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Definition of SIR

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Sir \Sir\, n. [OE. sire, F. sire, contr. from the nominative L. senior an elder, elderly person, compar. of senex,senis, an aged person; akin to Gr. ??? old, Skr. sana, Goth. sineigs old, sinista eldest, Ir. & Gael. sean old, W. hen. Cf. {Seignior}, {Senate}, {Seneschal}, {Senior}, {Senor}, {Signor}, {Sire}, {Sirrah}.]
     1. A man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              He was crowned lord and sire.         --Gower. [1913 Webster]

              In the election of a sir so rare.     --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. A title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet. [1913 Webster]

              Sir Horace Vere, his brother, was the principal in the active part.                      --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     3. An English rendering of the LAtin Dominus, the academical title of a bachelor of arts; -- formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy. --Nares. [1913 Webster]

              Instead of a faithful and painful teacher, they hire a Sir John, which hath better skill in playing at tables, or in keeping of a garden, than in God's word.                                 --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

     4. A respectful title, used in addressing a man, without being prefixed to his name; -- used especially in speaking to elders or superiors; sometimes, also, used in the way of emphatic formality. "What's that to you, sir?"
        --Sheridan.
        [1913 Webster]

     Note: Anciently, this title, was often used when a person was addressed as a man holding a certain office, or following a certain business. "Sir man of law." "Sir parish priest." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     {Sir reverance}. See under {Reverence}, n.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

SIR
         Save Instruction Recognition


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

SIR
         Selective Information Retrieval


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

SIR
         Serial InfraRed (HP)


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

SIR
         Sicherheit im Rechenzentrum (TPS)


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

SIR
         Statistical Information Retrieval


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

SIR
         Sustained Information Rate (SMDS)

V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]


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