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 for N
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  N \N\ ([e^]n),
     the fourteenth letter of English alphabet, is a vocal
     consonent, and, in allusion to its mode of formation, is
     called the dentinasal or linguanasal consonent. Its commoner
     sound is that heard in ran, done; but when immediately
     followed in the same word by the sound of g hard or k (as in
     single, sink, conquer), it usually represents the same sound
     as the digraph ng in sing, bring, etc. This is a simple but
     related sound, and is called the gutturo-nasal consonent. See
     Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 243-246.
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     Note: The letter N came into English through the Latin and
           Greek from the Phoenician, which probably derived it
           from the Egyptian as the ultimate origin. It is
           etymologically most closely related to M. See M.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  N \N\, n. (Print.)
     A measure of space equal to half an M (or em); an en.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Valiant \Val"iant\, a. [OE. valiant, F. vaillant, OF. vaillant,
     valant, originally p. pr. of OF. & F. valoir to be worth, L.
     valere to be strong. See Wield, and cf. Avail,
     Convalesce, Equivalent, Prevail, Valid.]
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     1. Vigorous in body; strong; powerful; as, a valiant fencer.
        [Obs.] --Walton.
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     2. Intrepid in danger; courageous; brave.
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              A valiant and most expert gentleman.  --Shak.
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              And Saul said to David . . . be thou valiant for me,
              and fight the Lord's battles.         --1 Sam.
                                                    xviii. 17.
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     3. Performed with valor or bravery; heroic. "Thou bearest the
        highest name for valiant acts." --Milton.
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              [The saints] have made such valiant confessions.
                                                    --J. H.
                                                    Newman.
        [1913 Webster] -- Val"iant*ly, adv. -- Val"iant*ness,
        n.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  York use \York" use`\ (Eccl.)
     The one of the three printed uses of England which was
     followed in the north. It was based on the Sarum use. See
     Use, n., 6. --Shipley.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  N
      n 1: a common nonmetallic element that is normally a colorless
           odorless tasteless inert diatomic gas; constitutes 78
           percent of the atmosphere by volume; a constituent of all
           living tissues [syn: nitrogen, N, atomic number 7]
      2: the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees [syn:
         north, due north, northward, N]
      3: a unit of force equal to the force that imparts an
         acceleration of 1 m/sec/sec to a mass of 1 kilogram; equal to
         100,000 dynes [syn: newton, N]
      4: (of a solution) concentration expressed in gram equivalents
         of solute per liter [syn: normality, N]
      5: the 14th letter of the Roman alphabet [syn: N, n]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  N
   /N/, quant.
  
      1. A large and indeterminate number of objects: ?There were N bugs in that
      crock!? Also used in its original sense of a variable name: ?This crock has
      N bugs, as N goes to infinity.? (The true number of bugs is always at least
      N + 1; see Lubarsky's Law of Cybernetic Entomology.)
  
      2. A variable whose value is inherited from the current context. For
      example, when a meal is being ordered at a restaurant, N may be understood
      to mean however many people there are at the table. From the remark ?We'd
      like to order N wonton soups and a family dinner for N - 1? you can deduce
      that one person at the table wants to eat only soup, even though you don't
      know how many people there are (see great-wall).
  
      3. Nth: adj. The ordinal counterpart of N, senses 1 and 2.
  
      4. ?Now for the Nth and last time...? In the specific context ?Nth-year
      grad student?, N is generally assumed to be at least 4, and is usually 5 or
      more (see tenured graduate student). See also random numbers, {
      two-to-the-N.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  N
  
      A variable typically used
     to stand for a number of objects.
  
     Used unqualified in speech it suggests a large, undetermined
     number, e.g. "There were N bugs in that crock!", or a
     number implied by context, e.g. "Let's get pizza for N + 1".
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2006-04-18)
  

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