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pron. (context neologism English) they (qualifier: singular). (non-gloss definition gender-neutral Gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun.)


(also called 'hát vè ', literally " singing") is a Vietnamese poetic and song form, most typical of northern Vietnam. It is used primarily in satirical poems, and is also performed with the accompaniment of percussion instruments. It is often used to make humorous observations about a certain topic, as a form of social criticism.

A poem or song consists of rhyming couplets, in which the final syllable of every other row rhymes with the final syllable in the next row. The rhyme scheme is therefore:

  1. xxxa
  2. xxxb
  3. xxxb
  4. xxxc
  5. xxxc
  6. xxxd

The following is an example of , in which the words that rhyme are highlighted.

Lại truyền ra khắp hết bốn phương, Đem bảng dán chư châu thiên hạ. Gái nào đành dạ, Mà giết đặng chồng. Chém lấy đầu đem nạp bệ rồng, Vua phong chức Hoàng Tôn quận chúa.
Ve (Cyrillic)

Ve (В в; italics: В в) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.

It commonly represents the voiced labiodental fricative , like in "very".

The capital letter Ve looks the same as the capital Latin letter B but is pronounced differently.

Ve is romanized usually by the Latin letter V but sometimes the Latin letter W (such as in Polish or German).

VE (nerve agent)

VE (S-(Diethylamino)ethyl O-ethyl ethylphosphonothioate) is a "V-series" nerve agent closely related to the better-known VX nerve agent.

Like most of the agents in the V-series (with the exception of VX), VE has not been extensively studied outside of military science. Little is known about this compound other than its chemical formula.

It is commonly theorized that the so-called "second-generation" V series agents came from a cold war era Russian chemical weapons development program. They may have been developed sometime between 1950 and 1990. They have similar lethal dose levels to VX (between 10–50 mg) and have similar symptoms and method of action to other nerve agents that act on cholinesterase, and treatment remains the same, but the window for effectively treating second generation V series seizures is shorter. In addition to the standard seizures, some of the second generation V series agents are known to cause comas.

Ve (Arabic letter)

Ve is a letter of the Arabic-based Sorani, Comoro, Wakhi, Malay Arabic alphabets derived from the Arabic letter with two additional dots. It represents the sound for all alphabets, except for Malay. It is sometimes used in Arabic language to write names and loanwords with the phoneme //, such as ( Volvo) and viyenna ( Vienna).

In Jawi script, used for Malay language, stands for .

The character is mapped in Unicode under position U+06A8.

The Maghrebi style, used in Northwestern Africa, the dots moved underneath (Unicode U+06A5), because it is based on the other style of :

Vé (shrine)

In Germanic paganism, a ( Old Norse) or wēoh ( Old English) is a type of shrine or sacred enclosure. The term appears in skaldic poetry and in place names in Scandinavia (with the exception of Iceland), often in connection with a Norse pagan deity or a geographic feature. The name of the Norse god Vé refers to the practice. Andy Orchard says that a vé may have surrounded a temple or have been simply a marked, open place where worship occurred. Orchard points out that Tacitus, in his 1st century CE work Germania, says that the Germanic peoples, unlike the Romans, "did not seek to contain their deities within temple walls."

Usage examples of "ve".

DARK HARBOR Building House and Home On An Enchanted Island CONTINENTS OF EXILE by VED MEHTA BOOK JACKET INFORMATION When VED Mehta was first invited to Islesboro, a narrow, thirteen-mile-long island off the coast of Maine, he could not have imagined the far-reaching consequences of his visit.

Kingdom A Ved Mehta Reader Continents of Exile Daddyji Mamaji Vedi The Ledge Between the Streams Sound-Shadows of the New World The Stolen Light Up at Oxford Remembering Mr.

He wrote: My Dearest Ved, I feel that I would not be doing my duty as a father unless I express myself unreserVedly.

Then in the evening she sent me this letter: March 31, 1983 Ved, I just meant to say that I got home safely and thank you, and good night.

How she 10, ved him, for he was the son God had denied her and Willis.

I suspect Mom could tell me, but trying to pry information out of her about her Hunters is about as easy as taking a ved haunch from a hungry silvercoat.

This man, Buri, had a son named Bor, who married Beltsa, one of the giant race, by whom he had three sons, Odin, Vili, and Ve.

Dreibrand Veta was glad to lead the first wave of soldiers across the water even though officers of his rank did not usually put themselves at the forefront of battle.

Nothing less than his exploits and bravery would counteract the disgrace that burdened the Veta name.

It surprised him to learn that this Veta was not only ambitious but discriminating too.

By entering the unknown world, he hoped to purge the Veta family of its disgrace.

Atrophane society might ostracize the House of Veta, but a man who knew the Wilderness would be welcomed and respected.

Lord, I am sure Lieutenant Veta only meant to cool down from whatever had him so upset.

He understood now that he was not the senior officer, and worse than that, a Veta would not be included on the historic first expedition into the Wilderness.

The House of Veta was getting to be a joke among the ruling class, and Dreibrand had been born a disgrace thanks to his inept relatives.