P, p [ pee ] SHOW IPA / pi / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural P's or Ps, p's or ps. the sixteenth letter of the English alphabet, a consonant. any spoken sound represented by the letter P or p, as in pet, supper, top, etc. something having the shape of a P. a written or printed representation of the letter P or p. a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter P or p. RELATED WORDS average
modest Origin of p 1
Italian word piano . Education (as a rating of student performance) passing. . Symbol the 16th in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 15th. ( sometimes lowercase) the medieval Roman numeral for 400. Compare Roman numerals. . Military (in designations of fighter aircraft) pursuit: P-38. Origin of p. 1
Latin word pater Origin of p. 2
Italian word piano Origin of p. 3
Latin word post Origin of P. 1
Latin word Pater Heyse [ hahy-z uh ] SHOW IPA / ˈhaɪ zə / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Paul (Jo·hann von) , [poul yoh-hahn f uh n] /paʊl ˈyoʊ hɑn fən/ 1830–1914, German playwright, novelist, poet, and short-story writer: Nobel Prize 1910. rho [ roh ] SHOW IPA / roʊ / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural rhos. the 17th letter of the Greek alphabet (P, ρ). the consonant sound represented by this letter. Origin of rho 1350–1400; Middle English < Greek rhô
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Examples from the Web for p
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pands on his love of the female body in “Marry the P**sy,” in which he serenades well, you know. Pound even started dating his letters from 1922 as “ p s U,” for post scri ptum Ulysses.
P]rosecutors would have to determine in which county conce ption had occurred before charges could be filed,” says N PR.
In the local lingo, Xiaojiong is a “T” (tomboy), and Xiao
pu is a “ P” (feminine-style).
P]ros perity and equality bring greater o p portunities for self-actualization.
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p'lice as 'ow you set your great savage dog on us. Play den, p'tit anchorite, und let each of your fingers be von of de Ten Commandments, or Gott!
Excuse me, Mr. Morton, but I have to be on my
p's and q's I see.
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p us none.
P—— L——, in his charming letter, tells me he would willingly exchange his philoso phers for a gun. British Dictionary definitions for p noun plural p's, P's or Ps the 16th letter and 12th consonant of the modern English alphabet a speech sound represented by this letter, usually a voiceless bilabial stop, as in pig mind one's p's and q's to be careful to behave correctly and use polite or suitable language symbol for (in Britain) penny or pence music piano: an instruction to play quietly pico- physics momentum proton pressure symbol for chem phosphorus physics pressure power parity poise (on road signs) parking chess pawn currency (the former) peseta peso pataca pula SEE MORE SEE LESS abbreviation for Portugal (international car registration) pharmacy only: used to label medicines that can be obtained without a prescription, but only at a shop at which there is a pharmacist abbreviation for plural pp page part participle past per post SEE MORE SEE LESS Word Origin for p.
(sense 6) Latin: after (sense 7) Latin: in favour of; for
noun plural rhos the 17th letter in the Greek alphabet (Ρ, ρ), a consonant transliterated as r or rh
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Word Origin and History for p
a rare letter in the initial position in Germanic, in part because by Grimm's Law PIE
p- became Germanic f-; even with the early Latin borrowings in Old English, -p- takes up a little over 4 pages in J.R. Clark Hall's "Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary," compared to 31 pages for B and more than 36 for F. But it now is the third-most-common initial letter in the English vocabulary, and with C and S comprises nearly a third of the dictionary, a testimony to the flood of words that have entered the language since 1066 from Latin, Greek, and French.
mind one's Ps and Qs (1779), possibly is from confusion of these letters among children learning to write. Another theory traces it to old-time tavern-keepers tracking their patrons' bar tabs in pints and quarts. But cf. also to be P and Q (1610s), "to be excellent," a slang phrase said to derive from prime quality.
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Medicine definitions for p The symbol for the element phosphorus n. The 17th letter of the Greek alphabet.
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Science definitions for p The symbol for parity. The symbol for phosphorus. The symbol for power. The symbol for pressure. P A highly reactive, poisonous nonmetallic element occurring naturally in phosphates, especially in the mineral apatite. It exists in white (or sometimes yellow), red, and black forms, and is an essential component of protoplasm. Phosphorus is used to make matches, fireworks, and fertilizers and to protect metal surfaces from corrosion. Atomic number 15; atomic weight 30.9738; melting point (white) 44.1°C; boiling point 280°C; specific gravity (white) 1.82; valence 3, 5. See Periodic Table.
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Idioms and Phrases with p
see mind one's p's and q's.
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