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H1 British & World English

The eighth letter of the alphabet

H2 British & World English

Hard (used in describing grades of pencil lead)

H New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

8th 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

hydrogen New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

chemical element of atomic number 1

h British & World English

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

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

h in H1 British & World English

The eighth letter of the alphabet

hand New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

measure of a horse's height

h & c British & World English

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

h'm British & World English

Variant spelling of hem, hum.

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

Toc H New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

society 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)

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)


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