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Princeton's WordNet

  1. information technology, ITnoun

    the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve and store and transmit information


  1. itnoun

    (in the senses "punch", "kill", etc).

  2. itverb

    (in the senses "punch", "kill", etc).

  3. Etymology: A representation of the pronunciation of hit by a speaker whose dialect lacks the voiceless glottal fricative or transition ([h]). Not to be confused with hit, which is a dialectal variant of the pronoun it.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ITpronoun.

    Etymology: hit, Saxon.

    Nothing can give that to another which it hath not itself. John Bramhall, against Hobbs.

    Will our great anger learn to stoop so low?
    I know it cannot. Abraham Cowley.

    Tell me, O tell, what kind of thing is wit,
    Thou who master art of it. Abraham Cowley.

    His son, it may be, dreads no harm;
    But kindly waits his father's coming home. Thomas Flatman.

    The time will come, it will, when you shall know
    The rage of love. Dryden.

    How can I speak? or how, sir, can you hear?
    Imagine that which you would most deplore,
    And that which I would speak, is it or more. Dryden.

    A mind so furnished, what reason has it to acquiesce in its conclusions! John Locke.

    The glory which encompassed them covered the place, and darted its rays with so much strength, that the whole fabrick began to melt. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    If we find a greater good in the present constitution, than would have accrued either from the total privation of it, or from other frames and structures, we may then reasonably conclude, that the present constitution proceeded from an intelligent and good being, that formed it that particular way out of choice. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    How is it with our general?
    ———— Even so
    As with a man by his own alms impoison'd,
    And with his charity slain. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    It 's come to pass,
    That tractable obedience is a slave
    To each incensed will. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    He rallied, and again fell to 't;
    For catching foe by nearer foot,
    He lifted with such might and strength,
    As would have hurl'd him thrice his length. Hudibras.

    The design, it seems, is to avoid the dreadful imputation of pedantry. Jonathan Swift.

    If Abraham brought all with him, it is not probable that he meant to walk it back again for his pleasure. Walter Raleigh.

    The Lacedemonians, at the straights of Thermopylæ, when their arms failed them, fought it out with their nails and teeth. Dryden.

    I have often seen people lavish it profusely in tricking up their children, and yet starve their minds. John Locke.

    A mole courses it not on the ground, like the rat or mouse, but lives under the earth. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it,
    If folly grows romantick, I must paint it. Alexander Pope.

    Let us after him,
    Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome:
    It is a peerless kinsman. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Do, child, go to it grandam, child:
    Give grandam kingdom, and its grandam will
    Give it up him. William Shakespeare, King John.

    Who was't came by?
    —— 'Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word
    Macduff is fled to England. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    'Tis I, that made thy widows. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    'Tis these that early taint the female soul. Alexander Pope.


  1. It

    Information technology (IT) is the use of computers to create, process, store, retrieve and exchange all kinds of data and information. IT forms part of information and communications technology (ICT). An information technology system (IT system) is generally an information system, a communications system, or, more specifically speaking, a computer system — including all hardware, software, and peripheral equipment — operated by a limited group of IT users. Although humans have been storing, retrieving, manipulating, and communicating information since the earliest writing systems were developed, the term information technology in its modern sense first appeared in a 1958 article published in the Harvard Business Review; authors Harold J. Leavitt and Thomas L. Whisler commented that "the new technology does not yet have a single established name. We shall call it information technology (IT)." Their definition consists of three categories: techniques for processing, the application of statistical and mathematical methods to decision-making, and the simulation of higher-order thinking through computer programs.The term is commonly used as a synonym for computers and computer networks, but it also encompasses other information distribution technologies such as television and telephones. Several products or services within an economy are associated with information technology, including computer hardware, software, electronics, semiconductors, internet, telecom equipment, and e-commerce.Based on the storage and processing technologies employed, it is possible to distinguish four distinct phases of IT development: pre-mechanical (3000 BC — 1450 AD), mechanical (1450—1840), electromechanical (1840—1940), and electronic (1940 to present).Information technology is also a branch of computer science, which can be defined as the overall study of procedure, structure, and the processing of various types of data. As this field continues to evolve across the world, the overall priority and importance has also grown, which is where we begin to see the introduction of computer science-related courses in K-12 education.


  1. it

    "It" is a pronoun used to refer to an object, animal, concept, or situation that has been previously mentioned or is about to be mentioned. It is often used when the specific noun is already known or contextually clear.

  2. It

    "It" is a pronoun used to refer to a previously mentioned or understood object, animal, or concept, often when the specific identity of that object is not important or is already known to the speaker and listener.

Webster Dictionary

  1. It

    the neuter pronoun of the third person, corresponding to the masculine pronoun he and the feminine she, and having the same plural (they, their or theirs, them)

  2. It

    as a substance for any noun of the neuter gender; as, here is the book, take it home

  3. It

    as a demonstrative, especially at the beginning of a sentence, pointing to that which is about to be stated, named, or mentioned, or referring to that which apparent or well known; as, I saw it was John

  4. It

    as an indefinite nominative for a impersonal verb; as, it snows; it rains

  5. It

    as a substitute for such general terms as, the state of affairs, the condition of things, and the like; as, how is it with the sick man?

  6. It

    as an indefinite object after some intransitive verbs, or after a substantive used humorously as a verb; as, to foot it (i. e., to walk)

  7. Etymology: [OE. it, hit, AS. hit; cf. D. het. 181. See He.]


  1. It

    It is a 1986 horror novel by American author Stephen King. The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values. The novel won the British Fantasy Award in 1987, and received nominations for the Locus and World Fantasy Awards that same year. Publishers Weekly listed It as the best-selling book in the United States in 1986.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. It

    it, pron. the thing spoken of. [M. E. and A.S. hit, neut. of he; Ice. hit, Dut. het, Goth. ita; akin to L. id, Sans. i, pronominal root=here. The t is an old neuter suffix, as in tha-t, wha-t, and cognate with d in L. illu-d, istu-d, quo-d.]

Editors Contribution

  1. IT

    Acronym for information technology.

    IT systems all work efficiently and update inreal-time.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

  2. it

    An intuitive knowing of a person, place or thing.

    We went to the playground, it was near the shopping centre.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'it' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #10

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'it' in Written Corpus Frequency: #5

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'it' in Nouns Frequency: #2453

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  1. ti

  2. TI

  3. Ti.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of it in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of it in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  • Alfonso Cole
    Alfonso Cole
    It is : revelant; God!
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