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Greek alphabet
Αα Alpha Νν Nu
Ββ Beta Ξξ Xi
Γγ Gamma Οο Omicron
Δδ Delta Ππ Pi
Εε Epsilon Ρρ Rho
Ζζ Zeta Σσς Sigma
Ηη Eta Ττ Tau
Θθ Theta Υυ Upsilon
Ιι Iota Φφ Phi
Κκ Kappa Χχ Chi
Λλ Lambda Ψψ Psi
Μμ Mu Ωω Omega
Obsolete letters
Digamma uc lc.svg Digamma Qoppa uc lc.svg Qoppa
San uc lc.svg San Sampi uc lc.svg Sampi
Other characters
Stigma uc lc.svg Stigma Sho uc lc.svg Sho
Heta uc lc.svg Heta

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Omega (majuscule: Ω, minuscule: ω; Greek Ωμέγα) is the 24th and last letter of the Greek alphabet. In the Greek numeric system, it has a value of 800. The word literally means "great O" (ō mega, mega meaning 'great'), as opposed to Omicron, which means "little O" (o mikron, micron meaning "little").[1] This name is Byzantine; in Classical Greek, the letter was called ō (), whereas the Omicron was called ou (οὖ).[2] The form of the lowercase letter derives from a double omicron, which came to be written open at the top, whereas the uppercase derives from an underlined omicron, which came to be open at the bottom.

Phonetically, the Ancient Greek Ω is a long open-mid o [ɔː], similar to the vowel of English raw as pronounced in New York. In Modern Greek Ω represents the same sound as omicron. The letter omega is transcribed ō or simply o.

Omega (the last letter of the Greek alphabet) is often used to denote the last, the end, or the ultimate limit of a set, in contrast to Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet. In the New Testament book of Revelation, Christ is declared to be the "alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last".[3]

As the symbol of the Sumerian goddess Ninhursag, the omega has been depicted in art from around 3000 BC, though more generally from the early second millennium. It appears on some boundary stones on the upper tier, which indicates her importance.

Omega was also adopted into the early Cyrillic alphabet. See Cyrillic omega (Ѡ, ѡ). A Raetic variant is conjectured to be at the origin or parallel evolution of the Elder Futhark .

  • In fictional worlds:
    • In the fictional world of Star Trek, the Omega symbol is used in conjunction with the Omega Directive.
    • As the logo of the popular PlayStation franchise God of War.
    • In the fictional universe Warhammer 40,000, the symbol for the Sons of Orar Chapter and, if turned upside down, the symbol for the Ultramarine Chapter of the Space Marines (Warhammer 40,000).
    • In the popular web series Red vs Blue the Blood Gulch Chronicles Omega (or o'mally) is freelancer Tex's AI implant and the main antagonist of the Blood Gulch Chronicles
  • Other
    • The Marilyn Manson album Mechanical Animals has false band within the album called Omēga and the Mechanical Animals
    • The symbol of the resistance movement against the Vietnam-era draft
    • Year or date of death
    • Used to refer to the lowest-ranked wolf in a pack
    • Can be referred to the end of death or even time. The name of the end.

The symbol ω (lower case letter)

The minuscule letter ω is used as a symbol:

Notes

  1. ^ The Greek Alphabet
  2. ^ Herbert Weir Smyth. A Greek Grammar for Colleges. §1
  3. ^ Revelation 22:13, KJV, and see also 1:8, Greek ἐγὼ τὸ ἄλφα καὶ τὸ ὦ, ὁ πρῶτος καὶ ὁ ἔσχατος, ἡ ἀρχὴ καὶ τὸ τέλος. Or in Revelation 1:8 as seen in the Latin Vulgate Bible, the Greek is shown, surrounded by Latin: "ego sum α et ω principium et finis dicit Dominus Deus qui est et qui erat et qui venturus est Omnipotens"
  4. ^ Excerpts from the The Unicode Standard, Version 4.0, accessed 11 October 2006

Wiktionary

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See also omega, ómega, and oméga

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(Rev. 1:8), the last letter in the Greek alphabet. (See A.)

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Gaming

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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Omega is an old roguelike computer game for Unix; it dates from the 1980s. Omega was intended to be a very difficult game, where a new player will die quickly unless that player knows what to do. Players probably want to have experience with the keyboard controls of other roguelike games before playing Omega.

Though some players have enjoyed Omega, other players have found it to be too cumbersome, notwithstanding the game's difficulty. For example, in most other roguelike games, to pick up an item from the floor is a one-key operation. (Presumably, you carry a pack to store your items in.) However, in Omega, this item goes "up in the air" while you decide which body part to carry it with.

In contrast to the games Rogue or NetHack, where players can start exploring the dungeon immediately, or Angband, where players need do only some shopping and equipping before entering the dungeon, Omega requires players to do some additional preparation at the start of each game. A new player will want to join a guild, and that can only happen if the player changes their alignment from neutral to either slightly lawful or slightly chaotic. The least-experienced players will make a small donation to an orphanage (in the game) to become slightly lawful, then join the Paladins. This is only because it is easy to become very wounded during the first steps of your adventure, but you can retreat to the Paladins who will always offer to heal their members.


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Simple English

Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet. See that article for more uses of the upper case (Ω) or lower case (ω) letter as a symbol.

Omega could also mean:

Contents

Alphabet

  • Omega (Cyrillic), the Cyrillic counterpart of Greek omega.

Mathematics

  • Lambert W function, also known as the omega function.
  • Omega constant, a specific value derived from Lambert's W function.
  • Chaitin's constant, or Halting Probability, written as Ω.

Science

  • Omega loop, a protein motif
  • Omega-3 fatty acid
  • Omega-6 fatty acid
  • Omega-9 fatty acid
  • Omega particle, a subatomic particle
  • Omega, in sociobiology, the lowest rank in a dominance hierarchy
  • In cosmology, the density parameter

Technology

  • Omega (camera), a brand of cameras and enlargers
  • OMEGA Navigation System, the first worldwide radio navigation system
  • Omega SA, a Swiss watch company
  • Omega (TeX), a Unicode extension of the TeX typesetting system
  • Omega drivers, third-party drivers for ATI and nVidia graphics cards

Military

  • OMEGA, a Latvian special operations unit

Philosophy

  • Omega point, an idea in philosophy (eschatology) advanced by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Places in the United States

  • Omega, Georgia
  • Omega, Oklahoma
  • Omega D.C., a gay bar in Washington, D.C.

Automobiles

  • Opel Omega, a car model by Opel/Vauxhall
  • Oldsmobile Omega, another General Motors car, mechanically unrelated to the above

Fiction

  • Omega (Doctor Who), a fictional character from the television series
  • Omega (Doctor Who audio), a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on Doctor Who
  • The Omega Directive, an episode of Star Trek: Voyager
  • Omega Ranger, a character from Power Rangers: S.P.D.
  • The Omega Man, a 1971 science fiction film
  • Omega, an alias of O'Malley, a character in Red vs. Blue; see Template:Rvbchar
  • Omegamon and Omegamon X, the Japanese names for the Digimon characters, Omnimon, as well as his X-Antibody counterpart, Omnimon X
  • Doctor Omega, a 1906 science fiction novel by Arnould Galopin
  • Omega (novel), a science fiction novel by Jack McDevitt
  • A character in the Maximum Ride series.
  • The Omega Lock in Transformers Cybertron.
  • Omega (film), a Greek thriller, directed by Vasilis Blioumis

Comic books

  • Omega Red, a comic book supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe
  • Omega-level mutant, the most powerful Marvel Comics mutants
  • Omega (comics), a comic book villain from the Legion of Super-Heroes
  • Omega Men, a DC Comics superhero group
  • Omega the Unknown, a 1970s Marvel Comics series created by Steve Gerber

Video games

  • Omega (1987 computer game), a Roguelike game
  • Omega (1989 computer game), a game by Origin Systems
  • Omega (Dead or Alive), the final boss of Dead or Alive 3
  • Omega (Final Fantasy), a recurring boss in the Final Fantasy series
  • E-123 Omega, a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series
  • Omega, one of the main antagonists and the final boss of Mega Man Zero 3
  • Omega is the pseudonym used by Naoki Maeda for the song "MAX300" from DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution 6thMIX

Music

  • (Omega) y su Mambo Violento, a Dominican musical group
  • Omēga and the Mechanical Animals, a fictitious rock band portrayed by Marilyn Manson on their album Mechanical Animals
  • Omega (band), a Hungarian rock band
  • Omega No. 5, an album by Scaterd Few
  • Omega (song), a song by Rebecca St. James
  • Deathspell Omega, a French black metal band
  • The Omega Rising, an album by Profundi, a Swedish black metal band
  • Omega Recording Studios, a recording school and studio located outside of Washington D.C.

Other uses

  • Omega (cider), a strong white cider
  • Omega Psi Phi, African American fraternity and member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA), a wrestling promotion owned by Matt and Jeff Hardy
  • Omega Development Site, planned to be one of Europe's largest business parks, in Warrington, Cheshire








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