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Etymology 1

Greek letter Β (B, “Beta”), the source for Latin letter B

From Ancient Greek letter Β (B), Beta).

Letter

B (upper case, lower case b)

  1. The second letter of the classical Latin alphabet and most variations thereof, including the English alphabet.
Usage notes

The letter B (usually its lower case form b) is used in several romanization systems of non-Latin scripts to represent the bilabial plosive or stop, usually voiced (IPA: /b/).

See also

Etymology 2

  • (blood type): from antigen B
  • (symbol for boron): abbreviation of boron
  • (hexadecimal 11): The eleventh item from the sequence {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F}

Symbol

B

  1. A blood type that has a specific antigen that aggravates the immune response in people with type A antigen in their blood. They can receive blood from type B or type O, but cannot receive blood from AB or A.
  2. (chemistry) The symbol for boron.
  3. (computing) Hexadecimal symbol for 11.
  4. (biochemistry) IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for either glutamine or glutamic acid

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

The b-rune ᛒ, an older version of Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter ᛒ, the Old English letter replaced by Latin ‘B’

Old English letter B, from 7th century replacement by Latin B of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter  (B), beorc).

Letter

B (upper case, lower case b, plural Bs)

  1. The letter Bee, the second letter of the English alphabet.

Usage notes

In Modern English, the letter B is sometimes silent, e.g. in climb, and debt.

Apostrophes are sometimes used to form plurals of single upper case letters, especially at the start of a sentence:

A’s are difficult to achieve in this class.

Usually, though, the apostrophe is avoided when there is no risk of confusion:

She gets straight As in school.

See also

  • Previous letter: A
  • Next letter: C

Etymology 2

  • (cricket, balls): abbreviation of balls
  • (billion): abbreviation of billion

Abbreviation

B

  1. (cricket) the number of balls faced by a batsman
  2. The quantity one billion (1,000,000,000), usually used to signify a sum of money
    $2.8 B — “two point eight billion dollars” (i.e., $2,800,000,000)

Etymology 3

  • (personality type): from contrast with the letter ‘A’ and its corresponding personality type
  • (academic grade): from the position of the letter ‘B’ in the English alphabet

Noun

Singular
B

Plural
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B ({{{1}}})
  1. A personality type of someone who is relaxed and easygoing and able to engage in leisure activities without worrying about work.
  2. An academic grade, better than a C and worse than an A
  3. Signifies a second-tier or second class of a given commodity, group, or category, as in B-movie, B-list, etc.
    The television studio revived some of it's B characters for the spinoff.

Usage notes

Apostrophes are sometimes used to form plurals of single upper case letters, especially at the start of a sentence:

A’s are difficult to achieve in this class.

Usually, though, the apostrophe is avoided when there is no risk of confusion:

She gets straight As in school.

Finnish

Noun

B

  1. lubenter approbatur

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • (phoneme) IPA: /b/
  • (letter name) IPA: /be/

Letter

B (upper case, lower case b)[[Category:Template:lang:ro alphabet|B]]

  1. The letter Be, the fourth letter of the Romanian alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: Â
  • Next letter: C

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