1. f is the sixth letter of the english alphabet, and a nonvocal consonant. its form and sound are from the latin. the latin borrowed the form from the greek digamma &?;, which probably had the value of english w consonant. the form and value of greek letter came from the phœnician, the ultimate source being probably egyptian. etymologically f is most closely related to p, k, v, and b; as in e. five, gr. pe`nte; e. wolf, l. lupus, gr. ly`kos; e. fox, vixen; fragile, break; fruit, brook, v. t.; e. bear, l. ferre. see guide to pronunciation, §§ 178, 179, 188, 198, 230.
2. (mus.) the name of the fourth tone of the model scale, or scale of c. f sharp (f ♯) is a tone intermediate between f and g.
clef, the bass clef. see under clef.
adj : of a temperature scale that registers the freezing point of water as 32 degrees f and the boiling point as 212 degrees f at one atmosphere of pressure; "the fahrenheit scale" [syn: fahrenheit, fahr]
[ant: celsius] n
1. a degree on the fahrenheit scale of temperature [syn: degree fahrenheit , f]
2. a nonmetallic univalent element; usually a yellow irritating toxic flammable gas; a powerful oxidizing agent; recovered from fluorite or cryolite or fluorapatite [syn: fluorine, f, atomic number 9]
3. the capacitance of a capacitor that has an equal and opposite charge of 1 coulomb on each plate and a voltage difference of 1 volt between the plates [syn: farad, f]
4. the 6th letter of the roman alphabet [syn: f]
e m f
william f cody
i f stone
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