Meaning of E in English

I. ˈē noun

( plural e's or es also ees ˈēz)

Usage: often capitalized, often attributive


a. : the fifth letter of the English alphabet

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

c. : a speech counterpart of orthographic e (as long e in equal, short e in let, or e in German mehl )


a. : the keynote of E major or E minor

b. : the tone E

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

4. : someone or something arbitrarily or conveniently designated e especially as the fifth in order or class


a. : a grade assigned by a teacher or examiner rating a student's work as falling in the fifth highest class in a scale of 5 or 6 classes and usually constituting a conditional pass

received an E in Latin

b. : one graded or rated with an E

one of the E's in the class

6. : the base of the natural system of logarithms being the x th root of the expression l+x as x approaches the limit 0 and having the approximate numerical value 2.71828

7. : the second-class Lloyd's rating for the quality of a merchant ship

8. : something having the shape of the letter E

9. : an award usually in the form of a pennant bearing a symbolic E for excellence or exceptional merit (as in performance, production, or product) given usually to an industrial organization by an agency of the United States government (as one of its armed forces)

II. abbreviation

Usage: often capitalized

1. earl

2. early

3. earth

4. easily

5. east; easterly; eastern

6. Easter

7. eccentricity

8. edge

9. educated

10. efficiency; efficient

11. Egyptian

12. elasticity

13. eldest

14. ell

15. empty

16. end

17. energy

18. engine; engineer; engineering

19. English

20. entrance

21. equatorial

22. erg

23. error

24. escudo

25. estimate; estimated

26. excellence; excellency; excellent

27. export

28. exposure

III. symbol

1. capitalized Elohistic or Ephraimitic — used in biblical criticism

the E source in the Hexateuch

an E psalm

2. capitalized Young's modulus of elasticity

3. capitalized electric intensity

4. capitalized illumination

5. the charge of an electron

6. capitalized oxidation-reduction potential

IV. symbol

Usage: often capitalized

exponent — used especially in scientific and floating-point notation (as in a computer display) when a superscript is inconvenient

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