• WordNet 3.6
    • n S (thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity representing the amount of energy in a system that is no longer available for doing mechanical work "entropy increases as matter and energy in the universe degrade to an ultimate state of inert uniformity"
    • n S the 19th letter of the Roman alphabet
    • n s the 19th letter of the Roman alphabet
    • n S a unit of conductance equal to the reciprocal of an ohm
    • n S the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees
    • n S an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions)
    • n s 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
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From Children's Stories from Tennyson From Children's Stories from Tennyson
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S. there are approximately 65.8 million cats
    • S ĕs the nineteenth letter of the English alphabet, is a consonant, and is often called a sibilant, in allusion to its hissing sound. It has two principal sounds; one a mere hissing, as in sack this; the other a vocal hissing (the same as that of z), as in is wise. Besides these it sometimes has the sounds of sh and zh, as in sure measure. It generally has its hissing sound at the beginning of words, but in the middle and at the end of words its sound is determined by usage. In a few words it is silent, as in isle débris. With the letter h it forms the digraph sh. See Guide to pronunciation, §§ 255-261.Both the form and the name of the letter S are derived from the Latin, which got the letter through the Greek from the Phænician. The ultimate origin is Egyptian. S is etymologically most nearly related to c z t, and r; as, in ice, OE. is; E. hence, OE. hennes; E. rase, raze; erase, razor; that, G. das; E. reason, F. raison, L. ratio; E. was, were; chair, chaise (see C, Z, T, and R.).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest bill U.S. bill made is for $100,000
    • s The nineteenth letter and fifteenth consonant of the English alphabet, having a corresponding place also in the alphabets from which that is derived (the twenty-first, or last but one, in Phenician). The historical exhibit of related forms, as given for the other letters (see especially A), is as follows:
    • s As a medieval Roman numeral, 7; also 70; with a dash over it (S), 70,000.
    • s In chem., the symbol of sulphur.
    • s An abbreviation: Of Society in such combinations as F. R. S. (Fellow of the Royal Society), F. L. S. (Fellow of the Linnean Society), etc.
    • s Of Surgery, as in D. D. S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery).
    • s Of Science, as in B. S. (Bachelor of Science).
    • s Of South or Southern.
    • s Of Sunday and Saturday.
    • s [lowercase] Of Latin solidum, equivalent to English shilling: as, £ s. d., pounds, shillings, pence.
    • s In anatomy and zoology, of sacral: used in vertebral formulæ: as, S. 5, five sacral vertebræ.
    • s [lowercase] Of second (sixtieth part of a minute), substantive (a noun), snow (in a ship's log-book), of Latin semi, half (used in medical prescriptions after a quantity which is to be divided into two), and of spherical (of a lens).
    • s [lowercase] In heraldry, of sable.
    • s In meteorology, of stratus.
    • s In musical notation , of senza; in the form:S:, of segno (see D. S. and segno).
    • s An operative symbol in quaternions, signifying the operation of taking the scalar part of a quaternion. It is also used in algebra for certain varieties of summation. The lower-case s usually denotes space, or the length of the arc of a curve. An s below the line, in enumerative geometry, refers to a plane pencil of rays. Σ (Greek S) signifies the sum of successive values of a function; the variable which is to take successive integral values in the terms to be added may be written below the line after the Σ, and the lower and upper limit of the summation may be written below and above the Σ. Thus, In the calculus of finite differences Σ is used like a sign of indefinite integration, the lower limit being replaced by an arbitrary constant, while the upper is supposed to be 1 less than the value of the variable. Thus, Σ Fx = F (x-1) + F (x-2) + etc., down to a constant value of the variable, and then an arbitrary constant is to be added to the series. σ is used in the integral calculus to denote the area of a surface. A modified long s, f, is the sign of integration.
    • s The suffix of the possessive or genitive case singular, earlier -es, by syncope -s, now regularly written with an apostrophe, 's. See -es.
    • s The suffix of the plural form of nouns, earlier -es, which is now retained in pronunciation only after a sibilant, being otherwise reduced by syncope to -s. See -es.
    • s The suffix of the third person singular of the present indicative of verbs, earlier -es, more originally -eth, -th. See -eth, -th.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each year 96 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S
    • S the nineteenth letter in our alphabet, its sound that of the hard open sibilant: as a medieval Roman numeral—7—also 70;
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  • Pablo Picasso
    “I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “I don't think anybody should write his autobiography until after he's dead.”
  • Dylan Thomas
    Dylan Thomas
    “Somebody's boring me. I think it's me.”
  • Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    “It's the economy, stupid.”
  • Anita Loos
    “There's nothing colder than chemistry.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.”


A poor man's something - Something or someone that can be compared to something or someone else, but is not as good is a poor man's version; a writer who uses lots of puns but isn't very funny would be a poor man's Oscar Wilde.
Adam's ale - (dated, humorous) water
Adam's apple - The Adam's apple is a bulge in the throat, mostly seen in men.
All in a day's work - If something is all in a day's work, it is nothing special.
All over Hell's half acre - (USA) If you have been all over Hell's half acre, you have been traveling and visiting many more places than originally intended, usually because you were unsuccessful in finding what you were looking for. It can also be used to mean everywhere.
All's fair in love and war - This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict, people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way.
All's well that ends well - If the end result is good, then everything is good.
An Englishman's home is his castle - (UK) This means that what happens in a person's home or private life is their business and should not be subject to outside interference.
As rare as hen's teeth - (USA) Something that is rare as hen's teeth is very rare or non-existent.
At a snail's pace - If something moves at a snail's pace, it moves very slowly.
At arm's length - If something is at arm's length, it is a safe distance waway from you.
At death's door - If someone looks as if they are at death's door, they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying.
At each other's throats - If people are at each other's throats, they are fighting, arguing or competing ruthlessly.
Baker's dozen - A Baker's dozen is 13 rather than 12.
Be on the pig's back - If you're on the pig's back, you're happy / content / in fine form.


In literature:

Leslie and Urquhart had both heard Cheriton's description of Peter's brother's lodger.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
Visit Joseph Kline's, Samuel Kline's, David Dristle's, and have night meeting at David Bowman's.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
He's brilliant, he's charming, he's unique.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
She had felt her aunt Eva's and Amabel's eager eyes on her when she unrolled the gaudy vase; now she felt her father's and mother's.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
But it's not his body that's sick; it's his soul.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
He's been against war and drink and smoking all his life, and look at the dog's life he's led.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
He's brought in half a hundred pelts to his own gun, and guesses he's carrying on his father's work.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
It's mysterious enough anyhow, what's become of her; but it's more likely than not that she kept her own secret.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
And then I thought it must, for it's my girl's happiness and David's and back of theirs mine.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
It was Hill's division of Jackson's corps from Harper's Ferry.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon

In poetry:

You just keep waiting
And love will come your way
That's what they tell me
That's what they say
That's what they tell me
That's what they say
"That's What They Say" by Buddy Holly
Saddam's still there building a bomb!
Saddam's still there building a bomb!
Saddam's still there building a bomb!
Saddam's still there building a bomb!
"Hum Bom!" by Allen Ginsberg
"Jist ae word mair—-and it's verbum sat—
I hae preacht it mony's the year:
Whaur there's naething ava to be frictit at
There's naething ava to fear.
"The Deil's Forhooit His Ain" by George MacDonald
Something that's passing, something dying.
Well, weep one's fill,
Spend grief's sweet courtesy, go sighing;
But violets break from snow-time's chill:
Who can mourn still?
"Beyond The Shadow" by Augusta Davies Webster
An it's hame, an' it's hame to the north countrie,
An' it's hame, an' it's hame to the north countrie,
Where my bonnie Jean is waiting for me,
Wi' a heart kind and true, in my ain countrie.
"There Grows a Bonnie Brier Bush" by Carolina Oliphant
Here's to them, to them that were here,
Here's to them, to them that were here;
Here's a tear and a sigh, to the bliss that's gone by,
But 'twas ne'er like what's coming, to last — for ever.
"Here's To Them That Are Gane" by Carolina Oliphant

In news:

He's hot, he's hunky , and he's Gloria Vanderbilt 's kid.
Jamestown Community College's Phil Tubbs, top, competes in his portion of the men's 200-yard medley relay in Wednesday's NJCAA men's swim meet against Genesee.
For the first time, it's clear that Jupiter's jet stream s, like Earth's, wander off course.
He's hot, he's hunky, and he's Gloria Vanderbilt 's kid.
PECK'S PARK -Peck's Park Historical Society will hold its annual ice cream social today from 3 to 7 pm at Peck's Park Schoolhouse, Route 29A and Peck's Lake Road.
Here's a flower that's one of the first signs of spring in Pennsylvania's woods and it's blooming right now.
Bill Squire 's comedy special "Just Say Your Jokes" is up there on the YouTubes and it's about an hour long and it's Friday at 3 pm and there's really not much else you're going to do for the next two hours so you can watch this.
While I'm sure Oregon's Department of Human Resources and the governor's office appreciated Robin Christian's opinion piece on child abuse in Saturday's Oregonian, I don't buy the whitewash or the argument.
The app also includes Stitcher 's new Smart Station feature that recommends programs based on user's personal preferences – similar to Pandora – and it's operated via a BMW vehicle's iDrive controller.
After a winner prematurely announces victory and the military declares they aren't going anywhere, it's anyone's guess what's next for Egypt's flailing revolution.
No, that's not a typo: It's "Mies Julie," not "Miss Julie," that's playing St Ann's Warehouse.
But there's no question he's intrigued by Strop 's future, which could include a closer's role one day.
Heading into the November sweep's final stretch, many syndicated shows -- including Disney-ABC's Katie, NBCUniversal's Steve Harvey and CBS Television Distribution's Dr Phil - - hit new season highs.
Texas Tech's women's basketball team visited with sick children and their families Tuesday afternoon in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room in Covenant Women's and Children's Hospital.
He may not be a sociologist's sociologist, a theologian 's theologian , a historian's historian or a journalist's journalist.

In science:

We say that a distribution over a finite set S is nearly uniform with a real tolerance parameter c ≤ 1 over a subset S ′ ⊆ S if Pr(s) = 0 if s ∈ S \ S ′ and 1/c|S ′ | ≤ Pr(s) ≤ c/|S ′ | for s ∈ S ′ .
On solving systems of random linear disequations
Furthermore, (22) yields that P [|SG − s| ≤ βσS ] = Xt:|t−s|≤βσS P [SG = t] ≤ βσS ((1 + α)P [SG = s] + n−10 ) ≤ (1 + α)βσS P [SG = s] + n−9 , because σS = O(√n) by Lemma 11.
The Order of the Giant Component of Random Hypergraphs
Let S ′ ⊂ Vi , |S ′ | > n/4 with If |NG′′ (S ′ )| ≥ n/4 let S = V3−i − NG′′ (S ′ ), otherwise let S be any subset of |NG′′ (S ′ )| < |S ′ |. V3−i − NG′′ (S ′ ) of size n/4.
Local resilience of graphs
Since Ps∈S ζs τs is a cycle in C si k (Y ; R), as in §B.4, si ◦ ΥN (Ps∈S ζs τs ) is ΥN (Ps∈S ζs τs ) is homologous to Ps∈S ζs τs , and thus Πef also a cycle in KH ef k (Y ; R) representing β .
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Let S → Sβ (resp. S → Sβ1β2 ) be the central localization with respect to sβ (resp. sβ1 and then sβ2 ) , then {S → Sβ }β is a cover of S .
Azumaya-type noncommutative spaces and morphisms therefrom: Polchinski's D-branes in string theory from Grothendieck's viewpoint