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saber Tweet Definition of saber Like Definition of saber on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, sabre)
saddle Tweet Definition of saddle Like Definition of saddle on Facebook
  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
safety Tweet Definition of safety Like Definition of safety on Facebook
noun (safet, ies, -)
  1. The condition or feeling of being safe; security; certainty.
If you push it to the limit, is not guaranteed.
  1. A mechanism on a weapon or dangerous equipment designed to prevent accidental use
Be sure that the is set before proceeding.
  1. When a player is either tackled in or loses the ball out of his team's own end zone resulting in two points for the opposite team
''He sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a .
  1. The defensive players who are in position furthest from the line of scrimmage and whose responsibility is to defend against passes as well as to be the tacklers of last resort
The free made a game-saving tackle on the runner who had broken past the linebackers.
sailor Tweet Definition of sailor Like Definition of sailor on Facebook
  1. One who follows the business of navigating ships or other vessels; one who understands the practical management of ships; one of the crew of a vessel; a mariner; a common seaman.
saker Tweet Definition of saker Like Definition of saker on Facebook
  1. A falcon (Falco sacer) native of Southern Europe and Asia, also known as the peregrine falcon.
Sally Tweet Definition of Sally Like Definition of Sally on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, ), pet form of Sarah
  2. nickname for the Salvation Army
salute Tweet Definition of salute Like Definition of salute on Facebook
  1. A formal gesture done in honor of someone or something, usually with the hand or hands in one of various particular positions.
The soldiers greeted the dignitaries with a crisp .
  1. Any action done for the purpose of honor or tribute .
The orchestra performed the concert as a to Gershwin.
verb (salutes, saluting, saluted)
  1. To make a gesture in honor of someone or something.
They saluted the flag as it passed in the parade.
  1. To act in thanks, honor, or tribute; to thank or extend gratitude.
I would like to the many dedicated volunteers that make this project possible.
salvo Tweet Definition of salvo Like Definition of salvo on Facebook
  1. An exception; a reservation; an excuse.
They admit many salvos, cautions, and reservations. --Eilon Basilike.
2006 MetaFilter? community weblog Britannica's issued a salvo against Nature's famous "Wikipedia and the EB are comparably error-strewn" analysis.
sapper Tweet Definition of sapper Like Definition of sapper on Facebook
  1. One who saps; specifically, one who is employed in working at saps, building and repairing fortifications, and the like. Often known as a combat engineer or military engineer.
    1. (British colloquial) an officer or private of the Royal Engineers.
school Tweet Definition of school Like Definition of school on Facebook
  1. (context, US, Canada) An institution dedicated to teaching and learning; an educational institution.
Our children attend a public in our neighborhood.
''Harvard University is a famous American postsecondary .
  1. An educational institution providing primary and secondary education, prior to tertiary education (college or university).
  2. Within a larger educational institution, an organizational unit, such as a department or institute, which is dedicated to a specific subject area.
We are enrolled in the same university, but I attend the School of Economics and my brother is in the School of Music.
  1. (italbrac, considered collectively) The followers of a particular doctrine; a particular way of thinking or particular doctrine; a school of thought.
These economists belong to the monetarist .
  1. A group of fish or a group of marine mammals such as porpoises, dolphins, or whales.
The divers encountered a huge of mackerel.
  1. The time during which classes are attended or in session in an educational institution.
I'll see you after .
scramble Tweet Definition of scramble Like Definition of scramble on Facebook
  1. A rush or hurry
  2. (military) An emergency defensive air force mission to intercept attacking enemy aircraft.
  3. A motocross race
verb (scrambl, ed)
  1. To move hurriedly to a location using all limbs against a surface.
  2. To proceed to a location or an objective in a disorderly manner.
  3. To mix food ingredients in a mix to be cooked into a loose mass.
  4. To process telecommunication signals to make them unintelligable to an unauthorized listener.
  5. (military) To quickly enter vehicles, usually aircraft, and proceed to a destination in response to an alert, usually to intercept an attacking enemy.
  1. (sports) To partake in motocross
    1. To ascend rocky terrain as a leisure activity
scrambled eggs Tweet Definition of scrambled eggs Like Definition of scrambled eggs on Facebook
  1. A dish made by beating and frying eggs, sometimes mixed with milk.
screen Tweet Definition of screen Like Definition of screen on Facebook
  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 .
  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.
scupper Tweet Definition of scupper Like Definition of scupper on Facebook
  1. A drainage hole on the deck of a ship.
  1. thwart, destroy
"We can't allow US tantrums to global justice",7369,747744,00.html
This bad media coverage scuppered his chances of being elected.
seaman Tweet Definition of seaman Like Definition of seaman on Facebook
noun (seamen)
  1. A mariner or sailor, one who mans a ship. Opposed to landman or landsman.
  2. A naval rank, same level as private in the army.
  3. A merman; the male of the mermaid.
Not to mention mermaids or seamen. — w:Locke, Locke.
search Tweet Definition of search Like Definition of search on Facebook
  1. An act of searching.
  2. (computing) An act of searching for information using a search engine or searching a database, form, table of values and or other applicable items.
verb (search, es)
  1. (transitive) To look throughout (a place) for something. To try and find something.
I searched the garden for the keys and found them in the vegetable patch.
  1. (intransitive) (followed by "for") To look thoroughly.
The police are searching for evidence in his flat.
second lieutenant Tweet Definition of second lieutenant Like Definition of second lieutenant on Facebook
  1. The lowest rank of a commissioned army officer, below a lieutenant. Also spelt 2nd lieutenant.
sector Tweet Definition of sector Like Definition of sector on Facebook
  1. section
  2. zone
  3. a part of a circle, extending to the center
  4. (computing) a fixed-sized unit (traditionally 512 bytes) of sequential data stored on a track of a digital medium (compare to block)
  5. (Military) An area designated by boundaries within which a unit operates, and for which it is responsible.
  6. (Military) One of the subdivisions of a coastal frontier.
  7. (scifi) a fictional region of space designated for navigational or governance purposes; for instance, W:Sector (Star Trek), W:List of Star Wars sectors
sentinel Tweet Definition of sentinel Like Definition of sentinel on Facebook
  1. A sentry or guard.
  2. (computer science) a unique phrase of characters (a string), used to mark a document for processing by a computer program, also called a keyword. For example, an HTML tag such as '<table>' is a form of sentinel as its a unique phrase that is non-reaccuring in the english language. However the use of '<' and 'table' do occur in english but not in this form, so '<table>' is a relatively good sentinel phrase.
sentry Tweet Definition of sentry Like Definition of sentry on Facebook
noun Plural sentries
  1. A guard, particularly on duty at the entrance to a military base.
sergeant Tweet Definition of sergeant Like Definition of sergeant on Facebook
  1. The highest rank of noncommissioned officer in most non-naval military forces and police.
service Tweet Definition of service Like Definition of service on Facebook
  1. (economics) That which is produced, then traded, bought or sold, then finally consumed and consists of an action or work.
Hair care is a industry.
  1. (computing) A function that is provided by one program or machine for another.
This machine provides the name for the LAN.
  1. The military.
I did three years in the before coming here.
  1. A set of dishes or utensils.
She brought out the silver tea .
  1. The act of initially starting, or serving, the ball in play in tennis, volleyball, and other games.
The player had four faults in the set.
  1. A religious rite or ritual.
The funeral was touching.
  1. The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.
The happened yesterday.
  1. (public service) that which is provided by the Government or its agents
The Job Centre provides a to the unemployed.
  1. (religion) Doing something for someone else without thought of reward or payment.
verb (servic, ing)
  1. to serve
They the customer base.
  1. to perform maintenance
He is going to the car.
set piece Tweet Definition of set piece Like Definition of set piece on Facebook
  1. a piece of freestanding stage scenery
  2. any carefully planned sequence of operations, especially as part of a military operation
  3. an elaborate action scene in a movie
  1. (football) any planned strategy that a team uses after play is restarted with a free kick, penalty kick, corner kick, goal kick, throw-in or kickoff.
    Roberto Carlos is deadly from s.
SFC Tweet Definition of SFC Like Definition of SFC on Facebook
  1. (Hong Kong) Securities and Futures Commission
  2. (Manufacturing) Shop Floor Control
sharps Tweet Definition of sharps Like Definition of sharps on Facebook
  1. (plural of, sharp)
shell Tweet Definition of shell Like Definition of shell on Facebook
  1. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal:
    • The covering, or outside part, of a nut; as, a hazelnut shell.
    • A pod.
    • The hard covering of an egg.
    • The hard calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates. In some mollusks, as the cuttlefishes, it is internal, or concealed by the mantle. Also, the hard covering of some vertebrates, as the armadillo, the tortoise, and the like.
    • The husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa, etc.
      1. Hence, by extension, any mollusks having such a covering.
      2. (plural: ) An artillery projectile or charge case:
    • A hollow projectile, of various shapes, adapted for a mortar or a cannon, and containing an explosive substance, ignited with a fuze or by percussion, by means of which the projectile is burst and its fragments scattered. See Bomb.
    • The case which holds the powder, or charge of powder and shot, used with breechloading small arms.
      1. Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in; as, the shell of a house.
      2. (garment) A top, usually worn by women, with short or no sleeves that fastens, if it does, in the rear.
      3. A coarse kind of coffin; also, a thin interior coffin inclosed in a more substantial one.
      4. (music) An instrument of music, as a lyre, -- the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a tortoise shell.
      5. An engraved copper roller used in print works.
      6. The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
      7. (nautical) A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell.
      8. A drum shell; the usually wooden, cylindrical acoustic chamber, with or without rims added for tuning and attaching drum heads.
      9. (computing) A general-purpose environment, usually CLI, command-line-oriented, within which other commands are invoked and their interactions controlled.
      10. (context, chemistry) A set of atomic orbitals that have the same principal quantum number.
  1. To remove the outer covering or shell of something. See sheller.
  2. To bombard, to fire projectiles at.
  3. (informal) To disburse or give up money, to pay. (Often used with out).
shelter tent Tweet Definition of shelter tent Like Definition of shelter tent on Facebook
  1. a small wedge-shaped tent made by folding two waterproof sheets of material together
Sherman Tweet Definition of Sherman Like Definition of Sherman on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English occupational surname for a sheep-shearer
  2. An American surname derived from the German Schuermann
  3. An Ashkenazic Jewish occupational surname for a tailor
  4. A male given name derived from the surname
  5. A w:Sherman tank, Sherman tank, main Allied battle tank in World War II
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. — 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. — 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. — 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
    ship of the line Tweet Definition of ship of the line Like Definition of ship of the line on Facebook
    1. (nautical) a large square-rigged warship with up to 140 guns on at least two decks; a capital ship from the age of sail
    2. (military) (archaic) a ship of war large enough to have a place in the line of battle; a vessel superior to a frigate; usually, a seventy-four, or three-decker. (Totten)
    short Tweet Definition of short Like Definition of short on Facebook
    1. A short circuit.
    2. (baseball) shortstop
    Jones smashes a grounder between third and .
    1. (transitive) To cause a short circuit
    1. Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically dimensions.
    2. A word or phrase that can be said or written in less time to represent another word or phrase.
    "Tater" is for "potato".
    1. (context, of a person) With less height
    2. (cricket, of a ball) that bounced relatively far from the batsman
    3. (cricket, of a fielder or fielding position) relatively close to the batsman
    1. (cricket) of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full
    shrapnel Tweet Definition of shrapnel Like Definition of shrapnel on Facebook
    1. A collective term for fragments and debris thrown out by an exploding shell or landmine.
    2. (slang) Money, especially coinage.
    shrike Tweet Definition of shrike Like Definition of shrike on Facebook
    noun (plural shrikes)
    1. Any of various passerine birds of the family Laniidae which are known for their habit of catching other birds and small animals and impaling the uneaten portions of their bodies on thorns.
    silence Tweet Definition of silence Like Definition of silence on Facebook
    1. The lack of any sound. (i, When the motor stopped, the was almost deafening.)
    2. Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers). "Meeting for worship." (i, During a message came to me that there was that of God in every person.)
    3. The action of refraining from speaking.
    "You have the right to " said the police officer.
    verb (silenc, ing)
    1. To make something silent
    2. To suppress criticism etc
    silo Tweet Definition of silo Like Definition of silo on Facebook
    1. a vertical building, usually circular, used for the storage of grain.
    2. an underground bunker used to hold missiles which may be launched.
    skirmish Tweet Definition of skirmish Like Definition of skirmish on Facebook
    1. A brief battle between small groups, usually part of a longer or larger battle or war.
    2. A minor dispute.
    3. In warfare a tactic of attacking with missile weapons without making contact.
    verb (skirmish, es)
    1. To engage in a minor battle or dispute
    Slick Tweet Definition of Slick Like Definition of Slick on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. A term of address, generally applied to males, possibly including strangers, implying that the person addressed is slick in the sense of "sophisticated", but often used sarcastically.
    That was a great move locking your keys in the car, Slick.
    Don't you look good tonight, Slick!
    slingshot Tweet Definition of slingshot Like Definition of slingshot on Facebook
    1. A Y-shaped stick with an elastic band between the arms used for shooting small projectiles
    smokeless powder Tweet Definition of smokeless powder Like Definition of smokeless powder on Facebook
    1. an explosive, similar to gunpowder, consisting of nitrocellulose mixed with nitroglycerine or nitroguanidine; it burns with very little smoke
    snickersnee Tweet Definition of snickersnee Like Definition of snickersnee on Facebook
    1. a large knife
    soldier Tweet Definition of soldier Like Definition of soldier on Facebook
    1. A member of an army, of any rank.
    2. A guardsman.
    3. A member of the Salvation Army.
    4. A piece of butter, buttered bread (or toast), cut into a long thin strip and dipped into a soft-boiled egg.
    5. A term of affection for a young boy.
    1. To continue.
    2. To be a soldier.
    soldiery Tweet Definition of soldiery Like Definition of soldiery on Facebook
    1. Soldiers considered as a group.
    2. The profession or skill of being a soldier.
    sortie Tweet Definition of sortie Like Definition of sortie on Facebook
    1. An offensive military mission. Used originally to mean an attack from a fortress, but most commonly used today to describe a single mission by a military aircraft.
    soup kitchen Tweet Definition of soup kitchen Like Definition of soup kitchen on Facebook
    1. a place set up to provide soup and other basic food as a charity or in time of disaster.
    spade Tweet Definition of spade Like Definition of spade on Facebook
    1. A garden tool with a handle and a flat blade for digging. Not to be confused with a shovel which is used for moving earth or other materials.
    2. One of the black suits in a deck of cards, represented by a symbol similar to the garden tool, or �.
    3. (offensive) A black person.
    spar Tweet Definition of spar Like Definition of spar on Facebook
    1. (nautical) A general term any linear object used as a mast, sprit, yard, boom, pole or gaff.
    verb (spar, r, ed)
    1. To fight, especially as practice for martial arts or hand-to-hand combat.
    sparrow Tweet Definition of sparrow Like Definition of sparrow on Facebook
    1. The house sparrow, Passer domesticus; a small bird with a short bill, and brown, white and gray feathers.
    2. A member of the family Passeridae, comprised of small Old World song birds.
    3. A member of the family Emberizidae, comprised of small New World song birds.
    4. Generically, any small, nondescript bird.
    spear Tweet Definition of spear Like Definition of spear on Facebook
    1. A long stick with a sharp tip used as a weapon for throwing or thrusting, or anything used to make a trusting motion.
    2. A sharp tool used by fishermen to retrieve fish.
    1. To penetrate or strike with, or as if with, any long narrow object. To make a thrusting motion that catches an object on the tip of a long device.
    specialist Tweet Definition of specialist Like Definition of specialist on Facebook
    1. someone who is an expert in, or devoted to, some specific branch of study or research
    2. a physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery
    3. (US Army) any of several noncommissioned ranks corresponding to that of corporal
    Spencer Tweet Definition of Spencer Like Definition of Spencer on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. An English occupational surname from someone worked in a spense (larder of medieval monastery).
    2. (given name, male) derived from the surname, used since the nineteenth century.
    3. w:Edmund Spencer, Edmund Spencer, English poet.
    spike Tweet Definition of spike Like Definition of spike on Facebook
    1. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward.
    2. Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
    3. An ear of grain.
    4. (context, botany) A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
    5. (in plural spikes; informal) Running shoes with spikes in the soles.
    6. A sharp peak in a graph.
    7. (volleyball) An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
    8. (context, zoology) An adolescent male deer.
    verb (spik, ing)
    1. To put alcohol or another intoxicating substance in a drink that previously did not contain such substances.
    2. (volleyball) To attack from, usually, above the height of the net with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
    3. (military) To hammer an iron spike into the touch hole so as to render a gun unusable.
    He jumped down, wrenched the hammer from the armourer"s hand, and seizing a nail from the bag, in a few moments he had spiked the gun. " w:Frederick Marryat, Frederick Marryat, "Peter Simple", 1834
    1. (journalism) To decide not to publish or make public.
      • October 14, 2002, Jonathan Sale, The Guardian, Edward VIII news blackout.
      • :Instead, the "Beaver" declared he would the story about Wallis Simpson and make sure his fellow media moguls sat on it too.
    spoon Tweet Definition of spoon Like Definition of spoon on Facebook
    1. An implement for eating or serving; a scooped utensil whose long handle is straight, in contrast to a ladle.
    2. An implement for stirring food while being prepared; a wooden spoon.
    3. (context, sports, archaic) A wooden-headed golf club with moderate loft, similar to the modern three wood.
    4. (context, fishing) A type of metal lure resembling the concave head of a table spoon.
    1. (context, of sailing vessels) to turn to port and starboard erratically for short periods of time, as a sailboat does when heading nearly into a wind that varies direction slightly
    2. (slang; late 19th-early 20th century; of people) to have a nervously ambivalent romantic rendez-vous, as young people had during the age of chaperones, from turning one's head toward and away from the other person as the sailing ship did
    3. (slang; late 20th century; of people) to lie nested together, in a manner reminiscent of stacked spoons; usually has a sexual connotation
    spot Tweet Definition of spot Like Definition of spot on Facebook
    1. A stain or disfigure, disfiguring mark.
    I have tried everything, and I can"t get this out.
    1. A pimple or pustule.
    That morning, I saw that a had come up on my chin.
    1. A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.
    The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.
    1. A small amount or quantity.
    Would you like to come round on Sunday for a of lunch?
    1. A particular location or area.
    I like to eat lunch in a pleasant outside.
    1. A bright lamp; a spotlight.
    2. A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
    Did you see the on the news about the shoelace factory?
    verb (spot, t, ing)
    1. (transitive) To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate or identify.
    Try to the differences between these two entries.
    1. (finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
    I"ll you ten dollars for lunch.
    1. To stain; to leave a spot.
    Hard water will if it is left on a surface.
    1. (rfv-sense) To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
    I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
    1. (context, gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.
    I can"t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.
    1. (dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
    Most figure skaters do not their turns like dancers do.
    spotter Tweet Definition of spotter Like Definition of spotter on Facebook
    1. a person who observes something
    1. (military) a member of a sniper team
    2. (weightlifting): a person who stands by the person lifting the weight, in order to help them should they be unable to complete the exercise and secure the weight properly. Spotters are also used in powerlifting, but they are not required for weightlifting.
    squad Tweet Definition of squad Like Definition of squad on Facebook
    1. a group of people organized for some common purpose, usually of about ten members.
    2. a unit of tactical military personnel, or of police officers, usually of about ten members
    3. (sports) a team, usually of about ten members.
    4. (cricket) a group of potential players from whom a team and twelfth man are chosen
    5. (soccer) The collective noun for a team of footballers
    squadron Tweet Definition of squadron Like Definition of squadron on Facebook
    noun (abbreviated to: sqn)
    1. (obsolete): Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square.
    "Those half-rounding quards Just met, and, closing, stood in joined." -Milton.
    1. (Army): A body of cavalry comprising two companies or troops, and averaging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred men.
    2. (Navy): A detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer; as, the North Atlantic Squadron.
    3. (Air Force): A tactical air force unit; consists of at least two flights; multiple squadrons make up a group
    square Tweet Definition of square Like Definition of square on Facebook
    1. (geometry) A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degrees; a regular quadrilateral whose angles are all 90 degrees.
    I took refuge in the form and exhibited a picture which consisted of nothing more than a black square on a white field.—q:Kazimir Malevich, Kazimir Malevich
    1. An L- or T-shaped tool used to place objects or draw lines at right angles.
    There are so many uses for the , in fact, that a new model will usually come complete with a booklet enumerating its applications.
    1. An open space in a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.
    You're not in Wisconsin, Dave. The big story isn't about a cow wandering into the town . q:NewsRadio, NewsRadio?
    1. Anything, such as tiles or cut pieces of material, primarily defined by being square in shape.
    You may not move a piece to a already occupied by one of your own pieces.
    1. (mathematics) The second power of a number, value, term or expression.
    64 is the of 8.
    1. (slang) A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s
    Why do you always wear a tie? Don't be such a !
    1. The symbol
    1. on a telephone; hash.
    Enter your account number followed by a .
    1. (cricket) The central area of a cricket field, containing several pitches laid out next to one another - only one being used at a time.
    An ideal playing area is roughly circular in shape with a central area, the cricket , measuring 27.44 metres by 27.44 metres and boundaries 45.75 metres from the sides of the square.
    1. (context, real estate jargon) A unit of measurement of area, equal to a 10 foot by 10 foot square, ie. 100 square feet or roughly 9.3 square metres. Used in real estate for the size of a house or its rooms, though progressively being replaced by square metres in metric countries such as Australia.
    2006: Just as the basic unit of real estate measurement across the world is the ... — w:Macquarie Bank, Macquarie Bank (Australia), press release Macquarie releases Real Estate Market Outlook 2006 - "The World Squared", 21 June 2006
    2007: The house is very large and open and boasts 39 squares of living space plus over 13 squares of decking area on 3 sides and 17 squares of garage and workshop downstairs. — Your Estate advertisement for Grindelwald Tasmania
    verb (squar, ing)
    1. (transitive) To adjust so as to align with or place at a right angle to something else.
    2. To resolve.
    • John can this question up for us.
  • These results just don't .
    1. (context, transitive, mathematics) Of a value, term or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power.
  • adjective (squarer, squarest)
    1. Shaped like a square (the polygon).
    2. At right angles to.
    3. Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself.
    square metre
    square mile
    1. (slang) Socially conventional; boring.
    2. (cricket) in line with the batsman's popping crease.
    SSM Tweet Definition of SSM Like Definition of SSM on Facebook
    1. Start-up, Shutdown or Malfunction
    stack Tweet Definition of stack Like Definition of stack on Facebook
    1. A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, larger at the bottom than the top, sometimes covered with thatch.
    2. A pile of similar objects, each directly on top of the last.
    Please bring me a chair from that stack in the corner.
    1. A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.
    2. A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. (~3 m³)
    3. A smokestack.
    4. (computing) A linear data structure in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved; a LIFO queue.
    5. (computing) A portion of memory in a computer occupied by a data structure, particularly (the stack) that portion of main memory manipulated during machine language procedure call related instructions.
    6. (geology) Coastal landform. A large vertical column of rock in the sea.
    7. (context, library) Compactly spaced bookshelf, bookshelves used to house large collections of books.
    8. (figurative) A large amount of an object.
    9. (military) A pile of rifles or muskets in a cone shape.
    10. (poker) The amount of money a player has on the table.
    11. (architecture) A vertical drain pipe.
    1. To place one or more objects or material in the form of a stack or on an existing stack.
    Please stack those chairs in the corner.
    1. (card games) To arrange the cards in a deck in a particular manner.
    This is the third hand in a row you've drawn a four-of-a-kind. Someone is stacking the deck!
    1. (poker) To take all the money another player currently has on the table.
    I won Jill's last $100 this hand; I stacked her!
    staff officer Tweet Definition of staff officer Like Definition of staff officer on Facebook
    1. (military) An officer that fulfills a non-combat support function, often in a headquarters or planning office.
    stand Tweet Definition of stand Like Definition of stand on Facebook
    1. A device to hold something upright or aloft.
    He set the music upon the and began to play.
    1. The platform on which a witness testifies in court; the witness stand or witness box.
    She took the and quietly answered questions.
    1. A resolute, unwavering position; firm opinion; action for a purpose in the face of opposition.
    They took a firm against copyright infringement.
    1. A particular grove or other group of trees.
    This of pines is older than the one next to it.
    1. (forestry) A contiguous group of trees sufficiently uniform in age-class distribution, composition, and structure, and growing on a site of sufficiently uniform quality, to be a distinguishable unit.
    2. A small building, booth, or stage, as in a bandstand or hamburger stand.
    3. A designated spot where someone or something may stand or wait: taxi stand.
    4. (cricket) A partnership.
    verb (stands, standing, stood, stood or archaic standen)
    1. (intransitive) To be upright, support oneself on the feet in an erect position.
    Here I stand, wondering what to do next.
    1. (intransitive) To rise to one's feet; to stand up.
    Stand up, walk to the refrigerator, and get your own snack.
    1. (intransitive) To remain motionless.
    Do not leave your car standing in the road.
    1. (context, cricket, intransitive) To act as an umpire.
    2. (intransitive) To undergo; withstand; hold up.
    The works of Shakespeare have stood the test of time.
    1. (transitive) To tolerate.
    I can't stand when people don't read the instructions.
    I can't her.
    1. (intransitive) To place in an upright or standing position.
    He stood the broom in a corner and took a break.
    1. (context, UK, intransitive) To seek election
    He is standing for election to the local council
    star Tweet Definition of star Like Definition of star on Facebook
    1. A luminous celestial body, made up of plasma (particularly hydrogen and helium), forming a sphere. Thousands of stars are visible in the night sky. Depending on context the sun may or may not be included.
    2. (figurative) A person or thing held as a positive example. A star athlete.
    3. (rfd-redundant) A celebrity or noteworthy performer.
    verb (star, r, ed)
    1. To appear as a featured performer or headliner, especially in an entertainment program; see (3) above.
    static line Tweet Definition of static line Like Definition of static line on Facebook
    1. In parachuting, the cord attached from the parachute pack to the plane, used to automatically deploy the parachute.
    station Tweet Definition of station Like Definition of station on Facebook
    1. A place where a vehicle (especially a train) may stop.
    The next is Esperanza.
    1. A place where one stands or stays in order to perform a task.
    From my at the front door, I greeted every visitor.
    1. Area of a restaurant allocated to one waiter or waitress.
    2. A military base.
    She had a boyfriend at the .
    1. A place used for broadcasting radio or television.
    I used to work at a radio .
    1. A broadcasting entity.
    I used to listen to that radio .
    1. (Australia & NZ) A very large sheep or cattle farm
    There was movement at the , for the word had passed around, that the colt from old Regret had got away (A. B. Patterson, poet)
    verb (transitive)
    1. To put in place to perform a task.
    The host stationed me at the front door to greet visitors.
    1. To put in place to perform military duty.
    They stationed me overseas just as fighting broke out.
    stealth Tweet Definition of stealth Like Definition of stealth on Facebook
    1. (uncountable) the attribute or characteristic of acting in secrecy, or in such a way that the actions are unnoticed or difficult to detect by others.
    2. (context, archaic, countable) an act of secrecy, especially one involving thievery
      • 1877, George Hill, An Historical Account of the Plantation in Ulster at the Commencement of the Seventeenth Century, M'Caw, Stevenson & Orr, page 352:
      • : The King thinks it fit... that restitution according to this order be made to the petitioners for stealths committed upon them last winter (273).
    1. having the ability to not be detected
    Sten gun Tweet Definition of Sten gun Like Definition of Sten gun on Facebook
    noun (plural Sten guns)
    1. A family of lightweight British submachine guns.
    Steward Tweet Definition of Steward Like Definition of Steward on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. an English surname, a variant of Stewart
    Stinger Tweet Definition of Stinger Like Definition of Stinger on Facebook
    noun (wikipedia, FIM-92 Stinger)
    1. a portable infra-red homing surface-to-air missile
    stink bomb Tweet Definition of stink bomb Like Definition of stink bomb on Facebook
    1. alternative spelling of stinkbomb
    stockade Tweet Definition of stockade Like Definition of stockade on Facebook
    1. an enclosure protected by a wall of wooden posts
    2. (colloquial) a military prison
    storm Tweet Definition of storm Like Definition of storm on Facebook
    1. Any disturbed state of the atmosphere, especially as affecting the earth's surface, and strongly implying destructive or unpleasant weather.
    2. very strong wind, stronger than a gale, less than a hurricane
    3. weather associated with a storm
    4. (military) a violent assault on a stronghold or fortified position;
    1. To move quickly and noisily like a storm, usually in a state of uproar or anger.
    She stormed out of the room.
    strafe Tweet Definition of strafe Like Definition of strafe on Facebook
    1. an attack of machine-gun or cannon fire from a low-flying aircraft.
    strategy Tweet Definition of strategy Like Definition of strategy on Facebook
    noun (strateg, ies)
    1. The science and art of military command as applied to the overall planning and conduct of warfare
    2. A plan of action intended to accomplish a specific goal
    3. The art of using similar techniques in politics or business
    strength Tweet Definition of strength Like Definition of strength on Facebook
    1. The quality of being strong.
    2. The intensity of a force or power; potency.
    3. The strongest part of something.
    strike Tweet Definition of strike Like Definition of strike on Facebook
    1. (baseball) a status resulting from a batter swinging and missing a pitch, or having a pitch pass over home plate at a height between a batter's shoulders and knees, or hitting a ball into foul territory without being caught
    2. (bowling) the act of knocking down all ten pins in on the first roll of a frame
    3. a work stoppage
    4. a blow or application of physical force against something
    5. (finance) In an option contract, the price at which the holder buys or sells if they choose to exercise the option.
    6. An old English measure of corn equal to the bushel.
    • 1882: The sum is also used for the quarter, and the for the bushel. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 207.
      1. (cricket) the status of being the batsman that the bowler is bowling at
    verb (strikes, striking, struck, struck or stricken)
    1. To delete or cross out; to scratch or eliminate.
    Please the last sentence.
    1. To hit.
    Strike the door sharply with your foot and see if it comes loose.
    1. To stop working to achieve better working conditions.
    The workers struck for a week before the new contract went through.
    1. (obsolete) To surrender (strike one's colors)
    2. To impress, seem or appear.
    Golf has always struck me as a waste of time.
    1. To manufacture, as by stamping.
    ''We will a medal in your honour
    1. (nautical) To haul down, or lower a mast, a flag or cargo etc
    2. (nautical) To capitulate: to signal a surrender by hauling down the colours.
    striker Tweet Definition of striker Like Definition of striker on Facebook
    1. An individual who is on strike
    2. Someone or something that hits someone or something else
    3. (soccer) Players on a team in football (soccer) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals.
    1. (baseball) (slang) an 1800s baseball term meaning the batter
    2. (cricket) The batsman who is currently facing the bowler and defending his wicket
    subaltern Tweet Definition of subaltern Like Definition of subaltern on Facebook
    1. a subordinate
    2. (british) a commissioned officer having a rank just below that of Captain
    3. (logic) A subaltern proposition; a proposition implied by a universal proposition. For example, some crows are black is a subaltern of all crows are black.
    1. of a lower rank or position; inferior or secondary
    submachine gun Tweet Definition of submachine gun Like Definition of submachine gun on Facebook
    noun Submachine gun
    1. A type of short range machine gun that is carried as a personal weapon and uses pistol ammunition.
    Bare-chested children and their parents gathered in doorways, on roofs and in windows as he passed, watched warily by Brazilian troops carrying submachine guns. - New York Times, 09/03/2007
    sum Tweet Definition of sum Like Definition of sum on Facebook
    1. (arithmetic) A quantity obtained by addition or aggregation.
    The of 3 and 4 is 7.
    1. (arithmetic) An arithmetic computation, especially one posed to a student as an exercise (not necessarily limited to addition.)
    2. A quantity of money.
    3. A summary.
    4. A central idea or point.
    5. The utmost degree.
    6. (obsolete) An old English measure of corn equal to the quarter.
      • 1882, The is also used for the quarter, and the strike for the bushel. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 207.
    verb (sum, m, ing)
    1. (transitive) To add together.
      • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 250b.
      • : when you say that stability and change are, it's because you're summing them up together as embraced by it, and taking note of the communion each of them has with being.
        1. (transitive) To give a summary of.
    sword Tweet Definition of sword Like Definition of sword on Facebook
    1. (context, Weapon) A long-bladed weapon having a handle and sometimes a hilt and designed to stab, cut or slash.
    • 1509: Unsheathe your sword and dub him presently. — William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III, Act II, Scene II, line 59.
  • 1786: Some swords were also made solely to thrust, and some only to cut; others were equally adapted for both. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 49.
    1. Someone paid to handle a sword.
    2. A suit in the minor arcana in tarot.
    3. A card of this suit.

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