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NOUN (2)

1. a multivalent nonmetallic element of the nitrogen family that occurs commonly in inorganic phosphate rocks and as organic phosphates in all living cells; is highly reactive and occurs in several allotropic forms;
[syn: phosphorus, P, atomic number 15]

2. the 16th letter of the Roman alphabet;
[syn: P, p]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

P \P\ (p[=e]), the sixteenth letter of the English alphabet, is a nonvocal consonant whose form and value come from the Latin, into which language the letter was brought, through the ancient Greek, from the Ph[oe]nician, its probable origin being Egyptian. Etymologically P is most closely related to b, f, and v; as hobble, hopple; father, paternal; recipient, receive. See B, F, and M. [1913 Webster] See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 247, 248, and 184-195. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Labial \La"bi*al\, n. 1. (Phonetics) A letter or character representing an articulation or sound formed or uttered chiefly with the lips, as b, p, w. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) An organ pipe that is furnished with lips; a flue pipe. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zool.) One of the scales which border the mouth of a fish or reptile. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mute \Mute\, n. 1. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause. Specifically: (a) One who, from deafness, either congenital or from early life, is unable to use articulate language; a deaf-mute. (b) A person employed by undertakers at a funeral. (c) A person whose part in a play does not require him to speak. (d) Among the Turks, an officer or attendant who is selected for his place because he can not speak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Phon.) A letter which represents no sound; a silent letter; also, a close articulation; an element of speech formed by a position of the mouth organs which stops the passage of the breath; as, p, b, d, k, t. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mus.) A little utensil made of brass, ivory, or other material, so formed that it can be fixed in an erect position on the bridge of a violin, or similar instrument, in order to deaden or soften the tone. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

P n 1: a multivalent nonmetallic element of the nitrogen family that occurs commonly in inorganic phosphate rocks and as organic phosphates in all living cells; is highly reactive and occurs in several allotropic forms [syn: phosphorus, P, atomic number 15] 2: the 16th letter of the Roman alphabet [syn: P, p]