1

i

play
noun, often capitalized often attributive \ˈī\

Definition of i

plural

i's

or

is

play play \ˈīz\
  1. 1 a :  the 9th letter of the English alphabet b :  a graphic representation of this letter c :  a speech counterpart of orthographic i

  2. 2 :  one — see number table

  3. 3 :  a graphic device for reproducing the letter i

  4. 4 :  one designated i especially as the ninth in order or class

  5. 5 :  something shaped like the letter I

  6. 6 :  a unit vector parallel to the x-axis

  7. 7 [abbreviation for incomplete] a :  a grade rating a student's work as incomplete b :  one graded or rated with an I

  8. 8 :  I formation

Examples of i in a sentence

  1. The word ice begins with an i.

  2. The word ice begins with i.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of i

before 12th century


2

i

abbreviation

Definition of i

  1. 1 industrial

  2. 2 initial

  3. 3 intelligence

  4. 4 intensity

  5. 5 interlaced

  6. 6 intransitive

  7. 7 island; isle


3

i

symbol

Definition of i

  1. imaginary unit


1

I

play
pronoun \ˈī, ə\

Definition of I

  1. :  the one who is speaking or writing <I feel fine> — compare me, mine, my, we

Usage Discussion of i

Me is used in many constructions where strict grammarians prescribe I. This usage is not so much ungrammatical as indicative of the shrinking range of the nominative form: me began to replace I sometime around the 16th century largely because of the pressure of word order. I is now chiefly used as the subject of an immediately following verb. Me occurs in every other position: absolutely <who, me?>, emphatically <me too>, and after prepositions, conjunctions, and verbs, including be <come with me> <you're as big as me> <it's me>. Almost all usage books recognize the legitimacy of me in these positions, especially in speech; some recommend I in formal and especially written contexts after be and after as and than when the first term of the comparison is the subject of a verb.

Origin and Etymology of i

Middle English, from Old English ic; akin to Old High German ih I, Latin ego, Greek egō


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Alphabet Terms


2

I

play
noun \ˈī\

Definition of I

plural

I's

or

Is

play \ˈīz\
  1. :  someone aware of possessing a personal individuality :  self

1539

First Known Use of i

1539


3

I

abbreviation

Definition of I

  1. 1 electric current

  2. 2 Indian

  3. 3 interstate

  4. 4 Israeli


4

I

symbol

Definition of I

  1. iodine


-i-

Definition of -i-

  1. —used as a connective vowel to join word elements especially of Latin origin <matrilineal> <raticide>

Origin and Etymology of -i-

Latin, thematic vowel of most nouns and adjectives in combination



I Defined for English Language Learners

1

i

play
noun, often capitalized often attributive \ˈī\

Definition of i for English Language Learners

  • : the ninth letter of the English alphabet

  • : the number one in Roman numerals


1

I

play
pronoun \ˈī, ə\

Definition of I for English Language Learners

  • : the person who is speaking or writing


I Defined for Kids

noun , often cap \ˈī\

Definition of i for Students

plural

i's

or

is

\ˈīz\
  1. 1 :  the ninth letter of the English alphabet

  2. 2 :  the number one in Roman numerals


pronoun \ˈī, ə\

Definition of I for Students

  1. :  the person speaking or writing <I am here.>

Headscratcher for i

English is the only language in which its first person pronoun I is capitalized. I is also the most frequently spoken word in English.


Medical Dictionary

i

abbreviation

Medical Definition of i

  1. 1incisor

  2. 2optically inactive


I

symbol

Medical Definition of I

  1. iodine


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