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z

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noun, often capitalized, often attributive \ ˈzē , Canadian, British, and Australian ˈzed , chiefly dialectal ˈi-zərd \

Definition of z

plural z's or zs
1 a :the 26th and last letter of the English alphabet
b :a graphic representation of this letter
c :a speech counterpart of orthographic z
2 :a graphic device for reproducing the letter z
3 :one designated z especially as the 26th in order or class or the third in order or class when x is made the first
4 :something shaped like the letter Z
5 :wink 1 usually used in plural
  • catch some z's before dinner

Examples of z in a Sentence

  1. a word that begins with a z

  2. a word that begins with z

First Known Use of z

before 12th century

Other Alphabet Terms


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z

abbreviation

Definition of z

1 zero
2 zone

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Z

noun

Definition of Z

First Known Use of z

1967


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Z

abbreviation
variants: or ZD

Definition of Z

zenith distance

Financial Definition of Z

z

What It Is

Z is an extension to a ticker symbol. It denotes that the security is either a special class of preferred stock, a stub security, represents a limited partnership interest or is a special class of warrants.

How It Works

On the Nasdaq market, for example, the letter Z after the ticker (an XYZ Company security on the Nasdaq would have four letters in its ticker and would look like this, for example: XYZC-Z) to denote that the security is a special class of preferred stock, a stub security, represents a limited partnership interest or is a special class of warrants.

Why It Matters

Many companies have several different types of securities listed. Extensions help investors understand which securities are which.



Z Defined for English Language Learners

noun

Definition of z for English Language Learners

  • : the 26th letter of the English alphabet

  • —used in the phrase x, y, and z to refer to the third thing in a group of three unnamed things


Z Defined for Kids

z

play
noun, often capitalized \ ˈzē \

Definition of z for Students

plural z's or zs \ˈzēz\
:the 26th letter of the English alphabet

Medical Dictionary

Z

symbol

medical Definition of Z

1 atomic number
2 impedance

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