Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In tanning, to pile up (the hides) after removal from the tan-pits, covering the heap and allowing it to stand for some time in order to soften the leather by equal distribution of moisture and slight fermentative heating.
  • To bring together; collect; put in order.
  • To curdle (milk).
  • noun A familiar abbreviation of Samuel.
  • noun Abbreviations of Samuel, a book of the Old Testament.
  • A variant of same.
  • noun Apparently, surety: used only in the following phrase.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete Together.

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  • initialism Surface-to-air missile
  • noun slang Federal narcotics agent.
  • verb transitive To assemble.
  • verb transitive (of persons) To bring together; join (in marriage, friendship, love, etc.).
  • verb transitive (of things) To bring together; collect; put in order; arrange.
  • verb intransitive To assemble; come together.
  • verb transitive, UK, dialectal To coagulate; curdle (milk).
  • adverb obsolete together

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  • noun a guided missile fired from land or shipboard against an airborne target

Etymologies

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Acronym

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Possibly from Uncle Sam

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From Middle English sammen, samnen, from Old English samnian, ġesamnian ("to collect, assemble, bring together, gather, join, unite, compose, meet, glean"), from Proto-Germanic *samnōnan (“to gather”), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (“one”). Cognate with Dutch zamelen ("to collect"), German sammeln ("to collect, gather"), Swedish samla ("to gather, collect"), Icelandic samna ("to gather, collect"). More at same.

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  • Now this is slightly vague, so I need to clarify why I added Sam to my list of nightmares.

    Sam is the famous winner of the 2005 World's Ugliest Dog Contest. One look at his picture and you won't sleep for weeks. ¡El perro diablo!

    January 1, 2007

  • "Sam Hall" by Johnny Cash.

    February 10, 2008