- surface-to-air missile.
- Space Available Mail: a special air service for sending parcels weighing up to 15 pounds (6.8 kg) to overseas members of the armed forces: only the regular parcel post rate to the U.S. port of shipment is charged.
- David SamuelSam, 1925–84, U.S. film director and screenwriter.
- Ernest Thomas Sin·ton [sin-tn] /ˈsɪn tn/, 1903–95, Irish physicist: Nobel prize 1951.
- I·zaak [ahy-zuh k] /ˈaɪ zək/, 1593–1683, English writer.
- Samuel MooreSam, 1918–92, U.S. business executive and founder of Wal-Mart Stores.
- Sir William (Turner),1902–83, English composer.
- Samuel James, Jr.Sam, 1896–1985, U.S. jurist and politician: senator 1954–74.
- a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for sam
The End of Gangs By Sam Quinones, Pacific-Standard Los Angeles gave America the modern street gang.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 29-Jan 4, 2014
January 4, 2015
“We would just as soon stay away from a group that will create controversy,” the Cubs general manager Sam Bernabe told the paper.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
On his eighth try, more than three decades after he went in, the parole board finally voted to release Sam.
Back when Sam went upstate, job searches required nothing more than a typewriter, some paper, and the classifieds.
Gunfire was exchanged and Sam, who was unarmed, was wounded.
We have seen this unique book (now the property of Mr. Sam: Timmins).The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
Ash-Can Sam was wounded—not so much in body as in pugilistic pride.A Night Out
How stern a moral may be drawn from the story of poor Sam Patch!Sketches from Memory
Shall I charge that, Sam; or would you rather pay for it now?In the Midst of Alarms
She did not know of what had passed between Mr. Johnson and Sam.Biographical Stories
- sam hold of Northern English dialect to collect; gather up
- surface-to-air missile
- Sam (uel David). 1926–84, US film director, esp of Westerns, such as The Wild Bunch (1969). Among his other films are Straw Dogs (1971), Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), and Cross of Iron (1977)
- Ernest Thomas Sinton. 1903–95, Irish physicist. He succeeded in producing the first artificial transmutation of an atomic nucleus (1932) with Sir John Cockcroft, with whom he shared the Nobel prize for physics 1951
- Izaak (ˈaɪzək). 1593–1683, English writer, best known for The Compleat Angler (1653; enlarged 1676)
- Sir William (Turner). 1902–83, English composer. His works include Façade (1923), a setting of satirical verses by Edith Sitwell, the Viola Concerto (1929), and the oratorio Belshazzar's Feast (1931)
Word Origin and History for sam
1958, acronym for surface to air missile.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Irish physicist who, with John Cockcroft, was the first to successfully split an atom using a particle accelerator in 1932. For this work they shared the 1951 Nobel Prize for physics.
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