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ess

 (ĕs)
n.
The letter s.

ess

(ɛs)

n.
1. the letter S, s.
2. something shaped like an S.
[1530–40]

-ess

a suffix forming distinctively feminine nouns: countess; goddess; lioness.
[Middle English -esse < Old French < Late Latin -issa < Greek]
usage: Since at least the 14th century, English has borrowed nouns with this feminine suffix from French (French -esse) and also applied that ending to existing words, most frequently agent nouns in -or or -er. Some of the earliest borrowings - noble or religious titles - still flourish, as princess, duchess, abbess, and prioress. The use of -ess words has declined sharply in the latter half of the 20th century. Among those words that are rarely used or are either rejected or discouraged in modern American English are ambassadress, ancestress, authoress, poetess, sculptress, and stewardess. Some nouns in -ess are still current: actress (but some women prefer actor); adventuress; enchantress; governess (only in its child-care sense); heiress (largely in journalistic writing); hostess (but women who conduct radio and television programs are hosts); millionairess; mistress (except in the sense of expert); murderess; postmistress (not in official U.S. government use); seamstress; seductress; sorceress; temptress; and waitress. Jewess and Negress are rarely used today and are generally considered offensive. See also -enne, -ette, -trix.
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After those dismal night watches by the bed of her dying aunt, and the dreary weeks of solitude that followed, to live in this new world of luxury and gayety is like escaping from the darkness of night, and basking in the fall brightn ess of day.
Of the ladies, the worst spectacle was a lovely young duch- ess, whose wedding-eve this was; and indeed she was a spectacle, sure enough.
In conjunction with Essential's Ess line of products, Bio-Ess Laboratories has been formed, with Weber as CEO to focus on the bioprocessing market.
Being the leader in ESS industry, Narada has made a quantum leap in Lithium Ion technology, Lead Carbon technology, ESS solution innovation and marketing development.
Doosan will be able to manage the whole procedure of ESS operation right from design and installation to trial operation with the acquisition of ESS control software.
1) Promover una legislacion para la ESS asi como los valores de la ESS en las normas y reglamentaciones de las actividades que impactan sobre los territorios.
Now is the time to explore how current ESS programs undermine student capacity to navigate a turbulent world--and to entertain new curricular features that foster nimbleness and wisdom in times of crisis.
ESS continues to conduct many projects related to the MACT standards, including the RICE NESHAP and Boiler MACT.
After an international design contest, ESS has chosen Henning Larsen Architects as the architectural partner to design the ESS facility.
The ESS in Urdu (ESS-Ur) was developed in three different phases: translation and back-translation; committee-based comparison between the translation and the back-translation; and testing in bilingual individuals.
Upon ESS rejecting the contention of Dish TV of moving from Fixed Fee Agreement to RIO based agreement; Dish TV approached the Hon'ble TDSAT in the month of September 2011 requesting the Hon'ble TDSAT to direct ESS to raise the Invoices on Dish TV from 01.
As the International Cricket Council's global distribution and broadcast partner, ESS needed a flawless hybrid satellite/ fibre solution to broadcast all the games to rights holders across the world in the highest quality, and GlobeCast was chosen as the best provider of this solution.