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beginning with letter S
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S Tweet Definition of S Like Definition of S on Facebook
noun
  1. The nineteenth letter of the Appendix:Roman script, English alphabet, preceded by R and followed by T.
saddle Tweet Definition of saddle Like Definition of saddle on Facebook
noun
  1. A seat (tack) for a rider placed on the back of a horse or other animal
  2. A seat on a bicycle, motorcycle etc
  3. A cut of meat that includes both loins and part of the backbone
  4. A ridge, in the shape of a saddle, between two hills
  5. The raised floorboard in a doorway.
verb (saddl, es)
  1. to put a saddle on an animal
  2. to get into a saddle
  3. (idiomatically) to burden or encumber
salient Tweet Definition of salient Like Definition of salient on Facebook
noun
  1. (military) an outwardly projecting part of a fortification, trench system, or line of defense
adjective
  1. prominent, worthy of note; pertinent or relevant
The article is not exhaustive, but it covers the points pretty well.
  1. (heraldry): Of an animal, usually a quadruped, depicted in a leaping posture.
sault Tweet Definition of sault Like Definition of sault on Facebook
noun
  1. A waterfall.
scour Tweet Definition of scour Like Definition of scour on Facebook
verb
  1. To clean, polish, or wash something by scrubbing it vigorously.
He scoured the burner pans, to remove the burnt spills.
  1. To search an area thoroughly.
They scoured the scene of the crime for clues.
  1. (veterinary medicine) Of livestock, to suffer from diarrhea.
If a lamb is scouring, do not delay treatment.
  1. To move swiftly.
sculpture Tweet Definition of sculpture Like Definition of sculpture on Facebook
noun
  1. The art of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief
  2. A work of art created by sculpting; such works as a group
verb (sculptur, ing)
  1. To fashion something into a three-dimensional figure.
  2. To represent something in sculpture.
  3. To change the shape of a land feature by erosion etc.
SE Tweet Definition of SE Like Definition of SE on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. southeast
initialism
  1. Second Edition
  2. Special Edition
South Tweet Definition of South Like Definition of South on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, The South) the South
  1. The Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  2. The southern states of the United States.
  3. The southern part of any region.
southeast Tweet Definition of southeast Like Definition of southeast on Facebook
noun
  1. The direction of the cardinal compass point halfway between south and east, specifically 135°, abbreviated as SE.
adjective(US) orsouth-east(UK)
  1. Towards the southeast (UK: south-east); southeastwards.
  2. southeastern (UK: south-eastern), southeasternmost; occupying a position that is relatively southeast of another.
southwest Tweet Definition of southwest Like Definition of southwest on Facebook
noun
  1. The compass point halfway between south and west, specifically 225°, abbreviated as SW.
adjective
  1. Towards the southwest, southwestwards, southwestern
spout Tweet Definition of spout Like Definition of spout on Facebook
noun (plual: spouts)
  1. a tube through which liquid is poured or discharged
  2. a stream of liquid
  3. the mixture of air and water thrown up from the blowhole of a whale
verbto spout (spouted, spouted)
  1. to gush forth in a stream
  2. to speak tediously and at length
spur Tweet Definition of spur Like Definition of spur on Facebook
noun
  1. A rigid implement, often roughly y-shaped, that is fixed to one's heel for purpose of prodding a horse. Often worn by, and emblematic of, the cowboy or the knight.
  2. (slang) Fan or member of Tottenham Hotspur F.C
Quotations
  • 1598: Lives he, good uncle? Thrice within this hour I saw him down; thrice up again, and fighting; From helmet to the spur all blood he was. — William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act IV, Scene VI, line 4.
  • 1786: Two sorts of spurs seem to have been in use about the time of the Conquest, one called a pryck, having only a single point like the gaffle of a fighting cock; the other consisting of a number of points of considerable length, radiating from and revolving on a center, thence named the rouelle or wheel spur. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22.
  • See also
  • rowel
  • pryck, prick
  • External links
    Wikipedia article on w:spur, spur.
    1. Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does to a horse.
    Quotations
    1601: But, worthy Hector, She is a theme of honour and renown, A spur to valiant and magnanimous deeds... — William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act II, Scene II, line 198.
    1. An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster.
    2. Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city.
    3. Roots. (As in genealogical?). Spurs are symbolic of knighthood, so perhaps spurs in this context is an allusion to the hereditary aspect of knighthood. Any insights would be appreciated.
    Quotations
  • 1609: I do note That grief and patience, rooted in them both, Mingle their spurs together. — William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene II, line 57.
  • verb (spur, r, ed)
    1. To prod (esp. a horse) in the side or flank, with the intent to urge motion or haste, to gig.
    Quotations
    • 1592: Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head! Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood; Amaze the welkin with your broken staves! — William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act V, Scene III, line 339.
      1. To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to instigate; to impel; to drive.
    Quotations
    1599: My desire (More sharp than filed steel) did spur me forth... — William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene IV, line 4.
    1. To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
    steppe Tweet Definition of steppe Like Definition of steppe on Facebook
    noun (steppes)
    1. The grasslands of Eastern Europe and Asia. Similar to (US) prairie and (African) savannah.
    2. More properly, the name given vast cold, dry grass-plains.
      • Grasslands: The Steppe biome is a dry, cold, grassland that is found in all of the continents except Australia and Antarctica. It is mostly found in the USA, Mongolia, Siberia, Tibet and China. There isn't much humidity in the air because Steppe is located away from the ocean and close to mountain barriers. http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/steppe.htm - 8k
      • Usage note: Although it may be the steppe biome, one would not normally speak of the steppes of Canada, whereas one would speak of the steppes of Asia or the steppes of Russia.
    subarctic Tweet Definition of subarctic Like Definition of subarctic on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. Regions immediately outside of the arctic circle or regions similar to these in climate or conditions of life.
    adjective
    1. Of, relating to, characteristic of the Subarctic.
    subsolar Tweet Definition of subsolar Like Definition of subsolar on Facebook
    adjective
    1. directly beneath the sun
    2. between the tropics; equatorial
    SW Tweet Definition of SW Like Definition of SW on Facebook
    initialism
    1. Search Warrant
    2. southwest
    3. Southwestern
    4. Star Wars
    5. Short Wave
    6. (handbells) "shake"

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