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Molt \Molt\, Moult \Moult\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Molted or Moulted; p. pr. & vb. n. Molting or Moulting.] [OE. mouten, L. mutare. See Mew to molt, and cf. Mute, v. t.] [The prevalent spelling is, perhaps, moult; but as the u has not been inserted in the otherwords of this class, as, bolt, colt, dolt, etc., it is desirable to complete the analogy by the spelling molt.] To shed or cast the hair, feathers, skin, horns, or the like, as an animal or a bird.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

for historical evolution, see V. Used punningly for you by 1588 ["Love's Labour's Lost," V.i.60], not long after the pronunciation shift that made the vowel a homonym of the pronoun. As a simple shorthand (without intentional word-play), it is recorded from 1862. Common in business abbreviations since 1923 (such as U-Haul, attested from 1951).


abbr. underwater. letter (Latn-def en letter 21 u) n. 1 (Latn-def en name U u) 2 A thing in the shape of the letter U pron. (context abbreviation slang text messaging internet English) you (qualifier: in text messaging and internet conversations)


adj. (chiefly British) of or appropriate to the upper classes especially in language use


U ( named u , plural ues) is the 21st letter and the fifth vowel in the ISO basic Latin alphabet.


Ü, or ü, is a character that typically represents a close front rounded vowel . It is classified as a separate letter in several extended Latin alphabets, or alternatively as the letter U with an umlaut/ diaeresis in Azerbaijani, Catalan, Estonian, French, Galician, German, Hungarian, Occitan, Spanish, Turkish and Turkmen. Although not a part of their alphabet, it also appears in languages such as Swedish when retained in foreign names and words.


Ú or ú ( U with acute) is a Latin letter used in the Czech, Faroese, Hungarian, Icelandic, and Slovak writing systems. This letter also appears in Dutch, Irish, Occitan, Pinyin, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Galician, and Vietnamese as a variant of the letter "U".


Û, û ( u- circumflex) is a letter of the Emilian-Romagnol, French, Friulian, Kurdish, and Turkish alphabets. This letter was used in the ISO 9:1995 system of Cyrillic transliteration as the letter Ю and also in Wade-Giles (one of the romanization systems in Chinese) for apical dental unrounded vowel as in tzû, tz'û, ssû, corresponds to present zi, ci, si in Pinyin respectively. It is also in Taos.


Ŭ or ŭ is a letter in the Esperanto alphabet, based on u. It is also used in the Belarusian language, when written in the 20th-century form of the Belarusian Latin alphabet. The accent mark ( diacritic) is known as a breve.

This letter should not be confused with u- caron, which is used to indicate u in the third tone of Chinese language pinyin; Compare (caron) with (breve).

U (Cyrillic)

U (У у; italics: У у) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. It commonly represents the close back rounded vowel , somewhat like the pronunciation of in "boot". The forms of the Cyrillic letter U are similar to the lowercase of the Latin letter Y (Y y; Y y), but like most other Cyrillic letters, the upper and lowercase forms are similar in shape and differ mainly in size and vertical placement.


Ư is one of the 12 Vietnamese language vowels. It is pronounced .

As with most special Vietnamese letters, this letter is not well-supported by fonts and is often typed as either u+ or u*. The VIQR standard is u+.

Because Vietnamese is a tonal language this letter may optionally have any one of the 5 tonal symbols above or below it.

  • Ừ ừ
  • Ứ ứ
  • Ử ử
  • Ữ ữ
  • Ự ự
U (disambiguation)

U is the twenty-first letter of the Latin alphabet.

U may also refer to:

U (film)

U is a 2006 French animated film directed by Serge Élissalde and Grégoire Solotareff. It was at the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival.

Ü (region)

Ü (; pronounced w-, similar to English word "we") is a geographic division and a historical region in Tibet. Together with Tsang (Tib. གཙང་, gtsang), it forms Central Tibet Ü-Tsang (Tib. དབུས་གཙང་, Wyl. dbus gtsang), which is one of the three Tibetan regions or cholka (cholka-sum). The other two cholka are Kham (Tib. ཁམས་, Wyl. khams) (Dotod) and Amdo (Tib. ཨ༌མདོ;Wyl. a mdo) (Domed). According to a Tibetan saying, "the best religion comes from Ü-Tsang, the best men from Kham, and the best horses from Amdo".

U (kana)

in hiragana or in katakana ( romanised u) is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. In the modern Japanese system of alphabetical order, they occupy the third place in the modern Gojūon (五十音) system of collating kana. In the Iroha, they occupied the 24th position, between む and ゐ. In the Gojūon chart (ordered by columns, from right to left), う lies in the first column (あ行, "column A") and the third row (う段, "row U"). Both represent the sound . In the Ainu language, the small katakana ゥ represents a diphthong, and is written as w in the Latin alphabet.





Normal a/i/u/e/o
(あ行 a-gyō)





Other additional forms

Form A (w-)






















The hiragana form with dakuten, ゔ, representing the sound "v", is rarely seen on older words, since the sound does not occur in native Japanese words. However, it is becoming more common with Western influences.

U (album)

U is a double album, the seventh album overall, by the Scottish psychedelic folk group, The Incredible String Band (ISB), and was released in October 1970 on Elektra Records. Material for the album derived from the show of the same name. The ISB, supported by the dancing group known as the Stone Monkeys, performed in the "U" show in both the UK and the US. Interpretations of both the performances and the musical content involved the band's ideas stemming from their conversion to Scientology. The show, along with the compositions, were seen as ambitious, but consequently ended in disappointment for the band.

Upon release, U managed to chart at number 183 on the Billboard 200, and faired considerably better in the UK where it peaked at number 34 on the UK Albums Charts.

U (Super Junior song)

"U" is a song by South Korean pop group Super Junior, and is the group's follow-up release to their debut album Twins. The single topped CD sales charts during the first several weeks after its release on June 7, 2006. "U" peaked at #1 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts and sold 91,416 copies by 2008. The song won a total of five music recognitions, being Super Junior's most successful single in the music charts until the release of " Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009. Promotional performances for the title song, "U", did not complete until September 2006. The last general performance for the song was in August 2007 in Tokyo, Japan.

Since the Korean release of "U" in 2006, there has been two more releases of "U" in two different languages, Mandarin and Japanese. The Mandarin version of the single's title song "U" was released in a special Taiwan edition on June 15, 2007. On July 9, 2008, "U / Twins" was released in Japan, which included a Japanese version of "U" in the limited edition release.

Super Junior-M, Super Junior's Mandopop subgroup, also released a cover of "U" on April 8, 2008, marking it the second Mandarin version and third remake of "U". In this version, however, the lyrics were changed completely from the first Mandarin version. Also, new incorporations of a new jazz swing style with new acoustic guitar arrangements and an added hip-hop dance bridge and violin bridge were added to make the song suitable for the Chinese language while keeping close to the original Korean pop vibe.

U (TV channel)

U was an interactive youth-oriented New Zealand television channel, owned and operated by TVNZ. The channel launched on 13 March 2011, and featured reality programming, as well as an interactive live show and music content. It replaced the now defunct TVNZ 6. Leading up to the launch of U, there were 13 days' worth of promotional videos and programming information aired to advertise the new channel.

Initially, U closed down every night at midnight, playing the Goodnight Kiwi animation to signal the end of nightly broadcast. During its closedown period of 12-midnight to 12-noon, the channel looped a video of non-stop dancing with text reading U 'returns at midday'.

From February 2012, the channel began broadcasting informercials from midnight until midday, except on Sunday mornings, when it is illegal to broadcast adverts. On Sunday, the channel closes down as usual, with infomercials played until 6am, a graphic is displayed from 6am until midday, and then the broadcast 'returns at midday'.

In April 2013, the channel launched "U late", a late night version of U live without the music videos. Described as late night antics and chat, live and interactive every evening.

The channel ceased broadcast on 31 August 2013.

U (hangul)

is one of the Korean hangul. The Unicode for ㅜ is U+315C.

Ù (cuneiform)

The cuneiform ù sign ('u, no. 3'), is found in both the 14th century BC Amarna letters and the Epic of Gilgamesh. Its use is as a conjunction, (translated as for example: and, but, else, until, etc.), but rarely it is substituted for alphabetic u, but that vowel u is typically represented by 'u, no. 2', (u prime), ú; occasionally 'u, no. 1', ( u (cuneiform)), , (mostly used for a conjunction, and numeral 10), is also substituted for the "alphabetic u".

The use of ù is often as a "stand-alone" conjunction, for example between two listed items, but it is used especially as a segue in text, (example Amarna letters), when changing topics, or when inserting segue-pausing positions. In the Amarna letters, it is also commonly immediately followed by a preposition: a- na, or i- na, used as "...And, to....", or "...And, in...."; also "...But, for....", etc. This usage with a preposition is also a better example of the segue usage.

Of the three u's, by graphemic analysis (Buccellati, 1979), the commonness is as follows:

ù (cuneiform), conjunction only (but also rare, for alphabetic "u") ú (cuneiform), alphabetic 'u' u (cuneiform), alphabetic (minor), 10, conjunction (highest use)

Both "ù (cuneiform)" and ú are in the top 25 most used signs, but E (cuneiform) and "u (cuneiform)" are not; other vowels (or combination) in the 25 are: a (cuneiform), i (cuneiform), and ia (cuneiform), (ia which has a secondary use as suffix, "-mine", or "my", thus in top 25 most used signs). Suffix "iYa" is used in the Middle East\Southwest Asia at present day to end placenames, or other names: "My Xxxxx".

Usage numbers of ù in the Epic of Gilgamesh is as follows: ù-(84); Buccellati's usage numbers (330 Amarna letters) is (1848).


U is a possible object detected by the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) during a survey for substellar objects in the Alpha Centauri system.

In images taken on 7 July 2014 (343.5 GHz) and 2 May 2015 (445 GHz), researchers discovered a source in the far infrared located within 5.5 arcseconds of . Based on its proper motion, it was at first thought to be a part of the Alpha Centauri system. Further analysis, however, found that the object must be closer to the Solar System, and that it may be gravitationally bound to the Sun. The researchers suggest that the object may be an extreme trans-Neptunian object (ETNO) beyond , a super-Earth at around , or a very cool brown dwarf at around .

The research was published on the arXiv in December 2015, but was later withdrawn pending further study. Additional observations of the detection at 343.5 GHz could not be made, whereas the detection at 445 GHz was confirmed to greater than 12 σ. A single point of data, however, is insufficient for proper analysis, and further observations must be made to better determine this object's nature and its orbit.

Other astronomers have expressed skepticism over this claim. Mike Brown thinks that it is statistically improbable for a new Solar System object to be accidentally observed in ALMA's extremely narrow field of view, whereas Bruce Macintosh suggests that the detections may be artifacts introduced due to ALMA's calibration methods.

Usage examples of "u".

Bal had lent Barrie to us, and without a woman to aid and abet him, it seemed to me that he was powerless.

But I have bethought me, that, since I am growing old and past the age of getting children, one of you, my sons, must abide at home to cherish me and your mother, and to lead our carles in war if trouble falleth upon us.

Since Bull Shockhead would bury his brother, and lord Ralph would seek the damsel, and whereas there is water anigh, and the sun is well nigh set, let us pitch our tents and abide here till morning, and let night bring counsel unto some of us.

O Queen Rabesqurat, the haven of our voyage was Aklis, and we feared delay, seeing the fire of the mountain ablaze with expectations of us.

Just where the bitumen ended and the grass began sat a small Aboriginal boy, I recognised him as belonging to a house around the corner from us!

For your willing ear and prospectus of what you might teach us, we will make sure, on your eight-hour shift, that we take all drunks, accidents, gunshots, and abusive hookers away from the House of God and across town to the E.

If it achieved nothing else, humanism brought about the emancipation of the artist, a development that is still very much with us.

He is not acoward for perceiving the true extent of the forces arrayed against us.

An observing critic who, without being acquainted with us, wished to guess whether love was present at our happy party, might have suspected, perhaps, but he certainly could not have affirmed, that it was there.

Smoking, like all drug addiction, is a tug-of-war of fear: the fear of what the drug is doing to us, and the fear of not being able to enjoy or cope with life without it.

Another subtle aspect of addiction is that, although it is the first dose that hooks us, the whole process is usually so subtle and gradual that it can take years for us to realize that we are actually hooked.

It is against reason, utterly to deny Likeness by these while admitting it by the greater: tradition at least recognizes certain men of the civic excellence as divine, and we must believe that these too had in some sort attained Likeness: on both levels there is virtue for us, though not the same virtue.

The copy then went on to elaborate that we truly believe our product is so superior that other advertising experts should be using us.

She invited Ronnie to dinner with us, but Ronnie said she had an afterwork date.

But if she would like to come here this afternoon with her sewing, the neighbors are coming too, and so is Ali Aga, to amuse us.