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h US English

(In measuring the height of horses) hand(s)

H1 US English

The eighth letter of the alphabet

H2 US English

Hard (used in describing grades of pencil lead)

H New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

8th letter of the alphabet

h1 New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(of a horse's height) hand(s)

h2 New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Planck's constant; ℏ Planck's constant divided by 2π

enthalpy US English

A thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the total heat content of a system. It is equal to the internal energy of the system plus the product of pressure and volume

H in enthalpy US English

A thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the total heat content of a system. It is equal to the internal energy of the system plus the product of pressure and volume

h in H1 US English

The eighth letter of the alphabet

H in H1 US English

A shape like that of a capital H

henry US English

The SI unit of inductance, equal to an electromotive force of one volt in a closed circuit with a uniform rate of change of current of one ampere per second

H in henry US English

The SI unit of inductance, equal to an electromotive force of one volt in a closed circuit with a uniform rate of change of current of one ampere per second

hydrogen US English

A colorless, odorless, highly flammable gas, the chemical element of atomic number 1

H in hydrogen US English

A colorless, odorless, highly flammable gas, the chemical element of atomic number 1

hand New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

measure of a horse's height

hydrogen New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

chemical element of atomic number 1

h & c US English

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

h'm US English

Variant spelling of hem, hum.

km/h US English

Kilometers per hour

p. & h. US English

Postage and handling

Toc H US English

(In the UK) a society, originally of ex-service personnel, founded after the First World War for promoting Christian fellowship and social service

Toc H New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

society promoting Christian fellowship and social service

H-bomb US English

Another term for hydrogen bomb.

H-hour US English

The time of day at which an attack, landing, or other military operation is scheduled to begin

H. Res. US English

House Resolution

H. Rept. US English

House Report

vitamin H US English

Another term for biotin.

Munro, H. H. US English

See Saki.

Auden, W. H. US English

(1907–73), British poet; full name Wystan Hugh Auden. He was a leading left-wing poet and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Anxiety (1947)

Bates, H. E. US English

(1905–74), English novelist and short-story writer; full name Herbert Ernest Bates. He is noted for novels such as The Darling Buds of May (1958)

Wells, H. G. US English

(1866–1946), English novelist; full name Herbert George Wells. He wrote some of the earliest science fiction novels, such as The War of the Worlds (1898), which combined political satire with warnings about the powers of science

White, T. H. US English

(1906–64), British novelist, born in India; full name Terence Hanbury White. He is best known for the tetralogy The Once and Future King, his reworking of the Arthurian legend, which began with The Sword in the Stone (1938)

Bateman, H. M. US English

(1887–1970), Australian-born British cartoonist; full name Henry Mayo Bateman. He is known for the series of cartoons entitled ‘The Man Who ...’, which illustrated social gaffes based on snobbery

Davies, W. H. US English

(1871–1940), Welsh poet; full name William Henry Davies. He emigrated to the US and lived as a vagrant and labourer, writing The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (1908) about his experiences

Fowler, H. W. US English

(1858–1933), English lexicographer and grammarian; full name Henry Watson Fowler. He compiled the first edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary (1911) with his brother Francis George Fowler (1871–1918) and wrote a guide to style and idiom, Modern English Usage, which was first published in 1926

Mencken, H. L. US English

(1880–1956), US journalist and literary and social critic; full name Henry Louis Mencken. From 1908, he attacked the political and literary Establishment. In The American Language (1919) he opposed the dominance of European culture in the US, arguing for and establishing the study of American English in its own right

Perot, H. Ross US English

(1930-), US businessman and politician; full name Henry Ross Perot. He mounted a third-party candidacy for US president in 1992 and received 19 percent of the popular vote. He established United We Stand America in 1993 to serve as a watchdog for the public and the Reform Party in 1995 to challenge the Democratic and Republican parties. In 1996, as the Reform Party’s presidential candidate, he cornered eight percent of the popular vote

Bonney, William H. US English

(1859–81), US outlaw; born Henry McCarty; known as Billy the Kid. A notorious robber and murderer, he was captured by Sheriff Pat Garrett in 1880 and was shot by Garrett after he had escaped from jail

Jackson, Robert H. US English

(1892–1954) US Supreme Court associate justice 1941–54; full name Robert Houghwout Jackson. He was on leave from the Court to serve as chief prosecutor for the US at the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal 1945–46

Lawrence, D. H. US English

(1885–1930), English novelist, poet, and essayist; full name David Herbert Lawrence. His work is characterized by its condemnation of industrial society and its frank exploration of sexual relationships. Notable works: Sons and Lovers (1913), The Rainbow (1915), and Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928)


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