(with a year) about: c1775.
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What does “barren” mean?
Origin of c1
From Latin circā, circiter, circum
Definition for c (2 of 13)
Optics. candle; candles.
Definition for c (3 of 13)
Optics, Physics. the velocity of light in a vacuum: approximately 186,000 miles per second (299,793 kilometers per second).
Acoustics, Physics. the velocity of sound.
Definition for c (4 of 13)
(in prescriptions) with.
Origin of c̄
From the Latin word cum
Definition for c (5 of 13)
capitals and small capitals.
Definition for c (6 of 13)
[ see ]
/ si /
noun, plural C's or Cs, c's or cs.
the third letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
any spoken sound represented by the letter C or c, as in cat, race, or circle.
something having the shape of a C.
a written or printed representation of the letter C or c.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter C or c.
Definition for c (7 of 13)
Computers. a high-level programming language: very powerful and flexible, it is used in a wide variety of applications.
Definition for c (8 of 13)
the third in order or in a series.
(sometimes lowercase) (in some grading systems) a grade or mark, as in school or college, indicating the quality of a student's work as fair or average.
- 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.
(sometimes lowercase) the Roman numeral for 100.
- a battery size for 1.5 volt dry cells: diameter, 1 inch (2.5 centimeters); length, 1.9 inches (4.8 centimeters).
- charge conjugation.
- charm1 (def. 9).
Also C-note. Slang. a hundred-dollar bill.
a proportional shoe width size, narrower than D and wider than B.
a proportional brassiere cup size, smaller than D and larger than B.
the lowest quality rating for a corporate or municipal bond.
Definition for c (9 of 13)
county (used with a number to designate a county road): C55.
Definition for c (10 of 13)
(in designations of transport aircraft) cargo: C-54; C-124.
Definition for c (11 of 13)
Origin of c.1
From the Latin word congius
Definition for c (12 of 13)
Optics. candle; candles.Also c
cycle; cycles.Also c
Definition for c (13 of 13)
(in Costa Rica and El Salvador) colon; colons.
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British Dictionary definitions for c (1 of 7)
/ (siː) /
noun plural c's, C's or Cs
the third letter and second consonant of the modern English alphabet
a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually either a voiceless alveolar fricative, as in cigar, or a voiceless velar stop, as in case
the third in a series, esp the third highest grade in an examination
- something shaped like a C
- (in combination)a C-spring
British Dictionary definitions for c (2 of 7)
specific heat capacity
the speed of light and other types of electromagnetic radiation in a vacuum
chess See algebraic notation
British Dictionary definitions for c (3 of 7)
- 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
(Roman numeral) 100See Roman numerals
Cuba (international car registration)
a computer programming language combining the advantages of a high-level language with the ability to address the computer at a level comparable with that of an assembly language
British Dictionary definitions for c (4 of 7)
abbreviation for (of US military aircraft)
British Dictionary definitions for c (5 of 7)
century or centuries
(used esp preceding a date) circac. 1800
Word Origin for c.
(for sense 5) Latin: about
British Dictionary definitions for c (6 of 7)
(on maps as part of name) Cape
British Dictionary definitions for c (7 of 7)
abbreviation for Australian (in addresses)
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Medical definitions for c (1 of 3)
Medical definitions for c (2 of 3)
The symbol for the elementcarbon
Medical definitions for c (3 of 3)
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Scientific definitions for c (1 of 2)
The symbol for the speed of light in a vacuum.
Scientific definitions for c (2 of 2)
The symbol for carbon.
Abbreviation of capacitance, capacitor, capacity, Celsius, charge conjugation, coulomb, cytosine
A programming language developed in 1972 and commonly used for writing professional software. With only a small number of built-in functions, it requires less memory than other languages, and because most if its functions are not specific to particular computers, it can be used on many different kinds of machines. The Unix operating system was written in C.
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