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/si kond"meuhnt/, n. Brit. the transfer of a military officer or corporate executive to another post for temporary duty. [1895-1900; SECOND3 + -MENT] * * *
second mortgage n. A mortgage taken out on property that already has one mortgage, with priority in settlement of claims given to the earlier mortgage. * * *
second nature n. An acquired behavior or trait that is so long practiced as to seem innate.   [From the proverb Habit is second nature.] * * *
/si kon"doh, -kohn"-/; It. /se kawn"daw/, n., pl. secondi /-dee/. Music. 1. the second or lower part in a duet, esp. in a piano duet. 2. the performer playing this ...
second person n. 1. The grammatical category of forms that designate a speaker or writer referring to the person addressed. Examples of forms in the second person include English ...
➡ gentlemen’s clubs * * *
second sight n. Clairvoyance. * * *
second string n. The group of players that substitute for the starting players or from which substitute players are drawn on a sports team.   secʹond-stringʹ ...
second thought n. A reconsideration of a decision or opinion previously made. * * *
second wind (wĭnd) n. 1. The return of relative ease of breathing after the initial exhaustion that occurs during continued physical exertion. 2. Restored energy or strength. * ...
Second World also second world n. During the Cold War, the Communist nations of the world.   Secʹond-Worldʹ (sĕkʹənd-wûrldʹ) adj. * * *
SecondWorld War
Second World War n. World War II. * * *
/see"kohs, -kaws/, n. sekos. * * *
/see"kreuh see/, n., pl. secrecies for 2, 3. 1. the state or condition of being secret, hidden, or concealed: a meeting held in secrecy. 2. privacy; retirement; seclusion. 3. ...
—secretly, adv. —secretness, n. /see"krit/, adj. 1. done, made, or conducted without the knowledge of others: secret negotiations. 2. kept from the knowledge of any but the ...
secret agent
1. an agent of a secret service. 2. (loosely) a person employed to collect the military secrets of one country and relay them to another, esp. a person living in a foreign ...
secret ballot
1. a vote in which the confidentiality of how one votes is safeguarded. 2. See Australian ballot. [1910-15] * * *
secret partner
a partner whose name as a member of a firm is not revealed to the public. Cf. silent partner. [1905-10] * * *
secret police
a police force that functions as the enforcement arm of a government's political policies and whose activities, which often include surveillance, intimidation, and physical ...
secret service
—secret-service, adj. 1. the branch of governmental service that conducts secret investigations, esp. investigations into the military strength of other nations. 2. (caps.) the ...
secret society
an organization, as a fraternal society, the members of which take secret initiation oaths, share secret passwords and rites, and are bound to assist each other. [1820-30] * * ...
se·cre·ta (sĭ-krēʹtə) pl.n. Substances secreted by a cell, tissue, or organ; the products of secretion.   [Latin sēcrēta, neuter pl. past participle of sēcernere, to ...
/si kree"teuh gog', -gawg'/, n. Physiol. a substance or situation that promotes secretion. Also, secretagogue. [1915-20; SECRETE1 + -AGOG(UE)] * * *
se·cre·ta·gogue (sĭ-krēʹtə-gôg', -gŏg') n. A hormone or another agent that causes or stimulates secretion.   [secretion1 + -agogue.] * * *
/sek'ri tair"/, n. Fr. Furniture. any writing desk resembling a secretary. [1810-20; < F secrétaire SECRETARY] * * *
/sek'ri tair"ee euhl/, adj. noting, of, or pertaining to a secretary or a secretary's skills and work: a secretarial school. [1795-1805; SECRETARY + -AL1] * * *
/sek'ri tair"ee euht/, n. 1. the officials or office entrusted with administrative duties, maintaining records, and overseeing or performing secretarial duties, esp. for an ...
➡ Cabinet * * *
Secretaries-general of the United Nations
▪ Table Secretaries-general of the United Nations name country of origin period of service Trygve Lie (Lie, Trygve () Norway Feb. 1, 1946–April 10, 1953 Dag ...
—secretaryship, n. /sek"ri ter'ee/, n., pl. secretaries. 1. a person, usually an official, who is in charge of the records, correspondence, minutes of meetings, and related ...
secretary bird
a large, long-legged, raptorial bird, Sagittarius serpentarius, of Africa, that feeds on reptiles. [1790-1800; < F secrétaire, perh. by folk etym. < Sudanese Ar sagr al-ter, ...
Secretary of Defense
➡ armed forces * * *
secretary of state
1. the head and chief administrator of the U.S. Department of State. Cf. foreign minister. 2. Brit. any of several ministers in the British government: A new secretary of state ...
Secretary of State for Defence
➡ armed forces * * *
/sek"ri ter'ee jen"euhr euhl/, n., pl. secretaries-general. the head or chief administrative officer of a secretariat. [1695-1705] * * *       the principal ...
secretary bird n. A large African bird of prey (Sagittarius serpentarius) with long legs and a crest of quills at the back of the head. * * *
secret ballot n. 1. A type of voting in which each person's vote is kept secret, but the amassed votes of various groups are revealed publicly. 2. See Australian ballot. * * *
secrete1 /si kreet"/, v.t., secreted, secreting. to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion. [1700-10; back formation from SECRETION] secrete2 /si kreet"/, ...
/seuh kret"/, n. Armor. a steel skullcap of the 17th century, worn under a soft hat. [ < F; see SECRET] * * *
se·cret·er (sĭ-krēʹtər) n. Variant of secretor. * * *
/si kree"tin/, n. Biochem. a polypeptide hormone, produced in the small intestine, that activates the pancreas to secrete pancreatic juice. [1900-05; SECRETE1 + -IN2] * * * ▪ ...
—secretionary /si kree"sheuh ner'ee/, adj. /si kree"sheuhn/, n. 1. (in a cell or gland) the act or process of separating, elaborating, and releasing a substance that fulfills ...
See secretion1. * * *
secretive1 —secretively, adv. —secretiveness, n. /see"kri tiv, si kree"-/, adj. having or showing a disposition to secrecy; reticent: He seems secretive about his new ...
See secretive. * * *
See secretively. * * *
See secret. * * *
se·cre·tor also se·cret·er (sĭ-krēʹtər) n. 1. A cell, tissue, or organ that produces a secretion. 2. A person whose saliva and other body fluids contain ABO antigens. * ...
/si kree"teuh ree/, adj., n., pl. secretories. adj. 1. pertaining to secretion. 2. performing the process of secretion. n. 3. a secretory organ, vessel, or the like. [1685-95; ...
secret partner n. A partner whose participation in a business partnership is hidden from the public. * * *
secret police n. A police force operating largely in secret and often using terror tactics to suppress dissent and political opposition. * * *
secret service n. 1. a. Intelligence-gathering activities conducted secretly by a government agency. b. A government agency engaged in intelligence-gathering activities. 2. ...
secret society n. An organization, such as a lodge, that requires its members to conceal certain activities, such as its rites of initiation, from outsiders. * * *
1. seconds. 2. sections. * * *
/sekt/, n. 1. a body of persons adhering to a particular religious faith; a religious denomination. 2. a group regarded as heretical or as deviating from a generally accepted ...
section. * * *
—sectarianly, adv. /sek tair"ee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to sectaries or sects. 2. narrowly confined or devoted to a particular sect. 3. narrowly confined or limited in ...
/sek tair"ee euh niz'euhm/, n. sectarian spirit or tendencies; excessive devotion to a particular sect, esp. in religion. [1810-20; SECTARIAN + -ISM] * * *
/sek tair"ee euh nuyz'/, v.t., sectarianized, sectarianizing. to make sectarian. Also, esp. Brit., sectarianise. [1835-45; SECTARIAN + -IZE] * * *
/sek"teuh ree/, n., pl. sectaries. 1. a member of a particular sect, esp. an adherent of a religious body regarded as heretical or schismatic. 2. a Protestant of nonconformist ...
—sectility, n. /sek"til/, adj. capable of being cut smoothly with a knife. [1710-20; < L sectilis cuttable, equiv. to sect(us) (ptp. of secare to cut; see SAW1) + -ilis -ILE] * ...
See sectile. * * *
/sek"sheuhn/, n. 1. a part that is cut off or separated. 2. a distinct part or subdivision of anything, as an object, country, community, class, or the like: the poor section of ...
section boss
Railroads. the boss of a section gang. [1865-70] * * *
Section d'Or
▪ art group French“Golden Section”       Paris-based association of Cubist (Cubism) painters; the group was active from 1912 to about 1914.       The group's ...
section eight
1. a military discharge for physical or mental unfitness as determined by an Army Regulation in effect from 1922 to 1944. 2. a soldier receiving such a discharge. [1940-45, ...
section gang
Railroads. a group of workers who take care of a section of railroad track. Cf. floating gang. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
section hand
Railroads. a person who works on a section gang. Also called tracklayer. [1870-75] * * *
section mark
section (def. 16). [1890-95] * * *
—sectionally, adv. /sek"sheuh nl/, adj. 1. pertaining or limited to a particular section; local or regional: sectional politics. 2. composed of several independent sections: a ...
—sectionalist, n. /sek"sheuh nl iz'euhm/, n. excessive regard for sectional or local interests; regional or local spirit, prejudice, etc. [1850-55, Amer.; SECTIONAL + -ISM] * * ...
See sectionalism. * * *
See sectionalize. * * *
—sectionalization, n. /sek"sheuh nl uyz'/, v.t., sectionalized, sectionalizing. 1. to render sectional. 2. to divide into sections, esp. geographical sections. Also, esp. ...
See sectional. * * *
Sec·tion Eight (sĕkʹshən) n. 1. A U.S. Army discharge based on military assessment of psychological unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable. 2. Slang. A soldier ...
section gang n. A work crew assigned to a section of railroad track. * * *
section hand n. A laborer assigned to a section gang. * * *
—sectoral, adj. /sek"teuhr/, n. 1. Geom. a plane figure bounded by two radii and the included arc of a circle. 2. a mathematical instrument consisting of two flat rulers hinged ...
Sector Skills Councils (SSCs)
➡ Sector Skills Development Agency * * *
Sector Skills Development Agency
(abbr SSDA) an British government organization started in 2002 under the slogan Skills for Business which provides money and support for a network of Sector Skills Councils ...
/sek tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a sector. 2. Zool. (of teeth) adapted for cutting; carnassial. [1795-1805; < NL sectori(us) (see SECTION, -TORY1) + ...
—secularly, adv. /sek"yeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secular ...
Secular Games
(Latin; Ludi saeculares) Celebrations held in ancient Rome at the beginning of a new saeculum, or generation. Similar games were originally held by the Etruscans as offerings ...
secular humanism
—secular humanist. any set of beliefs that promotes human values without specific allusion to religious doctrines. [1980-85] * * *
secular institute
▪ Roman Catholicism       in the Roman Catholic church, a society whose members attempt to attain Christian perfection through the practice of poverty, chastity ...
secular tertiaries.
See under tertiary (def. 5). * * *
secular vicar.
See lay vicar. * * *
secular humanism n. 1. An outlook or philosophy that advocates human rather than religious values. 2. Secularism.   secular humanist adj. & n. * * *
See secular humanism. * * *
—secularist, n., adj. —secularistic, adj. /sek"yeuh leuh riz'euhm/, n. 1. secular spirit or tendency, esp. a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms ...
See secularism. * * *
See secularist. * * *
/sek'yeuh lar"i tee/, n., pl. secularities. 1. secular views or beliefs; secularism. 2. the state of being devoted to the affairs of the world; worldliness. 3. a secular ...
See secularize. * * *
—secularization, n. —secularizer, n. /sek"yeuh leuh ruyz'/, v.t., secularized, secularizing. 1. to make secular; separate from religious or spiritual connection or ...
See secular. * * *
—secundly, adv. /see"kund, sek"und/, adj. Bot., Zool. arranged on one side only; unilateral. [1770-80; < L secundus following. See SECOND1] * * *
▪ South Africa       modern company town (built after 1974), Mpumalanga province, South Africa. It is located about 80 miles (130 km) east of Johannesburg in a region of ...
/seuh kun"deuhr euh bad'/, n. a city in N Andhra Pradesh, in central India, part of Hyderabad: a former British military cantonment. * * *
/sek"euhn duyn', -din/, n. Bot. the inner integument of an ovule. Cf. primine. [1350-1400; ME < L secundinae (pl.) afterbirth] * * *
secundines [sek′ən dīnz΄] pl.n. 〚ME < LL secundinae, pl., the afterbirth < L secundus, following: see SECOND1〛 AFTERBIRTH * * * se·cun·dines (sē-kŭnʹdīnz', ...
secundum [si kun′dəm] prep. 〚L, orig. neut. of secundus, following: see SECOND1〛 according to * * *
/seuh kun"deuhs/, adj. (in prescriptions) second. [1820-30; < L] * * *
See secure. * * *
—securable, adj. —securely, adv. —secureness, n. —securer, n. /si kyoor"/, adj., securer, securest, v., secured, securing. adj. 1. free from or not exposed to danger or ...
secure training centre
(abbr STC) n a centre in Britain for children up to the age of 17 who repeatedly break the law. The children are kept within the centre and are given education and training. The ...
See securable. * * *
/si kyoor"meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of securing. 2. security or protection. [1615-25; SECURE + -MENT] * * *
See securable. * * *
See securable. * * *
a British company best known for guarding and transporting cash or valuable objects, e.g. from shops to banks and for taking prisoners to and from court. * * *
Securities and Exchange Commission
(abbr the SEC) an independent US government organization responsible for controlling the financial markets and making sure that people and companies that deal on the stock ...
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
U.S. regulatory commission established by Congress in 1934. Its purpose was to restore investor confidence by ending the misleading sales practices and stock manipulations that ...
Securities Exchange Act
U.S. Govt. a law passed in 1934 establishing the SEC. * * *
Securitiesand Exchange Commission
Se·cu·ri·ties and Exchange Commission (sĭ-kyo͝orʹĭ-tēz) n. A U.S. government agency that supervises the exchange of securities so as to protect investors against ...
se·cu·ri·tize (sĭ-kyo͝orʹĭ-tīz') tr.v. se·cu·ri·tized, se·cu·ri·tiz·ing, se·cu·ri·tiz·es To buy (loans, such as mortgages) from lenders, arrange them in ...
/si kyoor"i tee/, n., pl. securities, adj. n. 1. freedom from danger, risk, etc.; safety. 2. freedom from care, anxiety, or doubt; well-founded confidence. 3. something that ...
security analyst
—security analysis, securities analysis. a person who specializes in evaluating information regarding stocks and bonds. Also, securities analyst. * * *
Security and Co-operation in Europe, Organization for
▪ international organization formerly (1972–94)  Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe        organization of representatives of virtually all the ...
security and protection system
Introduction       any of various means or devices designed to guard persons and property against a broad range of hazards, including crime, fire, accidents, espionage, ...
security blanket
1. a blanket or other familiar item carried esp. by a young child to provide reassurance and a feeling of psychological security. 2. someone or something that gives a person a ...
Security Council
the division of the United Nations charged with maintaining international peace, composed of five permanent members (U.S., Russian Federation, France, United Kingdom, and the ...
Security Council, United Nations
  United Nations (UN) organ whose primary responsibility is the maintenance of international peace and security.       The Security Council originally consisted of 11 ...
security guard
a uniformed guard employed by a bank, airport, office building, etc., to maintain security. [1955-60] * * *
security police
1. a police force responsible for maintaining order at a specific locale or under specific circumstances, as at an airport or factory. 2. a police force concerned with detecting ...
security risk
a person considered by authorities as likely to commit acts that might threaten the security of a country. [1950-55] * * *
security thread
a colored thread running through the paper of a piece of paper money, used to deter counterfeiting. * * *
Security vs. Civil Liberties
▪ 2003 By Stephen J. Phillips       Technology was at the forefront of international efforts to fight terrorism and bolster security in 2002 in the wake of the terrorist ...
security blanket n. 1. A blanket carried by a child to reduce anxiety. 2. Informal. Something that dispels anxiety. * * *
Se·cu·ri·ty Council (sĭ-kyo͝orʹĭ-tē) n. Abbr. SC The permanent peacekeeping organ of the United Nations, composed of five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the ...
security guard n. A person hired by a private organization to guard a physical plant and maintain order. * * *
secretary. Also, sec'y. * * *
secy. abbr. secretary. * * *
shipper's export declaration. * * *
To sit. Derivatives include sit, soot, séance, siege, obsess, subside, soil1, and chair. I. Basic form *sed-. 1. Suffixed form *sed-yo-. a. sit, from Old English sittan, to ...
Sedaine, Michel-Jean
▪ French author born June 2, 1719, Paris, Fr. died May 17, 1797, Paris  French dramatist who is best known as the author of a fine domestic comedy, Le Philosophe sans le ...
(1939– ) a US pop singer who has written more than 500 songs. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music. His first hit was Stupid Cupid (1958), sung by Connie Francis. He ...
/si day"lee euh, -dayl"yeuh/, n. a city in central Missouri. 20,927. * * * ▪ Missouri, United States       city, seat of Pettis county, west-central Missouri, U.S., 75 ...
/si dan"/, n. 1. an enclosed automobile body having two or four doors and seating four or more persons on two full-width seats. 2. See sedan chair. [1625-35; of obscure orig.] * ...
/si dan"/; Fr. /seuh dahonn"/, n. a city in NE France, on the Meuse River: defeat and capture of Napoleon III 1870. 25,430. * * * ▪ France       town, Ardennes ...
sedan chair
an enclosed vehicle for one person, borne on poles by two bearers and common during the 17th and 18th centuries. [1740-50] * * *
Sedan, Battle of
(Sept. 1, 1870) Defeat of the French army in the Franco-Prussian War that led to the fall of the Second Empire. At the French border fortress of Sedan on the Meuse River, ...
Sedang language
also called  Roteang, Hadang, Hatea, or Hoteang,         North Bahnaric language of the Mon-Khmer family, which is itself a part of the Austroasiatic stock. Sedang is ...
Seph. Heb. /se dah rddeem"/; Ashk. Heb. /seuh dah"rddim, say dah rddim"/, n. a pl. of Seder. * * *       the major orders, or divisions, of the Mishna, the oldest ...
Sedaris, David
▪ 2006       Only a few years earlier, American essayist David Sedaris had refused to call himself a writer, but by 2005 he was reading his books to standing-room-only ...
—sedately, adv. —sedateness, n. /si dayt"/, adj., v., sedated, sedating. adj. 1. calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed by passion or excitement: a sedate party; a sedate ...
See sedate1. * * *
See sedately. * * *
/si day"sheuhn/, n. Med. 1. the calming of mental excitement or abatement of physiological function, esp. by the administration of a drug. 2. the state so induced. [1535-45; < L ...
/sed"euh tiv/, adj. 1. tending to calm or soothe. 2. allaying irritability or excitement; assuaging pain; lowering functional activity. n. 3. a sedative drug or ...
sed·a·tive-hyp·not·ic (sĕd'ə-tĭv-hĭp-nŏtʹĭk) n. A drug, such as a barbiturate or antianxiety agent, that depresses the activity of the central nervous system and is ...
sedative-hypnotic drug
      chemical substance used to reduce tension and anxiety and induce calm (sedative effect) or to induce sleep (hypnotic effect). Most such drugs exert a quieting or ...
/sed"n/, n. Richard John, 1845-1906, New Zealand statesman, born in England: prime minister 1893-1906. * * *
Seddon, Richard John
▪ prime minister of New Zealand byname  King Dick   born June 22, 1845, Eccleston, Lancashire, Eng. died June 10, 1906, at sea, between Australia and New Zealand  New ...
/sed'i kuy"euhs/, n. Douay Bible. Zedekiah. * * *
See sedentary. * * *
See sedentarily. * * *
—sedentarily /sed'n tair"euh lee, sed"n ter'-/, adj. —sedentariness, n. /sed"n ter'ee/, adj. 1. characterized by or requiring a sitting posture: a sedentary occupation. 2. ...
/say"deuhr/, n., pl. Seders, Heb. Sedarim Seph. /se dah rddeem"/; Ashk. /seuh dah"rddim, say dah rddim"/. Judaism. a ceremonial dinner that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt and ...
Sederholm, Jakob Johannes
▪ Finnish geologist born July 20, 1863, Helsinki, Fin., Russian Empire died June 26, 1934, Helsinki  geologist who pioneered in the study of the Precambrian rocks (those from ...
se·der·unt (sə-dîrʹənt, -dĕrʹ-) n. A prolonged session, as for discussion.   [From Latin sēdērunt, third person pl. perfect tense of sedēre, to sit. See sed-. * * *
/sej/, n. 1. any rushlike or grasslike plant of the genus Carex, growing in wet places. Cf. sedge family. 2. any plant of the sedge family. 3. siege (def. 5). [bef. 900; ME ...
sedge family
the plant family Cyperaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants, often found in wet areas, having solid stems, narrow, grasslike leaves with closed sheaths, spikes of very small ...
sedge wren
a small wren, Cistothorus platensis, of the Americas, inhabiting wet, sedgy meadows. Also called marsh wren, short-billed marsh wren. [1795-1805] * * *
/sejd/, adj. 1. made of sedge. 2. abounding or bordered with sedge: sedged brooks. [1600-10; SEDGE + -ED3] * * *
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       borough (district), administrative and historic county of Durham, northeastern England, occupying a limestone plateau ...
/sej"moor'/, n. a plain in SW England, in central Somerset: final defeat of Monmouth 1685. * * * ▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative and ...
Sedgemoor, Battle of
▪ English history       (July 16 [July 6, Old Style], 1685), in English history, battle fought about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Bridgwater, Somerset, Eng. It was a ...
/sej"wik/, n. Ellery, 1872-1960, U.S. journalist and editor. * * *
Sedgwick, Adam
born March 22, 1785, Dent, Yorkshire, Eng. died Jan. 27, 1873, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire English geologist. A pioneer in the establishment of geology as a university discipline ...
Sedgwick, Anne Douglas
▪ American writer born March 28, 1873, Englewood, N.J., U.S. died July 19, 1935, Hampstead, Eng.       expatriate American writer whose best-selling fiction observed ...
Sedgwick, Catharine Maria
▪ American writer born Dec. 28, 1789, Stockbridge, Mass., U.S. died July 31, 1867, West Roxbury [now in Boston], Mass.  early American writer whose internationally popular ...
/sej"ee/, adj., sedgier, sedgiest. 1. abounding, covered, or bordered with sedge. 2. of or like sedge. [1275-1325; ME; see SEDGE, -Y1] * * *
/se duy"lee/, n., pl. sedilia /-dil"ee euh/. Eccles. one of the seats (usually three) on the south side of the chancel, often recessed, for the use of the officiating ...
sedilia [si dil′ē ə] pl.n. sing. sedile [sidī′lē] 〚L, pl. of sedile, a seat < sedere, to SIT〛 a set of seats, usually three, traditionally along the south side of a ...
—sedimentous, adj. n. /sed"euh meuhnt/; v. /sed"euh ment'/, n. 1. the matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid; lees; dregs. 2. Geol. mineral or organic matter deposited ...
sediment yeast.
See bottom yeast. * * *
—sedimentarily /sed'euh meuhn tair"euh lee, sed"euh meuhn ter'-/, adv. /sed'euh men"teuh ree/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of sediment. 2. Geol. formed by the ...
sedimentary facies
Different, but contemporaneous and juxtaposed, sedimentary rocks. Terrigenous facies are accumulations of particles eroded from older rocks and transported to the depositional ...
sedimentary rock
Rock formed at or near the Earth's surface by the accumulation and lithification of fragments of preexisting rocks or by precipitation from solution at normal surface ...
/sed'euh meuhn tay"sheuhn/, n. the deposition or accumulation of sediment. [1870-75; SEDIMENT + -ATION] * * * In geology, the process of deposition of a solid material from a ...
sedimentation tank
▪ sewage treatment also called  Settling Tank,         component of a modern sewage-treatment system. In a large metropolitan system, waste water is passed through a ...
See sedimentology. * * *
See sedimentologic. * * *
See sedimentologic. * * *
—sedimentologic /sed'euh men'tl oj"ik/, sedimentological, adj. —sedimentologist, n. /sed'euh meuhn tol"euh jee/, n. Geol. the study of sedimentary rocks. [1935-40; SEDIMENT + ...
/si dish"euhn/, n. 1. incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government. 2. any action, esp. in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion. 3. Archaic. ...
/si dish"euh ner'ee/, adj., n., pl. seditionaries. adj. 1. of or pertaining to sedition; seditious. n. 2. Also, seditionist. one guilty of sedition. [1600-10; SEDITION + -ARY] * ...
See sedition. * * *
—seditiously, adv. —seditiousness, n. /si dish"euhs/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of sedition. 2. given to or guilty of sedition. [1400-50; late ME sedicious, ...
See seditious. * * *
See seditiously. * * *
Sedley, Sir Charles, 4th Baronet
▪ English writer born March 1639, Aylesford, Kent, Eng. died Aug. 20, 1701, Hampstead, London       English Restoration poet, dramatist, wit, and ...
▪ industrial site, Israel also spelled  Sodom,         industrial site in southeastern Israel, near the southern end of the Dead Sea. It is the site of the Dead Sea ...
Seph. /see drddah"/; Ashk. /si"drddaw/; Eng. /sed"reuh/, n., pl. Sedroth, Sedrot, Sedros Seph. /see drddawt"/; Ashk. /si"drddohs/, Eng. Sedrahs. Hebrew. Sidrah. * * *
—seducer, n. —seducible, seduceable, adj. —seducingly, adv. /si doohs", -dyoohs"/, v.t., seduced, seducing. 1. to lead astray, as from duty, rectitude, or the like; ...
See seduce. * * *
se·duce·ment (sĭ-do͞osʹmənt, -dyo͞osʹ-) n. 1. Seduction. 2. Something that seduces. * * *
seducer [si do͞os′ər, si dyo͞os′ər] n. a person or thing that seduces; esp., a man who seduces a woman sexually * * * See seduceable. * * *
See seduceable. * * *
/si duk"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of seducing, esp. sexually. 2. the condition of being seduced. 3. a means of seducing; enticement; temptation. Also, seducement /si ...
—seductively, adv. —seductiveness, n. /si duk"tiv/, adj. tending to seduce; enticing; beguiling; captivating: a seductive smile. [1755-65; SEDUCT(ION) + -IVE] Syn. tempting, ...
See seductive. * * *
See seductively. * * *
/si duk"tris/, n. a woman who seduces. [1795-1805; obs. sedut(o)r ( < LL seductor; see SEDUCE, -TOR) + -ESS] Usage. See -ess. * * *
/si dooh"li tee, -dyooh"-/, n. sedulous quality, application, or activity; diligence. [1535-45; < L sedulitas, equiv. to sedul(us) SEDULOUS + -itas -ITY] * * *
Sedulius Scottus
▪ Irish poet and scholar flourished AD 848 died 860/874?       poet and scholar who was one of a group of Irish savants at Liège. His poems, mostly in classical Latin ...
—sedulously, adv. —sedulousness, n. /sej"euh leuhs/, adj. 1. diligent in application or attention; persevering; assiduous. 2. persistently or carefully maintained: sedulous ...
See sedulous. * * *
See sedulously. * * *
/see"deuhm/, n. any fleshy plant belonging to the genus Sedum, of the stonecrop family, usually having small, overlapping leaves and yellow, white, or pink flowers. [1400-50; ...
Sedykh, Yury
▪ Soviet athlete born June 11, 1955, Novocherkassk, Russia, U.S.S.R.       Russian athlete who is considered the greatest hammer thrower of modern times. He set six ...
see1 —seeable, adj. —seeableness, n. /see/, v., saw, seen, seeing. v.t. 1. to perceive with the eyes; look at. 2. to view; visit or attend as a spectator: to see a play. 3. ...
/see"bee'/, n. Seabee (def. 2). * * *
/see"throoh'/, adj. 1. Also, see-thru /see"throoh'/. transparent: a see-through blouse. n. 2. a degree of or variation in transparency. 3. a see-through item of clothing. 4. ...
Seebeck effect
/see"bek/; Ger. /zay"bek/, Physics. See thermoelectric effect. [named after Thomas J. Seebeck (1770-1831), German physicist] * * * ▪ physics       production of an ...
Seebeck, Thomas Johann
▪ German physicist born Apr. 9, 1770, Tallinn, Estonia, Russian Empire died Dec. 10, 1831, Berlin, Prussia [Germany]       German physicist who discovered (1821) that ...
Seeberg, Peter
▪ Danish author born June 22, 1925, Skrydstrup, Den. died Jan. 8, 1999       Danish novelist influenced by French existentialism.       Seeberg's first book ...
/see"kach'/, n., pl. seecatchie /-kach'ee/. the adult male of the fur seal, Callorhinus alascanus, of Alaska. [1880-85, Amer.; earlier seecatchie (collective or pl.) < Russ ...
Seeckt, Hans von
born April 22, 1866, Schleswig, Prussia died Dec. 27, 1936, Berlin, Ger. German general. A career army officer, in World War I he was chief of staff of the 11th Army and then ...
—seedless, adj. —seedlessness, n. —seedlike, adj. /seed/, n., pl. seeds, (esp. collectively) seed, v., adj. n. 1. the fertilized, matured ovule of a flowering plant, ...
seed and fruit
▪ plant reproductive part Introduction       respectively, the characteristic reproductive (reproductive system, plant) body of both angiosperms (flowering plants) and ...
Seed Banks-Preserving Crop Diversity
▪ 2009       On Feb. 26, 2008, the most ambitious seed-bank facility ever constructed was inaugurated in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean only about ...
seed beetle
any of several beetles of the family Bruchidae that infest the seeds of legumes. Also called seed weevil. * * * ▪ insect       any of some 900 species of beetles ...
seed coat
Bot. the outer integument of a seed. [1790-1800] * * *
seed coral
coral fragments used for jewelry. [1875-80] * * *
seed corn
ears or kernels of corn set apart as seed. [1585-95] * * *
seed fern
any of various plants of the order Lyginopteridales (or Cycadofilicales), known only as fossils, having fernlike leaves and reproducing by means of seeds. Also called ...
seed leaf
Bot. a cotyledon. [1685-95] * * *
seed money
capital for the initial stages of a new business or other enterprise, esp. for the initial operating costs. [1940-45] * * *
seed oyster
a very young oyster, esp. one used in the cultivating and transplanting of an oyster bed. [1880-85] * * *
seed oysters
seed oysters n. oyster spat; very young oysters, esp. at the stage suitable for transplanting * * *
seed pearl
a pearl weighing less than 1/4 grain. [1545-55] * * *
seed plant
a seed-bearing plant; spermatophyte. [1700-10] * * * or spermatophyte Any of the flowering plants (angiosperms) and the conifers and related plants (gymnosperms). Seed plants ...
seed shrimp
any of numerous tiny marine and freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Ostracoda, having a shrimplike body enclosed in a hinged bivalve shell. Also called mussel shrimp, ...
seed tick
the six-legged nymphal form of a tick, somewhat resembling a seed. [1695-1705, Amer.] * * *
seed vessel
Bot. a pericarp. [1660-70] * * *
seed weevil.
See seed beetle. * * *
/seed"snuyp'/, n. any of several South American birds of the family Thinocoridae, related to the shorebirds but superficially resembling quail. Also, seedsnipe. [1885-90] * * *
/seed"bed'/, n. 1. land prepared for seeding. 2. a plot of ground for seedlings. 3. a place of development; source. [1650-60; SEED + BED] * * *
/seed"kayk'/, n. a sweet cake containing aromatic seeds, usually caraway. [1565-75; SEED + CAKE] * * *
/seed"kays'/, n. a seed capsule; pericarp. [1670-80; SEED + CASE2] * * *
seed coat n. The outer protective covering of a seed. * * *
/seed"ee'teuhr/, n. any of numerous small, tropical American finches, esp. of the genus Sporophila. [1875-80; SEED + EAT + -ER1] * * * ▪ bird  broadly, any songbird that ...
/see"deuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that seeds. 2. any of various apparatus for sowing seeds in the ground, ranging from simple devices that deposit seed evenly over a plot of ...
See seedy. * * *
See seedily. * * *
seed leaf n. See cotyledon. * * *
/seed"ling/, n. 1. a plant or tree grown from a seed. 2. a tree not yet 3 ft. (1 m) high. 3. any young plant, esp. one grown in a nursery for transplanting. [1650-60; SEED + ...
seed money n. Money used or needed to set up a new business or enterprise. * * *
seed oyster n. A young oyster, especially one suitable for transplanting to another bed; a spat. * * *
seed pearl n. A very small, often imperfect pearl. * * *
seed plant n. A seed-bearing plant. * * *
/seed"pod'/, n. a seed vessel or dehiscent fruit that splits when ripe. [1710-20] * * *
/seedz"meuhn/, n., pl. seedsmen. 1. a sower of seed. 2. a dealer in seed. Also, seedman /seed"meuhn/. [1585-95; SEED + 's1 + MAN1] * * *
▪ bird also called  Lark Plover,    any of four species of South American birds comprising the family Thinocoridae (order Charadriiformes). The seedsnipe, related to such ...
/seed"stok'/, n. 1. seed, tubers, or roots selected and kept for planting. 2. animals, esp. pedigreed livestock, maintained for breeding purposes. 3. the animals needed to ...
seed tick n. The tiny six-legged larva of a tick, smaller than the eight-legged nymph. * * *
/seed"tuym'/, n. the season for sowing seed. [bef. 1000; ME; OE saedtima. See SEED, TIME] * * *
seed weevil n. Any of various small beetles of the family Bruchidae whose larvae bore into and feed on the dried seeds of peas, beans, and similar plants. * * *
—seedily, adv. —seediness, n. /see"dee/, adj., seedier, seediest. 1. abounding in seed. 2. containing many seeds, as a piece of fruit. 3. gone to seed; bearing seeds. 4. ...
/see"geuhr/, n. 1. Alan, 1888-1916, U.S. poet. 2. Peter (Pete), born 1919, U.S. folk singer and folklorist. * * *

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