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sheaf

a bundle of grain stalks laid lengthwise and tied together after reaping.

2

sheathe

put (a weapon such as a knife or sword) into a sheath.
encase (something) in a close-fitting or protective covering.

3

sharkskin

the rough scaly skin of a shark, sometimes used as shagreen.
a stiff, slightly lustrous synthetic fabric.

4

sharia

the code of law derived from the Koran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed; "sharia is only applicable to Muslims"; "under Islamic law there is no separation of church and state"

5

snarl

to cause to become knotted and intertwined : tangle
2
: to make excessively complicated

6

signified

the meaning expressed by a sign rather than the physical form it is expressed in red light=signifier STOP=signified

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signifier

a sign's physical form (such as a sound, printed word, or image) as distinct from its meaning. "red light" not "stop"

8

skag

A slang term for the drug Heroin

9

silkscreen

a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate

10

silt

granular material of a size somewhere between sand and clay whose mineral origin is quartz and feldspar. It may occur as a soil or as sediment mixed in suspension with water (also known as a suspended load) in a body of water such as a river. It may also exist as soil deposited at the bottom of a water body.

11

silverback

an adult male gorilla // A term used to describe the larger "buck" or bigger undomesticated black male. Usually a parolee because his larger size from regular meals and lifting weights.

12

simoom

a hot dry violent dust-laden wind from Asian and African deserts.

13

singe

burn (something) superficially or lightly.

14

smut

Highly developed stories with love lines and other things that appeal to women that also include alot of sexually explicit scenes. language, pictures, or stories that deal with sex in a way that is offensive

15

simplex

pertaining to or noting a telecommunications system permitting communication in only one direction at a time.

16

sinecure

a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.

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sine qua non

an essential condition; a thing that is absolutely necessary.

18

single lens reflex

typically uses a mirror and prism system (hence "reflex", from the mirror's reflection) that permits the photographer to view through the lens and see exactly what will be captured, contrary to viewfinder cameras where the image could be significantly different from what will be captured.

19

singlet

a sleeveless garment worn under or instead of a shirt.

20

sinistral

of or on the left side or the left hand (the opposite of dextral), in particular.

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sinoatrial node

a group of cells positioned in the wall of the right atrium just lateral to the junction where the superior vena cava enters the right atrium. the impulse-generating (pacemaker) tissue located in the right atrium of the heart, and thus the generator of normal sinus rhythm.

22

sitrep

a report on the current military situation in a particular area.

23

sistrom

a musical instrument of ancient Egypt consisting of a metal frame with transverse metal rods that rattled when the instrument was shaken.

24

situation ethics

takes into account the particular context of an act when evaluating it ethically, rather than judging it according to absolute standards

25

snide

derogatory or mocking in an indirect way.

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slaver

a person dealing in or owning slaves.
a ship used for transporting slaves.

27

slip ring

an electrical connector designed to carry current or signals from a stationary wire into a rotating device. Typically, it consists of a stationary graphite or metal contact (brush) which rubs on the outside diameter of a rotating metal ring. As the metal ring turns, the electrical current or signal is conducted through the stationary brush to the metal ring making the connection.

28

slingback

A shoe with a strap that wraps around the back of the heel.

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skittish

(of an animal, especially of a horse) excitable or easily scared.

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slalom

The act or sport of moving or racing in a zigzag course, as in skiing or kayaking. 2. A race that follows a zigzag course, laid out with markers such as flags