S, s

[es]
noun, plural S's or Ss, s's or ss.
1.
the 19th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
2.
any spoken sound represented by the letter S or s, as in saw, sense, or goose.
3.
something having the shape of an S .
4.
a written or printed representation of the letter S or s.
5.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter S or s.
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S

5.
Electricity, siemens.
9.
10.
Music. soprano.
11.
13.
state (highway).
14.
Grammar, subject.

S

Symbol.
1.
the 19th in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 18th.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) the medieval Roman numeral for 7 or 70. Compare Roman numerals.
4.
Biochemistry, serine.
5.
Thermodynamics, entropy.
6.
Physics. strangeness.

s

Symbol.

's

1
an ending used in writing to represent the possessive morpheme after most singular nouns, some plural nouns, especially those not ending in a letter or combination of letters representing an s or z sound, noun phrases, and noun substitutes, as in man's, women's, baby's, James's, witness's, (or witness' ), king of England's, or anyone's.

Origin:
Middle English -es, Old English

's

2
1.
contraction of is: She's here.
2.
contraction of does: What's he do for a living now?
3.
contraction of has: He's just gone.

See contraction.

's

3
Archaic.
a contraction of God's, as in 'swounds; 'sdeath; 'sblood.

's

4
a contraction of us, as in Let's go.

See contraction.

's

5
a contraction of as, as in so's to get there on time.

-s

1
a native English suffix used in the formation of adverbs: always; betimes; needs; unawares.
Compare -ways.


Origin:
Middle English -es, Old English; ultimately identical with 's1

-s

2
an ending marking the third person singular indicative active of verbs: walks.

Origin:
Middle English (north) -(e)s, Old English (north); orig. ending of 2nd person singular, as in Latin and Greek; replacing Middle English, Old English -eth -eth1

-s

3
an ending marking nouns as plural (boys; wolves ), occurring also on nouns that have no singular (dregs; entrails; pants; scissors ), or on nouns that have a singular with a different meaning (clothes; glasses; manners; thanks ). The pluralizing value of -s3, is weakened or lost in a number of nouns that now often take singular agreement, as the names of games (billiards; checkers; tiddlywinks ) and of diseases (measles; mumps; pox; rickets ); the latter use has been extended to create informal names for a variety of involuntary conditions, physical or mental (collywobbles; d.t.'s; giggles; hots; willies ). A parallel set of formations, where -s3, has no plural value, are adjectives denoting socially unacceptable or inconvenient states (bananas; bonkers; crackers; nuts; preggers; starkers ); cf. -ers.
Also, -es.


Origin:
Middle English -(e)s, Old English -as, plural nominative and accusative ending of some masculine nouns

-s

4
a suffix of hypocoristic nouns, generally proper names or forms used only in address: Babs; Fats; Suzykins; Sweetums; Toodles.

Origin:
probably from the metonymic use of nouns formed with -s3, as boots or Goldilocks

S.

1
(in prescriptions) mark; write; label.

Origin:
< Latin signa

S.

2
(in prescriptions) let it be written.

Origin:
< Latin signētur

S.

3

Origin:
< Latin socius

S.

4
5.
(in Austria) schilling; schillings.
7.
10.
shilling; shillings.
11.
12.
15.
sol3 ( def 1 ).
16.
18.
(in Ecuador) sucre; sucres.
19.

s.

5.
7.
shilling; shillings.
8.
9.
signed.
10.
12.
13.
15.
16.
19.
20.
stem of.
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s or S (ɛs)
 
n , pl s's, S's, Ss
1.  the 19th letter and 15th consonant of the modern English alphabet
2.  a speech sound represented by this letter, usually an alveolar fricative, either voiceless, as in sit, or voiced, as in dogs
3.  a.  something shaped like an S
 b.  (in combination): an S-bend in a road
 
S or S
 
n

s
 
symbol for
second (of time)

S
 
symbol for
1.  satisfactory
2.  Society
3.  small (size)
4.  South
5.  chem sulphur
6.  physics
 a.  entropy
 b.  siemens
 c.  strangeness
7.  currency
 a.  (the former) schilling
 b.  sol
 c.  (the former) sucre
 
abbreviation for
8.  Sweden (international car registration)

s.
 
abbreviation for
1.  see
2.  semi-
3.  shilling
4.  singular
5.  son
6.  succeeded

S.
 
abbreviation for , SS
1.  Saint
2.  school
3.  Sea
4.  Signor
5.  Society
 
[Latin socius]

-s or -es1
 
suffix
forming the plural of most nouns: boys; boxes
 
[from Old English -as, plural nominative and accusative ending of some masculine nouns]
 
-es or -es1
 
suffix
 
[from Old English -as, plural nominative and accusative ending of some masculine nouns]

-s or -es2
 
suffix
forming the third person singular present indicative tense of verbs: he runs; she washes
 
[from Old English (northern dialect) -es, -s, originally the ending of the second person singular]
 
-es or -es2
 
suffix
 
[from Old English (northern dialect) -es, -s, originally the ending of the second person singular]

-s3
 
suffix
forming nicknames and names expressing affection or familiarity: Fats; Fingers; ducks
 
[special use of -s1]

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Word Origin & History

-s
suffix forming almost all Mod.Eng. plural nouns, was gradually extended in M.E. from O.E. -as, the nom. plural and acc. plural ending of certain "strong" masc. nouns (cf. dæg "day," nom./acc. pl. dagas "days"). The commonest Gmc. declension, traceable back to the original PIE inflection system,
it is also the source of the Du. -s plurals and (by rhotacism) Scand. -r plurals (e.g. Swed. dagar). Much more uniform today than originally; O.E. also had a numerous category of "weak" nouns that formed their plurals in -an, and other strong nouns that formed plurals with -u. Quirk and Wrenn, in their O.E. grammar, estimate that 45 percent of the nouns a student will encounter will be masc., nearly four-fifths of them with gen. sing. -es and nom./acc. pl. in -as. Less than half, but still the largest chunk. The triumphs of -'s possessives and -s plurals represent common patterns in language: using only a handful of suffixes to do many jobs (cf. -ing), and the most common variant squeezing out the competition. To further muddy the waters, it's been extended in slang since 1936 to singulars (e.g. ducks, sweets, babes) as an affectionate or dim. suffix. O.E. single-syllable collectives (sheep, folk) as well as weights, measures, and units of time did not use -s. The use of it in these cases began in M.E., but the older custom is preserved in many traditional dialects (ten pound of butter; more than seven year ago).

-s
third pers. sing. pres. indic. suffix of verbs, it represents O.E. -es, -as, which began to replace -eð in Northumbrian 10c., and gradually spread south until by Shakespeare it had emerged from colloquialism and -eth began to be limited to more dignified speeches.
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Medical Dictionary

s abbr.

  1. Latin semis (half)

  2. Latin sinister (left)

S
The symbol for the element sulfur.

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Science Dictionary
s  
  1. Abbreviation of second (of time), second (of an arc)

  2. The symbol for strangeness.


S  
The symbol for sulfur.
sulfur also sulphur   (sŭl'fər)  Pronunciation Key 
Symbol S
A pale-yellow, brittle nonmetallic element that occurs widely in nature, especially in volcanic deposits, minerals, natural gas, and petroleum. It is used to make gunpowder and fertilizer, to vulcanize rubber, and to produce sulfuric acid. Atomic number 16; atomic weight 32.066; melting point (rhombic) 112.8°C; (monoclinic) 119.0°C; boiling point 444.6°C; specific gravity (rhombic) 2.07; (monoclinic) 1.957; valence 2, 4, 6. See Periodic Table.
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Computing Dictionary

S definition

language
A statistical analysis language from AT&T.
["S: An Interactive Environment for Data Analysis and Graphics", Richard A. Becker, Wadsworth 1984].
(1997-01-21)

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
s
  1. second

  2. second

  3. split

  4. stere

  5. strange quark

S
  1. entropy

  2. safety

  3. Samuel

  4. satisfactory

  5. Saturday

  6. Senate

  7. send (shortwave transmission)

  8. sentence

  9. sexual [situations] (television rating)

  10. siemens

  11. single (as in personal ads)

  12. small

  13. smoking section

  14. soprano

  15. south

  16. southern

  17. straight (as in personal ads)

  18. strike

  19. sulfur

  20. Sunday

  21. sunny

  22. superior

  23. Sweden (international vehicle ID)

s.
  1. shilling

  2. singular

  3. sire

  4. solo

  5. son

  6. substantive

S.
  1. saint

  2. sea

  3. signature

  4. signor

  5. signore

  6. statute

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s

fundamental unit of time, now defined in terms of the radiation frequency at which atoms of the element cesium change from one state to another.

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