Definitions for ss
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word ss
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(in prescriptions) a half.
Origin of ss:
< L sēmis
Origin of SS.:
< L sānctī
to wit; namely (used esp. on legal documents to verify the place of action).
Origin of ss.:
< L scīlicet
Category: Nautical, Navy
United States Secret Service, US Secret Service, USSS, Secret Service, SS(noun)
the United States intelligence agency that protects current and former presidents and vice presidents and their immediate families and protects distinguished foreign visitors; detects and apprehends counterfeiters; suppresses forgery of government securities and documents
special police force in Nazi Germany founded as a personal bodyguard for Adolf Hitler in 1925; the SS administered the concentration camps
Screw Steamer - screw-driven steamship
Sub Surface - diesel powered attack submarine
NATO prefix-code for surface-to-surface missile systems developed by the Soviet Union
In the German alphabet, ß is a consonant letter that evolved as a ligature of "long s and z" and "long s over round s". Like double "s", when speaking it is pronounced. In standard spelling, it is used only after long vowels and diphthongs, while ss is written after short vowels. Its German name is Eszett or scharfes S. In English it is often called sharp s. While the letter "ß" has been used in other languages, today it is only used in German. However, it is not used in all German-speaking countries, in particular not in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Namibia. German speakers in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and South Tyrol, Italy follow the standard rules for ß.
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