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scunner etymology Perhaps from a Scottish frequentative of shun. In that case, etymologically shun + -er.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be sick of.
  2. (Northumbria) To dislike.
  3. (UK, Scotland, dialect) To cause to loathe, or feel disgust at.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Northumbria) Dislike or aversion.
  2. (Yorkshire, pejorative) North Yorkshire term for an urban youth and usually associated with trouble or petty crime.
Older scunners, i.e. young adults, might be termed chav. Synonyms: charva, charver (Tyneside dialect), chav, scally
  • cunners
etymology 1 From Old Norse skutr.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A short, erect tail, as of a hare or rabbit
  2. rump, pudenda, vulva
    • a. 1602, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, V, 4, 19 Mrs. Ford. Sir John ! art thou there, my deer ? my male deer ? Falstaff. My doe with the black scut!
    • a. 1968, Keith Roberts, "The Lady Margaret", in Modern Classics of Science Fiction, ed. Gardner R. Dozois, 1993, page 233 "So ... so she show you her pretty li'l scut, he? [...]."
    • 1997, Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain One of the sisters backed up to the fire and hiked up the tail of her dress and bent over and thrust out her scut to it and stared at Inman with a look of glazed pleasure in her blue eyes.
  3. A slut; whore; hussy
    • 1954, Paul Vincent Carroll, The Wise Have Not Spoken, page 49 Me scut of a daughter puttin' it on her back in finery. [...]
    • a. 1989, Pat Cadigan, "Pretty Boy Crossover", in Modern Classics of Science Fiction, ed. Gardner R. Dozois, 1993, page 565 "You scut," she said as we hit the entrance ramp of the interstate. "You're a scut-pumping Conservative.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To scamper off
    • 1916, , , (Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback, 47) "I know why they scut."
etymology 2 Probably an alteration of scout (obsolete sense), itself from Middle English {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A contemptible person.
    • 1954, Paul Vincent Carroll, The Wise Have Not Spoken, page 49 "[...] Me scut of a daughter puttin' it on her back in finery. [...]"
    • a. 1989, Pat Cadigan, "Pretty Boy Crossover", in Modern Classics of Science Fiction, ed. Gardner R. Dozois, 1993, page 565 "You scut," she said as we hit the entrance ramp of the interstate. "You're a scut-pumping Conservative."
    • 1993, Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa, page 14 Chris. Danny Bradley is a scut, Rose. Rose. I never said it was Danny Bradley! Chris. He's a married man with three young children.
    • 2005, Dean Whitlock, Sky Carver, page 108 "Fat-headed scut. That's what he is, scut. Thinks he runs the whole river."
etymology 3 From Middle English shoute, scoute, skoute, shute, schuit (=modern Dutch), scut - "flat-bottomed boat, barge; the master of a shoute; also, a sailor on a shoute."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Distasteful work; drudgery.
    • 1999, Patricia L. Dawson Forged by the Knife: The Experience of Surgical Residency from the Perspective of a Woman of Color, page 100 "[...] [Female residents] are berated more on rounds, given more scut to do. [...]"
    • 1999, Jonathan Kellerman, Billy Straight, page 112 "Let's devote mornings to the scut, do real work in the afternoon. [....]"
    • 2001, Catherine Miles Wallace, Motherhood in the Balance: Children, Career, Me, and God, page 163 And the scut of weeding or washing clothes or waiting in the dentist's waiting room or the soccer field parking lot is actually far less brutalizing than the scut of grading freshman essays [....]
    • 2003, Virginia G. Salazar, Gone: A Sci Fi about Cloning, page 144 "What if you were called a scut puppy?' "When I first started I was one. A scut puppy is usually a medical student or a nurse who does menial tasks.
    • a. 2004, Clark Howard, "The Leper Colony", in The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: Fifth Annual Collection, ed. Martin H. Greenberg, 2004 page 445 "[....] So they give the people assigned to the Probation Squad every scut case that other squads don't want to handle."
  2. (slang, medicine) Some menial, common unfinished task left for medical students, or some clinically useful training.
  • cust
  • cuts
scut monkey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, medicine) A new medical student, beginning his/her clinical rotation (often after the first two years of a four-year medical program), or a new resident who is rotating off-service.
Synonyms: scut boy , scut dog
related terms:
  • scut work
scuttlebutt {{wikipedia}} etymology scuttle + butt. In sense of gossip, because sailors would gather around the scuttlebutt to drink and exchange gossip; compare water cooler and furphy. pronunciation
  • /ˈskʌtəlbʌt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, countable) A butt with a scuttle, a keg of drinking water with a hole cut in it, on board ship.
    • 1986, John Wheatcroft, Slow Exposures, page 114, Leaning over the scuttlebutt one afternoon, Bond suddenly realized he'd been gulping water for maybe a minute.
    • 1991, Paul Stillwell, Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History, page 79, During the midwatch a radioman striker (that is, a seaman trying to advance to radioman third class) was taking a drink of water from the third-deck scuttlebutt.
    • 2007, Joseph A. Springer, Inferno: The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the USS Franklin in World War II, page 218, We all grabbed towels that belonged to whoever lived there, and we wet them down in the scuttlebutt and wrapped them around our faces to filter out as much smoke as possible.
  2. (informal, uncountable) Gossip, rumour, idle chatter.
    • 1962, Richard McKenna, The Sand Pebbles, page 137, "That's the scuttlebutt," Bronson said defiantly. "You got some pet coolie down there you want to put in Chien's place."
    • 2003, Len Custer, Called to Serve: A Historical Novel of the Korean War, page 211, His resolve not to worry about unfounded scuttlebutt lasted about two minutes.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 3: Since their orders had come through, the “scuttlebutt” among the excited and curious crew had been of little besides the fabled “White City” [...].
Synonyms: scuttle-cask, See also
scuzz etymology Backformation from scuzzy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An unpleasant or disgusting (scuzzy) person
related terms:
  • scuzzball
  • scuzzbucket
  • scuzzy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) scumbag; scuzzball
scuzzball Alternative forms: scuzz ball, scuzz-ball pronunciation {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Someone who does nasty things or plays harmful tricks; a person of very low ethics; lowlife.
    • "...the codependence of the friends of liberty and the deviant: 'Our fundamental civil rights often depend on defending some scuzzball you don't like.'" - Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition, John Durham Peters, 2005
    • "Was she really in bed with Marlucci and a sorry scuzzball like Snyder? What was her angle, other than money?" - G.O.P. D.O.A., Jay Brida, 2004
    • "Of course, if you're a sneaky, manipulative scuzzball, then maybe you don't want your boss to know you very well." - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dealing With Difficult Employees, Robert Bacal, 2000
related terms:
  • scuzz
  • scuzzbucket
  • scuzzy
  • sleazeball
scuzzbucket Alternative forms: scuzz bucket, scuzz-bucket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A scuzz; a repulsive person.
related terms:
  • scuzz
  • scuzzball
  • scuzzy
  • scumbucket
seagull {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: sea gull, sea-gull etymology sea + gull. The second element is from a cel language, probably Breton. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈsiː.ɡʌl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several white, often dark backed bird of the family Laridae having long pointed wing and short leg.
  2. (orthography) The symbol ̼, which combines under a letter as a sort of accent.
  3. (UK, slang) A fan or member of .
Synonyms: (bird) gull
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, Australia, New Zealand, rugby slang, of a forward) To run in the back line rather than concentrate on primary positional duties in open play.
    • 2002, 24 September, Greig Blanchett, Re: The Immorality of the Drop Goal,,, {{…}} and when you need cover for the fullback because of the bombs raining down, when the walking maul requires every forward to quit seagulling and actually do some hard graft, then the rest of the game opens up.”
    • 2002, "Sharks beached at Stradey", BBC Sport, 13 December 2002: On hand was seagulling number eight Dave Hodges to cross for the all-important try.
    • 2003, Greg Growden, "Australia survives scare", The Age, 2 November 2003: That occurred in the 12th minute when flanker George Smith, seagulling out wide, enjoyed the rewards of a two-man overlap to score.
    • 2003, Mark Fuller, "Impeccable France outclasses Ireland", The Age, 10 November 2003: France was full of running and continued to spread the ball wide or kick in behind the defence, where towering right-winger Aurelien Rougerie and the seagulling French back row had a height advantage contesting the high ball.
    • 2011, Darren Walton, "Injuries sour Wallabies 67-5 win over USA", MSN NZ, 24 September 2011: Samo seagulled for Australia's final try two minutes from time.
  2. (boating slang) To use a outboard.
  3. (New Zealand) To work as a non-union casual stevedore.
    • 1964, O. E. Middleton, A Walk on the Beach, M. Joseph (1964), page 215: Bill had been seagulling on the wharf since he got back from the war.
    • 1981, Parliamentary Debates, Volume 437, page 374: At that time many of them seagulled on the Mt Maunganui wharf to make a crust in order to carry on with their ideal of kiwifruit as a major exporting industry.
    • 1993, Beryl Fletcher, The Iron Mouth, Spinifex Press (1993), ISBN 9781875559220, page 60: The only stories he told of his life were of how hard he had worked, seagulling on the wharf, standing in blood and guts at the Works, loading trucks with sacks of fertiliser and grain at the Farmers' Co-op.
  • sullage, ullages
seagull approach etymology Online references date this term back to 1988 at least as it was referenced in a marketing magazine article. etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) The occurrence of casual, ill-informed and hasty decisions or comments made by outside authorities who lack an understanding of the local issues or a real understanding of the facts of a particular situ.
related terms:
  • seagull manager
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, Australia, New Zealand_, rugby slang) The practice, in , of forward running in the back line rather than concentrating on their primary positional duties in open play (see ).
  2. (boating slang) The practice of using a outboard. I'm going take the boat out and do some seagulling.
    • 2000, 6 July, Miniature Embroideries [username], Re: Ancient Seagull,, uk.rec.sailing, “Happy Seagulling.”
    • 2011, Martine Purssell, "News From Bermuda - 2011 R. I. S. R", The Gull, September 2011: The Seagull and Heineken gods were with us — what a wonderful day weather wise — an ideal Seagulling race day — winds were light — and crossing the harbour to Sandys Boat Club at 7.15am the water was glassy.
    • 2012, "Camden Sutherland's 'Waikato Bullet Boat'", The Gull, March 2012: It isn't often young people get involved in Seagulling, never mind build their own boat to do so.
  3. (chiefly New Zealand) The practice of working as a non-union casual stevedore.
    • 1995, Bryan Gould, Goodbye to All That, Macmillan (1995), ISBN 0-333-63800X, page 22: Sometimes I went down to the Wellington wharves for what was called 'seagulling', where I joined a crowd of other men just before 8 a.m., hoping to be given the nod for a day's work.
    • 1997, Phillip Knightley, A Hack's Progress, J. Cape (1997), ISBN 9780224043991, page 25: After two months there was a lull on the waterfront, seagulling declined, and I had to seek another job. By this time my hands were hard and I actually looked like a labourer, so the New Zealand Posts and Telegraph department took me on as a linesman.
    • 2001, Archie Green, Torching the Fink Books and Other Essays on Vernacular Culture, University of North Carolina Press (2001), ISBN 9780807826058, page 180: As a young shipwright, I heard old timers warn me against seagulling or bypassing the union hall while seeking work.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of seagull
seagull manager
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) A manager whose presence is rare and usually motivated by problem
related terms:
  • seagull approach
sea lawyer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, slang) A shark.
seal ring etymology seal + ring
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A finger ring with an engraved (often heraldic) seal, fit for sealing documents by pressing it in sealing wax or a similar substance
Synonyms: signet ring (wider)
  • aligners, engrails, inlarges, lasering, realigns, resignal, sanglier, signaler, slangier
seamhead etymology seam + head, referring to the distinctive seam on a baseball.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A devoted baseball fan.
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search engine
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) an application that search for, and retrieve, data based on some criteria, especially one that searches the Internet for document containing specified word 1985 , Geoffrey Neate , Memex: evaluation of a search engine , 16185349 , page 41 , “The MEMEX search engine with Textract software has been proved able to search the 1,251,521 records of the Pre-1920 Catalogue in four minutes.”
search me
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal) I don't know; I have no idea. Where did he find the money to buy a car like that?Search me!
sea rover etymology Compare Danish sørøver, German Seeräuber, Norwegian sjørøver, Swedish sjörövare.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial, archaic) A herring.
  2. (literally) One who roam about the ocean much of the time.
  3. A pirate, buccaneer or privateer; an ocean-going marauder.
Seattle {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. Seaport and largest city in the State of Washington, USA.
Synonyms: Emerald City (informal)
  • tsatlee
sec etymology Abbreviation of second. pronunciation
  • /sɛk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Second, {{frac}} of a minute.
  2. (colloquial) abbreviation of second A short indeterminate period of time. Wait a sec!
Alternative forms: sec.
  • CES
  • CSE
  • Esc, ESC
  • sce.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic, regional, informal) secessionist, a supporter of the Confederacy during the United States Civil War.
second {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 {{number box}} From Old French second, from Latin secundus, from root of sequor, from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ-. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈsɛk.(ə)nd/
  • (US) /ˈsɛk.(ə)nd/, /ˈsɛk.(ə)nʔ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Number-two; following after the first one with nothing between them. The ordinal number corresponding to the cardinal number two. exampleHe lives on Second Street. exampleThe second volume in "The Lord of the Rings" series is called "The Two Towers". exampleYou take the first one, and I'll have the second.
  2. Next to the first in value, power, excellence, dignity, or rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior.
    • Landor May the day when we become the second people upon earth … be the day of our utter extirpation.
  3. Being of the same kind as one that has preceded; another.
    • Shakespeare A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel!
Alternative forms: (number-two) 2nd, 2d, IInd; (in names of monarchs and popes) IISynonyms: (nonstandard) twoth
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (with superlative) At the second rank. Saturn is the second largest planet.
  2. After the first occurrence but before the third occurrence. He is batting second today.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One that is number two in a series.
  2. One that is next in rank, quality, precedence, position, status, or authority.
  3. The place that is next below first in a race or contest.
  4. (usually in the plural) A manufactured item that, though still usable, fails to meet quality control standards. They were discounted because they contained blemishes, nicks or were otherwise factory seconds.
  5. (usually in the plural) An additional helping of food. That was good barbecue. I hope I can get seconds.
  6. A chance or attempt to achieve what should have been done the first time, usually indicating success this time around. (See second-guess.)
    • 2003, Sheila Ryan Wallace, The Sea Captain and His Ladies, page 22: The policeman smiled, his eyes twinkling. "Now if you'll follow me, I'll escort you to the Victoria.""Oh, there's no need of that. If you'll just point me in the right direction..."That's what got you in trouble the first time around. You don't need a second.
    • 2009, Paulette Jiles, Stormy Weather, page 37: Smoky Joe ran against a Houston horse named Cherokee Chief.“Don't hit him,” Jeanine said to the jockey. “Maybe once. But you don't get a second.”
    • 2011, Karen Miller, The Innocent Mage: I'll have one chance to show them that's no longer true. One chance ... and if I stumble, I'll not get a second.
  7. (music) The interval between two adjacent notes in a diatonic scale (either or both of them may be raised or lowered from the basic scale via any type of accidental).
  8. The second gear of an engine.
  9. (baseball) Second base.
etymology 2 From Old French seconde, from Malayalam secunda, short for secunda pars minuta Alternative forms: (SI unit of time) (abbreviations) s, sec; (symbols) s (SI and non-scientific usage), sec (in non-scientific usage only), (unit of angle) (abbreviations) arcsec, " pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈsɛk.(ə)nd/
  • (US) /ˈsɛk.(ə)nd/, /ˈsɛk.(ə)nʔ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The SI unit of time, defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of caesium-133 in a ground state at a temperature of absolute zero and at rest; one-sixtieth of a minute.
  2. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a minute of arc or one part in 3600 of a degree.
  3. A short, indeterminate amount of time. I'll be there in a second.
Synonyms: (unit of angle) second of arc, arcsecond, (short, indeterminate amount of time) (colloquial) sec,
etymology 3 From Middle French seconder, from Latin secundo pronunciation Transfer temporarily
  • {{enPR}}, /səˈkɒnd/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
Assist, Agree
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈsɛk.(ə)nd/
  • (US) /ˈsɛk.(ə)nd/, /ˈsɛk.(ə)nʔ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, UK) To transfer temporarily to alternative employment.
    • 1998 — Paul Leonard (writer), Dreamstone Moon, ch 9 Daniel had still been surprised, however, to find the lab area deserted, all the scientists apparently seconded by Cleomides's military friends.
  2. (transitive) To assist or support; to back.
    • Shakespeare We have supplies to second our attempt.
    • Alexander Pope In human works though laboured on with pain, / A thousand movements scarce one purpose gain; / In God's, one single can its end produce, / Yet serves to second too some other use.
  3. (transitive) To agree as a second person to (a proposal), usually to reach a necessary quorum of two. I second the motion.
  4. To follow in the next place; to succeed.
    • Fuller In the method of nature, a low valley is immediately seconded with an ambitious hill.
    • South Sin is seconded with sin.
  5. (climbing) To climb after a lead climber.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who supports another in a contest or combat, such as a duel's assistant.
    • Sporting Anecdotes, page 414, p_1UAAAAcAAJ, Pierce Egan, 1820, “The dogs however parted, and after a little handling by their seconds immediately returned to the charge”
    • Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy, page 201, 0486259250, Frank Brady, 1973, “They find ways to take advice from their seconds or they arrange the schedule against you as they did to me in the finals of the 1962 World Tournament”
    • International Courts for the Twenty-First Century, page 10, 079231784X, Mark W. Janis, 1992, “Vaguely reminiscent of the use of "seconds" among duelists, this provision required that the two hostile nations stop threatening each other and, instead, to let two appointed countries (their "seconds") try and solve their difficulties”
    • Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early ..., 0674028651, David Brakke, 2009, “Theodore's practice is described as a model for the housemasters and their seconds
  2. One who agrees in addition, or such a motion, as required in certain meetings to pass judgement etc. If we want the motion to pass, we will need a second.
  3. (obsolete) Aid; assistance; help.
    • J. Fletcher Give second, and my love / Is everlasting thine.
  • coends, sconed
second base
noun: {{head}} (singulare tantum)
  1. (baseball) The base opposite home plate in a baseball infield. The runner slid into second base with a double.
  2. (colloquial) Touching a woman's breast.
second-hand speech
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) conversation overheard from someone talking on a mobile phone
second-storey man Alternative forms: second-story man (US)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) A thief, especially one who climbs into buildings above ground level.
    • 2007, Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Penguin 2008, p. 4: They were appalled by his idea of making a spy service out of a scattershot collection of Wall Street brokers, Ivy League eggheads, soldiers of fortune, ad men, news men, stunt men, second-story men, and con men.
second to none
adjective: {{head}}
  1. As good as the best, as in quality or reputation; inferior to no one else or to nothing else of the same kind.
    • 1594, , Comedy of Errors, act 5, sc. 1: Second Merchant: How is the man esteemed here in the city? Angelo: Of very reverend reputation, sir, Of credit infinite, highly beloved, Second to none that lives here in the city.
    • 1877, , The Life of Cicero, ch. 11: “[I]f I, in the performance of my work, have been second to none, do you see that you in yours may be equally efficient?”
    • 1903, , Typhoon, ch. 1: The NanShan, he affirmed, was second to none as a sea-boat.
    • 2001 Oct. 1, Yuri Zarakhovich and Alexander Lyakhovski, "A Tough Fight," Time: The Afghans have been second to none at small-war tactics ever since they fought the British in the 19th century.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang, sometimes, capitalized) Heroin.[ Drug Street Terms at '''']
    • 1992 July 30, "Powerful Heroin Kills 20," New York Times (retrieved 24 June 2011): The heroin, which police officials said had been measured at purity levels as high as 80 percent, is being sold under brand names like Unforgettable, Second to None, Black Beauty and Al Capone.
secretary {{wikipedia}} etymology From Malayalam secretarius, from Latin secretus, past participle of secernere, from se- + cernere. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsɛk.ɹəˌtə.ɹi/, /ˈsɛk.ɹə.tɹi/
  • (US) /ˈsɛkɹətɛɹi/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Someone entrusted with a secret; a confidant.
  2. {{senseid}}A person who keeps records, takes notes and handles general clerical work.
  3. {{senseid}}(often, capitalized) The head of a department of government.
  4. {{senseid}}A managerial or leading position in certain non-profit organizations, such as political parties, trade unions, international organizations. Ban Ki-Moon is the current secretary general of the United Nations.
  5. {{senseid}}(US) A type of desk, secretary desk; a secretaire.
  6. {{senseid}}A secretary bird, a bird of the species Sagittarius serpentarius.
related terms:
  • secret
  • secretion
  • secretive
  • secretory
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To serve as a secretary of.
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secret sauce etymology secret + sauce
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sauce used in cooking or as a condiment, the ingredient of which are kept secret.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • Michael Craig Budden, Protecting Trade Secrets under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act: Practical Advice for Executives, Westport, Conn., Quorum Books, 1996, page 20, 978-1-56720-016-4, “It was reported that the recipes for the secret sauce and grinder sandwiches were proprietary, known only to the current president of the corporation and the former owner of the restaurant.”
    • Todd Wilbur, Todd Wilbur, Top Secret Restaurant Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones from America's Favorite Restaurant Chains, New York, N.Y., Plume, 1997, page 58, 978-0-452-27587-4, “Combine the mayonnaise, relish, and tomato sauce in a small cup or bowl. This is the "secret sauce."”
  2. (figuratively, informal) A secret idea or plan; a crucial element of something that makes it unique or functional.
    • {{quote-news}}
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section 8
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) Federally subsidized housing for low-income families and individuals, formally known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
  2. (US, military) Discharge from the United States military for reason of being mentally unfit for service.
sed {{wikipedia}} etymology From stream editor. pronunciation
  • (US) {{audio-IPA}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) A noninteractive text editor (originally developed in Unix), intended for making systematic edits in an automatic or batch-oriented way.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (neologism, slang) To edit a file or stream of text using sed. Can you sed out those trailing spaces, please?
  • Des , dEs, DES
  • eds.
  • Esd., ESD
  • SDE
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang, chiefly, African American) alternative spelling of saditty (acting bourgeois, snobbish or pretentious)
see a man about a horse etymology The saying comes from the 1866 play, Flying Scud, in which a character knowingly breezes past a difficult situation saying, "Excuse me Mr. Quail, I can't stop; I've got to see a man about a dog."
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic, euphemistic) A message signaling one needs to use the toilet Wait for me here. I'll only be a couple of minutes. I've just got to see a man about a horse.
  2. (slang, idiomatic, euphemistic) A message signaling one needs to go missing for a short while, for any reason, without giving a real explanation.
related terms:
  • see a man about a dog
  • see a man
seedy etymology seed + y pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. disreputable, run-down, sleazy. The healing power of alcohol only works on scrapes and nicks; and not on girls in seedy bars who drown themselves in it. (from "Choice Hops and Bottled Self Esteem" by Bayside)
  2. full of seeds. pomegranates are as seedy as any fruit you are likely to see.
  3. untidy; unkempt His seedy, dirt-smudged visage caused her to look at him askance.
  4. infirm; gone to seed. With her aching back and pronounced limp, she was feeling particularly seedy today.
  5. suffering the effects of a hangover After last night's party we were all feeling pretty seedy.
  6. (colloquial) Having a peculiar flavour supposed to be derived from the weed growing among the vine; said of certain kinds of French brandy.
  • seyde
seeing pronunciation
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etymology 1 see + ing
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  1. present participle of see
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having vision; not blind.
Synonyms: sighted
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The action of the verb to see; eyesight.
    • 2004, Timothy D. J. Chappell, Reading Plato's Theaetetus (page 73) To such perceivings we give names like these: seeings, hearings, smellings, chillings and burnings, pleasures and pains, desires …
  2. (astronomy) The movement or distortion of a telescopic image as a result of turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere.
etymology 2 Probably an elision of "seeing that" or "seeing as".
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (slang) Inasmuch as; in view of the fact that. Seeing the boss wasn't around, we took it easy.
  • {{rank}}
  • genies
  • signee
seeing to
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a beating
  2. (informal) an act of sexual intercourse
  3. (informal) a thorough cleanup or repair
Usually in the form "a good seeing to"
  • egestion
seeing-to etymology See see to, verb.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) sexual intercourse
    • 2010, Debby Holt, The Ex-Wife's Survival Guide When he wants some sex he says, 'You look as if you're in need of a seeing-to,' even though it would be obvious to anyone else that I am not in need of a seeing-to.
see into a millstone Alternative forms: see through a millstone
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  1. (colloquial) To comprehend a difficult matter.
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see someone coming
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  1. (informal) To recognise a potential mark or victim. You were charged $1,000 for a car wash? They must have seen you coming!
see ya Alternative forms: cya, see you etymology From see and you. pronunciation
  • /ˈsiː.jə/
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  1. (colloquial) alternative form of see you
see you {{phrasebook}} pronunciation
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  1. (informal) see you later
  2. Used as a farewell, stating the next time the speaker and interlocutor(s) will see each other See you at the weekend!
Synonyms: CU
related terms:
  • see you soon
  • see you when I see you
  • see you in hell
see you later {{phrasebook}} etymology A shortening of "I will see you later" or "I hope to see you later" Alternative forms: see you around
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) A phrase used at parting, and not necessarily implying that the person being addressed will be seen later by the speaker.
Synonyms: cul8r
see you later alligator etymology From the song .
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (slang) au revoir, see you soon
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  • The response is often in a while, crocodile or after a while, crocodile.
seize out
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  1. (informal) To seize, convulse, twitch especially suddenly
seldom etymology From late Middle English seldom, alteration of earlier selden, from Old English seldan, from Proto-Germanic *seldana. Cognate with Saterland Frisian säilden, Western Frisian selden, komselden, Dutch zelden, German selten, Danish sjælden, Norwegian sjelden, Swedish sällan, Icelandic sjaldan. pronunciation
  • /ˈsɛldəm/
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Infrequently, rarely. exampleThey seldom come here now.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed.”
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It is grammatically a negative word. It therefore collocates with ever rather than never.
  • Compare He seldom ever plays tennis. with He almost never plays tennis.
Synonyms: barely, hardly, rarely, scarcely, infrequently
  • often
  • frequently
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  1. (obsolete) rare; infrequent A suppressed and seldom anger. — Jeremy Taylor.
  • models
Selenator etymology Selena + ator
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of American actress and singer Selena Gomez.
    • 2011, "Just wait 'til we get a load of Selena…", Belfast Telegraph, 4 November 2011: For local Beliebers, Little Monsters and Selenators, it's a dream come true.
    • 2013, "Beliebe They Are Back On", The People (London, England), 28 April 2013: WHAT will the Beliebers and Selenators say about this? It seems JUSTIN BIEBER, 19, and SELENA GOMEZ (or Selieber as we call them here at VIP) are back together.
    • 2013, Aly Doyle, "Selena Gomez", Raiders Digest (Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colorado), Volume 10, Issue 1, October 2013, page 12: “Selenators”, her faithful followers, cannot wait to see what she does next.
self {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English self, silf, sulf, from Old English self, seolf, sylf, from Proto-Germanic *selbaz, from Proto-Indo-European *selbʰ-, from Proto-Indo-European *s(w)e-. Cognate with Scots self, Western Frisian self, Dutch zelf, Low German sulv, German selbst, Danish selv, Icelandic sjálfur, Swedish själv. Possibly related to Albanian thelb. pronunciation
  • /sɛlf/
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  1. (obsolete) Himself, herself, itself, themselves; that specific (person mentioned). This argument was put forward by the defendant self.
  2. (commercial or humorous) Myself. I made out a cheque, payable to self, which cheered me up somewhat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The subject of one's own experience of phenomena: perception, emotions, thoughts.
    • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
  2. An individual person as the object of his own reflective consciousness (plural selves).
    • Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet (1788-1856) The self, the I, is recognized in every act of intelligence as the subject to which that act belongs. It is I that perceive, I that imagine, I that remember, I that attend, I that compare, I that feel, I that will, I that am conscious.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 16 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “The preposterous altruism too!…Resist not evil. It is an insane immolation of self—as bad intrinsically as fakirs stabbing themselves or anchorites warping their spines in caves scarcely large enough for a fair-sized dog.”
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  3. (botany) A seedling produced by self-pollination (plural selfs).
related terms:
  • selfdom
  • selfhood
  • selfish
  • selfless
  • selflike
  • selfsame
  • myself, ourselves, yourself, thyself, yourselves, himself, herself, itself, themselves, oneself, one's self
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (botany) To fertilise by the same individual; to self-fertilise or self-pollinate.
  2. (botany) To fertilise by the same strain; to inbreed.
  • outcross
adjective: {{head}}
  1. Having its own or a single nature or character, as in colour, composition, etc., without addition or change; unmixed. a self bow: one made from a single piece of wood a self flower or plant: one which is wholly of one colour
  2. (obsolete) same
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, I.i: I am made of that self mettle as my sister.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh on these self hills
    • Dryden At that self moment enters Palamon.
  • LSFE
selfcest etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fiction, slang) Sexual activity with an alternate version of oneself, such as a clone or a version of oneself from the past, future, or an alternate universe.
self-fulfilling prophecy etymology self-fulfilling + prophecy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, derogatory) A prediction that, by being voiced, cause itself to come true.
related terms:
  • self-defeating prophecy
selfie etymology From self + ie. Attested since 2002, originally Australian English. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈsɛlfi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A photographic self-portrait, especially one taken manually (not using a timer, tripod etc.) with a small camera or mobile phone.
    • 2002 September 13, N. "Hopey" Hope, "re: Dissolvable stitches" , ABC Online Forum : Um, drunk at a mates{{SIC}} 21st, I tripped ofer{{SIC}} and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.
    • 2004 October 21, Brian McGuirk, "bmcguirk's photos." , Flickr: Pre. Nice rooftop selfie. … No Hair. Another nice rooftop selfie.
    • 2005, Jim Krause, Photo Idea Index, HOW Books (2005), ISBN 9781581807660, page 148: That's not to imply that it's "wrong" for your arm or hand to show up in a selfie.
    • 2012 December 27, Andrew Prince, “The Mars Rover Takes A Selfie” , the picture show, National Public Radio
    • 2013 December 13, Roberto Schmidt (guest), Brooke Gladstone (interviewer and editor), “The Photographer Behind ‘Selfie-Gate’”, On the Media, National Public Radio: Barack Obama was talking to David Cameron and with the Danish Prime Minister, and that’s when she actually reached into her purse and brought out a cell phone and stretched her arms and did a selfie with them.
  • self-portrait
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) to take a selfie
selfie stick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An extendable arm onto which a smartphone or camera can be mounted in order to take wide-angle photograph of oneself.
    • 2014, Benson Ang, "Selfie sticks are hot", The Sunday Times (Singapore), 30 March 2014, page L4: For example, photography shop Artworkfoto in Funan DigitaLife Mall sells about five selfie sticks every day.
    • 2014, Mikkel Svane, Startupland: How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business, John Wiley & Sons (2014), ISBN 9781118980811, pages 176-177, published 8 December: We snapped another selfie (one of the guys, Royston out of our newly acquired Singapore Zopim office, introduced the Exchange to the selfie stick, and that photo is now legendary.)
    • 2015, Yoo Jin Kwon and Kyoung-Nan Kwon, "Consuming the Objectified Self: The Quest for Authentic Self", Asian Social Science, January 2015, page 310: The needs of selfie takers feed into new product development such as a selfie stick that allows the ul-jang angle, a mirrorless DSLR camera with a 180-degree tilting LCD window, a motion-detecting shutter, and a camera with wireless internet for transferring images.
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sell pronunciation
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  • /sɛl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English sellen, from Old English sellan, later "give up for money", from Proto-Germanic *saljaną. Compare Danish sælge, Swedish sälja, Icelandic selja.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To transfer good or provide service in exchange for money.
    • Bible, Gospel of Matthew xix. 21 If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor.
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    exampleI'll sell you all three for a hundred dollars.   Sorry, I'm not prepared to sell.
  2. (ergative) To be sold. exampleThis old stock will never sell.   The corn sold for a good price.
  3. To promote a particular viewpoint. exampleMy boss is very old-fashioned and I'm having a lot of trouble selling the idea of working at home occasionally.
  4. (slang) To trick, cheat, or manipulate someone.
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  5. (professional wrestling, slang) To pretend that an opponent's blows or maneuvers are causing legitimate injury; to act.
  • buy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of selling. This is going to be a tough sell.
  2. An easy task.
    • 1922: What a sell for Lena! - Katherine Mansfield, The Doll's House (Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback 2002, 354)
  3. (colloquial, dated) An imposition, a cheat; a hoax.
    • 1919, , , "Of course a miracle may happen, and you may be a great painter, but you must confess the chances are a million to one against it. It'll be an awful sell if at the end you have to acknowledge you've made a hash of it."
etymology 2 From French selle, from Latin sella. Alternative forms: selle (obsolete)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A seat or stool. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (archaic) A saddle.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ii: turning to that place, in which whyleare / He left his loftie steed with golden sell, / And goodly gorgeous barbes, him found not theare [...].
  • ells
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) sellotape. Can you pass the sello? We need to get these presents wrapped up by tonight.
  • losel
sellsword Alternative forms: sell-sword etymology sell + sword. Compare hired gun.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, fantasy) A mercenary.
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    • 1996, , A Game of Thrones, Bantam Books (2011), ISBN 9780553386790, pages 367-368: The sellsword scrambled backward, checking each blow, stepping lithely over rock and root, his eyes never leaving his foe. He was quicker, Catelyn saw; the knight's silvered sword never came near to touching him, but his own ugly grey blade hacked a notch from Ser Vadis's shoulder plate.
    • 2005, , "Chapter 1: The Battle Begins", developed by and published by for the : Bandit: It's those fool villagers...They think they can buy a bunch of sellswords to chase us away.
  2. (hence figuratively, often, derogatory) Someone who only works for money, in the manner of a mercenary.
    • {{quote-web }} Whenever I see Alcides Escobar make another unbelievable play at shortstop, I can’t help but think we got the better of the deal in the trade for Zack Grienke. The money-hungry Grienke is now pitching for the Dodgers and admits he wanted to play for the team that paid him the most cash. A sellsword. A gunslinger for hire.
    • {{quote-web }} Soccer is class warfare, a battle between the haves and the have-nots, and those with more money and resources always win. In soccer, The Empire is undefeated. And José Mourinho, the world's greatest sellsword, the man who has discovered nothing in soccer but how to win, is its face.
  • Often used literally to refer to a mercenary armed with a sword but also used more generally as a synonym for a mercenary of any type or armament; for example, when in science fiction. Also used figuratively. Compare freelance.
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Synonyms: (mercenary) see
semantic etymology From French sémantique pronunciation
  • /sɪˈmæntɪk/
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  1. Of or relating to semantics or the meanings of words.
  2. (software design, of code) Reflecting intended structure and meaning.
  3. (slang, of a detail or distinction) Petty or trivial; (of a person or statement) quibbling, niggling.
related terms:
  • seme
  • sememe
  • semantics
  • semasiology
  • sematic
  • sematology
  • semiotic
  • semiotics
  • amnestic, nematics
semen {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin sēmen pronunciation
  • /ˈsiːmən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A slimy, milky fluid produced in male reproductive organs that contains the reproductive cells.
    • 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, page 68 Sharp protein odor of semen fills the air.
Synonyms: (Male reproductory fluid) ejaculate, sperm; (slang) jissom, jism, jizz, spunk, cum, seed, spurt, spooge, load, See also
  • mesne
  • neems
semi {{wikipedia}} etymology The prefix semi- (from Latin) used as a noun. pronunciation
  • /sɛmi/
  • (US) /semaɪ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, Canada) A semi-detached house.
    • 2008, Elliott Placks, quoted in Helen Isbister, Morris Bryant, Property, Career FAQs, Australia, page 40, I′m selling two side-by-side semis that are currently under construction, a waterfront apartment and a house in Rose Bay.
    • 2008, Barry Goodchild, Homes, Cities and Neighbourhoods: Planning and the Residential Landscapes of Modern Britain, page 52, The smaller semis of the 1920s and 1930s were closely related to the three bedroom pre-1919 narrow fronted terraces, at least to the larger pre-1919 terraces.
  2. A semitrailer; a tractor-trailer; an eighteen-wheeler.
    • 2011, Eamonn Duff, Schapelle Corby: The Untold Story Behind Her Ill-Fated Drug Run, Allen & Unwin, Australia, unnumbered page, All night we couldn′t hear each other speak because of the sound of semis changing gear to get over the hill.
  3. A semifinal.
  4. (slang) A partial erection.
    • 2010, Mickey Erlach, Video Boys (page 158) The twink got a semi just from that look.
  • MSIE
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of semi-automatic
semifame etymology semi + fame
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Minor fame.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Semiprofessional.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Semiprofessional.
  • imposer
  • promise
semirant etymology semi + rant
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly internet) A mild or brief rant.
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  • artemins, minarets, raiments
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A semisubmersible.
semolina etymology Italian semolino
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Coarse grain produced at an intermediate stage of wheat flour milling.
  2. Such grains, usually from durum or hard wheat, used in the preparation of couscous and various sweet dishes.
  3. semolina pudding
  • mineolas
  • Simolean
send pronunciation
  • /ˈsɛnd/
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etymology 1 From Middle English senden, from Old English sendan, from Proto-Germanic *sandijaną, from *sinþaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sent-. Cognate with Dutch zenden, Norwegian and Danish sende, German senden, Old English sand, sond, Albanian endem.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make something (such as an object or message) go from one place to another.
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    exampleEvery day at two o'clock, he sends his secretary out to buy him a coffee. exampleto send a message, or a letter
  2. (slang, dated) To excite, delight, or thrill (someone).
    • 1947, Robertson Davies, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, Clarke, Irwin & Co., page 183, The train had an excellent whistle which sent me, just as Sinatra sends the bobby-sockers.
    • 1957, Sam Cooke, , Darling you send me / I know you send me
    • 1991, P.M. Dawn, "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss", Baby you send me.
  3. To bring to a certain condition
    • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, , “I suppose,” blurted Clara suddenly, “she wants a man.” The other two were silent for a few moments. “But it’s the loneliness sends her cracked,” said Paul.
  4. (intransitive) To dispatch an agent or messenger to convey a message, or to do an errand.
    • Bible, 2 Kings vi. 32 See ye how this son of a murderer hath sent to take away my head?
    exampleSeeing how ill she was, we sent for a doctor at once.
  5. To cause to be or to happen; to bestow; to inflict; to grant; sometimes followed by a dependent proposition.
    • Shakespeare God send him well!
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 20 The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke.
    • Sir Walter Scott God send your mission may bring back peace.
  6. (nautical) To pitch.
    • Totten The ship sends forward so violently as to endanger her masts.
Synonyms: (make something go somewhere) emit, broadcast, mail
etymology 2 From the verb.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (telecommunications) An operation in which data is transmit. sends and receives
  2. (nautical) alternative form of scend {{rfquotek}} The send of the sea. — Longfellow.
  • {{rank}}
  • dens, ends, neds
send down
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  1. (UK, Irish) To expel an undergraduate from university. He was sent down from Oxford for theft.
  2. (cricket) To bowl.
  3. (slang) To commit someone to a prison term. Eventually she was caught, and sent down for twelve years.
send shivers down someone's spine
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To terrify; to make someone feel extremely nervous. Hearing that the killer escaped prison sent shivers down my spine.
send up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To imitate someone or something for the purpose of satirical humour. The programme accurately sends up the British Civil Service system at Whitehall.
  2. (transitive, US, slang) To put in prison. The judge sent him up for three years
    • 1913, , Her Forbidden Knight, 1997 edition, ISBN 0786704446, page 161: "I guess you're a wise one, all right, but what's the use? I tell you we've got enough on you already to send you up. You might as well talk straight."
  3. Used other than as an idiom: send, up Fears of war sent oil prices up by 10%.
  • In all senses the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.
  • In sense 2, the passive form is much more common.
  • ends up, unsped, up-ends, upends, upsend
Senga etymology "Senga" is a girls' name relatively common in West Central Scotland until the 1980s, and which is believed to derive from "Agnes", although this is has not been cited.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, pejorative, slang, offensive) The female equivalent of "ned". More common in West Central Scotland than other parts of the country.
Synonyms: chav (England), charver (North East England), ned (Scottish), scally (Northern England), shazza (Midlands), millie (Northern Ireland), yob
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name mainly used in Scotland.
  • Agnes
  • geans
senile etymology From Old French senile, from Latin senīlis, from Latin senex, from Gaulish and Proto-Indo-European *sénos.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, or relating to old age.
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  2. (often, offensive) Exhibiting the deterioration in mind and body often accompanying old age; doddering.
related terms:
  • senate
  • senator
  • senescence
  • senility
  • senior
  • seniority
  • enisle
  • ensile
  • silene
senior moment etymology An allusion to the memory difficulties sometimes experienced by senior citizen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A brief interval of forgetfulness or inattention.
related terms:
  • blonde moment
sensei etymology From Japanese 先生 〈xiān shēng〉, from ltc 先生 〈xiān shēng〉, from 〈xiān〉 + 〈shēng〉. Compare modern cmn {{zh-l}} pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A martial arts instructor. Sensei of martial arts usually live and/or work at a dojo where they instruct their apprentices. A live-in apprentice is also called uchi-deshi.
  2. (colloquial) a Japanese (language) teacher.
Synonyms: sifu, shifu
  • Nessie
  • sees in
  • seines
sensory dep
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) sensory deprivation
adjective: {{head}}
  1. Relating to a judicial sentence. There were no sentencing guidelines for this crime.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of pronouncing a judicial sentence on someone convicted of a crime. After the verdict, the sentencing was not delayed.
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  2. (colloquial) The act of creating one or more complete sentences from fragmented thoughts and phrases. He struggled with sentencing his frayed and angry verses from poem to prose.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of sentence
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of being sentimental.
sent to the Tower etymology From the , a famous prison.
verb: sent to the Tower
  1. en-past of send to the tower
  2. (British, colloquial) imprisoned; punished.
  • Almost exclusively used in the past tense; “send to the Tower” is virtually unknown. “Tower” is capitalized, as it is a proper noun, referring to “The Tower (of London)”.
Seppo etymology From septic tank + o; an Australian-style diminutive of the cockney rhyming slang. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) An American.
    • 2010, Emily Maguire, Smoke in the Room, [http//|%22seppos%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=ioMb8GlpA1&sig=I4-wts2xX-sfCrniaXo6cNRTcuM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_x8-UN3eCOyziQfUtYHADg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22seppo%22|%22seppos%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 17], ‘So, Adam, you have the privilege of being my first Seppo.’ ‘Your first what?’ ‘Seppo. You′ve gotta learn to speak Aussie, man. You′re a Yank, so –’ ‘No, not a Yankee. I′m from –’ ‘The You Ess Ay. Makes you a Yank. Yank rhymes with septic tank. But we like to shorten names and then add an O at the end - but only if we like you. So Yank is kind of neutral. Septic tank is rude. But Seppo, well, it′s affectionate. Get it?’ ‘No.’
  • pepos, Popes, popes
septic {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Ancient Greek σηπτικός 〈sēptikós〉, from σηπτός 〈sēptós〉, from σήπειν 〈sḗpein〉. Alternative forms: septick (obsolete)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to sepsis.
  2. Causing sepsis or putrefaction.
  3. Of or pertaining to sewage or the disposal of sewage. septic tank; septic system
related terms:
  • antiseptic
  • asepsis
  • aseptic
  • sepsis
  • septic shock
  • septic tank
  • septicemia
  • septicity
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A substance that causes sepsis or putrefaction.
    • 1750, John Pringle, Further Experiments on Substances Resisting Putrefaction, in 1809, Charles Hutton, George Shaw, Richard Pearson (editors), The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Volume X: 1750—1755, page 86, But, in the prosecution of this subject, he had met with very few real septics; and found many substances, commonly accounted such, of a quite opposite nature.
  2. A septic tank; a system for the disposal of sewage into a septic tank, a septic system.
    • 2008, Alexey Voinov, Systems Science and Modeling for Ecological Economics, page 244, The question is whether there are any spatial differences in how septics impact water quality, and whether these spatial variations should be considered when regulating septic improvement or removal.
etymology 2 From Latin septem.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics) A mathematical object (function, curve, surface, etc.) of degree seven.
    • 2002, Ingrid C. Bauer, Fabrizio Catanese, Roberto Pignatelli, Canonical Rings of Surfaces Whose Canonical System has Base Points, Ingrid C. Bauer, et al. (editors) Complex Geometry: Collection of Papers Dedicated to Hans Grauert, page 66, Enriques states that it is possible to construct a family of septics with a singular curve of degree 7 and genus 4 having a triple point that degenerates to the above configuration….
    • 2003, Antonio Campillo, Santiago Encinas, Two Dimensional Complete Ideals, Luchezar L. Avramov, et al. (editors), Commutative Algebra: Interactions with Algebraic Geometry: International Conference, page 71, Now consider the two septics C = U7i=1Ci, D = U7i=1Di and note that for i = 1,2,3,4,5,6 the lines Ci and Di are parallel, so that the intersection of two septics S' consists of 66 + 6 + 1 =43 points and it is the singular set of a foliation of degree 6.
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  1. (mathematics) Of the seventh degree or order.
etymology 3 Short form of Cockney rhyming slang septic tank. Alternative forms: Septic
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  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, rhyming slang, derogatory) An American, a Yank.
    • 2011, Roger Rees, Out of Calamity: Stories of Trauma Survivors, unnumbered page, “Didn′t enjoy the septics,” he says jokingly about the Americans.
    • 2012, John Righten, The Benevolence of Rogues, page 97, “What′s the septics′ Achilles heel?” I said using the slang septic tank, meaning Yank.
septic tank
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  1. A small-scale watertight treatment system for domestic sewage in which the flow is slowed to allow sedimentation and sludge digestion by bacteria to take place.
  2. (Cockney rhyming slang, Australian rhyming slang) Yank American person
Synonyms: (domestic sewage system) cesspit, cesspool, (rhyming slang for Yank) Seppo
seq. Alternative forms: sq.), seq (colloquial)
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  1. abbreviation of sequel
sequel hook
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  1. (narratology, informal) A plot device where information or characters that is placed into a plot that can provide the basis for subsequent sequel stories.
sequelitis etymology sequel + itis
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  1. (informal, pejorative) The tendency of a well-received work to spawn many inferior sequel.
    • 1996, Peter Travers, The Rolling stone film reader For an exhilarating period, until spectacle and sequelitis restored formula to the throne, experimentation became big box-office.
    • 2000, Derek Elley, Variety Portable Movie Guide Suffering a bad case of sequelitis, this Sister Act follow-up is too formulaic and frequently pauses to sermonize at the expense of entertaining.
sercon etymology {{clipping}}.
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  1. (dated, fandom slang) A sercon fan; a fan interested in intellectual, rather than fannish, matters.
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  2. (dated, fandom slang) A sercon activity; a serious and scholarly activity.
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    • {{quote-usenet }} He's somewhat gafiated from 'Fusion, because he wants to start a sercon in Detroit (and because of his new S.O.) but he still goes to parties & cons.
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  1. (dated, fandom slang) Having a serious intellectual approach to science fiction; literary; scholarly; studious.
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  2. (dated, fandom slang, pejorative) Taking science fiction too seriously; boring; pompous; self-important.
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serial etymology 1840,{{R:Merriam Webster Online}}{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} in reference to the books of Charles Dickens (published in sequential parts, as a series). Formed as series + al, on model of Latin seriālis, from seriēs + -ālis. Cognate to Italian seriale. pronunciation
  • /sɪəɹiːəɫ/
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  1. Having to do with or arrange in a series. The had a string of victims across seven states. He was a serial entrepreneur, always coming up with a new way to make cash.
  2. Published or produced in installment.
Synonyms: (arranged in a series) sequential
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  1. A work, as a work of fiction, publish in installment, often numbered and without a specified end.
  2. (computing, slang) A serial number required to activate software. Go to these sites for serials, cracks and keygens.
related terms:
  • seriate
  • seriatim
  • seriation
  • series
  • ariels, Israel, realis, resail, sailer
serial killer van Alternative forms: serial-killer van
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  1. (humorous) A windowless van.
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  1. (archaic, humorous or derogatory) A preacher; a sermonizer. {{rfquotek}}
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  1. The science that studies the reaction between antigen and antibodies in serum.
  2. The characteristics of the blood serum of a particular disease or organism.
  3. (informal) A blood test to detect the presence of antibodies.
serpent etymology Borrowing from Old French serpent, from Latin serpēns, from the verb serpō, from Proto-Indo-European *serp-. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈsɝpənt/
  • (RP) /ˈsɜːpənt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A snake.
  2. (musical instruments) An obsolete wind instrument in the brass family, whose shape is suggestive of a snake ().
  3. (figurative) A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.
  4. A kind of firework with a serpentine motion.
related terms:
  • serpentine
  • Old Serpent
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To wind; to encircle. {{rfquotek}}
  • present
  • repents
  • respent
service {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈsɜːvɪs/
  • (GenAm) /ˈsɝvɪs/
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etymology 1 From Old French servise (French: service), from the verb servir < Latin servitium, from servus. Displaced the native Old English word þenest.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of being of assistance to someone. I say I did him a service by ending our relationship - now he can freely pursue his career.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 4 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.”
  2. (economics) The practice of providing such a service as economic activity. exampleHair care is a service industry.
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  3. (computing) A function that is provided by one program or machine for another. exampleThis machine provides the name service for the LAN.
  4. The state of being subordinate to or employed by an individual or group exampleLancelot was at the service of King Arthur.
  5. The military. exampleI did three years in the service before coming here.
  6. A set of dishes or utensils. exampleShe brought out the silver tea service.
  7. (sports) The act of initially starting, or serving, the ball in play in tennis, volleyball, and other games. exampleThe player had four service faults in the set.
  8. A religious rite or ritual.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.”
    exampleThe funeral service was touching.
  9. (legal) The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.
    • 1668 July 3, , “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 548: He Suſpends on theſe Reaſons, that Thomas Rue had granted a general Diſcharge to Adam Muſhet, who was his Conjunct, and correus debendi, after the alleadged Service, which Diſcharged Muſhet, and conſequently Houstoun his Partner.
    exampleThe service happened yesterday.
  10. (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, West Bank) A taxi share among unrelated passengers, each of whom pays part of the fare; often, it has a fixed route between cities.
  11. A musical composition for use in church.
  12. (obsolete) Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed.
    • Shakespeare Pray, do my service to his majesty.
  13. (nautical) The materials used for serving a rope, etc., such as spun yarn and small lines.
In British English, the indefinite article “a” is often used with “good service”, as in “A good service is operating on all London Underground lines,” while this is not used in American English.
  • (action or work that is produced and consumed) good
  • capital
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To serve. They service the customer base.
  2. (transitive) To perform maintenance. He is going to service the car.
  3. (transitive, agriculture, euphemistic) To inseminate through sexual intercourse
  4. (transitive, vulgar) To perform a sexual act. He was going to service her.
  • Japanese: サービス 〈sābisu〉
  • Korean: 서비스 〈seobiseu〉
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etymology 2
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  1. service tree
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  1. The condition of being servile.
sesh {{wikipedia}} etymology Short form of session. pronunciation
  • /sɛʃ/
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  1. (colloquial) A period of time spent engaged in some group activity.
  2. (colloquial) An informal social get-together or meeting to perform a group activity.
  3. (UK, informal) A period of sustained social drinking.
  4. (AU, informal) A period of sustained cannabis smoking.
quotations: Meaning 1:
  • July 18, 1987, Financial Times, page 6,
"'We're not going to win a prize for graphics,' said Syd Silverman in a sesh this week."
  • 2005, Bruce Pegg, Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry, Routledge, page 51,
"There's no opportunity either to take rhythm & blues or leave it alone at this sesh at the Apollo." Meaning 2:
  • E.g., snowboarding: "Then it was on to the wallride for a sesh where numerous tricks were thrown down." April 11, 2007, Dave Driscoll, Transworld Snowboarding Magazine.
Examples of usage in Usenet groups:
  • Playing video games together: "Halo sesh" (2002)
  • Surfing: "Went out for a quick sesh today in Huntington. Wore my spring suit." (2003)
Meaning 3:
  • 1944, George Netherwood, Desert Squadron, Cairo, R. Schindler, page 119,
"Empty lager bottles … signified that Hans and Fritz also knew the joys of a desert sesh."
  • 1999, Ian Rankin, Black and Blue, St. Martin's Press, ISBN: 0312966776, page 39,
"Impulse buys one Saturday afternoon, after a lunchtime sesh in the Ox…"
  • she's
set {{rfc}} {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1
  • From Middle English setten, from Old English settan, from Proto-Germanic *satjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sodéye-, causative of *sed-.
  • From Middle English sett, from Old English gesett, past participle of settan.
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  1. (transitive) To put (something) down, to rest. exampleSet the tray there.
  2. (transitive) To attach or affix (something) to something else, or in or upon a certain place. I have set my heart on running the marathon.
    • Bible, Genesis iv. 15 The Lord set a mark upon Cain.
  3. (transitive) To put in a specified condition or state; to cause to be.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 1 The Lord thy God will set thee on high.
    • Bible, Matthew x. 35 I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother.
    • Coleridge Every incident sets him thinking.
  4. (transitive, dated) To cause to stop or stick; to obstruct; to fasten to a spot. to set a coach in the mud
  5. (transitive) To determine or settle. exampleto set the rent
  6. (transitive) To adjust. exampleI set the alarm at 6 a.m.
  7. (transitive) To punch (a nail) into wood so that its head is below the surface.
  8. (transitive) To arrange with dish and cutlery. examplePlease set the table for our guests.
  9. (transitive) To introduce or describe.
    • {{RQ:Fielding Tom Jones}} An incident which happened about this time will set the characters of these two lads more fairly before the discerning reader than is in the power of the longest dissertation.
    exampleI’ll tell you what happened, but first let me set the scene.
  10. (transitive) To locate (a play, etc.); to assign a backdrop to. exampleHe says he will set his next film in France.
  11. (transitive) To compile, to make (a puzzle or challenge). This crossword was set by Araucaria.
  12. (transitive) To prepare (a stage or film set).
  13. (transitive) To fit (someone) up in a situation.
  14. (transitive) To arrange (type). exampleIt was a complex page, but he set it quickly.
  15. (transitive) To devise and assign (work) to.
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    exampleThe teacher set her students the task of drawing a foot.
  16. (transitive, volleyball) To direct (the ball) to a teammate for an attack.
  17. (intransitive) To solidify. exampleThe glue sets in four minutes.
  18. (transitive) To render stiff or solid; especially, to convert into curd; to curdle. to set milk for cheese
  19. (intransitive) Of a heavenly body, to disappear below the horizon of a planet, etc, as the latter rotates. exampleThe moon sets at eight o'clock tonight.
  20. (transitive, bridge) To defeat a contract.
  21. (obsolete, now followed by "out", as in set out) To begin to move; to go forth.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, The king is set from London, and the scene is now transported, gentles, to Southampton
  22. (intransitive, of fruit) To be fixed for growth; to strike root; to begin to germinate or form.
    • 1906, Canada. Dept. of Agriculture. Fruit Branch, Fruit crop report In the Annapolis Valley, in spite of an irregular bloom, the fruit has set well and has, as yet, been little affected by scab.
  23. (intransitive, Southern US, Midwestern US, dialects) To sit be in a seated position.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.”
    exampleHe sets in that chair all day.
  24. To hunt game with the aid of a setter.
  25. (hunting, ambitransitive) Of a dog, to indicate the position of game. The dog sets the bird. Your dog sets well.
  26. (obsolete) To apply oneself; to undertake earnestly; to set out.
    • Hammond If he sets industriously and sincerely to perform the commands of Christ, he can have no ground of doubting but it shall prove successful to him.
  27. (ambitransitive) To fit music to words.
    • Dryden Set thy own songs, and sing them to thy lute.
  28. (ambitransitive) To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant. to set pear trees in an orchard
    • Old proverb Sow dry, and set wet.
  29. To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened. {{rfquotek}}
  30. To have a certain direction of motion; to flow; to move on; to tend. The current sets to the north; the tide sets to the windward.
  31. To place or fix in a setting. to set a precious stone in a border of metal to set glass in a sash
    • Dryden And him too rich a jewel to be set / In vulgar metal for a vulgar use.
  32. To put in order in a particular manner; to prepare. to set (that is, to hone) a razor to set a saw
  33. To extend and bring into position; to spread. to set the sails of a ship
  34. To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the keynote. to set a psalm {{rfquotek}}
  35. To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state. to set a broken bone
  36. (masonry) To lower into place and fix solidly, as the blocks of cut stone in a structure.
  37. (obsolete) To wager in gambling; to risk.
    • Shakespeare I have set my life upon a cast, / And I will stand the hazard of the die.
  38. To adorn with something infixed or affixed; to stud; to variegate with objects placed here and there.
    • Dryden High on their heads, with jewels richly set, / Each lady wore a radiant coronet.
    • Wordsworth pastoral dales thin set with modern farms
  39. (obsolete) To value; to rate; used with at.
    • Shakespeare Be you contented, wearing now the garland, / To have a son set your decrees at naught.
    • Shakespeare I do not set my life at a pin's fee.
  40. To establish as a rule; to furnish; to prescribe; to assign. to set a good example; to set lessons to be learned
  41. (Scotland) To suit; to become. It sets him ill.
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  1. A punch for setting nail in wood. nail set
  2. A device for receiving broadcast radio waves (or, more recently, broadcast data); a radio or television. television set
  3. {{alt form}}: a hole made and lived in by a badger.
  4. {{alt form}}: pattern of threads and yarns.
  5. {{alt form}}: piece of quarried stone.
  6. (horticulture) A small tuber or bulb used instead of seed, particularly onion sets and potato sets.
  7. The amount the teeth of a saw protrude to the side in order to create the kerf.
  8. (obsolete, rare) That which is stake; a wager; hence, a gambling game.
    • Shakespeare We will in France, by God's grace, play a set / Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.
    • Dryden That was but civil war, an equal set.
  9. (engineering) Permanent change of shape caused by excessive strain, as from compression, tension, bending, twisting, etc. the set of a spring
  10. (piledriving) A piece placed temporarily upon the head of a pile when the latter cannot otherwise be reached by the weight, or hammer.
  11. (printing, dated) The width of the body of a type.
  12. A young oyster when first attached.
  13. Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any locality.
  14. A series or group of something. (Note the similar meaning in Etymology 2, Noun)
  15. (colloquial) The manner, state, or quality of setting or fitting; fit. the set of a coat
  16. The camber of a curved roofing tile.
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  1. Fixed in position.
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  2. Rigid, solidified.
  3. Ready, prepared. example[[on your mark, get set, go|on your marks, get set, go!]];&nbsp; on your marks, set, go!
  4. Intent, determine (to do something). exampleset on getting to his destination
  5. Prearranged. examplea set menu
  6. Fixed in one’s opinion. exampleI’m set against the idea of smacking children to punish them.
  7. (of hair) Fixed in a certain style.
Synonyms: (intent, determined) determined, intent, (prearranged) dictated, prearranged, predetermined, prescribed, specified, (fixed in one's opinion) fixed, rigid
etymology 2 From Middle English set, sete, sette, from Old English set and Old English seten, related to Old English settan. Compare gml gesette, Old English gesetl. According to Skeat, in senses denoting a group of things or persons, representing an alteration of sept, from Old French sette, from Malayalam secta, from Latin secta. See sect. It is quite possible that the modern word is more of a merger between both, however.
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  1. A young plant fit for setting out; a slip; shoot.
  2. A rudimentary fruit.
  3. The setting of the sun or other luminary; (by extension) the close of the day.
    • Tennyson the set of day
    • Shakespeare The weary sun hath made a golden set.
  4. (literally and figuratively) General movement; direction; drift; tendency. Here and there, amongst individuals alive to the particular evils of the age, and watching the very set of the current, there may have been even a more systematic counteraction applied to the mischief. — Thomas De Quincey.
  5. A match collection of similar things. (Note the similar meaning in Etymology 1, Noun) a set of tables
  6. A collection of various objects for a particular purpose. a set of tools
  7. An object made up of several parts. a set of steps
  8. (set theory) A collection of zero or more object, possibly infinite in size, and disregarding any order or repetition of the objects which may be contained within it.
  9. (in plural, “sets”, mathematics, informal) Set theory.
  10. A group of people, usually meeting socially. the country set
  11. The scenery for a film or play.
  12. (dance) The initial or basic formation of dancer.
  13. (exercise) A group of repetition of a single exercise performed one after the other without rest.
    • 1974, Charles Gaines & George Butler, Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding, page 22. This is the fourth set of benchpresses.
  14. (tennis) A complete series of game, forming part of a match.
  15. (volleyball) A complete series of point, forming part of a match.
  16. (volleyball) The act of directing the ball to a teammate for an attack.
  17. (music) A musical performance by a band, disc jockey, etc., consisting of several musical pieces.
  18. (music) A drum kit, a drum set. He plays the set on Saturdays.
  19. (UK, education) A class group in a subject where pupils are divided by ability.
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  20. (poker, slang) Three of a kind in poker. In games, the term is usually reserved for a situation in which a pair in a player's hand is matched by a single card on the board. Compare with trips. Weisenberg, Michael (2000) ''[ The Official Dictionary of Poker].'' MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523
Synonyms: (close of the day) dusk, eve, evening, sundown, sunset, (general movement) direction, drift, heading, motion, movement, path, tendency, trend, (matching collection of similar things) suite, (set theory, in plural) set theory, (group of people, usually meeting socially) club, coterie, (scenery) scenery, (performance of several musical pieces) gig, session, (drum kit) drum, drum kit, drum set, (three of a kind) three of a kind
  • (set theory) multiset, bag
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, education) To divide a class group in a subject according to ability
    • 2008, Patricia Murphy, ‎Robert McCormick, Knowledge and Practice: Representations and Identities In setted classes, students are brought together because they are believed to be of similar 'ability'. Yet, setted lessons are often conducted as though students are not only similar, but identical—in terms of ability, preferred learning style and pace of working.
    • 2002, Jo Boaler, Experiencing School Mathematics: Traditional and Reform Approaches and Their Impact on Student Learning At Amber Hill, setting was a high-profile concept, and the students were frequently reminded of the set to which they belonged.
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  • EST, Est, ETS, StE, Ste, Ste., TSE
set of wheels
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  1. (colloquial, idiomatic) car That's a great set of wheels you've got!
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  1. an outset
  2. (colloquial, dated) a display or spread
    • 1854, Dickens, Hard Times, Chapter 8: ‘You don’t hate Sissy, Tom?’ ‘I hate to be obliged to call her Jupe. And she hates me,’ said Tom, moodily. ‘No, she does not, Tom, I am sure!’ ‘She must,’ said Tom. ‘She must just hate and detest the whole set-out of us.
  • outset
sets pronunciation
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  1. plural of set
  2. (informal) Set theory.
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  1. en-third-person singular of set
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  1. (mathematics) The mathematical theory of set.
    • 1984, Robert Goldblatt, Topoi, the categorial analysis of logic, p. 9 The above argument, known as Russell's Paradox, was discovered by Bertrand Russell in 1901. Set theory itself began a few decades earlier with the work of George Cantor.
Synonyms: sets (informal)
settle {{rfc}} {{Webster 1913}} etymology From Old English setl, from Proto-Germanic *setla-, representing Proto-Indo-European *sed-lo-, from *sed-. pronunciation
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  1. (transitive) To place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; especially, to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home etc.
    • And he settled his countenance steadfastly upon him,until he was ashamed. --2 Kings VIII. 11. (Rev. Ver.)
    • 1700, Metamorphoses, Ovid, John Dryden, “The father thought the time drew on Of settling in the world his only son.”
  2. (transitive, obsolete, US) To establish in the pastoral office; to ordain or install as pastor or rector of a church, society, or parish. exampleto settle a minister
  3. (transitive) To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to quieten; to still; to calm; to compose.
    • George Chapman God settled then the huge whale-bearing lake.
    • John Bunyan Hoping that sleep might settle his brains.
  4. (transitive) To clear or purify (a liquid) of dregs and impurities by causing them to sink. exampleto settle coffee, or the grounds of coffee
  5. (transitive) To restore (ground, roads etc.) or bring to a smooth, dry, or passable condition. exampleclear weather settles the roads
  6. (transitive) To cause to sink; to lower. exampleto settle the contents of a barrel or bag by shaking it
  7. (transitive) To determine, as something which is exposed to doubt or question; to free from uncertainty.
    • Jonathan Swift It will settle the wavering, and confirm the doubtful.
    exampleto settle the mind when agitated;&nbsp; to settle questions of law;&nbsp; to settle the succession to a throne;&nbsp; to settle an allowance
  8. (transitive) To pacify (a discussion, quarrel). exampleto settle a quarrel
  9. (transitive, archaic) To adjust (accounts); to liquidate; to balance. exampleto settle an account
  10. (transitive, colloquial) To pay.
    • to settle a bill
  11. (transitive) To colonize; to move people to (a land or territory). examplethe French first settled Canada;&nbsp; the Puritans settled New England;&nbsp; Plymouth was settled in 1620.
  12. (intransitive) To become fixed, permanent or stationary; to establish one's self or itself.
    • Francis Bacon The wind came about and settled in the west.
    • John Arbuthnot Chyle…runs through all the intermediate colors until it settles in an intense red.
  13. (intransitive) To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home. examplethe Saxons who settled in Britain
  14. (intransitive) To become married, or a householder.
    • Matthew Prior As people marry now and settle.
  15. (intransitive) To be established in a profession or in employment. exampleto settle in the practice of law
  16. (intransitive) To become firm, dry, and hard, like the ground after the effects of rain or frost have disappeared. examplethe roads settled late in the spring.
  17. (intransitive) To become clear after being unclear or vague.
    • Joseph Addison A government, on such occasions, is always thick before it settles.
    examplethe weather settled;&nbsp; wine settles by standing
  18. (intransitive) To sink to the bottom of a body of liquid, for example dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reservoir.
  19. (intransitive) To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, for example the foundation of a house, etc.
  20. (intransitive) To become calm; to stop being agitated.
    • William Shakespeare Till the fury of his highness settle, Come not before him.
  21. (intransitive) To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement. exampleHe has settled with his creditors.
  22. (intransitive, obsolete) To make a jointure for a wife.
    • Samuel Garth He sighs with most success that settles well.
Synonyms: adjust, arrange, compose, decide, determine, establish, fix, regulate
  • (to place in a fixed or permanent condition) remove
  • disturb
  • agitate
  • wander
related terms:
  • settlement
  • settler
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A seat of any kind.
    • Hampole upon the settle of his majesty
  2. A long bench, often with a high back and arms, with storage space underneath for linen.
  3. (obsolete) A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part.
    • Bible, Ezekiel xliii. 14 And from the bottom upon the ground, even to the lower settle, shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit.
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settler {{wikipedia}} etymology {{-er}}
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. someone who settle in a new location, especially one who makes a previously uninhabited place his home the first settlers of New England
  2. someone who decide something, such as a dispute
  3. (British) the person in a betting shop who calculate the winnings
  4. A drink which settles the stomach, especially a bitter drink, often a nightcap.
  5. A vessel, such as a tub, in which something, such as pulverized ore suspended in a liquid, is allowed to settle.
  6. (colloquial) That which settle or finish, such as a blow that decides a contest.
related terms:
  • settlement
  • letters
  • sterlet
  • trestle
sevenish etymology seven + ish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any time close to seven o'clock.
seven shades
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  1. (slang) A complete range; a whole lot; used with of and a noun or occasionally an adjective.
    • 2008, Susan Bryant, Solitary Hearts (page 107) I'd have to be seven shades of stupid not to catch their drift.
    • 2008, Timothy Freke, ‎Peter Gandy, The Gospel of the Second Coming (page 158) You can make that garbage predict anything you want, and that's exactly what those cretins have been doing for centuries—scaring seven shades of shit out of each other on the basis of the writings of a demented second-century surrealist.
    • 2013, Andrew O'Hagan, The Atlantic Ocean: Reports from Britain and America (page 194) Get out there in the mud and allow your dearest friends to shoot seven shades of crap out of you.
    • 2013, Sean Patrick, The Reviver (page 221) … she had hunted out a wide selection of articles about Michael Andreas and the companies he owned. She had also included old payroll records. 'Christ,' Jonah had said. 'Police information, and now this? It must be seven shades of illegal. …
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A revolver which holds seven cartridge.
related terms:
  • six-shooter
seventeen {{number box}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Arabic numerals: 17. Roman numerals: XVII etymology From Middle English seventene, from Old English seofontīene, from Proto-Germanic *sebuntehun. Compare Dutch zeventien, West Frisian santjin, German siebzehn, Danish sytten. pronunciation
  • (next word stressed near the first syllable) (UK) /ˈsɛv.ən.tiːn/
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  • (next word stressed after the first syllable) (UK) /ˌsɛv.ənˈtiːn/
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  1. The cardinal number occurring after sixteen and before eighteen, represented in Roman numerals as XVII and in Arabic numerals as 17.

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