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K symbol for
  1. kelvin(s)
  2. king
  3. potassium
  4. kaon
  5. kina
  6. kip
  7. kopeck
  8. kwacha
  9. kyat
  10. one thousand
  11. a unit of 1024 words, bits, or bytes
  12. (not in technical usage) 1000
Etymology: (for sense 3) from New Latin kalium; (for sense 6) from kilo-; (for sense 8) from Kampuchea
K, K. abbreviation for
  1. Köchel: indicating the serial number in the catalogue (1862) of the works of Mozart made by Ludwig von Köchel (1800–77)



k, K /keɪ/ n ( pl k's, K's, Ks)
  1. the 11th letter and 8th consonant of the modern English alphabet
  2. a speech sound represented by this letter, usually a voiceless velar stop, as in kitten
k symbol for
  1. kilo(s)
  2. the unit vector along the z-axis



kelvin /ˈkɛlvɪn/ n
  1. the basic SI unit of thermodynamic temperature; the fraction 1273.16 of the thermodynamic temperature of the triple point of water
    Symbol: K



potassium /pəˈtæsɪəm/ n
  1. a light silvery element of the alkali metal group that is highly reactive and rapidly oxidizes in air; occurs principally in carnallite and sylvite. It is used when alloyed with sodium as a cooling medium in nuclear reactors and its compounds are widely used, esp in fertilizers. Symbol: K; atomic no: 19; atomic wt: 39.0983; valency: 1; relative density: 0.862; melting pt: 63.71°C; boiling pt: 759°C
Etymology: 19th Century: New Latin potassa potash

poˈtassic adj



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