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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun s:


Fun fact! There are more English words beginning with the letter "s" than with any other letter.

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Definition of the noun s

What does s mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

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  1. 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of s: sec / second
    • more generic terms: time unit / unit of time = a unit for measuring time periods
    • more specific term: leap second = a second (as measured by an atomic clock) added to or subtracted from Greenwich Mean Time in order to compensate for slowing in the Earth's rotation
    • part of: min / minute = a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour
    • part: millisecond / msec = one thousandth (10^-3) of a second
  2. an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions)
  3. the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees
  4. a unit of conductance equal to the reciprocal of an ohm
  5. the 19th letter of the Roman alphabet
  6. (thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity representing the amount of energy in a system that is no longer available for doing mechanical work

Alternative definition of the noun s


  1. American Library Association [abbreviation] for sextodecimo, a book size, 15-17.5 cm in height.

Other definitions of s

What does s also mean?


  1. [metrology] abbreviation for the scruple (the apothecaries' system unit of mass)


  1. Latn-def, en, letter, 19, ess


  1. Latn-def, en, letter, 19, ess


  1. Latn-def, en, ordinal, 19, ess

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