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English Dictionary: O by the DICT Development Group
8 results for O
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
O
n
  1. a nonmetallic bivalent element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless nonflammable diatomic gas; constitutes 21 percent of the atmosphere by volume; the most abundant element in the earth's crust
    Synonym(s): oxygen, O, atomic number 8
  2. the 15th letter of the Roman alphabet
    Synonym(s): O, o
  3. the blood group whose red cells carry neither the A nor B antigens; "people with type O blood are universal donors"
    Synonym(s): O, type O, group O
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   O \O\ ([omac]), n.; pl. {O's} [or] {Oes} ([omac]z).
      1. The letter O, or its sound. [bd]Mouthing out his hollow
            oes and aes.[b8] --Tennyson.
  
      2. Something shaped like the letter O; a circle or oval.
            [bd]This wooden O [Globe Theater][b8]. --Shak.
  
      3. A cipher; zero. [R.]
  
                     Thou art an O without a figure.         --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   O' \O'\ [Ir. o a descendant.]
      A prefix to Irish family names, which signifies grandson or
      descendant of, and is a character of dignity; as, O'Neil,
      O'Carrol.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   O \O\ ([omac]).
      1. O, the fifteenth letter of the English alphabet, derives
            its form, value, and name from the Greek O, through the
            Latin. The letter came into the Greek from the
            Ph[oe]nician, which possibly derived it ultimately from
            the Egyptian. Etymologically, the letter o is most closely
            related to a, e, and u; as in E. bone, AS. b[be]n; E.
            stone, AS. st[be]n; E. broke, AS. brecan to break; E.
            bore, AS. beran to bear; E. dove, AS. d[umac]fe; E. toft,
            tuft; tone, tune; number, F. nombre. The letter o has
            several vowel sounds, the principal of which are its long
            sound, as in bone, its short sound, as in nod, and the
            sounds heard in the words orb, son, do (feod), and wolf
            (book). In connection with the other vowels it forms
            several digraphs and diphthongs. See Guide to
            Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 107-129.
  
      2. Among the ancients, O was a mark of triple time, from the
            notion that the ternary, or number 3, is the most perfect
            of numbers, and properly expressed by a circle, the most
            perfect figure. O was also anciently used to represent 11:
            with a dash over it ([Omac]), 11,000.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   O' \O'\ ([omac]; unaccented [osl]), prep.
      A shortened form of of or on. [bd]At the turning o' the
      tide.[b8] --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   O \O\ ([omac]), a. [See {One}.]
      One. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [bd]Alle thre but o God.[b8] --Piers
      Plowman.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   O \O\, interj.
      An exclamation used in calling or directly addressing a
      person or personified object; also, as an emotional or
      impassioned exclamation expressing pain, grief, surprise,
      desire, fear, etc.
  
               For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. --Ps.
                                                                              cxix. 89.
  
               O how love I thy law ! it is my meditation all the day.
                                                                              --Ps. cxix.
                                                                              97.
  
      Note: O is frequently followed by an ellipsis and that, an in
               expressing a wish: [bd]O [I wish] that Ishmael might
               live before thee ![b8] --Gen. xvii. 18; or in
               expressions of surprise, indignation, or regret: [bd]O
               [it is sad] that such eyes should e'er meet other
               object ![b8] --Sheridan Knowles.
  
      Note: A distinction between the use of O and oh is insisted
               upon by some, namely, that O should be used only in
               direct address to a person or personified object, and
               should never be followed by the exclamation point,
               while Oh (or oh) should be used in exclamations where
               no direct appeal or address to an object is made, and
               may be followed by the exclamation point or not,
               according to the nature or construction of the
               sentence. Some insist that oh should be used only as an
               interjection expressing strong feeling. The form O,
               however, is, it seems, the one most commonly employed
               for both uses by modern writers and correctors for the
               press. [bd]O, I am slain ![b8] --Shak. [bd]O what a
               fair and ministering angel ![b8] [bd]O sweet angel
               ![b8] --Longfellow.
  
                        O for a kindling touch from that pure flame !
                                                                              --Wordsworth.
  
                        But she is in her grave, -- and oh The difference
                        to me !                                          --Wordsworth.
  
                        Oh for a lodge in some vast wilderness !
                                                                              --Cowper.
  
                        We should distinguish between the sign of the
                        vocative and the emotional interjection, writing
                        O for the former, and oh for the latter. --Earle.
  
      {O dear}, [and] {O dear me!} [corrupted fr. F. O Dieu! or It.
            O Dio! O God! O Dio mio! O my God! --Wyman.], exclamations
            expressive of various emotions, but usually promoted by
            surprise, consternation, grief, pain, etc.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   O
  
      {ASCII} code 79, The letter of the alphabet, not
      to be confused with 0 ({zero}) the digit.
  
      (1999-02-07)
  
  
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