Sister of mercy

Sister of mercy
Sister Sis"ter, n. [OE. sister, fr. Icel. systir; also suster, from AS. sweostor, sweoster, swuster, akin to OFries. sweester, suster, LG. s["u]ster, suster, D. zuster, OS. & OHG. swestar, G. schwester, Icel. systir, Sw. syster, Dan. s["o]ster, Goth. swistar, Lith. ses?, Russ. sestra, Pol. siostra, L. soror, Skr. svasr. [root]298. Cf. {Cousin}.] 1. A female who has the same parents with another person, or who has one of them only. In the latter case, she is more definitely called a half sister. The correlative of brother. [1913 Webster]

I am the sister of one Claudio. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A woman who is closely allied to, or assocciated with, another person, as in the sdame faith, society, order, or community. --James ii. 15. [1913 Webster]

3. One of the same kind, or of the same condition; -- generally used adjectively; as, sister fruits. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Sister Block} (Naut.), a tackle block having two sheaves, one above the other.

{Sister hooks}, a pair of hooks fitted together, the shank of one forming a mousing for the other; -- called also {match hook}.

{Sister of charity}, {Sister of mercy}. (R. C. Ch.) See under {Charity}, and {Mercy}. [1913 Webster]


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  • sister of mercy — Usage: usually capitalized S&M : a member of a Roman Catholic congregation founded in 1827 by Catherine McAuley in Dublin and devoted to works of charity and education …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sister — Sis ter, n. [OE. sister, fr. Icel. systir; also suster, from AS. sweostor, sweoster, swuster, akin to OFries. sweester, suster, LG. s[ u]ster, suster, D. zuster, OS. & OHG. swestar, G. schwester, Icel. systir, Sw. syster, Dan. s[ o]ster, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sister Block — Sister Sis ter, n. [OE. sister, fr. Icel. systir; also suster, from AS. sweostor, sweoster, swuster, akin to OFries. sweester, suster, LG. s[ u]ster, suster, D. zuster, OS. & OHG. swestar, G. schwester, Icel. systir, Sw. syster, Dan. s[ o]ster,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sister hooks — Sister Sis ter, n. [OE. sister, fr. Icel. systir; also suster, from AS. sweostor, sweoster, swuster, akin to OFries. sweester, suster, LG. s[ u]ster, suster, D. zuster, OS. & OHG. swestar, G. schwester, Icel. systir, Sw. syster, Dan. s[ o]ster,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sister of charity — Sister Sis ter, n. [OE. sister, fr. Icel. systir; also suster, from AS. sweostor, sweoster, swuster, akin to OFries. sweester, suster, LG. s[ u]ster, suster, D. zuster, OS. & OHG. swestar, G. schwester, Icel. systir, Sw. syster, Dan. s[ o]ster,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sister Margaret Farley — A Sister of Mercy, Sister Margaret A. Farley, Ph.D is an ethicist and the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics at the Yale Divinity School. She was the first woman appointed to serve full time on the YDS faculty and shared with Henri… …   Wikipedia

  • Sister — n. 1 a woman or girl in relation to sons and other daughters of her parents. 2 a (often as a form of address) a close female friend or associate. b a female fellow member of a trade union, class, sect, or the human race. 3 a senior female nurse.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sister — n. 1 a woman or girl in relation to sons and other daughters of her parents. 2 a (often as a form of address) a close female friend or associate. b a female fellow member of a trade union, class, sect, or the human race. 3 a senior female nurse.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sister — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. kinswoman; nun, sister of mercy, religieuse; associate, soror, fellow; nurse; counterpart. See clergy, similarity, relation. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A female relative having the same parents] Syn.… …   English dictionary for students

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