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H, h

[eych]
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noun, plural H's or Hs, h's or hs.
  1. the eighth letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
  2. any spoken sound represented by the letter H or h, as in hot or behave.
  3. something having the shape of an H.
  4. a written or printed representation of the letter H or h.
  5. a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter H or h.
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h

  1. hard.
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h

Symbol, Physics.
  1. Planck's constant.
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H

  1. hard.
  2. Grammar. head.
  3. Electricity. henry.
  4. Slang. heroin.
  5. high.
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H

Symbol.
  1. the eighth in order or in a series.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) the medieval Roman numeral for 200.Compare Roman numerals.
  3. Chemistry. hydrogen.
  4. Biochemistry. histidine.
  5. Physics.
    1. enthalpy.
    2. horizontal component of the earth's magnetic field.
    3. magnetic intensity.
  6. Music. the letter used in German to indicate the tone B.
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H1

or 1H, Ha

Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. protium.
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H2

or 2H, Hb

Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. deuterium.
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H3

or 3H, Hc

Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. tritium.
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hr.

or h

  1. hour; hours.
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h.

or H.

  1. harbor.
  2. hard.
  3. hardness.
  4. heavy sea.
  5. height.
  6. hence.
  7. high.
  8. Baseball. hit; hits.
  9. horns.
  10. Also hr. hour; hours.
  11. hundred.
  12. husband.
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H.

  1. (in prescriptions) an hour.
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Origin of H.

From the Latin word hōra

eta

[ey-tuh, ee-tuh]
noun
  1. the seventh letter of the Greek alphabet (H, η).
  2. the vowel sound represented by this letter.
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Origin of eta

< Greek êta; compare Hebrew ḥeth heth
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  • So Bill Nevins, my engineer, who was workin' the h'ister, and I went up.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Just suppose your friend is a reincarnation of Antony without an 'H'?

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • "I think he came from your friend Anthony with an 'H,'" Cleopatra broke in.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • "A—h—" He turned his head away and flung an arm up over his eyes.

  • "I h'ard naething," answered Andrew, stopping at her cry and listening.

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for h

h

H

noun plural h's, H's or Hs
  1. the eighth letter and sixth consonant of the modern English alphabet
  2. a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually a voiceless glottal fricative, as in hat
    1. something shaped like an H
    2. (in combination)an H-beam
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h

symbol for
  1. physics Planck constant
  2. hecto-
  3. chess See algebraic notation
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H

symbol for
  1. chem hydrogen
  2. physics
    1. magnetic field strength
    2. Hamiltonian
  3. electronics henry or henries
  4. thermodynamics enthalpy
  5. (on Brit pencils, signifying degree of hardness of lead) hardH; 2H; 3H Compare B (def. 9)
  6. slang heroin
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abbreviation for
  1. Hungary (international car registration)
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eta1

noun
  1. the seventh letter in the Greek alphabet (Η, η), a long vowel sound, transliterated as e or ē
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Word Origin

Greek, of Phoenician origin; compare Hebrew heth

eta2

noun plural eta or etas
  1. (in Japan, formerly) a member of a class of outcasts who did menial and dirty tasks
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Word Origin

C19: Japanese

ETA1

abbreviation for
  1. estimated time of arrival
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ETA2

n acronym for
  1. Euzkadi ta Askatsuna: an organization of militant Basque nationalists attempting to gain independence for the Basques, esp those ruled by Spain, until a ceasefire in 1998, by means of guerrilla warfare
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Word Origin

Basque, literally: Basque Nation and Liberty

h.

H.

abbreviation for
  1. harbour
  2. height
  3. hour
  4. husband
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Word Origin and History for h

H

the pronunciation "aitch" was in Old French (ache "name of the letter H"), and is from a presumed Late Latin *accha (cf. Italian effe, elle, emme), with the central sound approximating the value of the letter when it passed from Roman to Germanic, where it at first represented a strong, distinctly aspirated -kh- sound close to that in Scottish loch. In earlier Latin the letter was called ha.

In Romanic languages, the sound became silent in Late Latin and was omitted in Old French and Italian, but it was restored in Middle English spelling in words borrowed from French, and often later in pronunciation, too. Thus Modern English has words ultimately from Latin with missing -h- (e.g. able, from Latin habile); with a silent -h- (e.g. heir, hour); with a formerly silent -h- now often vocalized (e.g. humble, humor, herb); and even a few with an excrescent -h- fitted in confusion to words that never had one (e.g. hostage, hermit).

Relics of the formerly unvoiced -h- persist in pedantic insistence on an historical (object) and in obsolete mine host. The use in digraphs (e.g. -sh-, -th-) goes back to the ancient Greek alphabet, which used it in -ph-, -th-, -kh- until -H- took on the value of a long "e" and the digraphs acquired their own characters. The letter passed into Roman use before this evolution, and thus retained there more of its original Semitic value.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

h in Medicine

h

H

eta

tə, ētə)
n.
  1. The seventh letter of the Greek alphabet.
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h in Science

h

H

hydrogen

[hīdrə-jən]
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