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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  S \S\ ([e^]s),
     the nineteenth letter of the English alphabet, is a
     consonant, and is often called a sibilant, in allusion to its
     hissing sound. It has two principal sounds; one a mere
     hissing, as in sack, this; the other a vocal hissing (the
     same as that of z), as in is, wise. Besides these it

     sometimes has the sounds of sh and zh, as in sure, measure.
     It generally has its hissing sound at the beginning of words,
     but in the middle and at the end of words its sound is
     determined by usage. In a few words it is silent, as in isle,
     d['e]bris. With the letter h it forms the digraph sh. See
     Guide to pronunciation, [sect][sect] 255-261.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: Both the form and the name of the letter S are derived
           from the Latin, which got the letter through the Greek
           from the Phoenician. The ultimate origin is Egyptian. S
           is etymologically most nearly related to c, z, t, and
           r; as, in ice, OE. is; E. hence, OE. hennes; E. rase,
           raze; erase, razor; that, G. das; E. reason, F. raison,
           L. ratio; E. was, were; chair, chaise (see C, Z, T, and
           [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  -'s \-'s\ [OE. -es, AS. -es.] The suffix used to form the
     possessive singular of nouns; as, boy's; man's.
     [1913 Webster] 's \'s\
     A contraction for is or (colloquially) for has. "My heart's
     subdued." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  -s \-s\
     1. [OE. es, AS. as.] The suffix used to form the plural of
        most words; as in roads, elfs, sides, accounts.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. [OE. -s, for older -th, AS. -[eth].] The suffix used to
        form the third person singular indicative of English
        verbs; as in falls, tells, sends.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. An adverbial suffix; as in towards, needs, always, --
        originally the genitive, possesive, ending. See {-'s}.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n 1: 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the
            Systeme International d'Unites [syn: {second}, {sec}]
       2: an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic
          element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many
          sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form
          (especially in volcanic regions) [syn: {sulfur}, {sulphur},
           {atomic number 16}]
       3: the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees [syn: {south},
           {due south}]
       4: a unit of conductance equal to the reciprocal of an ohm
          [syn: {mho}, {siemens}, {reciprocal ohm}]
       5: the 19th letter of the Roman alphabet
       6: (thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity representing the
          amount of energy in a system that is no longer available
          for doing mechanical work; "entropy increases as matter
          and energy in the universe degrade to an ultimate state of
          inert uniformity" [syn: {randomness}, {entropy}]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]:

           A statistical analysis language from {AT&T}.
          ["S: An Interactive Environment for Data Analysis and
          Graphics", Richard A. Becker, Wadsworth 1984].

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]:

           s/{foo}/{bar}/ is an idiom which means "I didn't mean
          to type 'foo', I meant to type 'bar'".
          Its use in {talk} systems, especially {irc}, comes from the
          use of s/// as a substitution operator in {Perl}, {sed} and
          {ed}.  In these languages and tools, s/foo/bar/ would replace
          any substring matching the {regular expression} "foo" with the
          string "bar".

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