The twenty-second letter of the modern English alphabet and the twentieth of the ancient Roman one, of which U is a differentiated form.
V-1 a small flying bomb powered by a simple jet engine, used by the Germans in the Second World War. Also called doodlebug.
V-2 a rocket-powered flying bomb, which was the first ballistic missile, used by the Germans in the Second World War.
V-sign a sign resembling the letter V made with the first two fingers pointing up and the palm of the hand facing outwards, used as a symbol or gesture of victory; a similar sign made with the back of the hand facing outwards, used as a gesture of abuse or contempt.