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Definitions of y

  1. Y, the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet, at the beginning of a word or syllable, except when a prefix see Y-, is usually a fricative vocal consonant; as a prefix, and usually in the middle or at the end of a syllable, it is a vowel. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 145, 178-9, 272.
  2. Y, the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet, at the beginning of a word or syllable, except when a prefix ( see Y-), is usually a fricative vocal consonant; as a prefix, and usually in the middle or at the end of a syllable, it is a vowel. See Guide to Pronunciation,
  3. the twenty-fifth letter of our alphabet.-- Y=150; [= Y]= 150,000.-- ns. Y'- LEVEL, an engineers' spirit-level, so called because of the telescope formerly resting on ' Y's,' capable of being rotated at will-- now substituted by the ' dumpy-level'-- also Wye-level; Y'- MOTH, the gamma, a destructive noctuid moth, with a silvery Y-shaped mark on the upper wings; Y'- TRACK, a short track laid at right angles to a railway-line, connected with it by two switches resembling a Y, used instead of a turn-table for reversing engines.
  4. See chappie
  5. letter, ( pl. Ys, Y\'s). ( Alg.; y) second unknown quantity( cf. x, B); Y-shaped arrangement of lines, piping, roads, &c., forked clamp or support, ( often attrib., as Y-branch, -cartilage, -joint, ligament; Y-cross, Y-shaped cross esp. on chasubles suggesting figure of crucified Christ; Y-level, surveying-level mounted on Ys; Y-moth, kind called also gamma with mark like Y or gamma on wings; Y-track, Y of railway-line with two branches running into main track enabling engine to reverse direction by running down one branch into stem& returning up the other. Abbr. ( 1): ( Y.) young, Y. M. C. A., Y. W. C. A., ( mens, womens, christian association). Abbr.( 2): yd, yard; ye( pr. as the) the( y a survival in corrupt form of obs. b, symbol for th; still used as archaism); Yorks.( hire); yt( pr. as that) that( conj.; as ye above).
  6. Middle English& still found in a few archaic forms( yclad clad, YCLEPT, ywis surely), repr. old English, Dutch., & German ge-as pref. of p. pp., collective nn., & other wds; the same element is seen under different forms in ALIKE, AMONG, AWARE, EITHER, ENOUGH, HANDIWORK.
  7. suf. of abstract nn. & of adjj., repr. original Latin -ius -ia -ium, added directly to stem as in remedium remedy, furia fury, or to another suf. as in wds in -orius, -arius; also repr. Latin -ia f. Greek -ia. The suf. being unaccented in Latin, -i-was in normal French absorbed into the accented syllable, as in gloire, peremptoire, victoire, precaire, or disappeared, as in remede; but learned formations also occur in -ie& are common in mod. French, as in furie, centurie; & Latin or mod. Latin wds, whether thr. French or not, have in English the corresponding -y, as victory, glory, remedy, primary, peremptory; but many adjj. add a. new suf. as-OUS, -AL, ( meritorious, monitorial).
  8. Symbol of Yttriane.
  9. Chemical symbol for the element yttrium.
  10. See Wye.
  11. With V and S, makes up the three letters represented by the Greek digamma.
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