Y's ( or Ys
Y, the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet, at the beginning of a word or syllable, except when a prefix (see Y-), is usually a fricative vocal consonant; as a prefix, and usually in the middle or at the end of a syllable, it is a vowel. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 145, 178-9, 272.Note: It derives its form from the Latin Y, which is from the Greek u, i, o, and j. g; as in full, fill, (Anglo-Saxon) fyllan; (English) crypt, grotto; young, juvenile; day, (Anglo-Saxon) daeg. See U, I, and J, GermanNote: Y has been called the Pythagorean letter, because the Greek letter
Something shaped like the letter Y; a forked piece resembling in form the letter Y. Specifically: (a) One of the forked holders for supporting the telescope of a leveling instrument, or the axis of a theodolite; a wye. (b) A forked or bifurcated pipe fitting. (c, Railroads) A portion of track consisting of two diverging tracks connected by a cross track. Y level (Surveying), an instrument for measuring differences of level by means of a telescope resting in Y's. -- Y moth (Zoölogy), a handsome European noctuid moth Plusia gamma) which has a bright, silvery mark, shaped like the letter Y, on each of the fore wings. Its larva, which is green with five dorsal white species, feeds on the cabbage, turnip, bean, etc. Called also gamma moth, and silver Y.
I. (obsolete) King Horn. Wyclif.
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From Latin et, from Proto-Indo-European *éti.
y Abbreviation of year. 2003, Howard Tanner, Sonia Jones, Becoming a Successful Teacher of Mathematics Consider the following questions selected from the tests and estimate the proportion of Y8 pupils you would expect to answer correctly. (UK, television) Abbreviation of youth., usually followed by an age appropriate for the content so marked. Y7 (computing) Abbreviation of yes. (slang, text messaging, Internet) Abbreviation of why.
(metrology) Symbol for the prefix yocto-. (IPA) close front rounded vowel Denoting an item that is twenty-fifth in a list.
(Latin’s names for the letters of its own alphabet): ā (A), bē (B), cē (C), dē (D), ē (E), ef (F), gē (G), hā (H), ī (I), kā (K), el (L), em (M), en (N), ō (O), pē (P), kū (Q), er (R), es (S), tē (T), ū (V), ix / īx / ex (X), ȳ (Y), zēta (Z)
y lower case (upper case Y) The twenty-fifth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
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