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scan Tweet Definition of scan Like Definition of scan on Facebook
noun
  1. The result or output of a scan.
After the was done the doctors looked at the images and made a diagnosis.
verb (scan, n, ing)
  1. (obsolete): To mount by steps; to go through with step by step.
  2. To examine sequentially, part by part.
  3. (computing): To create a digital copy of an image using a scanner.
  4. To look about for.
He scanned the horizon.
  1. (poetry) To fit or conform to a specific meter.
scanner Tweet Definition of scanner Like Definition of scanner on Facebook
noun
  1. Something or somebody which scans.
He put the picture in the , then e-mailed a copy of it to his family.
scintillate Tweet Definition of scintillate Like Definition of scintillate on Facebook
verb (scintillat, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To give off sparks; to shine as if emanating sparks; to twinkle or glow.
  2. (transitive) To throw off like sparks.
SCR Tweet Definition of SCR Like Definition of SCR on Facebook
initialism
  1. Silicon Controlled Rectifier. Thyristor (electronics).
  2. Senior Common Room (British Universities).
  3. South Coast Repertory (theater in Costa Mesa, CA)
screen Tweet Definition of screen Like Definition of screen on Facebook
noun
  1. A physical divider intended to block an area from view.
  2. A material woven from fine wires intended to block animals or large particles from passing while allowing gasses, liquids and finer particles to pass.
  3. The informational viewing area of electronic output devices; the result of the output.
    • 1977, Sex Pistols, Spunk, "Problems":
    • : You won't find me living for the
      1. The viewing area of a movie, or moving picture or slide presentation
      2. (basketball) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
      3. (baseball) The protective netting which protects the audience from flying objects
      Jones caught the foul up against the .
verb
  1. To filter by passing through a screen.
Mary screened the beans to remove the clumps of gravel.
  1. To remove information, or censor intellectual material from viewing
The news report was screened because it accused the politician of wrongdoing.
  1. (context, film, television) To present publicly (on the screen).
The news report will be screened at 11:00 tonight.
  1. To fit with a screen.
We need to this porch. These bugs are driving me crazy.
see Tweet Definition of see Like Definition of see on Facebook
noun
  1. A diocese; a region of a church, generally headed by a bishop
verb (sees, seeing, saw, seen)
  1. To perceive with the eyes.
  2. To perceive or detect as if by sight.
  3. To form a mental picture of.
  4. To understand.
Do you what I mean?
semiconductor Tweet Definition of semiconductor Like Definition of semiconductor on Facebook
noun
  1. (physics) A substance with electrical properties intermediate between a good conductor and a good insulator.
servo Tweet Definition of servo Like Definition of servo on Facebook
noun
  1. A servomechanism or servomotor
  2. Abbreviation of service station, being a place for cars etc to buy petrol and various convenience items, with or without actual car service facilities.
Man arrested after allegedly driving car through servo — title of w:Australian Broadcasting Commission, Australian Broadcasting Commission News Radio item, 3 June 2005 http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200606/s1654443.htm
servomechanism Tweet Definition of servomechanism Like Definition of servomechanism on Facebook
noun (abbreviated as servo)
  1. Any system which controls motion automatically using feedback
signal Tweet Definition of signal Like Definition of signal on Facebook
noun
  1. An indication given to another person.
  2. (of a radio, TV, telephone, internet, etc) An electrical or electromagnetic action, normally a voltage that is a function of time that conveys the information of the radio or TV program or of communication with another party.
I cannot get a .
  1. An on-off light or semaphore.
verb (signals, signalling (UK) or signaling (US), signalled (UK) or signaled (US))
  1. To indicate.
solid-state Tweet Definition of solid-state Like Definition of solid-state on Facebook
adjective
  1. of, related to, or having the electromagnetic, thermodynamic or structural properties of a solid
  2. (context, of an electronic component) based upon semiconductors
sputtering Tweet Definition of sputtering Like Definition of sputtering on Facebook
noun
  1. The ejection of atoms from the surface of a solid or liquid following bombardment with ions, atoms or molecules; used to prepare a thin layer of material on an object
verb
  1. (present participle of, sputter)
squelch Tweet Definition of squelch Like Definition of squelch on Facebook
verbto squelch (squelches, squelched, squelching)
  1. (context, transitive, US) to halt, stop, eliminate, stamp out, or put down, often suddenly or by force
Even the king"s announcement could not the rumors.
  1. (transitive) (radio technology) to suppress the unwanted hiss or static between received transmissions by adjusting the gain of your receiver.
  2. (context, intransitive, UK) to make a sucking, splashing noise as when walking on muddy ground
The mud squelched underfoot; it had been raining all night.
  1. (context, intransitive, UK) to walk or step through a substance such as mud
The mud was thick and sticky underfoot, but we squelched through it nonetheless.
SSI Tweet Definition of SSI Like Definition of SSI on Facebook
initialism
  1. (computing) Server Side Include
  2. Supplemental Security Income
substrate Tweet Definition of substrate Like Definition of substrate on Facebook
noun
  1. (biochemistry) The material or substance on which an enzyme acts.
  2. (biology) A surface on which an organism grows or is attached e.g. the rock surface of a rockpool is the substrate for a sessile organism such as a limpet.
  3. An underlying layer; a substratum.
  4. (context, linguistics) An indigenous language that contributes features to the language of an invading people who impose their language on the indigenous population.
  5. (context, plating) A metal which is plated with another metal which has different physical properties.
  6. (context, construction) A surface to which a substance adheres.
sweep Tweet Definition of sweep Like Definition of sweep on Facebook
noun
  1. The person who steers a dragon boat.
  2. A person who stands at the stern of a surf boat, steering with a steering oar and commanding the crew.
  3. A chimney sweep.
  4. A search (typically for bugs electronic listening devices).
  5. (cricket) A batsman's shot, played from a kneeling position with a swinging horizontal bat.
  6. A lottery, usually on the results of a sporting event, where players win if their randomly chosen team wins.
Jim will win fifty dollars in the office if Japan wins the World Cup.
  1. A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland.
verb (sweeps, sweeping, swept)
  1. (transitive) To clean (a floor, etc) using a broom or brush.
  2. (intransitive) To move through an (horizontal) arc or similar long stroke.
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 236d.
    • : has the course of the argument so accustomed you to agreeing that you were swept by it into a ready assent?
      1. (transitive) To search (a place) methodically.
      2. (cricket) To play a sweep shot.
      3. (curling) To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less.
      4. (transitive) (ergative) To move something in a particular motion, as a broom

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