F (ef)


1. F is the sixth letter of the English alphabet, and a nonvocal consonant. Its form and sound are from the Latin. The Latin borrowed the form from the Greek digamma , which probably had the value of English w consonant. The form and value of Greek letter came from the Phenician, the ultimate source being probably Egyptian. Etymologically fis most closely related to p,k,v, and b; as in E. five, Gr. ; E. wolf, L. lupus, Gr. ; E. fox, vixen ; fragile, break ; fruit, brook, v. t.; E. bear, L. ferre. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 178, 179, 188, 198, 230.

2. Mus.

The name of the fourth tone of the model scale, or scale of C. F sharp ( F# ) is a tone intermediate between F and G.

F clef, the bass clef. See under Clef.


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