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V \V\ (v[=e]).

  1. V, the twenty-second letter of the English alphabet, is a vocal consonant. V and U are only varieties of the same character, U being the cursive form, while V is better adapted for engraving, as in stone. The two letters were formerly used indiscriminately, and till a comparatively recent date words containing them were often classed together in dictionaries and other books of reference (see U). The letter V is from the Latin alphabet, where it was used both as a consonant (about like English w) and as a vowel. The Latin derives it from it from a form (V) of the Greek vowel [Upsilon] (see Y), this Greek letter being either from the same Semitic letter as the digamma F (see F), or else added by the Greeks to the alphabet which they took from the Semitic. Etymologically v is most nearly related to u, w, f, b, p; as in vine, wine; avoirdupois, habit, have; safe, save; trover, troubadour, trope. See U, F, etc. [1913 Webster] See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect] 265; also [sect][sect] 155, 169, 178-179, etc.

  2. As a numeral, V stands for five, in English and Latin.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

In Middle English, -u- and -v- were used interchangeably, though with a preference for v- as the initial letter (vnder, vain, etc.) and -u- elsewhere (full, euer, etc.). The distinction into consonant and vowel identities was established in English by 1630, under influence of continental printers, but into 19c. some dictionaries and other catalogues continued to list -u- and -v- words as a single series.\n

\nNo native Anglo-Saxon words begin in v- except those ( vane, vat, vixen) altered by the southwestern England habit of replacing initial f- with v- (and initial s- with z-). Confusion of -v- and -w- also was a characteristic of 16c. Cockney accents.\n

\nAs a Roman numeral, "five." In German rocket weapons systems of World War II, it stood for Vergeltungswaffe "reprisal weapon." V-eight as a type of motor engine is recorded from 1929 (V-engine is attested from 1909), so called for the arrangement. The V for "victory" hand sign was conceived January 1941 by Belgian politician and resistance leader Victor de Laveleye, to signify French victoire and Flemish vrijheid ("freedom"). It was broadcast into Europe by Radio België/Radio Belgique and popularized by the BBC by June 1941, from which time it became a universal allied gesture.


abbr. (alternative form of v. English) letter (Latn-def en letter 22 vee) n. a shape resembling the letter (term v English)


adj. being one more than four [syn: five, 5]


V ( namedvee ,) is the 22nd letter in the modern English alphabet and the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

V (franchise)

V is a science fiction franchise created by American writer, producer and director Kenneth Johnson about a genocidal invading alien race known as the " Visitors" – reptilian humanoids disguised as human beings – trying to take over Earth, and the human reaction to this, including the Resistance group attempting to stop them, while others collaborate with the aliens for power and personal wealth.

It debuted in 1983 as the two-part television miniseries V, written and directed by Johnson. It was followed in 1984 by a three-part miniseries, V: The Final Battle, and a nineteen-episode weekly television series, V (sometimes referred to as V: The Series) during the 1984–85 television season. ABC ran a remake known as V: The 2009 TV series which ran for two seasons for a total of 22 episodes between 2009 and 2011.

A number of novels, comic books, video games and other media have been spun off from the franchise. Johnson's novel V: The Second Generation, an alternative sequel to the first miniseries which disregards V: The Final Battle and V: The Series, (because of his non-involvement with them) was released on February 5, 2008. Johnson claimed he was in negotiations for a TV adaptation of his sequel novel, but in October 2008, Warner Bros. Television announced they were producing a complete remake of V instead. This new V series ran for two truncated seasons on ABC, from November 3, 2009 to March 15, 2011.

In the original series the title refers to the "V for Victory" sign. In the 1983 V miniseries, a group of children are shown spray painting generic graffiti over the Visitors' propaganda posters, but are then shown how to spray the V over the posters by Abraham Bernstein, a Holocaust survivor, who explains the meaning of the sign to them as he defaces the first poster. In the 2009 reboot of the series, however, V is used within the show as an abbreviation for the Visitors.

V (operating system)

The V operating system (sometimes written V-System) is a microkernel operating system that was developed by faculty and students in the distributed systems group at Stanford University from 1981 to 1988, led by Professors David Cheriton and Keith A. Lantz. V was the successor to the Thoth and Verex operating systems that Cheriton had developed in the 1970s. Despite very similar names and close development dates, it is not related to the UNIX System V.

V (band)

V were a British five-piece boyband made up of Antony Thomas Brant, Aaron Buckingham, Mark Harle, Kevin McDaid and Leon Pisani.

V (Live album)

V is the fifth album by the band Live, released in 2001. It featured the singles " Simple Creed" and " Overcome", the latter of which received significant exposure following the September 11 attacks.

V (TV network)
For the television channels in Asia and Australia, see Channel V.

V is a Canadian privately owned French-language television network. The network has owned-and-operated and affiliated stations existing throughout Quebec, although it can also be seen over-the-air in some bordering markets in the provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick. It can also be received in some other parts of Canada by satellite, cable and IPTV.

The network launched in 1986 as Télévision Quatre-Saisons or TQS, and was known by that name until Remstar rebranded it as V on August 31, 2009 after purchasing the network the previous year. It is the namesake and flagship property of V Media Group, a separate company majority-owned by Remstar owner Maxime Rémillard (partially through Remstar).

V (drink)

V is an energy drink brand produced by Frucor, a New Zealand-based beverage manufacturer. It was launched in Methven, New Zealand in August 1997 and in Australia in 1999. The product's success, a market share over 60% in New Zealand and 42% in Australia, makes it the most popular brand of energy drink in both countries.

The drink was originally available in six different varieties and two standard size packages, which were supplemented with limited edition 300 ml aluminium bottles. V has recently become available in other sizes.

It was available in South Africa as early as 2001 and introduced into the United Kingdom in 2004 and to the Maldives in 2008. The company established Netherlands-based Frucor Brands International in 2010 and entered the market in Papua New Guinea and Spain in 2011 and South Korea in 2012.

V (New York City Subway service)

The V Sixth Avenue Local was a rapid transit service in the B Division of the New York City Subway. Its route emblem, or "bullet", was colored since it used the IND Sixth Avenue Line in Manhattan. The V debuted on December 17, 2001 when the connection from the IND 63rd Street Line to the IND Queens Boulevard Line opened as a replacement for the , which was rerouted via this new connection, on the IND 53rd Street Line.

The V was eliminated on June 25, 2010 as part of a series of service reductions to close a budget gap. To replace the V, the was rerouted from Lower Manhattan and South Brooklyn via the Chrystie Street Connection, making all of the Vs former stops except for Second Avenue. Except for a brief period in early 2005, the V had the same service pattern during its eight-and-a-half-year history. It operated weekdays only from approximately 6:30 a.m. to midnight on an entirely underground route between 71st Avenue in Forest Hills, Queens and Second Avenue in the Lower East Side, despite this part of Second Avenue being in the East Village.

V (Spock's Beard album)

V is the fifth studio album of progressive rock band Spock's Beard.

The release of V also produced a CD single, this time promoting the track "All on a Sunday". The track itself was re-recorded in 2001 and is slightly different from the album track. Also on the single is an unreleased song called "The Truth", and the music video for "All on a Sunday".

This album is available as a limited edition as well, which contains a 32-page booklet that includes an interview with the band and a personal fact-sheet on all the band members, as well as a multimedia track showing the band in the studio.

V (Legião Urbana album)

V is the fifth studio album by the Brazilian rock band Legião Urbana. It was released in December 15, 1991.

V (Finnish magazine)

V was a Finnish free-of-charge magazine launched in 2006 aimed at the young adult generation of 20- to 30-year-olds. Its content was mostly similar to other similar magazines such as City, Nöjesguiden and Metropoli. Because of low popularity, V was discontinued in 2007 as a separate magazine and incorporated into Metro.

V (comics)

V is the title character of the comic book series V for Vendetta, created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. He is a mysterious anarchist, vigilante, and freedom fighter who is easily recognizable by his Guy Fawkes mask, long hair and dark clothing. According to Moore, he was designed to be morally ambiguous, so that readers could decide for themselves whether he was a hero fighting for a cause or simply insane.

V (American magazine)

V magazine is an American fashion magazine published since 1999. The magazine is printed seasonally and highlights trends in fashion, film, music and art. A men's fashion quarterly entitled VMAN started as an offshoot in 2003.

V (disambiguation)

V is the twenty second letter of the Latin alphabet, as well as the Roman numeral for 5. It may also refer to:

V (1983 miniseries)

V (or V: The Original Miniseries) is a two-part science fiction television miniseries, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson. First shown in 1983, it initiated the science fiction franchise concerning aliens known as " The Visitors" trying to gain control of Earth, and of the ways the populace reacts to this.

V (Vanessa Hudgens album)

V is the debut studio album by American pop singer Vanessa Hudgens, first released on September 26, 2006, via Hollywood Records. The album has been given mostly positive reviews. V debuted in the United States at twenty-four, selling 34,000 copies in its first week. The album has spawned two singles, lead " Come Back to Me" and follow-up " Say OK". In February 2007, the album was certified Gold by RIAA. As August 2009, the album has sold 570,000 copies in the United States. Hudgens supported the album with the The Party's Just Begun Tour and High School Musical: The Concert.The album was voted as the seventh best album of 2007 by the readers of Billboard.

V (Saint Vitus album)

V is the fifth album by the American doom metal band Saint Vitus, which was released in 1990. Its title is a reference to the Roman numeral five, not the letter "V" from the English alphabet. This album was also the band's first release not on SST Records and the last studio album to feature singer Scott "Wino" Weinrich (until 2012's Lillie: F-65).

In 2004, Southern Lord Records ( SUNN32) re-released this album on CD and LP. The reissue CD contains bonus live footage from The Palm Springs Community Center on May 16, 1986.

V (Fate album)

In the winter of 2005/2006 Fate finished recording their fifth studio album, V, with producer Tommy Hansen, who did Scratch 'N' Sniff back in 1990, as well as having produced bands like Helloween, Pretty Maids, TNT and many more.

Peter Steincke about the album: "Good fun being back! Very happy about the new songs and the present line-up. Let's see what happens next ..."

Per Johansson: "It's funny being together and working with Peter Steincke as the only original member left from the beginning of FATE. I'm a bit surprised cause, working together with Peter on the new songs on Fate "V" was quite easy regarding the vocal work. It felt just like we left the rehearsalroom yesterday, but today it's almost 13 years ago. I'm ready to give it a second round and if we're lucky and going on a tour again, it would be a wonderful feeling to able to say "hello" to all our fans, if there's any left (laughs) and once again kick some serious ass."

V (1984 TV series)

V (also known as V: The Series) is a 60-minute (47 to 49 minutes without commercials) weekly television series that aired in the United States on NBC in 1984-85. It is a continuation of the science fiction franchise about an alien invasion of Earth by a carnivorous race of reptilians known as " The Visitors" which was originally conceived by American writer, producer, and director Kenneth Johnson. Johnson, however, was not involved in the production of the weekly series. At a cost of one million dollars per episode, V was the most expensive series to be produced for television.

V (Van She album)

V is the debut studio album by Australian electropop group Van She, released on 9 August 2008 by Modular Recordings. After writing a bulk of the songs from a small farm house south of Sydney, in early 2007 the band packed for the UK, where they recorded the album with UK producer Jim Abbiss, whose previous work includes production for Placebo, Arctic Monkeys and Massive Attack.

V (TV series)

V (TV series) may refer to:

  • V (1983 miniseries), the original 1983 two-part television miniseries
  • V: The Final Battle, a 1984 three-part sequel miniseries
  • V (1984 TV series), a 1984–1985 TV series
  • V (2009 TV series), a 2009 reimagining of the 1983 TV miniseries
V (The Fucking Champs album)

V is the fifth full-length album by San Francisco metal/indie group The Fucking Champs, released in 2002 on Drag City.

V (video game)

"V" is a video game based on the popular TV series V in the eighties. It was developed by Ocean Software The programmer was Grant Harrison.

In the role of Mike Donovan the player must infiltrate an alien mothership, destroy the craft and escape alive. The opening scene is a docking bay and your objectives are to spread the red dust to take out the alien visitors and set 5 bombs in strategic locations to blow up the mothership. The player must solve many puzzles in order to progress and complete the game.

V (Los Angeles Railway)

V was a line operated by the Los Angeles Railway from 1920 to 1958, and by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority from 1958 to 1963.

V (Lee Jung-hyun song)

"V" ( Hangul: 브이) is a song by South Korean singer and actress Lee Jung-hyun. It was released digitally on July 22, and a special edition CD and DVD was released on August 5.

V (jj album)

V is the third studio album by jj. It was announced by Secretly Canadian on May 29, 2014 and was released on August 19, 2014 in collaboration with Sincerely Yours.

The album was made available for streaming through NPR on August 4, two weeks before the release date.

V (Wavves album)

V is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Wavves. The album was released on October 2, 2015 through Ghost Ramp and Warner Bros. Records.

V (2009 TV series)

V is an American science fiction television series that ran for two seasons on ABC, from November 3, 2009 to March 15, 2011. A remake of the 1983 miniseries created by Kenneth Johnson, the new series chronicles the arrival on Earth of a technologically-advanced alien species which ostensibly comes in peace, but actually has sinister motives. V stars Elizabeth Mitchell and Morena Baccarin, and is executive produced by Scott Rosenbaum, Yves Simoneau, Scott Peters, Steve Pearlman, and Jace Hall. The series was produced by The Scott Peters Company, HDFilms and Warner Bros. Television.

V (Karma to Burn album)

V is the fifth studio album released by the traditionally instrumental stoner rock band Karma to Burn. It is their second studio release since reforming from their 7-year hiatus in 2009. It was released on May 27, 2011, via Napalm Records. Unlike their previous releases since Karma to Burn, this is not an instrumental album. Only five tracks are instrumental; the other three feature vocals from Year Long Disaster's Daniel Davies, who left the band before the release.

As with previous albums, instrumental tracks are named with numbers. Vocal tracks are named with words.

V (Maroon 5 album)

V ( Roman numeral for five) is the fifth studio album by American band Maroon 5. It was released on August 29, 2014, by Interscope Records. V was Maroon 5's first album to be released through Interscope after the band's previous label, A&M Octone Records, transferred them along with most of its artists to Interscope. The album also saw the return of keyboardist/rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Jesse Carmichael after his absence from recording, touring and promoting Overexposed (2012).

V debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 164,000 copies in the first week. The album produced three hit singles, " Maps", " Animals", and " Sugar", peaking at number 6, number 3, and number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, respectively. A re-release single, " This Summer's Gonna Hurt like a Motherfucker", was released on May 15, 2015. The last single " Feelings", was released on September 14, 2015.

V (Anna Abreu album)

V is the fifth studio album by Finnish singer Anna Abreu, released in Finland by RCA on May 30, 2014. The album was preceded by the lead single "Ra-Ta Ta-Ta" and followed by the single "Right In Front Of You". The album marked Abreu's first studio album in three years, following her fourth album Rush. It was also Abreu's first album released under Warner Bros. Records, which she signed with in 2012 after deciding not to renew her contract with Sony Music and RCA.

The album was produced by Jonas Karlsson, Jarkko Ehnqvist and Hank Solo, and features collaborations with Danish pop singer Christopher and Finnish rapper Gracias. The album debuted and peaked at number 4 on the Finnish Albums Chart, becoming Abreu's first album to miss the top two. However, the album continued to be a commercial and critical success for Abreu, being certified gold for sales in excess of 10,000 copies.

Usage examples of "v".

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