• WordNet 3.6
    • n Z the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet "the British call Z zed and the Scots call it ezed but Americans call it zee","he doesn't know A from izzard"
    • n z the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet "the British call Z zed and the Scots call it ezed but Americans call it zee","he doesn't know A from izzard"
    • n Z the ending of a series or sequence "the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end"--Revelation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name for Oz in "The Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
    • Z zē; in England commonly, and in America sometimes, zĕd; formerly, also, ĭz"zĕrd Z, the twenty-sixth and last letter of the English alphabet, is a vocal consonant. It is taken from the Latin letter Z, which came from the Greek alphabet, this having it from a Semitic source. The ultimate origin is probably Egyptian. Etymologically, it is most closely related to s y, and j; as in glass, glaze; E. yoke, Gr., L. yugum; E. zealous, jealous. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 273, 274.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Frank Baum named "Oz" after a file cabinet in his office. One cabinet was labeled "A to N," and the second was labeled "O to Z."
    • n z In astronomy, an abbreviation of Zonæ Cordobenses, Gould's Cordova Zones. See C. Z.
    • n z An abbreviation of Zoölogical Garden or Gardens.
    • z The twenty-sixth character in the English alphabet, and the last, as in that of the later Romans. In the Phenician system, from which ours comes through the Latin and Greek, it was the seventh sign. The comparison of ancient forms, including the Egyptian as perhaps the original (compare A), is as follows: The same character has a corresponding place as zeta in the Greek series, and went over in that place to the Italian alphabets; but, about the third century b. c., it was dropped out by the Romans as not needed, and the newly devised G (see G) was put in its place. Then finally, some two centuries later, it was taken back (together with or soon after Y: see Y) to express in borrowed Greek words the peculiar double sound (ds or sd) which it had won in Greek usage, and so appeared anew in its old company, but with greatly altered position. It was not used in the oldest English, but came gradually in out of the French in the fifteenth century and later. With us, as in French, it has lost its value of a compound consonant, and expresses the sonant or voiced sibilant sound corresponding to s as surd or breathed sibilant. The proper z-sound is also, and even much oftener, written by s, as in roses, and in a few words (as possess, dissolve) by double s, and yet more rarely (for example, sacrifice) by c. The sound is a common one in our English pronunciation—not much less than 3 per cent. (the surd s being 4⅔ per cent.). As initial, the character z is written mostly in words of Greek origin, but as final (almost always with silent e added) it is found in many Germanic words, as freeze, graze. It occurs sometimes double, as in buzz, buzzard. The corresponding sonant to our other sibilant (written in this work with zh, after the example of sh) is spelled with either s or z, as in pleasure, azure. It is the rarest of our consonant sounds, counting for only a fiftieth of 1 per cent. of our utterance. In certain Scotch words and names, as capercailzie, Dalziel, z is written for the y-sound. In the United States the character is generally called zee; in England, generally zed (from zeta); izzard (which see) is an old name for it.
    • z As a symbol, in mathematics:
    • z [lowercase] In algebra, the third variable or unknown quantity.
    • z [lowercase] In analytical geometry, one of the system of point-coördinates in space.
    • z In mechanics, the component of a force in the direction of the axis of z.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
    • Z the twenty-sixth and last letter in our alphabet, is derived through the Greek zeta, from zayin, the seventh Semitic letter—its sound a voiced sibilant, either a voiced s as in 'zeal,' or a voiced sh as in 'azure.'—The cedilla (ç) is a 'little zed,' as is implied by the Italian name zediglia, from zeticula.
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  • R A Dickson
    R A Dickson
    “X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.”


Catch some z's - If you catch some z's, you get some sleep.


In literature:

"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
With the z'Srauff for neighbors, they need us as much at least as we need them.
"Lone Star Planet" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
In the evening of 'Z' day, the 30th of June, we marched off by platoons.
"The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion)" by Various
Motion was made to give Mr. Z. H. Ellis a life membership in return for his contribution of $50.00.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Has signature Z z 4, and is folded in eights.
"The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1" by William Painter
The editor his letter read, And begged he might be X.Q.Z.
"The Jest Book" by Mark Lemon
Z., if such are still current.
"Notes and Queries, Number 189, June 11, 1853" by Various
Photos: W. S. Berridge, F.Z.S.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Other officers might be mentioned for similar services, among them Generals Z. Taylor, W. S. Harney, and Alfred H. Terry.
"Three Years on the Plains" by Edmund B. Tuttle
The 'z' is changed into 'sh' and the word becomes 'Darwish.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell

In poetry:

Jaz nisem z varni,
sam s seboj hocem biti.
Jaz ne jocem s solzami.
Sam moram vse dopolniti.
"Razocaranja" by Srecko Kosovel
Said Statesman Z to Statesman A:
"The deficit each moment waxes;
This is no time for us to fail—
We will decree a tax on taxes."
"The Final Tax" by Ellis Parker Butler
W—— thinks so much of X——,
Y—— says Z——'s lips are down!
And now I've told you all the news
There is around the town.
"Gossip!" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
But, with fun aside, you know,
We’re blamed sorry she must go;
An’ we hope she’ll think, maybe,
‘Z well o’ us ez we o’ she.
"To Jessica, Gone Back To The City" by Ellis Parker Butler
In z'n Oostersch tooisel trekt de laatste trein
Van genot en leven door den dag;
'k Zie de vlinders varen op het stormrefrein
Onder rijke overzeesche vlag.
"Stromliederen" by Margot Vos
Two fellers, Isrel named and Joe,
One Sundy mornin' 'greed to go
Agunnin' soon 'z the bells wuz done
And meetin' finally begun,
So'st no one wouldn't be about
Ther Sabbath-breakin' to spy out.
"A Fable" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Singer-songwriter Ester Dean has signed a management deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.
Perhaps you remember that in the days B.Z.
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Jay-Z & Partners Sued For Unpaid Royalties From Creating Roc-A- Fella Logo.
Dwayne Walker has filed suit against Jay-Z, alleging that he is owed unpaid royalties from creating the Roc-A- Fella logo.
Jay-Z, Roc-A- Fella Sued By NYC Designer Over Logo.
Jay-Z and his Roc-A- Fella records have found themselves the victims of a newly filed lawsuit.
Jay-Z Sued Over Roc-A- Fella Logo.
REVIEWS Jay-Z and Kanye West, 'Watch the Throne.
Work well with the Vaultz® A-Z Guides.
P&Z grants preliminary fire tower approval.
Monday July 9, 2012 Posted 4 months ago by Matt Z.
Jay-Z and Kanye West Guard the Throne.

In science:

The superfield Xµ(z, z) is the string coordinate which is expressed in terms of component fields as Xµ (z, z) = s 2 X µ(z , z ) + iθψµ (z , z ) + iθ eψµ (z , z ) + iθθF µ(z , z ) .
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
Pk (z ) orthonormal in the complex plane z = x+ iy Z d2Z w2 (z , ¯z) Pk (z )Pℓ ( ¯z ) = δkℓ with respect to the measure w2 (z , ¯z) d2Z .
Eigenvalue correlations in non-Hermitean symplectic random matrices
The matrix appearing under the sign of determinant in Eq. represented as I + AB with A(ℓ, z ) = f (z )( ¯z − z )1/2w(z , ¯z ) (πℓ (z ), −πℓ( ¯z )) , B (z , ℓ) = ( ¯z − z )1/2w(z , ¯z ) (cid:18) pℓ( ¯z ) pℓ(z ) (cid:19) .
Eigenvalue correlations in non-Hermitean symplectic random matrices
In fact when |ψ > is a C.S. |q , z ′ >, (42) can be written as: |q , z ′ >= Z d2 z W (|z |2 ) N (|z |2 ) N (|z ′ |2 ) expq ( ¯zz ′ )|q , z > which shows the linear dependence between the C.S (25), and hence their overcompletness.
On The Construction of Generalized Coherent States for Generalized Harmonic Oscillators
B (z ) is a B(L2,s , H 1,−s )-valued continuous function on Dab , (iii) R±0 (z ) = Γ ±0 (z 2 ) A(z ) + B (z ) for al l z ∈ D±ab , where D±ab := { z ∈ Dab | ± Im z ≥ 0 }.
Generalized eigenfunctions of relativistic Schroedinger operators I