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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of light, rapid-fire submachine gun, 1942, from initials of surnames of designers R.V. Shepherd and H.J. Turpin + En(field); compare Bren.


The STEN (or Sten gun) was a family of British submachine guns chambered in 9×19mm and used extensively by British and Commonwealth forces throughout World War II and the Korean War. They were notable for having a simple design and very low production cost making them effective insurgency weapons for resistance groups.

STEN is an acronym, from the names of the weapon's chief designers, Major Reginald V. Shepherd and Harold Turpin, and EN for Enfield. Over four million Stens in various versions were made in the 1940s.

Sten (name)
''For information about the submachine gun, see Sten.

Sten is a Scandinavian male given name. Literally meaning "rock" or " cliff", it derives from a literal translation of Peter into the North Germanic languages.

Notable individuals with the name include

  • Sten Abel (1872–1942), Norwegian sailor
  • Sten Andersson (1923–2006), Swedish politician
  • Sten De Geer (1886–1933), Swedish geographer and geomorphologist
  • Sten Forshufvud (1903–1985), Swedish dentist, physician, and toxicologist
  • Sten Heckscher, Swedish politician
  • Sten Lindroth (1914–1980), Swedish historian
  • Sten Nadolny (born 1942), German novelist
  • Sten Olmre (born 1995), Estonian basketball player
  • Sten Pålsson, Swedish footballer
  • Sten Rudberg (1917–1996), Swedish geographer and geomorphologist
  • Sten Stensen, Norwegian speed skater
  • Sten Sture the Elder (1440–1503), Regent of Sweden
  • Sten Sture the Younger (1493–1520), Regent of Sweden under the Kalmar Union
  • Sten Wahlund (1901–1976), Swedish geneticist

In fiction:

  • Sten (Breath of Fire 2 character)
  • Sten, a Qunari warrior in BioWare's 2009 RPG, Dragon Age: Origins.
  • Sten, a character in Allan Cole and Chris Bunch's series The Sten Chronicles.

Notable individuals with the family name Sten include

  • Åge Sten Nilsen, member of Norwegian hard rock band Wig Wam
  • Anna Sten, Russian film actress
  • Helge Sten, Norwegian musician

Category:Masculine given names Category:Danish masculine given names Category:Estonian masculine given names Category:Norwegian masculine given names

Sten (disambiguation)

The Sten was a family of British submachine guns.

Sten may also refer to:

  • Sten (name)
  • Sten (book), the first book in The Sten Chronicles by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole
  • Sten scores, a psychometric instrument scale
  • Jean Sten, a character in the French comic books about Wampus

Usage examples of "sten".

Nog steeds zocht hij er nieuwe voor in de plaats, tot hij erin slaagde tien stenen achter elkaar in het water te gooien, een behoorlijk eind van het strand af.

Hij oogde al klein en verkort in perspectief, halverwege het strand onderweg naar de immense stenen richel waar hij zich vaak terugtrok, voordat Edward Behr besefte wat er net tegen hem was gezegd.

Self-preservation gave me the strength to push the door wide again and it caught the Blackshirt straight on, lifting the Sten and sending him spinning round, bullets spraying the air and busting the top windows of a nearby bus.

Stem levelled the Sten at the Blackshirt leader, who suddenly looked less sure of himself.

Emperor had asked Ecu if he might have the pleasure of talking to Sten alone for a few moments.

King Sten, had escaped from the Battle of Horn Bay by sheer brio and superior seamanship, outrunning a dozen Eyran vessels which had been captured by the enemy and were now crewed by mercenaries and slaves under Istrian command.

Sten submachine gun still jammed between bent and battered vanes, and he pointed out to Juarez and the trooper the gray ash of a rope end still around it.

Sten had just enough time to see Subadar-Major Limbu draw his kukri and suicide-charge the knot of men.

We have two single progs, not entirely quantifiable, but a probability estimation of approximately 82 percent, that the traitor Sten will be killed in this battle.

Mostly they were military virgins, Sten noted by the absence of decorations, the untailored newly issued semidress uniforms, and the overly stiff bearing that the conditioning process had ground into them.

Down a hallway, Bud close in, Stens wheezing, knocking over furniture.

Bud thought of him and Stens front page smeared: nailed by the spics and their lawyers.

Frank Doherty, Dick Stens, John Brownell the short guys, Wilbert Huff, Bud White topping six.

A two-man tail on Dick Stens, two men to swoop on his slightest probation fuckup.

Dick Stens hung out with known armed robbers, bet with bookies, took his salary in cash and frequented whorehouses.