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Hollister Co., a clothing company. In Unicode the capital K is codepoint U+004B and the lowercase k is U+006B. Hollister, California, a place in the United States. In the International phonetic alphabet, [k] is the symbol for the voiceless velar plosive. In English, it is generally pronounced with the /k/ sound, but is silent when followed by an n, in words like knowledge. Its name in English is kay.
And the writing down of languages that don't have their own alphabet with the Latin one has resulted in a standardization of the letter K for this sound, as in Kwakiutl.. Some English linguists prefer to reverse the Latin transliteration process for proper names in Greek, spelling Ceres as "Keres", for example. Therefore, the Romance languages have K only in words from still other language groups. Some words from other alphabets were also transliterated into C.
When Greek words were taken into Latin, the Kappa was converted to C. This Semitic sound value /k/ was maintained in most classic as well as modern languages, although Latin abandoned the use of K almost completely, preferring C. The Semites evidently assigned it the sound value K instead, because their word for hand started with that sound. This in turn was likely adapted by Semites who had lived in Egypt, from the hieroglyph for "hand" representing D for the Egyptian word for hand, d-r-t.
The eleventh letter of the Latin alphabet, K, or k comes from the Greek Κ or κ (Kappa) developed from the Semitic Kap, symbol for an open hand.
Compare with use as a binary prefix in computing above. Consequently, the letter K can be used in spoken conversation to mean "thousand". k is an SI prefix denoting 103 = 1,000 (one thousand). In the SI system (the metric system),
See Low-K. In semiconductors, electronics, and physics, it is the symbol for the dielectric constant. As a procedural signal, K means "go ahead" or "over". K is generally used as the first letter of callsigns allocated to broadcast television or radio stations west of the Mississippi river.
K is one of the ITU prefixes allocated to the United States. In radio communication
K can be short for the record label K Records. In politics, K refers to the Keskustapuolue (Centre Party of Finland). In a deck of playing cards, the letter K is used to mark each of the kings. k is the symbol for Wavenumber.
k is the symbol for the spring constant in Hooke's law. k is the symbol for the Boltzmann constant. In physics,
K is also an album by Kula Shaker. numbers are also used to identify the compositions of Domenico Scarlatti in the catalog compiled by Ralph Kirkpatrick. K. numbers identify the compositions of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the catalog compiled by Ludwig von Köchel (sometimes abbreviated K.V., standing for Köchel-Verzeichnis).
In music, K. In mathematics, Kn denotes the complete graph on n vertices. In logic, K is the simplest system of modal logic (K stands for "Kripke"). In library science, K is the Library of Congress classification designation for books about law.
In law, K is a common abbreviation for contract. In internet slang, K stands for okay. In international license plate codes, K stands for Cambodia. In gold, K is the abbreviation for karat (in the American spelling).
In Hong Kong slang, K is the abbreviation for karaoke. In finance, K is the New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol for the Kellogg Company. In English slang, K is an abbreviation for ketamine. In engineering, K is an abbreviation denoting a kip (1k = 1000 pound force).
In education, K is the abbreviation for kindergarten, as in K-12. In economics, K is the abbreviation for capital. K also refers to the K programming language. K is an obsolete abbreviation for kilobyte (now kB or KB).
K is a binary prefix meaning 210 = 1,024 (compare with use as a prefix in the SI system below). In computing,
In the CMYK color model, K stands for the color black. In chess, K is a notation symbol for the king piece. k is the symbol for the reaction rate constant. K is the symbol for the equilibrium constant.
K is the symbol for potassium (from its Latin name kalium). In chemistry,
In baseball, K is the abbreviation for strikeout. In accounting and investment banking, K = 1000 (similar to the use in the SI system below). For the Arthurian character named Kay, see Sir Kay..