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sitosterol
/suy tos"teuh rawl', -rol'/, n. Chem. any of five steroid alcohols having the formula C22H50O, esp. the beta form, obtained from various plant sources: used in organic ...
Sitrah
▪ Bahrain  town, in the state and emirate of Bahrain, located on Sitrah island in the Persian Gulf. An oil port, Sitrah handles not only the entire petroleum production of ...
Sitsang
/see"tsahng"/, n. Older Spelling. Tibet. * * *
Sittang River
River, east-central Myanmar (Burma). It rises on the edge of the Shan Plateau and flows south 260 mi (420 km) to empty into the Gulf of Martaban of the Andaman Sea. Though ...
Sittard
▪ The Netherlands       gemeente (municipality), southeastern Netherlands (Netherlands, The). Chartered in 1243, it was a domain of the dukes of Jülich from 1400 to ...
Sitte, Camillo
▪ Austrian architect born April 17, 1843, Vienna, Austria died Nov. 16, 1903, Vienna       Austrian architect and town planner who propagated many ideas similar to ...
sitten
/sit"n/, v. Archaic. pp. of sit1. * * *
sitter
/sit"euhr/, n. 1. a person who sits. 2. a brooding hen. 3. a person who stays with young children while the parents go out; baby-sitter. 4. a person who provides routine or ...
Sitter
/sit"euhr/, n. Willem de /wil"euhm deuh/, 1872-1934, Dutch astronomer and mathematician. * * *
Sitter, Willem de
▪ Dutch mathematician and astronomer born May 6, 1872, Sneek, Neth. died Nov. 20, 1934, Leiden       Dutch mathematician, astronomer, and cosmologist who developed ...
Sitter,Willem de
Sit·ter (sĭtʹər), Willem de. 1872-1934. Dutch astronomer noted for his work on cosmology and relativity. * * *
sitting
/sit"ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that sits. 2. a period of remaining seated, as in posing for a portrait or reading a book. 3. the space on or in which one sits, as ...
Sitting Bull
1834-90, American Indian warrior: leader of the Hunkpapa; victor at Little Bighorn, 1876. * * * born с 1831, near Grand River, Dakota Territory, U.S. died Dec. 15, 1890, on the ...
sitting duck
a helpless or easy target or victim: a sitting duck for shady financial schemes. [1940-45] * * *
sitting room
a small living room, often one that forms part of a suite in a hotel, private house, etc. [1765-75] * * *
SittingBull
Sit·ting Bull (sĭtʹĭng), Originally Tantanka Iyotanka. 1834?-1890. Hunkpapa Sioux leader who guided his people to victory against Gen. George A. Custer's cavalry at the ...
sittingduck
sitting duck n. Informal An easy target or victim. * * *
sittingroom
sitting room n. A living room. * * *
Sittwe
/sit"way/, n. a seaport in W Burma (Myanmar). 107,907. Formerly, Akyab. * * * ▪ Myanmar also called  Akyab,         town, western Myanmar (Burma). It is the chief ...
situ
/see"tooh/, n. Latin. See in situ. * * *
situate
v. /sich"ooh ayt'/; adj. /sich"ooh it, -ayt'/, v., situated, situating, adj. v.t. 1. to put in or on a particular site or place; locate. adj. 2. Archaic. located; placed; ...
situated
/sich"ooh ay'tid/, adj. 1. located; placed. 2. placed in a particular position or condition, esp. with reference to the possession of money: The inheritance leaves them well ...
situation
—situational, adj. —situationally, adv. /sich'ooh ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. manner of being situated; location or position with reference to environment: The situation of the house ...
situation comedy
a comedy drama, esp. a television series made up of discrete episodes about the same group of characters, as members of a family. [1945-50] * * * or sitcom Radio or television ...
situation ethics
a view of ethics that deprecates general moral principles while emphasizing the source of moral judgments in the distinctive characters of specific situations. [trans. of G ...
situation room
a room at a military or political headquarters where the latest information on a military or political situation is channeled. [1965-70] * * *
situational
See situation. * * *
situationally
See situational. * * *
situationcomedy
situation comedy n. A humorous radio or television series featuring the reactions of a regular cast of characters to unusual situations, such as misunderstandings or embarrassing ...
situationethics
situation ethics n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A system of ethics that evaluates acts in light of their situational context rather than by the application of moral ...
situationism
—situationist, n. /sich'ooh ay"sheuh niz'euhm/, n. Psychol. the theory that behavior is chiefly response to immediate situations. Also, situationalism /sich'ooh ay"sheuh nl ...
situla
/sich"euh leuh, sit"l euh/, n., pl. situlae /-euh lee', -l ee'/. a deep urn, vase, or bucket-shaped vessel, esp. one made in the ancient world. [1895-1900; < L: water vessel, ...
situs
/suy"teuhs, see"-/, n., pl. situses, situs. 1. position; situation. 2. the proper or original position, as of a part or organ. [1695-1705; < L; see SITE] * * *
situs inversus
/in verr"seuhs/, Med. a congenital defect in which an organ is on the side opposite from its normal position. [ < NL: inverse situs; see INVERSE] * * *
situs picketing.
See common situs picketing. [1960-65] * * *
situsinversus
situs in·ver·sus (ĭn-vûrʹsəs) n. A congenital condition in which the organs of the viscera are transposed through the sagittal plane so that the heart, for example, is on ...
situtunga
/sit'euh toong"euh/, n. sitatunga. * * *
Sitwell
/sit"weuhl, -wel/, n. 1. Dame Edith, 1887-1964, English poet and critic. 2. her brother, Sir Osbert, 1892-1969, English poet and novelist. 3. her brother, Sir Sacheverell /seuh ...
Sitwell family
British family of writers. Edith Sitwell (1887–1964) attracted attention when she joined her brothers in a revolt against Georgian poetry. Her early work, which emphasizes the ...
Sitwell, Dame Edith
▪ British poet born Sept. 7, 1887, Scarborough, Yorkshire, Eng. died Dec. 9, 1964, London  English poet who first gained fame for her stylistic artifices but who emerged ...
Sitwell, Sir Osbert, 5th Baronet
▪ English writer in full  Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell   born Dec. 6, 1892, London, Eng. died May 4, 1969, near Florence, Italy  English man of letters who became ...
Sitwell, Sir Sacheverell, 6th Baronet
▪ English poet born November 15, 1897, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England died October 1, 1988, Weston Hall, near Towcester, Northamptonshire       English poet and ...
sitz bath
/sits, zits/ 1. a chairlike bathtub in which the thighs and hips are immersed in warm water, usually as part of a therapeutic treatment. 2. the bath so taken. [1840-50; half ...
sitzbath
sitz bath (sĭts, zĭts) n. 1. A bathtub shaped like a chair in which one bathes in a sitting position, immersing only the hips and buttocks. 2. A bath taken in such a tub ...
sitzkrieg
/sits"kreeg', zits"-/, n. slow-moving warfare marked by repeated stalemate. [1935-40; < G, equiv. to sitz(en) to SIT1 + Krieg war; modeled on BLITZKRIEG] * * *
sitzmark
/sits"mahrk', zits"-/, n. Skiing. a sunken area in the snow marking a backward fall of a skier. [1935-40; < G, equiv. to sitz(en) to SIT1 + Mark MARK1] * * *
Siuri
▪ India also called  Suri        town, central West Bengal state, northeastern India. Lying just south of the Mor River, Siuri is an important road and ...
Siva
/see"veuh, shee"veuh/, n. Hinduism. Shiva. * * *
Siva Dayāl Sāheb
▪ Hindu leader also called  Śivdayāl,  original name  Tulsī Rām  born 1818, Āgra, Āgra province, India died 1878, Āgra       founder of the esoteric Hindu ...
Sivaism
Sivaism [sē′vəiz΄əm, shē′vəiz΄əm] n. worship of Siva Sivaistic adj. * * * See Shivaism. * * *
Sivaist
See Shivaism. * * *
Śivājī
▪ Indian king Introduction also spelled  Shivājī   born Feb. 19, 1630, or April 1627, Shivner, Pune, India died April 3, 1680, Rājgarh       Indian king (reigned ...
Sivan
/siv"euhn/; Heb. /see vahn"/, n. the ninth month of the Jewish calendar. Cf. Jewish calendar. [ < Heb siwan] * * *
Sivapithecus
/siv'euh pith"i keuhs, -peuh thee"keuhs/, n. a genus of extinct Miocene primates of Asia that resemble the modern orangutan. [ < NL, equiv. to Siva ( < Skt siva SHIVA) + Gk ...
Sivas
/see vahs"/, n. a city in central Turkey. 149,155. * * * ▪ Turkey historically  Sebastea,  Sebasteia , or  Megalopolis-Sebasteia,         city, central Turkey. ...
SivashSea
Si·vash Sea (sĭ-väshʹ) A salt lagoon of southern Ukraine along the northeast coast of the Crimea. * * *
Sivori, Omar
▪ 2006       Argentine-born association football (soccer) player (b. Oct. 2, 1935, San Nicolas, Arg.—d. Feb. 17, 2005, San Nicolas), was revered for his audacious and ...
Siwa Oasis
ancient Ammonium Oasis (pop., latest est.: 7,000), western Egypt. Located near the modern border with Libya, it is 6 mi (10 km) long and 4–5 mi (6–8 km) wide, with about ...
Siwalik Range
▪ mountains, Asia also called  Siwalik Hills  or  Outer Himalayas , Siwalik also spelled  Shiwalik        sub-Himalayan range of the northern Indian subcontinent. ...
SiwalikHills
Si·wa·lik Hills (sĭ-wäʹlĭk) A range of the southern Himalaya Mountains extending about 1,689 km (1,050 mi) from southwest Kashmir through northern India into southern ...
Siwan
▪ India       city, northwestern Bihar state, northeastern India. It lies on the eastern bank of the Daha River about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of Chapra. The city's ...
siwash
/suy"wosh, -wawsh/, Pacific Northwest, Northwest Canada, and Alaska. n. 1. (sometimes cap.) Disparaging and Offensive. a North American Indian. v.i. 2. to camp out without a tent ...
Siwash
/suy"wosh, -wawsh/, n. a conventional designation for any small, provincial college or for such colleges collectively (often prec. by old): students from old Siwash. [after a ...
Siwertz, Sigfrid
▪ Swedish author in full Per Sigfrid Siwertz born Jan. 24, 1882, Stockholm, Sweden died Nov. 26, 1970, Stockholm       Swedish writer best known for the novel Selambs ...
six
/siks/, n. 1. a cardinal number, five plus one. 2. a symbol for this number, as 6 or VI. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. a playing card, die face, or half of a domino ...
Six Characters in Search of an Author
a play (1921) by Luigi Pirandello. * * *
Six Counties
n [pl] the six counties that traditionally make up Northern Ireland. They are Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry(1) and Tyrone. Historically, the ancient Irish kingdom ...
Six Dynasties
(AD 220–589) In China, the period between the end of the Han dynasty and the foundation of the Sui. The name is derived from the six successive dynasties that had their ...
Six Feet Under
a popular US television drama series about a family who run a funeral business. It was first shown on HBO in the US in 2001 and has been broadcast in many other countries. Each ...
Six Masters of the early Qing period
▪ Chinese artists Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'ing    Group of major Chinese artists who worked in the 17th and early 18th centuries (Qing dynasty). Also known as ...
Six Million Dollar Man, The
▪ American television show       American television show, a science-fiction thriller about a secret agent whose body was equipped with a number of electromechanical ...
Six Nations
the Five Nations of the Iroquois confederacy and the Tuscaroras. * * *
Six Nations Championship
▪ Table Six Nations Championship1 year result 1947 England, Wales2 1948 Ireland4 1949 Ireland3 1950 Wales4 1951 Ireland 1952 Wales4 1953 England 1954 England3, ...
Six Nations Tournament
a Rugby Union competition that takes place every year between the national teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Each team plays each of the others once, ...
Six, Les
(French; "The Six") Group of young French composers in the 1920s. Named by the critic Henri Collet (1885–1951), the group was made up of Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, ...
six-day race
▪ cycling       form of indoor bicycle racing in which riders race continuously for six days with only brief stops for rest and refreshment. The contestant who covers ...
Six-Day War
/siks"day'/ a war fought in June, 1967, between Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, in which Israel captured large tracts of Arab territory. * * * or ...
six-footer
/siks"foot"euhr/, n. a person who is roughly six feet tall. [1835-45; SIX + FOOT + -ER1] * * *
six-gun
/siks"gun'/, n. a six-shooter. [1910-15] * * *
six-pack
/siks"pak'/, n. 1. six bottles or cans of a beverage, as beer or a soft drink, packaged and sold esp. as a unit. 2. any package of six identical or closely related items, as ...
six-shooter
/siks"shooh"teuhr, -shooh'-/, n. a revolver from which six shots can be fired without reloading. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
six-spot
/siks"spot'/, n. 1. a playing card or the upward face of a die bearing six pips. 2. a domino one half of which bears six pips. [1825-35] * * *
six-wheeler
/siks"hwee"leuhr, -wee"-/, n. 1. a truck or other vehicle having six wheels. 2. CB Slang. a. a small truck. b. a passenger car pulling a trailer. [1885-90] * * *
sixfold
/siks"fohld'/, adj. 1. having six elements or parts. 2. six times as great or as much. adv. 3. in sixfold measure. [bef. 1000; ME sexfold, OE sixfeald. See SIX, -FOLD] * * *
SixNations
Six Nations (sĭks) pl.n. The Iroquois confederacy after it was joined by the Tuscarora in 1722. * * *
sixpence
/siks"peuhns/, n., pl. sixpence, sixpences for 2. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Brit. a sum of six pennies. 2. (used with a sing. v.) a cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom, ...
sixpenny
/siks"pen'ee, -peuh nee/, adj. 1. of the amount or value of sixpence; costing sixpence. 2. of trifling value; cheap; paltry. 3. noting a nail 2 in. (5 cm) long. Symbol: ...
sixpennynail
sixpenny nail n. A nail 2 inches (5.1 centimeters) long. * * *
sixte
/sikst/, n. Fencing. the sixth of eight defensive positions. [1880-85; < F < L sextus SIXTH] * * *
sixteen
/siks"teen"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, ten plus six. 2. a symbol for this number, as 16 or XVI. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 16 in number. [bef. ...
sixteenmo
/siks"teen"moh/, n., pl. sixteenmos, adj. n. 1. Also called sextodecimo. a book size (about 4×6 in.; 10×15 cm) determined by printing on sheets folded to form 16 leaves or 32 ...
sixteenpenny
/siks"teen"pen'ee/, adj. noting a nail 3½ in. (9 cm) long. Symbol: 16d [SIXTEEN + -PENNY] * * *
sixteenpennynail
six·teen·pen·ny nail (sĭkʹstēn-pĕn'ē) n. A nail 3 1/2 inches (9 centimeters) long. * * *
sixteenth
/siks"teenth"/, adj. 1. next after the fifteenth; being the ordinal number for 16. 2. being one of 16 equal parts. n. 3. a sixteenth part, esp. of one (1/16). 4. the sixteenth ...
Sixteenth Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1913, authorizing Congress to levy a tax on incomes. * * *
sixteenth note
Music. a note having one sixteenth of the time value of a whole note; semiquaver. See illus. under note. [1860-65] * * *
sixteenth rest
Music. a rest equal in time value to a sixteenth note. See illus. under rest. [1890-95] * * *
sixteenthnote
sixteenth note n. Music A note having one sixteenth the time value of a whole note. * * *
sixth
—sixthly, adv. /siksth/, adj. 1. next after the fifth; being the ordinal number for six. 2. being one of six equal parts. n. 3. a sixth part, esp. of one (1/6). 4. the sixth ...
Sixth Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, guaranteeing the right to a trial by jury in criminal cases. * * *
sixth chord
Music. an inversion of a triad in which the second note (next above the root) is in the bass. [1870-75] * * *
sixth column
1. the persons residing in a country at war who are devoted to aiding the fifth column in its activities, esp. by lowering morale, spreading rumors, etc. 2. the persons residing ...
Sixth Commandment
"Thou shalt not kill": sixth of the Ten Commandments. Cf. Ten Commandments. * * *
sixth form
sixth form n. a senior section in some British, Australian, and New Zealand secondary schools, in which students continue preparation for college, do specialized work, study for ...
sixth man
/man/, Basketball. a team's best substitute. * * *
sixth sense
a power of perception beyond the five senses; intuition: His sixth sense warned him to be cautious. [1830-40] * * *
sixth-form college
➡ further education * * *
sixthsense
sixth sense n. A power of perception seemingly independent of the five senses; keen intuition. * * *
sixtieth
/siks"tee ith/, adj. 1. next after the fifty-ninth; being the ordinal number for 60. 2. being one of 60 equal parts. n. 3. a sixtieth part, esp. of one (1/60). 4. the sixtieth ...
Sixtine
/siks"teen, -tin, -tuyn/, adj. Sistine. * * *
Sixtus I
/siks"teuhs/ Saint, pope A.D. 116?-125?. Also, Xystus I. * * *
Sixtus I, Saint
▪ pope born , Rome? died c. 125, , Rome?; feast day April 3       pope from c. 115 to c. 125. He succeeded Pope St. Alexander I and ruled the church under the Roman ...
Sixtus II
Saint, died A.D. 258, pope 257-258. Also, Xystus II. * * *
Sixtus II, Saint
▪ pope born , Greece? died Aug. 6, 258, Rome [Italy]; feast day August 7       pope from 257 to 258, one of the early Roman Church's most venerated ...
Sixtus III
Saint, pope A.D. 432-440. Also, Xystus III. * * *
Sixtus III, Saint
▪ pope also spelled  Xystus  born , Rome died Aug. 19, 440, feast day March 28       pope from 432 to 440.       A chief Roman priest when he succeeded Pope ...
Sixtus IV
(Francesco della Rovere) 1414-84, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1471-84. * * * orig. Francesco della Rovere born July 21, 1414, Cella Ligure, near Savona, Republic of Genoa died ...
Sixtus V
(Felice Peretti) 1521-90, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1585-90. * * * orig. Felice Peretti born Dec. 13, 1520, Grottammare, Ancona, Papal States died Aug. 27, 1590, Rome Pope ...
sixty
/siks"tee/, n., pl. sixties, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number, ten times six. 2. a symbol for this number, as 60 or LX. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. sixties, the ...
sixty-eight
/sik"stee ayt"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 60 plus 8. 2. a symbol for this number, as 68 or LXVIII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 68 in number. * * ...
sixty-eighth
/siks"tee aytth", -ayth"/, adj. 1. next after the sixty-seventh; being the ordinal number for 68. 2. being one of 68 equal parts. n. 3. a sixty-eighth part, esp. of one ...
sixty-fifth
/siks"tee fifth"/, adj. 1. next after the sixty-fourth; being the ordinal number for 65. 2. being one of 65 equal parts. n. 3. a sixty-fifth part, esp. of one (1/65). 4. the ...
sixty-first
/siks"tee ferrst"/, adj. 1. next after the sixtieth; being the ordinal number for 61. 2. being one of 61 equal parts. n. 3. a sixty-first part, esp. of one (1/61). 4. the ...
sixty-five
/siks"tee fuyv"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 60 plus 5. 2. a symbol for this number, as 65 or LXV. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 65 in number. * * *
sixty-four
/siks"tee fawr", -fohr"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 60 plus 4. 2. a symbol for this number, as 64 or LXIV. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 64 in ...
sixty-four-dollar question
/siks"tee fawr'dol"euhr, -fohr'-/ the critical or basic question or problem: Whether the measure will get through Congress this session or not is the sixty-four-dollar ...
sixty-fourmo
/siks'tee fawr"moh, -fohr"-/, n., pl. sixty-fourmos, adj. n. 1. a book size (about 2 × 3 inches; 5 × 7 cm) determined by printing on sheets folded to form 64 leaves or 128 ...
sixty-fourth
/siks"tee fawrth", -fohrth"/, adj. 1. next after the sixty-third; being the ordinal number for 64. 2. being one of 64 equal parts. n. 3. a sixty-fourth part, esp. of one ...
sixty-fourth note
Music. a note having one sixty-fourth of the time value of a whole note; hemidemisemiquaver. See illus. under note. * * *
sixty-fourth rest
Music. a rest equal in time value to a sixty-fourth note. See illus. under rest. [1920-25] * * *
sixty-fourthnote
six·ty-fourth note (sĭks'tē-fôrthʹ, -fōrthʹ) n. Music A note having one sixty-fourth the time value of a whole note. * * *
sixty-nine
/siks"tee nuyn"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 60 plus 9. 2. a symbol for this number, as 69 or LXIX. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. Slang (vulgar). simultaneous ...
sixty-ninth
/siks"tee nuynth"/, adj. 1. next after the sixty-eighth; being the ordinal number for 69. 2. being one of 69 equal parts. n. 3. a sixty-ninth part, esp. of one (1/69). 4. the ...
sixty-one
/siks"tee wun"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 60 plus 1. 2. a symbol for this number, as 61 or LXI. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 61 in number. * * *
sixty-second
/siks"tee sek"euhnd/, adj. 1. next after the sixty-first; being the ordinal number for 62. 2. being one of 62 equal parts. n. 3. a sixty-second part, esp. of one (1/62). 4. the ...
sixty-seven
/siks"tee sev"euhn/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 60 plus 7. 2. a symbol for this number, as 67 or LXVII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 67 in ...
sixty-seventh
/siks"tee sev"euhnth/, adj. 1. next after the sixty-sixth; being the ordinal number for 67. 2. being one of 67 equal parts. n. 3. a sixty-seventh part, esp. of one (1/67). 4. the ...
sixty-six
/siks"tee siks"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 60 plus 6. 2. a symbol for this number, as 66 or LXVI. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. a card game that is played by two ...
sixty-sixth
/siks"tee siksth"/, adj. 1. next after the sixty-fifth; being the ordinal number for 66. 2. being one of 66 equal parts. n. 3. a sixty-sixth part, esp. of one (1/66). 4. the ...
sixty-third
/siks"tee therrd"/, adj. 1. next after the sixty-second; being the ordinal number for 63. 2. being one of 63 equal parts. n. 3. a sixty-third part, esp. of one (1/63). 4. the ...
sixty-three
/siks"tee three"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 60 plus 3. 2. a symbol for this number, as 63 or LXIII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 63 in number. * ...
sixty-two
/siks"tee tooh"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 60 plus 2. 2. a symbol for this number, as 62 or LXII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 62 in number. * * *
sixtypenny
/siks"tee pen'ee/, adj. noting a nail 6 in. (15 cm) long. Abbr.: 60d [SIXTY + -PENNY] * * *
siyyum
▪ Judaism       (Hebrew: “termination”), joyous celebration observed by Jews, either when a study group completes a tractate of the Talmud (rabbinic compendium of ...
sizable
—sizableness, n. —sizably, adv. /suy"zeuh beuhl/, adj. 1. of considerable size; fairly large: He inherited a sizable fortune. 2. Obs. of convenient or suitable size. Also, ...
sizableness
See sizable. * * *
sizably
See sizableness. * * *
sizar
—sizarship, n. /suy"zeuhr/, n. (at Cambridge University and at Trinity College, Dublin) an undergraduate who receives maintenance aid from the college. Also, sizer. [1580-90; ...
size
size1 /suyz/, n., v., sized, sizing. n. 1. the spatial dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or bulk of anything: the size of a farm; the size of the fish you caught. 2. ...
size-up
/suyz"up'/, n. an appraisal or estimation, esp. as the result of sizing up: asking for a size-up of the new office equipment. [n. use of v. phrase size up] * * *
sizeable
—sizeableness, n. —sizeably, adv. /suy"zeuh beuhl/, adj. sizable. * * *
sized
/suyzd/, adj. having size as specified (often used in combination): middle-sized. [1575-85; SIZE1 + -ED3] * * *
sizer
sizer1 /suy"zeuhr/, n. 1. any device for measuring or sorting objects according to size. 2. a worker who judges or sorts objects according to size. [1670-80; SIZE1 + ...
Sizewell
a group of nuclear power stations (= buildings where electricity is produced) on the east coast of England, in Suffolk. The first one, Sizewell A, was built in 1966 and Sizewell ...
Sizewell A
➡ Sizewell * * *
Sizewell B
➡ Sizewell * * *
sizhu
▪ Chinese chamber music ensemble Chinese“silk and bamboo” Wade-Giles romanization  szu-chu        any of the traditional Chinese chamber music ensembles made up ...
sizing
/suy"zing/, n. 1. the act or process of applying size or preparing with size. 2. size, as for glazing paper or strengthening fabric. [1625-35; SIZE2 + -ING1] * * * ▪ ...
sizy
—siziness, n. /suy"zee/, adj., sizier, siziest. Archaic. thick; viscous. [1680-90; SIZE2 + -Y1] * * *
sizzle
—sizzler, n. —sizzlingly, adv. /siz"euhl/, v., sizzled, sizzling, n. v.i. 1. to make a hissing sound, as in frying or burning. 2. Informal. to be very hot: It's sizzling ...
sizzler
☆ sizzler [siz′lər ] n. Informal something hot (in various senses), as a very hot day * * * siz·zler (sĭzʹlər) n. 1. One that sizzles. 2. Informal. A very hot day. * * ...
sizzlingly
See sizzle. * * *
SJ
SJ abbrev. Society of Jesus * * * SJ abbr. Society of Jesus. * * *
Sjaelland
/shel"lahn/, n. Zealand. * * *
Sjahrir, Sutan
born March 5, 1909, Padangpandjang, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies died April 9, 1966, Zürich, Switz. Indonesian nationalist and prime minister. He received a Dutch education and ...
sjambok
/sham bok", -buk"/, n. 1. (in southern Africa) a heavy whip, usually of rhinoceros hide. v.t. 2. to whip with or as if with such a whip. [1820-30; < Afrik s(j)ambok < Malay ...
SJD
SJD abbr. Latin Scientiae Juridicae Doctor (Doctor of Juridical Science). * * *
Sjöberg, Alf
▪ Swedish director born June 21, 1903, Stockholm, Swed. died April 17, 1980, Stockholm       Swedish motion-picture director whose films were preeminent in the ...
Sjöberg, Birger
▪ Swedish poet born Dec. 6, 1885, Vänersborg, Swed. died April 30, 1929, Växjö       songwriter and poet known for his development of a strikingly original form in ...
Sjögren's syndrome
▪ pathology also called  Sicca Syndrome,         chronic inflammatory disorder characterized by severe dryness of the eyes and the mouth that results from a ...
Sjögren'ssyndrome
Sjö·gren's syndrome (shōʹgrənz, shœʹ-) n. A chronic inflammation of the lachrymal and salivary glands, often accompanied by rheumatoid arthritis and the presence of ...
Sjoman, Vilgot
▪ 2007       Swedish filmmaker (b. Dec. 2, 1924, Stockholm, Swed.—d. April 9, 2006, Stockholm), exposed and violated sexual taboos on the screen; he was credited with ...
Sjöström, Victor
or Victor Seastrom born Sept. 20, 1879, Silbodal, Swed. died Jan. 3, 1960, Stockholm Swedish film actor and director. Trained as a stage actor, he directed and starred in his ...
Sjöwall, Maj; and Wahlöö, Per
▪ Swedish journalists and authors Respectively,   born Sept. 25, 1935, Stockholm, Swed.   born Aug. 5, 1926, Göteborg, Swed. died June 22, 1975, ...
Sjælland
Sjælland [shel′län] Dan. name for ZEALAND * * * English Zealand Island, Denmark. Located between the Kattegat strait and the Baltic Sea, Sjælland is the largest (2,715 sq ...
SK
Saskatchewan, Canada (approved for postal use). * * *
sk.
sack. * * *
ska
/skah/, n. a modern style of vocalized Jamaican popular music, which emerged in the 1950s as a blend of African-Jamaican folk music, calypso, and American rhythm and blues, ...
Skadi
▪ Norse mythology Old Norse  Skaoi        in Norse mythology, the giant wife of the sea god Njörd. In order to avenge the death of her father, the giant Thiazi, ...
skag
/skag/, n. Slang. scag. * * *
Skagen
/skah"geuhn/, n. See Skaw, The. * * * ▪ Denmark also called  The Skaw        city and port, northern Jutland, Denmark, near the northern tip of the peninsula on the ...
Skagerrak
/skag"euh rak', skah"geuh rahk'/, n. an arm of the North Sea, between Denmark and Norway. 150 mi. (240 km) long; 80-90 mi. (130-145 km) wide. * * * ▪ strait, ...
Skagit
Skag·it (skăjʹĭt) A river, about 241 km (150 mi) long, of southwest British Columbia, Canada, and northwest Washington flowing into Skagit Bay, an inlet of Puget Sound. * * ...
Skagway
/skag"way'/, n. a town in SE Alaska, near the famous White and Chilkoot passes to the Klondike gold fields: railway terminus. 768. * * * ▪ Alaska, United ...
skaif
/skuyf, skayf/, n. skeif. * * *
skald
—skaldic, adj. —skaldship, n. /skawld, skahld/, n. one of the ancient Scandinavian poets. Also, scald. [1755-65; < ON skald poet] * * *
skaldic
See skald. * * *
skaldic poetry
Oral court poetry originating in Norway but developed chiefly by Icelandic poets (skalds) from the 9th to the 13th century. Skaldic poetry was contemporary with Eddic poetry ...
Skalkottas, Nikos
▪ Greek composer in full  Nikolaos Skalkottas   born March 21, 1904, Khalkis, Greece died Sept. 20, 1949, Athens       one of the leading Greek composers of the 20th ...
Skamander
▪ Polish literary group       group of young Polish poets who were united in their desire to forge a new poetic language that would accurately reflect the experience of ...
skand-
Also skend-. To leap, climb. 1. scan, scandent, scansion, scansorial, scantling; ascend, condescend, descend, transcend, from Latin scandere, to climb. 2. Suffixed form ...
Skanda
/skun"deuh/, n. the Hindu god of war. Cf. Karttikeya. * * * ▪ Hindu deity also called  Kārttikeya, Kumāra, or Subrahmaṇya,         Hindu god of war and the ...
Skanderbeg
orig. George Kastrioti born 1405, northern Albania died Jan. 17, 1468, Lezhë Albanian leader. Son of the prince of Emathia, he was given early as a hostage to the Turkish ...
skandha
Pali khandha In Buddhism, any of the five elements that constitute an individual's mental and physical existence. They are rupa (physical matter), vedana (feeling), samjna ...
Skåne
▪ county and province, Sweden also called  Scania         län (county) and traditional landskap (province), southern Sweden. Skåne county was created in 1997 from ...
Skåne question
▪ Scandinavian history Skåne also called  Scania,         in medieval and modern Baltic and Scandinavian history, international problem involving control of the ...
SkaneatelesLake
Skan·e·at·e·les Lake (skăn'ē-ătʹləs, skĭn'-) A lake of central New York. It is one of the Finger Lakes. * * *
skank
—skanker, n. /skangk/, v.i. Slang. to dance rhythmically in a loose-limbed manner. [1980-85; orig. uncert.] * * *
skanky
☆ skanky [skaŋ′kē ] adj. 〚< ?〛 Slang sleazy, offensive, disreputable, etc. in appearance or character * * * See skank. * * *
Skara
▪ Sweden       town, Västra Götaland län (county), south-central Sweden, southeast of Lake Vänern (Väner, Lake). One of Sweden's oldest towns, it was a religious ...
Skara Brae
/skar"euh bray"/ the site of an excavated Neolithic village on Pomona in the Orkney Islands, dating from c2000 B.C. * * * or Skerrabra Late Neolithic village on the shore of ...
Skaraborg
▪ former county, Sweden       former län (county) of south-central Sweden, located between Lakes Vänern and Vättern. Founded as a county in 1634, it was merged with ...
Skarga, Piotr
▪ Polish Jesuit in full  Piotr Skarga Poweski   born February 1536, Grójec, Masovia died Sept. 27, 1612, Kraków       militant Jesuit preacher and writer, the first ...
Skari, Bente
▪ 2004       Norway's Bente Skari was almost untouchable during the 2002–03 World Cup cross-country skiing season. She entered 17 World Cup races and won 14, for her ...
Skarmeta, Antonio
▪ 1999       In 1998 the award-winning Chilean novelist Antonio Skármeta was chosen to write the screenplay for the movie adaptation of Isabel Allende's novel Eva Luna. ...
skarn
In geology, a metamorphic zone developed in the contact area around igneous rock intrusions when carbonate sedimentary rocks are invaded by and replaced with chemical elements ...
Skarżysko-Kamienna
▪ Poland       city, Świętokrzyskie województwo (province), southeastern Poland, on the Kamienna River. An important metallurgical centre since the end of World War ...
skat
/skaht, skat/, n. a card game for three players, using a pack of 32 playing cards, sevens through aces, the object being to fulfill any of various contracts, with scoring ...
skate
skate1 —skateable, adj. /skayt/, n., v., skated, skating. n. 1. See ice skate (def. 1). 2. See roller skate. 3. the blade of an ice skate. 4. a skid on a lifeboat to facilitate ...
skate sailing
▪ sport       the sport of moving over ice (ice skating) on skates by carrying a small sail for propulsion by the wind. It probably originated in the Scandinavian ...
Skate, Sir William Jack
▪ 2007       Papua New Guinean politician (b. Sept. 26, 1953, Kaugere, near Port Moresby, New Guinea—d. Jan. 3, 2006, Brisbane, Australia), as prime minister ...
skate-ski
See skate ski. * * *
skateboard
—skateboarder, n. /skayt"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. a device for riding upon, usually while standing, consisting of a short, oblong piece of wood, plastic, or aluminum mounted on ...
skateboarder
See skateboard. * * *
skateboarding
/skayt"bawr'ding, -bohr'-/, n. the sport of riding a skateboard. Also called skurfing. [1960-65; SKATEBOARD + -ING1] * * * Form of recreation, popular among youths, in which a ...
skatemobile
/skayt"moh beel'/, n. a scooterlike vehicle built of boxes, boards, or the like, and mounted on skate wheels. [SKATE1 + (AUTO)MOBILE] * * *
skater
/skay"teuhr/, n. 1. a person who skates. 2. See water strider. [1690-1700; SKATE1 + -ER1] * * *
skates
➡ hockey * * *
skateski
skate ski n. A short lightweight snow ski designed to be used with a rapid skating motion on relatively level ground.   skateʹ-ski' (skātʹskē') v. * * *
skating
I Sport in which bladelike runners or sets of wheels attached to shoes are used for gliding on ice or on surfaces other than ice. See figure skating, ice dancing, ice hockey, ...
skatole
/skat"ohl, -awl/, n. a white, crystalline, watersoluble solid, C9H9N, having a strong, fecal odor: used chiefly as a fixative in the manufacture of perfume. [1875-80; < Gk skat- ...
Skaw
/skaw/, n. The, a cape at the N tip of Denmark. Also called Skagen. * * *
skaz
▪ Russian literature       in Russian literature, a written narrative that imitates a spontaneous oral account in its use of dialect, slang, and the peculiar idiom of ...
skean
/skeen, skee"euhn/, n. a knife or dagger formerly used in Ireland and in the Scottish Highlands. Also, skene. [1520-30; < ScotGael sgian or Ir scian] * * *
skean dhu
/dhooh, dooh/ a small knife tucked into or worn against the top of a stocking in the full dress of Highland Scottish males. Also, skene dhu. [1810-20; < ScotGael sgian dhubh ...
Skeat
/skeet/, n. Walter William, 1835-1912, English philologist and lexicographer. * * *
Skeat, Walter William
▪ British anthropologist born Oct. 14, 1866, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Eng. died July 24, 1953, London       British ethnographer of the Malay Peninsula whose detailed ...
Skeat,Walter William
Skeat (skēt), Walter William. 1835-1912. English philologist who wrote An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1879-1882) and began the systematic study of English ...
sked
/sked/, n. Informal. an airline that maintains a regular schedule of flights. [1925-30, in sense "schedule"; by shortening and resp.] * * *
skedaddle
/ski dad"l/, v., skedaddled, skedaddling, n. Informal. v.i. 1. to run away hurriedly; flee. n. 2. a hasty flight. [1860-65, Amer.; cf. dial. (Scots, N England) skedaddle to ...
skedaddler
/ski dad"leuhr/, n. Informal. 1. a person or thing that skedaddles. 2. Canadian. a U.S. citizen who fled to Canada rather than serve in the armed forces during the American Civil ...
skee
/skee/, n., pl. skees, skee, v.i., v.t., skeed, skeeing. ski. * * *
Skee-Ball
/skee"bawl'/, Trademark. a brand name for a game in which players roll balls up a sloping, table-sized ramp, attempting to score points by making them drop into slots in a ...
skeech
/skeekh/, adj., adv. Scot. skeigh. * * *
Skeena
Skee·na (skēʹnə) A river rising in western British Columbia, Canada, and flowing about 579 km (360 mi) generally south and west to the Pacific Ocean near Prince Rupert. * * ...
Skeena River
River, western British Columbia, Canada. It rises in the northern part of the province and flows about 360 mi (580 km) before emptying into Chatham Sound on the Pacific Ocean. ...
skeet
skeet1 /skeet/, n. a form of trapshooting in which two traps are used and targets are hurled singly or in pairs at varying elevations and speeds so as to simulate the angles of ...
skeet shooting
Shooting sport using moving targets. Marksmen use shotguns to shoot at clay targets (pigeons) hurled into the air by spring devices called traps. It differs from trapshooting in ...
skeeter
/skee"teuhr/, n. Informal. mosquito. [1850-55; by aphesis and resp., with dial. substitution of -er for final -o] * * *
skeeter hawk.
See mosquito hawk. * * *
skeeterhawk
skeeter hawk n. South Atlantic U.S. See dragonfly. See Regional Note at dragonfly. * * *
skeg
/skeg/, n. Naut. 1. a projection supporting a rudder at its lower end, located abaft a sternpost or rudderpost. 2. an extension of the keel of a small craft, designed to improve ...
skei-
To cut, split. Extension of sek-. Derivatives include science, nice, shit, schism, sheath, ski, and esquire. 1. a. shin1, from Old English scinu, shin, shinbone (< “piece cut ...
skeif
/skuyf, skayf/, n. a wheel on which diamonds and other gems are ground or polished. Also, skaif. [earlier scaife < D schijf disk, wheel, MD scive; see SHIVE1] * * *
skeigh
—skeighish, adj. /skeekh/, Scot. adj. 1. (of horses) spirited; inclined to shy. 2. (of women) proud; disdainful. adv. 3. proudly. Also, skeech, skiech. [1500-10; earlier ...
skein
/skayn/, n. 1. a length of yarn or thread wound on a reel or swift preparatory for use in manufacturing. 2. anything wound in or resembling such a coil: a skein of hair. 3. ...
skel-
I. skel-1 Also kel-. To cut. Derivatives include scalp, skill, cutlass, half, scalpel, and sculpture. 1. a. shell, from Old English scell, sciel, shell; b. scagliola, from ...
skeletal
—skeletally, adv. /skel"i tl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or like a skeleton. [1850-55; SKELET(ON) + -AL1] * * *
skeletal system, human
▪ anatomy Introduction  the internal skeleton that serves as a framework for the body. This framework consists of many individual bones (bone) and cartilages (cartilage). ...
skeletally
See skeletal. * * *
skeletalmuscle
skeletal muscle n. A usually voluntary muscle made up of elongated, multinucleated, transversely striated muscle fibers, having principally bony attachments. Also called striated ...
skeletalsystem
skeletal system n. The bodily system that consists of the bones, their associated cartilages, and the joints, and supports and protects the body, produces blood cells, and stores ...
skeleton
—skeletonless, adj. —skeletonlike, adj. /skel"i tn/, n. 1. Anat., Zool. the bones of a human or an animal considered as a whole, together forming the framework of the ...
skeleton car
Railroads. a freight car essentially consisting of a central longitudinal girder fastened to the trucks, sometimes supplemented by one or more pairs of cross cantilevers: used ...
skeleton key
a key with nearly the whole substance of the bit filed away so that it may open various locks. Also called passkey. [1800-10] * * *
skeleton shrimp
▪ crustacean       any of certain marine crustaceans of the family Caprellidae (order Amphipoda), particularly of the genera Caprella and Aeginella. The common name ...
skeleton sledding
Winter sport similar to lugeing in which a small sled is ridden downhill in a headfirst, prone position. The sport of skeleton sledding developed in the 1880s on the famed ...
skeletonize
—skeletonization, n. —skeletonizer, n. /skel"i tn uyz'/, v.t., skeletonized, skeletonizing. 1. to reduce to a skeleton, outline, or framework. 2. to reduce in size or number, ...
skeletonkey
skeleton key n. A key with a large portion of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks. Also called passkey. * * *
skelic index
/skel"ik/, Anthropometry. the ratio of the length of the leg to the length of the torso of a person, multiplied by 100. [ < Gk skél(os) leg + -IC] * * *
skell
/skel/, n. Slang. 1. a homeless person who lives on the streets, sleeps in doorways or subways, etc.; derelict. 2. a slovenly person. [1950-55; perh. shortening of SKELETON] * * *
skellum
/skel"euhm/, n. Chiefly Scot. a rascal. [1605-15; < D schelm rogue, knave < MLG; c. G Schelm rogue, OHG skelmo, scalmo plague, corpse] * * *
Skelmersdale
▪ England, United Kingdom       town, West Lancashire district, administrative and historic county of Lancashire, England, on the western periphery of the older ...
skelp
skelp1 /skelp/, Scot. and North Eng. n. 1. a slap, smack, or blow, esp. one given with the open hand. 2. the sound of such a slap or smack. v.t. 3. to slap, smack, or strike ...
skelter
/skel"teuhr/, v.i. to scurry. [1850-55; prob. extracted from HELTER-SKELTER] * * *


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