The fourth letter of the English alphabet, and a vocal consonent. The English letter is from Latin, which is from Greek, which took it from Phoenician, the probable ultimate origin being Egyptian. It is related most nearly to t and th; as, England deep, German tief; England daughter, German tochter, (Greek) duhitr. See Guide to Pronunciation, sq. root178, 179, 229.2. (Music) The nominal of the second tone in the model major scale (that in C), or of the fourth tone in the relative minor scale of C (that in A minor), or of the key tone in the relative minor of (French)3. As a numeral D stands for 500. in this use it is not the initial of any word, or even strictly a letter, but one half of the sign
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Proposed in 1908 as part of the new Latvian spelling by the scientific commission headed by K. Mīlenbahs, which was accepted and began to be taught in schools in 1909. Prior to that, Latvian had been written in German Fraktur, and sporadically in Cyrillic.
d m, f (invariable) See under D
d died, death. William Shakespeare, d 1616 (cricket) declared; also abbreviated as dec
Numeral d (lower case Roman numeral, uper case D) cardinal number five hundred (500).
(mathematics) the differential of a quantity (IPA) voiced alveolar plosive
d lower case (upper case D) The fourth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
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