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SAM \SAM\ (s[a^]m), n. [acronym] (Mil.) a Surface to Air Missile.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1958, acronym for surface to air missile.


Etymology 1 alt. Surface-to-air missile Etymology 2

adv. (context obsolete English) together alt. 1 (context transitive UK dialectal English) To assemble. 2 (context transitive UK dialectal of persons English) To bring together; join (in marriage, friendship, love, etc.). 3 (context transitive UK dialectal of things English) To bring together; collect; put in order; arrange. 4 (context intransitive UK dialectal English) To assemble; come together. 5 (context transitive UK dialectal English) To coagulate; curdle (milk). vb. 1 (context transitive UK dialectal English) To assemble. 2 (context transitive UK dialectal of persons English) To bring together; join (in marriage, friendship, love, etc.). 3 (context transitive UK dialectal of things English) To bring together; collect; put in order; arrange. 4 (context intransitive UK dialectal English) To assemble; come together. 5 (context transitive UK dialectal English) To coagulate; curdle (milk). Etymology 3

  1. 1 (label en dialectal) half or imperfectly done. 2 (context of food English) Half-heated. Etymology 4

    n. (context slang English) Federal narcotics agent.

Sam (text editor)

Sam is a multi-file text editor based on structural regular expressions. It was originally designed in the early 1980s at Bell Labs by Rob Pike with the help of Ken Thompson and other Unix developers for the Blit windowing terminal running on Unix; it was later ported to other systems. Sam follows a classical modular Unix aesthetic. It is internally simple, its power leveraged by the composability of a small command language and extensibility through shell integration.

Sam (Book of Mormon)

In the Book of Mormon, Sam was the third son of Lehi, and elder brother to the prophet Nephi. Early in the Book of Mormon narrative, Nephi confided in Sam. Lehi saw Sam in his vision of the tree of life, noting that he ate the precious fruit, symbolizing the righteousness of Sam, and that he would be saved. Upon the death of Lehi, Sam followed his brother Nephi in the establishment of the Nephites.

Among LDS linguists, the leading (unofficial) theory of the origin of the name "Sam" is that it is most likely a Hebrew dialectal form of " Shem".


Sam, SAM or variants may refer to:

Sam (ugly dog)

Sam (November 7, 1990 – November 18, 2005) was a blind pure-bred Chinese Crested hairless and toothless dog, and three time champion of the annual Sonoma-Marin Fair World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Northern California in 2003–2005. His ugliness gained him international fame and celebrity – his death was a top headline on major news websites.

Susie Lockheed, his owner and a resident of Santa Barbara, took him in as a rescue dog in 1999 from his first owner.

SAM (vehicles)

The name SAM (not to be confused with S.A.M., a Swedish automotive company) stands for Stephanos A. Mbaltas (badge 'ΣΑΜ', in Greek, appearing in the logo), the founder of this Greek company, one of several that produced three-wheeler trucks in that country, in business between 1966 and 1974. Its first models used 1200cc Volkswagen air-cooled engines, while Ford 1300cc engines powered later models. The chassis developed by SAM was very robust and some of its trucks were surviving 30 years after the company went out of business.

Sam (mascot)

Sam the Olympic Eagle was the mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics which were held in Los Angeles. He is a bald eagle, which is the national bird of the United States, where the games were held. Intended as a patriotic symbol, being named Sam also suggests a kinship with Uncle Sam, another American symbol. He was designed by Disney Legend Bob Moore, an artist for Disney.

He is often confused by guests of Disneyland, and also by those reading documentation about mascot designs for the Olympics, for another Disney mascot named Eagle Sam, host of the former Disneyland attraction America Sings, and designed by animator Marc Davis c. 1973. He shares the name of Sam the Eagle from The Muppet Show, but the design is vastly different. He is still known as Eagle Sam in Japan, where an animated series of the same name ran during 1983, the year preceding the Summer Olympics. Even after the conclusion of the Games, Sam the Eagle is still used to promote a track and field event, the Mt. SAC Relays at Mt. San Antonio College, specifically its " LA84 Youth Days" promotion for youth interested in athletics, run by a charitable group founded during the Olympics.

Sam (name)
Sam (Osvajači album)

Sam ( Serbian Cyrillic: Сам; trans. Alone) is the second studio album from former Yugoslav and Serbian hard rock/ heavy metal band Osvajači.

Sam (1986 film)

Sam is a 1986 American short documentary film directed by Aaron D. Weisblatt. It focuses on Sam Phelps, a New York State farmer who is opposed to the destruction of a nearby watershed, and argues for better planning and land management. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Sam (Olivia Newton-John song)

"Sam" is a song from 1977 (see 1977 in music) performed by Australian singer Olivia Newton-John. It was written by Don Black, Hank Marvin and John Farrar and appears on Newton-John's album Don't Stop Believin'. Farrar also produced the album. "Sam" went to number one on the Easy Listening chart and number twenty on the Hot 100.

The Czech rendering "Jsem Či Nejsem Tvým Snem" was recorded by Eva Pilarová for her 1979 album Jsem Tu A Zpívám.

Sam (1973 TV series)

Sam is a television drama series written by John Finch and produced by Granada Television between 1973 and 1975 for broadcast on ITV. Finch also created and wrote A Family at War for Granada.

The series is based on fact, with Sam as a boy growing up in Featherstone. It was initially set in the coalfields of Yorkshire in the inter-war period but eventually progressed to the modern (then) era. Interior scenes were recorded at Granada's studios in Manchester, while many of the exterior scenes were filmed in Lancashire. For example, the railway station used for filming was Garswood, near Wigan. Local dialect is used, e.g. top-at-knob referring to North Featherstone. The series was made in a video/film hybrid format, which was common at the time.

Sam (army dog)

Sam (died 2000), was an army dog who served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps Dog Unit. While serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s, Sam helped to apprehend an armed man and also to hold back an armed mob besieging a compound where Serbs were taking refuge. He received the Dickin Medal, the animals' equivalent of the Victoria Cross, in 2003 for these acts of bravery.

Sam (koala)

Sam (2005-07 – 6 August 2009), also known as Sam the Koala, was a female koala from the forests of Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia. She became publicly known when a video and photographs of her being rescued by a firefighter were distributed on the internet and through the media during the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires.

Sam (1978 TV series)

Sam is an American crime drama television series that aired on the CBS network from March 14 to April 18, 1978. It told the story of a Los Angeles police officer, Mike Breen (played by Mark Harmon), and his specially-trained police dog, Sam, a Labrador Retriever.

Sam (Trick 'r Treat)

Sam is a fictional character created by Michael Dougherty, appearing first in Dougherty's 1996 short film, Season's Greetings, and the main antagonist in the horror film Trick 'r Treat. He was played by child actor Quinn Lord in the film. Appearing as a seemingly innocent masked trick-or-treater, Sam is revealed to be a demonic pumpkin-like creature who acts as the enforcer for the rules and traditions of Halloween.

Sam (horse)

Sam (1815 – after 1827) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career that lasted from April 1818 to May 1819 he ran nine times and won three races. In May 1818 he defeated fifteen opponents to record his most important win in the Epsom Derby. His only other wins came in a walkover and a match race. After running without success as a four-year-old, Sam was retired to stud but made no impact as a sire of winners.

Sam (1967 film)

Sam is a 1967 Western film from Larry Buchanan.

Sam (surname)

Sam is a surname. Notable people with the name include:

  • Chief Alfred Sam (c.1880–1930s), Gold Coast trader and Back-to-Africa pioneer
  • Eliza Sam or Cen Lixiang (born 1984), Chinese-Canadian actress
  • Leman Sam (born 1951), Turkish singer and songwriter
  • Michael Sam (born 1990), American gridiron football player
  • P. K. Sam (born 1983), American gridiron football player
  • Şevval Sam (born 1973), Turkish singer and actress
  • Tirésias Simon Sam (1835–1916), Haitian politician, President of Haiti 1896–1902
  • Vilbrun Guillaume Sam (1859–1915), Haitian politician, President of Haiti 1915
Sam (given name)

Sam is a given name or nickname, often used by people named " Samuel," " Samson," and " Samantha", and occasionally used by people named " Salvatore." Notable people with the name include:

Sam (2015 film)

Sam is a film of the United States first presented in some film festivals in 2015. Its main launch took place the following year.

SAM (file format)

SAM (file format) is a text-based format for storing biological sequences aligned to a reference sequence developed by Heng Li.H. Li, B. Handsaker, A. Wysoker, T. Fennell, J. Ruan, N. Homer, G. Marth, G. Abecasis, R. Durbin: The Sequence Alignment/Map format and SAMtools. In: Bioinformatics. 25, 2009, S. 2078, . The acronym SAM stands for Sequence Alignment/Map. It is widely used for storing data, such as nucleotide sequences, generated by Next generation sequencing technologies.

The SAM format consists of a header and an alignment section. The binary representation of a SAM file is a BAM file, which is a compressed SAM file. SAM files can be analysed and edited with the software SAMtools.

Usage examples of "sam".

He carried a hand-blaster in a shiny white holster hanging from a white Sam Browne belt, a sparkling brass whistle was suspended from the lapel of his overcoat, and a scarlet and gold aiguillette was wrapped around his shoulder.

The RTAF Hueys and the Marine helos on loan to the Thai airmobile forces lifted from the jungle clearing at almost the SAMe moment that the American Hornets were hitting SAM sites at U Feng and along the Taeng River Valley.

If yo wonder who aw am, Well, mi name is Happy Sam, Awm a member ov the multitude who labor.

According to Baggy, Sam Ruffin had been the first black student to enroll in the white schools in Clanton.

The rather handsome young man standing to attention in his best barathea uniform and polished Sam Browne, pale-blue parachute wings over the pocket.

Lord Gerard, the Earl of Hardwicke, Viscount Royston, Sam Batchelor, and Tyrwhitt Wilson.

He was thinking of the vehicle-mounted SAMs Batman had reported seeing at U Feng.

Still hurtling toward the SAM, Batman rolled the Tomcat right until he was canopy down, then brought the stick back and headed for the ground.

Sam had been able to trade iron weapons for bauxite, cryolite, cinnabar and platinum.

With his fellow officer Sam Holt, he also has his first appalling encounter with the Free Trade as the Biter ranges coastal waters to prey on returning merchantmen.

In the Biter, in the Impress, and with a man Sam Holt most roundly hated.

The Biter, when Sam Holt and Bentley had arisen that morning, was little changed, and little like a fighting vessel, still.

It was five nights later, in fact, that Will and Sam saw the ship again, after Biter had limped to the Nore and then been towed by dockyard pull boats up to Deptford.

The Biter was alongside the rigging wharf, starboard side to, and almost without a conscious intention he crossed the deck, swung legs across the bulwarks, and clambered down on to the dockside That Sam Holt had betrayed him he would not believe.

Roddy Bitts, and touched Penrod and Sam, each in turn, with his sabre.