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k    : [k'e]
K \K\, (k[=a]),
the eleventh letter of the English alphabet, is nonvocal
consonant. The form and sound of the letter K are from the
Latin, which used the letter but little except in the early
period of the language. It came into the Latin from the
Greek, which received it from a Ph[oe]nician source, the
ultimate origin probably being Egyptian. Etymologically K is
most nearly related to c, g, h (which see).

Note: In many words of one syllable k is used after c, as in
crack, check, deck, being necessary to exhibit a
correct pronunciation in the derivatives, cracked,
checked, decked, cracking; since without it, c, before
the vowels e and i, would be sounded like s. Formerly,
k was added to c in certain words of Latin origin, as
in musick, publick, republick; but now it is omitted.
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Note: See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 240, 178, 179,
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Mute \Mute\, n.
1. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability,
unwillingness, or other cause. Specifically:
(a) One who, from deafness, either congenital or from
early life, is unable to use articulate language; a
(b) A person employed by undertakers at a funeral.
(c) A person whose part in a play does not require him to
(d) Among the Turks, an officer or attendant who is
selected for his place because he can not speak.
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2. (Phon.) A letter which represents no sound; a silent
letter; also, a close articulation; an element of speech
formed by a position of the mouth organs which stops the
passage of the breath; as, {p}, {b}, {d}, {k}, {t}.
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3. (Mus.) A little utensil made of brass, ivory, or other
material, so formed that it can be fixed in an erect
position on the bridge of a violin, or similar instrument,
in order to deaden or soften the tone.
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adj 1: denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units
[synonym: {thousand}, {one thousand}, {1000}, {m}, {k}]
n 1: the basic unit of thermodynamic temperature adopted under
the Systeme International d'Unites [synonym: {kelvin}, {K}]
2: a light soft silver-white metallic element of the alkali
metal group; oxidizes rapidly in air and reacts violently
with water; is abundant in nature in combined forms occurring
in sea water and in carnallite and kainite and sylvite [synonym:
{potassium}, {K}, {atomic number 19}]
3: the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100 [synonym:
{thousand}, {one thousand}, {1000}, {M}, {K}, {chiliad}, {G},
{grand}, {thou}, {yard}]
4: a unit of information equal to 1000 bytes [synonym: {kilobyte},
{K}, {KB}, {kB}]
5: a unit of information equal to 1024 bytes [synonym: {kilobyte},
{kibibyte}, {K}, {KB}, {kB}, {KiB}]
6: the 11th letter of the Roman alphabet [synonym: {K}, {k}]
7: street names for ketamine [synonym: {K}, {jet}, {super acid},
{special K}, {honey oil}, {green}, {cat valium}, {super C}]

{kilo-}, a {kilobyte}. Used both as a spoken word and
a written suffix, like {meg} and {gig} for {megabyte} and

See {prefix}.

[{Jargon File}]


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