Oscar

[os-ker]
Trademark.
one of a group of statuettes awarded annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievements in motion-picture production and performance.
Compare Academy Award.


Origin:
allegedly named in 1931 by an employee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, after her uncle

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Oscar

[os-ker]
noun
1.
a word used in communications to represent the letter O.
2.
a male given name: from Old English words meaning “god” and “spear.”
3.
Military. the NATO designation for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet attack submarine armed with 24 antiship cruise missiles.

Oscar

[os-ker]
noun
one of a series of small communications satellites, launched into polar orbit as piggyback passengers on U.S. launch vehicles, for unrestricted use by radio amateurs.

Origin:
1980–85; o(rbiting) s(atellite) c(arrying) a(mateur) r(adio)

Oscar II

noun
1829–1907, king of Sweden 1872–1907; king of Norway 1872–1905.
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oscar (ˈɒskə)
 
n
slang, rare (Austral) cash; money
 
[C20: rhyming slang, from Oscar Asche (1871--1936), Australian actor]

Oscar (ˈɒskə)
 
n
1.  a.  Official name: Academy Award any of several small gold statuettes awarded annually in the United States by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in films
 b.  (sometimes not capital) an award made in recognition of outstanding endeavour in any of various other fields: the TV Oscars
2.  (without capital) any annual award for excellence
3.  communications a code word for the letter o
 
[C20: sense 1 said to have been named after a remark made by an official on first seeing the statuette, that it reminded her of her uncle Oscar]

Oscar II
 
n
1829--1907, king of Sweden (1872--1907) and of Norway (1872--1905)

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Oscar
masc. proper name, O.E. Osgar "god's spear," from O.E. gar "spear" + os "god" (only in personal names), from O.E. ansu- "spirit," from PIE *ansu-, source of the first element in Aesir, Asgard (from O.N.) and Ahura Mazda (from Avestan). The statuette awarded for excellence in film acting, directing, etc.,
given annually since, 1928, first so called 1936. The name is said to have sprung from a 1931 remark by Margaret Herrick, secretary at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on seeing the statuette: "He reminds me of my Uncle Oscar." Thus the award is named for Oscar Pierce, U.S. wheat farmer and fruit grower.
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Oscar definition


A small statue given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to winners of its annual awards. (See Academy Awards.)

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OSCAR definition


1. Oregon State Conversational Aid to Research. Interactive numerical calculations, vectors, matrices, complex arithmetic, string operations, for CDC 3300. "OSCAR: A User's Manual with Examples", J.A. Baughman et al, CC, Oregon State U.
2. Object-oriented language used in the COMANDOS Project. "OSCAR: Programming Language Manual", TR, COMANDOS Project, Nov 1988.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
OSCAR
Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio
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Example sentences for Oscar
Curtis has spoken in the past of his disappointment at never being awarded an oscar.
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