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English Dictionary: Y by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
Y
n
  1. a silvery metallic element that is common in rare-earth minerals; used in magnesium and aluminum alloys
    Synonym(s): yttrium, Y, atomic number 39
  2. the 25th letter of the Roman alphabet
    Synonym(s): Y, y, wye
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Y \Y\ ([imac]), pron.
      I. [Obs.] --King Horn. Wyclif.

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]:
   Y \Y\ (w[imac]).
      Y, the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet, at the
      beginning of a word or syllable, except when a prefix (see
      Y-), is usually a fricative vocal consonant; as a prefix, and
      usually in the middle or at the end of a syllable, it is a
      vowel. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 145, 178-9,
      272.
  
      Note: It derives its form from the Latin Y, which is from the
               Greek [UPSILON], originally the same letter as V.
               Etymologically, it is most nearly related to u, i, o,
               and j. g; as in full, fill, AS. fyllan; E. crypt,
               grotto; young, juvenile; day, AS. d[91]g. See {U}, {I},
               and {J}, {G}.
  
      Note: Y has been called the Pythagorean letter, because the
               Greek letter [UPSILON] was taken represent the sacred
               triad, formed by the duad proceeding from the monad;
               and also because it represents the dividing of the
               paths of vice and virtue in the development of human
               life.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Y \Y\ (w[imac]), n.; pl. {Y's} (w[imac]z) or {Ys}.
      Something shaped like the letter Y; a forked piece resembling
      in form the letter Y. Specifically:
      (a) One of the forked holders for supporting the telescope of
            a leveling instrument, or the axis of a theodolite; a
            wye.
      (b) A forked or bifurcated pipe fitting.
      (c) (Railroads) A portion of track consisting of two
            diverging tracks connected by a cross track.
  
      {Y level} (Surv.), an instrument for measuring differences of
            level by means of a telescope resting in Y's.
  
      {Y moth} (Zo[94]l.), a handsome European noctuid moth {Plusia
            gamma}) which has a bright, silvery mark, shaped like the
            letter Y, on each of the fore wings. Its larva, which is
            green with five dorsal white species, feeds on the
            cabbage, turnip, bean, etc. Called also {gamma moth}, and
            {silver Y}.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   Y
  
      1. General purpose language syntactically like {RATFOR},
      semantically like {C}.   Lacks structures and pointers.   Used
      as a source language for Jack W. Davidson and Christopher
      W. Fraser's peephole optimiser which inspired {GCC} {RTL} and
      other optimisation ideas.
  
      {(ftp://ftp.cs.princeton.edu/pub/y+po.tar.Z)}.   It is a copy
      of the original distribution from the {University of Arizona}
      during the early 80's, totally unsupported.
  
      ["The Y Programming Language", D.R. Hanson, SIGPLAN Notices
      16(2):59-68 (Feb 1981)].
  
      [Jack W. Davidson and Christopher W. Fraser, "The Design and
      Application of a Retargetable Peephole Optimiser", TOPLAS,
      Apr.   1980].
  
      [Jack W. Davidson, "Simplifying Code Through Peephole
      Optimisation" Technical Report TR81-19, The University of
      Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1981].
  
      [Jack W. Davidson and Christopher W. Fraser, "Register
      Allocation and Exhaustive Peephole Optimisation"
      Software-Practice and Experience, Sep. 1984].
  
      2. See {fixed point combinator}.
  
  
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