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S Vocabulary Words Quiz

Guess these vocabulary words that start with the letter S.
Last updated: September 06, 2018
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Definition
Word
Noble Japanese warrior
Samurai
The highest register of singing voice
Soprano
Deadly sin of laziness
Sloth
Earthquake measuring device
Seismometer
Cave exploring
Spelunking
To occupy property without legal title
Squat
To make a basket without the ball
touching the rim
Swish
Military flight mission
Sortie
To separate a jury from external influence
Sequester
Organ that acts as a reservoir for blood
Spleen
Thin, cotton fabric used to make suits
Seersucker
Definition
Word
The vast Eurasian grasslands
Steppe
Jewish place of worship
Synagogue
Outline of an academic course
Syllabus
Makeshift knife
Shiv
A monarch's ornamental staff
Sceptre
Twelve pence, formerly
Shilling
Grass-cutting tool carried by
the Grim Reaper
Scythe
To burn with hot liquid
Scald
The right to vote
Suffrage
Male horse kept for breeding
Stud
Slang for surgeon
Sawbones
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level 41
Jan 2, 2013
Ah. Staff as in sceptre, not tending servants. No wonder it didn't make sense that they were ornamental...
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level 58
Jan 2, 2013
I did the same thing!
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level 79
May 7, 2015
Took me a while too. Ornamental people makes however perfect sence when you talk about the entourage of a monarch. :)
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level 69
Jun 9, 2016
LOL! That's a great image! It makes me think of all the definitely ornamental housewares/staff of Beauty and the Beast.
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level 51
Jan 2, 2013
I thought a seersucker was a style of suit- you learn something new everyday!
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level 69
Jan 2, 2013
It comes from the Persian words for milk and sugar.
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level 74
May 7, 2015
Seersucker is that fabric which has a narrow row of flat weave, then a narrow row of puffy weave, and those repeat to give a narrow striped look. Seersucker can be made into shirts, dresses, blouses, etc.
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level 42
Apr 3, 2013
I've never heard of Spelunking before but you need to add Speleology as an option as it's another term for 'cave exploring'.
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level 71
Jan 9, 2015
I'm no caver, it gives me the willies, but I would think speleology would be the study of caves, not the exploring of them. No?
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level 53
Nov 24, 2015
Absolutely, speliology is the correct term
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level 74
Nov 30, 2015
From Wikipedia: "Speleology or Spelacology is the scientific study of caves and other karst features, their make-up, structure, physical properties, history, life forms, and the processes by which they form and change over time. The term speleology is also sometimes applied to the recreational activity of exploring caves, but this is more properly known as caving, spelunking or potholing." (While the article indicates the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, it also suggests such usage isn't technically correct.)
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level 79
Apr 17, 2015
scramble as a military flight mission. We've seen a couple of headlines recently about Japanese air force scrambling Russian jets out of their northern territory.
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level 58
May 7, 2015
I thought that too, but a mission is typically associated with a planned operation. Scrambling jets is exactly as it sounds, they needed to get some jets up in the air now, for whatever reason. Not a planned mission.
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level 37
Sep 22, 2015
A scramble is a type of sortie. A sortie is basically an aircraft leaving the ground while a scramble is usually a sortie in reaction to something. Japan scrambled jets in reaction to Russian aircraft getting close to their airspace. Both Japan and Russia had sorties airborne, but Japan was the only one to scramble.
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level 76
May 7, 2015
Sawbone for Sawbones?
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level 24
May 7, 2015
Haha you included 'swish'. nice
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level 35
Oct 8, 2018
Hmm in my part of the world I think its a swoosh
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level 49
May 7, 2015
I think speleology should be accepted for spelunky.
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level 64
Nov 21, 2017
I agree, since it is the proper term for exploration of caves. Good quiz, though, caught me out more times than it should have.
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level ∞
Dec 10, 2017
Spelunking is a better answer in my opinion, but speleology will work now.
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level 27
May 8, 2015
I think sire should count for an un-castrated male. If a male horse is a sire to another, he definitely is still fertile. Also, I would normally think of a sortie as an attack from a fortress by a besieged party upon their besiegers. Great quiz!
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level 54
Sep 9, 2018
And stallion!
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level 71
Apr 2, 2016
Can you accept strike for sortie?
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level 55
Nov 13, 2017
Agreed.
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level 73
Sep 25, 2016
I hadn't heard of sawbones. The best I could come up with was "slicer and dicer".
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level 60
Aug 29, 2017
I am even a physician (although not a surgeon) and never heard of "sawbones".
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level ∞
Dec 10, 2017
To be fair surgeons don't saw bones nearly as much as they did back in the day.
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level 74
Sep 9, 2018
I always figured that was how Bones got his nickname on Star Trek. I used to hear it more often when I was young.
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level 52
Mar 15, 2018
You cut that grass, Grim Reaper!
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level 11
Apr 11, 2018
Seis is spelt SIZE. That's S I Z E. This spelling is wrong. I spent two hours trying to write this! Boycott this quiz until spelling is correct.
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level 41
Apr 19, 2018
This is a joke right? The "seis" refers to the word "seismic," as in tectonic activity. Size doesn't enter into it.
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level 55
Jul 21, 2018
Ten days late for April Fools Day
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level 58
Sep 9, 2018
This was a great quiz. Challenging. Nice job.
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level 63
Sep 9, 2018
On one side I'm proud of myself for thinking of suffrage for "the right to vote". On the other side I'm angry I wrote it "souffrage" so I didn't get the point. The word has always sounded French to me.
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level 50
Sep 9, 2018
What about stallion for horse question?
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level 53
Sep 9, 2018
I must have written stallion about 20 times lol I guess it doesn't fit the exact description...
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level 74
Sep 9, 2018
That was my first answer, too, but I guess though all studs are stallions, but not all stallions are studs.
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level 75
Sep 10, 2018
...and here I was trying "Scalpel Jockey" as a slang term for surgeon. I guess I watched a little too much Scrubs.