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C1 British & World English

The third letter of the alphabet

C in C1 British & World English

The first note of the diatonic scale of C major, the major scale having no sharps or flats

C in capacitance British & World English

The ratio of the change in an electric charge in a system to the corresponding change in its electric potential

carbon British & World English

The chemical element of atomic number 6, a non-metal which has two main forms (diamond and graphite) and which also occurs in impure form in charcoal, soot, and coal

C in carbon British & World English

The chemical element of atomic number 6, a non-metal which has two main forms (diamond and graphite) and which also occurs in impure form in charcoal, soot, and coal

Celsius British & World English

Of or denoting a scale of temperature on which water freezes at 0° and boils at 100° under standard conditions

C in Celsius British & World English

Of or denoting a scale of temperature on which water freezes at 0° and boils at 100° under standard conditions

class A drug British & World English

An illegal narcotic drug classified as being of the most harmful and addictive (or a less harmful and addictive) kind, possession or sale of which incurs corresponding legal penalties

coulomb British & World English

The SI unit of electric charge, equal to the quantity of electricity conveyed in one second by a current of one ampere

C in coulomb British & World English

The SI unit of electric charge, equal to the quantity of electricity conveyed in one second by a current of one ampere

hundred British & World English

The number equivalent to the product of ten and ten; ten more than ninety; 100

c British & World English

(On scorecards) caught by

c in C1 British & World English

The third letter of the alphabet

c. in c British & World English

Century or centuries

C & W British & World English

Country and western (music)

c/s British & World English

Cycles per second

h & c British & World English

Hot and cold (used in describing the water supply to a hotel bedroom or a room in a house)

i/c British & World English

(Especially in military contexts) in charge of

L/C British & World English

Letter of credit

VHS-C British & World English

VHS compact, denoting a video system used by some camcorders, which records signals in VHS format on smaller video cassettes

C clef British & World English

The soprano, alto, or tenor clef

C-note British & World English

A 100 dollar bill

C-level British & World English

Denoting the executive level of a corporation

C of E British & World English

Church of England

K of C British & World English

Knights of Columbus

C.-in-C. British & World English

Commander-in-Chief

C. of C. British & World English

Chamber of Commerce

C rations British & World English

A type of tinned food formerly used by American soldiers

C-section British & World English

A caesarean section

D and C British & World English

Dilatation and curettage

middle C British & World English

The C near the middle of the piano keyboard, written on the first leger line below the treble stave or the first leger line above the bass stave

vitamin C British & World English

Another term for ascorbic acid.

Day-Lewis, C. British & World English

(1904–72), English poet and critic; full name Cecil Day-Lewis. His early verse, such as Transitional Poem (1929), reflects the influence of revolutionary thinking. After 1940, however, he increasingly became a figure of the Establishment and was Poet Laureate 1968–72

hepatitis C British & World English

A form of viral hepatitis transmitted in infected blood, causing chronic liver disease

Handy, W. C. British & World English

(1873–1958), American blues musician; full name William Christopher Handy. He set up a music-publishing house in 1914, and his transcriptions of traditional blues helped establish the pattern of the modern twelve-bar blues

Lewis, C. S. British & World English

(1898–1963), British novelist, religious writer, and literary scholar; full name Clive Staples Lewis. He broadcast and wrote on religious and moral issues, and created the imaginary land of Narnia for a series of children’s books, which began with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)

Snow, C. P. British & World English

1st Baron Snow of Leicester (1905–80), English novelist and scientist; full name Charles Percy Snow. He is best known for his sequence of eleven novels Strangers and Brothers, which deals with moral dilemmas in the academic world, and for his lecture Two Cultures (1959)

Wren, P. C. British & World English

(1885–1941), English novelist; full name Percival Christopher Wren. He is best known for his romantic adventure stories dealing with life in the French Foreign Legion, the first of which was Beau Geste (1924)

c'est la vie British & World English

Used to express acceptance or resignation in the face of a difficult or unpleasant situation

Clark, Tom C. British & World English

(1899–1977), US Supreme Court associate justice 1949–67; full name Thomas Campbell Clark. He was US attorney general 1945–49 before being appointed to the Court by President Truman. Considered somewhat conservative, he tended to be more liberal regarding civil rights issues


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