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-th1

1.
a suffix forming nouns of action (birth) or abstract nouns denoting quality or condition (depth; length; warmth).
Origin
Middle English -th(e), Old English -thu, -tho, -th (variant -t after a velar, f, or s); cognate with Gothic -itha, Latin -tus, Greek -tos

-th2

1.
a suffix used in the formation of ordinal numbers (fourth, tenth), in some cases, added to altered stems of the cardinal (fifth; twelfth).
Origin
Middle English -the, -te, Old English -tha, -the (variant -ta after f or s); cognate with Old Norse -thi, -di, Latin -tus, Greek -tos; see -eth

-th3

1.
variant of -eth1 :
doth.

Th.

1.

T.H.

1.
Territory of Hawaii.
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British Dictionary definitions for Th

th

abbreviation
1.
Thailand

Th

Chemical symbol
1.
thorium

-th1

suffix
1.
(from verbs) indicating an action or its consequence: growth
2.
(from adjectives) indicating a quality: width
Word Origin
from Old English -thu, -tho

-th2

suffix
1.
forming ordinal numbers: fourth, thousandth
Word Origin
from Old English -(o)tha, -(o)the
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Word Origin and History for Th

th

A sound found chiefly in words of Old English, Old Norse or Greek origin, unpronounceable by Normans and many other Europeans. In Greek, the sound corresponds etymologically to Sanskrit -dh- and English -d-; and it was represented graphically by -TH- and at first pronounced as a true aspirate (as still in English outhouse, shithead, etc.). But by 2c. B.C.E. the Greek letter theta was in universal use and had the modern "-th-" sound. Latin had neither the letter nor the sound, however, and the Romans represented Greek theta by -TH-, which they generally pronounced, at least in Late Latin, as simple "-t-" (passed down to Romanic languages, e.g. Spanish termal "thermal," teoria "theory," teatro "theater").

In Germanic languages it represents PIE -t- and was common at the start of words or after stressed vowels. To represent it, Old English and Old Norse used the characters ð "eth" (a modified form of -d-) and þ "thorn," which originally was a rune. Old English, unlike Old Norse, seems never to have standardized which of the two versions of the sound ("hard" and "soft") was represented by which of the two letters.

The digraph -th- sometimes appears in early Old English, on the Roman model, and it returned in Middle English with the French scribes, driving out eth by c.1250, but thorn persisted, especially in demonstratives (þat, þe, þis, etc.), even as other words were being spelled with -th-. The advent of printing dealt its death-blow, however, as types were imported from continental founders, who had no thorn. For a time y was used in its place (especially in Scotland), because it had a similar shape, hence ye for the in historical tourist trap olde shoppes (it never was pronounced "ye," only spelled that way).

The awareness that some Latin words in t- were from Greek th- encouraged over-correction in English and created unetymological forms such as Thames and author, while some words borrowed from Romanic languages preserve, on the Roman model, the Greek -th- spelling but the simple Latin "t" pronunciation (e.g. Thomas and thyme).

-th

word-forming element making ordinal numbers (fourth, tenth, etc.), Old English -ða, from Proto-Germanic *-tha-, from PIE *-to-, also *-eto-, *-oto-, suffix forming adjectives "marking the accomplishment of the notion of the base" [Watkins] (cf. Sanskrit thah, Greek -tos, Latin -tus).

suffix forming nouns (e.g. depth, strength, truth, etc.), from Old English -ðu, , from Proto-Germanic *-itho, abstract noun suffix, from PIE *-ita (cf. Sanskrit -tati-; Greek -tet-; Latin -tati-, as in libertatem "liberty" from liber "free").

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Th in Medicine

Th
The symbol for the element thorium.

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Th in Science
Th  
The symbol for thorium.
thorium
  (thôr'ē-əm)   
Symbol Th
A silvery-white, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series. It is used for fuel in some nuclear reactors and for improving the high-temperature strength of magnesium alloys. The only naturally occurring isotope of thorium, Th 232, is also its most stable, having a half-life of 14.1 billion years. Atomic number 90; atomic weight 232.038; approximate melting point 1,750°C; approximate boiling point 4,500°C; approximate specific gravity 11.7; valence 4. See Periodic Table.
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Th in Technology

networking
The country code for Thailand.
(1999-01-27)

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Related Abbreviations for Th

th

Thai

Th

  1. Thessalonians
  2. thorium
  3. Thursday

TH

townhouse
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