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noun Hinduism.
  1. (in Vedic mythology) the realm of existence, populated by people and gods.Compare Asat.
  2. reality.
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Origin of sat2

< Sanskrit: literally, being


  1. a set of standardized college admissions tests developed by the College Board, the principal one measuring mathematical and verbal reasoning, and others measuring knowledge in specific subject areas.
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Compare ACT(def 1).

Origin of SAT

originally an abbreviation of Scholastic Aptitude Test and later, Scholastic Assessment Test
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  • The accurate timing of the “Sats” is naturally most important.

  • The “Sats,” in fact, when it is a jump at all, is a high jump only.

  • I strongly advise you to include this movement in your practice of the “Sats” (2nd method) without skis.

  • This need not trouble you, for you are certain to find the greatest difficulty in managing to make the “Sats” soon enough.

  • It follows, then, that the correct execution of the “Sats” is the most important part of the jump.

British Dictionary definitions for sats


n acronym for British education
  1. standard assessment tasks
  2. standard assessment tests
  3. standard attainment tests
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Now officially called: national tests
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  1. the past tense and past participle of sit
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adjective Southern African
  1. very tired; exhausted
  2. drunk
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Word Origin



abbreviation for
  1. (in the US) Scholastic Aptitude Test
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Word Origin and History for sats



1961, initialism for Scholastic Aptitude Test.

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