List of acronyms

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This list contains acronyms, initialisms, and pseudo-blends.

For the purposes of this list:

  • acronym = an abbreviation pronounced as if it were a word, e.g., SARS = severe acute respiratory syndrome, pronounced to rhyme with cars
  • initialism = an abbreviation pronounced wholly or partly using the names of its constituent letters, e.g., CD = compact disc, pronounced cee dee
  • pseudo-blend = an abbreviation whose extra or omitted letters mean that it cannot stand as a true acronym, initialism, or portmanteau (a word formed by combining two or more words).
(a) = acronym, e.g.: SARS – (a) Severe acute respiratory syndrome
(i) = initialism, e.g.: CD – (i) Compact disc
(p) = pseudo-blend, e.g.: UNIFEM – (p) United Nations Development Fund for Women
(s) = symbol (none of the above, representing and pronounced as something else; for example: MHz – Megahertz)

0–9[edit]

  • 0D - obvious deed
  • 1,Onekama, Michigan (word play based on "one, comma")
  • 1AMAir Mechanic 1st Class
  • 1D - One-Dimensional
  • 2AMAir Mechanic 2nd Class
  • 2D – (i) Two-dimensional
  • 2.5D – (p) "Two-and-a-half-dee": two-dimensional computer graphics where some flat images lie in front of others
  • 2G – (i) Second-generation mobile (cellular, wireless) telephone system
  • 2.5G – (p) Second-and-a-half-generation mobile telephone system
  • 2Lt2nd Lieutenant
  • 3AMAir Mechanic 3rd Class
  • 3D – (i) Three-Dimensional
  • 3G – (i) Third-generation mobile telephone system
  • 3i – (i) Investors In Industry (venture capitalists)
  • 3M – (i) Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
  • 4D – (i) Four-Dimensional (usually three spatial plus one temporal dimension, sometimes four spatial ones)
  • 4G – (i) Fourth-generation mobile telephone system
  • 4GL – (i) Fourth-generation programming language
  • 4WD – (i) Four-wheel drive
  • 5D - Five-Dimensional
  • 6D - Six-Dimensional
  • 7D - Seven-Dimensional
  • 8D - Eight-Dimensional
  • 9D - Nine-Dimensional

See also[edit]

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