- the 22nd letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
- any spoken sound represented by the letter V or v, as in victor, flivver, or shove.
- something having the form of a V.
- a written or printed representation of the letter V or v.
- a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter V or v.
Origin of v.1
Origin of V.1
Related Words for vintersection, edge, rim, twist, corner, slant, fork, ridge, projection, veer, crook, shift, joint, bend, branch, crossing, junction, cloverleaf, Y, V
Examples from the Web for v
Contemporary Examples of v
In third person, Grand Theft Auto V was like a really elaborate action figure play set.
Minutes into the rerelease of Grand Theft Auto V, I inadvertently stomped a cat to death.
He was “v[ery] hot under the collar ... frustrated and mad, self-righteous.”How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
Bill, of course, is in the latter stages of Hep V—an AIDS-like virus that preys on vampires.'True Blood' Ends With a Whimper: The Sexy HBO Vampire Series Is (Finally) Over
August 25, 2014
On Wednesday, the starlet filed a complaint against Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, the creators of Grand Theft Auto V.J. Crew Adds 000 to Sizing; Nicolas Ghesquiere and Balenciaga Head to Court
The Fashion Beast Team
July 3, 2014
Historical Examples of v
Aftervard, v'en beauty is common as ugliness is now—ah, I do not know.The Bacillus of Beauty
(v) Their resemblance to one another; in all the three boyhood has a great part.Charmides
Well, you can see how a v'yage would end that commenced that way.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
"It used to look good to me when I was bound home after a v'yage," he observed.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
V, resolve to or upon, take upon oneself; part with, cast off.A Middle High German Primer
- the 22nd letter and 17th consonant of the modern English alphabet
- a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually a voiced labio-dental fricative, as in vote
- something shaped like a V
- (in combination)a V neck See also V-sign
- physics velocity
- specific volume (of a gas)
- (in transformational grammar) verb
- volume (capacity)
- chem vanadium
- luminous efficiency
- (Roman numeral) fiveSee Roman numerals
- Vatican City (international car registration)
- (usually italic) versus
- (in titles) Very
- (in titles) Vice
Word Origin and History for v
In Middle English, -u- and -v- were used interchangeably, though with a preference for v- as the initial letter (vnder, vain, etc.) and -u- elsewhere (full, euer, etc.). The distinction into consonant and vowel identities was established in English by 1630, under influence of continental printers, but into 19c. some dictionaries and other catalogues continued to list -u- and -v- words as a single series.
No native Anglo-Saxon words begin in v- except those (vane, vat, vixen) altered by the southwestern England habit of replacing initial f- with v- (and initial s- with z-). Confusion of -v- and -w- also was a characteristic of 16c. Cockney accents.
In German rocket weapons systems of World War II, it stood for Vergeltungswaffe "reprisal weapon." V-eight as a type of motor engine is recorded from 1930 (V-engine is attested from 1924), so called for the arrangement. The V for "victory" hand sign was conceived January 1941 by Belgian politician and resistance leader Victor de Laveleye, to signify French victoire and Flemish vrijheid ("freedom"). It was broadcast into Europe by Radio België/Radio Belgique and popularized by the BBC by June 1941, from which time it became a universal allied gesture.
- venous blood (used as a subscript)
- The symbol for the elementvanadium
- The symbol for vanadium.
- The symbol for voltage.
- Abbreviation of volume
- A soft, bright-white metallic element that occurs naturally in several minerals. It has good structural strength and is used especially to make strong varieties of steel. Atomic number 23; atomic weight 50.942; melting point 1,890°C; boiling point 3,000°C; specific gravity 6.11; valence 2, 3, 4, 5. See Periodic Table.