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sericeous
/si rish"euhs/, adj. 1. silky. 2. covered with silky down, as a leaf. [1770-80; < L sericeus. See SERIC-, -EOUS] * * *
sericin
/ser"euh sin/, n. a gelatinous organic compound that holds the two strands of natural silk together. Also called silk gum. [1835-45; SERIC- + -IN2] * * *
sericite
—sericitic /ser'i sit"ik/, adj. /ser"euh suyt'/, n. Mineral. a fine-grained variety of muscovite produced by the alteration of feldspar. [1850-55; < G Sericit. See SERIC-, ...
sericterium
ser·ic·te·ri·um (sĕr'ĭk-tîrʹē-əm) n. pl. ser·ic·te·ri·a (-tîrʹē-ə) The silk-producing gland or glands of an insect, especially a silkworm.   [New Latin ...
serictery
/si rik"teuh ree/, n., pl. sericteries. a silk gland. [ < NL sericterium] * * *
sericulture
—sericultural, adj. —sericulturist, n. /ser"i kul'cheuhr/, n. the raising of silk worms for the production of raw silk. [1850-55; < Gk sér silkworm + -I- + CULTURE] * * *
seriema
/ser'ee ee"meuh, -ay"meuh/, n. either of two birds of the family Cariamidae, Cariama cristata, of southern Brazil, or Chunga burmeisteri, of Argentina, having long legs, an ...
series
/sear"eez/, n., pl. series, adj. n. 1. a group or a number of related or similar things, events, etc., arranged or occurring in temporal, spatial, or other order or succession; ...
series comma
a comma used after the next-to-last item in a series of three or more items when the next-to-last and last items are separated by a conjunction. In the series A, B, C, or D, the ...
series winding
series winding n. the winding of an electric motor or generator in such a way that the field and armature circuits are connected in series series-wound [sir′ēzwound΄, ...
series-wound
/sear"eez wownd'/, adj. Elect. noting a commutator motor in which the field circuit and armature circuit are connected in series. Cf. shunt-wound. [1890-95] * * *
seriescircuit
series circuit Clarinda/Academy Artworks n. An electric circuit connected so that current passes through each circuit element in turn without branching. * * *
serif
/ser"if/, n. Print. a smaller line used to finish off a main stroke of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M. See diag. under type. Also, esp. Brit. ceriph. [1835-45; perh. < D ...
serigraph
—serigrapher /si rig"reuh feuhr/, n. —serigraphy, n. /ser"i graf', -grahf'/, n. a print made by the silkscreen process. [1885-90; seri- (as in SERICULTURE) + -GRAPH] * * *
serigrapher
See serigraph. * * *
serigraphy
See serigrapher. * * *
serin
/ser"in/, n. a small finch, Serinus serinus, of Europe and northern Africa, closely related to the canary. [1520-30; < MF sere(i)n; cf. OPr serena, sirena bee-eater (a green ...
serine
/ser"een, -in, sear"-/, n. Biochem. a crystalline amino acid, HOCH2CH(NH2)COOH, found in many proteins and obtained by the hydrolysis of sericin, the protein constituting silk ...
seringa
/seuh ring"geuh/, n. any of several Brazilian trees of the genus Hevea, yielding rubber. [1730-40; < Pg, var. of SYRINGA] * * *
Seringapatam
/seuh ring'geuh peuh tam"/, n. a town in S Karnataka, in S India, former capital of Mysore state: taken by the British 1799. * * * ▪ India also called ...
seriocomic
—seriocomically, adv. /sear'ee oh kom"ik/, adj. partly serious and partly comic: a seriocomic play. Also, seriocomical. [1775-85; SERI(OUS) + -O- + COMIC] * * *
seriocomically
See seriocomic. * * *
serious
—seriousness, n. /sear"ee euhs/, adj. 1. of, showing, or characterized by deep thought. 2. of grave or somber disposition, character, or manner: a serious occasion; a serious ...
serious-minded
—serious-mindedly, adv. —serious-mindedness, n. /sear"ee euhs muyn"did/, adj. characterized by seriousness of intention, purpose, thought, etc.; earnest. [1835-45] * * *
seriously
/sear"ee euhs lee/, adv. 1. in a serious manner: He shook his head seriously. 2. to an alarmingly grave extent: seriously ill. 3. with genuine, earnest intent; sincerely: ...
seriousness
See seriously. * * *
seriplane
/ser"euh playn'/, n. a test for evaluating the quality of raw silk by inspecting it under controlled conditions for variations in the diameter of the yarn and for imperfections ...
serjeant
/sahr"jeuhnt/, n. Chiefly Brit. sergeant. * * *
serjeant-at-law
serjeant-at-law [sär′jəntat lô′] n. pl. serjeants-at-law any of a former group of high-ranking British barristers * * *
serjeanty
/sahr"jeuhn tee/, n. Medieval Eng. Law. a form of land tenure in which a tenant holding of the king rendered him exclusive services in a status below that of a knight. Also, ...
Serkin
/serr"kin/; Ger. /serdd"kin/, n. 1. Rudolf /rooh"dolf/; Ger. /rddooh"dawlf/, 1903-91, U.S. pianist, born in Bohemia. 2. Peter, born 1947, U.S. pianist (son of Rudolf). * * *
Serkin, Peter
▪ American pianist born July 24, 1947, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American pianist noted for his performances of classical and contemporary works.       A son of ...
Serkin, Rudolf
born March 28, 1903, Eger, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary died May 8, 1991, Guilford, Vt., U.S. Austrian-born U.S. pianist. He made his debut at age 12 in Vienna, and from 1920 he ...
Serkin,Rudolf
Ser·kin (sûrʹkĭn), Rudolf. 1903-1991. Czech-born American pianist known for his interpretations of the works of Austrian and German composers of the classical and romantic ...
Serling, (Edward) Rod(man)
born Dec. 25, 1924, Syracuse, N.Y., U.S. died June 28, 1975, Rochester, N.Y. U.S. television writer and producer. He began his career in radio but soon shifted to television, ...
Serling, Rod
▪ American writer byname of  Edwin Rodman Serling   born Dec. 25, 1924, Syracuse, N.Y., U.S. died June 28, 1975, Rochester, N.Y.  American writer and producer of television ...
Serlio, Sebastiano
▪ Italian architect born Sept. 6, 1475, Bologna [Italy] died 1554, Fontainebleau, France       Italian Mannerist architect, painter, and theorist, who introduced the ...
Sermisy, Claudin de
▪ French singer and composer also called  Claude   born c. 1490 died Oct. 13, 1562, Paris       singer and composer who, with his contemporary Clément Janequin ...
sermon
—sermonless, adj. /serr"meuhn/, n. 1. a discourse for the purpose of religious instruction or exhortation, esp. one based on a text of Scripture and delivered by a member of ...
Sermon on the Mount
a discourse delivered by Jesus to the disciples and others, containing the Beatitudes and important fundamentals of Christian teaching. Matt. 5-7; Luke 6:20-49. * * * Biblical ...
sermonette
/serr'meuh net"/, n. a brief sermon or homily: five-minute radio sermonettes. [1805-15; SERMON + -ETTE] * * *
sermonic
—sermonically, adv. /seuhr mon"ik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or resembling a sermon. Also, sermonical. [1755-65; SERMON + -IC] * * *
sermonical
See sermonic. * * *
sermonize
—sermonizer, n. /serr"meuh nuyz'/, v., sermonized, sermonizing. v.i. 1. to deliver or compose a sermon; preach. v.t. 2. to give exhortation to; lecture. Also, esp. Brit., ...
sermonizer
See sermonize. * * *
Sermonon the Mount
Ser·mon on the Mount (sûrʹmən) n. In the New Testament, a discourse of Jesus delivered on a Galilee mountainside. * * *
sero-
a combining form representing serum in compound words: serology. Also, esp. before a vowel, ser-. * * *
seroconversion
seroconversion [sir΄ō kən vʉr′zhən] n. Immunology the process of producing antibodies in response to a specific antigen * * * se·ro·con·ver·sion ...
seroconvert
See seroconversion. * * *
serodiagnosis
—serodiagnostic /sear'oh duy'euhg nos"tik/, adj. /sear'oh duy'euhg noh"sis/, n., pl. serodiagnoses /-seez/. Med. a diagnosis involving tests on blood serum or other serous ...
serodiagnostic
See serodiagnosis. * * *
serodiscordant
se·ro·dis·cor·dant (sîr'ō-dĭ-skôrʹdnt) adj. Being a couple in which one partner has tested positive for HIV and the other has not. * * *
serologic
See serology. * * *
serological
See serologic. * * *
serological test
▪ medicine       any of several laboratory procedures carried out on a sample of blood serum (serum), the clear liquid that separates from the blood when it is allowed ...
serologically
See serologic. * * *
serologist
See serologic. * * *
serology
—serologic /sear'euh loj"ik/, serological, adj. —serologically, adv. —serologist, n. /si rol"euh jee/, n. the science dealing with the immunological properties and actions ...
seronegative
/sear'oh neg"euh tiv/, adj. Med. showing no significant level of serum antibodies, or other immunologic marker in the serum, that would indicate previous exposure to the ...
seropositive
/sear'oh poz"i tiv/, adj. Med. showing a significant level of serum antibodies, or other immunologic marker in the serum, indicating previous exposure to the infectious agent ...
seropositivity
See seropositive. * * *
seropurulent
seropurulent [sir΄ō pyoor′ə lənt, sir΄ōyoo lənt] adj. 〚 SERO- + PURULENT〛 composed of pus and serum * * * se·ro·pu·ru·lent (sîr'ō-pyo͝orʹə-lənt, ...
seroreaction
/sear'oh ree ak"sheuhn/, n. Med., Immunol. any reaction occurring in serum. [SERO- + REACTION] * * *
serosa
/si roh"seuh, -zeuh/, n., pl. serosas, serosae /-see, -zee/. 1. Embryol., Zool. a. the chorion. b. a similar membrane in insects and other lower invertebrates. 2. See serous ...
serosal
See serosa. * * *
serositis
/sear'oh suy"tis, -zuy"-/, n. Pathol. inflammation of a serous membrane. [ < NL serositis; see SEROSA, -ITIS] * * *
serotherapist
See serotherapy. * * *
serotherapy
—serotherapist, n. /sear'oh ther"euh pee/, n. Med. therapy by means of injections of a serum obtained esp. from an immune animal. [1890-95; SERO- + THERAPY] * * *
serotinal
/si rot"n l, ser'euh tuyn"l/, adj. pertaining to or occurring in late summer. [1905-10; SEROTINE1 + -AL1] * * *
serotine
serotine1 /ser"euh tin, -tuyn'/, adj. late in occurring, developing, or flowering. Also, serotinous /si rot"n euhs, ser'euh tuy"neuhs/. [1590-1600; < L serotinus, equiv. to sero ...
serotinous
se·rot·i·nous (sĭ-rŏtʹn-əs, sĕr'ə-tīʹnəs) adj. Botany Late in developing or blooming.   [Latin sērōtinus, coming late, from sērō, at a late hour, from sērus, ...
serotonergic
/ser"euh tn err"jik/, adj. containing or activated by serotonin. [1965-70; SEROTON(IN) + -ERGIC] * * *
serotonin
/ser'euh toh"nin, sear'-/, n. Biochem. a neurotransmitter, derived from tryptophan, that is involved in sleep, depression, memory, and other neurological processes. [1945-50; ...
serotype
/sear"euh tuyp', ser"-/, n., v., serotyped, serotyping. n. 1. a group of organisms, microorganisms, or cells distinguished by their shared specific antigens as determined by ...
serous
—serosity /si ros"i tee/, serousness, n. /sear"euhs/, adj. 1. resembling serum; of a watery nature. 2. containing or secreting serum. 3. of, pertaining to, or characterized by ...
serous fluid
any of various clear, watery fluids in the body. * * *
serous membrane
Anat., Zool. any of various thin membranes, as the peritoneum, that line certain cavities of the body and exude a serous fluid. Also called serosa. [1865-70] * * *
serousfluid
serous fluid n. Any of various body fluids resembling serum, especially lymph. * * *
serousmembrane
serous membrane n. A thin membrane lining a closed body cavity and moistened with a serous fluid. * * *
Serov
/seuh rawf", -rof"/; Russ. /syi rddawf"/, n. a city in the W Russian Federation in Asia, E of the Ural Mountains. 101,000. * * * ▪ Russia formerly  (until 1939) Nadezhdinsk, ...
serovar
serovar [sir′ō ver΄] n. SEROTYPE * * *
serow
/ser"oh/, n. a goat antelope of the genus Capricornis, of eastern Asia, related to the goral: the Sumatran serow is endangered. [1840-50; perh. from a source akin to Lepcha sa-ar ...
Serowe
▪ Botswana       village, east-central Botswana. It lies southwest of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and 30 miles (50 km) northwest of the Cape-to-Zimbabwe railway. Most of the ...
Serpa Pinto, Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de
▪ Portuguese explorer born April 20, 1846, Portugal died Dec. 28, 1900, Lisbon       Portuguese explorer and colonial administrator who crossed southern and central ...
Serpasil
/serr"peuh sil/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of reserpine. * * *
Serpens
/serr"peuhnz, -penz/, n., gen. Serpentis /seuhr pen"tis/. Astron. the Serpent, a constellation consisting of two separate parts, the head (Serpens Caput) and the tail (Serpens ...
serpent
/serr"peuhnt/, n. 1. a snake. 2. a wily, treacherous, or malicious person. 3. the Devil; Satan. Gen. 3:1-5. 4. a firework that burns with serpentine motion or flame. 5. an ...
Serpent Bearer
Astron. the constellation Ophiuchus. [1545-55] * * *
serpent star.
See brittle star. [1850-55] * * *
serpentarium
/serr'peuhn tair"ee euhm/, n., pl. serpentariums, serpentaria /-tair"ee euh/. a place where snakes are housed, esp. for exhibition. [SERPENT + -ARIUM] * * *
serpentiform
/ser pen"teuh fawrm'/, adj. shaped like a snake. [1770-80; SERPENT + -I- + -FORM] * * *
serpentine
serpentine1 /serr"peuhn teen', -tuyn'/, adj., n., v., serpentined, serpentining. adj. 1. of, characteristic of, or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement. 2. having a ...
serpentine front
Furniture. a front, as of a chest of drawers, having a horizontal compound curve with a convex section between two concave ones. Cf. oxbow front. * * *
serpentine jade
Jewelry. a green variety of serpentine used as a gem: not a true jade. * * *
serpentine stretcher
Furniture. an X-stretcher having curved lines. * * *
serpentine verse
▪ poetry       in poetry, a line of verse beginning and ending with the same word, as in the first line of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's “Frater Ave Atque Vale”: Row us ...
serpentinize
—serpentinization, n. /serr'peuhn tee"nuyz/, v.t., serpentinized, serpentinizing. Mineral. to convert (a mineral or rock) into serpentine. Also, esp. Brit., ...
Serpentis
/seuhr pen"tis/, n. gen. of Serpens. * * *
serpentstar
serpent star n. A brittle star. * * *
serpiginous
ser·pig·i·nous (sər-pĭjʹə-nəs) adj. Of or being a skin lesion with a wavy or indented margin.   [From Medieval Latin serpīgō, serpīgin-, lesion. See serpigo.] * * *
serpigo
—serpiginous /seuhr pij"euh neuhs/, adj. /seuhr puy"goh/, n. Pathol. (formerly) a creeping or spreading skin disease, as ringworm. [1350-1400; ME < ML serpigo, equiv. to L ...
Serpotta, Giacomo
▪ Italian sculptor born March 10, 1656, Palermo [Sicily] died Feb. 27, 1732, Palermo       the outstanding member of a family of Sicilian sculptors and stucco workers. ...
SERPS
➡ pensions * * *
Serpukhov
/serr"peuh kawf', -kof'/; Russ. /syerdd"pooh kheuhf/, n. a city in the W Russian Federation in Europe, S of Moscow. 140,000. * * * ▪ Russia also spelled ...
Serpukhovian Stage
▪ geology       third of three internationally defined stages of the Mississippian Subsystem (Mississippian Subperiod), Carboniferous System (Carboniferous Period), ...
Serra
Serra [ser′ä] Junípero [ho͞o nē′pe rō̂΄] (born Miguel José Serra) 1713-84; Sp. missionary in W North America * * *
Serra da Mantiqueira
/se"rddah dah mahonn'ti kay"rddah/ a mountain range in SE Brazil, running parallel to the coast. Highest point, 9140 ft. (2785 m). * * *
Serra do Mar
/se"rddah doo mahrdd"/ a mountain range on the SE coast of Brazil. Highest point, 7420 ft. (2262 m). * * *
Serra Junípero
/serdd"rddah hooh nee"pe rddaw'/, Miguel José /mee gel" haw se"/ 1713-84, Spanish Roman Catholic missionary to the Indians in California and Mexico. * * *
Serra, Junípero
Ser·ra (sĕrʹə, sĕʹrä), Junípero. Originally Miguel José Serra. Known as “the Apostle of California.” 1713-1784. Spanish missionary who founded nine Franciscan ...
Serra, Junípero, Blessed
▪ Spanish Franciscan missionary born Nov. 24, 1713, Petra, Majorca, Spain died Aug. 28, 1784, Carmel, California, New Spain [now in U.S.]       Spanish Franciscan ...
Serra, Richard
born Nov. 2, 1939, San Francisco, Calif., U.S. U.S. sculptor. He paid for his education at the University of California by working in steel factories. From 1961 he studied with ...
Serrada Estrela
Serra da Es·tre·la (dä ĕs-trĕlʹə, ĕsh-) A mountain range of central Portugal including the highest elevation, 1,994.4 m (6,539 ft), in the country. * * *
Sérrai
▪ Greece also spelled  Serres historically  Siris        chief town and capital, nomós (department) of Sérrai, Macedonia, northern Greece. Sérrai is situated on ...
serranid
/seuh ray"nid, -rah"-, -ran"id/, n. 1. any of numerous percoid fishes of the family Serranidae, living chiefly in warm seas, including the sea basses and groupers. adj. 2. ...
serrano
serrano or serrano chili n. pl. serranos [MexSp] a kind of long, slender, very hot chili usually cooked while still green, used esp. in Mexican cooking: also serrano chili (or ...
Serrano y Domínguez, Francisco, duque de la Torre
▪ regent of Spain born December 17, 1810, Cádiz, Spain died November 26, 1885, Madrid       one of the chief military politicians of 19th-century Spain. He played an ...
Serrano, Andres
▪ American photographer Andres also spelled  Andrés  born Aug. 15, 1950, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American photographer whose Piss Christ (1987), an image of a ...
serranoid
/ser"euh noyd'/, adj. 1. resembling or related to the sea bass family Serranidae. n. 2. a serranoid fish. [1880-85; < NL Serran(us) genus of fishes (L serr(a) sawfish + -anus ...
serrate
adj. /ser"ayt, -it/; v. /ser"ayt, seuh rayt"/, adj., v., serrated, serrating. adj. 1. Chiefly Biol. notched on the edge like a saw: a serrate leaf. 2. Numis. (of a coin) having a ...
serrated
/ser"ay tid, seuh ray"-/, adj. 1. having a notched edge or sawlike teeth, esp. for cutting; serrate: the serrated blade of a bread knife. 2. serrate. [1695-1705; SERRATE + ...
Serratia
/seuh ray"sheuh, -shee euh, -rah"tee euh/, n. Bacteriol. a genus of rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria that are saprophytic on decaying plant or animal materials. [ < NL, named after ...
serration
/se ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. serrated condition or form. 2. a serrated edge or formation. 3. one of the notches or teeth of such an edge or formation. Also, serrature /ser"euh ...
Serrault, Michel
▪ 2008       French actor born Jan. 24, 1928, Brunnoy, France died July 29, 2007, Honfleur, France appeared in more than 130 motion pictures over a 50-year career, but ...
Serravalle
▪ San Marino, Europe       town in the northeastern part of the Republic of San Marino. Serravalle is located on the Ausa Stream at an elevation of 485 feet (148 m) ...
Serravallian Stage
▪ paleontology       division of middle Miocene (Miocene Epoch) rocks, representing all rocks deposited worldwide during the Serravallian Age (13.8 million to 11.6 ...
Serre, Jean-Pierre
▪ French mathematician born September 15, 1926, Bages, France    French mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1954 for his work in algebraic topology. In 2003 ...
serre-papier
/sair'pap yay"/; Fr. /serdd pann pyay"/, n., pl. serre-papiers /sair pap yayz"/; Fr. /serdd pann pyay"/. cartonnier. [ < F: lit., (it) grips (the) paper; see SEAR2, PAPER] * * *
serried
—serriedly, adv. —serriedness, n. /ser"eed/, adj. pressed together or compacted, as soldiers in rows: serried troops. [1660-70; SERRY + -ED2] * * *
serriedly
See serried. * * *
serriform
/ser"euh fawrm'/, adj. resembling the notched edge of a saw; serrated. [1815-25; serri- (comb. form of L serra saw) + -FORM] * * *
serrulate
/ser"yeuh lit, -layt', ser"euh-/, adj. finely or minutely serrate, as a leaf. Also, serrulated. [1785-95; < NL serrulatus, equiv. to L serrul(a) small saw (see SERRATE, -ULE1) + ...
serrulation
/ser'yeuh lay"sheuhn, ser'euh-/, n. 1. serrulate condition or form. 2. a fine or minute serration. [1815-25; SERRULATE + -ION] * * *
serrurerie
/se rddyuurddeu rddee"/, n. French. ornamental wrought-iron work. [lit., locksmith's work] * * *
serry
/ser"ee/, v.i., v.t., serried, serrying. Archaic. to crowd closely together. [1575-85; < MF serré, ptp. of serrer to press tightly together; see SEAR2] * * *
Sert
/serddt/, n. José María /haw se" mah rddee"ah/, 1876-1945, Spanish painter. * * *
Sert y Badia, José María
▪ Spanish painter born Dec. 21, 1874, Barcelona, Spain died Nov. 27, 1945, Barcelona       painter whose modern Baroque murals achieved international recognition. His ...
Sert, José Luis
Catalan Josep Lluís Sert i Lopéz born July 1, 1902, Barcelona, Spain died March 15, 1983, Barcelona Spanish-born U.S. architect. After graduating from Barcelona's School of ...
sertão
▪ region, Brazil       (Portuguese: “backwoods,” or “bush”), dry interior region of northeastern Brazil that is largely covered with caatingas (scrubby upland ...
Sertolicell
Ser·to·li cell (sər-tōʹlē, sĕr-) n. Any of the elongated, striated cells of the seminiferous tubules of the testis, to which spermatids attach for nourishment during ...
Sertorius
/seuhr tawr"ee euhs, -tohr"-/, n. Quintus /kwin"teuhs/, died 72 B.C., Roman general and statesman. * * *
Sertorius, Quintus
born с 126, Nursia, Sabini died 73 BC Roman statesman and military commander. He commanded an army in the Social War, and he helped Marius take Rome (87–86) in his struggle ...
sertraline
ser·tra·line (sərʹtrə-lēn') n. An oral antidepressant that enhances serotonin activity by inhibiting its uptake by neurons of the central nervous system.   [serotonin + ...
sertularian
/serr'choo lair"ee euhn/, n. Zool. a type of hydroid that forms stiff, feathery colonies in which the cups holding the zooids are sessile. [1840-50; < NL Sertulari(a) genus name ...
serum
—serumal, adj. /sear"euhm/, n., pl. serums, sera /sear"euh/. 1. the clear, pale-yellow liquid that separates from the clot in the coagulation of blood; blood serum. 2. See ...
serum albumin
1. Biochem. the principal protein of blood plasma, important in osmotic regulation of the blood and transport of metabolites. 2. the commercial form of this substance, used in ...
serum globulin
serum globulin n. a component of blood serum consisting of proteins with larger molecular weights than serum albumin, including antibodies, lipoproteins, etc. * * *
serum hepatitis
serum hepatitis n. HEPATITIS B * * *
serum hepatitis.
See hepatitis B. [1930-35] * * *
serum sickness
Pathol. a generalized allergic reaction to a foreign serum or drug, characterized by fever, skin rash, enlarged lymph nodes, and painful joints. Also called serum ...
serumalbumin
serum albumin n. A protein fraction of serum involved in maintaining osmotic pressure of the blood and used as a substitute for plasma in the treatment of shock. * * *
serumglobulin
serum globulin n. A protein fraction of serum composed chiefly of antibodies. * * *
serumhepatitis
serum hepatitis n. See hepatitis B. * * *
serumsickness
serum sickness n. A hypersensitive reaction to the administration of a foreign serum, characterized by fever, swelling, skin rash, and enlargement of the lymph nodes. * * *
Sérusier, Paul
▪ French painter born 1863?, Paris died Oct. 6, 1927, Morlaix, Fr.       French artist who was a Postimpressionist painter and theorist.       Originally a ...
serv
serv abbrev. 1. servant 2. service * * *
serv.
service. * * *
serval
/serr"veuhl/, n., pl. servals, (esp. collectively) serval. a long-limbed, nocturnal African cat, Felis serval, about the size of a bobcat, having a tawny coat spotted with black: ...
Servan-Schreiber, Jean-Jacques
▪ 2007       French journalist and politician (b. Feb. 13, 1924, Paris, France—d. Nov. 7, 2006, Fécamp, France), was a potent intellectual force in France for some 50 ...
Servandoni, Giovanni Niccolò
▪ French theatrical designer and architect also called  Jean-Nicolas Servando  or  Jean-Nicolas Servandon  born May 2, 1695, Florence [Italy] died Jan. 19, 1766, Paris, ...
servant
—servantless, adj. —servantlike, adj. /serr"veuhnt/, n. 1. a person employed by another, esp. to perform domestic duties. 2. a person in the service of another. 3. a person ...
servant church
Eccles. the attitude or practices of a church whose avowed purpose is to serve the world. * * *
Servants of India Society
▪ Indian welfare organization       society founded by Gopal Krishna Gokhale (Gokhale, Gopal Krishna) in 1905 to unite and train Indians of different races and religions ...
serve
—servable, serveable, adj. /serrv/, v., served, serving, n. v.i. 1. to act as a servant. 2. to wait on table, as a waiter. 3. to offer or have a meal or refreshments available, ...
serve their sentence
➡ prisons * * *
server
/serr"veuhr/, n. 1. a person who serves. 2. something that serves or is used in serving, as a salver. 3. a broad fork, spoon, or spatula for dishing out and serving individual ...
servery
/serr"veuh ree/, n., pl. serveries. Chiefly Brit. a food counter in a cafeteria or pub. [1940-45; SERVE + -ERY] * * *
Servetus
—Servetian /seuhr vee"sheuhn/, n. —Servetianism, n. /seuhr vee"teuhs/, n. Michael, 1511-53, Spanish physician and theologian, accused of heresy and burned at the stake. ...
Servetus, Michael
orig. Miguel Servet born 1511?, Villanueva or Tudela, Spain died Oct. 27, 1553, Champel, Switz. Spanish physician and theologian. His views alienated both Roman Catholics and ...
Servetus,Michael
Ser·ve·tus (sər-vēʹtəs), Michael. Originally Miguel Serveto. 1511-1553. Spanish-born theologian and physician who described the circulation of blood. His denial of the ...
Servia
/serr"vee euh/, n. former name of Serbia. * * *
servibar
ser·vi·bar (sûrʹvĭ-bär') n. See minibar.   [Probably service + bar1.] * * *
service
service1 /serr"vis/, n., adj., v., serviced, servicing. n. 1. an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service. 2. the supplying or supplier of utilities or ...
Service
/serr"vis/, n. Robert W(illiam), 1874-1958, Canadian writer, born in England. * * * (as used in expressions) Public Broadcasting Service civil service domestic service foreign ...
service ace
ace (def. 3a). * * *
service book
a book containing the forms of worship used in divine services. [1570-80] * * *
service break
Tennis. 1. an instance of a player winning a game against a server. 2. a game won against an opponent's service. [1950-55] * * *
service cap
Mil. a saucer-shaped uniform cap with a visor, standard in the U.S. Army and Air Force. [1905-10] * * *
service ceiling
service ceiling n. the altitude at which a specified kind of aircraft cannot, because of reduced atmospheric pressure, climb faster than a specified rate * * *
service center
an authorized commercial establishment for repairs and replacement parts for appliances or cars. [1960-65] * * *
service charge
a fee charged for a service, sometimes in addition to a basic charge. [1915-20] * * *
service clasp
clasp (def. 4). * * *
service club
1. any of several organizations dedicated to the growth and general welfare of its members and the community. 2. a recreational center for members of the armed ...
service court
the part of the court into which a player must serve in various games, as tennis, badminton, handball, or squash. [1875-80] * * *
service elevator
an elevator for the use of servants and delivery people and for carrying large items. * * *
service entrance
an entrance for the use of servants, delivery people, or the like. * * *
service flat
Brit. an apartment with complete hotel services. [1920-25] * * *
service industry
Industry that provides services rather than goods. Economists divide the products of all economic activity into two broad categories, goods and services. Industries that produce ...
service line
1. Tennis. the rear boundary of a service court. 2. a line running parallel to the front wall in certain court games, as handball or squash, that marks a boundary of the service ...
service mark
a proprietary term, such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, American Express, or Planned Parenthood, that is registered with the Patent and Trademark Office. Abbr.: SM [1945-50] * * *
service medal
Mil. a medal awarded for performance of specified service, usually in time of war or national emergency. Also called campaign medal. [1930-35] * * *
service module
(often caps.) U.S. Aerospace. the section of an Apollo spacecraft containing the principal propulsion system, electrical system, water, and other supplies. [1960-65] * * *
service pipe
a pipe connecting a building with a water or gas main. * * *
service road.
See frontage road. [1935-40] * * *
service station
1. Also called gas station. a place equipped for servicing automobiles, as by selling gasoline and oil, making repairs, etc. 2. a place that provides some service, as the repair ...
service stripe
Mil. a stripe worn on the left sleeve by an enlisted person to indicate a specific period of time served on active duty. [1915-20] * * *
service tree
1. either of two European trees, Sorbus domestica, bearing a small, acid fruit that is edible when overripe, or S. torminalis (wild service tree), bearing a similar fruit. 2. ...
service uniform
Mil. a uniform for routine duties and service, as distinguished from work, dress, or full-dress uniforms. * * *
Service, Elman Rogers
▪ American anthropologist born May 18, 1915, Tecumseh, Mich., U.S. died Nov. 14, 1996, Santa Barbara, Calif.       American anthropological theorist of cultural ...
Service, John Stewart
▪ 2000       American Foreign Service officer who was one of the experts on China and predicted during World War II that civil war in China was inevitable and that the ...
Service, Robert (William)
born Jan. 16, 1874, Preston, Lancashire, Eng. died Sept. 11, 1958, Lancieux, France English-born Canadian popular verse writer. He immigrated to Canada in 1894 and lived eight ...
Service, Robert W.
▪ Canadian writer in full  Robert William Service   born Jan. 16, 1874, Preston, Lancashire, Eng. died Sept. 11, 1958, Lancieux, France  popular verse writer called “the ...
Service,Robert William
Ser·vice (sûrʹvĭs), Robert William. 1874-1958. British-born Canadian writer of poetry and novels about life in the Yukon, including the ballad “The Shooting of Dan ...
serviceability
See serviceable. * * *
serviceable
—serviceability, serviceableness, n. —serviceably, adv. /serr"veuh seuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of or being of service; useful. 2. wearing well; durable: serviceable ...
serviceableness
See serviceability. * * *
serviceably
See serviceability. * * *
serviceberry
/serr"vis ber'ee/, n., pl. serviceberries. 1. the fruit of any service tree. 2. a North American shrub or small tree, Amelanchier canadensis, of the rose family, having serrate, ...
servicebreak
service break n. A game won on an opponent's serve, as in tennis. * * *
servicecap
service cap n. A flat-topped military cap with a visor. * * *
servicecharge
service charge n. An additional charge for a service for which there is already a basic fee. Also called service fee. * * *
servicedog
service dog n. A dog that has been specially trained to assist a disabled person with certain daily tasks, such as picking up an object from the floor. * * *
serviceline
service line n. Sports A boundary line, as in tennis or handball, that must not be overstepped in serving. * * *
serviceman
/serr"vis man', -meuhn/, n., pl. servicemen /-men', -meuhn/. 1. a member of the armed forces of a country. 2. a person whose occupation is to maintain or repair equipment: a ...
servicemark
service mark n. Abbr. SM A mark used in the sale or advertising of services to identify the services and distinguish them from the services of others. * * *
ServiceMaster Company, The
▪ American company       American holding company specializing in home and commercial services such as lawn care and landscaping, cleaning, plumbing, home security, and ...
serviceperson
/serr"vis perr'seuhn/, n. 1. a person who is a member of the armed forces of a country. 2. a person who maintains or repairs equipment. [SERVICE(MAN) + -PERSON] Usage. See ...
serviceroad
service road n. A local road that runs parallel to an expressway or interstate highway and that provides access to the property bordering it. Also called frontage road. * * *
services
➡ armed forces * * *
servicestation
service station n. 1. A retail establishment at which motor vehicles are refueled, serviced, and sometimes repaired. Also called filling station, gas station. 2. A business or ...
servicestripe
service stripe n. 1. A stripe worn on an enlisted person's sleeve to indicate a specific term of military service. 2. A stripe worn on the sleeve of the uniform of a bus driver, ...
servicetree
service tree n. Either of two Mediterranean trees (Sorbus domestica or S. torminalis) having clusters of white flowers, saw-toothed leaves, and edible brownish fruit.   [From ...
servicewoman
/serr"vis woom'euhn/, n., pl. servicewomen. 1. a woman who is a member of the armed forces of a country. 2. a woman whose occupation is to maintain or repair equipment: A ...
servient tenement
/serr"vee euhnt/, Law. land subject to an easement or servitude. Cf. dominant tenement. [1675-85; servient < L servient- (s. of serviens, prp. of servire); see SERVE, -ENT] * * *
serviette
/serr'vee et"/, n. Chiefly Brit. a table napkin. [1480-90; < MF, equiv. to servi(r) to SERVE + -ette -ETTE; for the formation, cf. OUBLIETTE] * * *
servile
—servilely, adv. —servility, servileness, n. /serr"vil, -vuyl/, adj. 1. slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning: servile flatterers. 2. characteristic of, proper to, or ...
servilely
See servile. * * *
servileness
See servilely. * * *
Servilia
▪ Roman aristocrat born c. 100 BC       mistress of Julius Caesar (Caesar, Julius), mother to his murderer Marcus Brutus (Brutus, Marcus Junius), and one of the grandes ...
servility
See servilely. * * *
serving
/serr"ving/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that serves. 2. a single portion of food or drink; helping. 3. Elect. a layer of material, as jute yarn or tape, that is applied ...
Servite
/serr"vuyt/, n. Rom. Cath. Ch. a member of an order of mendicant friars, founded in Florence in 1233, engaged in fostering devotion to the Virgin Mary. [1540-50; < ML Servites. ...
servitor
/serr"vi teuhr/, n. 1. a person who is in or at the service of another; attendant. 2. a glass worker who blocks the gather and does the preliminary blowing of glass for the ...
servitorship
See servitor. * * *
servitude
/serr"vi toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. 1. slavery or bondage of any kind: political or intellectual servitude. 2. compulsory service or labor as a punishment for criminals: penal ...
Servius
▪ Roman author in full  Marius , or  Maurus, Servius Honoratus  flourished 4th century AD, Rome       Latin grammarian, commentator, and teacher, author of a ...
Servius Tullius
/serr"vee euhs tul"ee euhs/ the legendary sixth king of ancient Rome who built the city walls and whose accession to the throne was prophesied by and secured with the help of ...
servo
/serr"voh/, adj., n., pl. servos, v., servoed, servoing. adj. 1. acting as part of a servomechanism: servo amplifier. 2. pertaining to or having to do with servomechanisms: servo ...
servo system
a system using a servomechanism. * * *
servo-
a combining form used in the names of devices or operations that employ a servomechanism: servocontrol. [extracted from SERVOMOTOR] * * *
servocontrol
n. /serr"voh keuhn trohl'/; v. /serr'voh keuhn trohl"/, n., v., servocontrolled, servocontrolling. n. 1. control by means of a servomechanism. 2. a servomechanism used as a ...
servomechanism
—servomechanical /serr'voh meuh kan"i keuhl/, adj. —servomechanically, adv. /serr"voh mek'euh niz'euhm, serr'voh mek"-/, n. an electronic control system in which a hydraulic, ...
servomotor
/serr"voh moh'teuhr/, n. a motor or the like forming part of a servomechanism. [1885-90; < F servo-moteur < L serv(us) slave + F -o- -O- + moteur MOTOR] * * *
Serzone
Ser·zone (sûrʹzōn') A trademark used for the drug nefazodone. * * *
SES
socioeconomic status. * * *
sesame
/ses"euh mee/, n. 1. a tropical, herbaceous plant, Sesamum indicum, whose small oval seeds are edible and yield an oil. 2. the seeds themselves, used to add flavor to bread, ...
sesame oil
a yellow oil expressed from the seeds of the sesame, used in cooking, as a vehicle for medicines, and in the manufacture of margarine, soap, and cosmetics. [1865-70] * * *
Sesame Street
a popular US television series for young children on PBS. The programmes, which combine education and social values with entertainment, began in 1969 and are now shown in more ...
sesamoid
/ses"euh moyd'/, adj. Anat. shaped like a sesame seed, as certain small nodular bones and cartilages. [1690-1700; < L sesamoides < Gk sesamoeidés like sesame seed. See SESAME, ...
Seshachalam Hills
▪ hills, India       hill ranges of the Eastern Ghats, southern Andhra Pradesh state, southeastern India. Formed during Precambrian time (i.e., earlier than about 540 ...
Seshego
▪ South Africa       town, Limpopo province, South Africa. It lies directly northwest of Polokwane. Until 1974 Seshego was the capital of the nonindependent Bantustan ...
Sesostris I
▪ king of Egypt flourished 20th century BCE    king of ancient Egypt (Egypt, ancient) (reigned 1908–1875 BCE) who succeeded his father after a 10-year coregency and ...
Sesostris II
▪ king of Egypt flourished 19th century BCE       king of ancient Egypt (Egypt, ancient) (reigned 1844–37 BCE) of the 12th dynasty (Egypt, ancient) (1938–c. 1756) ...
Sesostris III
▪ king of Egypt flourished 19th century BCE     king of ancient Egypt (Egypt, ancient) (reigned 1836–18 BCE) of the 12th dynasty (Egypt, ancient) (1938–c. 1756 BCE) who ...
Sesotho
/seuh sooh"tooh, -soh"toh/, n. the Bantu language of Lesotho; Sotho. * * *
sesqui-
a combining form meaning "one and a half," used in the formation of compound words: sesquicentennial. [ < L sesqui- < *sem(i)sque, equiv. to semis half-unit, SEMIS + -que and (c. ...
sesquicarbonate
/ses'kwi kahr"beuh nayt', -nit/, n. Chem. a salt intermediate in composition between a carbonate and a bicarbonate or consisting of the two combined. [1815-25; SESQUI- + ...
sesquicentennial
—sesquicentennially, adv. /ses'kwi sen ten"ee euhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to or marking the completion of a period of 150 years. n. 2. a 150th anniversary or its ...
sesquioxide
/ses'kwee ok"suyd, -sid/, n. Chem. an oxide containing three atoms of oxygen and two of another element, as aluminum oxide, Al2O3. [1825-35; SESQUI- + OXIDE] * * *
sesquipedal
ses·quip·e·dal (sĕ-skwĭpʹĭ-dl) adj. Sesquipedalian.   [Latin sēsquipedālis, of a foot and a half in length : sēsqui-, sesqui- + pēs, ped-, foot; See ped-. * * *
sesquipedalian
—sesquipedality /ses'kwi pi dal"i tee/, sesquipedalianism, sesquipedalism /ses kwip"i dl iz'euhm, -kwi peed"l iz'euhm/, n. /ses'kwi pi day"lee euhn, -dayl"yeuhn/, adj. Also, ...
sesquiplane
/ses"kwi playn'/, n. Aeron. a biplane having one wing with not more than half the surface area of the other wing. [SESQUI- + PLANE1] * * *
sesquiterpene
/ses'kwi terr"payn/, n. Chem. See under terpene. [1885-90; SESQUI- + TERPENE] * * *
Sessa Aurunca
▪ Italy       town and episcopal see, Campania regione, southern Italy, on a lava deposit of the extinct Roccamonfina volcano, north-northwest of Naples. The town is on ...


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