Meaning of B in English



Pronunciation: ' b ē

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural b's or bs \ ' b ē z \

Usage: often cap

often attrib

before 12th century

1 a : the second letter of the English alphabet b : a graphic representation of this letter c : a speech counterpart of orthographic b

2 : the seventh tone of a C-major scale

3 : a graphic device for reproducing the letter b

4 : one designated b especially as the second in order or class

5 a : a grade rating a student's work as good but short of excellent b : one graded or rated with a B

6 : something shaped like the letter B

7 capitalized : the one of the four ABO blood groups characterized by the presence of antigens designated by the letter B and by the presence of antibodies against the antigens present in the A blood group

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.