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Sesshu
/ses shooh"/, n. 1420?-1506, Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and painter. * * * ▪ Japanese artist Introduction original surname  Oda , also called  Tōyō,  Unkoku , or ...
sessile
—sessility /se sil"i tee/, n. /ses"il, -uyl/, adj. 1. Bot. attached by the base, or without any distinct projecting support, as a leaf issuing directly from the stem. 2. Zool. ...
sessility
See sessile. * * *
session
—sessional, adj. /sesh"euhn/, n. 1. the sitting together of a court, council, legislature, or the like, for conference or the transaction of business: Congress is now in ...
sessional
See session. * * *
sessional indemnity
the remuneration paid to a member of the Canadian parliament. [1895-1900] * * *
sessionally
See sessional. * * *
sessionman
/sesh"euhn man'/, n., pl. sessionmen. a professional musician who does studio recording work but is not a member of an established performing group. [1955-60; SESSION + MAN1] * * ...
Sessions
/sesh"euhnz/, n. Roger Huntington, 1896-1985, U.S. composer. * * *
Sessions, Roger
▪ American composer born Dec. 28, 1896, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died March 16, 1985, Princeton, N.J.  American composer of symphonic and instrumental music who played a leading ...
Sessions, Roger (Huntington)
born Dec. 28, 1896, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died March 16, 1985, Princeton, N.J. U.S. composer. He attended Harvard and Yale, lived in Italy and Germany (1925–33), and later ...
Sessions,Roger Huntington
Ses·sions (sĕshʹənz), Roger Huntington. 1896-1985. American composer. An influential promoter of 20th-century music, he wrote polyphonic symphonies, instrumental works, and ...
Sesson Shūkei
▪ Japanese painter original name Satake Heizo born 1504, Hitachi, Japan died c. 1589, , Iwashiro Province       Japanese artist who was the most distinguished and ...
sesterce
/ses"terrs/, n. a silver coin of ancient Rome, the quarter of a denarius, equal to 21/2 asses: introduced in the 3rd century B.C. [1590-1600; < L sestertius, equiv. to ses- ...
sestertium
/se sterr"shee euhm, -sheuhm/, n., pl. sestertia /-shee euh, -sheuh/. a money of account of ancient Rome, equal to 1000 sesterces. [1530-40; < L sestertium gen. pl. of sestertius ...
sestertius
/se sterr"sheuhs, -shee euhs/, n., pl. sestertii /shee uy'/. sesterce. [ < L sestertius; see SESTERCE] * * *
sestet
/se stet", ses"tet/, n. 1. Pros. the last six lines of a sonnet in the Italian form, considered as a unit. Cf. octave (def. 4a). 2. sextet (def. 2). [1795-1805; < It sestetto ...
sestina
/se stee"neuh/, n., pl. sestinas, sestine /-nay/. Pros. a poem of six six-line stanzas and a three-line envoy, originally without rhyme, in which each stanza repeats the end ...
Sesto San Giovanni
▪ Italy       town, Lombardia ( Lombardy) region, northern Italy. A northeastern industrial suburb of Milan, it has blast furnaces, foundries, glassworks, and aircraft ...
Sestos
/ses"tos/, n. an ancient Thracian town on the Hellespont opposite Abydos: Xerxes crossed the Hellespont here when he began his invasion of Greece. * * *
SestoSan Giovanni
Ses·to San Gio·van·ni (sĕsʹtō săn' jō-väʹnē, sän') A city of northern Italy, an industrial suburb of Milan. Population: 94,738. * * *
set
/set/, v., set, setting, n., adj., interj. v.t. 1. to put (something or someone) in a particular place: to set a vase on a table. 2. to place in a particular position or posture: ...
Set
/set/, n. Egyptian Relig. the brother and murderer of Osiris, represented as having the form of a donkey or other mammal and regarded as personifying the desert. Also, Seth. * * ...
set chisel
a chisel having a broad edge at the end of a tapered shaft; used to cut the heads off bolts, rivets, etc. * * *
set function
Math. a function having a collection of sets as domain. * * *
set piece
1. an arrangement of slow-burning fireworks forming a design or composition when lighted. 2. Theat. a piece of scenery used as part of a stage set, as a profile or ...
set point
1. Tennis. the point that if won would enable the scorer or his or her side to win the set. 2. setpoint. [1925-30] * * *
set shot
Basketball. a shot with two hands from a point relatively distant from the basket, in which a player stands still and shoots the ball usually from chest level. [1930-35] * * *
set theory
the branch of mathematics that deals with relations between sets. [1940-45] * * * Branch of mathematics that deals with the properties of sets. It is most valuable as applied ...
set width
Print. (in automatic typesetting) the width measured by the lowercase alphabet of a particular size and font of type. * * *
set-aside
/set"euh suyd'/, n. 1. something, as land or profits, set aside for a particular purpose. 2. a tract of federal lands set aside as a wildlife refuge, oil exploration site, ...
set-back
/set"bak'/, n. 1. Survey. the interval by which a chain or tape exceeds the length being measured. 2. setback (def. 4). [special use of SETBACK] * * *
set-in
/set"in'/, adj. made separately and placed within another unit. [1525-35; adj. use of v. phrase set in] * * *
set-in sleeve
a sleeve joined to the body of a garment at the shoulder and having a seam at that juncture. Cf. raglan sleeve. [1965-70] * * *
set-to
/set"tooh'/, n., pl. set-tos. a usually brief, sharp fight or argument. [1735-45; n. use of v. phrase set to] * * *
set-top
adj. noting a device designed to sit atop a television and serve as a link to interactive communications systems: set-top boxes that allow viewers to order movies on ...
set-up
/set"up'/, n. 1. Survey. a. station (def. 14a). b. a surveying instrument precisely positioned for observations from a station. c. a gap between the end of a chain or tape being ...
seta
—setal, adj. /see"teuh/, n., pl. setae /-tee/. Biol. a stiff hair; bristle or bristlelike part. [1785-95; < L seta, saeta bristle] * * *
setaceous
—setaceously, adv. /si tay"sheuhs/, adj. 1. bristlelike; bristle-shaped. 2. having bristles. [1655-65; < NL setaceus. See SETA, -ACEOUS] * * *
setaceously
See setaceous. * * *
setal
See seta. * * *
setaria
/si tair"ee euh/, n. any grass of the genus Setaria, having a dense panicle, grown for forage. [ < NL; see SETA, -ARIA] * * *
setback
/set"bak'/, n. 1. a check to progress; a reverse or defeat: The new law was a setback. 2. Archit. a recession of the upper part of a building from the building line, as to ...
setchisel
set chisel n. A chisel with a cutting edge on a tapered shaft. * * *
Sète
▪ France formerly  (until 1827) Cette         town and a principal French Mediterranean commercial port, lying in Hérault département, Languedoc-Roussillon ...
Sete Lagoas
▪ Brazil       city, central Minas Gerais estado (state), eastern Brazil. Sete Lagoas lies in the highlands near the Espinhaço Mountains. It is a commercial centre for ...
Seth
/seth/, n. 1. the third son of Adam. Gen. 4:25 2. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning "substitute." /sayt/, n. Egyptian Relig. Set. * * * I or Set Ancient Egyptian ...
Seth, Vikram
▪ 1994       With the publication in 1993 of A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth weighed in as a heavyweight of English letters—quite literally. The massive epic of more than ...
Sethi, P(ramod) K(aran)
▪ 2009       Indian orthopedic surgeon born Nov. 28, 1927, Benares, British India [now Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India] died Jan. 6, 2008, Jaipur, Rajasthan, ...
SETI
search for extraterrestrial intelligence. [1975-80] * * * in full search for extraterrestrial intelligence Ongoing effort to seek intelligent extraterrestrial life. SETI ...
Seti I
died 1279 BC Egyptian king of the 19th dynasty (r. 1290–79 BC). His father, Ramses I, had reigned only two years, and it was Seti who was the real founder of the greatness of ...
Seti II
▪ king of Egypt died 1198 BCE       king of ancient Egypt (Egypt, ancient) (reigned 1204–1198 BCE).       Seti, the immediate successor of his father, ...
SETI Institute
(in full the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) a US organization set up in 1984 to conduct research into whether life exists outside the Earth. It is a private, ...
seti-
a combining form meaning "bristle"; used in the formation of compound words: setiform. [ < L seti-, saeti-; see SETA, -I-] * * *
Sétif
▪ Algeria also called  Stif,         town, northeastern Algeria, near the Wadi Bou Sellam. As ancient Sitifis, it became important when the Roman emperor Nerva ...
setiferous
setiferous [sə tij′ər əssə tif′ər əs] adj. having seta: also setigerous [sə tij′ər əs] * * * se·tif·er·ous (sĭ-tĭfʹər-əs) adj. Having setae or bristles; ...
setiform
/see"teuh fawrm'/, adj. bristle-shaped; setaceous. [1810-20; SETI- + -FORM] * * *
setigerous
/si tij"euhr euhs/, adj. having setae or bristles. Also, setiferous /si tif"euhr euhs/. [1650-60; < L setiger bristle-bearing + -OUS; see SETI-, -GEROUS] * * *
setireme
/see"teuh reem'/, n. the setose, oarlike leg of an aquatic insect. [1835; SETI- + -reme < L remus oar] * * *
setline
set·line (sĕtʹlīn') n. A long fishing line towed by a boat and supporting many smaller lines bearing baited hooks. Also called trawl, trawl line, trotline. * * *
Seto
▪ Japan       city, Aichi ken (prefecture), central Honshu, Japan, northeast of Nagoya. Seto, established about 1230, is known for its porcelain (Seto ware). Since the ...
Seto Great Bridge
▪ bridge, Honshu-Sakaide, Japan Japanese  Seto Ōhashi   a series of suspension bridges spanning the Inland Sea (Seto-naikai) between the islands of Honshu and Shikoku, ...
Seto ware
▪ Japanese pottery       ceramics manufactured in Seto by one of the so-called Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. It was first produced in the later Kamakura period toward the ...
Seto-guro ware
▪ Japanese pottery       Japanese ceramic ware created at Mino during 1573–96. A black ware, it stands in contrast to the contemporary pure-white Shino ware. Seto-guro ...
setoff
/set"awf', -of'/, n. 1. something that counterbalances or makes up for something else, as compensation for a loss. 2. Accounting. a counterbalancing debt or claim, esp. one that ...
seton
/seet"n/, n. Surg. a thread or the like inserted beneath the skin to provide drainage or to guide subsequent passage of a tube. [1350-1400; ME < ML seton- (s. of seto), equiv. to ...
Seton
/seet"n/, n. 1. Saint Elizabeth Ann (Bayley) ("Mother Seton"), 1774-1821, U.S. educator, social-welfare reformer, and religious leader: first native-born American to be canonized ...
Seton Hall University
▪ university, South Orange Village, New Jersey, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher education in South Orange Village, New Jersey, U.S. It ...
Seton, Anya
▪ American author original name  Ann Seton  born 1904?, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 8, 1990, Old Greenwich, Conn.       American author of best-selling, ...
Seton, Ernest Thompson
orig. Ernest Evan Thompson also called Ernest E.T. Seton or Ernest Seton-Thompson born Aug. 14, 1860, South Shields, Durham, Eng. died Oct. 23, 1946, Seton Village, Santa Fe, ...
Seton, George Seton, 5th Lord
▪ Scottish noble born 1531 died Jan. 8, 1586       one of the most loyal supporters and friends of Mary, Queen of Scots.       He was the eldest son of the 4th ...
Seton, Saint Elizabeth Ann
orig. Elizabeth Ann Bayley known as Mother Seton born Aug. 28, 1774, New York, N.Y. died Jan. 4, 1821, Emmitsburg, Md., U.S.; canonized Sept. 14, 1975; feast day January 4 U.S. ...
Seton,Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley
Se·ton (sētʹn), Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley. Known as “Mother Seton.” 1774-1821. American religious leader. A widowed mother of five, she converted to Catholicism (1805), ...
setose
/see"tohs, si tohs"/, adj. covered with setae or bristles; bristly. [1655-65; < L setosus. See SETA, -OSE1] * * *
Setouchi
▪ region, Japan       industrial region, southern Japan. Setouchi includes the southern portion of Chūgoku chihō (region) on the island of Honshu, the northern part of ...
setout
/set"owt'/, n. Informal. 1. preparations, esp. for beginning a journey. 2. start or outset. 3. things set or laid out for use or display, as food on a table. 4. getup or ...
setpiece
set piece n. 1. A realistic piece of stage scenery constructed to stand by itself. 2. An often brilliantly executed artistic or literary work characterized by a formal ...
setpoint
/set"poynt'/, n. 1. the desired value in a closed-loop feedback system, as in regulation of temperature or pressure. 2. the point at which a thermostat has been set, as for ...
sets
➡ folk dancing * * *
setscrew
/set"skrooh'/, n. a screw passing through a threaded hole in a part to tighten the contact of that part with another, as of a collar with the shaft on which it fits. [1850-55; ...
Setswana
Sets·wa·na (sĕt-swäʹnə) also Sech·ua·na (sĕch-wäʹ-) n. See Tswana. * * *
sett
/set/, n. 1. Also called pitcher. a small, rectangular paving stone. 2. Also called stake. a hand-held tool that is struck by a hammer to shape or deform a metal object. 3. Also, ...
Settat
/se taht"/, n. a city in W central Morocco. 125,000. * * * ▪ Morocco       city, central Morocco. Situated on the coastal plain immediately south of Casablanca, the ...
settecentesque
/set'ay chen tesk"/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the art and literature of 18th-century Italy. [ < It settecentesco, equiv. to settecent(o) seven hundred, the ...
settecento
settecento [set΄ə chen′tō; ] It [ set΄te chen′tō̂] n. 〚It, short for mille settecento, one thousand seven hundred〛 the 18th cent. as a period in Italian art and ...
settee
/set tee"/, n. a seat for two or more persons, having a back and usually arms, and often upholstered. [1710-20; perh. var. of SETTLE2] * * * ▪ furniture also called  sofa ...
setter
/set"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that sets. 2. one of any of several breeds of hunting dogs that originally had the habit of crouching when game was scented but that are now ...
Setthathirat I
▪ king of Lan Xang also called  Sai Setthathirat I, or Setthavong   born 1534 died 1571, southern Laos       sovereign of the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang who prevented it ...
settheory
set theory n. Mathematics The study of the properties of sets. * * *
setting
/set"ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that sets. 2. the surroundings or environment of anything: The garden was a perfect setting for the house. 3. the mounting in which ...
setting-up exercises
/set"ing up"/ any of various exercises, as deep knee bends and push-ups, for improving one's posture, muscle tone, or limberness, or for reducing one's weight. Also called ...
settle
settle1 —settleable, adj. —settleability, n. —settledness, n. /set"l/, v., settled, settling. v.t. 1. to appoint, fix, or resolve definitely and conclusively; agree upon ...
Settle, Mary Lee
▪ 2006       American author (b. July 29, 1918, Charleston, W.Va.—d. Sept. 27, 2005, Ivy, Va.), penned the critically acclaimed Beulah Quintet—a historical fiction ...
settleable
See settle. * * *
settlement
/set"l meuhnt/, n. 1. the act or state of settling or the state of being settled. 2. the act of making stable or putting on a permanent basis. 3. a state of stability or ...
settlement house
or social settlement or community centre Neighbourhood social-welfare agency. The staff of a settlement house may sponsor clubs, classes, athletic teams, and interest groups; ...
settlement option
Insurance. any of the options, other than immediate payment in a lump sum, by which the policyholder or beneficiary may choose to have the benefits of a policy paid. * * *
settlement worker
a person who works with underprivileged people in a settlement house. * * *
Settlement, Act of
(June 12, 1701) Act of Parliament that thereafter regulated the succession to the English throne. It decreed that if King William III or Princess (later Queen) Anne died without ...
settlements
➡ Bronze Age Britain * * *
settler
/set"leuhr, -l euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that settles. 2. a person who settles in a new country or area. [1590-1600; SETTLE1 + -ER1] * * *
settling
/set"ling, -l ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that settles. 2. Usually, settlings. sediment. [1400-50; late ME; see SETTLE1, -ING1] * * * In building construction, the ...
settling tank
a tank for holding liquid until particles suspended in it settle. [1905-10] * * *
settlings
settlings [set′liŋz] pl.n. the solid matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid; sediment; dregs * * * set·tlings (sĕtʹlĭngz) pl.n. Sediment; dregs. * * *
settlor
/set"leuhr, -l euhr/, n. Law. a person who makes a settlement of property. [1810-20; SETTLE1 + -OR2] * * *
Setúbal
/si tooh"bahl/, n. 1. Bay of, an inlet of the Atlantic, in W Portugal. 20 mi. (32 km) long; 35 mi. (56 km) wide. 2. a seaport on this bay, near Lisbon. 64,531. * * * ▪ ...
setula
/sech"euh leuh/, n., pl. setulae /-lee'/. Bot., Zool. a short, blunt seta. Also, setule /sech"oohl/. [1820-30; < NL setula; see SETA, -ULE] * * *
setulose
/sech"euh lohs'/, adj. Bot., Zool. having or covered with setulae. Also, setulous /sech"euh leuhs/. [1855-60; SETUL(A) + -OSE1] * * *
setup
/set"up'/, n. 1. organization; arrangement. 2. an act or instance of setting up or getting ready: The setup of the lights and camera took most of the morning. 3. the carriage of ...
Seurat
/sue rddann"/, n. Georges /zhawrddzh/, 1859-91, French (pointillist) painter. * * *
Seurat, Georges
▪ French painter born Dec. 2, 1859, Paris, France died March 29, 1891, Paris       painter, founder of the 19th-century French school of Neo-Impressionism whose ...
Seurat, Georges (-Pierre)
born Dec. 2, 1859, Paris, Fr. died March 29, 1891, Paris French painter. He entered the École des Beaux-Arts in 1878 and exhibited at the 1883 Salon, though he had already ...
Seurat,Georges Pierre
Seu·rat (sə-räʹ, sœ-), Georges Pierre. 1859-1891. French painter. A founder of neoimpressionism, he developed pointillism, the technique used in his masterpiece Sunday ...
Seuss
/soohs/, n. Dr. See Geisel, Theodor Seuss. * * *
Seuss,Doctor
Seuss (so͞os), Doctor. See Geisel, Theodor Seuss. * * *
seuə-
I. seuə-1 To give birth. Suffixed zero-grade form in derivative noun *su(ə)-nu-, son. son, from Old English sunu, son, from Germanic *sunuz.   [Pokorny 2. seu- 913.] See also ...
Sevagram
▪ India Hindi“Village of Service”       town, eastern Maharashtra (Mahārāshtra) state, western India. Originally called Segaon, the village was given its present ...
Sevan, Lake
Lake, northern Armenia. It has an area of some 525 sq mi (1,360 sq km). Lying at 6,250 ft (1,905 m) above sea level in a mountain-enclosed basin, it is Armenia's largest lake ...
Sevareid, Eric
▪ American journalist in full  Arnold Eric Sevareid   born Nov. 26, 1912, Velva, N.D., U.S. died July 9, 1992, Washington, D.C.       American broadcast journalist, ...
Sevastopol
/seuh vas"teuh pohl', sev'euh stoh"peuhl/; Russ. /syi vu staw"peuhl/, n. a fortified seaport in the S Crimea, in S Ukraine: famous for its heroic resistance during sieges of 349 ...
Sevastopol, Siege of
▪ Russian history  (Oct. 17, 1854–Sept. 11, 1855), the major operation of the Crimean War (1853–56), in which 50,000 British and French troops (joined by 10,000 ...
sève
/sev/, n. French. the characteristic flavor and body of a wine. [lit., sap] * * *
seven
/sev"euhn/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 6 plus 1. 2. a symbol for this number, as 7 or VII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. a playing card with seven pips. 5. sevens, ...
Seven against Thebes
1. Class. Myth. seven heroes, Amphiaraus, Capaneus, Eteoclus, Hippomedon, Parthenopaeus, Polynices, and Tydeus, who led an expedition against Thebes to depose Eteocles in favor ...
seven ages of man
seven periods into which a human life can be divided, i.e. those of the baby, the child, the lover, the soldier, the middle-aged person, the old person, and second childhood. The ...
Seven Days' Battles
(June 25–July 1, 1862) American Civil War battles that prevented Union capture of Richmond, Va. In a series of attacks and counterattacks by both sides, the Confederate army ...
seven deadly sins.
See deadly sins. * * *
Seven Hills
a town in N Ohio. 13,650. * * *
Seven Hills of Rome
the seven hills (the Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal, and Viminal) on and about which the ancient city of Rome was built. * * * ▪ ...
Seven Holy Founders
▪ Italian monks also called  Seven Servite Founders   flourished 13th century, , Compartimento of Tuscany, Italy; canonized 1888; feast day February 17       saints ...
Seven Isles
a city in SE Quebec, in E Canada, on the St. Lawrence, near its mouth. 29,262. French, Sept-Îles. * * *
Seven Oaks Massacre
(1816) Destruction of a Canadian fur-trading settlement. Sixty Métis, directed by an agent of the North West Co., attempted to run provisions past the rival Hudson's Bay Co. ...
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
a book (1926) by T E Lawrence. It describes his experiences in the Arabian desert during World War I when he went to help the Arabs in their fight against Turkey. * * *
Seven Pines, Battle of
▪ United States history also called  Battle of Fair Oaks    (May 31–June 1, 1862), in the American Civil War, two-day battle in the Peninsular Campaign, in which ...
Seven Pines.
See Fair Oaks (def. 1). * * *
Seven Sages
seven wise men of ancient Greece, Bias, Chilon, Cleobulus, Periander, Pittacus, Solon, and Thales, who served their country as rulers, lawgivers, and advisers and who were ...
Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove
▪ Chinese literary group also called  Seven Worthies of the Bamboo Grove , Pinyin romanization  Zhulinqixian , Wade-Giles romanization  Chu-lin ch'i-hsien ...
seven seas
the navigable waters of the world. Also, Seven Seas. [1870-75] * * *
Seven Sisters
the seven oldest and most respected US women’s colleges. They are: Barnard in New York City (associated with Columbia University), Bryn Mawr in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Mount ...
Seven Sleepers of Ephesus
▪ Christianity       the heroes of a famous legend that, because it affirmed the resurrection of the dead, had a lasting popularity in all Christendom and in Islām ...
Seven Weeks' War
or Austro-Prussian War (June–August 1866) Conflict between Prussia on one side and Austria, Bavaria, Saxony, Hanover, and minor German states on the other. A contrived ...
Seven Weeks' War.
See Austro-Prussian War. * * *
Seven Wise Masters
▪ story cycle also called  The Seven Viziers, The Story Of The Seven Sages, or Sinbadnameh        (“The Book of Sindbad”), a cycle of stories, presumably Indian ...
Seven Wonders of the World
the seven most remarkable structures of ancient times: the Egyptian pyramids, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Templeof Artemis at Ephesus, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the ...
Seven Years War
a war (1756–63) between Britain, Prussia and Hanover on one side and Austria, France, Russia, Saxony and Sweden on the other. Its main causes were the struggle between Britain ...
Seven Years' War
the war (1756-63) in which England and Prussia defeated France, Austria, Russia, Sweden, and Saxony. * * * (1756–63) Major European conflict between Austria and its allies ...
Seven, Group of
Toronto-centred group of Canadian painters devoted to landscape painting (especially of northern Ontario subjects) and the creation of a national style. A number of future ...
seven-card stud
/sev"euhn kahrd'/, Cards. a variety of poker in which each player is dealt one card face down in each of the first two rounds, one card face up in each of the next four rounds, ...
seven-eleven
/sev"euhn i lev"euhn/, n. See shiner perch. * * *
seven-inch
/sev"euhn inch'/, n. a phonograph record seven inches in diameter, usually having one popular song on each side. Cf. twelve-inch. * * *
seven-league boots
/sev"euhn leeg'/ fairy-tale boots enabling the wearer to reach seven leagues at a stride. [1805-15; trans. of F bottes de sept lieues in the fairy tales of C. Perrault, esp. Le ...
seven-spot
/sev"euhn spot'/, n. Informal. a playing card the face of which bears seven pips. * * *
seven-up
/sev"euhn up"/, n. See all fours (def. 2). [1820-30] * * *
seven-year itch
/sev"en year'/ 1. scabies. 2. the temptation to have an affair, held to become a hazard in the seventh year of marriage. [1895-1900, Amer.] * * *
sevenbark
/sev"euhn bahrk'/, n. See wild hydrangea. [1755-65, Amer.; SEVEN + BARK2; so called from its many layers] * * *
Sevener
/sev"euh neuhr/, n. Islam. Isma'ilian. [SEVEN + -ER1] * * *
Seveners
      in Islām, minority subsect within the Ismāʿīlīte (q.v.) sect of Shīʿites. * * *
sevenfold
/sev"euhn fohld'/, adj. 1. comprising seven parts or members. 2. seven times as great or as much. adv. 3. until seven times as many or as great: multiplied sevenfold. [bef. 1000; ...
SevenHills of Rome
Sev·en Hills of Rome (sĕvʹən) The hills upon which the ancient city of Rome was built, including the Palatine (traditional site of the founding of the city), Aventine, ...
Sevenoaks
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district occupying the westernmost portion of the administrative and historic county of Kent, England, southeast of London. It ...
sevenpenny
/sev"euhn pen'ee/, adj. noting a nail 21/4 in. (6 cm) long. Symbol: 7d [1350-1400 for earlier sense "costing seven pence"; ME; see SEVEN, -PENNY] * * *
sevenseas
seven seas also Seven Seas pl.n. All the oceans of the world. * * *
seventeen
/sev"euhn teen"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 10 plus 7. 2. a symbol for this number, as 17 or XVII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 17 in number. 5. ...
Seventeen Article Constitution
▪ Japanese history in Japanese  history (ad        604), code of moral precepts for the ruling class, issued by the regent Shōtoku Taishi, which set the fundamental ...
seventeen-year locust
/sev"euhn teen"year'/ a cicada, Magicicada septendecim, of the eastern U.S., having nymphs that live in the soil, usually emerging in great numbers after 17 years in the North or ...
seventeen-yearlocust
sev·en·teen-year locust (sĕvʹən-tēn'yîr') n. See periodical cicada. * * *
seventeenth
/sev"euhn teenth"/, adj. 1. next after the sixteenth; being the ordinal number for 17. 2. being one of 17 equal parts. n. 3. a seventeenth part, esp. of one (1/17). 4. the ...
Seventeenth Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1913, providing for the election of two U.S. senators from each state by popular vote and for a term of six years. * * *
seventeenth parallel
▪ demarcation line, Vietnam       the provisional military demarcation line established in Vietnam by the Geneva Accords (1954). The line did not actually coincide with ...
seventh
/sev"euhnth/, adj. 1. next after the sixth; being the ordinal number for seven. 2. being one of seven equal parts. n. 3. a seventh part, esp. of one (1/7). 4. the seventh member ...
Seventh Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, guaranteeing trial by jury. * * *
Seventh Avenue
1. an avenue in the borough of Manhattan, in New York City. 2. the garment industry of New York City. Cf. Garment Center. * * *
seventh chord
Music. a chord formed by the superposition of three thirds. [1905-10] * * *
Seventh Commandment
"Thou shalt not commit adultery": seventh of the Ten Commandments. Cf. Ten Commandments. * * *
seventh heaven
1. (esp. in Islam and the cabala) the highest heaven, where God and the most exalted angels dwell. 2. a state of intense happiness; bliss: We were in seventh heaven in our new ...
Seventh-Day
/sev"euhnth day'/, adj. designating certain Christian denominations that make Saturday their chief day of rest and religious observance: Seventh-Day Adventists. Also, ...
Seventh-Day Adventist
n a member of a Christian religious group that was established in 1860. They have their sabbath (= the day of the week when they rest and worship God) on Saturday instead of ...
Seventh-dayAdventist
Sev·enth-day Adventist (sĕvʹənth-dā') n. A member of a sect of Adventism distinguished chiefly for its observance of the Sabbath on Saturday. * * *
seventh-inning stretch
/sev"euhnth in'ing, -in"-/ 1. Baseball. a point in the game when spectators rise from their seats to relax by stretching their legs, usually after six and one-half innings. 2. ...
seventh-inningstretch
sev·enth-inn·ing stretch (sĕvʹənth-ĭnʹĭng) n. A juncture in a baseball game, usually after six and one-half innings of play, when the fans get out of their seats to ...
SeventhAvenue
Sev·enth Avenue (sĕvʹənth) Called “Fashion Avenue”. A thoroughfare in New York City on Manhattan Island. It has long been considered the center of the garment and ...
seventhheaven
seventh heaven n. 1. A state of great joy and satisfaction. 2. The farthest of the concentric spheres containing the stars and constituting the dwelling place of God and the ...
seventieth
/sev"euhn tee ith/, adj. 1. next after the sixty-ninth; being the ordinal number for 70. 2. being one of 70 equal parts. n. 3. a seventieth part, esp. of one (1/70). 4. the ...
seventy
/sev"euhn tee/, n., pl. seventies, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number, 10 times 7. 2. a symbol for this number, as 70 or LXX. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. seventies, the ...
seventy-eight
/sev"euhn tee ayt"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 70 plus 8. 2. a symbol for this number, as 78 or LXXVIII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 78 in ...
seventy-eighth
/sev"euhn tee aytth", -ayth"/, adj. 1. next after the seventy-seventh; being the ordinal number for 78. 2. being one of 78 equal parts. n. 3. a seventy-eighth part, esp. of one ...
seventy-fifth
/sev"euhn tee fifth"/, adj. 1. next after the seventy-fourth; being the ordinal number for 75. 2. being one of 75 equal parts. n. 3. a seventy-fifth part, esp. of one (1/75). 4. ...
seventy-first
/sev"euhn tee ferrst"/, adj. 1. next after the seventieth; being the ordinal number for 71. 2. being one of 71 equal parts. n. 3. a seventy-first part, esp. of one (1/71). 4. the ...
seventy-five
/sev"euhn tee fuyv"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 70 plus 5. 2. a symbol for this number, as 75 or LXXV. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. Mil. a. a gun with a 75-mm ...
seventy-four
/sev"euhn tee fawr", -fohr"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 70 plus 4. 2. a symbol for this number, as 74 or LXXIV. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 74 in ...
seventy-fourth
/sev"euhn tee fawrth", -fohrth"/, adj. 1. next after the seventy-third; being the ordinal number for 74. 2. being one of 74 equal parts. n. 3. a seventy-fourth part, esp. of one ...
seventy-nine
/sev"euhn tee nuyn"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 70 plus 9. 2. a symbol for this number, as 79 or LXXIX. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 79 in ...
seventy-ninth
/sev"euhn tee nuynth"/, adj. 1. next after the seventy-eighth; being the ordinal number for 79. 2. being one of 79 equal parts. n. 3. a seventy-ninth part, esp. of one (1/79). 4. ...
seventy-one
/sev"euhn tee wun"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 70 plus 1. 2. a symbol for this number, as 71 or LXXI. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 71 in number. * ...
seventy-second
/sev"euhn tee sek"euhnd/, adj. 1. next after the seventy-first; being the ordinal number for 72. 2. being one of 72 equal parts. n. 3. a seventy-second part, esp. of one ...
seventy-seven
/sev"euhn tee sev"euhn/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 70 plus 7. 2. a symbol for this number, as 77 or LXXVII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 77 in ...
seventy-seventh
/sev"euhn tee sev"euhnth/, adj. 1. next after the seventy-sixth; being the ordinal number for 77. 2. being one of 77 equal parts. n. 3. a seventy-seventh part, esp. of one ...
seventy-six
/sev"euhn tee siks"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 70 plus 6. 2. a symbol for this number, as 76 or LXXVI. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 76 in ...
seventy-sixth
/sev"euhn tee siksth"/, adj. 1. next after the seventy-fifth; being the ordinal number for 76. 2. being one of 76 equal parts. n. 3. a seventy-sixth part, esp. of one (1/76). 4. ...
seventy-third
/sev"euhn tee therrd"/, adj. 1. next after the seventy-second; being the ordinal number for 73. 2. being one of 73 equal parts. n. 3. a seventy-third part, esp. of one (1/73). 4. ...
seventy-three
/sev"euhn tee three"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 70 plus 3. 2. a symbol for this number, as 73 or LXXIII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 73 in ...
seventy-two
/sev"euhn tee tooh"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 70 plus 2. 2. a symbol for this number, as 72 or LXXII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 72 in ...
SevenWonders of the World
Seven Wonders of the World In ancient times, the pyramids of Egypt; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; Phidias's statue of Zeus at Olympia; the temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the ...
sever
/sev"euhr/, v.t. 1. to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like. 2. to divide into parts, esp. forcibly; cleave. 3. to break off or dissolve (ties, relations, ...
severability
See severable. * * *
severable
—severability, n. /sev"euhr euh beuhl, sev"reuh-/, adj. 1. capable of being severed. 2. Law. separable or capable of being treated as separate from a whole legal right or ...
several
/sev"euhr euhl, sev"reuhl/, adj. 1. being more than two but fewer than many in number or kind: several ways of doing it. 2. respective; individual: They went their several ...
severalfold
/sev"euhr euhl fohld', sev"reuhl-/, adj. 1. comprising several parts or members. 2. several times as great or as much: a severalfold increase. adv. 3. in severalfold ...
severally
/sev"euhr euh lee, sev"reuh-/, adv. 1. separately; singly. 2. respectively. [1350-1400; ME; see SEVERAL, -LY] * * *
severalty
/sev"euhr euhl tee, sev"reuhl-/, n., pl. severalties. 1. the state of being separate. 2. Law. a. (of an estate, esp. land) the condition of being held or owned by separate and ...
severance
/sev"euhr euhns, sev"reuhns/, n. 1. the act of severing or the state of being severed. 2. a breaking off, as of a friendship. 3. Law. a division into parts, as of liabilities or ...
severance pay
money, exclusive of wages, back pay, etc., paid to an employee who has tenure and who is dismissed because of lack of work or other reasons beyond the employee's ...
severance tax
a tax levied by a state on the extraction and use of a natural product, as coal, that is sold outside the state or during a certain period. [1925-30] * * *
Severance, Caroline Maria Seymour
▪ American social reformer née  Caroline Maria Seymour  born Jan. 12, 1820, Canandaigua, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 10, 1914, Los Angeles, Calif.  American reformer and ...
severancepay
severance pay n. A sum of money usually based on length of employment for which an employee is eligible upon termination. * * *
severancetax
severance tax n. A tax imposed by a state on the extraction of natural resources, such as oil, coal, or gas, that will be used in other states. * * *
severe
—severely, adv. —severeness, n. /seuh vear"/, adj., severer, severest. 1. harsh; unnecessarily extreme: severe criticism; severe laws. 2. serious or stern in manner or ...
severe combined immune deficiency
Pathol. a group of rare congenital disorders in which both cell-mediated and humoral immunity are lacking, causing susceptibility to a wide variety of illnesses and an inability ...
severecombined immunodeficiency
severe combined immunodeficiency n. Abbr. SCID A usually fatal congenital disorder of the immune system in which the body is unable to produce enough B cells and T cells to ...
severely
See severe. * * *
severeness
See severely. * * *
Severian Of Gabala
▪ theologian flourished 4th century died after 408       bishop of Gabala (now Latakia, Syria), theologian and orator, principal opponent of the eminent 4th-century ...
Severing, Carl
▪ German politician born June 1, 1875, Herford, Ger. died July 23, 1952, Bielefeld, W.Ger.       German politician who was a leading member of the Social Democratic ...
Severini, Gino
▪ Italian artist born April 7, 1883, Cortona, Italy died February 27, 1966, Paris, France       Italian painter who synthesized the styles of Futurism and ...
Severinus
/sev'euh ruy"neuhs/, n. died A.D. 640, pope 640. * * * ▪ pope born , Rome [Italy] died August 2, 640, Rome       pope who was forced to wait one and a half years for ...
severity
/seuh ver"i tee/, n., pl. severities. 1. harshness, sternness, or rigor: Their lives were marked by severity. 2. austere simplicity, as of style, manner, or taste: The severity ...
Severn
/sev"euhrn/, n. 1. a river in Great Britain, flowing from central Wales through W England into the Bristol Channel. 210 mi. (338 km) long. 2. a city in central Maryland. ...
Severn Bore
➡ Severn * * *
Severn Bridge
a high suspension bridge (= a bridge that hangs from cables supported by towers at each end) which carries the M4 motorway over the river Severn between south-west England and ...
Severn River
▪ river, Canada       river, northwestern Ontario, Canada. It rises in the Finger Lake region of western Ontario and flows northeast for about 610 miles (980 km) through ...
Severn Tunnel
a rail tunnel under the river Severn between south-west England and south Wales. It was built near Bristol between 1873 and 1886 and is 4.35 miles/7 kilometres long, the longest ...
Severn, River
Welsh Hafren ancient Sabrina River, eastern Wales and western England. Britain's longest river, it is 180 mi (290 km) long from its source to tidal waters. It rises in ...
Severna Park
/seuh verr"neuh/ a city in central Maryland. 21,253. * * *
Severnaya Zemlya
Severnaya Zemlya [sev′ər nə yä΄ zem lyä′] group of Russian islands in N Asian Russia north of the Taimyr Peninsula, between the Kara & Laptev seas: 14,175 sq mi (36,713 ...
SevernayaZemlya
Se·ver·na·ya Zem·lya (sĕvʹər-nə-yä' zĕm'lē-äʹ, -lyäʹ, syĭ-vyĭr-) An archipelago of northern-central Russia in the Arctic Ocean north of the Taymyr Peninsula. ...
SevernRiver
Sev·ern River (sĕvʹərn) 1. A river of northwest Ontario, Canada, flowing about 676 km (420 mi) northeast to Hudson Bay. 2. A river of southwest Great Britain rising in ...
Severnye Uvaly
▪ hills, Russia (Russian: “Northern Uvaly”),also spelled  Severnyje Uvaly,         range of hills on the Russian Plain, western Russia. The hills form the ...
Severočeský
▪ region, Czech Republic also called  Severní Čechy , English  Northern Bohemia        kraj (region), northwestern Czech Republic. It is the smallest of the ...
Severodonetsk
/sev'euhr euh deuh netsk"/; Russ. /syi vyi rddeuh du nyetsk"/, n. a city in E Ukraine, NE of Donetsk. 113,000. * * *
Severodvinsk
/sev'euhr euh dvinsk"/; Russ. /syi vyi rddu dvyeensk"/, n. a city in the N Russian Federation in Europe, on Dvina Gulf, E of Archangel. 239,000. Formerly, Molotovsk. * * * ▪ ...
Severomoravský
▪ region, Czech Republic also called  Severní Morava , English  Northern Moravia        kraj (region), northeastern Czech Republic. It is bordered by Jihomoravský ...
Seversky
/seuh ver"skee/, n. Alexander Procofieff de /preuh koh"fee ef' deuh/, 1894-1974, U.S. airplane designer, manufacturer, and writer; born in Russia. * * *
Severus
/seuh vear"euhs/, n. Lucius Septimius /sep tim"ee euhs/, A.D. 146-211, Roman emperor 193-211. * * * (as used in expressions) Severus Septimius Lucius Septimius Severus ...
Severus Alexander
in full Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander orig. Gessius Bassianus Alexianus born с AD 209, Phoenicia died 235, Gaul Roman emperor (222–235). At age 14 he succeeded ...
Severus Of Antioch
▪ Greek theologian born c. 465, , Sozopolis, Pisidia, Asia Minor [near modern Konya, Turkey] died 538, Xois, Egypt       Greek monk-theologian and patriarch of Antioch ...
Severus, Septimius
in full Lucius Septimius Severus Pertinax born AD 145, Leptis Magna, Tripolitania died Feb. 4, 211, Eboracum, Britain Roman emperor (193–211). He was in Europe in command of ...
Severus,Lucius Septimius
Se·ve·rus (sə-vîrʹəs), Lucius Septimius. A.D. 146-211. Emperor of Rome (193-211) who created a military monarchy and ruled as a despot. * * *
severy
/sev"euh ree/, n., pl. severies. (in a vaulted structure) one bay between two principal transverse arches. [1350-1400; ME < AF *civorie, OF civoire < L ciborium CIBORIUM] * * *
Seveso
Se·ve·so (sĕ-vĕʹsō) A town of northern Italy northwest of Milan. In July, 1976, a ruptured valve at a chemical plant here released a cloud of dioxin, injuring many ...
seviche
/seuh vee"chay, -chee/, n. cevich. * * *
Sevier Lake
▪ lake, Utah, United States       body of water in Millard county, western Utah, U.S. The lake is about 25 miles (40 km) long and up to 7 miles (11 km) wide. Located in ...
Sevier River
▪ river, Utah, United States       the longest river entirely within the state of Utah, U.S. The Sevier flows about 325 miles (523 km) along a horseshoe-shaped course ...
Sevier, John
born Sept. 23, 1745, New Market, Va. died Sept. 24, 1815, Fort Decatur, Mississippi Territory American frontiersman and politician. He moved to what is now eastern Tennessee in ...
Sevier,John
Se·vier (sə-vîrʹ), John. 1745-1815. American Revolutionary soldier and politician. He led the settlers who defeated the Loyalists in the Battle of King's Mountain (1780) and ...
SevierRiver
Sevier River A river, about 451 km (280 mi) long, of west-central Utah flowing north then southwest through the Sevier Desert. It empties into Sevier Lake, a shrinking salt lake ...
Sévigné
/say vee nyay"/, n. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal /mann rddee" deuh rddann byuu taonn shahonn tannl"/, Marquise de, 1626-96, French writer, esp. of letters. * * *
Sévigné, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de
▪ French author born Feb. 5, 1626, Paris, France died April 17, 1696, Grignan       French writer whose correspondence is of both historical and literary ...
Sévigné, Marquise de
orig. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal born Feb. 5, 1626, Paris, France died April 17, 1696, Grignan French writer. Of old Burgundian nobility, she was well educated and moved in ...
Sévigné,Marquise de
Sé·vi·gné (sā-vēn-yāʹ), Marquise de Title of Marie de Rabutin-Chantal. 1626-1696. French letter writer whose prolific correspondence depicts aristocratic life in the age ...
Sevilla
English Seville ancient Hispalis City (pop., 2001: city, 684,633; urban agglom., 1,180,197), capital of Andalusia autonomous community (comunidad autónoma), Spain. Located on ...
Sevilla, University of
▪ university, Sevilla, Spain Spanish  Universidad de Sevilla , Sevilla also spelled  Seville        Spanish coeducational state institution of higher learning at ...
Seville
—Sevillian /seuh vil"yeuhn/, adj., n. /seuh vil"/, n. a port in SW Spain, on the Guadalquivir River: site of the Alcazar; cathedral. 560,000. Spanish, Sevilla /se vee"lyah/. * ...
Seville orange.
See under orange (def. 2). [1585-95] * * *
Sevilleorange
Seville orange n. See sour orange.   [After Seville.] * * *
Sevin
☆ Sevin [sev′in ] 〚< the groups of seven atoms in its molecular structure〛 trademark for an insecticide, C12H11NO2, derived from a carbamate, that is highly toxic when ...


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