v Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a unit of potential equal to the potential difference between two points on a conductor carrying a current of 1 ampere when the power dissipated between the two points is 1 watt; equivalent to the potential difference across a resistance of 1 ohm when 1 ampere of current flows through it
noun a soft silvery white toxic metallic element used in steel alloys; it occurs in several complex minerals including carnotite and vanadinite
atomic number 23; vanadium.
noun the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
quintet; quintuplet; quint; Little Phoebe; cinque; fivesome; 5; Phoebe; five; fin; pentad.
noun the 22nd letter of the Roman alphabet
adjective satellite being one more than four
V, the twenty-second letter of the English alphabet, is a vocal consonant. V and U are only varieties of the same character, U being the cursive form, while V is better adapted for engraving, as in stone. The two letters were formerly used indiscriminately, and till a comparatively recent date words containing them were often classed together in dictionaries and other books of reference (seeSee Guide to Pronunciation, § 265; also §§ 155, 169, 178-179, etc. U). The letter V is from the Latin alphabet, where it was used both as a consonant (about like English w) and as a vowel. The Latin derives it from it from a form (V) of the Greek vowel UPSILON(see Y), this Greek letter being either from the same Semitic letter as the digamma F(see F), or else added by the Greeks to the alphabet which they took from the Semitic. Etymologically v is most nearly related to u, w, f, b, p; as in vine, wine; avoirdupois, habit, have; safe, save; trover, troubadour, trope. See U, F, etc.
As a numeral, V stands for five, in English and Latin.
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