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sabaton Tweet Definition of sabaton Like Definition of sabaton on Facebook
  1. Part of a Knight's armour that covers the foot.
sable Tweet Definition of sable Like Definition of sable on Facebook
  1. A small mammal, related to the marten of Eurasia and North Pacific Islands. Taxonomic name: Martes zibellina.
  2. The marten. Taxonomic name: Mustela americana.
  3. A coat made from the fur of the sable.
    • 1928, w:Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf, w:Orlando:_A_Biography, Orlando:
    • :Lovers dallied upon divans spread with sables.
      1. An artist's brush made from the fur of the sable.
      2. (tincture): A black colour on a coat of arms.
      3. (colour) a black colour, like that of sable fur.
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  1. (colour) of a black colour, like that of sable fur.
    • 2002, Christopher Paolini, Eragon, ch 3
    • :They wound between the wagons to a tent removed from the rest of the traders'. It was crimson at the top and at the bottom, with thin triangles of colors stabbing into each other.
      1. (tincture): In blazon, of the colour black.
      2. Made of sable fur.
salient Tweet Definition of salient Like Definition of salient on Facebook
  1. (military) an outwardly projecting part of a fortification, trench system, or line of defense
  1. prominent, worthy of note; pertinent or relevant
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  1. (heraldry): Of an animal, usually a quadruped, depicted in a leaping posture.
sallet Tweet Definition of sallet Like Definition of sallet on Facebook
noun (plural: sallets)
  1. (obsolete) spicy information
  1. A helmet, also sometimes called a salade or celate.
saltire Tweet Definition of saltire Like Definition of saltire on Facebook
  1. (heraldry) an ordinary (geometric design) in the shape of an X. It usually occupies the entire field in which it is placed.
sanguine Tweet Definition of sanguine Like Definition of sanguine on Facebook
  1. (color) Blood colour; red.
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    1. Anything of a blood-red color, as cloth.
    2. bloodstone, Bloodstone.
    3. Red crayon. See the Note under Crayon, 1.
verb (sanguin, ing)
  1. To stain with blood; to impart the color of blood to; to ensanguine.
  1. (colour) Having the colour of blood; red.
  2. Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood.
a bodily temperament
  1. Warm; ardent.
a temper
  1. Anticipating the best; not despondent; confident; full of hope
of success
  1. (obsolete) irresponsibly mirthful; indulgent in pleasure to the exclusion of important matters
scaled Tweet Definition of scaled Like Definition of scaled on Facebook
  1. (past of, scale)
sea lion Tweet Definition of sea lion Like Definition of sea lion on Facebook
  1. A marine mammal of the family Otariidae.
secrete Tweet Definition of secrete Like Definition of secrete on Facebook
verb (secret, ing)
  1. (physiology) Of organs: to produce and emit (bodily fluids).
Sejant Tweet Definition of Sejant Like Definition of Sejant on Facebook
  1. (heraldry) Of or pertaining to sitting.
seme Tweet Definition of seme Like Definition of seme on Facebook
noun (semata)
  1. (linguistics) anything which serves for any purpose as a substitute for an object of which it is, in some sense, a representation or sign
    1. (Japanese anime) a dominant character
shield Tweet Definition of shield Like Definition of shield on Facebook
  1. (Armor) A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body.
  • 1599: Knocks go and come; God's vassals drop and die; And sword and shield, In bloody field, Doth win immortal fame. &mdash; William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act III, Scene II, line 8.
  • 1786: The shields used by our Norman ancestors were the triangular or heater shield, the target or buckler, the roundel or rondache, and the pavais, pavache, or tallevas. &mdash; Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22.
    1. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection.
  • Quotations
  • 1592: Go muster men. My counsel is my shield; We must be brief when traitors brave the field. &mdash; William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act 4, Scene 3, line 56.
    1. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
  • Quotations
  • 1611: Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. The Holy Bible, King James Version, Genesis 15:1.
    1. (botany) In lichens, a hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
    2. (heraldry) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms.
    3. (geology) A large expanse of exposed stable Precambrian rock.
    4. (mining) (Mining) A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.
    5. A spot resembling, or having the form of a shield.
  • Bespotted as with shields of red and black. Spenser.
    1. (obsolete) A coin, the old French crown, or écu, having on one side the figure of a shield.
    2. (scifi) A field of energy which protects or defends.
    3. (colloquial) A police badge
  • The chief put something in his hand and Bosch looked down to see the gold detective's .
    1. (transport) A sign or symbol, usually containing numbers and sometimes letters, identifying a highway route.
  • verb 
    1. To protect, to defend.
      • 2004: w: Chris Wallace (journalist), Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      • :Shots rang out and a 15-year-old boy, shielding a woman from the line of fire, was killed.
        1. (electricity) to protect from the influence of
    sinister Tweet Definition of sinister Like Definition of sinister on Facebook
    1. inauspicious, ominous, unlucky
    2. evil, seeming to be evil.
    3. of the left side.
    4. (heraldry): the left side of a shield from the wearer's standpoint, and the right side to the viewer.
    skull Tweet Definition of skull Like Definition of skull on Facebook
    1. (anatomy) The main bone of the head; the cranium.
    standard Tweet Definition of standard Like Definition of standard on Facebook
    1. A level of quality or attainment.
    2. Something used as a measure for comparative evaluations.
    3. An object supported in an upright position.
    4. A musical work of established popularity.
    5. The flag or ensign carried by a cavalry unit.
    6. A rule or set of rules or requirements which are widely agreed upon or imposed by government.
    7. A bottle of wine containing 0.750 liters of fluid.
    8. One of the upright members that supports the horizontal axis of a transit or theodolite.
    1. Falling within an accepted range. ex, size, amount, power, quality, etc.
    2. (context, of a tree or shrub) Growing on an erect stem of full height.
    3. Having recognized excellence or authority.
    4. Of a usable or serviceable grade or quality.
    swallow-tailed Tweet Definition of swallow-tailed Like Definition of swallow-tailed on Facebook
    1. Having a tail that is forked like a swallow's.

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