the eighth letter of the English alphabet, is classed among the consonants, and is formed with the mouth organs in the same position as that of the succeeding vowel. It is used with certain consonants to form digraphs representing sounds which are not found in the alphabet, as sh, th, th, as in shall, thing, thine (for zh see §274); also, to modify the sounds of some other letters, as when placed after c and p, with the former of which it represents a compound sound like that of tsh, as in charm (written also tch as in catch), with the latter, the sound of f, as in phase, phantom. In some words, mostly derived or introduced from foreign languages, h following c and g indicates that those consonants have the hard sound before e, i, and y, as in chemistry, chiromancy, chyle, Ghent, Ghibelline, etc.; in some others, ch has the sound of sh, as in chicane. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 153, 179, 181-3, 237-8.Note: The name (aitch) is from the French ache; its form is from the Latin, and this from the Greek H, which was used as the sign of the spiritus asper (rough breathing) before it came to represent the long vowel, (Greek) ê. The Greek H is from Phoenician, the ultimate origin probably being Egyptian. Etymologically H is most closely related to c; as in (English) horn, (Latin) cornu, (Greek) keras; (English) hele,
conceal; (English) hide, (Latin) cutis, (Greek) kytos; (English) hundred, (Latin) centum, (Greek) 'e-kat-on, Sanskrit csata. H piece (Mining), the part of a plunger pump which contains the valve.(Music) The seventh degree in the diatonic scale, being used by the Germans for B natural. See B.
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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.
h m, f (invariable) See under H
h (sciences) abbreviation for hour (particularly when used as a (non-SI) unit of time alongside International System of Units (SI) units) 1908, Francis Ernest Lloyd, The Physiology of Stomata (Carnegie Institution of Washington), page 83: Another instance: 2h28m p. m., 10 micra; 3h08m p. m., 0 micra; irrigated with water: 3h09m p. m., 4 micra. (baseball) the statistic reporting the number of hits by a player (slang) heroin (computing) hexadecimal (following a number) 1994, Jan Axelson, The microcontroller idea book (page 47) The commands assume that the NV memory is addressed beginning at 8000h in external data memory. Homographs Η (Greek eta) Н (Cyrillic en)
(IPA) voiceless glottal fricative. Planck's constant
h lower case (upper case H) The eighth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
h (text messaging, informal) abbreviation of conjunction hogy (“that”)
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