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—swingeingly, adv. /swin"jing/, adj. Chiefly Brit. 1. enormous; thumping. 2. Slang. swinging (def. 3). [1560-70; SWINGE1 + -ING2] * * *
/swing"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that swings. 2. Slang. a lively, active, and modern person whose activities are fashionable or trendy. 3. Slang. a. a person who indulges in ...
—swingingly, adv. /swing"ing/, adj., superl. swingingest, n. adj. 1. characterized by or capable of swinging, being swung, or causing to swing. 2. intended for swinging upon, ...
swinging door
a door that swings open on being pushed or pulled from either side and then swings closed by itself. Also called swing door. [1795-1805] * * *
swingle1 /swing"geuhl/, n., v., swingled, swingling. n. 1. a swipple. 2. a wooden instrument shaped like a large knife, for beating flax or hemp and scraping from it the woody or ...
/swing"geuhl bahr'/, n. a whiffletree. [1840-50; SWINGLE1 + BAR1] * * *
/swing"geuhl tree'/, n. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a whiffletree. Also called swiveltree. [1425-75; late ME; see SWINGLE1, TREE] * * *
/swing"man'/, n., pl. swingmen. Basketball. a player who can play either of two positions, usually guard and forward. [1965-70; SWING1 + MAN1] * * *
Swings, Pol
▪ Belgian astronomer byname of  Polidore F.F. Swings   born September 24, 1906, Ransart, Belgium died October 28, 1983       Belgian astrophysicist noted for his ...
swing shift n. The work shift between the day and the night shifts, usually 4 P.M. to midnight. * * *
/swing"tree'/, n. a whiffletree. [1350-1400; ME; appar. syncopated var. of SWINGLETREE] * * *
/swing"ee/, adj., swingier, swingiest. characterized by swing; lively; swinging: swingy dance tunes. [1910-15; SWING1 + -Y1] * * *
—swinishly, adv. —swinishness, n. /swuy"nish/, adj. 1. like or befitting swine; hoggish. 2. brutishly coarse, gross, or sensual. [1150-1200; ME; see SWINE, -ISH1] * * *
See swinish. * * *
—swinker, n. /swingk/, v.i., swank or swonk, swonken, swinking, n. Brit. Archaic. labor; toil. [bef. 900; ME swinken, OE swincan; akin to SWING1] * * *
/swin"euhr teuhn/, n. Frank (Arthur), 1884-1982, English novelist and critic. * * *
/swin"ee/, n. Vet. Pathol. sweeny. * * *
▪ Poland German  Swinemünde        town, Zachodniopomorskie województwo (province), northwestern Poland, on a low-lying sandy island, Uznam (Usedom), that separates ...
(1960– ) an English actor who became famous in 1995 when she appeared as a live exhibit at a London art gallery, asleep in a glass box. Her films include Orlando (1992) The ...
/swuyp/, n., v., swiped, swiping. n. 1. a strong, sweeping blow, as with a cricket bat or golf club. 2. Informal. a swing of the arm in order to strike somebody; punch. 3. a ...
swipe card n. A plastic card with a magnetic strip containing encoded data that is read by passing the card through a usually slotted electronic device, used especially to make ...
➡ credit cards * * *
/swuyps/, n. (used with a pl. v.) Brit. Informal. 1. poor, watery, or spoiled beer. 2. malt liquor in general, esp. beer and small beer. [1780-90; n. pl. use of swipe to drink ...
swiple or swipple [swip′əl] n. 〚ME swepyl < swepen, to SWEEP〛 the part of a flail that strikes the grain in threshing * * *
/swip"euhl/, n. the freely swinging part of a flail, which falls upon the grain in threshing; swingle. Also, swiple. [1400-50; late ME swipyl, var. of swepyl, equiv. to swep(en) ...
—swirlingly, adv. /swerrl/, v.i. 1. to move around or along with a whirling motion; whirl; eddy. 2. to be dizzy or giddy, as the head. v.t. 3. to cause to whirl; twist. n. 4. a ...
/swerr"lee/, adj., swirlier, swirliest. swirling, whirling, or twisted. [1775-85; SWIRL + -Y1] * * *
—swisher, n. —swishingly, adv. /swish/, v.i. 1. to move with or make a sibilant sound, as a slender rod cutting sharply through the air or as small waves washing on the ...
/swish"ee/, adj., swishier, swishiest. 1. causing, giving rise to, or characterized by a swishing sound or motion. 2. Also, swish. Slang. exhibiting effeminate tendencies or ...
/swis/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, associated with, or characteristic of Switzerland or its inhabitants. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Switzerland. 3. (sometimes l.c.) See ...
Swiss army knife
a small knife with blades and other tools, such as a nail file and corkscrew, all folding into the handle. [ < Swiss Army, a trademark] * * * ▪ ...
Swiss Banks in Disarray
▪ 1998       In 1997 the reputation for integrity of the Swiss banking industry, long established as a pillar of Switzerland's economy, was already in question by the ...
Swiss chard
chard. [1825-35] * * *
Swiss cheese
a firm, pale-yellow cheese made originally in Switzerland, typically made from cow's milk and having many holes. Also called Swiss. Cf. Emmenthaler, Gruyère. [1815-25] * * *
Swiss Civil Code
▪ Switzerland [1907] French  Code Civil Suisse,  German  Schweizerisches Zivilgesetzbuch,         body of private law codified by the jurist Eugen Huber (Huber, ...
Swiss Federation of Protestant Churches
▪ religious organization German  Schweizerischer Evangelischer Kirchenbund,  French  Fédération Des Églises Protestantes De La Suisse,         confederation ...
Swiss German language
German  Schweizer Deutsch, Swiss  German  Schwyzertütsch,         collective name for the great variety of Alemannic (Upper German) dialects spoken in Switzerland ...
Swiss Guard
a member of a corps of bodyguards protecting the pope, with membership restricted to natives of Switzerland. [1690-1700] * * *
Swiss Guards
Swiss Guards n. a corps of Swiss mercenary soldiers, esp. those hired as Vatican bodyguards to the pope * * * Italian  Guardia Svizzera   corps of Swiss soldiers responsible ...
Swiss International Air Lines
▪ Swiss airline       Swiss airline formed in 2002 following the bankruptcy of Swiss Air Transport Company Ltd. (Swissair). The airline serves cities in Europe, Asia, ...
Swiss lapis
Jewelry. cracked quartz, stained blue in imitation of lapis lazuli. * * *
Swiss literature
      properly, the writings in the only language peculiar to Switzerland, the Rhaeto-Romanic (Rhaetian dialects) dialect known as Romansh, though broadly it includes all ...
Swiss muslin
a crisp, sheer muslin that is constructed in plain weave, bleached white or dyed, and often ornamented with raised dots or figures (dotted swiss), used chiefly in the manufacture ...
Swiss National Park
▪ park, Switzerland German  Schweizerischer Nationalpark,  French  Parc National Suisse,  Italian  Parco Nazionale Svizzero,         national park in Graubünden ...
Swiss People's Party
▪ political party, Switzerland German  Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP) , French  Union Démocratique du Centre (UDC) , Italian  Unione Democratica di ...
Swiss Re Tower
a tall office building in the City of London, the head office of the Swiss Reinsurance Company, which opened in 2004. Its unusual round shape which narrows to a point at the top ...
Swiss Reinsurance Company
➡ Swiss Re Tower * * *
Swiss steak
a thick slice of steak dredged in flour and pounded, browned, and braised with tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables. [1920-25] * * *
Swiss chard n. A variety of beet (Beta vulgaris var. cicla) having large succulent leaves used as a vegetable. * * *
/swis"euhr/, n. Swiss (def. 2). [1520-30; SWISS + -ER1, modeled on SWITZER] * * *
Swiss Guard n. A member of a corps of soldiers of Swiss birth employed at the Vatican as bodyguards to the pope. * * *
Swisshelm, Jane Grey
▪ American journalist née  Jane Grey Cannon  born December 6, 1815, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. died July 22, 1884, Swissvale, Pennsylvania       American ...
Swiss steak n. A round steak pounded with flour and braised in stock with vegetables. * * *
/swis"vayl'/, n. a city in SW Pennsylvania, on the Monongahela River. 11,345. * * *
Switzerland. * * *
—switchable, adj. —switcher, n. —switchlike, adj. /swich/, n. 1. a slender, flexible shoot, rod, etc., used esp. in whipping or disciplining. 2. an act of whipping or ...
switch box
a box, usually of metal, containing one or more electric switches. * * *
switch cane
☆ switch cane n. a small bamboo (Arundinaria tecta) native to the SE U.S. * * *
switch cane.
See under cane (def. 5). [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
switch engine
Railroads. a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a yard. Also called switcher, switching locomotive. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
switch grass
a North American grass, Panicum virgatum, having an open, branching inflorescence. [1830-40, Amer.; alter. of QUITCH (GRASS)] * * *
switch plate
a plate, usually of metal, ceramic, or plastic, covering a switch so that the knob or toggle protrudes. Also, switchplate. Also called wall plate. * * *
switch plug
a plug, as for an electric iron, equipped with an on-off switch. [1900-05] * * *
—switch hitter. —switch-hitter, n. /swich"hit"/, v.i., switch-hit, switch-hitting. Baseball. to be able to bat from either side of the plate, or both as a left-handed and as ...
☆ switch-hitter [swich′hit′ər ] n. 1. a baseball player who can bat from either side of home plate, usually batting right-handed against a left-handed pitcher and ...
/swich"awf', -of'/, n. the act or process of switching off a power supply, light source, appliance, etc. [n. use of v. phrase switch off] * * *
/swich"on', -awn'/, n. the act or process of switching on an ignition, light, appliance, etc. [n. use of v. phrase switch on] * * *
See switch. * * *
/swich"bak'/, n. 1. a highway, as in a mountainous area, having many hairpin curves. 2. Railroads. a zigzag track arrangement for climbing a steep grade. 3. Brit. See roller ...
/swich"blayd'/, n. a pocketknife, the blade of which is held by a spring and can be released suddenly, as by pressing a button. Also called switchblade knife. [1905-10; SWITCH + ...
switchblade (knife)
☆ switchblade (knife) or switchblade [switch′blād΄ ] n. a large jackknife that snaps open when a release button on the handle is pressed * * *
/swich"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. Elect. 1. a structural unit on which are mounted switches and instruments necessary to complete telephone circuits manually. 2. Also called ...
/swicht"on", -awn"/, adj. Slang. turned-on (def. 1). * * *
See switchable. * * *
/swich'euh rooh", swich"euh rooh'/, n., pl. switcheroos. Slang. an unexpected or sudden change or reversal in attitude, character, position, action, etc. [1930-35; SWITCH + ...
/swich"gear'/, n. Elect. switching equipment used in an electric power station. Also, switch gear. [1900-05; SWITCH + GEAR] * * *
switch·grass (swĭchʹgrăs') n. A panic grass (Panicum virgatum) native to North America and used as rangeland forage and hay.   [Alteration (influenced by switch), of quitch ...
switch hitter n. 1. Baseball. A player who can bat either right-handed or left-handed. 2. Slang. One who is attracted to both sexes; one who is bisexual.   switchʹ-hitʹ ...
▪ communications       in communications, equipment and techniques for enabling any station in a communications system to be connected with any other station. Switching ...
switching theory
Theory of circuits made up of ideal digital devices, including their structure, behaviour, and design. It incorporates Boolean logic (see Boolean algebra), a basic component of ...
switch knife n. See switchblade. * * *
/swich"meuhn/, n., pl. switchmen. 1. a person who has charge of a switch on a railroad. 2. a person who assists in moving cars in a railway yard or terminal. [1835-45; SWITCH + ...
/swich"oh'veuhr/, n. 1. the act or process of changing from one power source, system, etc., to another. 2. an act or an instance of changing from one job, belief, style, etc., to ...
/swich"yahrd'/, n. a railroad yard in which rolling stock is distributed or made up into trains. [1885-90, Amer.; SWITCH + YARD2] * * *
—swithly, adv. /swith/, adv. 1. Chiefly Brit. Dial. immediately; quickly. v.t. 2. Scot. to hurry; hasten. Also, swithe. [bef. 900; ME (adv.), OE swithe strongly, equiv. to ...
/swidh"euhr/, n. Brit. Dial. a state of confusion, excitement, or perplexity. [1495-1505; orig. uncert.; cf. OE geswithrian to retire, dwindle, fail] * * *
/swidh"in, swith"-/, n. Saint, died A.D. 862, English ecclesiastic: bishop of Winchester 852?-862. Also, Swithun. * * *
Swithun, Saint
▪ Anglo-Saxon saint Swithun also spelled  Swithin   born c. 800 died July 2, 862, Winchester, Hampshire, Eng.; feast day, July 15       celebrated Anglo-Saxon saint, ...
Switz abbrev. Switzerland * * *
Switzerland. * * *
/swit"seuhr/, n. Swiss (def. 2). [1540-50;
/swit"seuhr leuhnd/, n. a republic in central Europe. 7,248,984; 15,944 sq. mi. (41,294 sq. km). Cap.: Bern. French, Suisse. German, Schweiz. Italian, Svizzera. Latin, ...
Switzerland, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of a white cross on a red field. In keeping with heraldic tradition, Swiss flags on land are square in ...
/swuyv/, v., swived, swiving. Obs. v.t. 1. to copulate with. v.i. 2. to copulate. [1350-1400; ME swiven; appar. special use of OE swifan to move, wend, sweep; cf. SWIFT, ...
—swivellike, adj. /swiv"euhl/, n., v., swiveled, swiveling or (esp. Brit.) swivelled, swivelling. n. 1. a fastening device that allows the thing fastened to turn around freely ...
swivel chair
a chair whose seat turns around horizontally on a swivel. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
swivel gun
a gun mounted on a pedestal so that it can be turned from side to side or up and down. [1705-15] * * *
swivel weaving
the process of weaving on a loom equipped with a swivel. [1890-95] * * *
/swiv"euhl hipt'/, adj. characterized by an exaggeratedly swinging or extremely free motion of the hips. [1945-50] * * *
swivel chair n. A chair that swivels on its base. * * *
/swiv"euhl tree'/, n. Dial. swingletree. [SWIVEL + TREE] * * *
/swiv"it/, n. a state of nervous excitement, haste, or anxiety; flutter: I was in such a swivet that I could hardly speak. [1890-95; orig. obscure] * * *
—swizzler, n. /swiz"euhl/, n., v., swizzled, swizzling. n. 1. a tall drink, originating in Barbados, composed of full-flavored West Indian rum, lime juice, crushed ice, and ...
swizzle stick
a rod for stirring highballs and cocktails in the glass. [1875-80] * * *
swizzle stick n. A small thin rod for stirring mixed drinks. * * *
Arabic root, to rise. Shawwal, from Arabic šawwāl, a month name, from šāla, to rise. * * *
Pronominal stem; so. Derivative of s(w)e-. 1. a. so1, from Old English swā, so; b. such, from Old English swylc, such, from Germanic compound *swa-līk-, “so like,” of the ...
/swob/, n., v.t., swobbed, swobbing. swab. * * *
—swollenly, adv. —swollenness, n. /swoh"leuhn/, v. 1. a pp. of swell. adj. 2. enlarged by or as by swelling; puffed up; tumid. 3. turgid or bombastic. * * *
/swohln/, adj. Archaic. swollen. * * *
/swongk/, v. a pt. of swink. * * *
/swong"keuhn/, v. pp. of swink. * * *
—swooningly, adv. /swoohn/, v.i. 1. to faint; lose consciousness. 2. to enter a state of hysterical rapture or ecstasy: The teenagers swooned at the sight of the singing ...
/swoohp/, v.i. 1. to sweep through the air, as a bird or a bat, esp. down upon prey. 2. to come down upon something in a sudden, swift attack (often fol. by down and on or upon): ...
/swoosh/, v.i. 1. to move with or make a rustling, swirling, or brushing sound. 2. to pour out swiftly. v.t. 3. to cause to make or move with a rustling, swirling, or brushing ...
/swop/, v.t., v.i., swopped, swopping, n. swap. * * *
Swope, Gerard
born Dec. 1, 1872, St. Louis, Mo., U.S. died Nov. 20, 1957, New York, N.Y. U.S. business leader. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined ...
Swope, Herbert Bayard
▪ American journalist born Jan. 5, 1882, St. Louis, Mo., U.S. died June 20, 1958, Sands Point, N.Y.       journalist who became famous as a war correspondent and editor ...
—swordless, adj. —swordlike, adj. /sawrd, sohrd/, n. 1. a weapon having various forms but consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved blade, sharp-edged on ...
sword bayonet
a short sword that may be attached to the muzzle of a gun and used as a bayonet. [1835-45] * * *
Sword Beach
▪ World War II Introduction       the easternmost beach of the five landing areas of the Normandy Invasion of World War II. It was assaulted on June 6, 1944 (D-Day of ...
sword bean
a twining vine, Canavalia gladiata, of the legume family, found in the tropics of the Eastern Hemisphere, having large, showy, pealike flowers and reddish-brown ...
sword belt
a military belt from which a sword may be hung. [1515-25] * * *
sword cane
a cane or walking stick having a hollow shaft that serves as a sheath for a sword or dagger. [1830-40] * * *
sword dance
—sword dancer. any of various dances, usually performed by men, in which swords are ceremonially flourished or are laid on the ground and danced around. [1595-1605] * * * Folk ...
sword fern
any fern of the genus Nephrolepis, esp. N. exaltata, characterized by sword-shaped, pinnate fronds, a common houseplant. [1820-30] * * *
sword grass
any of various grasses or plants having swordlike or sharp leaves, as the sword lily. [1590-1600] * * *
sword in the stone
(in the stories about King Arthur) the magic sword Excalibur, which Arthur as a boy is able to pull out of the large stone in which it is fixed. By doing this he shows that he ...
sword knot
a looped strap, ribbon, or the like attached to the hilt of a sword as a support or ornament. [1685-95] * * *
sword lily
a gladiolus. [1780-90] * * *
sword of Damocles.
See Damocles (def. 2). [1810-20] * * *
sword swallowing
▪ magician’s trick       a magician's (conjuring) trick dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, involving the swallowing of a sword without bodily injury. Capuleius, ...
/sawrd"bair'euhr/, n. Brit. an official who carries the sword of state on ceremonial occasions, as before the sovereign, a magistrate, or the like. [1400-50; late ME swerd berer. ...
sword bayonet n. A bayonet that resembles a sword as opposed to a knife or spike. * * *
/sawrd"bil', sohrd"-/, n. a South American hummingbird, Ensifera ensifera, having a slender bill that is longer than its body. [1860-65; SWORD + BILL2] * * *
sword cane n. A cane with a hollow shaft in which a sword can be concealed. * * *
/sawrd"kraft', -krahft', sohrd"-/, n. 1. skill in or the art of swordplay. 2. military skill or power. [1850-55; SWORD + CRAFT] * * *
sword dance n. A dance performed with swords, especially one performed around swords laid on the ground. * * *
sword fern n. Any of various ferns of the genus Nephrolepis, including the Boston fern, having bipinnately compound fronds and sori at the vein tips. * * *
/sawrd"fish', sohrd"-/, n., pl. swordfishes, (esp. collectively) swordfish for 1. 1. a large, marine food fish, Xiphias gladius, having the upper jaw elongated into a swordlike ...
sword grass n. Any of various grasses or grasslike plants having pointed, swordlike leaves. * * *
sword knot n. A decorative loop or tassel attached to the hilt of a sword. * * *
sword lily n. Botany See gladiolus. * * *
—swordmanship, n. /sawrd"meuhn, sohrd"-/, n., pl. swordmen. swordsman. [1350-1400; ME swerdman. See SWORD, -MAN] * * *
swordof Damocles
sword of Damocles n. Constant threat; imminent peril: “the Latin American debt, overhanging American banks like the sword of Damocles” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.). ...
—swordplayer, n. /sawrd"play', sohrd"-/, n. the action or technique of wielding a sword; fencing. [1620-30; SWORD + PLAY] * * *
—swordsmanship, n. /sawrdz"meuhn, sohrdz"-/, n., pl. swordsmen. 1. a person who uses or is skilled in the use of a sword. 2. a fencer. 3. a soldier. Also, swordman. [1670-80; ...
See swordsman. * * *
swords·wom·an (sôrdzʹwo͝om'ən) n. 1. A woman who is skilled in the use of swords. 2. A woman who is a fencer. * * *
/sawrd"tayl', sohrd"-/, n. any of several small, brightly colored, viviparous, freshwater fishes of the genus Xiphophorus, native to Central America, having the lower part of the ...
/swawr, swohr/, v. a pt. of swear. * * *
/swawrn, swohrn/, v. 1. pp. of swear. adj. 2. having taken an oath: a duly elected and sworn official. 3. bound by or as if by an oath or pledge. 4. avowed; affirmed: He is my ...
swot1 —swotter, n. /swot/, v.t. swotted, swotting, n. swat1. swot2 /swot/, v., swotted, swotting, n. Brit. Slang. v.i. 1. to study or work hard. n. 2. a student who studies ...
/swot"euhr/, n. Brit. Slang. swot2 (def. 2). * * *
/swownd, swoohnd/, v.i., n. Archaic. swoon. [1400-50; late ME swounde (v.), var. (with excrescent d) of swoune to SWOON] * * *
see ṣpp. * * *
Northwest Semitic noun *šūr-, wall. sura, from Arabic sūra, sura, from Aramaic šurā, absolute form of šurətā, line, row. * * *
Switzerland. * * *
/swum/, v. pp. of swim. * * *
/swung/, v. pt. and pp. of swing. * * *
swung dash
a mark of punctuation (like a wavy horizontal line) used in place of a word or part of a word previously spelled out. [1950-55] * * *
swung dash n. A character (∼) used to stand for all or part of a word that has previously been spelled out. * * *
/swuy/, n. Australian. the game of two-up. [ < G zwei TWO] * * *
Central Semitic, to be(come) evil, devastated, empty. Shoah, from Hebrew šôʾâ, devastation, calamity. * * *
/suy/, n. a male given name, form of Seymour, Simon, or Silas. * * *
var. of syn- before s followed by a consonant and before z: systaltic; syzygy. * * *
▪ Jainism       in Jaina metaphysics, the doctrine that all judgments are conditional, holding good only in certain conditions, circumstances, or senses, expressed by ...
/sib"euh ris/, n. an ancient Greek city in S Italy: noted for its wealth and luxury; destroyed 510 B.C. * * * Ancient Greek city, southern Italy, on the Gulf of ...
—sybaritism /sib"euh ruy tiz'euhm/, n. /sib"euh ruyt'/, n. 1. (usually l.c.) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure. 2. an inhabitant of Sybaris. [1590-1600; < L Sybarita < Gk ...
—Sybaritically, adv. /sib'euh rit"ik/, adj. 1. (usually l.c.) pertaining to or characteristic of a sybarite; characterized by or loving luxury or sensuous pleasure: to wallow ...
See sybaritic. * * *
See Sybarite. * * *
Sybel, Heinrich von
▪ German historian born Dec. 2, 1817, Dusseldorf, Rhine Province, Prussia died Aug. 1, 1895, Marburg, Ger.       German historian who departed from the dispassionate ...
/sib"euhl/, n. a female given name. * * *
Sybil Thorndike
➡ Thorndike * * *
/sik"euh min, -muyn'/, n. a tree mentioned in the New Testament, probably the black mulberry. [1520-30; < L sycaminus < Gk sykáminos < Sem; cf. Heb shiqmah mulberry tree, ...
/sik"euh mawr', -mohr'/, n. 1. Also called buttonwood. any of several North American plane trees, esp. Platanus occidentalis, having shallowly lobed ovate leaves, globular seed ...
sycamore maple
a maple, Acer pseudoplatanus, of Europe and western Asia, having gray bark and opposite, lobed leaves: grown as a shade tree. [1790-1800] * * *
/suys/, n. (in India) a groom; stable attendant. Also, saice, sice. [1645-55; < Urdu sa'is < Ar] * * *
/suy see"/, n. fine uncoined silver in lumps of various sizes usually bearing a banker's or assayer's stamp or mark, formerly used in China as a medium of exchange. Also called ...
/suy"kon/, n. a type of sponge having a thick body wall that is folded to form many short canals leading to the spongocoel. Cf. ascon, leucon. [1885-90; < NL < Gk sykon fig] * * *
/suy koh"nee euhm/, n., pl. syconia /-nee euh/. Bot. a multiple fruit developed from a hollow fleshy receptacle containing numerous flowers, as in the fig. [1855-60; < NL < Gk ...
/suy"keuh noyd'/, adj. pertaining to or resembling a sycon. [SYCON + -OID] * * *
/sik"euh feuhn see, -fan'-, suy"keuh-/, n. 1. self-seeking or servile flattery. 2. the character or conduct of a sycophant. [1615-25; < L sycophantia trickery < Gk sykophantía ...
—sycophantic, sycophantical, sycophantish, adj. —sycophantically, sycophantishly, adv. —sycophantism, n. /sik"euh feuhnt, -fant', suy"keuh-/, n. a self-seeking, servile ...
See sycophant. * * *
See sycophantic. * * *
See sycophantic. * * *
syc·o·phan·tism (sĭkʹə-fən-tĭz'əm, sīʹkə-) n. Sycophancy. * * *
Syc·o·rax (sĭkʹə-răks') n. The satellite of Uranus that is 17th in distance from the planet.   [AfterSycorax, witch who is the mother of Caliban in The Tempest by William ...
/suy koh"sis/, n. Pathol. an inflammatory disease of the hair follicles, characterized by a pustular eruption. [1570-80; < NL < Gk sýkosis, equiv. to syk(on) fig + -osis ...
sycosis bar·bae (bärʹbē) n. See barber's itch.   [New Latin sȳcōsis barbae: Latin sȳcōsis, sore + Latin barbae, genitive of barba, beard.] * * *
Sydenham chorea
▪ pathology also called  St. Vitus Dance,  chorea minor,  infectious chorea  , or  rheumatic chorea        a neurological disorder characterized by irregular and ...
Syd·en·ham's chorea (sīdʹn-əmz) n. A nervous disorder occurring chiefly in childhood or during pregnancy, closely associated with rheumatic fever, and characterized by ...
Sydenham, Charles Poulett Thomson, Baron
▪ British colonial governor born September 13, 1799, Wimbledon, Surrey, England died September 19, 1841, Kingston, Canada West       merchant and statesman who, as ...
Sydenham, Thomas
born 1624, Wynford Eagle, Dorset, Eng. died Dec. 29, 1689, London British physician. His Observationes medicae (1676) was a standard textbook for two centuries, noted for its ...
/sid"nee/, n. 1. Sir Philip. See Sidney, Sir Philip. 2. a seaport in and the capital of New South Wales, in SE Australia. 2,876,508. 3. a seaport on NE Cape Breton Island, Nova ...
Sydney Morning Herald, The
▪ Australian newspaper       daily newspaper published in Sydney, Australia's (Australia) oldest and one of its most influential papers.       First issued as a ...
Sydney Opera House
Performing-arts centre on the harbour in Sydney, Australia. Its dynamic, imaginative design, by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon (b. 1918), placed first in a 1956 competition ...
Sydney silky.
See silky terrier. [1940-45; after SYDNEY, Australia] * * *
Sydney Smith
➡ Smith (XIII) * * *
Sydney, University of
▪ university, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia       coeducational institution of higher learning in Sydney, nominally private but supported financially by both the ...
Sydow, Max von
orig. Carl Adolf von Sydow born April 10, 1929, Lund, Swed. Swedish actor. After studying at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre School (1948–51), he became a noted stage ...
/suy ee"nee/, n. ancient name of Aswan. * * *
—syenitic /suy'euh nit"ik/, adj. /suy"euh nuyt'/, n. a granular igneous rock consisting chiefly of orthoclase and oligoclase with hornblende, biotite, or augite. [1790-1800; < ...
See syenite. * * *
Syers, Madge Cave
▪ British ice skater byname of  Florence Madeleine Cave Syers  born 1881, England died September 1917       English figure skater (figure skating) who was the first ...
▪ Ukraine Russian  Severodonetsk , also spelled  Siverskodonetske        city, eastern Ukraine, in the valley of the Donets River. The city was founded in 1934 as ...
To grow, grow up, grow old. a. sheik, from Arabic šayḫ, old man, chief, from šāḫa, to grow old; b. sheika, from Arabic šayḫa, feminine of šayḫ (see above). * * *
/suyk/, n. Scot. and North Eng. sike. * * *
(1923– ) an English comedian. He is a tall thin man with a funny sad expression who has written and appeared in many films and television programmes. He is best known for his ...
Sykes, Gresham M.
▪ American criminologist in full  Gresham M'Cready Sykes  born May 26, 1922, Plainfield, N.J., U.S.       American criminologist known for his contributions to the ...
Sykes, Sir Mark, 6th Baronet
▪ British diplomat born March 16, 1879, London, Eng. died Feb. 16, 1919, Paris, France       diplomat who represented Great Britain in the so-called Sykes-Picot ...
Sykes-Picot Agreement
▪ 1916       (May 9, 1916), secret convention made during World War I between Great Britain and France, with the assent of imperial Russia, for the dismemberment of the ...
/sik tif kahrdd"/, n. the capital of the Komi Autonomous Republic in the NW Russian Federation in Europe. 233,000. Formerly, Ust Sysolsk. * * * ▪ Russia formerly  (until ...
syl or syll abbrev. syllable * * *
var. of syn- before l: syllepsis. * * *
/sil'euh kaw"geuh/, n. a city in central Alabama. 12,708. * * * ▪ Alabama, United States       city, Talladega county, central Alabama, U.S. It is located at the ...
Sylbert, Richard
▪ 2003       American motion picture production designer (b. April 16, 1928, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. March 23, 2002, Woodland Hills, Calif.), won two Academy Awards for his ...
▪ Bangladesh originally  Srihatta   city, northeastern Bangladesh. It lies along the right bank of the Surma River. The most important town in the Surma River valley, it ...
/see"lee/, n. an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Guinea, equal to 100 cauris: replaced the franc in 1972. * * *
1. syllable. 2. syllabus. * * *
/sil'euh bair"ee euhm/, n., pl. syllabaria /-bair"ee euh/. syllabary. [ < NL; see SYLLABARY] * * *
/sil"euh ber'ee/, n., pl. syllabaries. 1. a list or catalog of syllables. 2. a set of written symbols, each of which represents a syllable, used to write a given language: the ...
/sil"euh buy'/, n. a pl. of syllabus. * * *
—syllabically, adv. /si lab"ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of a syllable or syllables. 2. pronounced with careful distinction of syllables. 3. of, pertaining to, ...
syllabic verse
▪ literature       in prosody, the metrical system that is most commonly used in English poetry. It is based on both the number of stresses, or accents, and the number ...
See syllabic. * * *
—syllabication, n. /si lab"i kayt'/, v.t., syllabicated, syllabicating. to syllabify. [1765-75; back formation from syllabication < ML syllabication- (s. of syllabicatio). See ...
See syllabification. * * *
/sil'euh bis"i tee/, n. the state of being syllabic; the ability to form a syllable. [1930-35; SYLLABIC + -ITY] * * *
See syllabify. * * *
—syllabification, n. /si lab"euh fuy'/, v.t., syllabified, syllabifying. to form or divide into syllables. [1860-65; < NL syllabificare. See SYLLABLE, -IFY] * * *
/sil"euh biz'euhm/, n. 1. the use of syllabic characters, as in writing. 2. division into syllables. [1880-85; < L syllab(a) SYLLABLE + -ISM] * * *
/sil"euh buyz'/, v.t., syllabized, syllabizing. to syllabify. Also, esp. Brit., syllabise. [1650-60; < ML syllabizare < Gk syllabízein. See SYLLABLE, -IZE] * * *
/sil"euh beuhl/, n., v., syllabled, syllabling. n. 1. an uninterrupted segment of speech consisting of a center of relatively great sonority with or without one or more ...
/sil"euh beuhl tuymd'/, adj. Phonet. (of a language) having a rhythm in which syllables are approximately equal in duration and thus tend to follow each other at regular ...
/sil"euh bub'/, n. 1. a drink of milk or cream sweetened, flavored, and mixed with wine or cider. 2. a dessert of beaten cream that is thickened with gelatin, sweetened, and ...
/sil"euh beuhs/, n., pl. syllabuses, syllabi /-buy'/. 1. an outline or other brief statement of the main points of a discourse, the subjects of a course of lectures, the contents ...
—sylleptic /si lep"tik/, adj. —sylleptically, adv. /si lep"sis/, n., pl. syllepses /-seez/. Gram. the use of a word or expression to perform two syntactic functions, esp. to ...
See syllepsis. * * *
/sil"euh jiz'euhm/, n. 1. Logic. an argument the conclusion of which is supported by two premises, of which one (major premise) contains the term (major term) that is the ...
/sil"euh jist/, n. a person who engages in syllogistic argument. [1790-1800; SYLLOG(ISM) + -IST] * * *
—syllogistically, adv. /sil'euh jis"tik/, adj. Also, syllogistical. 1. of or pertaining to a syllogism. 2. like or consisting of syllogisms. n. 3. the part of logic that deals ...
See syllogistic. * * *
See syllogize. * * *
—syllogization, n. —syllogizer, n. /sil"euh juyz'/, v.i., v.t., syllogized, syllogizing. to argue or reason by syllogism. Also, esp. Brit., syllogise. [1375-1425; late ME ...
See syllogization. * * *
—sylphic, adj. —sylphlike, adj. /silf/, n. 1. a slender, graceful woman or girl. 2. (in folklore) one of a race of supernatural beings supposed to inhabit the air. [1650-60; ...
/sil"fid/, n. 1. a little or young sylph. adj. 2. Also, sylphidine /sil"fi din, -duyn'/. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a sylph. [1670-80; < F sylphide. See SYLPH, ...
▪ island, North Sea       largest and northernmost of the North Frisian Islands, in the North Sea, Schleswig-Holstein Land (state), Germany. Sylt, which occupies an ...
/sil"veuh/, n. silva. [ < L] * * *
/sil"veuh/; Rum. /seel"vah/, n. Carmen /kahr"meuhn/; Rum. /kahrdd"men/, pen name of Elizabeth, queen of Rumania. * * *
/sil"veuhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or inhabiting the woods. 2. consisting of or abounding in woods or trees; wooded; woody: a shady, sylvan glade. 3. made of trees, ...
/sil vah"neuhr, -van"euhr/, n. 1. a white grape grown in the Alsace region of France and in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. 2. a mild white wine made from this grape. [ < G; ...
/sil vay"nee euh, -vayn"yeuh/, n. a town in NW Ohio. 15,527. * * *
/sil"veuh nuyt'/, n. a mineral, gold silver telluride, (AuAg)Te2, silver-white with metallic luster, often occurring in crystals so arranged as to resemble written characters: an ...
/sil vay"neuhs/, n., pl. Sylvani /-nuy/. Silvanus. * * *
/sil vat"ik/, adj. sylvan. [1650-60; < L silvaticus, equiv. to silv(a) SILVA + -aticus (see -ATE1, -IC)] * * *
/sil ves"teuhr/, n. a male given name. * * *
Sylvester (IV)
▪ antipope also spelled  Silvester,  original name  Maginulfo   born , Rome died 1111       antipope from 1105 to 1111. While the Investiture Controversy raged ...
Sylvester I
Saint, died A.D. 335, pope 314-335. Also, Silvester I. * * *
Sylvester I, Saint
▪ pope also spelled  Silvester  born , Rome [Italy] died 335, Rome; Western feast day December 31, Eastern feast day January 2       pope from 314 to 335, whose long ...
Sylvester II
(Gerbert) died 1003, French ecclesiastic: pope 999-1003. Also, Silvester II. * * * orig. Gerbert of Aurillac born с 945, near Aurillac, Auvergen, France died May 12, 1003, ...

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