Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) the 10th letter of the Roman alphabet
  2. (noun, quantity) a unit of electrical energy equal to the work done when a current of one ampere passes through a resistance of one ohm for one second

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Synonyms of J

joule, watt second

Origin of the word J

  1. the letter is a late modification of Roman -i-, originally a scribal creation in continental M.L. to distinguish small -i- in cursive writing from the strokes of other letters, especially in the final positions of words. But in Eng., -y- was used for this, and -j- was introduced c.1600-1640 to take up the consonantal sound that had evolved from -i… more

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