Definitions of B

  1. originally thought to be a single vitamin but now separated into several B vitamins
  2. a logarithmic unit of sound intensity equal to 10 decibels
  3. the blood group whose red cells carry the B antigen
  4. aerobic rod- shaped spore- producing bacterium; often occurring in chainlike formations; found primarily in soil
  5. the 2nd letter of the Roman alphabet
  6. ( physics) a unit of nuclear cross section; the effective circular area that one particle presents to another as a target for an encounter
  7. is the second letter of the English alphabet. ( See Guide to Pronunciation, 196, 220.) It is etymologically related to p, v, f, w and m , letters representing sounds having a close organic affinity to its own sound; as in Eng. bursar and purser; Eng.
  8. Second letter of the alphabet.
  9. The second letter in the English alphabet.
  10. Is the second letter, and the first consonant in the English as well as most other alphabets. It is a mute and a labial, being formed by pressing the whole length of the lips together, and forcing them open with a strong breath. It has a near affinity with the labial letters P and V. and in some languages is interchanged with them.
  11. As an abbreviation in writing, generally stands for bachelor, as B. A., bachelor of arts. In B. C., it stands for before. Not to know a B from a bull's foot, to be extremely ignorant.
  12. As a numeral, was used by the Hebrews and Greeks, as now by the Arabians, for 2, by the Romans for 300, and with a dash over it, thus, B for 3, 000.
  13. In music, is the designation of the seventh note in the natural diatonic scale of C; it also stands for base, and B. C. for basso continue, or thorough base.
  14. Name of a musical sound.

Usage examples for B

  1. Daisy taught her two letters, A and B, and then was obliged to go home. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  2. " Now we're getting places, you S. O. B.! – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  3. I asked the B. B. C., sir. – The Dawn of Amateur Radio in the U.K. and Greece A Personal View by Norman F. Joly
  4. Abel traced a B in the flour. – Jan of the Windmill by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  5. In 1926 Miss Q. B. Cowles, from the Turnbull Library, was the first of the many young ladies who since then have been members of the staff. – Report of the Chief Librarian for the Year Ended 31 March 1958: Special Centennial Issue by J. O. Wilson and General Assembly Library (New Zealand)
  6. " That's B, Jan," said he. – Jan of the Windmill by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  7. Mrs B.-" How long has he been?" – Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research by Michael Sage
  8. " No," said the editor lightly; " but I suppose R. B. does, and it isn't intended that any one else should." – Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  9. Mr B.- And did he strike you? – The History of Sandford and Merton by Thomas Day
  10. Percy B. Shelley, Esq. – The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) by Florence A. Thomas Marshall
  11. B. To keep you down there. – More Bywords by Charlotte M. Yonge
  12. We could go to A. or B. or C, and there would be no difficulty. – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. There, now this line A shows the top of the boat and B the base of the conning tower. – The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet by Kenneth Ward
  14. The Man of Khorassan, his Son and his Governordccclxxxvi b. – Tales from the Arabic Volume 3 by John Payne
  15. Suppose A shouts to B, and B replies as soon as he hears A's shout. – Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell
  16. " Wants to cross Water Street at B and build out Front Street. – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  17. He slept at B- B- Bovillae last night and he says the fog is just as b- b- bad all the way from B- B- Bovillae. – The Unwilling Vestal by Edward Lucas White
  18. Meantime, unit B, commanded by Lieutenant- Commander Bastedo, had started for its station at Cape Pali. – The Victory At Sea by William Sowden Sims Burton J. Hendrick
  19. Of course they went to Dr. B. 's. – Strange True Stories of Louisiana by George Washington Cable