The letter B is the second letter of the modern Latin alphabet.
|Egyptian hieroglyphic house||Proto-semitic house||Phoenician beth||Greek beta||Etruscan B||Roman B|
By 1500 BC, the Phoenicians had given the letter a linear form that served as the basis for all later forms, which appeared in both the angular and more rounded forms. Its name must have corresponded closely to the Hebrew beth.
When the Ancient Greeks adopted the alphabet, they changed its name to beta and turned the letter upside-down and later added a second loop. In earlier Greek inscriptions, the letter faces to the left, but in the Greek alphabet of later times it faces to the right, although there continued to be variations between pointed and rounded loops.
The Etruscans brought the Greek alphabet to what is now Italy and left the letter unchanged. The Romans later adopted the Etruscan alphabet to write Latin, and the resulting letter, with rounded loops, has been preserved in the modern Latin alphabet used to write many languages, including English.
The modern lowercase letter b derives from later Roman times, when scribes began omitting the upper loop of the capital.
|Blackletter B||Uncial B|
|Modern Roman B||Modern Italic B||Modern Script B|
In most other languages that use the Latin alphabet, the letter a denotes the voiced bilabial plosive (IPA /b/), although in Spanish, in medial position it denotes the voiced bilabial fricative (IPA /β/).
In the International Phonetic Alphabet and X-SAMPA, letter b denotes the voiced bilabial plosive. Variants of the letter b denote related bilabial consonants, like voiced bilabial implosive and the bilabial trill. In X-SAMPA, capital B denotes the voiced bilabial fricative.
Bravo represents the letter B in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
In international Morse code the letter B is DahDitDitDit: - · · ·
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The EBCDIC code for capital B is 194 and for lowercase b is 130.
Meanings for B
- In chemistry, B is the symbol for the element boron.
- In chess, B is a notation symbol for the bishop piece.
- In the RGB color model, B stands for the color blue.
- In computing,
- In education, B is a "good" grade, one below the top grade of A.
- In electrical engineering,
- In English slang, B is a euphemism for bastard or bitch.
- In financial securities, B is the stock symbol for Barnes Group Inc. .
- In hockey, the Boston Bruins are sometimes referred to as the "Bs" because of the letter B on the front of their jerseys.
- In international licence plate codes, B stands for Belgium.
- In international paper sizes, B is a series of sizes with an aspect ratio of roughly 70% width to height. The B series is a scaled version of the A series.
- In mathematics,
- In medicine, B is one of the human blood types.
- In music,
- In photography, B is a shutter speed.
- In physics,
- In radiocommunication, B is the ITU prefix allocated to China.
- In rail transport, B is the UIC classification for the locomotive wheel arrangement known as 0-4-0 in the Whyte notation; a locomotive with two powered axles (and thus four wheels) in which the axles are linked by gearing or side rod s.
Two-letter combinations starting with B:
Letter-digit combinations starting with B: