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1Page:‘see p 784’
[in combination] Para-:‘p-xylene’
3British Penny or pence:‘a 5p coin’
5[in combination] (in units of measurement) pico- (10−12):‘a 220 pf capacitor’
Denoting electrons and orbitals possessing one unit of angular momentum:‘p-electrons’
Pressure:‘pV = nRT’
Probability:‘this difference was significant (p = 0.0008)’
1The sixteenth letter of the alphabet.
- ‘I have a P for Patricia and J for my name Joy.. so technically it's PJ!’
- ‘One key to knowing which marketing programs to choose involves thoroughly understanding how to leverage the 4 Ps of marketing - price, product, promotion, and place - to reach and appeal to your target audience(s).’
- ‘Lets have an S for Speedy, and a P for Polly, intertwined on the top of the cake, in red frosting.’
- 1.1 Denoting the next after O (or N if O is omitted) in a set of items, categories, etc.
- ‘Let P be the set of all finite subsets of N.’
- ‘Now for each r, let p be the next larger even integer.’
1(in tables of sports results) games played.
2(on an automatic gear shift) park.
3(on road signs and street plans) parking.
4[in combination] (in units of measurement) peta- (1015):‘27 PBq of radioactive material’
Poise (unit of viscosity).
6Portugal (international vehicle registration).
The chemical element phosphorus.
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