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(in prescriptions) a half.

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Origin of ss

From the Latin word sēmis

Definition for ss (2 of 9)

SS

social security.

Definition for ss (3 of 9)

ss.1

or SS.


abbreviation

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

Definition for ss (4 of 9)

ss.2

abbreviation

sections.
Baseball. shortstop.

Definition for ss (5 of 9)

SS.1

abbreviation

Saints.

Origin of SS.

1
From the Latin word sānctī

Definition for ss (6 of 9)

SS.2

abbreviation

Definition for ss (7 of 9)

S/S

abbreviation

same size.
Medicine/Medical. signs and symptoms.
spreadsheet. Also s/s .

Definition for ss (8 of 9)

S.S.1

abbreviation

(in prescriptions) in the strict sense.

Origin of S.S.

1
From Latin sēnsū strictō

Definition for ss (9 of 9)

S.S.2

abbreviation

steamship.
Sunday School.
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British Dictionary definitions for ss (1 of 2)

SS

abbreviation for

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
steamship
Sunday school

Word Origin for SS

(sense 1) German Schutzstaffel protection squad

British Dictionary definitions for ss (2 of 2)

SS.

abbreviation for

Saints
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Cultural definitions for ss

SS

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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