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English Dictionary: S by the DICT Development Group
6 results for S
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
s
n
  1. 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
    Synonym(s): second, sec, s
  2. 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)
    Synonym(s): sulfur, S, sulphur, atomic number 16
  3. the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees
    Synonym(s): south, due south, southward, S
  4. a unit of conductance equal to the reciprocal of an ohm
    Synonym(s): mho, siemens, reciprocal ohm, S
  5. the 19th letter of the Roman alphabet
    Synonym(s): S, s
  6. (thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity representing the amount of energy in a system that is no longer available for doing mechanical work; "entropy increases as matter and energy in the universe degrade to an ultimate state of inert uniformity"
    Synonym(s): randomness, entropy, S
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   S \S\ ([ecr]s),
      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,
      d[82]bris. With the letter h it forms the digraph sh. See
      Guide to pronunciation, [sect][sect] 255-261.
  
      Note: Both the form and the name of the letter S are derived
               from the Latin, which got the letter through the Greek
               from the Ph[91]nician. The ultimate origin is Egyptian.
               S is etymologically most nearly related to c, z, t, and
               r; as, in ice, OE. is; E. hence, OE. hennes; E. rase,
               raze; erase, razor; that, G. das; E. reason, F. raison,
               L. ratio; E. was, were; chair, chaise (see C, Z, T, and
               R.).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   -s \-s\
      1. [OE. es, AS. as.] The suffix used to form the plural of
            most words; as in roads, elfs, sides, accounts.
  
      2. [OE. -s, for older -th, AS. -[eb].] The suffix used to
            form the third person singular indicative of English
            verbs; as in falls, tells, sends.
  
      3. An adverbial suffix; as in towards, needs, always, --
            originally the genitive, possesive, ending. See {-'s}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   -'s \-'s\ [OE. -es, AS. -es.] The suffix used to form the
      possessive singular of nouns; as, boy's; man's. 's \'s\
      A contraction for is or (colloquially) for has. [bd]My
      heart's subdued.[b8] --Shak.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   S
  
      A statistical analysis language from {AT&T}.
  
      ["S: An Interactive Environment for Data Analysis and
      Graphics", Richard A. Becker, Wadsworth 1984].
  
      (1997-01-21)
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   s///
  
      s/{foo}/{bar}/ is an idiom which means "I didn't mean
      to type 'foo', I meant to type 'bar'".
  
      Its use in {talk} systems, especially {irc}, comes from the
      use of s/// as a substitution operator in {Perl}, {sed} and
      {ed}.   In these languages and tools, s/foo/bar/ would replace
      any substring matching the {regular expression} "foo" with the
      string "bar".
  
      (1997-03-16)
  
  
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