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H British & World English

The eighth letter of the alphabet

H1 British & World English

The eighth letter of the alphabet

H2 British & World English

Hard (used in describing grades of pencil lead)

h British & World English

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

h in H1 British & World English

The eighth letter of the alphabet

enthalpy British & World 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 British & World 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

Henry British & World 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 British & World 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 British & World English

A colourless, odourless, highly flammable gas, the chemical element of atomic number 1

H in hydrogen British & World English

A colourless, odourless, highly flammable gas, the chemical element of atomic number 1

h'm British & World English

variant spelling of hem, hum.

h & c British & World English

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

km/h British & World English

Kilometres per hour

p. & h. British & World English

Postage and handling

Toc H British & World English

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

H-bomb British & World English

another term for hydrogen bomb.

H-hour British & World English

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

H. Res. British & World English

House Resolution

vitamin H British & World English

another term for biotin.

Auden, W. H. British & World English

(1907–73), British-born poet, resident in America from 1939; full name Wystan Hugh Auden. Look, Stranger! (1936) and Spain (1937, on the Civil War) secured his position as a leading left-wing poet. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Anxiety (1947)

Bates, H. E. British & World 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)

H's in H1 British & World English

The eighth letter of the alphabet

hmm British & World English

variant spelling of hem, hum.

Wells, H. G. British & World 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. British & World 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 that began with The Sword in the Stone (1937)

Bateman, H. M. British & World 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. British & World 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. British & World English

(1858–1933), English lexicographer and grammarian; full name Henry Watson Fowler. He compiled the first Concise Oxford Dictionary (1911) with his brother F. G. Fowler, and wrote the moderately prescriptive guide to style and idiom, Modern English Usage, first published in 1926

Mencken, H. L. British & World English

(1880–1956), American journalist and literary critic; full name Henry Louis Mencken. In his book The American Language (1919) he opposed the dominance of European culture in America

Perot, H. Ross British & World 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. British & World English

(1859–81), American 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 escaped

Jackson, Robert H. British & World 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. British & World English

(1885–1930), English novelist, poet, and essayist; full name David Herbert Lawrence. His work is characterized by its condemnation of industrial society and by its frank exploration of sexual relationships, as in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, originally published in Italy in 1928, but not available in England in unexpurgated form until 1960. Other notable works: Sons and Lovers (1913) and Women in Love (1921)

White, Theodore H. British & World English

(1915–86), US journalist and historian. He is best known for The Making of the President 1960 (Pulitzer Prize, 1962). Other works include In Search of History (1978) and America in Search of Itself (1982)

Schwarzkopf, H. Norman British & World English

Jr. (1934–2012), US army officer; nickname Stormin' Norman. He was deputy commander of US forces during the invasion of Grenada 1983. Promoted to full general in 1988 and appointed commander in chief of the US Central Command 1988–91, he led the Allied forces against Iraq in the Persian Gulf War 1991

H. bovis in warble fly British & World English

A large fly which lays its eggs on the legs of mammals such as cattle and horses. The larvae migrate internally to the host’s back, where they form a small lump with a breathing hole, dropping to the ground later when fully grown

H. helix in ivy British & World English

A woody evergreen Eurasian climbing plant, typically having shiny, dark green five-pointed leaves

H. elatus in mahoe2 British & World English

Any of a number of tropical trees and shrubs yielding bast that is used to make cord

H. kurzii in chaulmoogra British & World English

A tropical Asian evergreen tree with narrow leathery leaves and oil-rich seeds

H. tiliaceus in mahoe2 British & World English

Any of a number of tropical trees and shrubs yielding bast that is used to make cord

H. colliei in ratfish British & World English

A blunt-nosed chimaera with rodent-like front teeth and a long, thin tail, found chiefly in cooler waters

H. V. Roe in Roe, Sir Alliott Verdon British & World English

(1877–1958), English engineer and aircraft designer; full name Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe. With his brother H. V. Roe he founded the Avro Company and built a number of planes, including the Avro 504 biplane of the First World War; in 1928 he formed the Saunders-Roe Company to design and manufacture flying boats

H. albicilla in sea eagle British & World English

A large Eurasian fish-eating eagle that frequents coasts and wetlands

H. ramulosus in seahorse British & World English

A small marine fish with segmented bony armour, an upright posture, a curled prehensile tail, a tubular snout, and a head and neck suggestive of a horse. The male has a brood pouch in which the eggs develop

H. sapiens in Neanderthal British & World English

An extinct species of human that was widely distributed in ice-age Europe between circa 120,000 and 35,000 years ago, with a receding forehead and prominent brow ridges. The Neanderthals were associated with the Mousterian flint industry of the Middle Palaeolithic

H. undatus in night-blooming cereus British & World English

A tropical climbing cactus with aerial roots and heavily scented flowers that open only at night and are typically pollinated by bats

H. habilis in Homo British & World English

The genus of primates of which modern humans (Homo sapiens) are the present-day representatives


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