American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The letters represented by the Morse Code signal · · · - - - · · ·, used as an international distress signal, especially by ships and aircraft.
- n. A call or signal for help.
- n. emergency, mayday, distress
- n. The conventional Morse code call made by a ship in distress.
- Secretary of State
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- n. games a children's game involving placing S's and O's on a grid, and collecting points by creating an "SOS" sequence, played with alternating turns by opponents.
GNU Webster's 1913
- The letters signified by the signal ( … --- … ) prescribed by the International Radiotelegraphic Convention of 1912 for use by ships in distress.
- n. an internationally recognized distress signal in radio code
- Chosen because its morse code sequence (· · · — — — · · ·) was easy to remember. Many mnemonics and backronyms were later formed from the sequence. (Wiktionary)
“Under the title SOS - Спаси Образованието Сега (SOS - Save Our Education Now), through websites and social media as well as real-world action, Bulgarian youth have been running a campaign for the re-organisation of the country's higher education.”
“It's great to have someone from Harvard step in and say what you're doing is effective," he said, referring to Dr. Gil Noam's visit last Spring, after which he called SOS a leader in after-school programs.”
“John Rendeiro, vice president for global security and intelligence, says International SOS is reminding clients to tell their employees not to broadcast their nationalities when traveling abroad.”
“Bob is trying to find the source of an SOS from a hospital that's supposedly secure every way to Sunday.”
“The appointment of Hillary as SOS is to stop her ambition to run for 2012 as President, Obama KNEW Hillary can beat her.”
“I'm not sure if SOS is brilliant, but it's hard not to look at and be drawn in which makes it better than most performance so if you can fit it in this Easter weekend, I highly recommend it.”
“SOS is also nearly three sheets to the wind in its unbridled speed and intensity.”
“As with its other chapters, the chapter in SOS on knowledge processes insults the complexity and subtlety of the topic by its short, breezy treatment.”
“Here is an SOS from the RecArts mystery group, by "Diana":”
“The organization that resonated with me the most is one called SOS Children's Villages.”
Looking for tweets for SOS.