "s" (e.g. ice, mice, lice). In some words from Italian, meanwhile, the -c- has a "ch" sound (a sound evolution in Italian that parallels the Old French one).