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Words starting with c

Word Definition
C 1. (v. t.) C is the third letter of the English alphabet. It is from the Latin letter C, which in old Latin represented the sounds of k, and g (in go); its original value being the latter. In Anglo-Saxon words, or Old English before the Norman Conquest, it always has the sound of k. The Latin C was the same letter as the Greek /, /, and came from the Greek alphabet. The Greeks got it from the Ph/nicians. The English name of C is from the Latin name ce, and was derived, probably, through the French. Etymologically C is related to g, h, k, q, s (and other sibilant sounds). Examples of these relations are in L. acutus, E. acute, ague; E. acrid, eager, vinegar; L. cornu, E. horn; E. cat, kitten; E. coy, quiet; L. circare, OF. cerchier, E. search.
2. The keynote of the normal or "natural" scale, which has neither flats nor sharps in its signature; also, the third note of the relative minor scale of the same.
3. C after the clef is the mark of common time, in which each measure is a semibreve (four fourths or crotchets); for alla breve time it is written /.
4. The "C clef," a modification of the letter C, placed on any line of the staff, shows that line to be middle C.
5. As a numeral, C stands for Latin centum or 100, CC for 200, etc.
6. (adj.) being ten more than ninety
7. (n.) street names for cocaine
8. (n.) the 3rd letter of the Roman alphabet
9. (n.) (music) the keynote of the scale of C major
10. (n.) a general-purpose programing language closely associated with the UNIX operating system
11. (n.) a unit of electrical charge equal to the amount of charge transferred by a current of 1 ampere in 1 second
12. (n.) a degree on the centigrade scale of temperature
13. (n.) ten 10s
14. (n.) an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds
15. (n.) a base found in DNA and RNA and derived from pyrimidine; pairs with guanine
16. (n.) one of the four nucleotides used in building DNA; all four nucleotides have a common phosphate group and a sugar (ribose)
17. (n.) a vitamin found in fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables; prevents scurvy
18. (n.) the speed at which light travels in a vacuum; the constancy and universality of the speed of light is recognized by defining it to be exactly 299,792,458 meters per second
C and W 1. (n.) a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments
C battery 1. (n.) battery used to maintain the grid potential in a vacuum tube
C clef 1. (n.) a movable clef that puts middle C on one of the lines of a staff
C compiler 1. (n.) a compiler for programs written in C
C horizon 1. (n.) beneath the B-horizon and above the bedrock; consisting of weathered rock
C major 1. (n.) (music) the major scale having no sharps or flats
C major scale 1. (n.) (music) the major scale having no sharps or flats
C program 1. (n.) a program written in C
C-clamp 1. (n.) a clamp in the shape of the letter C
C-horizon 1. (n.) beneath the B-horizon and above the bedrock; consisting of weathered rock
c-note 1. (n.) a United States bill worth 100 dollars
C-ration 1. (n.) a canned field ration issued by the United States Army
C-reactive protein 1. (n.) a byproduct of inflammation; a globulin that is found in the blood in some cases of acute inflammation
C-section 1. (n.) the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way)
C. D. Gibson 1. (n.) United States illustrator remembered for his creation of the `Gibson girl' (1867-1944)
C. diphtheriae 1. (n.) a species of bacterium that causes diphtheria
C. G. S. 1. An abbreviation for Centimeter, Gram, Second. -- applied to a system of units much employed in physical science, based upon the centimeter as the unit of length, the gram as the unit of weight or mass, and the second as the unit of time.
C. H. Best 1. (n.) Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)
C. K. Ogden 1. (n.) English psychologist who collaborated with I. A. Richards in designing Basic English (1889-1957)
C. Northcote Parkinson 1. (n.) British historian noted for ridicule of bureaucracies (1909-1993)
C. P. Snow 1. (n.) English writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980)
C. psittaci 1. (n.) bacteria responsible for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia
C. S. Forester 1. (n.) English writer of adventure novels featuring Captain Horatio Hornblower (1899-1966)
C. S. Lewis 1. (n.) English critic and novelist; author of theological works and of books for children (1898-1963)
C. trachomatis 1. (n.) bacteria responsible for the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and lymphogranuloma venereum
C. Vann Woodward 1. (n.) United States historian (1908-1999)
C. W. Post 1. (n.) United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)
C.E. 1. (adv.) of the period coinciding with the Christian era; preferred by some writers who are not Christians
C.O.D. 1. (adv.) collecting the charges upon delivery