O. Henry

[ oh hen-ree ]
/ oʊ ˈhɛn ri /

noun


Henry

2
[ hen-ree ]
/ ˈhɛn ri /

noun

Joseph,1797–1878, U.S. physicist.
O., pen name of William Sydney Porter.
Patrick,1736–99, American patriot, orator, and statesman.
Cape, a cape in SE Virginia at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
Fort. Fort Henry.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “home” and “kingdom.”

Porter

[ pawr-ter, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr- /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for o. henry

O. Henry

/ (əʊ ˈhɛnrɪ) /

noun

pen name of William Sidney Porter. 1862–1910, US short-story writer. His collections of stories, characterized by his use of caricature and surprising endings, include Cabbages and Kings (1904) and The Four Million (1906)

henry

/ (ˈhɛnrɪ) /

noun plural -ry, -ries or -rys

the derived SI unit of electric inductance; the inductance of a closed circuit in which an emf of 1 volt is produced when the current varies uniformly at the rate of 1 ampere per secondSymbol: H

Word Origin for henry

C19: named after Joseph Henry (1797–1878), US physicist

Henry

/ (ˈhɛnrɪ) /

noun

Joseph. 1797–1878, US physicist. He discovered the principle of electromagnetic induction independently of Faraday and constructed the first electromagnetic motor (1829). He also discovered self-induction and the oscillatory nature of electric discharges (1842)
Patrick. 1736–99, American statesman and orator, a leading opponent of British rule during the War of American Independence
Prince, known as Harry. born 1984, second son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales

Porter

/ (ˈpɔːtə) /

noun

Cole. 1893–1964, US composer and lyricist of musical comedies. His most popular songs include Night and Day and Let's do It
George, Baron Porter of Luddenham. 1920–2002, British chemist, who shared a Nobel prize for chemistry in 1967 for his work on flash photolysis
Katherine Anne. 1890–1980, US short-story writer and novelist. Her best-known collections of stories are Flowering Judas (1930) and Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939)
Rodney Robert. 1917–85, British biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1972 for determining the structure of an antibody
William Sidney. original name of O. Henry

porter

1
/ (ˈpɔːtə) /

noun

a person employed to carry luggage, parcels, supplies, etc, esp at a railway station or hotel
(in hospitals) a person employed to move patients from place to place
US and Canadian a railway employee who waits on passengers, esp in a sleeper
East African a manual labourer

Word Origin for porter

C14: from Old French portour, from Late Latin portātōr, from Latin portāre to carry

porter

2
/ (ˈpɔːtə) /

noun

mainly British a person in charge of a gate or door; doorman or gatekeeper
a person employed by a university or college as a caretaker and doorkeeper who also answers enquiries
a person in charge of the maintenance of a building, esp a block of flats
Also called: ostiary RC Church a person ordained to what was formerly the lowest in rank of the minor orders

Word Origin for porter

C13: from Old French portier, from Late Latin portārius doorkeeper, from Latin porta door

porter

3
/ (ˈpɔːtə) /

noun

British a dark sweet ale brewed from black malt

Word Origin for porter

C18: shortened from porter's ale, apparently because it was a favourite beverage of porters

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Word Origin and History for o. henry
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Medicine definitions for o. henry

henry

[ hĕnrē ]

n. pl. hen•rys

The unit of inductance in which an induced electromotive force of one volt is produced when the current is varied at the rate of one ampere per second.

Porter

[ pôrtər ]
Rodney Robert 1917-1985

British biochemist. He shared a 1972 Nobel Prize for his research on the chemical structure and nature of antibodies.

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Science definitions for o. henry

henry

[ hĕnrē ]

A SI derived unit of electrical inductance, especially of transformers and inductance coils. A current changing at the rate of one ampere per second in a circuit with an inductance of one henry induces an electromotive force of one volt.

Porter

[ pôrtər ]
Rodney Robert 1917-1985

British biochemist who shared with George Edelman the 1972 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for their study of the chemical structure of antibodies.
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