- the 21st letter of the English alphabet, a vowel.
- any spoken sound represented by the letter U or u, as in music, rule, curious, put, or jug.
- something having the shape of a U.
- a written or printed representation of the letter U or u.
- a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter U or u.
- you: Shoes Fixed While U Wait.
- a Burmese title of respect applicable to a man: used before the proper name.
- characteristic of or appropriate to the upper class, especially of Great Britain.
Origin of U
- (on a packaged product) certified as kosher by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.
- the 21st in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 20th.
- Chemistry. uranium.
- Biochemistry. uracil.
- Thermodynamics. internal energy.
- British. a designation for motion pictures determined as being acceptable for viewing by all age groups.Compare A(def 11), X(def 9).
Origin of u.1
Origin of U.1
Examples from the Web for u
Contemporary Examples of u
“I should be living in 1937,” Savoia told website 'Style Like U' in 2011 of his design aesthetic.Fashion Designer Michele Savoia Found Dead in Hudson River
February 17, 2014
The Wii U retails for $299, the PS4 for $399, and the Xbox One for $499.Which Video Game System Is King?
November 26, 2013
But “Do What U Want,” featuring, of all people, R. Kelly, is quite good.
The remarkable success of “Do What U Want,” is its self-assured straightforwardness.
Turned into a hashtag in a late-night Twitter tirade, “Do What U Want,” then, is not just a good pop song.
Historical Examples of u
This plate is one-half inch higher than the "U," as shown in Fig. 267.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Efter thet, the heads and offals 'u'd scare the fish to Fundy."Captains Courageous"
If she'd go in, now, the thing 'u'd be just as good as done.John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein
Frank R. Stockton
That the radical vowel was modified: for y is the umlaut of u; 3.
U zihilob, the births, probably meaning the beginning of things.The Maya Chronicles
- the 21st letter and fifth vowel of the modern English alphabet
- any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in mute, cut, hurt, sure, pull, or minus
- something shaped like a U
- (in combination)a U-bolt; a U-turn
- (in Britain)
- universal (used to describe a category of film certified as suitable for viewing by anyone)
- (as modifier)a U film
- chem uranium
- biochem uracil
- text messaging you
- British old-fashioned, informal (esp of language habits) characteristic of or appropriate to the upper classCompare non-U
- a Burmese title of respect for men, equivalent to Mr
- maths union
Word Origin and History for u
for historical evolution, see V. Used punningly for you by 1588 ["Love's Labour's Lost," V.i.60], not long after the pronunciation shift that made the vowel a homonym of the pronoun. As a simple shorthand (without intentional word-play), it is recorded from 1862. Common in business abbreviations since 1923 (e.g. U-Haul, attested from 1951).
- The symbol for the elementuranium
- Abbreviation of uracil
- The symbol for uranium.
- A heavy, silvery-white, highly toxic, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series. It has 14 known isotopes, of which U 238 is the most naturally abundant, occurring in several minerals. Fissionable isotopes, especially U 235, are used in nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. Atomic number 92; atomic weight 238.03; melting point 1,132°C; boiling point 3,818°C; specific gravity 18.95; valence 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. See Periodic Table.