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Definition for sm (2 of 8)

SM

service mark.

Definition for sm (3 of 8)

S and M

or S&M, s&m


sadomasochism; sadism and masochism.

Origin of S and M

First recorded in 1965–70

Definition for sm (4 of 8)

S.&M.

Insurance.

stock and machinery.

Definition for sm (5 of 8)

Definition for sm (6 of 8)

S-M

or s-m, S/M, s/m


Definition for sm (7 of 8)

S.M.1

Master of Science.

Origin of S.M.

1
From the New Latin word Scientiae Magister

Definition for sm (8 of 8)

S.M.2

sergeant major.
State Militia.
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ABOUT THIS WORD

What else does SM mean?

While SM can refer to many things, three prominent meanings are sadomasochism, the South Korean entertainment company SM Entertainment, and the internet slang so much.

How is SM pronounced?

[ es-em ]

Where does SM come from?

Sadomasochism is a sexual practice involving getting pleasure for causing (sadism) and experiencing (masochism) pain and humiliation. The term dates to the early 1900s and shortened forms, including SM and S&M are from the 1960s.

SM is commonly seen in BDSM (Bondage, Discipline or Dominance, Sadism, and Masochism), which involves a wide range of sexual practices and forms a sexual community. SM got more mainstream attention in 2010 with Rihanna’s single “S&M” and again in 2011 with the hit book 50 Shades of Grey, which was made into a film in 2015. Both deal with sexual pleasure from power and pain.

In 1995, Lee Soo-man founded SM Entertainment, which went on to form some of the biggest acts in the massively popular genre of K-pop, including EXO and Red Velvet. This SM has been said to stand for Star Music, though it may additionally stand for its founder’s name, Soo-man.

Online, SM, or sm, can stand for so much (e.g, I love you sm). It’s hard to track down the first instances of these types of acronyms, but SM likely took off in the 1990s and 2000s with the rise of texting, chatrooms, forums, and social media.

How is SM used in real life?

The acronym SM for sadomasochism may be used by its practitioners or its psychologists. As noted, SM is half of BDSM. Online, expect a lot of SM to link to pornography.

Fans of K-pop or professionals in the music industry may discuss SM Entertainment, especially in the context of its artists. SM is frequently used on its own to refer to the company.

SM for so much is usually written as sm in texts and online.

Note

This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.

Example sentences from the Web for sm

British Dictionary definitions for sm (1 of 3)

sm

the internet domain name for

San Marino

British Dictionary definitions for sm (2 of 3)

Sm

the chemical symbol for

samarium

British Dictionary definitions for sm (3 of 3)

SM

abbreviation for

sergeant major
sadomasochism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for sm

Sm

The symbol for the elementsamarium
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Scientific definitions for sm (1 of 2)

Sm

The symbol for samarium.

Scientific definitions for sm (2 of 2)

samarium
[ sə-mârē-əm ]

Sm

A silvery-white metallic element of the lanthanide series that exists in several forms and has seven naturally occurring isotopes. It is used to make glass that absorbs infrared light and to absorb neutrons in the fuel rods of nuclear reactors. Atomic number 62; atomic weight 150.36; melting point 1,072°C; boiling point 1,791°C; specific gravity approximately 7.50; valence 2, 3. See Periodic Table.
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