Y, y


noun, plural Y's or Ys, y's or ys.

the 25th letter of the English alphabet, a semivowel.
any spoken sound represented by the letter Y or y, as in yet, city, or rhythm.
something having the shape of a Y.
a written or printed representation of the letter Y or y.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter Y or y.


Also called ys


[yok-tuh-sek-uh nd]


one septillionth (10-24) of a second. Abbreviation: ysec, ys
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Examples from the Web for ys

Historical Examples of ys

  • There ys no token of rayn: for the cloudes be both fayr and clere.

  • As here ae, and io, let them cut into halfes the right lines uy, and ys.

  • But the perpendicular uy, is equall to ys; because each of them is the double of yo.

  • For withyn London he ys next unto the kyng in all maner thynge.

    The Story of London

    Henry B. Wheatley

  • Ten such sittings and my 'King of Ys' will have its day with the world.

ys in Science


The symbol for yttrium.
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