Definition of "z" [z]

  • The 26th letter of the modern English alphabet. (noun)
  • Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter z. (noun)
  • The 26th in a series. (noun)
  • Something shaped like the letter Z. (noun)
  • Slang Sleep. (noun)
  • The 26th and last letter and the 20th consonant of the modern English alphabet (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually a voiced alveolar fricative, as in zip (noun)
  • Something shaped like a Z (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "z" in a sentence
  • "For example, all pronouns like first person *zō violate markedness because plain *z is so rare in his convoluted phonology while palatal *ź is used to explain almost everything see his list of 'z words' here where his diacritic bias is self-evident."
  • "Let x, y, z, and t denote the coordinates and syn - chronized clock times used by E in his spaceship refer - ence frame S; and let x′, y′, z′, and t′ denote the corre - sponding quantities used by E′ in S′."
  • "Z-- z-- z-- z! as I ducked to the saddle-bow, and something scraped across my back with a sound as of rending garments."