Webster 1913 Edition
The fifth letter of the English alphabet.
It derives its form, name, and value from the Latin, the form and value being further derived from the Greek, into which it came from the Phœnician, and ultimately, probably, from the Egyptian. Its etymological relations are closest with the vowels i, a, and o, as illustrated by to fall, to fell; man, pl. men; drink, drank, drench; dint, dent; doom, deem; goose, pl. geese; beef, OF. boef, L. bos; and E. cheer, OF. chiere, LL. cara.See Guide to Pronunciation , §§ 74-97.
E is the third tone of the model diatonic scale. E♭ (E flat) is a tone which is intermediate between D and E.
Webster 1828 Edition