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  1. (in prescriptions) a half.

Origin of ss

From the Latin word sēmis


  1. Schutzstaffel.
  2. social security.
  3. steamship.
  4. supersonic.

S, s

noun, plural 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 an S.
  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.


or SS.

  1. to wit; namely (used especially on legal documents, as an affidavit, pleading, etc., to verify the place of action).

Origin of ss.1

From the Latin word scīlicet


  1. sections.
  2. Baseball. shortstop.


  1. Saints.

Origin of SS.1

From the Latin word sānctī


  1. Schutzstaffel.
  2. See ss.1


  1. (in prescriptions) in the strict sense.

Origin of S.S.1

From the Latin word sēnsū strictō


  1. Schutzstaffel.
  2. steamship.
  3. Sunday School.


  1. same size.
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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
  3. Sunday school

Word Origin

(sense 1) German Schutzstaffel protection squad


abbreviation for
  1. Saints
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ss in Science


  1. Abbreviation of second (of time), second (of an arc)
  2. The symbol for strangeness.


  1. The symbol for sulfur.
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ss in Culture


An elite corps of combat troops (SS is short for Schutzstaffel, which is German for “protective shield”) formed originally within the German Nazi party as a bodyguard for Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders and led by Heinrich Himmler. During the 1930s, Hitler steadily expanded the responsibilities of the SS to include the suppression of his political opponents within Germany and the persecution of the Jews (see also Jews). The SS supervised the concentration camps.

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