[ouuh rz, ou-erz or, often, ahrz] /aʊərz, ˈaʊ ərz or, often, ɑrz/
(a form of the possessive case of we used as a predicate adjective):
Which house is ours?
that or those belonging to us:
Ours was given second prize. Ours are in the car.
plural pronoun, possessive our or ours, objective us.
nominative plural of .
(used to denote oneself and another or others):
We have two children. In this block we all own our own houses.
(used to denote people in general):
the marvels of science that we take for granted.
(used to indicate a particular profession, nationality, political party, etc., that includes the speaker or writer):
We in the medical profession have moral responsibilities.
Also called the royal we. (used by a sovereign, or by other high officials and dignitaries, in place of I in formal speech):
We do not wear this crown without humility.
Also called the editorial we. (used by editors, writers, etc., to avoid the too personal or specific I or to represent a collective viewpoint):
As for this column, we will have nothing to do with shady politicians.
you (used familiarly, often with mild condescension or sarcasm, as in addressing a child, a patient, etc.):
We know that’s naughty, don’t we? It’s time we took our medicine.
(used in the predicate following a copulative verb):
It is we who should thank you.
(used in apposition with a noun, especially for emphasis):
We Americans are a sturdy lot.
pronoun, nominative I, possessive my or mine, objective me; plural nominative we, possessive our or ours, objective us.
the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself.
noun, plural I’s.
(used to denote the narrator of a literary work written in the first person singular).
Metaphysics. the ego.
something or someone belonging to or associated with us: ours have blue tags
of ours, belonging to or associated with us
refers to the speaker or writer and another person or other people: we should go now
refers to all people or people in general: the planet on which we live
(informal) used instead of you with a tone of persuasiveness, condescension, or sarcasm: how are we today?
noun (pl) i’s, I’s, Is
the ninth letter and third vowel of the modern English alphabet
any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in bite or hit
dot the i’s and cross the t’s, to pay meticulous attention to detail
the imaginary number √–1 Also called j
(subjective) refers to the speaker or writer
(logic) a particular affirmative categorial statement, such as some men are married, often symbolized as SiP Compare A, E, O1
(Roman numeral) one See Roman numerals
Italy (international car registration)
c.1300, a double possessive (with genitive suffix -s (1)), originating in northern England, and has taken over the absolute function of our (q.v.). In Middle English ourn, ouren also were used.
12c. shortening of Old English ic, first person singular nominative pronoun, from Proto-Germanic *ekan (cf. Old Frisian ik, Old Norse ek, Norwegian eg, Danish jeg, Old High German ih, German ich, Gothic ik), from PIE *eg-, nominative form of the first person singular pronoun (cf. Sanskrit aham, Hittite uk, Latin ego (source of French Je), Greek ego, Russian ja, Lithuanian aš). Reduced to i by mid-12c. in northern England, it began to be capitalized mid-13c. to mark it as a distinct word and avoid misreading in handwritten manuscripts.
The reason for writing I is … the orthographic habit in the middle ages of using a ‘long i’ (that is, j or I) whenever the letter was isolated or formed the last letter of a group; the numeral ‘one’ was written j or I (and three iij, etc.), just as much as the pronoun. [Otto Jespersen, “Growth and Structure of the English Language,” p.233]
The form ich or ik, especially before vowels, lingered in northern England until c.1400 and survived in southern dialects until 18c. The dot on the “small” letter -i- began to appear in 11c. Latin manuscripts, to distinguish the letter from the stroke of another letter (such as -m- or -n-). Originally a diacritic, it was reduced to a dot with the introduction of Roman type fonts.
Old English we, from Proto-Germanic *wiz (cf. Old Saxon wi, Old Norse ver, Danish vi, Old Frisian wi, Dutch wij, Old High German and German wir, Gothic weis “we”), from PIE *wei- (cf. Sanskrit vayam, Old Persian vayam, Hittite wesh “we,” Old Church Slavonic ve “we two,” Lithuanian vedu “we two”).
The “royal we” (use of plural pronoun to denote oneself) is at least as old as “Beowulf” (c.725); use by writers to establish an impersonal style is also from Old English; it was especially common 19c. in unsigned editorials, to suggest staff consensus, and was lampooned as such since at least 1853 (cf. also wegotism).
The number whose square is equal to -1. Numbers expressed in terms of i are called imaginary or complex numbers.
Italy (international vehicle ID)
see: dot the i’s and cross the t’s
[ahr-self, ouuh r-, ou-er-] /ɑrˈsɛlf, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-/ pronoun 1. one’s own person, individuality, etc., considered as private and apart from others: It is for ourself that we should strive for greater knowledge. 2. (a form corresponding to ourselves, used of a single person, especially in the regal or formal style, as we for I): […]
[ahr-selvz, ouuh r-, ou-er-] /ɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-/ plural pronoun 1. a reflexive form of (used as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the direct object of a preposition): We are deceiving ourselves. Give us a moment to ourselves. 2. (used as an intensive with we): We ourselves would never say such […]
noun 1. a play (1938) by Thornton Wilder. (1938) A Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Thornton Wilder, dealing with everyday life in a small town in New England.
[ooz] /uz/ noun 1. Also called Great Ouse. a river in E England, flowing NE to the Wash. 160 miles (260 km) long. 2. a river in NE England, in Yorkshire, flowing SE to the Humber. 57 miles (92 km) long. 3. a river in SE England, flowing S to the English Channel. 30 miles […]