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 for S
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  S \S\ ([e^]s),
     the nineteenth letter of the English alphabet, is a
     consonant, and is often called a sibilant, in allusion to its
     hissing sound. It has two principal sounds; one a mere
     hissing, as in sack, this; the other a vocal hissing (the
     same as that of z), as in is, wise. Besides these it
     sometimes has the sounds of sh and zh, as in sure, measure.
     It generally has its hissing sound at the beginning of words,
     but in the middle and at the end of words its sound is
     determined by usage. In a few words it is silent, as in isle,
     d['e]bris. With the letter h it forms the digraph sh. See
     Guide to pronunciation, [sect][sect] 255-261.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Both the form and the name of the letter S are derived
           from the Latin, which got the letter through the Greek
           from the Phoenician. The ultimate origin is Egyptian. S
           is etymologically most nearly related to c, z, t, and
           r; as, in ice, OE. is; E. hence, OE. hennes; E. rase,
           raze; erase, razor; that, G. das; E. reason, F. raison,
           L. ratio; E. was, were; chair, chaise (see C, Z, T, and
           R.).
           [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  -s \-s\
     1. [OE. es, AS. as.] The suffix used to form the plural of
        most words; as in roads, elfs, sides, accounts.
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     2. [OE. -s, for older -th, AS. -[eth].] The suffix used to
        form the third person singular indicative of English
        verbs; as in falls, tells, sends.
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     3. An adverbial suffix; as in towards, needs, always, --
        originally the genitive, possesive, ending. See -'s.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  -'s \-'s\ [OE. -es, AS. -es.] The suffix used to form the
     possessive singular of nouns; as, boy's; man's.
     [1913 Webster] 's \'s\
     A contraction for is or (colloquially) for has. "My heart's
     subdued." --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

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