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Pronunciation:  see, see

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure; can become addictive
  2. [n]  the 3rd letter of the Roman alphabet
  3. [n]  a general-purpose programing language closely associated with the UNIX operating system
  4. [n]  a unit of electrical charge equal to the amount of charge transferred by a current of 1 ampere in 1 second
  5. [n]  a degree on the Centigrade scale of temperature
  6. [n]  ten 10s
  7. [n]  an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds
  8. [n]  one of the four nucleotides used in building DNA; all four nucleotides have a common phosphate group and a sugar (ribose)
  9. [n]  the speed at which light travels in a vacuum; the constancy and universality of the speed of light is recognized by defining it to be exactly 299,792,458 meters per second
  10. [adj]  of a temperature scale that registers the freezing point of water as 0 degrees C and the boiling point as 100 degrees C under normal atmospheric pressure
  11. [adj]  being ten more than ninety

C is a 1 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: 100, 100, a hundred, ampere-second, atomic number 6, carbon, cardinal, celsius, centigrade, centred, century, cocain, cocaine, coke, coulomb, degree Celsius, degree Centigrade, deoxycytidine monophosphate, hundred, hundred, light speed, one C, one hundred, snow, speed of light
 Antonyms: f, Fahr, fahrenheit
 See Also: abcoulomb, activated carbon, activated charcoal, adamant, alphabetic character, ampere-minute, black lead, carbon 14, carbon black, char, charcoal, charge unit, chemical element, coal, coal oil, coca, constant, crack, crude, crude oil, degree, diamond, element, fossil oil, fullerene, graphite, hard drug, lampblack, large integer, letter, letter of the alphabet, limestone, nucleotide, petroleum, plumbago, programing language, programming language, quantity unit, radiocarbon, rock oil, Roman alphabet, smut, soot, speed, standard temperature, velocity, wood coal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\C\ (s[=e])
1. C is the third letter of the English alphabet. It is from
   the Latin letter C, which in old Latin represented the
   sounds of k, and g (in go); its original value being the
   latter. In Anglo-Saxon words, or Old English before the
   Norman Conquest, it always has the sound of k. The Latin C
   was the same letter as the Greek [Gamma], [gamma], and
   came from the Greek alphabet. The Greeks got it from the
   Ph[oe]nicians. The English name of C is from the Latin
   name ce, and was derived, probably, through the French.
   Etymologically C is related to g, h, k, q, s (and other
   sibilant sounds). Examples of these relations are in L.
   acutus, E. acute, ague; E. acrid, eager, vinegar; L.
   cornu, E. horn; E. cat, kitten; E. coy, quiet; L. circare,
   OF. cerchier, E. search.

Note: See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 221-228.

2. (Mus.)
   (a) The keynote of the normal or ``natural'' scale, which
       has neither flats nor sharps in its signature; also,
       the third note of the relative minor scale of the
   (b) C after the clef is the mark of common time, in which
       each measure is a semibreve (four fourths or
       crotchets); for alla breve time it is written ?.
   (c) The ``C clef,'' a modification of the letter C, placed
       on any line of the staff, shows that line to be middle

3. As a numeral, C stands for Latin centum or 100, CC for
   200, etc.

{C spring}, a spring in the form of the letter C.

Computing Dictionary
  1. A programming language designed by dennis ritchie at at&t bell labs ca. 1972 for systems programming on the pdp-11 and immediately used to reimplement unix.

    It was called "C" because many features derived from an earlier compiler named "b". In fact, C was briefly named "NB". B was itself strongly influenced by bcpl. Before bjarne stroustrup settled the question by designing c++, there was a humorous debate over whether C's successor should be named "D" or "P" (following B and C in "BCPL").

    C is terse, low-level and permissive. It has a macro preprocessor, cpp.

    Partly due to its distribution with unix, C became immensely popular outside bell labs after about 1980 and is now the dominant language in systems and microcomputer applications programming. It has grown popular due to its simplicity, efficiency, and flexibility. C programs are often easily adapted to new environments.

    C is often described, with a mixture of fondness and disdain, as "a language that combines all the elegance and power of assembly language with all the readability and maintainability of assembly language".

    Ritchie's original C, known as k&r c after Kernighan and Ritchie's book, has been standardised (and simultaneously modified) as ansi c.

    See also accu, ae, c68, c386, c-interp, cxref, dbx, dsp56k-gcc, dsp56165-gcc, gc, gct, gnu c, gnu superoptimiser, harvest c, malloc, mpl, pthreads, ups.

    [jargon file]

  2. An ascii rendition of the encircled "c" copyright symbol. Unfortunately, this rendition is not legally valid, the circle must be complete. The word "copyright" in full is perfectly adequate though.

    (In latex the copyright symbol is written as \copyright).

    [jargon file]

Biology Dictionary
  1. A nitrogenous base, one member of the base pair G- C (guanine and cytosine).
  2. This Latin term, which is frequently used in medicine, means "with".