SOS


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

SOS,

code letters of the international distress signal. The signal is expressed in International Morse code as … — — — … (three dots, three dashes, three dots). This combination was established by the International Radiotelegraphic Convention at Berlin in 1906. The letters (SOS) do not refer to any words but were selected because they are easy to transmit. The use of Morse code for sending distress calls is now superseded by automated systems using satellite relay; the U.S. Coast Guard no longer monitors Morse code transmissions. The distress code by radiotelephony is MAY DAY, which corresponds to the French "m'aider." The signal NC, not followed by a message, also has the same meaning.

SOS

(communications)
The distress signal in radiotelegraphy, consisting of the letters S, O, and S of the international Morse code.

SOS

Morse code distress signal. [World Culture: Flexner, 359]
See: Danger

SOS

(1)

SOS

(2)
An infamously losing text editor. Once, back in the 1960s, when a text editor was needed for the PDP-6, a hacker crufted together a quick-and-dirty "stopgap editor" to be used until a better one was written. Unfortunately, the old one was never really discarded when new ones (in particular, TECO) came along. SOS is a descendant ("Son of Stopgap") of that editor, and many PDP-10 users gained the dubious pleasure of its acquaintance. Since then other programs similar in style to SOS have been written, notably the early font editor BILOS /bye'lohs/, the Brother-In-Law Of Stopgap (the alternate expansion "Bastard Issue, Loins of Stopgap" has been proposed).

SOS

(3)
The PDP-10 instruction to decrease a value. Oppose AOS.

SOS

(1) (Silicon On Sapphire) An MOS chip-fabrication method that places a thin layer of silicon over a sapphire substrate (base). This technique was used for earlier LSI fabrication, but not considered useful for higher-density VLSI chips. See SOI.

(2) (Systems On Silicon) A complete system on a single chip. See SoC.

(3) (System Of Systems) An umbrella term for integrating and managing multiple independent, self-contained systems as a single entity.

(4) (Server Operating System) An operating system that resides on the server.

(5) (Sophisticated Operating System) The operating system in the Apple III. See Apple III.
References in periodicals archive ?
We've developed the SOS Partner Dashboard for distributors with customization and downstream potential in mind", said Ken Shaw, CEO of Infrascale.
Based in El Segundo, California, SOS builds first-in-class online backup, cloud storage and file-sharing software for homes and small businesses with server and database support for large enterprises as well as branded solutions for managed service providers, resellers and OEMs.
Re-branded SOS ServerSave installer including bare metal cloud backup tools
Recently introduced Onyx Analytics is already helping companies like International SOS elevate their customer intelligence efforts and make more effective business decisions with confidence.
The SOS Partner Resource Center contains exclusive white papers, sales guides, video tutorials, email templates, presentations and more.
Based in El Segundo, California, SOS builds first-in-class online backup, cloud storage and file sharing software for homes and small businesses, server solutions for large enterprises as well as branded solutions for managed service providers, resellers and OEMs.
Demestihas adds, "The merging of SOS and CS operations allows for a broader spectrum of services as well as an increase in management support, additional creative capabilities, and enhanced call center services.
23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --[umlaut]*Angelina Jolie, Graham King Films and Varese Sarabande Records today announced that a portion of[umlaut]* the proceeds from the In the Land of Blood and Honey soundtrack will be donated to SOS Children's Villages in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
23, Siegwerk received the SOS Children's Village Cup for the second time in a row.
Premier Forum Marks Fifth Consecutive Selection of International SOS as Preferred Medical Provider to World's Business Leaders
MULTAN -- Punjab Governor, Malik Rafique Rajwana gave "Eidi" to orphans and unassisted childern, residing in SOS (Save Our Soul) village,here on Wednesday.
com)-- SOS Children's Villages of India celebrated International Family Day with FSP (Family Strengthening Programme) Mothers and SOS Mothers at Greenfields.