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Words starting with i

Word Definition
I 1. I, the ninth letter of the English alphabet, takes its form from the Phoenician, through the Latin and the Greek. The Phoenician letter was probably of Egyptian origin. Its original value was nearly the same as that of the Italian I, or long e as in mete. Etymologically I is most closely related to e, y, j, g; as in dint, dent, beverage, L. bibere; E. kin, AS. cynn; E. thin, AS. /ynne; E. dominion, donjon, dungeon.
2. In our old authors, I was often used for ay (or aye), yes, which is pronounced nearly like it.
3. As a numeral, I stands for 1, II for 2, etc.
4. (pron.) The nominative case of the pronoun of the first person; the word with which a speaker or writer denotes himself.
5. (adj.) used of a single unit or thing; not two or more
6. (n.) the 9th letter of the Roman alphabet
7. (n.) the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number
8. (n.) a nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes; occurs naturally only in combination in small quantities (as in sea water or rocks)
I Chronicles 1. (n.) the first of two Old Testament books telling the history of Judah and Israel until the return from the Babylonian Captivity in 536 BC
I Corinthians 1. (n.) a New Testament book containing the first epistle from Saint Paul to the church at Corinth
I Esdra 1. (n.) an Apocryphal book consisting of a compilation from I Chronicles and II Chronicles and Ezra and Nehemiah
I John 1. (n.) the first New Testament epistle traditionally attributed to Saint John the Apostle
I Kings 1. (n.) the first of two Old Testament books telling the histories of the kings of Judah and Israel
I Maccabees 1. (n.) an Apocryphal book describing the life of Judas Maccabaeus
I O U 1. A paper having on it these letters, with a sum named, and duly signed; -- in use in England as an acknowledgment of a debt, and taken as evidence thereof, but not amounting to a promissory note; a due bill.
I Peter 1. (n.) the first New Testament book traditionally attributed to Saint Peter the Apostle
I Samuel 1. (n.) the first of two books in the Old Testament that tell of Saul and David
I Thessalonians 1. (n.) a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's first epistle to the Thessalonians
I Timothy 1. (n.) a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's first epistle to Timothy; contains advice on pastoral matters
I- 1. (pref.) See Y-.
I-beam 1. (n.) girder having a cross section resembling the letter `I'
I. A. Richards 1. (n.) English literary critic who collaborated with C. K. Ogden and contributed to the development of Basic English (1893-1979)
I. e. 1. Abbreviation of Latin id est, that is.
I. F. Stone 1. (n.) United States journalist who advocated liberal causes (1907-1989)
I. M. Pei 1. (n.) United States architect (born in China in 1917)
I.D. 1. (n.) a card or badge used to identify the bearer
i.e. 1. (adv.) that is to say; in other words
I.E.D. 1. (n.) an explosive device that is improvised
I.O.C. 1. (n.) organization responsible for organizing the modern Olympic Games
I.Q. 1. (n.) a measure of a person's intelligence as indicated by an intelligence test; the ratio of a person's mental age to their chronological age (multiplied by 100)
I.W.W. 1. (n.) a former international labor union and radical labor movement in the United States; founded in Chicago in 1905 and dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism; its membership declined after World War I
I' faith 1. In faith; indeed; truly.
I' ll 1. Contraction for I will or I shall.
i'd 1. A contraction from I would or I had.
i'm 1. A contraction of I am.
i've 1. Colloquial contraction of I have.
IA 1. (n.) a state in midwestern United States