noun, plural C's or Cs, c's or cs.
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- 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
Rule 16(c) was a proposed change in the rules at the 1976 Republican Convention.
A personal favorite is “C Is For Cookie” for guiding me through a 1994 playground debate over how to spell the word.
C, lastly, I just think [Perritaz] has a natural taste for purity, delicacy, and ethereal balance.
Astronomers clearly identified planet candidates “b” and “c,” with “d,” “e,” “f,” and “g” following.
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|Allison McNearney|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A, B, C represent the circuit wires from the terminals of the window and door switches, to the annunciators.Electricity for Boys|J. S. Zerbe
Bolts d and e are to secure the rest a to the elevating rest, and c c are the clamps for the two tools b.Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II|Joshua Rose
My dear C—— C—— has truly something divine in her disposition.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
C——'s aversion to undertake anything where he was not entirely his own master was unconquerable.Five Years in New Zealand|Robert B. Booth
Pour tous les siens, il n'y avait plus de doute maintenant: c'était de Line que Boum souffrait.Histoires grises|E. Edouard Tavernier
British Dictionary definitions for c (1 of 6)
noun plural c's, C's or Cs
- something shaped like a C
- (in combination)a C-spring
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- 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
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abbreviation for (of US military aircraft)
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Word Origin and History 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).