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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.
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.
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 Úcu, 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.
  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 (pluralshrikes)
  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 Ô™ .
  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.
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