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  1. a trivalent metalloid element; occurs both in a hard black crystal and in the form of a yellow or brown powder Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. originally thought to be a single vitamin but now separated into several B vitamins Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a logarithmic unit of sound intensity equal to 10 decibels Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the blood group whose red cells carry the B antigen Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. aerobic rod-shaped spore-producing bacterium; often occurring in chainlike formations; found primarily in soil Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. the 2nd letter of the Roman alphabet Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. (physics) a unit of nuclear cross section; the effective circular area that one particle presents to another as a target for an encounter Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. is the second letter of the English alphabet. (See Guide to Pronunciation, 196, 220.) It is etymologically related to p, v, f, w and m , letters representing sounds having a close organic affinity to its own sound; as in Eng. bursar and purser; Eng. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Abbreviation for base. Chemical symbol of boron. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  10. Second letter of the alphabet. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. The second letter in the English alphabet. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Is the second letter, and the first consonant in the English as well as most other alphabets. It is a mute and a labial, being formed by pressing the whole length of the lips together, and forcing them open with a strong breath. It has a near affinity with the labial letters P and V. and in some languages is interchanged with them. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. As an abbreviation in writing, generally stands for bachelor, as B.A., bachelor of arts. In B.C., it stands for before. Not to know a B from a bull's foot, to be extremely ignorant. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. As a numeral, was used by the Hebrews and Greeks, as now by the Arabians, for 2, by the Romans for 300, and with a dash over it, thus, B for 3,000. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. In music, is the designation of the seventh note in the natural diatonic scale of C; it also stands for base, and B. C. for basso continue, or thorough base. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Name of a musical sound. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. is the second letter of the English alphabet. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 196, 220. It is etymologically related to p, v, f, w and m , letters representing sounds having a close organic affinity to its own sound; as in Eng. bursar and purser; Eng. bear and Lat. ferre; Eng. silver and Ger. silber; Lat. cubitum and It. gomito; Eng. seven, Anglo-Saxon seofon, Ger. sieben, Lat. septem, Gr."epta`, Sanskrit saptan. The form of letter B is Roman, from Greek B Beta, of Semitic origin. The small b was formed by gradual change from the capital B. mso.anu.edu.au
  18. The second letter of the English alphabet : is used to denote the second of a series of pages, notes, etc.; the subsequent letters, the third and following numbers. thelawdictionary.org
  19. 1. byte.2. A systems language written by Ken Thompson in1970 mostly for his own use under Unix on the PDP-11. Bwas later improved by Kerninghan (?) and Ritchie to produceC. B was used as the systems language on Honeywell'sGCOS-3.B was, according to Ken, greatly influenced by BCPL, but thename B had nothing to do with BCPL. B was in fact a revisionof an earlier language, bon, named after Ken Thompson'swife, Bonnie.["The Programming Language B", S.C. Johnson & B.W. Kernighan,CS TR 8, Bell Labs (Jan 1973)].[Features? Differences from C?]3. A simple interactive programming languagedesigned by Lambert Meertens and Steven Pemberton. B wasthe predecessor of ABC. B was the first published (andimplemented) language to use indentation for block structure. (ftp://ftp.uni-kl.de/pub/languages/B.tar.Z).["Draft Proposal for the B Language", Lambert Meertens, CWI,Amsterdam, 1981]..4. A specification language byJean-Raymond Abrial of B Core UK, Magdalen Centre, OxfordScience Park, Oxford OX4 4GA. B is related to Z andsupports development of C code from specifications. B hasbeen used in major safety-critical system specifications inEurope, and is currently attracting increasing interest inindustry. It has robust, commercially available tool supportfor specification, design, proof and code generation.E-mail: . foldoc_fs
  20. bit or maybe byte (B). foldoc_fs
  21. is the second letter of the English alphabet. (See Guide to Pronunciation, p, v, f, w, and m, letters representing sounds having a close organic affinity to its own sound; as in Eng. bursar and purser; Eng. bear and Lat. ferre; Eng. silver and Ger. silber; Lat. cubitum and It. gomito; Eng. seven, Anglo-Saxon seofon, Ger. sieben, Lat. septem, Gr."epta`, Sanskrit saptan. The form of letter B is Roman, from the Greek B (Beta), of Semitic origin. The small b was formed by gradual change from the capital B. dictgcide_fs
  22. the second letter of our alphabet, called by the Phoenicians beth, 'the house,' coresponding to Greek [Greek: beta], 'beta.'--B in music is the seventh note of the scale of C major; B or B FLAT, a humorous euphemism for the domestic bug. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  23. Symbol for boron. na
  24. letter (pl. Bs, B\'s, Bees). (Mus.) seventh note in scale of C major (B flat. Jocular euthem. For bug). (In argument) second hypothetical person or thing. (Alg.) second known quantity. Abbreviations (1); bachelor, as B.A. (of Arts), B.D. (of Divinity), B. Scotch (of Science), LL.B. (of Laws); brandy, B& S (& soda); beata, B.V.M. (Virgo Maria=the Blessed Virgin Mary); before, B.C. (Christ); born, as b. 1851; British, as B.C. (Columbia). Abbreviations (2); Bart, baronet; Beds., Bedfordshire; Berks., Berkshire; Bp, bishop; Bros, Brothers; Bucks., Buckingharmshire. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. Symbol of boron. American pocket medical dictionary.
  26. Is used as an abbreviation for before, as B.C., before Christ; or for bachelor; as B.A., Bachelor of Arts. Among the Greeks and Hebrews, B denoted 2; among the Romans, 300, with a dash over it, 3000. It is also the name of one of the notes in the musical scale, answering to the French Si. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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