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O1 British & World English

The fifteenth letter of the alphabet

O3 British & World English

archaic spelling of oh.

o' British & World English

Short for of, used to represent an informal pronunciation.

O' British & World English

In Irish patronymic names such as O’Neill

-o British & World English

Forming chiefly informal or slang variants or derivatives such as beano, wino

-o- British & World English

Used as the terminal vowel of combining forms

oxygen British & World English

A colourless, odourless reactive gas, the chemical element of atomic number 8 and the life-supporting component of the air

O in oxygen British & World English

A colourless, odourless reactive gas, the chemical element of atomic number 8 and the life-supporting component of the air

o in O1 British & World English

The fifteenth letter of the alphabet

oh in O1 British & World English

Nought or zero (in a sequence of numerals, especially when spoken)

o-o British & World English

A honeyeater (bird) found in Hawaii, now probably extinct, which had a thin curved bill and climbed about on tree trunks

P & O British & World English

Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company

I/O British & World English

Input-output

O & M British & World English

Operations and maintenance

o/c British & World English

Overcharge

o/a British & World English

On or about

o'er British & World English

Archaic or literary term of over.

O-Bon British & World English

Another name for Bon.

O-ring British & World English

A gasket or seal in the form of a ring with a circular cross section, typically made of rubber and used especially in swivelling joints

billy-o British & World English

Very much, hard, or strongly

O level British & World English

(In the UK except Scotland) a qualification in a specific subject formerly taken by school students aged 14-16, at a level below A level. It was replaced in 1988 by the GCSE

o'clock British & World English

Used to specify the hour when telling the time

O grade British & World English

Short for Ordinary Grade.

Henry, O. British & World English

(1862–1910), American short-story writer; pseudonym of William Sydney Porter. Jailed for embezzlement in 1898, he started writing short stories in prison. Collections include Cabbages and Kings (1904) and The Voice of the City (1908)

O'Fallon British & World English

A city in eastern Missouri, northwest of St. Louis; population 76,819 (est. 2008)

four-o'clock British & World English

A tropical American herbaceous plant with fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers that open late in the afternoon

O'Hara, John British & World English

(1905–70), US writer; full name John Henry O’Hara. He wrote Butterfield 8 (1935), Pal Joey (1940), Ten North Frederick (1955), and Waiting for Winter (1966)

Simpson, O. J. British & World English

(B.1947), American football player, actor, and celebrity; full name Orenthal James Simpson. He was arrested in 1994, accused of murdering his wife and her male companion, but was acquitted after a lengthy, high-profile trial. In 2008 he was sentenced to at least 9 years in prison on separate charges of assault and kidnapping

tam-o'-shanter British & World English

A round woollen or cloth cap of Scottish origin, with a bobble in the centre

jack-o'-lantern British & World English

A lantern made from a hollowed-out pumpkin or turnip in which holes are cut to represent facial features, typically made at Halloween

John o'Groats British & World English

A village at the extreme NE point of the Scottish mainland

O'Brien, Edna British & World English

(B.1932), Irish novelist and short-story writer, noted especially for her novel The Country Girls (1960)

O'Brien, Flann British & World English

(1911–66), Irish novelist and journalist; pseudonym of Brian O’Nolan. Writing under the name of Myles na Gopaleen, he contributed a satirical column to the Irish Times for nearly twenty years. Notable novels: At Swim-Two-Birds (1939) and The Third Policeman (1967)

O'Casey, Sean British & World English

(1880–1964), Irish dramatist. Notable plays: The Shadow of a Gunman (1923) and Juno and the Paycock (1924)

O'Toole, Peter British & World English

(1932–2013), Irish-born British actor; full name Peter Seamus O’Toole. Notable films include Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Goodbye Mr Chips (1969); he was especially noted for his portrayals of eccentric characters

O'Hara, Frank British & World English

(1926–66), US poet and art critic; full name Francis Russell O’Hara. His poetry reflects his close ties to the art world in New York City and is collected in volumes such as A City in Winter (1952), Meditations in an Emergency (1956), and Lunch Poems (1964)

cat-o'-nine-tails British & World English

A rope whip with nine knotted cords, formerly used (especially at sea) to flog offenders

Selznick, David O. British & World English

(1902–65), American film producer; full name David Oliver Selznick. He produced such films as King Kong (1933) for RKO and Anna Karenina (1935) for MGM before establishing his own production company in 1936 and producing such screen classics as Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca (1940)

will-o'-the-wisp British & World English

A phosphorescent light seen hovering or floating at night on marshy ground, thought to result from the combustion of natural gases

O'Neal, Shaquille British & World English

(1972-), US basketball player. During his career as a center since 1992, he has played for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, and Cleveland Cavaliers

O'Neill, Eugene British & World English

(1888–1953), American dramatist; full name Eugene Gladstone O’Neill. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his first full-length play, Beyond the Horizon (1920). Other notable works: The Iceman Cometh (1946) and Long Day’s Journey into Night (1956, posthumously)

O'Connell, Daniel British & World English

(1775–1847), Irish nationalist leader and social reformer; known as the Liberator. His election to Parliament in 1828 forced the British government to grant Catholic Emancipation in order to enable him to take his seat in the House of Commons. In 1839 he established the Repeal Association to abolish the union with Britain

O'Connor, Carroll British & World English

(1924–2001), US actor, writer, and producer. He starred as Archie Bunker in the television series All in the Family (1971–79) and Archie Bunker’s Place (1979–83). He also starred in the series In the Heat of the Night (1988–95)

O'Connor, Flannery British & World English

(1925–64), American novelist and short-story writer; full name Mary Flannery O’Connor. Notable novels: Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960)


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