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See also: sos, S.O.S., so's, sós, sôs, søs, Søs, and šos
🆘 U+1F198, 🆘
SQUARED SOS
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[U+1F197]
Enclosed Alphanumeric Supplement 🆙
[U+1F199]

TranslingualEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Chosen because its morse code sequence (...---...) was easy to remember and recognize even through interference. Many mnemonics and backronyms were later formed from the sequence.

SymbolEdit

SOS

  1. (radio slang) emergency, mayday, distress
Usage notesEdit

The code SOS is normally only used in text transmission; for voice communication, mayday is used. The sequence is normally transmitted run together without any letter spacing in between, so it is technically a single unique code rather than a series of three letters.

SynonymsEdit

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Etymology 2Edit

SymbolEdit

SOS

  1. Somali shilling

Usage notesEdit

This is a currency code used in the ISO 4217 standard.


EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

 
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From the letters represented by the signal, chosen as a sequence that is easy to recall and transmit (· · · — — — · · ·); it is not, as is commonly believed, an abbreviation for "save our souls", "save our ship" or any other phrase.

NounEdit

SOS (plural SOS's or SOSes)

  1. The conventional Morse code call made by a ship in distress.
    The keel has been scuppered! Send out an SOS.
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

SOS

  1. Initialism of Secretary of State.
  2. Initialism of special order sale.

Etymology 3Edit

 
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NounEdit

SOS (uncountable)

  1. (games) A children's game in which players take turns to place S's and O's on a grid, collecting points by creating an "SOS" sequence.
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JapaneseEdit

 SOS on Japanese Wikipedia

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English SOS.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

SOS (katakana エスオーエス, rōmaji esuōesu)

  1. SOS (conventional Morse code call made by a ship in distress)
  2. (by extension) the state of being sought an emergency rescue
     () (せい)からのS (エス)O (オー)S (エス)
    kasei kara no esuōesu
    an SOS from Mars
  3. silicon on sapphire

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN