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Meaning of IT

Pronunciation:  it

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\It\, pron. [OE. it, hit, AS. hit; cf. D. het. [root]181. See
The neuter pronoun of the third person, corresponding to the
masculine pronoun he and the feminine she, and having the
same plural (they, their or theirs, them).

Note: The possessive form its is modern, being rarely found
      in the writings of Shakespeare and Milton, and not at
      all in the original King James's version of the Bible.
      During the transition from the regular his to the
      anomalous its, it was to some extent employed in the
      possessive without the case ending. See {His}, and
      {He}. In Dryden's time its had become quite established
      as the regular form.

            The day present hath ever inough to do with it
            owne grief.                        --Genevan

            Do, child, go to it grandam, child. --Shak.

            It knighthood shall do worse. It shall fright all
            it friends with borrowing letters. --B. Jonson.

Note: In the course of time, the nature of the neuter sign i
      in it, the form being found in but a few words, became
      misunderstood. Instead of being looked upon as an
      affix, it passed for part of the original word. Hence
      was formed from it the anomalous genitive it,
      superseding the Saxon his. --Latham.

            The fruit tree yielding fruit after his (its)
            kind.                              --Gen. i. 11.

Usage: It is used,

1. As a substance for any noun of the neuter gender; as, here
   is the book, take it home.

2. As a demonstrative, especially at the beginning of a
   sentence, pointing to that which is about to be stated,
   named, or mentioned, or referring to that which apparent
   or well known; as, I saw it was John.

         It is I; be not afraid.               --Matt. xiv.

         Peter heard that it was the Lord.     --John xxi. 7.
   Often, in such cases, as a substitute for a sentence or
   clause; as, it is thought he will come; it is wrong to do

3. As an indefinite nominative for a impersonal verb; as, it
   snows; it rains.

4. As a substitute for such general terms as, the state of
   affairs, the condition of things, and the like; as, how is
   it with the sick man?

         Think on me when it shall be well with thee. --Gen.
                                               xl. 14.

5. As an indefinite object after some intransitive verbs, or
   after a substantive used humorously as a verb; as, to foot
   it (i. e., to walk).

         The Lacedemonians, at the Straits of Thermopyl[ae],
         when their arms failed them, fought it out with
         nails and teeth.                      --Dryden.

         Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it, If folly
         grows romantic, I must paint it.      --Pope.

{Its self}. See {Itself}.

Computing Dictionary
  1. 1. information technology.

    2. internal translator.

  2. The country code for Italy.

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