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13 Essential Literary Terms

V.S.

1.
Veterinary Surgeon.

v.s.

1.
vide supra.

V, v

[vee] /vi/
noun, plural V's or Vs, v's or vs.
1.
the 22nd letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
2.
any spoken sound represented by the letter V or v, as in victor, flivver, or shove.
3.
something having the form of a V .
4.
a written or printed representation of the letter V or v.
5.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter V or v.

versus

[vur-suh s, -suh z] /ˈvɜr səs, -səz/
preposition
1.
against (used especially to indicate an action brought by one party against another in a court of law, or to denote competing teams or players in a sports contest):
Smith versus Jones; Army versus Navy.
2.
as compared to or as one of two choices; in contrast with:
traveling by plane versus traveling by train.
Abbreviation: v., vs.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin: towards, i.e., turned so as to face (something), opposite, over against, orig. past participle of vertere to turn; see verse
Can be confused
verses, versus.
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  • Those not selected to determine the interest groups and ideologies represented vs.
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  • This case highlighted the issue of personal blogging and freedom of expression vs.
  • Nowadays, the two works are distinguished by their origin original vs.
  • The company accountant determined that the cost of operating the foundry vs.
British Dictionary definitions for vs

vs

abbreviation
1.
versus

VS

abbreviation
1.
Veterinary Surgeon

versus

/ˈvɜːsəs/
preposition
1.
(esp in a competition or lawsuit) against; in opposition to v, (esp US) vs
2.
as opposed to; in contrast with
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: turned (in the direction of), opposite, from vertere to turn

v.s.

abbreviation
1.
vide supra See vide
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Word Origin and History for vs

abbreviation in law of Latin versus "against" (see versus). Also sometimes vs.; ver.

versus

prep.

mid-15c., in legal case names, denoting action of one party against another, from Latin versus "turned toward or against," from past participle of vertere (frequentative versare) "to turn," from PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (cf. Old English -weard "toward," originally "turned toward," weorthan "to befall," wyrd "fate, destiny," literally "what befalls one;" Sanskrit vartate "turns round, rolls;" Avestan varet- "to turn;" Old Church Slavonic vruteti "to turn, roll," Russian vreteno "spindle, distaff;" Lithuanian verciu "to turn;" Greek rhatane "stirrer, ladle;" German werden, Old English weorðan "to become" (for sense, cf. turn into); Welsh gwerthyd "spindle, distaff;" Old Irish frith "against").

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vs in Medicine

VS abbr.
volumetric solution

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vs in Science
V  
  1. The symbol for vanadium.

  2. The symbol for voltage.

  3. Abbreviation of volume


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Related Abbreviations for vs

VS

  1. variable block span
  2. very superior
  3. veterinary surgeon
  4. virtual storage
  5. vital signs (pulse rate, temperature, respiratory rate)

vs.

  1. verse
  2. Latin versus (against)

v.s.

vide supra
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