so

Definitions

  • Sang So Loud You Would Think he Would Split Hisself 333
    Sang So Loud You Would Think he Would Split Hisself 333
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv so in truth (often tends to intensify) "they said the car would break down and indeed it did","it is very cold indeed","was indeed grateful","indeed, the rain may still come","he did so do it!"
    • adv so (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result "therefore X must be true","the eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory","we were young and thence optimistic","it is late and thus we must go","the witness is biased and so cannot be trusted"
    • adv so subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors) "then he left","go left first, then right","first came lightning, then thunder","we watched the late movie and then went to bed","and so home and to bed"
    • adv so in a manner that facilitates "he observed the snakes so he could describe their behavior","he stooped down so he could pick up his hat"
    • adv so in the way indicated; (`thusly' is a nonstandard variant) "hold the brush so","set up the pieces thus"
    • adv so to a very great extent or degree "the idea is so obvious","never been so happy","I love you so","my head aches so!"
    • adv so (usually followed by `that') to an extent or degree as expressed "he was so tired he could hardly stand","so dirty that it smells"
    • adv so in such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied "They're happy and I hope they will remain so","so live your life that old age will bring no regrets"
    • adv so to a certain unspecified extent or degree "I can only go so far with this student","can do only so much in a day"
    • adv so in the same way; also "I was offended and so was he","worked hard and so did she"
    • n so the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization
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Additional illustrations & photos:

And So This is the Champion Little Devil of America 357 And So This is the Champion Little Devil of America 357
So it seems So it seems
SO INCONSIDERATE SO INCONSIDERATE
And so the teacher turned him out And so the teacher turned him out
And so there we wuz a-facin' each other And so there we wuz a-facin' each other
Them tramps set there lookin' so sassy and lazy, nateral as life Them tramps set there lookin' so sassy and lazy, nateral as life
"But it is so stylish, Samantha, and it only costs ten cents." "But it is so stylish, Samantha, and it only costs ten cents."
It wuz so big that it wuz fairly skairful It wuz so big that it wuz fairly skairful

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Canadian, Troy Hurtubise, spent $100,000 and almost went bankrupt building a RoboCop style suit so that he could withstand a bear attack
    • So So is now commonly used as a demonstrative correlative of as when it is the puprpose to emphasize the equality or comparison suggested, esp. in negative assertions, and questions implying a negative answer. By Shakespeare and others so . . . as was much used where as . . . as is now common. See the Note under As, 1.
    • So About the number, time, or quantity specified; thereabouts; more or less; as, I will spend a week or so in the country; I have read only a page or so. "A week or so will probably reconcile us."
    • interj So Be as you are; stand still; stop; that will do; right as you are; -- a word used esp. to cows; also used by sailors.
    • So In like manner or degree; in the same way; thus; for like reason; whith equal reason; -- used correlatively, following as, to denote comparison or resemblance; sometimes, also, following inasmuch as. "As a war should be undertaken upon a just motive, so a prince ought to consider the condition he is in."
    • So In such manner; to such degree; -- used correlatively with as or that following; as, he was so fortunate as to escape. "I viewed in may mind, so far as I was able, the beginning and progress of a rising world.""He is very much in Sir Roger's esteem, so that he lives in the family rather as a relation than dependent."
    • So In that manner or degree; as, indicated (in any way), or as implied, or as supposed to be known. "Why is his chariot so long in coming?"
    • So In the same manner; as has been stated or suggested; in this or that condition or state; under these circumstances; in this way; -- with reflex reference to something just asserted or implied; used also with the verb to be, as a predicate. "Use him [your tutor] with great respect yourself, and cause all your family to do so too.""It concerns every man, with the greatest seriousness, to inquire into those matters, whether they be so or not.""He is Sir Robert's son, and so art thou."
    • So Is it thus? do you mean what you say? -- with an upward tone; as, do you say he refuses? So?
    • So It is well; let it be as it is, or let it come to pass; -- used to express assent. "And when 't is writ, for my sake read it over,
      And if it please you, so ; if not, why, so ."
      "There is Percy; if your father will do me any honor, so ; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself."
    • conj So Provided that; on condition that; in case that; if. "Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose play upon the earth, so truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength."
    • So The case being such; therefore; on this account; for this reason; on these terms; -- used both as an adverb and a conjuction. "God makes him in his own image an intellectual creature, and so capable of dominion.""Here, then, exchange we mutually forgiveness;
      So may the guilt of all my broken vows,
      My perjuries to thee, be all forgotten."
    • So Very; in a high degree; that is, in such a degree as can not well be expressed; as, he is so good; he planned so wisely.
    • So Well; the fact being as stated; -- used as an expletive; as, so the work is done, is it?
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Diet Soda kills brain cells because they use so many chemicals to make it "diet"
    • so In, of, or to that degree; to an amount, extent, proportion or intensity specified, implied, or understood: used in various constructions. In correlation with the conjunction as (or in former use so) introducing a clause, or some part of a clause understood, limiting the degree of a preceding adjective or adverb.
    • so In the same sense so sometimes modifies a verb.
    • so With an adjective, adverb, or verb only, the consequent being omitted or ignored, and the degree being fixed by previous statements or by the circumstances of the case.
    • so Followed by that, as, or but, introducing a clause or an infinitive phrase noting result.
    • so In this sense sometimes followed by a phrase or clause of result without any connective.
    • so Of or to the following degree, extent, amount, etc.; thus.
    • so In that manner; in such manner (as the context indicates).
    • so In the manner explained by a correlative as (or so or how) and a subordinate clause.
    • so In the following manner; as follows; thus.
    • so In the manner previously noted or understood.
    • so Still gath'ring force, it smokes; and, urg'd amain, Whirls, leaps, and thunders down impetuous to the plain;
    • so In such a manner: followed by that or as, with a clause or phrase of result.
    • so By this or that means; by virtue of or because of this or that; for that reason; therefore; on those terms or conditions: often with a conjunctive quality (see II.).
    • so In a like manner, degree, proportion, etc.; correspondingly; likewise: with a correlative clause (usually with as) expressed or understood.
    • so In such way as aforesaid; in the aforesaid state or condition; the same: a pronominal adverb used especially for the sake of avoiding repetition.
    • so As aforesaid; precisely as stated; in very truth; in accordance with fact; verily.
    • so Such being the ease; accordingly; therefore; well, then: used in continuation, with a conjunctive quality.
    • so In an indefinite degree; extremely: as, you are so kind; we were so delighted.
    • so Then; thereafter.
    • so An abbreviation of so be it: implying acquiescence, assent, or approbation.
    • so An abbreviation of is it so? as, He leaves us to-day. So?
    • so In asseveration, and frequently with an ellipsis: as, I declare I did not, so help me God!
    • so As an indefinite particle: Ever; at all: now used only in composition, as in whoso, whosoever, whatsoever, etc.
    • so In proportion as.
    • so So long as; provided that.
    • so With the purpose or result that; to that degree that: now followed by an infinitive phrase, or, in dialectal use, a clause of purpose or result.
    • so Such a Quantity regarded indefinitely or distributively: as, so much of this kind and so much of that. Compare so many, under many, adjective
    • so With the effect or result that.
    • so Provided that; in case that; if.
    • so Synonyms Wherefore, Accordingly. See therefore.
    • so In, of, or to what degree, extent, amount, intensity, or the like; as: used with or without the correlative adverb so or as, in connecting subordinate with principal clauses. See as II.
    • so In the manner that; even as; as.
    • so In such a manner that; so that: followed by a clause of purpose or result.
    • so Provided that; on condition that; in case that.
    • so Go quietly! gently! easy now! be still: often used in quieting a restless animal. Sometimes spelled soh.
    • so Nautical, a direction to the helmsman to keep the ship steady: as, steady, so! steady!
    • n so See soe.
    • so An abbreviation of south.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The origin of bananas is traced back to the Malaysian jungles of Southeast Asia, where so many varieties and names for the banana are in that area.
    • adv So in this manner or degree: thus: for like reason: in such manner or degree: in a high degree: as has been stated: on this account: an abbrev. for Is it so? be it so
    • conj So provided that: in case that
    • interj So stand as you are! steady! stop! by way of command
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Quotations

  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
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    “So much to do, so little done, such things to be.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Some will, some don't, so what!”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    Lord%20Alfred%20Tennyson
    “So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.”
  • Frank O'Hara
    Frank O'Hara
    “It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.”
  • Scotty Bowman
    Scotty Bowman
    “There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “He who dies before many witnesses always does so with courage.”

Idioms

As you sow, so shall you reap - This means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things.
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In so many words - This phrase may be used to mean 'approximately' or 'more or less'. I think it may have a sarcastic connotation in that the individual listening needed 'so many words' to get the point. It also may suggest the effort on the part of the speaker to explain an unpleasant truth or difficult concept.
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None so blind as those who will not see - This idiom is used when people refuse to accept facts presented to them. ('None so deaf as those who will not hear' is an alternative.)
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Say-so - If you do something on someone else's say-so, you do it on the authority, advice or recommendation.
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So it goes - This idiom is used to be fatalistic and accepting when something goes wrong.
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So on and so forth - And so on and so forth mean the same as etcetera (etc.).
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So what - Impolite reply showing that the speaker is not impressed by what has been said. ex: So what? Why should I care?
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. so, sa, swa, AS. swā,; akin to OFries, , s, D. zoo, OS. & OHG. s, G. so, Icel. svā, sv, svo, so, Sw. s, Dan. saa, Goth. swa, so, sw, as; cf. L. suus, one's own, Skr. sva, one's own, one's self. √192. Cf. As, Custom Ethic Idiom Such

Usage

In literature:

And of countenance, Sosia, so modest, so charming, that nothing could surpass.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
But that his manner was so kind, so marvelously gentle, for him, I should have done so.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Whether they had been built so by the ants or worn down to that shape by the pouring rain and wind, was not so easy to tell.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Who had ever been to her so noble, so loving, so gracious as he?
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
And yet it was not so much that as something else that so changed her, Arthur thought, as he sat watching her.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
So they swung up the last sharp incline in the voiceless manner in which so much of their work was done.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Charles and Jim were at the Deans so much; Mr. Dean was so interested in them, and Mrs. Dean made it so pleasant!
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Poor Dickie, so wise, so philosophic in fancy, so enviably, disastrously young in fact!
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The years fly around so, I have always felt sorry that I saw so little of Cousin Charles until that last sad year.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
They did it because the thing was so dark and dismal, and because they knew so little and feared so much about it.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
He was so handsome, so manly, so earnest-eyed!
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Well, that is all for the best, but I must say I did not think Jack could have forgotten me so soon or so absolutely.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
To become the master of so much and so many people, and to do it so suddenly, necessitated dignity, a clear eye, and a firm hand.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
People are so cruel and so hard, and things are so wrong.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The current was not so swift, nor yet did it seem so deep.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Pulcinella, so airy, so merry, so life-like, so graceful, he was irresistible.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Jane said it was sadder and stranger that verse so vile should flow from anything so charming, so perfect in its way as Nicky.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The moon shines so beautifully this evening and it is so charming here in the garden.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
As for him, was it likely that he should speak of a matter so painful and so near to his heart!
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
So very ugly, almost repulsively so; yet so kind, so valiant, so untiring.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
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In poetry:

So gay the dancing of her feet,
So like a garden her soft breath,
So sweet the smile upon her face,
She charms the very heart of death.
"April" by Richard Le Gallienne
So my memories shall not be
Blurred by griefs however true;
So my drowsy sense may see
Eyes that light in love on me;
So I’ll not be leaving you.
"When my time is come" by John Le Gay Brereton
So good, so beautiful is she,
So soft and white, so fond and fair,
Sometimes my heart fears she may be
Not long for me, and secretly
A sister of the air.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein
At last beside his bed I stood:
"And is Life done so soon?" he sighed;
"It's been so rich, so full, so good,
I've loved it all . . ." — and so he died.
"Old David Smail" by Robert W Service
My God, I thank Thee who hast made The earth so bright;
So full of splendour and of joy,
Beauty and light;
So many glorious things are here,
Noble and right!
"My God, I thank Thee who hast made" by Adelaide Anne Procter
Oh night and sleep,
Ye are so soft and deep,
I am so weary, come ye soon to me.
Oh hours that creep,
With so much time to weep,
I am so tired, can ye no swifter be?
"A Song" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

So it's no surprise that he has managed to keep his latest film project under wraps for so long.
'Ted' so cuddly , so wrong, so hilarious.
'Ted': So cuddly , so wrong, so hilarious.
Then we phoned the artists responsible, and so on, and so on, until we dead-ended.
Cutlery never sounded so good, or got so many laughs.
Being a zombie has never been so hot, so hip, so horribly on trend.
We are happy to be able to help so many new so many new patients.
So I decided to go back and pull up some of his stand up footage so you can get a taste of things to come.
But in doing so I apparently gave Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb of the so-called Jewish Voices for Peace too much honor.
So why does he sound so down.
There were so many laughs so I thought let's try it with Alessandra and so we did.
But oh man, is there ever some wiggle room for getting it so right and getting it so, so wrong.
Those eye-popping figures tell the story of the 2012 presidential campaign TV ad blitz - never before has so much money been spent on so many commercials aimed at so few voters.
Those eye-popping figures tell the story of the 2012 presidential campaign TV ad blitz -- never before has so much money been spent on so many commercials aimed at so few voters.
Those eye-popping figures tell the story of the 2012 presidential campaign TV ad blitz — never before has so much money been spent on so many commercials aimed at so few voters.
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In science:

So does the identity map on Z π , so the image of (id − f0 ) : Z π → Z π lies in the image of the boundary in D∗ .
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
Then ˆP(V ) has a G-action so that we can form the orbit space G\ ˆP(V ). (A theorem of Chevalley implies that G\P(V ) is rational, hence so is this completion.) 3.2.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
In this case suppression is so severe (1/ρ2 < τ 2 ) and/or rescattering transition between J/ψ and D (∗)D (∗) is so strong (τ 2 > ρ2 ) that any value is possible for δ .
Final-state interaction and s-quark helicity conservation in B -> J/psi K*
Suppose that the gravitational wave is not so strong, so the higher order contribution is very small.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
For example, the supersymmetric SO(32) theory on S 1 can have the gauge group SO(34) by choosing appropriate radius and Wilson line.
Properties of String Theory on Kaluza-Klein Melvin Background
The random gauge potential τi,α = −στ T A is an element of so(N ) ⊗ so(N ) or sp(N ) ⊗ sp(N )generated by τi .
2d random Dirac fermions: large N approach
So, we assume that the track slope will be small so that tan θ ≈ θ.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Higgslike gauges, so named because they include the case of a single Higgs field, occur when the χ’s are not so separated.
A Generalized Maximal Abelian Gauge in SU(3) Lattice Gauge Theory
So H 0(S, E (−∆)) is of codimension 2 in H 0(S, E ), so that W ′ has one component isomorphic to ∆ × ∆ × P(H 0(S, E (−∆)).
Green's canonical syzygy conjecture for generic curves of odd genus
G/K = SU (n, C )/SO(n, R) is a symmetric space of compact type, and the related symmetric space of non–compact type is G∗/K = SL(n, R)/SO(n, R).
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Example: Let’s study for a moment the eigenfunctions of the Laplace operator on G/K = SO(3)/SO(2).
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
The group G0 of affine transformations of P = SL(N, R)/SO(N) into itself is given by the semidirect product of the subgroup K = SO(N ) and the invariant algebra subspace P.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
It is well known that this space can be realized as the coset of the euclidean Poincare’ group ˜P with respect to SO(4): P ∼ ˜P /SO(4).
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
In this limit the coset SO(5)/SO(4) (which is nothing else than the four dimensional unit sphere) exactly becomes the euclidean four–dimensional space.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
We would like to emphasize that the situation is not so simple and involvement of QED is not so important.
Simple Atoms, Quantum Electrodynamics and Fundamental Constants
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