sans

[sanz; French sahn]
preposition

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Old French sans, earlier sens, seinz a conflation of Latin sine without, and absentiā in the absence of, ablative of absentia absence

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Sans.

San

[sahn]
noun
a river in central Europe, flowing from the Carpathian Mountains in W Ukraine through SE Poland into the Vistula: battles 1914–15. About 280 miles (450 km) long.

San

[sahn]
noun, plural Sans (especially collectively) San for 1.
1.
a member of a nomadic, racially distinct, short-statured people of southern Africa.
2.
any of more than a dozen related Khoisan languages spoken by the San.
Also called Bushman.
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san (sæn)
 
n
old-fashioned, informal short for sanatorium

San1 (sɑːn)
 
n
1.  an aboriginal people of southern Africa
2.  a group of the Khoisan languages, spoken mostly by Bushmen

San2 (sɑːn)
 
n
a river in E central Europe, rising in W Ukraine and flowing northwest across SE Poland to the Vistula River. Length: about 450 km (280 miles)

sans (sænz)
 
prep
an archaic word for without
 
[C13: from Old French sanz, from Latin sine without, but probably also influenced by Latin absentiā in the absence of]

Sans. or Sansk.
 
abbreviation for
Sanskrit
 
Sansk. or Sansk.
 
abbreviation for

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Word Origin & History

sans
early 14c., from Fr. sans, O.Fr. sen, sens (with adverbial genitive), cognate with Prov. senes, O.Catalan senes, O.Sp. sen (Sp. sin), O.It. sen, from V.L. *sene, from L. sine "without," from si ne "if not."
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Medical Dictionary

SAN abbr.
sinoatrial node

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
san
sanatorium
SAN
  1. San Diego International Airport/Lindbergh Field

  2. storage area network

SANS
small angle neutron scattering
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Example sentences
Pick something that you know so well that you could deliver a talk about it
  sans notes if necessary.
Water goes in carrying edibles of all sizes, and water sans food flows out.
Hence he could pedal sans performance improving drugs and still come out the
  winner.
Funny thought to bring the design of a river into landscaping design sans water.
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