Meaning of K in English

K

I. ˈkā noun

( plural k's or ks ˈkāz)

Usage: often capitalized, often attributive

1.

a. : the 11th letter of the English alphabet

b. : an instance of this letter printed, written, or otherwise represented

c. : a speech counterpart of orthographic k (as k in kill, skill, like, joked, or German kühn )

2. : a printer's type, a stamp, or some other instrument for reproducing the letter k

3. : someone or something arbitrarily or conveniently designated k especially as the 10th or when j is used for the 10th the 11th in order or class

4. : something having the shape of the letter K

5. : a unit vector parallel to the z-axis

II. abbreviation

Usage: often capitalized

1.

[Latin kalendae ]

calends

2. karat

3.

[ kathode ]

cathode

4. keel

5. keg

6. Kelvin

7. key

8. kilo-

9. kilogram

10. king

11. kip

12. kitchen

13. knight

14. knit

15. knot

16. kopeck

17. koruna

18. kran

19. krona

20. krone

21. kroon

22. kurus

III. symbol

1. capitalized

[New Latin kalium ]

potassium

2. often capitalized constant

3.

[German konstant ]

Boltzman's constant

4. thermal conductivity

5.

a. key — used as a cryptographic subscript

B p (D k ) . E c means that D was used as the key letter when B was enciphered into E

— see vigene re cipher

b. capitalized a cryptographic numerical keying element or the numerical value of a key letter when the normal alphabet is numbered from 0 to 25

P + C . K is the Beaufort keying method

6. capitalized : dissociation constant

7. capitalized : ionization constant

IV. noun

Etymology: kilo-

1. : thousand

a salary of $24 K

2.

[from the fact that 1024 (2 10 ) is the power of 2 closest to 1000]

: a unit of computer storage capacity equal to 1024 bytes

uses 120K of disk space

V. ˈkā abbreviation or noun

( -s )

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: struc k

: strikeout

VI. abbreviation

1. kilometer

2. kindergarten

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.