- the 26th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
- any spoken sound represented by the letter Z or z, as in zero, zigzag, or buzzer.
- something having the shape of a Z.
- a written or printed representation of the letter Z or z.
- a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter Z or z.
- an unknown quantity or variable.
- (in Cartesian coordinates) the z-axis.
- Astronomy. zenith distance.
- Symbol, Physics. Z-zero particle.
- sleep (often used with grab, catch, etc.): to grab some z's before dinner.
Origin of z's
- the sixth letter of the Greek alphabet (Z, ζ).
- the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin of zeta
Examples from the Web for z
Contemporary Examples of z
Now, just as avid an art collector, Jay Z spoke about the meeting of cultural worlds (and rapped about them) in “Picasso Baby”.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
All my formative years, I spent standing next to Jay [Z] or Justin [Timberlake] or all those kings.How Pharrell Williams Finally Made It to the Top
August 6, 2014
Jay Z and Beyoncé built a brand based on the illusion of a perfect life.Are Jay Z and Beyoncé Still Perfect?
May 14, 2014
Representatives for Jay Z and Solange have not responded to our request for comment.The Video of Solange Attacking Jay Z Is Deeply Upsetting and Also Fantastic
May 12, 2014
On the subject of Jay Z and Annie, is Jay going to have original music in the movie?Jamie Foxx on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Donald Sterling’s Racism, and Bill O’Reilly’s TV Act
April 28, 2014
Historical Examples of z
Its planks were oak; great nails in them marked the Z of its brace.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
"Two" often appears as z in the early printed books, 12 appearing as iz.The Hindu-Arabic Numerals
David Eugene Smith
He was amazed to learn that she had walked all the way from Z——, and quite alone, too.
And we have witnesses that Kettle-Belly was in some kind of deal with the z'Srauff, too.
Yes, plus anybody whom the z'Srauff Ambassador might have told.
- the z- axis or a coordinate measured along the z- axis in a Cartesian or cylindrical coordinate system
- an algebraic variable
- the 26th and last letter and the 20th consonant of the modern English alphabet
- a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually a voiced alveolar fricative, as in zip
- something shaped like a Z
- (in combination)a Z-bend in a road
- any unknown, variable, or unspecified factor, number, person, or thing
- chem atomic number
- physics impedance
- currency zaïre
- Zambia (international car registration)
- the sixth letter in the Greek alphabet (Ζ, ζ), a consonant, transliterated as z
Word Origin for zeta
- (foll by the genitive case of a specified constellation) the sixth brightest star in a constellationZeta Tauri
- a torus-shaped apparatus used for research in the 1950s and early 1960s on controlled thermonuclear reactions and plasma physics
Word Origin for ZETA
Word Origin and History for z
not a native letter in Old English; in Anglo-French words it represents the "ts" sound (e.g. Anglo-French fiz, from Latin filius, modern Fitz); from late 13c. it began to be used for the voiced "s" sound and had fully taken that role by 1400. For letter name, see zed.
Thou whoreson Zed, thou vnnecessary Letter. ["King Lear," II.ii.69]
Series of zs to represent a buzzing sound first attested 1852; zees "spell of sleep, a nap" is slang first recorded 1963, American English student slang.
Greek letter, see zed.
- The sixth letter of the Greek alphabet.
Idioms and Phrases with z
see from soup to nuts (a to z).