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Meaning of K

Pronunciation:  key, key

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the 11th letter of the Roman alphabet
  2. [n]  a unit of information equal to 1024 bytes
  3. [n]  the basic unit of thermodynamic temperature adopted under the System International d'Unites
  4. [n]  the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
  5. [n]  a light soft silver-white metallic element of the alkali metal group; oxidizes rapidly in air and reacts violently with water; is abundant in nature in combined forms occurring in sea water and in carnallite and kainite and sylvite
  6. [adj]  denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units

K is a 1 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: 1000, 1000, a thousand, atomic number 19, cardinal, chiliad, G, grand, KB, kelvin, kilobyte, m, M, one thousand, one thousand, potassium, thou, thousand, thousand, yard
 See Also: alphabetic character, brine, carnallite, computer memory unit, kainite, langbeinite, large integer, letter, letter of the alphabet, MB, megabyte, metal, metallic element, Roman alphabet, saltwater, seawater, sylvine, sylvite, temperature unit, word



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\K\, (k[=a]),
the eleventh letter of the English alphabet, is nonvocal
consonant. The form and sound of the letter K are from the
Latin, which used the letter but little except in the early
period of the language. It came into the Latin from the
Greek, which received it from a Ph[oe]nician source, the
ultimate origin probably being Egyptian. Etymologically K is
most nearly related to c, g, h (which see).

Note: In many words of one syllable k is used after c, as in
      crack, check, deck, being necessary to exhibit a
      correct pronunciation in the derivatives, cracked,
      checked, decked, cracking; since without it, c, before
      the vowels e and i, would be sounded like s. Formerly,
      k was added to c in certain words of Latin origin, as
      in musick, publick, republick; but now it is omitted.

Note: See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 240, 178, 179,

Computing Dictionary

kilo-, a kilobyte. Used both as a spoken word and a written suffix, like meg and gig for megabyte and gigabyte.

See prefix.

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