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SS,  an abbreviation of:
  1. Governmentsocial security.
  2. Naval Termssteamship.
  3. supersonic.

S.S.,  an abbreviation of:
  1. Nautical, Naval Termssteamship.

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  1. GovernmentSchutzstaffel.
  2. Governmentsocial security.
  3. Naval Termssteamship.
  4. supersonic.

  • Drugs(in prescriptions) a half.
  • Also,  ss. 
    • Latin sēmis

    1. Saints.
      • Latin sānctī
    2. GovernmentSchutzstaffel.
    3. See  ss. (def. 1).

    1. to wit;
      namely (used esp. on legal documents, as an affidavit, pleading, etc., to verify the place of action).
      • Latin scīlicet
    2. sections.
    3. [Baseball.]shortstop.

    1. GovernmentSchutzstaffel.
    2. Drugs(in prescriptions) in the strict sense.
      • Latin sēnsū strictō
    3. Nautical, Naval Termssteamship.
    4. Sunday School.

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    S, s /ɛs/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  Ss or S's, ss or s's. 
    1. the 19th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.

    S,  an abbreviation of:
    1. satisfactory.
    2. Linguisticssentence.
    3. small.
    4. GeographyAlso,  s south.
    5. southern.
    6. state (highway).

    's1 /s, z, ɪz/USA pronunciation  
  • an ending that is added to nouns or noun phrases to indicate possession by:man's; children's;James's;witness's;
    attorney general's;
    king of England's;

  • 's2 /s, z, ɪz/USA pronunciation  
  • a contraction that appears at the end of a noun or pronoun that is the subject of a verb, and is a shortened form of
    • the verb is: She's here (= She is here).
    • the verb has: He's been there (= He has been there).
    • the verb does: What's he do for a living? (= What does he do for a living?).

  • 's4 /s/USA pronunciation  
  • Pronounsa contraction that appears at the end of the verb let and is a shortened form of us: Let's go (= Let us go).

  • -s2 or -es,/s, z, ɪz/USA pronunciation  
  • -s1 or -es is attached to the root form of verbs and marks the third person singular present indicative form, agreeing with a subject that is singular:He walks. She runs. The wind rushes through the trees.

  • -s3 or  -es: 
  • -s2 or -es is attached to count nouns and marks the plural form:weeks; bushes;taxes;ladies;

  • S.,  an abbreviation of:
    1. Saint.
    2. Saturday.
    3. Sea.
    4. September.
    5. Geographysouth.
    6. southern.
    7. Sunday.

    s.,  an abbreviation of:
    1. school.
    2. section.
    3. small.
    4. Geographysouth.
    5. southern.

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    S, s  (es),USA pronunciation  n., pl.  S's  or Ss, s's or ss. 
    1. the 19th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
    2. any spoken sound represented by the letter S or s, as in saw, sense, or goose.
    3. something having the shape of anS.
    4. a written or printed representation of the letter S or s.
    5. a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter S or s.

    1. satisfactory.
    2. Saxon.
    3. Timesentence.
    4. short.
    5. Electricitysiemens.
    6. signature.
    7. single.
    8. small.
    9. soft.
    10. Music and Dancesoprano.
    11. GeographySouth.
    12. Southern.
    13. state (highway).
    14. Grammarsubject.

    S,  Symbol.
    1. the 19th in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 18th.
    2. (sometimes l.c.) the medieval Roman numeral for 7 or 70. Cf.  Roman numerals. 
    3. second.
    4. [Biochem.]serine.
    5. [Thermodynam.]entropy.
    6. [Physics.]strangeness.
    7. sulfur.

    1. satisfactory.
    2. signature.
    3. small.
    4. soft.
    5. Geographysouth.

    s, [Symbol.]
  • Timesecond.

  • 's1 , 
  • an ending used in writing to represent the possessive morpheme after most singular nouns, some plural nouns, esp. those not ending in a letter or combination of letters representing an s or z sound, noun phrases, and noun substitutes, as in man's, women's, baby's, James's, witness's, (or witness'), king of England's, or anyone's.
    • Middle English -es, Old English

    's2 : 
  • contraction of is: She's here.
  • contraction of does: What's he do for a living now?
  • contraction of has: He's just gone.
    • See  contraction. 

    's3 , [Archaic.]
  • a contraction of God's, as in 'swounds;

  • 's4 : 
  • Pronounsa contraction of us, as in Let's go.
    • See  contraction. 

    's5 , 
  • a contraction of as, as in so's to get there on time.

  • -s1 : 
  • a native English suffix used in the formation of adverbs:always; needs;unawares.Cf.  -ways. 
    • ultimately identical with 's1 Middle English -es, Old English

    -s2 : 
  • an ending marking the third person sing. indicative active of verbs:walks.
    • Middle English (north) -(e)s, Old English (north); origin, originally ending of 2nd pers. singular, as in Latin and Greek; replacing Middle English, Old English -eth -eth1

    -s3 : 
  • an ending marking nouns as plural (boys;
    ), occurring also on nouns that have no singular (dregs;
    ), or on nouns that have a singular with a different meaning (clothes;
    ). The pluralizing value of  -s 3 is weakened or lost in a number of nouns that now often take singular agreement, as the names of games (billiards;
    ) and of diseases (measles;
    the latter use has been extended to create informal names for a variety of involuntary conditions, physical or mental (collywobbles;
    ). A parallel set of formations, where  -s 3 has no plural value, are adjectives denoting socially unacceptable or inconvenient states (bananas;
  • Also,  -es. 
    • Middle English -(e)s, Old English -as, plural nominative and accusative ending of some masculine nouns

    -s4 : 
  • a suffix of hypocoristic nouns, generally proper names or forms used only in address:Babs; Suzykins;Sweetums;Toodles.
    • probably from the metonymic use of nouns formed with -s3, as boots or Goldilocks

    1. Sabbath.
    2. Saint.
    3. Saturday.
    4. Saxon.
    5. Currency(in Austria) schilling;
    6. School.
    7. Sea.
    8. Senate.
    9. September.
    10. Currencyshilling;
    11. (in prescriptions) mark;
      • Latin signa
      let it be written.
      • Latin signa
    12. Signor.
    13. Small.
    14. Socialist.
    15. Society.
    16. Fellow.
      • Latin signa
    17. sol3 (def. 1).
    18. GeographySouth.
    19. Southern.
    20. (in Ecuador) sucre;
    21. Sunday.

    1. saint.
    2. school.
    3. second.
    4. section.
    5. see.
    6. series.
    7. Currencyshilling;
    8. sign.
    9. signed.
    10. silver.
    11. singular.
    12. sire.
    13. small.
    14. society.
    15. son.
    16. Geographysouth.
    17. southern.
    18. steamer.
    19. stem.
    20. stem of.
    21. substantive.

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    SS abbreviation for
    1. a paramilitary organization within the Nazi party that provided Hitler's bodyguard, security forces including the Gestapo, concentration camp guards, and a corp of combat troops (the Waffen-SS) in World War II
    2. steamship
    Etymology: (sense 1) German Schutzstaffel protection squad

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