noun, plural K's or Ks, k's or ks.
Origin of K1
Origin of K1
Origin of kappa
Examples from the Web for k
Only the L, K, and A of the old sign remain stuck to the side of the office.
While I was delighted to close my case, another detective in my squad was not: K was his witness, in a prior incident.
I never saw J again, though I did run into K a few times after, and we talked.
On K Street, which was very much designed as a five-hour piece, we were building it as we went.The Director Isn’t Done Yet: An Interview With Steven Soderbergh|Andrew Romano|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What Wall Street and K Street want, Wall Street and K Street do not necessarily get.
The cane, K K, is fastened by thread as in the diagram; the thread can pass through a hole in the cork.Toy-Making in School and Home|Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
The weight of authority is for -st´k, though -s´tk would distinguish this word from another word, ascetic, of different meaning.A Manual of Pronunciation|Otis Ashmore
To get the Conclusion from these, k and k′ must be eliminated, and what remains must be taken as one expression.Symbolic Logic|Lewis Carroll
The cover of a coffee tin should now be soldered over the inlet valve, as shown at K, Fig. 219.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out|Fred T. Hodgson
"C" and "K" are wrought into a monogram 351 on the handle, which is three inches long, of embossed gold.Glimpses of Three Coasts|Helen Hunt Jackson
noun plural k's, K's or Ks
- a unit of 1024 words, bits, or bytes
- (not in technical usage) 1000
Word Origin for K
Word Origin for kappa
Roman letter, from Greek kappa, ultimately from Phoenician and general Semitic kaph, said to be literally "hollow of the hand," so called for its shape. For more on the history of its use, see see C. As a symbol for potassium, it represents Latin kalium "potash." Slang meaning "one thousand dollars" is 1970s, from kilo-. As an indication of "strikeout" in baseball scorekeeping it dates from 1874, said to be from last letter of struck, perhaps because first letter already was being used as abbreviation for sacrifice. The invention of the scorecard symbols is attributed to U.S. newspaperman Henry Chadwick (1824-1908) of the old New York "Clipper."
Smith was the first striker, and went out on three strikes, which is recorded by the figure "1" for the first out, and the letter K to indicate how put out, K being the last letter of the word "struck." The letter K is used in this instance as being easier to remember in connection with the word struck than S, the first letter, would be. [Henry Chadwick, "Chadwick's Base Ball Manual," London, 1874]
K as a measure of capacity (especially in computer memory) or number (especially of salary), meaning "one thousand" is an abbreviation of kilo.
tenth letter of the Greek alphabet, from an Aramaized form of qoph; see K.