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Sephardic. * * *
Sephardi [sə fär′dē, səfär΄dē′] n. pl. Sephardim [sə fär′dim, səfär΄dēm′] 〚Heb sefaradi, after sefarad, a region mentioned in Ob. 20, often identified with ...
See Sephardi. * * *
—Sephardic, adj. /seuh fahr"dim, -fahr deem"/, n.pl., sing. Sephardi /-dee, -dee"/. Jews of Spain and Portugal or their descendants, distinguished from the Ashkenazim and other ...
/sef"ahr vuyts', si fahr"-/, n.pl. people believed to be of the ancient Babylonian city of Sippar, some of whom later settled in Samaria. * * *
Sepher Torah
Seph. /se"ferdd taw rddah"/; Ashk. /say"feuhrdd toh"rddeuh, toy"rddeuh/; Eng. /say"feuhr tawr"euh, tohr"euh/, pl. Siphrei Torah Seph. /see frdday" taw rddah"/; Ashk. /si"frdday ...
/si fawr"euh, -fohr"euh/, n. Douay Bible. Zipporah. * * *
—sepialike, adj. —sepic /see"pik, sep"ik/, adj. /see"pee euh/, n. 1. a brown pigment obtained from the inklike secretion of various cuttlefish and used with brush or pen in ...
Se·pik (sāʹpĭk) A river, about 1,126 km (700 mi) long, of northern Papua New Guinea. * * *
Sepik River
River, northeastern New Guinea. It enters the Bismarck Sea through a delta about 700 mi (1,100 km) from its source in the central highlands. Because of the amount of sediment it ...
/see"pee euh luyt'/, n. Mineral. meerschaum (def. 1). [1850-55; < G Sepiolit < Gk sépio(n) cuttlebone, pounce (deriv. of sepía SEPIA) + G -lit -LITE] * * * ▪ mineral also ...
separation. * * *
/see"poy/, n. (formerly, in India) a native soldier, usually an infantryman, in the service of Europeans, esp. of the British. [1675-85, in sense "horseman"; 1710-20 for current ...
Sepoy Rebellion
a revolt of the sepoy troops in British India (1857-59), resulting in the transfer of the administration of India from the East India Company to the crown. Also called Sepoy ...
/se pooh"koo/, n. hara-kiri (def. 1). [1900-05; < Japn, earlier s(y)et-puku < MChin, equiv. to Chin qiè cut + fù belly] * * * or hara-kiri Japanese ritual suicide by ...
/sep"sis/, n. Pathol. local or generalized invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins: dental sepsis; wound sepsis. [1855-60; < Gk sêpsis decay; cf. ...
/sept/, n. 1. (in Scotland) a branch of a clan. 2. Anthropol. a group believing itself derived from a common ancestor. 3. Archaic. a clan. [1510-20; perh. < L septum paddock, ...
sept- [sept] combining form 1. SEPTI-1 2. SEPTI-2: Used before a vowel * * *
/se teel"/, n. French name of Seven Isles. * * * ▪ Quebec, Canada English“Seven Islands”  city, regional county municipality (RCM) of Côte-Nord (North Shore) region, ...
1. September. 2. Septuagint. * * *
/sep"teuh/, n. pl. of septum. * * *
sep·tage (sĕpʹtĭj) n. The waste content found in a septic tank. * * *
/sep"tl/, adj. Biol. of or pertaining to a septum. [1830-40; SEPT(UM) + -AL1] * * *
See septarium. * * *
—septarian, adj. —septariate /sep tair"ee it/, adj. /sep tair"ee euhm/, n., pl. septaria /-tair"ee euh/. Geol. a concretionary nodule or mass, usually of calcium carbonate or ...
/sep"tayt/, adj. Biol. divided by a septum or septa. [1840-50; SEPT(UM) + -ATE1] * * *
/sep'teuh vay"leuhnt/, adj. Chem. septivalent. * * *
/sep tek"teuh mee/, n., pl. septectomies. Surg. excision of part or all of a septum, esp. the nasal septum. [SEPT(UM) + -ECTOMY] * * *
—Septembral /sep tem"breuhl/, adj. /sep tem"beuhr/, n. the ninth month of the year, containing 30 days. Abbr.: Sept., Sep. [bef. 1050; ME Septembre, OE < L September seventh ...
September 11
(also September 11th) September 11, 2001, the day on which a series of major terrorist attacks took place in New York and other places in the US. The terrorists carried out the ...
September 11 attacks
Series of airline hijackings and suicide bombings against U.S. targets perpetrated by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda. The attacks were planned ...
September 11th
➡ September 11 * * *
September Massacre
(in the French Revolution) the massacre of royalists and other inmates of the prisons of Paris, September 2-6, 1792. * * *
September Massacres
▪ French history French  Massacres du Septembre  or  Journées du Septembre (“September Days”)        mass killing of prisoners that took place in Paris from ...
/sep tem"brist/, n. a person who instigated or took part in the September Massacre. [1830-40; SEPTEMBER + -IST, modeled on Pg setembrista (with reference to the revolution of ...
/sep'tem pahr"tuyt/, adj. separated into seven sections. [ < L septem SEVEN + PARTITE] * * *
/sep tem"veuhr/, n., pl. septemvirs, septemviri /-veuh ruy'/. a member of a seven-man ruling body in ancient Rome. [1750-60; sing. of L septemviri, equiv. to septem SEVEN + viri, ...
/sep tem"veuhr euhl/, adj. of or pertaining to septemvirs or a septemvirate. [1635-45; < L septemviralis. See SEPTEMVIR, -AL1] * * *
/sep tem"veuhr it, -veuh rayt'/, n. (in ancient Rome) 1. the ruling body of septemvirs. 2. the office or rule of this body. [1630-40; < L septemviratus. See SEPTEMVIR, -ATE3] * * ...
/sep'teuh nair"ee euhs/, n., pl. septenarii /-nair"ee uy'/. Pros. a verse consisting of seven feet, usually printed in two lines: used esp. in Latin poems. [1810-20; < L ...
/sep"teuh ner'ee/, adj., n., pl. septenaries. adj. 1. of or pertaining to the number seven or forming a group of seven. 2. septennial. n. 3. a group or set of seven. 4. a period ...
—septendecillionth, adj., n. /sep'ten di sil"yeuhn/, n., pl. septendecillions, (as after a numeral) septendecillion, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 ...
See septendecillion. * * *
—septennially, adv. /sep ten"ee euhl/, adj. 1. occurring every seven years. 2. of or for seven years. n. 3. something that occurs every seven years. [1630-40; < LL septenni(s) ...
See septennial. * * *
—septentrional /sep ten"tree euh nl/, adj. /sep ten"tree on', -euhn/, n. Obs. the north. [1350-1400; ME Septemtrio(u)n < L septemtriones, septentriones the seven stars of Ursa ...
septentrional [sep ten′trē ə nəl] adj. 〚ME < L septentrionalis < septentriones, the seven stars of Ursa Major, lit., seven plowing oxen < septem, SEVEN + trio, plow ox < ...
/sep tet"/, n. 1. any group of seven persons or things. 2. a company of seven singers or musicians. 3. a musical composition for seven voices or instruments. Also, esp. Brit., ...
a combining form meaning "seven," used in the formation of compound words: septilateral. * * *
—septically, adv. —septicity /sep tis"i tee/, n. /sep"tik/, adj. Pathol. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of sepsis; infected. 2. putrefactive. [1595-1605; < L septicus < Gk ...
septic arthritis
Acute inflammation of one or more joints caused by infection. Suppurative arthritis may follow certain bacterial infections; joints become swollen, hot, sore, and filled with ...
septic sore throat
Pathol. an acute, toxic, streptococcus infection of the throat producing fever, tonsillitis, and other serious effects. [1920-25] * * *
septic tank
a tank in which solid organic sewage is decomposed and purified by anaerobic bacteria. [1900-05] * * * ▪ plumbing  sewage-disposal unit used principally for single ...
—septicemic, septicaemic, adj. /sep'teuh see"mee euh/, n. Pathol. the invasion and persistence of pathogenic bacteria in the blood-stream. Also, septicaemia. [1865-70; < NL; ...
See septicemia. * * *
septicemic plague
Pathol. an especially dangerous form of plague in which the infecting organisms invade the bloodstream. Cf. plague (def. 2). [SEPTICEM(IA) + -IC] * * *
septicidal [sep΄tə sīd′'l] adj. 〚
See septicidal. * * *
See septic. * * *
septic shock n. A condition of physiologic shock caused by an overwhelming infection, especially sepsis or septicemia. * * *
septicsore throat
septic sore throat n. Strep throat. * * *
septic tank n. A sewage-disposal tank in which a continuous flow of waste material is decomposed by anaerobic bacteria. * * *
septifragal [sep tif′rə gəl] adj. 〚 SEPTI-2 + base of L frangere, to BREAK + -AL〛 opening, or dehiscing, by the breaking away of the outer walls of the carpels from the ...
See septifragal. * * *
/sep'teuh lat"euhr euhl/, adj. having seven sides. [1650-60; SEPTI- + LATERAL] * * *
—septillionth, n., adj. /sep til"yeuhn/, n., pl. septillions, (as after a numeral) septillion, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 24 zeros, ...
sep·til·lionth (sĕp-tĭlʹyənth) n. 1. The ordinal number matching the number septillion in a series. 2. One of a septillion equal parts.   sep·tilʹlionth adv. & adj. * * ...
/sep"teuh meuhl/, adj. of or based on the number seven. [1850-55; < L septim(us) seventh (deriv. of septem SEVEN) + -AL1] * * *
/sep'teuh may"neuh/, n., pl. septimanae /-nee/. (in prescriptions) a week. [ < LL septimana; see SEMAINIER] * * *
Ancient territory, southwestern France. Located between the Garonne and Rhône rivers and the Pyrenees and Cévennes mountains, Septimania was settled during the reign of the ...
/sep"teem/, n. Fencing. the seventh of eight defensive positions. [1885-90; < L septima (positio) seventh (position)] * * *
(as used in expressions) Severus Septimius Lucius Septimius Severus Pertinax Septimius Bassianus * * *
/sep"teuh meuhs/, n. a male given name. * * *
—septisyllabic /sep'teuh si lab"ik/, adj. /sep"teuh sil'euh beuhl/, n. a word made up of seven syllables. [1825-35; SEPTI- + SYLLABLE] * * *
/sep'teuh vay"leuhnt/, adj. Chem. having a valence of seven; heptavalent. Also, septavalent. [1870-75; SEPTI- + -VALENT] * * *
Seven. 1. seven; seventeen, seventy, from Old English seofon, seven, with derivatives (hund)seofontig, seventy, and seofontīne, seventeen (-tīne, ten; see dekm̥), from ...
/sep'chooh euh jeuh nair"ee euhn, -tooh-, -tyooh-/, adj. 1. of the age of 70 years or between 70 and 80 years old. n. 2. a septuagenarian person. [1705-15; < L septuagenari(us) ...
/sep'chooh aj"euh ner'ee, -tooh-, -tyooh-/ or, esp. Brit., /-chooh euh jee"neuh ree/, adj., n., pl. septuagenaries. septuagenarian. [1595-1605; < L septuagenarius, equiv. to ...
/sep'chooh euh jes"euh meuh, -tooh-, -tyooh-/ n. the third Sunday before Lent. Also called Septuagesima Sunday. [1350-1400; < LL septuagesima (dies) the seventieth (day), fem. of ...
—Septuagintal, adj. /sep"tooh euh jint', -tyooh-, sep"chooh-/, n. the oldest Greek version of the Old Testament, traditionally said to have been translated by 70 or 72 Jewish ...
See Septuagint. * * *
/sep"teuhm/, n., pl. septa /-teuh/. Biol. a dividing wall, membrane, or the like, in a plant or animal structure; dissepiment. [1710-20; < L septum, var. of saeptum enclosure, n. ...
septum pel·lu·ci·dum (pə-lo͞oʹsĭ-dəm) n. pl. septa pel·lu·ci·da (-də) A thin membrane of nervous tissue that forms the medial wall of the lateral ventricles in the ...
/sep"too peuhl, -tyoo-, sep tooh"peuhl, -tyooh"-, -tup"euhl/, adj., v., septupled, septupling. adj. 1. sevenfold; consisting of seven parts. v.t. 2. to make seven times as ...
/sep tup"lit, -tooh"plit, -tyooh"-/, n. 1. any group or combination of seven. 2. one of seven offspring born at one birth. 3. septuplets, seven offspring born at one birth. 4. ...
n., adj. /sep tooh"pli kit, -tyooh"-/; v. /sep tooh"pli kayt', -tyooh"-/, n., adj., v., septuplicated, septuplicating. n. 1. a group, series, or set of seven identical copies ...
See septuple. * * *
/sep"euhl keuhr/, n. 1. a tomb, grave, or burial place. 2. Also called Easter sepulcher. Eccles. a. a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs. b. a structure or a ...
—sepulchrally, adv. /seuh pul"kreuhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or serving as a tomb. 2. of or pertaining to burial. 3. proper to or suggestive of a tomb; funereal or ...
See sepulchral. * * *
/sep"euhl keuhr/, n., v.t., sepulchred, sepulchring. Chiefly Brit. sepulcher. * * *
—sepultural /seuh pul"cheuhr euhl/, adj. /sep"euhl cheuhr/, n. 1. the act of placing in a sepulcher or tomb; burial. 2. sepulcher; tomb. [1250-1300; ME < OF < L sepultura, ...
seq abbrev. 1. sequence 2. sequential * * *
1. sequel. 2. the following (one). [ < L sequens] * * *
seq. luce
(in prescriptions) the following day. [ < L sequenti luce] * * *
▪ king of Egypt also called  Seqenenre Tao        (fl. 16th century BCE), king of ancient Egypt (Egypt, ancient) whose reign (c. 1545 BCE) is contemporaneous with the ...
the following (ones). [ < L sequentia] * * *
—sequaciously, adv. —sequacity /si kwas"i tee/, sequaciousness, n. /si kway"sheuhs/, adj. 1. following with smooth or logical regularity. 2. Archaic. following, imitating, or ...
See sequacious. * * *
See sequaciously. * * *
▪ people       Celtic people in Gaul, who in the 1st century BC occupied the territory between the Saône, Rhône, and Rhine rivers, with their chief city at Vesontio ...
/see"kweuhl/, n. 1. a literary work, movie, etc., that is complete in itself but continues the narrative of a preceding work. 2. an event or circumstance following something; ...
/si kwee"leuh/, n., pl. sequelae /-lee/. Pathol. an abnormal condition resulting from a previous disease. [1785-95; < L sequela SEQUEL] * * *
/see"kweuh luyz'/, v.t., sequelized, sequelizing. to make a sequel to: to sequelize a hit movie. [1990-95] * * *
se·que·na·tor (sēʹkwə-nā'tər) n. See sequencer.   [sequencer + -ator.] * * *
/see"kweuhns/, n., v., sequenced, sequencing. n. 1. the following of one thing after another; succession. 2. order of succession: a list of books in alphabetical sequence. 3. a ...
/see"kweuhn seuhr/, n. 1. a device for the automatic determination or regulation of a sequence. 2. Biochem. a device that can sequence nucleic acids or protein. 3. an electronic ...
/see"kweuhn sing/, n. the interruption of a career by a woman to bear and care for children until they reach an age that allows her to resume work. * * * Determining of the ...
—sequently, adv. /see"kweuhnt/, adj. 1. following; successive. 2. following logically or naturally; consequent. 3. characterized by continuous succession; consecutive. n. 4. ...
—sequentiality /si kwen'shee al"i tee/, n. —sequentially, adv. /si kwen"sheuhl/, adj. 1. characterized by regular sequence of parts. 2. following; subsequent; ...
sequential analysis
Statistics. the analysis of data obtained from a sample the size of which is not fixed in advance, but is selected based on the outcome of the sampling as it proceeds. * * *
sequential estimation
▪ statistics       in statistics, a method of estimating a parameter by analyzing a sample (sampling) just large enough to ensure a previously chosen degree of ...
/si kwen"sheuhl ak"ses/, adj. Computers. 1. of or pertaining to a storage medium, as magnetic tape, in which records must be accessed by reading or writing from the beginning of ...
See sequential. * * *
See sequentiality. * * *
sequentially compact set
Math. a set in which every sequence has a subsequence that converges to a point of the set. * * *
—sequestrable, adj. /si kwes"teuhr/, v.t. 1. to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement; seclude. 2. to remove or separate. 3. Law. to remove (property) temporarily from ...
sequestered [si kwes′tərd] adj. removed from others; secluded * * *
se·ques·tra (sĭ-kwĕsʹtrə) n. Plural of sequestrum. * * *
sequestrant [si kwes′trənt] n. Chem. an agent producing sequestration * * * se·ques·trant (sĭ-kwĕsʹtrənt) n. A chemical that promotes sequestration. * * *
—sequestrator /see"kwes tray'teuhr, si kwes"tray-/, n. /si kwes"trayt/, v.t., sequestrated, sequestrating. 1. Law. a. to sequester (property). b. to confiscate. 2. to separate; ...
/see'kwes tray"sheuhn, si kwes-/, n. 1. removal or separation; banishment or exile. 2. a withdrawal into seclusion; retirement. 3. Law. a. the sequestering of property. b. ...
/see'kwes trek"teuh mee/, n., pl. sequestrectomies. Surg. the removal of dead spicules or portions, esp. of bone. [SEQUESTR(UM) + -ECTOMY] * * *
—sequestral, adj. /si kwes"treuhm/, n., pl. sequestra /-treuh/. Pathol. a fragment of bone that has become necrotic as a result of disease or injury and has separated from the ...
—sequined, adj. /see"kwin/, n. 1. a small shining disk or spangle used for ornamentation, as on women's clothing and accessories or on theatrical costumes. 2. a former gold ...
sequined or sequinned [sē′kwind] adj. adorned with sequins * * *
/si kwoy"euh/, n. either of two large coniferous trees of California, Sequoiadendron giganteum or Sequoia sempervirens, both having reddish bark and reaching heights of more than ...
Sequoia National Forest
▪ forest, California, United States       forest in central California, U.S., at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada, just south of Sequoia National Park and extending ...
Sequoia National Park
a national park in central California: giant sequoia trees. 604 sq. mi. (1565 sq. km). * * * National park, Sierra Nevada range, California, U.S. The park, with an area of 629 ...
/si kwoy"euh/, n. 1770?-1843, Cherokee Indian scholar: inventor of a syllabary for writing Cherokee. Also, Sequoyah. * * *
Sequoyah [si kwoi′ə] 1760?-1843; Cherokee scholar and leader: created Cherokee syllabary: also sp. Sequoya * * * (also Sequoya) (c. 1765–1843) a Cherokee Native American ...
/sear, sair/, n. a unit of weight in India, varying in value but usually 1/40 of a maund: the government ser is divided into 80 tolas of 180 English grains and equals nearly 2 ...
Biochem. serine. * * *
var. of sero- before a vowel: serous. * * *
1. serial. 2. series. 3. sermon. * * *
/sear"euh/, n. a pl. of serum. * * *
Seraband rug
Seraband also spelled  Saraband   handwoven floor covering made in the Ser-e Band locality, southwest of Arāk in west-central Iran. These 19th- and early 20th-century rugs, ...
/si rak"/; Fr. /say rddannk"/, n., pl. séracs /-raks"/; Fr. /-rddannk"/. a large irregularity of glacial ice, as a pinnacle found in glacial crevasses and formed by melting or ...
/si ral"yoh, -rahl"-/, n., pl. seraglios. 1. the part of a Muslim house or palace in which the wives and concubines are secluded; harem. 2. a Turkish palace, esp. of the sultan. ...
/seuh rah"ee, seuh ruy"/, n., pl. serais. (in Eastern countries) a caravansary. [1600-10; < Turk seray < Pers saray abode, palace; see CARAVANSARY] * * *
▪ Belgium       municipality, Liège province, Wallonia region, eastern Belgium. It lies along the Meuse River, 6 miles (10 km) upstream from Liège. Seraing is a ...
/ser'euh yay"voh/, n. Sarajevo. * * *
/sear"euhl/, adj. Ecol. of or pertaining to a sere. [1855-60; SERE2 + -AL1] * * *
Seram [si ram′] alt. sp. of CERAM * * *
/se rahng"/, n. Ceram. * * *
Serao, Matilde
▪ Italian author born March 7, 1856, Patras [now Pátrai], Greece died July 25, 1927, Naples, Italy       Greek-born novelist and journalist who was founder and editor ...
/seuh rah"pee/, n. a blanketlike shawl or wrap, often of brightly colored wool, as worn in Latin America. Also, sarape. [1825-35, Amer.; < MexSp sarape] * * *
/ser'euh pee"euhm/, n., pl. Serapeums, Serapea /-pee"euh/. a place, as a burial site, building, or group of buildings, dedicated to Serapis. [1835-45; < LL Serapeum < GK ...
—seraphlike, adj. /ser"euhf/, n., pl. seraphs, seraphim /-euh fim/. 1. one of the celestial beings hovering above God's throne in Isaiah's vision. Isa. 6. 2. a member of the ...
—seraphically, adv. —seraphicalness, n. /si raf"ik/, adj. of, like, or befitting a seraph. Also, seraphical. [1625-35; < ML seraphicus. See SERAPHIM, -IC] * * *
See seraphic. * * *
See seraphic. * * *
/ser"euh fim/, n. a pl. of seraph. [bef. 900; ME; OE seraphin < LL (Vulgate) seraphim < Heb saraphim] * * *
Seraphim of Sarov, Saint
▪ Russian monk Russian  Svyatoy Serafim Sarovsky,  original name  Prokhor Moshnin  born July 19, 1759, Kursk, Russia died Jan. 2, 1833, Sarov Monastery, Tambov; canonized ...
Seraphim, Archbishop
▪ 1999       Greek religious leader (b. Aug. 15, 1913, Artesianon, Greece—d. April 10, 1998, Athens, Greece), served as the head of the Orthodox Church in Greece from ...
▪ orchid genus       genus of orchids, family Orchidaceae, containing about 10 species native to the Mediterranean region. The flowers of all species have a helmetlike ...
Serapion Brothers
▪ Russian literary group Russian  Serapionovy Bratya,         group of young Russian writers formed in 1921 under the unsettled conditions of the early Soviet regime. ...
/si ray"pis/, n. 1. Also, Sarapis. a Greco-Egyptian deity combining the attributes of Osiris and Apis, identified in Egypt with the Ptolemies: later worshiped throughout the ...
/serrb/, n., adj. 1. Serbian. 2. Serbo-Croatian. * * *
1. Serbia. 2. Serbian. * * *
/serr"bee euh/, n. a former kingdom in S Europe: now, with revised boundaries, a constituent republic of Yugoslavia, in the N part; includes the autonomous provinces of Kosovo ...
Serbia and Montenegro
Serbia and Montenegro country in the NW Balkan Peninsula, bordering on the Adriatic, consisting of the republics Serbia & Montenegro: established as a nation in 2003: 39,449 sq ...
Serbia, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag containing three equal red, blue, and white horizontal stripes and, near the hoist, the Serbian coat of arms. Its width-to-length ...
/serr"bee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Serbia, its inhabitants, or their language. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Serbia, esp. one of the Slavic peoples inhabiting it. 3. ...
Serbian literature
      the literature of the Serbs, a Balkan people speaking the Serbian language (still referred to by linguists as Serbo-Croatian).       Serbian literature ...
Serbian Orthodox Church
▪ religion       autocephalous, or ecclesiastically independent, member of the Eastern Orthodox communion, located primarily in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and ...
a combining form representing Serb or Serbia in compound words: Serbo-Croatian. * * *
Serbo-Bulgarian War
▪ Balkan history       (Nov. 14, 1885–March 3, 1886), military conflict between Serbia and Bulgaria, which demonstrated the instability of the Balkan peace settlement ...
/serr'boh kroh ay"sheuhn, -shee euhn/, n. 1. a Slavic language spoken by about three-fourths of the population of Yugoslavia, usually written with Cyrillic letters in Serbia but ...
Serbo-Croatian language
South Slavic language spoken by some 21 million people in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia and Montenegro. As the dominant language of pre-1991 Yugoslavia, it was ...
Serbo-Turkish War
▪ Balkan history       (1876–78), military conflict in which Serbia and Montenegro fought the Ottoman Turks in support of an uprising in Bosnia and Herzegovina and, in ...
/seuhr boh"nee euhn/, adj. of, pertaining to, or designating the large marshy tract of land in the northern part of ancient Egypt in which entire armies are said to have been ...
Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, Kingdom of
Balkan state formed in 1918 after World War I. It included the previously independent kingdoms of Serbia and Montenegro and the southern Slavic territories formerly subject to ...
Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, Kingdom of the
former name (1918-29) of Yugoslavia. * * *
/seuhr dahb"/, n. a chamber inside a mastaba containing a statue of the deceased. [1835-45; < Ar sirdab underground chamber < Pers sardab cellar for ice, equiv. to sard cold + ab ...
sere1 /sear/, adj. dry; withered. Also, sear. [bef. 900; ME seer(e), OE sear; see SEAR1] Syn. arid, parched, desiccated, wizened. sere2 /sear/, n. the series of stages in an ...
Serebriakoff, Victor
▪ 2001       British administrator (b. Oct. 17, 1912, London, Eng.—d. Jan. 1, 2000, Blackheath, near London), was the leader under whom (from 1954) Mensa, an ...
Seregni, Liber
▪ 2005       Uruguayan general and politician (b. Dec. 13, 1916, Montevideo, Uruguay—d. July 31, 2004, Montevideo), was a cofounder and the first president of Frente ...
/seuh ran"/, n. Meteorol. fine rain falling after sunset from a sky in which no clouds are visible. [1865-70; < F serein, MF serain evening, nightfall < VL *seranum, equiv. to L ...
Seremban [sʉr΄əm bän′] city in SW Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysia: capital of Negri Sembilan: pop. 136,000 * * * ▪ Malaysia       town, West (Peninsular) Malaysia, ...
/seuh ree"neuh/, n. a female given name. * * *
Serena Williams
➡ Williams (IX) * * *
—serenader, n. /ser'euh nayd"/, n., v., serenaded, serenading. n. 1. a complimentary performance of vocal or instrumental music in the open air at night, as by a lover under ...
See serenade. * * *
/ser'euh nah"teuh/, n., pl. serenatas, serenate /-tay/. Music. 1. a form of secular cantata, often of a dramatic or imaginative character. 2. an instrumental composition in ...
▪ island of Sri Lanka also spelled  Serendip , Arabic  Sarandīb        name for the island of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). The name, Arabic in origin, was recorded in use ...
/ser'euhn dip"/, n. Arabic name of Sri Lanka. Also, Serendib /ser'euhn deeb"/. * * *
—serendipitously, adv. /ser'euhn dip"i teuhs/, adj. 1. come upon or found by accident; fortuitous: serendipitous scientific discoveries. 2. of, pertaining to, or suggesting ...
See serendipitous. * * *
—serendipiter, serendipitist, serendipper, n. /ser'euhn dip"i tee/, n. 1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. 2. good fortune; luck: the serendipity of ...
serendipity berry.
See miracle fruit (def. 2). [1970-75] * * *
—serenely, adv. —sereneness, n. /seuh reen"/, adj. 1. calm, peaceful, or tranquil; unruffled: a serene landscape; serene old age. 2. clear; fair: serene weather. 3. (usually ...
See serene. * * *
See serenely. * * *
/ser'euhn get"ee/, n. a plain in NW Tanzania, including a major wildlife reserve (Serengeti National Park). * * *
Serengeti National Park
Wildlife refuge, north-central Tanzania. Established in 1951, the park covers 5,700 sq mi (14,763 sq km). An international tourist attraction, it is the only place in Africa ...
Ser·en·get·i Plain (sĕr'ən-gĕtʹē) An area of northern Tanzania bordering on Kenya and Lake Victoria. It is internationally well-known for its extensive wildlife ...
Sereni, Vittorio
▪ Italian poet, author, editor and translator born July 27, 1913, Luino, Italy died Feb. 10, 1983, Milan       Italian poet, author, editor, and translator who was ...
/seuh ren"i tee/, n., pl. serenities for 2. 1. the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness. 2. (usually cap.) a title of honor, respect, or reverence, ...
Sereno, Paul
▪ 1994       With the relish of a paleontologist unearthing a grungy but valuable fossil, Americans in 1993 blew the dust off the mystique of dinosaurs and made them ...
▪ people also spelled  Sereer        group of more than one million people of western Senegal and The Gambia who speak a language also called Serer, an Atlantic ...
/zay"rddeuht/, n. German name of Siret. * * *
—serfdom, serfhood, serfage, n. /serrf/, n. 1. a person in a condition of servitude, required to render services to a lord, commonly attached to the lord's land and transferred ...
See serf. * * * In medieval Europe, condition of a tenant farmer who was bound to a hereditary plot of land and to the will of his landlord. Serfs differed from slaves in that ...
➡ feudalism * * *
Serg abbrev. Sergeant * * *
serge1 /serrj/, n. 1. a twilled worsted or woolen fabric used esp. for clothing. 2. cotton, rayon, or silk in a twill weave. [1350-1400; < F; r. ME sarge < MF < VL *sarica, for L ...
/serrj/; Fr. /serddzh/, n. a male given name. * * * ▪ fabric       (from Latin serica, “silk”), fabric much-used for military uniforms, made in an even-sided twill ...
sergeancy [sär′jən sē] n. pl. sergeancies the position or rank of a sergeant: also sergeantship * * * See sergeant. * * *
—sergeancy /sahr"jeuhn see/, sergeantship, n. /sahr"jeuhnt/, n. 1. a noncommissioned army officer of a rank above that of corporal. 2. U.S. Air Force. any noncommissioned ...
sergeant at arms
an executive officer of a legislative or other body, whose duty it is to enforce its commands, preserve order, etc. [1350-1400; ME] * * * ▪ officer       an officer of ...
Sergeant Bilko
➡ Bilko * * *
sergeant first class
U.S. Army. a noncommissioned officer ranking next above a staff sergeant and below a first or master sergeant. [1945-50, Amer.] * * *
sergeant fish
☆ sergeant fish n. 1. COBIA 2. SNOOK1 * * *
sergeant major
1. U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative assistant in a unit headquarters. 2. U.S. Marine Corps. a noncommissioned ...
Sergeant Pepper
(also Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) an album (1967) by the Beatles. Many people consider it to be the record on which the Beatles stopped producing the simple love ...
Sergeant, John
▪ English Roman Catholic priest born 1622, Barrow-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, Eng. died 1707, London       English Roman Catholic priest, notable for his criticisms of ...
sergeant-at-arms [sär′jəntət ärmz′] n. pl. sergeants-at-arms an officer appointed to keep order in a legislature, court, social club, etc. * * *
sergeantat arms
sergeant at arms n. pl. sergeants at arms An officer appointed to keep order within an organization, such as a legislative, judicial, or social body. * * *
sergeantfirst class
sergeant first class n. pl. sergeants first class 1. Abbr. SFC A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Army that is above staff sergeant and below master sergeant. 2. One who holds ...
/sahr"jeuhnt fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) sergeantfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) sergeantfishes. 1. the cobia, Rachycentron canadum. 2. any of ...
sergeant major n. pl. sergeants major or sergeant majors 1. a. Abbr. SGM or SgtMaj Used as a title for a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative assistant of a ...
See sergeancy. * * *
/sahr"jeuhn tee/, n. Medieval Eng. Law. serjeanty. * * * ▪ feudal law from Latin  serviens,  also spelled  sergeantry,  serjeanty , or  serjeantry        in ...
serger [sʉr′jər] n. any of various machines designed to serge a cut edge as on a piece of carpet or of a garment seam * * * See serge2. * * *
(as used in expressions) Bubka Sergey Diaghilev Sergey Pavlovich Eisenstein Sergey Mikhaylovich Kirov Sergey Mironovich Sergey Mironovich Kostrikov Korolyov Sergey ...
Sergeyev, Konstantin Mikhailovich
▪ Russian dancer born Feb. 20 [March 5, New Style], 1910, St. Petersburg, Russia died April 1, 1992, St. Petersburg       Russian ballet dancer and director long ...
Sergeyev, Nicholas
▪ Russian dancer Sergeyev also spelled  Sergueeff,  Russian  in full Nikolay Grigoryevich Sergeyev, or Sergeev  born Sept. 15, 1876, St. Petersburg, Russia died June 23, ...
(as used in expressions) Gorbachev Mikhail Sergeyevich Khrushchev Nikita Sergeyevich Prokofiev Sergey Sergeyevich Pushkin Aleksandr Sergeyevich Trubetskoy Nikolay ...
/seuhrdd zhee"peuh/, n. a state in NE Brazil. 1,157,176; 8490 sq. mi. (21,990 sq. km). Cap.: Aracajú. * * * ▪ state, Brazil       smallest estado (state) of Brazil, ...
▪ Russian theologian and patriarch Russian  Sergy,  original name  Ivan Nikolayevich Stragorodsky  born Jan. 23, 1867, Arzamas, Novgorod region, Russia died May 15, 1944, ...
Sergius and Bacchus, Saints
▪ Christian saint died c. 303, , Risafe, Syria; feast day October 7       among the earliest authenticated and most celebrated Christian martyrs, originally ...
Sergius I
/serr"jee euhs/ died A.D. 701, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 687-701. * * * ▪ patriarch of Constantinople died Dec. 9, 638, Constantinople [now Istanbul, ...
Sergius I, Saint
▪ pope born , Palermo, Sicily [Italy] died c. Sept. 8, 701, Rome; feast day September 8       pope from 687 to 701, one of the most important 7th-century ...
Sergius II
died A.D. 847, pope 844-847. * * * ▪ patriarch of Constantinople died July 1019       patriarch of Constantinople (1001–19) who claimed the title of “ecumenical ...
Sergius III
died A.D. 911, pope 904-911. * * * ▪ pope born , Rome [Italy] died April 14, 911, Rome       pope from 904 to 911, during a scandalous period of pontifical ...
Sergius IV
died 1012, pope 1009-12. * * * ▪ pope original name  Pietro Buccaporci,  byname  Bucca Porci (“Pig's Snout”)   born , Luna, Tuscany [Italy] died May 12, 1012, ...
Sergius of Radonezh, Saint
▪ Russian saint Russian  Svyatoy Sergy Radonezhsky,  original name  Barfolomey Kirillovich  born May 3, 1314, Rostov, Russia died Sept. 25, 1392, Radonezh, near ...
Sergiyev Posad
/serr"gee euhf peuh sahd"/ a city in the NW Russian Federation in Europe, NE of Moscow. 111,000. Formerly (1930-91), Zagorsk. * * * ▪ Russia formerly (before 1918) ...
Ser·gi·yev Po·sad (sĕrʹgē-yĭf pō-sädʹ, syĭʹ-) A city of west-central Russia northeast of Moscow. It developed around a monastery founded in 1340. From 1930 to 1991 ...
Sergt abbrev. Sergeant * * *
/ser"ee, sair"ee/, n., pl. Seris, (esp. collectively) Seri for 1. 1. a member of an American Indian people of western Sonora state, Mexico, on the Gulf of California. 2. the ...
▪ Brunei       town, Brunei, on the South China Sea, southwest of the national capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. It is the centre of an important petroleum-producing area ...
—serially, adv. /sear"ee euhl/, n. 1. anything published, broadcast, etc., in short installments at regular intervals, as a novel appearing in successive issues of a ...
serial comma.
See series comma. * * *
serial monogamy
a form of monogamy characterized by several successive, short-term marriages over the course of a lifetime. Also called serial marriage. [1970-75] * * *
serial murder
Unlawful homicide of at least two people, carried out in a series over a period of time. Serial murder differs from mass murder, in which several victims are murdered at the ...
serial number
a number, usually one of a series, assigned for identification: the serial number of an automobile engine. [1895-1900] * * *
serial rights
commercial rights to publish an author's work, usually a novel, or to use it on radio or television one chapter or episode at a time. [1875-80] * * *
serial technique.
See twelve-tone technique. * * *
/sear"ee euhl ak"ses/, adj. Computers. sequential-access. * * *
—serialist, n. /sear"ee euh liz'euhm/, n. See twelve-tone technique. [1960-65; SERIAL + -ISM] * * * Use of an ordered set of pitches as the basis of a musical ...
See serialism. * * *
See serialize. * * *
—serialization, n. /sear"ee euh luyz'/, v.t., serialized, serializing. 1. to publish in serial form. 2. to broadcast, televise, or film in serial form. Also, esp. Brit., ...
serial killer n. A person who attacks and kills victims one by one in a series of incidents. * * *
See serial. * * *
serial number n. A number that is one of a series and is used for identification, as of a machine, weapon, or motor vehicle. * * *
—seriately, adv. /sear"ee it, -ayt'/, adj. arranged or occurring in one or more series. [1840-50; < L seri(es) SERIES + -ATE1] * * *
See seriate. * * *
/sear'ee ay"tim, ser'-/, adv., adj. in a series; one after another. [1670-80; < ML seriatim, equiv. to seriat(us) arranged in order (see SERIES, -ATE1) + -im adv. suffix] * * *
/sear'ee ay"sheuhn/, n. the arrangement of a collection of artifacts into a chronological sequence. [1650-60; < L seri(es) SERIES + -ATION] * * *
a combining form meaning "silk," used as a base in English derivatives: sericin. [comb. form of ML sericum silk (L sericus Chinese, silken) < Gk serikón silk, neut. of serikós ...
/ser"i kit, -kayt'/, adj. sericeous; silky. [1615-25; < L sericatus dressed in silk. See SERIC-, -ATE1] * * *

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