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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
i
adj
  1. used of a single unit or thing; not two or more; "`ane' is Scottish"
    Synonym(s): one, 1, i, ane
n
  1. a nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes; occurs naturally only in combination in small quantities (as in sea water or rocks)
    Synonym(s): iodine, iodin, I, atomic number 53
  2. the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number; "he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it"; "they had lunch at one"
    Synonym(s): one, 1, I, ace, single, unity
  3. the 9th letter of the Roman alphabet
    Synonym(s): I, i
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Y- \Y-\, [or] I- \I-\ . [OE. y-, i-, AS. ge-, akin to D. & G.
      ge-, OHG. gi-, ga-, Goth. ga-, and perhaps to Latin con-;
      originally meaning, together. Cf. {Com-}, {Aware}, {Enough},
      {Handiwork}, {Ywis}.]
      A prefix of obscure meaning, originally used with verbs,
      adverbs, adjectives, nouns, and pronouns. In the Middle
      English period, it was little employed except with verbs,
      being chiefly used with past participles, though occasionally
      with the infinitive Ycleped, or yclept, is perhaps the only
      word not entirely obsolete which shows this use.
  
               That no wight mighte it see neither yheere. --Chaucer.
  
               Neither to ben yburied nor ybrent.         --Chaucer.
  
      Note: Some examples of Chaucer's use of this prefix are; ibe,
               ibeen, icaught, ycome, ydo, idoon, ygo, iproved,
               ywrought. It inough, enough, it is combined with an
               adjective. Other examples are in the Vocabulary.
               Spenser and later writers frequently employed this
               prefix when affecting an archaic style, and sometimes
               used it incorrectly.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Personal \Per"son*al\, a. [L. personalis: cf. F. personnel.]
      1. Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things.
  
                     Every man so termed by way of personal difference.
                                                                              --Hooker.
  
      2. Of or pertaining to a particular person; relating to, or
            affecting, an individual, or each of many individuals;
            peculiar or proper to private concerns; not public or
            general; as, personal comfort; personal desire.
  
                     The words are conditional, -- If thou doest well, --
                     and so personal to Cain.                     --Locke.
  
      3. Pertaining to the external or bodily appearance;
            corporeal; as, personal charms. --Addison.
  
      4. Done in person; without the intervention of another.
            [bd]Personal communication.[b8] --Fabyan.
  
                     The immediate and personal speaking of God. --White.
  
      5. Relating to an individual, his character, conduct,
            motives, or private affairs, in an invidious and offensive
            manner; as, personal reflections or remarks.
  
      6. (Gram.) Denoting person; as, a personal pronoun.
  
      {Personal action} (Law), a suit or action by which a man
            claims a debt or personal duty, or damages in lieu of it;
            or wherein he claims satisfaction in damages for an injury
            to his person or property, or the specific recovery of
            goods or chattels; -- opposed to real action.
  
      {Personal equation}. (Astron.) See under {Equation}.
  
      {Personal estate} [or] {property} (Law), movables; chattels;
            -- opposed to real estate or property. It usually consists
            of things temporary and movable, including all subjects of
            property not of a freehold nature.
  
      {Personal identity} (Metaph.), the persistent and continuous
            unity of the individual person, which is attested by
            consciousness.
  
      {Personal pronoun} (Gram.), one of the pronouns {I}, {thou},
            {he}, {she}, {it}, and their plurals.
  
      {Personal representatives} (Law), the executors or
            administrators of a person deceased.
  
      {Personal rights}, rights appertaining to the person; as, the
            rights of a personal security, personal liberty, and
            private property.
  
      {Personal tithes}. See under {Tithe}.
  
      {Personal verb} (Gram.), a verb which is modified or
            inflected to correspond with the three persons.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   I \I\ ([imac]).
      1. I, the ninth letter of the English alphabet, takes its
            form from the Ph[d2]nician, through the Latin and the
            Greek. The Ph[d2]nician letter was probably of Egyptian
            origin. Its original value was nearly the same as that of
            the Italian I, or long e as in mete. Etymologically I is
            most closely related to e, y, j, g; as in dint, dent,
            beverage, L. bibere; E. kin, AS. cynn; E. thin, AS.
            [thorn]ynne; E. dominion, donjon, dungeon. In English I
            has two principal vowel sounds: the long sound, as in
            p[c6]ne, [c6]ce; and the short sound, as in p[icr]n. It
            has also three other sounds: (a) That of e in term, as in
            thirst. (b) That of e in mete (in words of foreign
            origin), as in machine, pique, regime. (c) That of
            consonant y (in many words in which it precedes another
            vowel), as in bunion, million, filial, Christian, etc. It
            enters into several digraphs, as in fail, field, seize,
            feign. friend; and with o often forms a proper diphtong,
            as in oil, join, coin. See Guide to Pronunciation,
            [sect][sect] 98-106.
  
      Note: The dot which we place over the small or lower case i
               dates only from the 14th century. The sounds of I and J
               were originally represented by the same character, and
               even after the introduction of the form J into English
               dictionaries, words containing these letters were, till
               a comparatively recent time, classed together.
  
      2. In our old authors, I was often used for ay (or aye), yes,
            which is pronounced nearly like it.
  
      3. As a numeral, I stands for 1, II for 2, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   I- \I-\, prefix.
      See {Y-}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   I \I\ ([imac]), pron. [poss. {My} (m[imac]) or {Mine}
      (m[imac]n); object. {Me} (m[emac]). pl. nom. {We} (w[emac]);
      poss. {Our} (our) or {Ours} (ourz); object. {Us} ([ucr]s).]
      [OE. i, ich, ic, AS. ic; akin to OS. & D. ik, OHG. ih, G.
      ich, Icel. ek, Dan. jeg, Sw. jag, Goth. ik, OSlav. az', Russ.
      ia, W. i, L. ego, Gr. 'egw`, 'egw`n, Skr. aham. [root]179.
      Cf. {Egoism}.]
      The nominative case of the pronoun of the first person; the
      word with which a speaker or writer denotes himself.
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