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Mute \Mute\, n.

  1. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause. Specifically:

    1. One who, from deafness, either congenital or from early life, is unable to use articulate language; a deaf-mute.

    2. A person employed by undertakers at a funeral.

    3. A person whose part in a play does not require him to speak.

    4. Among the Turks, an officer or attendant who is selected for his place because he can not speak.

  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.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Roman letter, from Greek kappa, ultimately from Phoenician and general Semitic kaph, said to be literally "hollow of the hand," so called for its shape. For more on the history of its use, see C. As a symbol for potassium, it represents Latin kalium "potash." Slang meaning "one thousand dollars" is 1970s, from kilo-. K as a measure of capacity (especially in computer memory) meaning "one thousand" also is an abbreviation of kilo-. As an indication of "strikeout" in baseball scorekeeping it dates from 1874, said to be from last letter of struck, perhaps because first letter already was being used as abbreviation for sacrifice. The invention of the scorecard symbols is attributed to U.S. newspaperman Henry Chadwick (1824-1908) of the old New York "Clipper."\n\nSmith was the first striker, and went out on three strikes, which is recorded by the figure "1" for the first out, and the letter K to indicate how put out, K being the last letter of the word "struck." The letter K is used in this instance as being easier to remember in connection with the word struck than S, the first letter, would be.

[Henry Chadwick, "Chadwick's Base Ball Manual," London, 1874]


Etymology 1 letter 1 (Latn-def en letter 11 kay) 2 The first letter of callsigns allocated to American broadcast television and radio stations west of the Mississippi river. num. (Latn-def en ordinal 11 kay) Etymology 2

abbr. 1 See K 2 (context colloquial texting Internet slang English) (abbreviation of okay English) (Also spelled '''kay''.) n. 1 (context computing English) A kilobyte (more formally KB or kB). 2 (context computing English) A kilobit (more formally kb), especially in measuring Internet connection. 3 (context colloquial English) kilometre or kilometres. 4 (context colloquial English) thousand or thousands. 5 The SI measurement value of 1,000


adj. denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units [syn: thousand, a thousand, one thousand, 1000, m]

K-Bar Ranch, TX -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Texas
Population (2000): 350
Housing Units (2000): 116
Land area (2000): 3.410505 sq. miles (8.833167 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.410505 sq. miles (8.833167 sq. km)
FIPS code: 38518
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 27.996465 N, 97.922898 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
K-Bar Ranch, TX
K-Bar Ranch

K ( namedkay ) is the eleventh letter of the modern English alphabet and the ISO basic Latin alphabet. In English, the letter K usually represents the voiceless velar plosive.

K (programming language)

K is a proprietary array processing language developed by Arthur Whitney and commercialized by Kx Systems. Since then, an open-source implementation known as Kona has also been developed. The language serves as the foundation for kdb+, an in-memory, column-based database, and other related financial products. The language, originally developed in 1993, is a variant of APL and contains elements of Scheme. Advocates of the language emphasize its speed, facility in handling arrays, and expressive syntax.


Ǩ ( K with a caron) is a letter used in the Romany alphabet, Laz language and in the Skolt Sami language, where it represents and respectively. The Unicode codepoints for this letter are U+01E8 ("Ǩ") for the capital letter, and U+01E9 ("ǩ") for the lowercase letter.

K (cider)

K is a cider manufactured and distributed by C&C Group plc.

K (disambiguation)

K is the eleventh letter of the Latin alphabet.

K may also refer to:

( K with acute accent) is used in the following sense:

  • transliteration of Cyrillic Kje that is used in the Macedonian language.
  • in the Saanich orthography

  • representing the Proto-Indo-European phoneme
K (singer)

Kang Yoon-sung (born November 16, 1983 in Goyang), better known by his stage name K, is a pop singer from South Korea under contract in Japan. In 2004, after achieving little success with his first album in South Korea, K crossed over to Japan. His first Japanese album, Beyond the Sea, has achieved a sales of over 300,000 copies.

K put his musical activities on hold in 2010 so he could complete the Korean mandatory military service.

K (2002 film)

K is a 2002 film directed by Iranian American multimedia artist Shoja Azari. The film is based on three short stories by Franz Kafka - " The Married Couple," " In the Penal Colony" and " A Fratricide." - which are all performed by the same group of actors.

K (album)

K is the debut album by Kula Shaker, released on 16 September 1996. When it was released, it became the fastest selling debut album in Britain since Elastica's debut the previous year. The album reached the #1 position in the UK charts, however in America it stalled at #200 in the Billboard charts.

The Grateful Dead's psychedelic rock style is an influence on Kula Shaker's first and second albums. The hidden track after "Hollow Man" is a recording of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, speaking about his own guru.

The album received mixed reviews; Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic noted the band's "powerful rush", but said they "have trouble coming up with hooks".

K (The Tutts song)

The Tutts are a five-piece New Zealand rock band who, on the 21 November 2006, released their first single, titled "K". The song "K" is featured on C4, a New Zealand music television station, as the C4 " theme song". Also featured on the CD single is "WhiteOut", the Tutts second single. "K" reached number 19 on the New Zealand Singles Chart.

There has also been a music video produced, which was funded by New Zealand On Air, and features on C4's music television programme, "Select Live". The video can be found here 1. This video won the "Best Breakthrough Video" award, in the 2006 Juice TV (another New Zealand music television station) Awards. The Tutts were also invited to perform "K" at the 2006 New Zealand Music Awards. The Tutts have performed "K" at the Big Day Out 2006-07.

K (Eighth Avenue Local)

The K Eighth Avenue Local, earlier the AA, was a rapid transit service of the New York City Subway. Its route bullet was colored on station signs, car rollsigns, and the official subway map since it ran on the IND Eighth Avenue Line.

The K operated during midday, evenings, and weekends, making all local stops between 168th Street in Washington Heights, Manhattan and World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan via Central Park West and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. During late night hours, the A express made local stops on the IND Eighth Avenue Line. During rush hours, the , formerly the , ran between Bedford Park Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, replacing the K as the local on Eighth Avenue.

K (Kylie Minogue book)

K is a limited edition photographic book by Australian pop artist Kylie Minogue and her creative director William Baker. It was released to coincide with her KylieX2008 world tour in 2008. Only 1,000 copies were printed, all signed by both Minogue and Baker.

The book contains photographs taken by Baker of Minogue from her return to the stage at the 2006 Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour to the current KylieX2008 tour. Many photographs were previously unreleased. According to Minogue's website, "the book documents a pivotal and intensely emotional part of Kylie’s life, when she took the first brave steps back into the limelight – and her progression from that point."

The book was available for sale at her concerts for £250.00.

K (Indian composer)

Krishna Kumar, better known by his stage name K, is an Indian music composer working in films.

K (anime)

(also called K Project) is a 2012 anime series animated by the studio GoHands and directed by Shingo Suzuki, who also serves as character designer for the series. It began airing on MBS on October 5, 2012. The anime has been licensed by Viz Media in North America and by Madman Entertainment in Australia.

A manga prequel called K: Memory of Red, drawn by Yui Kuroe was serialized in Kodansha's Aria between May 28, 2012 and August 15, 2013. Another prequel manga, K: Stray Dog Story, ran in Kodansha's good! Afternoon between November 2012 and March 2013. A third manga K: Days of Blue, was serialized in Kodansha's Aria between November 2013 and July 2014, and a fourth, K: Countdown, ran in Aria from December 2014 to July 2015, while a fifth, K: Missing Kings, ran in Monthly G Fantasy from April to August 2015. Five more manga series; K: The First, Gakuen K, K: Lost small world, K: Dream of Green, and K: Return of Kings, are also still ongoing. Furthermore, two light novels, called K Side:Blue and K Side:Red, were released in October and November 2012. A third light novel called K Side:Black and white was released in May 2013 and another one, K - Lost small world was released in April 2014.

A sequel film was released on July 12, 2014. A visual novel is also in development by Otomate.

A sequel anime project was announced on the official Twitter account of the series. The new anime series, K: Return of Kings, aired from October 3, 2015 to December 26, 2015, rounding up the anime series and delivering its ending.

A new anime project featuring an original story by GoRA and GoHands, titled K: Seven Stories, has been green-lit. GoHands and Shingo Suzuki are returning to produce and direct the anime, respectively.

Usage examples of "k".

Kim would take the kids to her rehearsals, and he would save his sister a trip to school by picking them all up and driving them home.

Chiar slowly made their way out of the astrometrics lab with Kim and his tricorder in tow.

The beams had to fumble blindly for the fugitives, and they told of each touch, but only after it occurred, And Kim struggled to make his course unpredictable.

She instructed Kim to resume scanning for bioelectric and organic signatures in the direction of the largest village, nearer the eastern hills.

Bamboohatted Kim returned to the village forlorn of countenance, wearing his empty hat instead of carrying it before him laden with carp and corbina, he was jeered by the lazy ones, including the apple-cheeked wench.

In lieu of Squeak food, they were supping on the least putrid human groceries available: dandelion salad with Angostura bitters, grilled black pudding, squid fritters, kim chee, Icelandic hrokkbraud and Marmite, Bananas Foster, and a big pitcher of scorpion cocktails made with Demerara rum.

Fifty more pounds changed hands, and a few moments later I joined Kim Li Sang, the Korean dermatologist, to Eduardo Duarte, the Paraguayan writer.

By: Kim Isaac Eisler Category: nonfiction biography Synopsis: A biography of one of the greatest Supreme Court Justices of this century explores his role in landmark decisions on pornography, libel, desegregation, search and seizure, and legislative redistricting.

Glen has lived in Galway, Seattle, Charlotte, and Los Angeles, where he lives today with his wife, folklorist Kim Miller, son Sid, and daughter Kate.

Kim took a closer look at the guards and decided the third Maj was right.

We gained two new acrobats, Kim and Kai, pretty Korean sisters aged seven and ten respectivelyorphans trained by another circusand Tranh, a middle-aged, moonfaced man whose potbelly did not hamper in the slightest his energetic tumbling and pratfalls.

Kim Kutnik was one of seven researchers given the task of locating HIV-positive individuals who might be harboring a nonpathogenic strain.

Kim Grizzard had been furiously scribbling down the list of pubs on a scrap of paper.

Kim was to clean the bathrooms in question, and he was to clean them alone.

Kai and Kim whispered and giggled, and Tranh asked the American what his friendskinnier, beadless, dull-eyed and open-mouthed, with a complicated headset covering his scalpwas studying.