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Syllabification: c

abbreviation

1Cent(s).
1.1 [in combination] (In units of measurement) centi-: centistokes (cS)
1.2 (circa ) Century or centuries: a watch case, 19th c
1.3 (also circa ) (Preceding a date or amount) circa; approximately: Isabella was born c. 1759
1.4(Of water) cold: all cabins have h & c
1.5Colt.

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The speed of light in a vacuum: E = mc2

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C2

Syllabification: C
(also c)

noun (plural Cs or C's)

1The third letter of the alphabet.
1.1Denoting the third in a set of items, categories, sizes, etc.
1.2Denoting the third of three or more hypothetical people or things.
1.3The third highest class of academic grades.
1.4 (c) Chess Denoting the third file from the left of a chessboard, as viewed from White’s side of the board.
1.5 (usually c) The third fixed constant to appear in an algebraic expression, or a known constant.
1.6Denoting the lowest soil horizon, comprising parent materials.
2A shape like that of a letter C: [in combination]: C-springs
3 (usually C) Music The first note of the diatonic scale of C major, the major scale having no sharps or flats.
3.1A key based on a scale with C as its keynote.
4The Roman numeral for 100.
[abbreviation of Latin centum 'hundred']
5 (C) A high-level computer programming language originally developed for implementing the UNIX operating system.
[formerly known as B, abbreviation of BCPL]

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C3

Syllabification: C

abbreviation

1 (C.) Cape (chiefly on maps): C. Hatteras
1.1Celsius or centigrade: it was 29°C at noon
1.2 (©) Copyright.
1.5 Physics Coulomb(s).

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1 Physics Capacitance.
1.1The chemical element carbon.

Phrases

the Big C

1
informal Cancer.
Example sentences
  • I'm very conscious that the Big C runs in my family, so have been interested in hearing from people who didn't take conventional cancer treatments, but instead, changed their lifestyle and nutrition.
  • I suppose the warning signs were out when Steve was diagnosed with the Big C, but he's beat a number of other physical close calls with the Grim Reaper.
  • Is it any wonder that what has been labelled at The Big C - some cannot even say the name - has become the topic of conversation to be generally avoided?

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