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Words starting with s

Word Definition
S 1. the nineteenth letter of the English alphabet, is a consonant, and is often called a sibilant, in allusion to its hissing sound. It has two principal sounds; one a mere hissing, as in sack, this; the other a vocal hissing (the same as that of z), as in is, wise. Besides these it sometimes has the sounds of sh and zh, as in sure, measure. It generally has its hissing sound at the beginning of words, but in the middle and at the end of words its sound is determined by usage. In a few words it is silent, as in isle, debris. With the letter h it forms the digraph sh. See Guide to pronunciation, // 255-261.
2. (n.) (thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity representing the amount of energy in a system that is no longer available for doing mechanical work
3. (n.) the 19th letter of the Roman alphabet
4. (n.) a unit of conductance equal to the reciprocal of an ohm
5. (n.) the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees
6. (n.) an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions)
7. (n.) 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
S wrench 1. (n.) a wrench with an S-shaped handle
S-shape 1. (n.) a double curve resembling the letter S
s-shaped 1. (adj.) shaped in the form of the letter S
S. S. Van Dine 1. (n.) United States writer of detective novels (1888-1939)
S. Smith Stevens 1. (n.) United States psychologist and psychophysicist who proposed Stevens' power law to replace Fechner's law (1906-1973)
S.C. 1. (n.) a state in the Deep South; one of the original 13 colonies
S.D. 1. (n.) a state in north central United States
s.t.p. 1. (n.) standard temperature and pressure
S.U.V. 1. (n.) a high-performance four-wheel drive car built on a truck chassis
S/N 1. (n.) the ratio of signal intensity to noise intensity
SA 1. (n.) Nazi militia created by Hitler in 1921 that helped him to power but was eclipsed by the SS after 1943
SA node 1. (n.) a specialized bit of heart tissue that controls the heartbeat
saadh 1. (n.) See Sadh.
Saale 1. (n.) a river that rises in central Germany and flows north to join the Elbe River
Saale glaciation 1. (n.) the next-to-last Pleistocene glaciation in northern Europe and the deposits laid down at that time
Saale River 1. (n.) a river that rises in central Germany and flows north to join the Elbe River
Saame 1. (n.) the language of nomadic Lapps in northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula
2. (n.) a member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeer
Saami 1. (n.) the language of nomadic Lapps in northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula
2. (n.) a member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeer
saan 1. (n. pl.) Same as Bushmen.
Saarinen 1. (n.) United States architect (born in Finland) (1910-1961)
2. (n.) Finnish architect and city planner who moved to the United States in 1923; father of Eero Saarinen (1873-1950)
Saba 1. (n.) a island in the Netherlands Antilles that is the top of an extinct volcano
sabadilla 1. (n.) A Mexican liliaceous plant (Schoenocaulon officinale); also, its seeds, which contain the alkaloid veratrine. It was formerly used in medicine as an emetic and purgative.
sabaean 1. (n.) Same as Sabian.
sabaeanism 1. (n.) Same as Sabianism.
sabaeism 1. (n.) Alternative form of Sabaism
Sabah 1. (n.) one of the 13 states that constitute the Federation of Malaysia; located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo
Sabahan 1. (adj.) of or pertaining to Sabah or its people
2. (n.) a Malaysian from Sabah
sabaism 1. (n.) See Sabianism.
sabal 1. (n.) A genus of palm trees including the palmetto of the Southern United States.
2. (n.) American dwarf fan palms