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Definitions of i

  1. I, the ninth letter of the English alphabet, takes its form from the Phoenician, through the Latin and the Greek. The Phoenician letter was probably of Egyptian origin. Its original value was nearly the same as that of the Italian I, or long e as in mete. Etymologically I is most closely related to e, y, j, g; as in dint, dent, beverage, L. bibere; E. kin, AS. cynn; E. thin, AS. / ynne; E. dominion, donjon, dungeon.
  2. In our old authors, I was often used for ay or aye, yes, which is pronounced nearly like it.
  3. As a numeral, I stands for 1, II for 2, etc.
  4. the ninth letter in the alphabet of western Europe, called iota by the Greeks, from its Semitic name yod, in most European languages the sound that of the Latin long i, which we have in the words machine and marine. The normal sound of i in English is that heard in bit, dip, sit, which is the short Latin i.
  5. [= i], pron. the nominative case singular of the first personal pronoun: the word used by a speaker or writer in mentioning himself: the object of self-consciousness, the ego. [ M. E. ich-- A.S. ic; Ger. ich, Ice. ek, L. ego, Gr. eg[= o], Sans. aham.]
  6. [= i], adv. same as AY.-- I', a form of in.
  7. Symbol of iodine.
  8. letter( pl. Is, I\'s). As Roman numeral I or i=1, as i 1, ii 2, iii 3, iv( rarely iiii) 4, vi 6, viii 8, ix( rarely viiii) 9, xi 11, xiv 14, li 51; cii 102, miv 1, 004. Abbreviations( 1): ( I.): Idaho; Jesus, I. N. R. I. ( Nazarenus Rex Judaeorum, of Nazareth King of the Jews), see also IHS; Imperial, I. S. O. ( Service Order); Independent, I. L. P. ( Labour Party); Indian, I. C. S. ( Civil Service); Island; Isle, I. W. ( of Wight). ( i.): id, i. e. ( est); idem, i. q. ( quod); indieated, i. h. p. ( horse power). Abbreviations( 2): Ia., Iowa; ib. ( idem), ibid. ( em); id.( em); Ill. ( inois); in.( ches); incl. ( usive); incog. ( nito); Ind. ( iana); Ind. ( ian) T. ( erritory); inf. ( ra); init. ( io); inst. ( ant); Is. ( aiah).
  9. See i
  10. Subjective case of 1st pers. pron. ( objective me, poss. my; pl. we, obj. us, poss. our); ( n., Metaphys.) the I, the ego, subject or object of self-consciousness. [ old English]
  11. Chemical symbol for iodin.
  12. Abbreviation for inactive.
  13. As a Roman numeral, denotes 1; and, if placed before V or X, it diminishes by a unit the number expressed by those letters.
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