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noun (pl=vs or 'v's, v"s")
  1. a shape resembling the letter (term, v)
The impact was so strong, it bent the bar into a .
abbreviation or V
  1. versus
  2. Verb, see SVO
  3. verse
  4. Victim
Etymology: From lower case letter (term, v) (also written (term, u)), from lower case (term, u, lang=ang) and respelling of (term, f, lang=ang) between vowels and voiced consonants.
  • lower case (term, f, lang=ang) from 7th century replacement by Latin lower case (term, f, lang=la) of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter (term, á, tr=f, , feoh), derived from Etruscan letter (term, , tr=v).
  • lower case (term, u, lang=ang) from 7th century replacement by Latin lower case (term, v, lang=la) of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter (term, á, tr=u, , ur), derived from Raetic letter (term, , u).Before the 1700s, the pointed form (term, v) was written at the beginning of a word, while a rounded form (term, u) was used elsewhere, regardless of sound. So whereas (term, valor) and (term, excuse) appeared as in modern printing, (term, have) and (term, upon) were printed (term, , haue) and (term, , vpon). Eventually, in the 1700s, to differentiate between the consonant and vowel sounds, the (term, v) form was used to represent the consonant, and (term, u) the vowel sound. (term, v) then preceded (term, u) in the alphabet, but the order has since reversed.



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