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English Dictionary: v/ by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   V \V\ (v[emac]).
      1. 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 (see
            {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. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect]
            265; also [sect][sect] 155, 169, 178-179, etc.
  
      2. As a numeral, V stands for five, in English and Latin.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   V
  
      Upper case V, {ASCII} character 86, known in {INTERCAL} as
      book.
  
      1. A testbed for distributed system research.
  
      2. Wide-spectrum language used in the knowledge-based
      environment {CHI}.   "Research on Knowledge-Based Software
      Environments at Kestrel Inst", D.R.   Smith et al, IEEE Trans
      Soft Eng SE-11(11):1278-1295 (1985).
  
  
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