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Section 19: Words Starting with S. sack s . a . c . k . sack. sack means a bag

made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases. You can buy a big sack of carrots

at the farmer's market for only $3. sad s . a . d . sad. sad means experiencing

or showing sorrow or unhappiness. They were able to infer from her sad look that she didn't

get the job. sadly s . a . d . l . y . sadly. sadly means

in an unfortunate way. Sadly he died before he could see his grandchild.

sadness s . a . d . n . e . s . s . sadness. sadness means emotions experienced when not

in a state of well-being. There was a touch of sadness in his voice.

safe s . a . f . e . safe. safe means free from danger or the risk of harm. You will

be safe here. safely s . a . f . e . l . y . safely. safely

means with safety; in a safe manner. We are safely out of there.

safety s . a . f . e . t . y . safety. safety means the state of being certain that adverse

effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions. The reciprocal of safety

is risk. sail s . a . i . l . sail. sail meanstraverse

or travel by ship on a body of water.He sailed the Pacific all alone.

sailing s . a . i . l . i . n . g . sailing. sailing means the work of a sailor. There

was swimming and sailing down on the lake. sailor s . a . i . l . o . r . sailor. sailor

means someone who works on a ship or sails a boat. We were both experienced sailors.

salad s . a . l . a . d . salad. salad means food mixtures either arranged on a plate or

tossed and served with a moist dressing; usually consisting of or including greens. A salad

of tomato, onion and cucumber. salary s . a . l . a . r . y . salary. salary

means money that someone is paid each month by their employer. He wasted his salary on

drink. sale s . a . l . e . sale. sale means the

general activity of selling. They tried to boost sales.

salt s . a . l . t . salt. salt means white crystalline form of especially sodium chloride

used to season and preserve food. Most snacks have either a high salt content or a high

sugar content. salty s . a . l . t . y . salty. salty means

containing or filled with salt. I don't like to mix sweet and salty flavored foods in

the same meal.  same s . a . m . e . same. same means closely

similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree. Mother and son have the

same blue eyes. sample s . a . m . p . l . e . sample. sample

means items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population.

Their research is based on interviews with a random sample of over 500 teenagers.

sand s . a . n . d . sand. sand means a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral.

I couldn't see because the wind had blown sand in my eyes.

satisfaction s . a . t . i . s . f . a . c . t . i . o . n . satisfaction. satisfaction

means the contentment you feel when you have done something right. The chef tasted the

sauce with great satisfaction. satisfy s . a . t . i . s . f . y . satisfy.

satisfy means fulfil the requirements or expectations of. The pace of change has not been quick

enough to satisfy everyone. satisfied s . a . t . i . s . f . i . e . d

. satisfied. satisfied means filled with satisfaction. We are not satisfied with these results.

satisfying s . a . t . i . s . f . y . i . n . g . satisfying. satisfying means giving

pleasure or satisfaction. I found wood carving satisfying.

Saturday S . a . t . u . r . d . a . y . Saturday. Saturday means Saturday is the day after Friday

and before Sunday. There is a handicraft market downtown every Saturday morning.

sauce s . a . u . c . e . sauce. sauce means flavorful relish or dressing or topping served as an

accompaniment to food. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.

save s . a . v . e . save. save means to keep up and reserve for personal or special use.

She saved the old family photographs in a drawer.

saving s . a . v . i . n . g . saving. saving means an act of economizing; reduction in

cost. There was a saving of 50 cents. say s . a . y . say. say means express in

words. Let us say that he did not tell the truth

scale s . c . a . l . e . scale. scale means an ordered reference standard. Judging on

a scale of 1 to 10. scare s . c . a . r . e . scare. scare means

cause fear in. The stranger who hangs around the building scares me.

scared s . c . a . r . e . d . scared. scared means made afraid. The scared child cowered

in the corner. scary s . c . a . r . y . scary. scary means

so scary as to cause chills and shudders. The most terrible and scary. Tales of murder

and revenge. scene s . c . e . n . e . scene. scene means

the place where some action occurs. The police returned to the scene of the crime.

schedule s . c . h . e . d . u . l . e . schedule. schedule means a temporally organized plan

for matters to be attended to. plan for an activity or event. I've scheduled a concert

next week. school s . c . h . o . o . l . school. school

means an educational institution. A building where young people receive education. He walked

to school every morning. science s . c . i . e . n . c . e . science.

science means a particular branch of scientific knowledge. The science of genetics.

scientific s . c . i . e . n . t . i . f . i . c . scientific. scientific means of or relating

to the practice of science. Many animals die an agonizing death in the name of scientific

progress. scientist s . c . i . e . n . t . i . s . t

. scientist. scientist meansa person with advanced knowledge of one or more sciences.

Scientists have collected more data than expected. scissors s . c . i . s . s . o . r . s . scissors.

scissors means and edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades. He told me to get some scissors.

score s . c . o . r . e . score. score means a number or letter indicating quality (especially

of a student's performance). What was your score on your homework?

scratch s . c . r . a . t . c . h . scratch. scratch means cause friction. cut the surface

of; wear away the surface of. My sweater scratches. scream s . c . r . e . a . m . scream. scream

means utter a sudden loud cry. She screamed with pain when the doctor inserted the needle.

screen s . c . r . e . e . n . screen. screen means a white or silvered surface where pictures

can be projected for viewing. Who has been putting their dirty hands on the computer screen?

screw s . c . r . e . w . screw. screw means a simple machine of the inclined-plane type

consisting of a spirally threaded cylindrical rod that engages with a similarly threaded

hole. I had to screw the bolt in with my fingernail because I didn't have any tools.

sea s . e . a . sea. sea means a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water

partially enclosed by land. All transport operations, whether by sea, rail or road,

are closely monitored at all times. seal s . e . a . l . seal. seal means fastener

consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents

and parcels and letters. Veronica sealed the envelope, and put a stamp on it.

search s . e . a . r . c . h . search. search means the activity of looking thoroughly in

order to find something or someone. A thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing.

season s . e . a . s . o . n . season. season means a period of the year marked by special

events or activities in some field. He celebrated his 10th season with the ballet company.

seat s . e . a . t . seat. seat means a space reserved for sitting as in a theater or on

a train or airplane. He booked their seats in advance.

second s . e . c . o . n . d . second. second means one of the sixty parts that a minute

is divided into. An indefinitely short time. It only takes a second.

secondary s . e . c . o . n . d . a . r . y . secondary. secondary means being of second

rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate. The stone will be hauled to a secondary

crusher. secret s . e . c . r . e . t . secret. secret

means not open or public; kept private or not revealed. The young boy had secret ambitions

of becoming an astronaut. secretly s . e . c . r . e . t . l . y . secretly.

secretly means in secrecy; not openly. The children secretly went to the movies when

they were supposed to be at the library. secretary s . e . c . r . e . t . a . r . y

. secretary. secretary means an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work

for a boss or an organization. My secretary will fax you all the details.

section s . e . c . t . i . o . n . section. section means a self-contained part of a larger

composition (written or musical). He always turns first to the business section.

sector s . e . c . t . o . r . sector. sector means a particular aspect of life or activity.

He was helpless in an important sector of his life.

secure s . e . c . u . r . e . secure. secure means free from fear or doubt; easy in mind.

Secure himself, he went out of his way to help others.

security s . e . c . u . r . i . t . y . security. security means the state of being free from

danger or injury. We support the armed services in the name of national security.

see s . e . e . see. see means perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight.

Can you see the bird in that tree? seed s . e . e . d . seed. seed means a mature

fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective

coat or testa. She sowed sunflower seeds. seek s . e . e . k . seek. seek means try

to get or reach. I would seek a second opinion if you don't agree with what your doctor said.

seem s . e . e . m . seem. seem means give a certain impression or have a certain outward

aspect. She seems to be sleeping. select s . e . l . e . c . t . select. select

means pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives. She selected a pair of shoes

from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her.

selection s . e . l . e . c . t . i . o . n . selection. selection means the act of choosing

or selecting. Your selection of colors was unfortunate.

self s . e . l . f . self. self means your consciousness of your own identity. She was

back to her old self again. self s . e . l . f . self. self means relating

to - of or by or to or from or for - the self. He is a self-proclaimed racist

sell s . e . l . l . sell. sell means exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent. She

sells her body to survive and support her drug habit.

semester s . e . m . e . s . t . e . r . semester. semester means one of two divisions of an

academic year. My very first semester at university was quite a grind, but it's much better now.

senate s . e . n . a . t . e . senate. senate means assembly possessing high legislative

powers. The new law has been sent to the Senate for ratification.

senator s . e . n . a . t . o . r . senator. senator means a member of a senate. The senator

charged that I had distorted the data. send s . e . n . d . send. send means cause

to go somewhere. He proposed to send for the doctor.

senior s . e . n . i . o . r . senior. senior meansolder; higher in rank; longer in length

of tenure or service. He works as a senior administrator in a financial institution in Mexico City.

sense s . e . n . s . e . sense. sense means the meaning of a word or expression; the way

in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted. The dictionary gave several

senses for the word. sensible s . e . n . s . i . b . l . e . sensible.

sensible means showing reason or sound judgment. able to feel or perceive. Kara is a sensible girl;

she'll know what to do. sensitive s . e . n . s . i . t . i . v . e

. sensitive. sensitive means responsive to physical stimuli. A mimosa's leaves are sensitive

to touch. sentence s . e . n . t . e . n . c . e . sentence.

sentence means a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language. He always

spoke in grammatical sentences. separate s . e . p . a . r . a . t . e . separate.

separate means a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication.

The bathroom is separate from the bedroom. separated s . e . p . a . r . a . t . e . d

. separated. separated means being or feeling set or kept apart from others. She felt separated

from the group. separately s . e . p . a . r . a . t . e . l

. y . separately. separately means apart from others. Cook each vegetable separately until

just tender. separation s . e . p . a . r . a . t . i . o

. n . separation. separation means the act of dividing or disconnecting. The separation

of wheat from chaff. September S . e . p . t . e . m . b . e . r

. September. September means the month following August and preceding October. They spent a

couple of nights here last September. series s . e . r . i . e . s . series. series

means similar things placed in order or happening one after another. They were investigating

a series of bank robberies. serious s . e . r . i . o . u . s . serious.

serious means concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities.

A serious attempt to learn to ski. seriously s . e . r . i . o . u . s . l . y

. seriously. seriously means in a serious manner. She started studying snakes seriously.

servant s . e . r . v . a . n . t . servant. servant meansa person working in the service

of another (especially in the household).Many young girls became domestic servants .

serve s . e . r . v . e . serve. serve means serve a purpose, role, or function. The female

students served as a control group. service s . e . r . v . i . c . e . service.

service means work done by one person or group that benefits another. Budget separately for

goods and services. session s . e . s . s . i . o . n . session.

session means a meeting for execution of a group's functions. It was the opening session

of the legislature. set s . e . t . set. set means a group of

things of the same kind that belong together and are so used. We're going to set off at

four. settle s . e . t . t . l . e . settle. settle

means settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground. Dust settled on the roofs.

several s . e . v . e . r . a . l . several. several means considered individually. Specialists

in their several fields. severe s . e . v . e . r . e . severe. severe

means intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality. He had a severe headache

after bumping his head. severely s . e . v . e . r . e . l . y . severely.

severely means to a severe or serious degree. Fingers so severely frozen they had to be

amputated. sew s . e . w . sew. sew means fasten by sewing;

do needlework. create (clothes) with cloth. Can the seamstress sew me a suit by next week?

sex s . e . x . sex. sex means activities associated with sexual intercourse. They had

sex in the back seat. sexual s . e . x . u . a . l . sexual. sexual

means of or relating to or characterized by sexuality. This was the first sexual relationship

I had had. sexually s . e . x . u . a . l . l . y . sexually.

sexually means with respect to sexuality. She had been sexually assaulted.

shade s . h . a . d . e . shade. shade means relative darkness caused by light rays being

intercepted by an opaque body. It is much cooler in the shade.

shadow s . h . a . d . o . w . shadow. shadow means shade within clear boundaries. An oak

tree cast its shadow over a tiny round pool. shake s . h . a . k . e . shake. shake means

move or cause to move back and forth. Shake the rugs well and hang them for a few hours

before replacing on the floor. shall s . h . a . l . l . shall. shall means

is a modal verb. It is used when you are referring to something that you are sure will happen

to you in the future. We shall go when the rain ceases.

shallow s . h . a . l . l . o . w . shallow. shallow means lacking physical depth; having

little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward

from a center. Hit the ball to shallow left field.

shame s . h . a . m . e . shame. shame means a painful emotion resulting from an awareness

of inadequacy or guilt. One mistake brought shame to all his family.

shape s . h . a . p . e . shape. shape means any spatial attributes (especially as defined

by outline). He could barely make out their shapes.

shaped s . h . a . p . e . d . shaped. shaped means shaped to fit by or as if by altering

the contours of a pliable mass (as by work or effort). The country of Italy is shaped like

a boot. share s . h . a . r . e . share. share means

have in common. use jointly or in common. The two countries share a long border.

sharp s . h . a . r . p . sharp. sharp means clearly defined of something seen or heard.

Ending in a sharp point. A sharp photographic image.

sharply s . h . a . r . p . l . y . sharply. sharply means in an aggressive manner. She

was being sharply questioned. shave s . h . a . v . e . shave. shave means

remove body hair with a razor. I haven't shaved my legs in a long time, so they're getting pretty

furry-looking she s . h . e . she. she means is a third

person singular pronoun . It is used refer to a woman, girl, or female animal who has

already been mentioned or whose identity is clear. She was seventeen and she had no education

or employment. sheep s . h . e . e . p . sheep. sheep means

woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat. Grassland on which a flock of

sheep were grazing. sheet s . h . e . e . t . sheet. sheet means

any broad thin expanse or surface. Once a week, a maid changes the sheets.

shelf s . h . e . l . f . shelf. shelf means a support that consists of a horizontal surface

for holding objects. He took a book from the shelf.

shell s . h . e . l . l . shell. shell means ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal

casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun. Before

cooking the clams, discard any whose shell isn't completely closed.

shelter s . h . e . l . t . e . r . shelter. shelter means a structure that provides privacy

and protection from danger. We put the plants next to the wall to shelter them from the

wind. shift s . h . i . f . t . shift. shift means

make a shift in or exchange of. Steve works 12-hour shifts in his job as an airport

fireman. shine s . h . i . n . e . shine. shine means

be bright by reflecting or casting light. Cats' eyes shine at night in a strong light.

shiny s . h . i . n . y . shiny.shinymeansreflecting light.saw the moon like a shiny dime on a

deep blue velvet carpet. ship s . h . i . p . ship. ship means a vessel

that carries passengers or freight. We went by ship over to America.

shirt s . h . i . r . t . shirt. shirt means a garment worn on the upper half of the body.

These new compact digital cameras can fit in a shirt pocket.

shock s . h . o . c . k . shock. shock means the feeling of distress and disbelief that

you have when something bad happens accidentally. He was numb with shock.

shocking s . h . o . c . k . i . n . g . shocking. shocking means something is shocking if you

think that it is very bad. The media coverage was shocking.

shocked s . h . o . c . k . e . d . shocked. shocked means struck with fear, dread, or

consternation. He is shocked at what happened to his son.

shoe s . h . o . e . shoe. shoe means footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with

a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material. I have

a really boring job in a shoe factory. shoot s . h . o . o . t . shoot. shoot mean

shit with a missile from a weapon. The soldier was imprisoned for defying an order to shoot

the enemy captives. shooting s . h . o . o . t . i . n . g . shooting.

shooting means the act of firing a projectile. His shooting was slow but accurate.

shop s . h . o . p . shop. shop means a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods

or services. He bought it at a shop on Cape Cod.

shopping s . h . o . p . p . i . n . g . shopping. shopping means searching for or buying goods

or services. Does her shopping at the mall rather than down town.

short s . h . o . r . t . short. short means primarily temporal sense; indicating or being

or seeming to be limited in duration. The trouble is that I am short of money these

days. shortly s . h . o . r . t . l . y . shortly.

shortly means for a short time. She was at the airport shortly before she was expected

to arrive. shot s . h . o . t . shot. shot means the

act of firing a projectile. The injured horse was in agony, so the farmer shot it.

should s . h . o . u . l . d . should. should means is a modal verb. It is used when you

are saying what would be the right thing to do or the right state for something to be

in. She continued that you should keep your promise.

shoulder s . h . o . u . l . d . e . r . shoulder. shoulder means the part of the body between

the neck and the upper arm. He touched her on the shoulder.

shout s . h . o . u . t . shout. shout means utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice

(usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking). My grandmother is hard of hearing.

You'll have to shout. show s . h . o . w . show. show means show

or demonstrate something to an interested audience. We will show the new software in

Washington. shower s . h . o . w . e . r . shower. shower

means a plumbing fixture that sprays water over you. They installed a shower in the bathroom.

shut s . h . u . t . shut. shut means move so that an opening or passage is obstructed;

make shut. The wind blew the door shut with a loud bang.

shy s . h . y . shy. shy means lacking self-confidence. He is painfully shy of women.

sick s . i . c . k . sick. sick means affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental

function. The priest invoked a blessing for the sick child.

side s . i . d . e . side. side means a place within a region identified relative to a center

or reference location. They always sat on the right side of the church.

sideways s . i . d . e . w . a . y . s . sideways. sideways means with one side forward or to

the front. Turned sideways to show the profile. sight s . i . g . h . t . sight. sight means

an instance of visual perception. The sight of his wife brought him back to reality.

sign s . i . g . n . sign. sign means a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent

(as a visible clue that something has happened). They welcomed the signs of spring.

signal s . i . g . n . a . l . signal. signal means any communication that encodes a message.

Signals from the boat suddenly stopped. signature s . i . g . n . a . t . u . r . e

. signature. signature means your name written in your own handwriting. She was asked to

append her signature to the document. significant s . i . g . n . i . f . i . c

. a . n . t . significant. significant means important in effect or meaning. A significant

change in the Constitution. significantly s . i . g . n . i . f . i . c

. a . n . t . l . y . significantly. significantly means in a statistically significant way.

in a significant manner. Our budget will be significantly affected by these new cuts.

silence s . i . l . e . n . c . e . silence. silence means the state of being silent (as

when no one is speaking). There was a shocked silence.

silent s . i . l . e . n . t . silent. silent means marked by absence of sound. not made

to sound. He was a serious, silent man. silk s . i . l . k . silk. silk means a fabric

made from the fine threads produced by certain insect larvae. They continued to get their

silks from China. silly s . i . l . l . y . silly. silly means

ludicrous, foolish. Gave me a silly reason for not going.

silver s . i . l . v . e . r . silver. silver means a soft white precious univalent metallic

element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. The girl

was wearing silver nail polish. similar s . i . m . i . l . a . r . similar.

similar means marked by correspondence or resemblance. They wore similar coats.

similarly s . i . m . i . l . a . r . l . y . similarly. similarly means in like or similar

manner. He was similarly affected. simple s . i . m . p . l . e . simple. simple

means having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved. He looks a bit simple, but he's

actually very smart. simply s . i . m . p . l . y . simply. simply

means and nothing more. It is simply a matter of time.

since s . i . n . c . e . since. since means since is used when you are mentioning a time

or event in the past and indicating that a situation has continued from then until now.

I've been here since the end of June. sincere s . i . n . c . e . r . e . sincere.

sincere means open and genuine; not deceitful. He was a good man, decent and sincere.

sincerely s . i . n . c . e . r . e . l . y . sincerely. sincerely means with sincerity;

without pretense. She praised him sincerely for his victory.

sing s . i . n . g . sing. sing means produce tones with the voice. My brother sings very

well. singing s . i . n . g . i . n . g . singing.

singing means the act of singing vocal music. Find someone who has conducted people playing

or singing music. singer s . i . n . g . e . r . singer. singer

means a person who sings. The pop singer was surrounded by a cluster of excited young girls.

single s . i . n . g . l . e . single. single means being or characteristic of a single

thing or person. There wasn't a single person we knew at the party.

sink s . i . n . k . sink. sink means fall or drop to a lower place or level. Just put

the dishes in the sink, and I'll wash them later.

sir s . i . r . sir. sir means term of address for a man. It seems a bit feudal to call him

sir. sister s . i . s . t . e . r . sister. sister

means a female person who has the same parents as another person. My sister married a musician.

sit s . i . t . sit. sit means be seated. The mother discreetly motioned to her son

to sit down. sit down sit down. sit down means take a seat.

show to a seat; assign a seat for. The mother discreetly motioned to her son to sit down.

site s . i . t . e . site. site means the piece of land on which something is located

or is to be located. A good site for the school. situation s . i . t . u . a . t . i . o . n

. situation. situation means a condition or position in which you find yourself. Found

herself in a very fortunate situation. size s . i . z . e . size. size means the

physical magnitude of something. A wolf is about the size of a large dog.

sized s . i . z . e . d . sized. sized means having the surface treated or coated with

sizing. He sized up the situation and acted immediately.

skill s . k . i . l . l . skill. skill means an ability that has been acquired by training.

The skill of a well-trained boxer. skilled s . k . i . l . l . e . d . skilled.

skilled means having or showing or requiring special skill. Only the most skilled gymnasts

make an Olympic team. skillful s . k . i . l . l . f . u . l . skillful.

skillful means having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude. The effect was achieved

by skillful retouching. skillfully s . k . i . l . l . f . u . l . l

. y . skillfully. skillfully means with skill. Fragments of a nearly complete jug, skillfully

restored at the institute of archaeology. skin s . k . i . n . skin. skin means a natural

protective body covering and site of the sense of touch. Your skin is the largest organ of

your body. skirt s . k . i . r . t . skirt. skirt means

cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist. The girl was wearing a short

skirt and knee high leather boots. sky s . k . y . sky. sky means the atmosphere

and outer space as viewed from the earth. The sky above was a deep blue.

sleep s . l . e . e . p . sleep. sleep means a natural and periodic state of rest during

which consciousness of the world is suspended. He didn't get enough sleep last night.

sleeve s . l . e . e . v . e . sleeve. sleeve means the part of a garment that is attached

at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm. She laughed up her sleeve at

his failure. slice s . l . i . c . e . slice. slice means

a share of something. a serving that has been cut from a larger portion. A slice of the

company's revenue. slide s . l . i . d . e . slide. slide means

a small flat rectangular piece of glass on which specimens can be mounted for microscopic

study. The little girl just loved going down the slide at the playground.

slight s . l . i . g . h . t . slight. slight means having little substance or significance.

She got a slight sunburn at the beach, but it's not too bad.

slightly s . l . i . g . h . t . l . y . slightly. slightly means to a small degree or extent.

The children argued because one slice of cake was slightly larger than the other.

slip s . l . i . p . slip. slip mean sinsert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly. He

slipped some money into the waiter's hand. slope s . l . o . p . e . slope. slope meansan

elevated geological formation.he climbed the steep slope.

slow s . l . o . w . slow. slow means not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long

time. He was slow in reacting to the news. slowly s . l . o . w . l . y . slowly. slowly

means without speed slow is sometimes used informally for slowly. Please go slowly so

I can see the sights. small s . m . a . l . l . small. small means

limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent. It is an act of cruelty

to lock a small child in his room. smart s . m . a . r . t . smart. smart means

showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness. He looks a bit simple, but

he's actually very smart. smash s . m . a . s . h . smash. smash means

hit hard. break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over. He smashed a 3-run homer.

smell s . m . e . l . l . smell. smell means the sensation that results when olfactory

receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form. She loved the smell

of roses. smile s . m . i . l . e . smile. smile means

change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure. After

her braces were removed, she had the most beautiful smile in the world.

smoke s . m . o . k . e . smoke. smoke means a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas.

The city was choked with smoke from the forest fire.

smoking s . m . o . k . i . n . g . smoking. smoking means the act of smoking tobacco or

other substances. He went outside for a smoking. smooth s . m . o . o . t . h . smooth. smooth

means having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities. Traffic

is once again flowing smoothly now that the accident has been cleared away.

smoothly s . m . o . o . t . h . l . y . smoothly. smoothly means with no problems or difficulties.

Put the plans into effect quickly and smoothly. snake s . n . a . k . e . snake. snake means

limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous. The snake curled itself around the

man's arm. snow s . n . o . w . snow. snow means precipitation

falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals. The heavy snow made them put off their departure.

so s . o . so. so means to a very great extent or degree. The idea is so obvious.

so that. so that. so that means the result of the situation you have just mentioned.

He walked on tiptoe so that nobody would hear him.

soap s . o . a . p . soap. soap means a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or

animal fats. She slipped on a bar of soap in the shower and broke her arm.

social s . o . c . i . a . l . social. social means relating to human society and its members.

Should their own governments provide more social justice?

socially s . o . c . i . a . l . l . y . socially. socially means by or with respect to society.

Socially accepted norms. society s . o . c . i . e . t . y . society.

society means an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization.

It is quite common for unmarried couples to live together in North American society.

sock s . o . c . k . sock. sock means hosiery consisting of a cloth covering for the foot;

worn inside the shoe; reaches to between the ankle and the knee. Her mother knit wool socks

for the soldiers during the war. soft s . o . f . t . soft. soft means yielding

readily to pressure or weight. compassionate and kind; conciliatory. He was soft on his

children. softly s . o . f . t . l . y . softly. softly

means with low volume. in a manner that is pleasing to the senses. Speak softly but carry

a big stick. software s . o . f . t . w . a . r . e . software.

software means written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining

to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory. The

market for software is expected to expand. soil s . o . i . l . soil. soil means the

part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock. The kids sat

in the soil, and counted their pennies. soldier s . o . l . d . i . e . r . soldier.

soldier means an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army. The soldiers stood at attention.

solid s . o . l . i . d . solid. solid means of definite shape and volume; firm; neither

liquid nor gaseous. The blocks are made of solid cement, and are really heavy.

solution s . o . l . u . t . i . o . n . solution. solution means a statement that solves a problem

or explains how to solve the problem. They were trying to find a peaceful solution.

solve s . o . l . v . e . solve. solve means find the solution to  (a problem or question)

or understand the meaning of. Did you solve the problem?

some s . o . m . e . some. some means a quantity of something or to a number of people or things,

when you are not stating the quantity or number precisely. Some roses were still blooming.

somebody s . o . m . e . b . o . d . y . somebody. somebody means a person, when you do not know.

There's somebody waiting to see you. somehow s . o . m . e . h . o . w . somehow.

somehow means in some unspecified way or manner; or by some unspecified means. He tried to

make is somehow acceptable. something s . o . m . e . t . h . i . n . g

. something. something means a thing of some kind. Is there something you want?

sometimes s . o . m . e . t . i . m . e . s . sometimes. sometimes means on certain occasions

or in certain cases but not always. Sometimes she wished she were back in England.

somewhat s . o . m . e . w . h . a . t . somewhat. somewhat means to a small degree or extent.

His arguments were somewhat self-contradictory. somewhere s . o . m . e . w . h . e . r . e

. somewhere. somewhere means in or at or to some place. someplace is used informally

for somewhe. She must be somewhere. son s . o . n . son. son means a male human

offspring. Their son became a famous judge. song s . o . n . g . song. song means a short

musical composition with words. A successful musical must have at least three good songs.

soon s . o . o . n . soon. soon means in the near future. The doctor will soon be here.

as soon as as soon as. as soon as means something else happens immediately after the other thing.

As soon as relations improve they will be allowed to go.

sore s . o . r . e . sore. sore means causing misery or pain or distress. It was a sore

trial to him. sorry s . o . r . r . y . sorry. sorry means

a way of apologizing to someone for something that you have done which has upset them. I'm

sorry I'm late with my homework. sort s . o . r . t . sort. sort means a category

of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality. The kids saw all sorts of animals

at the Seattle Zoo. soul s . o . u . l . soul. soul means the

immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life. a human being.

She went to pray for the soul of her late husband.

sound s . o . u . n . d . sound. sound means the particular auditory effect produced by

a given cause. The sound of rain on the roof. soup s . o . u . p . soup. soup means liquid

food especially of meat or fish or vegetable stock often containing pieces of solid food.

The soup is bubbling, I think it's ready to eat.

sour s . o . u . r . sour. sour means smelling of fermentation or staleness. one of the four

basic taste sensations; like the taste of vinegar or lemons. The stewed apple was sour

even with honey. source s . o . u . r . c . e . source. source

means the place where something begins, where it springs into being. Pittsburgh is the source

of the Ohio River. south s . o . u . t . h . south. south means

situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the south. The south entrance.

southern s . o . u . t . h . e . r . n . southern. southern means situated in or oriented toward

the south. She comes from a little village on the southern coast of Okinawa.

space s . p . a . c . e . space. space means the unlimited expanse in which everything

is located. They tested his ability to locate objects in space.

spare s . p . a . r . e . spare. spare means more than is needed, desired, or required.

Sleeping in the spare room. speak s . p . e . a . k . speak. speak means

express in speech. She speaks a lot of nonsense. spoken s . p . o . k . e . n . spoken. spoken

means uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech. Find someone who

has spoken on behalf of a group. speaker s . p . e . a . k . e . r . speaker.

speaker means someone who expresses in language; someone who talks especially someone who delivers

a public speech or someone especially garrulous. The speaker at commencement.

special s . p . e . c . i . a . l . special. special means unique or specific to a person

or thing or category. The special features of a computer.

specially s . p . e . c . i . a . l . l . y . specially. specially means in a special

manner. A specially arranged dinner. specialist s . p . e . c . i . a . l . i . s

. t . specialist. specialist means an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch

of learning. A specialist has his own strength. species s . p . e . c . i . e . s . species.

species means taxonomic group whose members can interbreed. Oak and arbutus trees are

protected species here in Victoria. specific s . p . e . c . i . f . i . c . specific.

specific means applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular

or special or unique. A specific and detailed account of the accident.

specifically s . p . e . c . i . f . i . c . a . l . l . y . specifically. specifically

means in distinction from others. He is interested specifically in poisonous snakes.

speech s . p . e . e . c . h . speech. speech means the act of delivering a formal spoken

communication to an audience. He listened to a speech on minor Roman poets.

speed s . p . e . e . d . speed. speed means a rate (usually rapid) at which something

happens. The project advanced with gratifying speed.

spell s . p . e . l . l . spell. spell means orally recite the letters of or give the spelling

of. How do you spell this word? spelling s . p . e . l . l . i . n . g . spelling.

spelling means forming words with letters according to the principles underlying accepted

usage. Her spelling has improved. spend s . p . e . n . d . spend. spend means

pass (time) in a specific way. How are you spending your summer vacation?

spice s . p . i . c . e . spice. spice means any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable

substances used for flavoring food. This spice gives a delicate flavor to fish dishes.

spicy s . p . i . c . y . spicy. spicy means suggestive of sexual impropriety. He skips

asterisks and gives you the spicy details. spider s . p . i . d . e . r . spider. spider

means predatory arachnid that usually has silk-spinning organs at the back end of the

body; they spin silk to make cocoons for eggs or traps for prey. The spider stings its prey,

and then eats it slowly. spill s . p . i . l . l . spill. spill means

cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container. Be careful you don't spill the

wine on the rug; it'll stain. spin s . p . i . n . spin. spin means revolve

quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis. The dervishes spin around and around without

getting dizzy. spirit s . p . i . r . i . t . spirit. spirit

means the vital principle or animating force within living things. Henrietta has lots of

school spirit, and is liked by everyone. spiritual s . p . i . r . i . t . u . a . l

. spiritual. spiritual means concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church.

A member of a spiritual order. spite s . p . i . t . e . spite. spite means

feeling a need to see others suffer. We went out in spite of the rain.

split s . p . l . i . t . split. split means separate into parts or portions. Okay, I'm

going to split you all into groups of three. spoil s . p . o . i . l . spoil. spoil means

make a mess of, destroy or ruin. Don't let a little misunderstanding spoil your evening.

spoken s . p . o . k . e . n . spoken. spoken means uttered through the medium of speech

or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination. The woman was smartly dressed

and well-spoken. spoon s . p . o . o . n . spoon. spoon means

a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve

or take up food. When the mother tried to put the spoon in her baby's mouth, he quickly

shut it. sport s . p . o . r . t . sport. sport means

an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition. It is important for children

in sport to learn to both win and lose with dignity.

spot s . p . o . t . spot. spot means a point located with respect to surface features of

some region. This is a nice spot for a picnic. spray s . p . r . a . y . spray. spray means

a pesticide in suspension or solution; intended for spraying. The ocean spray smelled of

salt and seaweed. spread s . p . r . e . a . d . spread. spread

means distribute or disperse widely. The invaders spread their language all over the country.

spring s . p . r . i . n . g . spring. spring means the season of growth; the season between

winter and summer when the weather becomes warmer and plants start to grow again. The

emerging buds were a sure sign of spring. square s . q . u . a . r . e . square. square

means a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four-sided regular

polygon. You can compute the area of a square if you know the length of its sides.

squeeze s . q . u . e . e . z . e . squeeze. squeeze means to compress with violence, out

of natural shape or condition. He squeezed a blob of ketchup onto his hamburger.

stable s . t . a . b . l . e . stable. stable means resistant to change of position or condition.

The stock market is very stable at this time.

staff s . t . a . f . f . staff. staff means personnel who assist their superior in carrying

out an assigned task. The hospital has an excellent nursing staff.

stage s . t . a . g . e . stage. stage means any distinct time period in a sequence of

events. We are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or

rejected. stair s . t . a . i . r . stair. stair means

support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway.

He paused on the bottom stair. stamp s . t . a . m . p . stamp. stamp means

a token that postal fees have been paid. Veronica sealed the envelope, and put a stamp on it.

stand s . t . a . n . d . stand. stand means be standing; be upright. We had to stand for

the entire performance! stand up. stand up. stand up means the same

as stand. It means be standing; be upright. We waited, standing up, for an hour.

standard s . t . a . n . d . a . r . d . standard. standard means a basis for comparison; a reference

point against which other things can be evaluated. The schools comply with federal standards.

star s . t . a . r . star. star means someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field. Martial

arts star Bruce Lee once said that a goal is not always meant to be reached, it often

serves simply as something to aim at. stare s . t . a . r . e . stare. stare means

look at with fixed eyes.The students stared at the teacher with amazement.

start s . t . a . r . t . start. start means take the first step or steps in carrying out

an action. He started early in the day. state s . t . a . t . e . state. state means

the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation. His

state is in the deep south. statement s . t . a . t . e . m . e . n . t

. statement. statement means a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral

or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc. According to his statement he was in

London on that day. station s . t . a . t . i . o . n . station.

station means a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose.

He started looking for a gas station. statue s . t . a . t . u . e . statue. statue

means a sculpture representing a human or animal. The completion of the bronze statue did

credit to the sculptor. status s . t . a . t . u . s . status. status

means the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society.

The novel attained the status of a classic. stay s . t . a . y . stay. stay means continuing

or remaining in a place or state. A four-month stay in bankruptcy court.

steady s . t . e . a . d . y . steady. steady means not subject to change or variation especially

in behavior. Keep the canoe steady as you climb into it.

steadily s . t . e . a . d . i . l . y . steadily. steadily means in a steady manner. He could

still walk steadily. unsteady u . n . s . t . e . a . d . y . unsteady.

unsteady means subject to change or variation. His hand was unsteady as he poured the wine.

steal s . t . e . a . l . steal. steal means take without the owner's consent. This sweater

was a real steal at only 25 dollars. steam s . t . e . a . m . steam. steam means

water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere. You only need to steam the broccoli

for about 3 or 4 minutes. steel s . t . e . e . l . steel. steel means

an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties

can be varied over a wide range. The front wall is made of corrugated steel.

steep s . t . e . e . p . steep. steep means having a sharp inclination. The steep attic

stairs. steeply s . t . e . e . p . l . y . steeply.

steeply means in a steep manner. The street rose steeply up to the castle.

steer s . t . e . e . r . steer. steer means direct the course; determine the direction

of travelling. My dad let me steer the car as we drove around the parking lot.

step s . t . e . p . step. step means any maneuver made as part of progress toward a

goal. The police took steps to reduce crime. stick s . t . i . c . k . stick. stick means

stay put (in a certain place). Stick around and you will learn something!

stick s . t . i . c . k . stick. stick means noticeable because it is unusual. In the culture

of Tibet, it's good manners to stick out your tongue at your guests.

sticky s . t . i . c . k . y . sticky. sticky means having the sticky properties of an adhesive.

Houseflies have sticky feet which allow them to walk on the ceiling.

stiff s . t . i . f . f . stiff. stiff means not moving or operating freely. The child's

mittens were frozen stiff by the time the snowball fight ended.

still s . t . i . l . l . still. still means with reference to action or condition; without

change, interruption, or cessation. Will you still love me when we're old and grey?

sting s . t . i . n . g . sting. sting means cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort.

The sting of most scorpions is apparently not very dangerous.

stir s . t . i . r . stir. stir means move an implement through with a circular motion.

Be sure you stir the sauce regularly so that it doesn't burn.

stock s . t . o . c . k . stock. stock means the capital raised by a corporation through

the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest (equity). He owns a controlling

share of the company's stock. stomach s . t . o . m . a . c . h . stomach.

stomach means an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal

organ of digestion. She has a large scar on her stomach from where her appendix was

removed. stone s . t . o . n . e . stone. stone means

a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter. He threw a stone at me.

stop s . t . o . p . stop. stop means come to a halt, stop moving. She stopped in front

of a store window. store s . t . o . r . e . store. store means

a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services. He bought it at

a store on Cape Cod. storm s . t . o . r . m . storm. storm means

a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots and precipitation and thunder and lightening.

There was a terrible storm last night, with trees falling due to strong winds.

story s . t . o . r . y . story. story means a message that tells the particulars of an

act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio

or television program. Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children.

stove s . t . o . v . e . stove. stove means a kitchen appliance used for cooking food.

Dinner was already on the stove. straight s . t . r . a . i . g . h . t . straight.

straight means without deviation. The path leads straight to the lake.

strain s . t . r . a . i . n . strain. strain means a state of worry and tension caused

by a difficult situation. She was tired and under great strain.

strange s . t . r . a . n . g . e . strange. strange means being definitely out of the

ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird. A strange exaltation that was

indefinable. strangely s . t . r . a . n . g . e . l . y

. strangely. strangely means in a strange way. He was strangely silent.

stranger s . t . r . a . n . g . e . r . stranger. stranger means anyone who does not belong

in the environment in which they are found. A kind stranger came to my aid when I fell

off my bicycle. strategy s . t . r . a . t . e . g . y . strategy.

strategy means an elaborate and systematic plan of action. If we fail again, we'll have

to change our strategy. stream s . t . r . e . a . m . stream. stream

means a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth. All the fish in the stream have

died since the factory was built. street s . t . r . e . e . t . street. street

means a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings. They walked

the streets of the small town. strength s . t . r . e . n . g . t . h . strength.

strength means the property of being physically or mentally strong. Confining the patient

to bed will only make it harder for her to get her strength back.

stress s . t . r . e . s . s . stress. stress means a state of mental or emotional strain

or suspense. He suffered from fatigue and emotional stress.

stressed s . t . r . e . s . s . e . d . stressed. stressed means suffering severe physical strain

or distress. The victim was stressed and needed immediate attention.

stretch s . t . r . e . t . c . h . stretch. stretch means a large and unbroken expanse

or distance. It is important to stretch before you start any vigorous physical exercise.

strict s . t . r . i . c . t . strict. strict means rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation

from a standard. She has a strict diet which prohibits all dairy and wheat products.

strictly s . t . r . i . c . t . l . y . strictly. strictly means restricted to something. We

talked strictly business. strike s . t . r . i . k . e . strike. strike

means hit against; come into sudden contact with. Teachers at the university are on strike for

greater job security. striking s . t . r . i . k . i . n . g . striking.

striking means sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect. His striking good looks

always created a sensation. string s . t . r . i . n . g . string. string

means stringed instruments that are played with a bow. The strings played superlatively

well. strip s . t . r . i . p . strip. strip means

a relatively long narrow piece of something. You'd better strip the old paint off your

desk before you try repainting it. stripe s . t . r . i . p . e . stripe. stripe

means an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material. A dress with

white and black stripes. striped s . t . r . i . p . e . d . striped.

striped means marked or decorated with stripes. Her pink polka dot skirt didn't go very well

with her green and blue striped blouse. stroke s . t . r . o . k . e . stroke. stroke

means the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or

hand. It took two strokes to get out of the bunker.

strong s . t . r . o . n . g . strong. strong means having strength or power greater than

average or expected. The windows shook in the strong winds.

strongly s . t . r . o . n . g . l . y . strongly. strongly means with strength or in a strong

manner. He was strongly opposed to the government. structure s . t . r . u . c . t . u . r . e

. structure. structure means a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts.

She wore her hair in an amazing structure of whirls and ribbons.

struggle s . t . r . u . g . g . l . e . struggle. struggle means make a strenuous or labored

effort. She struggled for years to survive without welfare.

student s . t . u . d . e . n . t . student. student means a learner who is enrolled in

an educational institution. Each student has his own desk.

studio s . t . u . d . i . o . studio. studio means workplace for the teaching or practice

of an art. The music department provided studios for their students.

study s . t . u . d . y . study. study means applying the mind to learning and understanding

a subject especially by reading. No schools offer graduate study in interior design.

stuff s . t . u . f . f . stuff. stuff means the tangible substance that goes into the

makeup of a physical object. Wheat is the stuff they use to make bread.

stupid s . t . u . p . i . d . stupid. stupid means in a state of mental numbness especially

as resulting from shock. He had a stupid expression on his face.

style s . t . y . l . e . style. style means a particular kind (as to appearance). This

style of shoe is in demand. subject s . u . b . j . e . c . t . subject.

subject means the subject matter of a conversation or discussion. He didn't want to discuss that

subject. substance s . u . b . s . t . a . n . c . e

. substance. substance means that which has mass and occupies space. An atom is the smallest

indivisible unit of substance. substantial s . u . b . s . t . a . n . t

. i . a . l . substantial. substantial means having a firm basis in reality and being therefore

important, meaningful, or considerable. Taj got a substantial raise as a result of his

excellent work on the project last month. substantially s . u . b . s . t . a . n . t

. i . a . l . l . y . substantially. substantially means to a great extent or degree. The price

went up substantially. substitute s . u . b . s . t . i . t . u . t

. e . substitute. substitute means a person or thing that takes or can take the place

of another. In this recipe, you can use honey as a substitute for sugar.

succeed s . u . c . c . e . e . d . succeed. succeed means attain success or reach a desired

goal. We succeeded in getting tickets to the show.

success s . u . c . c . e . s . s . success. success means an attainment that is successful.

His new play was a great success. successful s . u . c . c . e . s . s . f . u

. l . successful. successful means having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome.

The band successfully blends jazz music with hip hop vocal styles.

successfully s . u . c . c . e . s . s . f . u . l . l . y . successfully. successfully

means in a successful manner. She performed the surgery successfully.

unsuccessful u . n . s . u . c . c . e . s . s . f . u . l . unsuccessful. unsuccessful

means without success. She tried unsuccessfully to persuade him to buy a new car.

such s . u . c . h . such. such means of so extreme a degree or extent. Never dreamed

of such beauty. such as. such as. such as means for example.

of a similar kind as. People such as your friend John make me angry.

suck s . u . c . k . suck. suck means draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum

in the mouth. The baby sucked on the mother's breast.

sudden s . u . d . d . e . n . sudden. sudden means happening without warning or in a short

space of time. All of a sudden, the river rose and broke its banks

suddenly s . u . d . d . e . n . l . y . suddenly. suddenly means happening unexpectedly. Suddenly

she felt a sharp pain in her side. suffer s . u . f . f . e . r . suffer. suffer

means undergo or be subjected to. Many saints suffered martyrdom.

suffering s . u . f . f . e . r . i . n . g . suffering. suffering means a state of acute

pain. They are suffering from hunger. sufficient s . u . f . f . i . c . i . e . n

. t . sufficient. sufficient means of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but

without being abundant. There was not sufficient evidence to secure a conviction

sufficiently s . u . f . f . i . c . i . e . n . t . l . y . sufficiently. sufficiently

means to a sufficient degree. She was sufficiently fluent in Mandarin.

sugar s . u . g . a . r . sugar. sugar means a white crystalline carbohydrate used as a

sweetener and preservative. There is no sugar left in the pot.

suggest s . u . g . g . e . s . t . suggest. suggest means make a proposal, declare a plan

for something. Could you suggest a good restaurant? My parents are visiting from Ontario.

suggestion s . u . g . g . e . s . t . i . o . n . suggestion. suggestion means an idea

that is suggested. The picnic was her suggestion. suit s . u . i . t . suit. suit means a set

of garments (usually including a jacket and trousers or skirt) for outerwear all of the

same fabric and color. They buried him in his best suit.

suitable s . u . i . t . a . b . l . e . suitable. suitable means meant or adapted for an occasion

or use. This is an erotic film, so it is not suitable for children.

sum s . u . m . sum. sum means a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers.

The sum of all the angles of a triangle is 180 degrees.

summary s . u . m . m . a . r . y . summary. summary means a brief statement that presents

the main points in a concise form. He gave a summary of the conclusions.

summer s . u . m . m . e . r . summer. summer means the warmest season of the year; in the

northern hemisphere it extends from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox. They spent

a lazy summer at the shore. sun s . u . n . sun. sun means a typical star

that is the source of light and heat for the planets in the solar system. The sun contains

99.85% of the mass in the solar system. Sunday S . u . n . d . a . y . Sunday. Sunday

means first day of the week; observed as a day of rest and worship by most Christians.

We could conceivably finish painting the house by Sunday if the weather stays nice.

superior s . u . p . e . r . i . o . r . superior. superior means of high or superior quality

or performance. Superior wisdom derived from experience.

supermarket s . u . p . e . r . m . a . r . k . e . t . supermarket. supermarket means

a large self-service grocery store selling groceries and dairy products and household

goods. Most of us do our food shopping in the supermarket.

supply s . u . p . p . l . y . supply. supply means the activity of supplying or providing

something. These are the major blood vessels which supply blood to the brain.

support s . u . p . p . o . r . t . support. support means the activity of providing for

or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities. They gave him emotional support

during difficult times. supporter s . u . p . p . o . r . t . e . r

. supporter. supporter means a person who backs a politician or a team etc. All their

supporters came out for the game. suppose s . u . p . p . o . s . e . suppose.

suppose means express a supposition. Let us suppose that he did not tell the truth.

sure s . u . r . e . sure. sure means having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident

and assured. I sure hope we don't get any this weekend.

make sure make sure. make sure means something is done, you take action so that it is done.

Make sure that you follow the instructions carefully.

surely s . u . r . e . l . y . surely. surely means definitely or positively sure is sometimes

used informally for surely. It's going to be a good day for surely.

surface s . u . r . f . a . c . e . surface. surface means the outer boundary of an artifact

or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary. The cloth had a pattern of

red dots on a white surface. surgery s . u . r . g . e . r . y . surgery.

surgery means the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative

procedures. He is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School.

surprise s . u . r . p . r . i . s . e . surprise. surprise means the astonishment you feel when

something totally unexpected happens to you. I want to surprise my wife with a big party

for our twentieth anniversary. surprising s . u . r . p . r . i . s . i . n

. g . surprising. surprising means causing surprise or wonder or amazement. The report

shows a surprising lack of hard factual data. surprisingly s . u . r . p . r . i . s . i

. n . g . l . y . surprisingly. surprisingly means in a surprising manner. He was surprisingly

friendly. surprised s . u . r . p . r . i . s . e . d

. surprised. surprised means taken unawares or suddenly and feeling wonder or astonishment.

Surprised that he remembered my name. surround s . u . r . r . o . u . n . d . surround.

surround means be around. Developments surround the town.

surrounding s . u . r . r . o . u . n . d . i . n . g . surrounding. surrounding means

closely encircling. The surrounding countryside. surroundings s . u . r . r . o . u . n . d

. i . n . g . s . surroundings. surroundings means the environmental condition. the area

in which something exists or lives. Schumacher adapted effortlessly to his new surroundings.

survey s . u . r . v . e . y . survey. survey means a detailed critical inspection. Advertising

companies often survey the public to measure interest in a product.

survive s . u . r . v . i . v . e . survive. survive means continue to live; endure or

last. How long can a person survive without food and water?

suspect s . u . s . p . e . c . t . suspect. suspect means imagine to be the case or true

or probable. I suspect he is a fugitive. suspicion s . u . s . p . i . c . i . o . n

. suspicion. suspicion means an impression that something might be the case. He had an

suspicion that something had gone wrong. suspicious s . u . s . p . i . c . i . o . u

. s . suspicious. suspicious means not as expected. There was something suspicious about

the accident. swallow s . w . a . l . l . o . w . swallow.

swallow means pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking. Swallow the raw

fish. it won't kill you! swears . w . e . a . r . swear. swear means

to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true. Before God I swear I am innocent.

sweats . w . e . a . t . sweat. sweat means salty fluid secreted by sweat glands. Sweat

poured off his brow. sweater s . w . e . a . t . e . r . sweater.

sweater means a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body. My new

wool sweater is so cozy and warm, I love it. 

sweep s . w . e . e . p . sweep. sweep means sweep across or over. A gasp swept cross the

audience. sweet s . w . e . e . t . sweet. sweet means

having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar. I don't like to mix sweet and salty

flavored foods in the same meal. swell s . w . e . l . l . swell. swell means

increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity. The music swelled to a crescendo.

swelling s . w . e . l . l . i . n . g . swelling. swelling means abnormal protuberance or localized

enlargement. The doctor advised icing the boy's injured ankle at 10 minute intervals

to bring the swelling down.  swollen s . w . o . l . l . e . n . swollen.

swollen means abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas. Hungry children with swollen

stomachs. swim s . w . i . m . swim. swim means move

through water by making movements with your arms and legs. We had to swim for 20 minutes

to reach the shore swimming s . w . i . m . m . i . n . g . swimming.

swimming means the act of swimming. It was the swimming they enjoyed most.

swimming s . w . i . m . m . i . n . g . swimming. swimming means a large hole in the ground

that has been made and filled with water so that people can swim in it. The children were

laughing and splashing each other in the swimming pool.

swing s . w . i . n . g . swing. swing means a state of steady vigorous action that is

characteristic of an activity. It took time to get into the swing of things.

switch s . w . i . t . c . h . switch. switch means change over, change around, as to a

new order or sequence. The switch on the lamp is wearing out so you have to move it

around a bit to get it to turn on. switch s . w . i . t . c . h . . switch. switch

means stop something working by operating a switch. Don't forget to switch off before

you go. switch s . w . i . t . c . h . switch. switch

means turn on a machine, light, radio etc using a switch. He switched the torch on.

swollen s . w . o . l . l . e . n . swollen. swollen means abnormally distended especially

by fluids or gas. His eyes were swollen from crying.

symbol s . y . m . b . o . l . symbol. symbol means an arbitrary sign (written or printed)

that has acquired a conventional significance. The cat was the symbol of liberty in ancient

Rome. sympathetic s . y . m . p . a . t . h . e

. t . i . c . sympathetic. sympathetic means of or relating to the sympathetic nervous

system. Everyone talks to her about their problems because she is such a sympathetic listener.

sympathy s . y . m . p . a . t . h . y . sympathy. sympathy means an inclination to support or

be loyal to or to agree with an opinion. I knew I could count on his sympathy.

system s . y . s . t . e . m . system. system means a way of working, organizing, or doing

something which follows a fixed plan or set of rules. You can use system to refer to an

organization or institution that is organized in this way. A vast system of production and

distribution and consumption keep the country going.

Thanks for watching! This is all for section 19: Words starting with S. You can move on

to section 20 : Words starting with T. We'll see you next time. Goodbye!


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