from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. self-propelled
  • abbr. shore patrol
  • abbr. single pole
  • abbr. specialist
  • abbr. submarine patrol

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Starting price, the quoted odds in horse racing.
  • Selling price.
  • Shore patrol.
  • State police
  • Slow play.
  • service pack.
  • superintendent
  • Suppressive person (someone who speaks critically of Scientology)
  • abbr. São Paulo, a state of Brazil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviation of Spanish.
  • An abbreviation: in pharmacy, of spiritus, spirit;
  • in botany, of species, specimen;
  • in zoology, of species only; when two or more species are meant, spp. is used.
  • An abbreviation of Spain.
  • An abbreviation of Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.
  • An abbreviation of short particular meter.
  • n. An abbreviation of Society for the Prevention of Crime.


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  • BBC has SP being an Ex Scientologist.

    "If you imagine 40-50 Scientologists posting on the internet every few days, we'll just run the SP's ex-members right off the system."

    July 19, 2013