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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
x
adj
  1. being one more than nine
    Synonym(s): ten, 10, x
n
  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one; the base of the decimal system
    Synonym(s): ten, 10, X, tenner, decade
  2. the 24th letter of the Roman alphabet
    Synonym(s): X, x, ex
  3. street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
    Synonym(s): Adam, ecstasy, XTC, go, disco biscuit, cristal, X, hug drug
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   X \X\ ([ecr]ks).
      X, the twenty-fourth letter of the English alphabet, has
      three sounds; a compound nonvocal sound (that of ks), as in
      wax; a compound vocal sound (that of gz), as in example; and,
      at the beginning of a word, a simple vocal sound (that of z),
      as in xanthic. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 217,
      270, 271.
  
      Note: The form and value of X are from the Latin X, which is
               from the Greek [CHI], which in some Greek alphabets had
               the value of ks, though in the one now in common use it
               represents an aspirated sound of k.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   X /X/ n.   1. Used in various speech and writing contexts (also
   in lowercase) in roughly its algebraic sense of `unknown within a
   set defined by context' (compare {N}).   Thus, the abbreviation 680x0
   stands for 68000, 68010, 68020, 68030, or 68040, and 80x86 stands
   for 80186, 80286, 80386, 80486, 80586 or 80686 (note that a Unix
   hacker might write these as 680[0-6]0 and 80[1-6]86 or 680?0 and
   80?86 respectively; see {glob}).   2. [after the name of an earlier
   window system called `W'] An over-sized, over-featured,
   over-engineered and incredibly over-complicated window system
   developed at MIT and widely used on Unix systems.
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   X
  
      1. Used in various speech and writing contexts
      (also in lowercase) in roughly its algebraic sense of "unknown
      within a set defined by context" (compare {N}).   Thus, the
      abbreviation {680x0} stands for 68000, 68010, 68020, 68030 or
      68040, and {80x86} stands for {Intel 80186}, {Intel 80286},
      {Intel 80386} or {Intel 80486}.   A {Unix} hacker might write
      these as 680[0-4]0 and 80[1-4]86 or 680?0 and 80?86
      respectively; see {glob}.
  
      2. An alternative name for the {X Window System}.
  
      3. A suffix for the speed of a {CD-ROM} drive
      relative to standard music CDs (1x).   32x is common in
      September 1999.
  
      [{Jargon File}]
  
      (1999-09-15)
  
  
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