Singular Nouns Starting with M

M (n.) A quadrat, the face or top of which is a perfect square; also, the size of such a square in any given size of type, used as the unit of measurement for that type: 500 m's of pica would be a piece of matter whose length and breadth in pica m's multiplied together produce that number.

M (n.) A brand or stigma, having the shape of an M, formerly impressed on one convicted of manslaughter and admitted to the benefit of clergy.

Ma (n.) A child's word for mother.

Ma (n.) In Oriental countries, a respectful form of address given to a woman; mother.

Maa (n.) The common European gull (Larus canus); -- called also mar. See New, a gull.

Maalin (n.) The sparrow hawk.

Maalin (n.) The kestrel.

Ma'am (n.) Madam; my lady; -- a colloquial contraction of madam often used in direct address, and sometimes as an appellation.

Maasha (n.) An East Indian coin, of about one tenth of the weight of a rupee.

Mad (n.) A slattern.

Mad (n.) The name of a female fairy, esp. the queen of the fairies; and hence, sometimes, any fairy.

Mabby (n.) A spirituous liquor or drink distilled from potatoes; -- used in the Barbadoes.

Mabolo (n.) A kind of persimmon tree (Diospyros discolor) from the Philippine Islands, now introduced into the East and West Indies. It bears an edible fruit as large as a quince.

Macaco (n.) Any one of several species of lemurs, as the ruffed lemur (Lemur macaco), and the ring-tailed lemur (L. catta).

Macacus (n.) A genus of monkeys, found in Asia and the East Indies. They have short tails and prominent eyebrows.

Macadamization (n.) The process or act of macadamizing.

Macao (n.) A macaw.

Macaque (n.) Any one of several species of short-tailed monkeys of the genus Macacus; as, M. maurus, the moor macaque of the East Indies.

Macaroni (n.) Long slender tubes made of a paste chiefly of wheat flour, and used as an article of food; Italian or Genoese paste.

Macaroni (n.) A medley; something droll or extravagant.

Macaroni (n.) A sort of droll or fool.

Macaroni (n.) A finical person; a fop; -- applied especially to English fops of about 1775.

Macaroni (n.) The designation of a body of Maryland soldiers in the Revolutionary War, distinguished by a rich uniform.

Macaronic (n.) A heap of thing confusedly mixed together; a jumble.

Macaronic (n.) A kind of burlesque composition, in which the vernacular words of one or more modern languages are intermixed with genuine Latin words, and with hybrid formed by adding Latin terminations to other roots.

Macaroon (n.) A small cake, composed chiefly of the white of eggs, almonds, and sugar.

Macaroon (n.) A finical fellow, or macaroni.

Macartney (n.) A fire-backed pheasant. See Fireback.

Macauco (n.) Any one of several species of small lemurs, as Lemur murinus, which resembles a rat in size.

Macavahu (n.) A small Brazilian monkey (Callithrix torquatus), -- called also collared teetee.

Macaw (n.) Any parrot of the genus Sittace, or Macrocercus. About eighteen species are known, all of them American. They are large and have a very long tail, a strong hooked bill, and a naked space around the eyes. The voice is harsh, and the colors are brilliant and strongly contrasted.

Maccaboy (n.) Alt. of Maccoboy

Maccoboy (n.) A kind of snuff.

Macco (n.) A gambling game in vogue in the eighteenth century.

Mace (n.) A money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael; also, a weight of 57.98 grains.

Mace (n.) A kind of spice; the aril which partly covers nutmegs. See Nutmeg.

Mace (n.) A heavy staff or club of metal; a spiked club; -- used as weapon in war before the general use of firearms, especially in the Middle Ages, for breaking metal armor.

Mace (n.) A staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an ensign of his authority.

Mace (n.) An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority.

Mace (n.) A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple.

Mace (n.) A rod for playing billiards, having one end suited to resting on the table and pushed with one hand.

Macedonian (n.) A native or inhabitant of Macedonia.

Macedonian (n.) One of a certain religious sect, followers of Macedonius, Bishop of Constantinople, in the fourth century, who held that the Holy Ghost was a creature, like the angels, and a servant of the Father and the Son.

Macedonianism (n.) The doctrines of Macedonius.

Macer (n.) A mace bearer; an officer of a court.

Macerater (n.) One who, or that which, macerates; an apparatus for converting paper or fibrous matter into pulp.

Maceration (n.) The act or process of macerating.

Machaerodus (n.) Alt. of Machairodus

Machairodus (n.) A genus of extinct mammals allied to the cats, and having in the upper jaw canine teeth of remarkable size and strength; -- hence called saber-toothed tigers.

Machete (n.) A large heavy knife resembling a broadsword, often two or three feet in length, -- used by the inhabitants of Spanish America as a hatchet to cut their way through thickets, and for various other purposes.

Machiavelian (n.) One who adopts the principles of Machiavel; a cunning and unprincipled politician.

Machiavelism (n.) Alt. of Machiavelianism

Machiavelianism (n.) The supposed principles of Machiavel, or practice in conformity to them; political artifice, intended to favor arbitrary power.

Machicolation (n.) An opening between the corbels which support a projecting parapet, or in the floor of a gallery or the roof of a portal, shooting or dropping missiles upen assailants attacking the base of the walls. Also, the construction of such defenses, in general, when of this character. See Illusts. of Battlement and Castle.

Machicolation (n.) The act of discharging missiles or pouring burning or melted substances upon assailants through such apertures.

Machicoulis (n.) Same as Machicolation.

Machination (n.) The act of machinating.

Machination (n.) That which is devised; a device; a hostile or treacherous scheme; an artful design or plot.

Machinator (n.) One who machinates, or forms a scheme with evil designs; a plotter or artful schemer.

Machine (n.) In general, any combination of bodies so connected that their relative motions are constrained, and by means of which force and motion may be transmitted and modified, as a screw and its nut, or a lever arranged to turn about a fulcrum or a pulley about its pivot, etc.; especially, a construction, more or less complex, consisting of a combination of moving parts, or simple mechanical elements, as wheels, levers, cams, etc., with their supports and connecting framework, calculat>

Machine (n.) Any mechanical contrivance, as the wooden horse with which the Greeks entered Troy; a coach; a bicycle.

Machine (n.) A person who acts mechanically or at will of another.

Machine (n.) A combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use; as, the social machine.

Machine (n.) A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends.

Machine (n.) Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.

Machiner (n.) One who or operates a machine; a machinist.

Machinery (n.) Machines, in general, or collectively.

Machinery (n.) The working parts of a machine, engine, or instrument; as, the machinery of a watch.

Machinery (n.) The supernatural means by which the action of a poetic or fictitious work is carried on and brought to a catastrophe; in an extended sense, the contrivances by which the crises and conclusion of a fictitious narrative, in prose or verse, are effected.

Machinery (n.) The means and appliances by which anything is kept in action or a desired result is obtained; a complex system of parts adapted to a purpose.

Machinist (n.) A constrictor of machines and engines; one versed in the principles of machines.

Machinist (n.) One skilled in the use of machine tools.

Machinist (n.) A person employed to shift scenery in a theater.

Macho (n.) The striped mullet of California (Mugil cephalus, / Mexicanus).

Macilency (n.) Leanness.

Macintosh (n.) Same as Mackintosh.

Mackerel (n.) A pimp; also, a bawd.

Mackerel (n.) Any species of the genus Scomber, and of several related genera. They are finely formed and very active oceanic fishes. Most of them are highly prized for food.

Mackintosh (n.) A waterproof outer garment; -- so called from the name of the inventor.

Mackle (n.) Same Macule.

Macle (n.) Chiastolite; -- so called from the tessellated appearance of a cross section. See Chiastolite.

Macle (n.) A crystal having a similar tessellated appearance.

Macle (n.) A twin crystal.

Maclurea (n.) A genus of spiral gastropod shells, often of large size, characteristic of the lower Silurian rocks.

Maclurin (n.) See Morintannic.

Macrobiotics (n.) The art of prolonging life.

Macro-chemistry (n.) The science which treats of the chemical properties, actions or relations of substances in quantity; -- distinguished from micro-chemistry.

Macrocosm (n.) The great world; that part of the universe which is exterior to man; -- contrasted with microcosm, or man. See Microcosm.

Macrocystis (n.) An immensely long blackish seaweed of the Pacific (Macrocystis pyrifera), having numerous almond-shaped air vessels.

Macrodactyl (n.) One of a group of wading birds (Macrodactyli) having very long toes.

Macrodiagonal (n.) The longer of two diagonals, as of a rhombic prism. See Crystallization.

Macrodome (n.) A dome parallel to the longer lateral axis of an orthorhombic crystal. See Dome, n., 4.

Macrodont (n.) A macrodont animal.

Macrofarad (n.) See Megafarad.

Macroglossia (n.) Enlargement or hypertrophy of the tongue.

Macrology (n.) Long and tedious talk without much substance; superfluity of words.

Macrometer (n.) An instrument for determining the size or distance of inaccessible objects by means of two reflectors on a common sextant.

Macron (n.) A short, straight, horizontal mark [-], placed over vowels to denote that they are to be pronounced with a long sound; as, a, in dame; /, in s/am, etc.

Macropinacoid (n.) One of the two planes of an orthorhombic crystal which are parallel to the vertical and longer lateral (macrodiagonal) axes.

Macropod (n.) Any one of a group of maioid crabs remarkable for the length of their legs; -- called also spider crab.

Macropodian (n.) A macropod.

Macroprism (n.) A prism of an orthorhombic crystal between the macropinacoid and the unit prism; the corresponding pyramids are called macropyramids.

Macropus (n.) genus of marsupials including the common kangaroo.

Macropyramid (n.) See Macroprism.

Macrosporangium (n.) A sporangium or conceptacle containing only large spores; -- opposed to microsporangium. Both are found in the genera Selaginella, Isoctes, and Marsilia, plants remotely allied to ferns.

Macrospore (n.) One of the specially large spores of certain flowerless plants, as Selaginella, etc.

Macrotone (n.) Same as Macron.

Macrozoospore (n.) A large motile spore having four vibratile cilia; -- found in certain green algae.

Macruran (n.) One of the Macrura.

Mactation (n.) The act of killing a victim for sacrifice.

Mactra (n.) Any marine bivalve shell of the genus Mactra, and allied genera. Many species are known. Some of them are used as food, as Mactra stultorum, of Europe. See Surf clam, under Surf.

Macula (n.) A spot, as on the skin, or on the surface of the sun or of some other luminous orb.

Macula (n.) A rather large spot or blotch of color.

Maculation (n.) The act of spotting; a spot; a blemish.

Maculature (n.) Blotting paper.

Macule (n.) A spot.

Macule (n.) A blur, or an appearance of a double impression, as when the paper slips a little; a mackle.

Mad (n.) An earthworm.

Madam (n.) A gentlewoman; -- an appellation or courteous form of address given to a lady, especially an elderly or a married lady; -- much used in the address, at the beginning of a letter, to a woman. The corresponding word in addressing a man is Sir.

Madame (n.) My lady; -- a French title formerly given to ladies of quality; now, in France, given to all married women.

Mad-apple (n.) See Eggplant.

Madbrain (n.) A rash or hot-headed person.

Madcap (n.) A person of wild behavior; an excitable, rash, violent person.

Madder (n.) A plant of the Rubia (R. tinctorum). The root is much used in dyeing red, and formerly was used in medicine. It is cultivated in France and Holland. See Rubiaceous.

Madderwort (n.) A name proposed for any plant of the same natural order (Rubiaceae) as the madder.

Made (n.) See Mad, n.

Madecass (n.) Alt. of Madecassee

Madecassee (n.) A native or inhabitant of Madagascar, or Madecassee; the language of the natives of Madagascar. See Malagasy.

Madefaction (n.) Alt. of Madefication

Madefication (n.) The act of madefying, or making wet; the state of that which is made wet.

Madeira (n.) A rich wine made on the Island of Madeira.

Mademoiselle (n.) A French title of courtesy given to a girl or an unmarried lady, equivalent to the English Miss.

Mademoiselle (n.) A marine food fish (Sciaena chrysura), of the Southern United States; -- called also yellowtail, and silver perch.

Madge (n.) The barn owl.

Madge (n.) The magpie.

Madhouse (n.) A house where insane persons are confined; an insane asylum; a bedlam.

Madia (n.) A genus of composite plants, of which one species (Madia sativa) is cultivated for the oil yielded from its seeds by pressure. This oil is sometimes used instead of olive oil for the table.

Madisterium (n.) An instrument to extract hairs.

Madjoun (n.) An intoxicating confection from the hemp plant; -- used by the Turks and Hindoos.

Madman (n.) A man who is mad; lunatic; a crazy person.

Madnep (n.) The masterwort (Peucedanum Ostruthium).

Madonna (n.) My lady; -- a term of address in Italian formerly used as the equivalent of Madame, but for which Signora is now substituted. Sometimes introduced into English.

Madonna (n.) A picture of the Virgin Mary (usually with the babe).

Madoqua (n.) A small Abyssinian antelope (Neotragus Saltiana), about the size of a hare.

Madrague (n.) A large fish pound used for the capture of the tunny in the Mediterranean; also applied to the seines used for the same purpose.

Madreperl (n.) Mother-of-pearl.

Madrepora (n.) A genus of reef corals abundant in tropical seas. It includes than one hundred and fifty species, most of which are elegantly branched.

Madrepore (n.) Any coral of the genus Madrepora; formerly, often applied to any stony coral.

Madreporite (n.) A fossil coral.

Madreporite (n.) The madreporic plate of echinoderms.

Madrier (n.) A thick plank, used for several mechanical purposes

Madrier (n.) A plank to receive the mouth of a petard, with which it is applied to anything intended to be broken down.

Madrier (n.) A plank or beam used for supporting the earth in mines or fortifications.

Madrigal (n.) A little amorous poem, sometimes called a pastoral poem, containing some tender and delicate, though simple, thought.

Madrigal (n.) An unaccompanied polyphonic song, in four, five, or more parts, set to secular words, but full of counterpoint and imitation, and adhering to the old church modes. Unlike the freer glee, it is best sung with several voices on a part. See Glee.

Madrigaler (n.) A madrigalist.

Madrigalist (n.) A composer of madrigals.

Madrilenian (n.) A native or inhabitant of Madrid.

Madrina (n.) An animal (usually an old mare), wearing a bell and acting as the leader of a troop of pack mules.

Madro?a (n.) A small evergreen tree or shrub (Arbutus Menziesii), of California, having a smooth bark, thick shining leaves, and edible red berries, which are often called madro?a apples.

Madwort (n.) A genus of cruciferous plants (Alyssum) with white or yellow flowers and rounded pods. A. maritimum is the commonly cultivated sweet alyssum, a fragrant white-flowered annual.

Maegbote (n.) Alt. of Magbote

Magbote (n.) Compensation for the injury done by slaying a kinsman.

Maelstrom (n.) A celebrated whirlpool on the coast of Norway.

Maelstrom (n.) Also Fig. ; as, a maelstrom of vice.

Maenad (n.) A Bacchante; a priestess or votary of Bacchus.

Maenad (n.) A frantic or frenzied woman.

Maestro (n.) A master in any art, especially in music; a composer.

Maffler (n.) A stammerer.

Magazine (n.) A receptacle in which anything is stored, especially military stores, as ammunition, arms, provisions, etc.

Magazine (n.) The building or room in which the supply of powder is kept in a fortification or a ship.

Magazine (n.) A chamber in a gun for holding a number of cartridges to be fed automatically to the piece.

Magazine (n.) A pamphlet published periodically containing miscellaneous papers or compositions.

Magaziner (n.) One who edits or writes for a magazine.

Magazining (n.) The act of editing, or writing for, a magazine.

Magazinist (n.) One who edits or writes for a magazine.

Magbote (n.) See Maegbote.

Magdalen (n.) A reformed prostitute.

Magdaleon (n.) A medicine in the form of a roll, a esp. a roll of plaster.

Magdeburg (n.) A city of Saxony.

Mage (n.) A magician.

Magenta (n.) An ani

Maggot (n.) The footless larva of any fly. See Larval.

Maggot (n.) A whim; an odd fancy.

Maggotiness (n.) State of being maggoty.

Maggot-pie (n.) A magpie.

Maghet (n.) A name for daisies and camomiles of several kinds.

Magian (n.) One of the Magi, or priests of the Zoroastrian religion in Persia; an adherent of the Zoroastrian religion.

Magician (n.) One skilled in magic; one who practices the black art; an enchanter; a necromancer; a sorcerer or sorceress; a conjurer.

Magilp (n.) Alt. of Magilph

Magilph (n.) See Megilp.

Magister (n.) Master; sir; -- a title of the Middle Ages, given to a person in authority, or to one having a license from a university to teach philosophy and the liberal arts.

Magisteriality (n.) Magisterialness; authoritativeness.

Magisterialness (n.) The quality or state of being magisterial.

Magistery (n.) Mastery; powerful medical influence; renowned efficacy; a sovereign remedy.

Magistery (n.) A magisterial injunction.

Magistery (n.) A precipitate; a fine substance deposited by precipitation; -- applied in old chemistry to certain white precipitates from metallic solutions; as, magistery of bismuth.

Magistracy (n.) The office or dignity of a magistrate.

Magistracy (n.) The collective body of magistrates.

Magistral (n.) A sovereign medicine or remedy.

Magistral (n.) A magistral

Magistral (n.) Powdered copper pyrites used in the amalgamation of ores of silver, as at the Spanish mines of Mexico and South America.

Magistrality (n.) Magisterialness; arbitrary dogmatism.

Magistrate (n.) A person clothed with power as a public civil officer; a public civil officer invested with the executive government, or some branch of it.

Magistrature (n.) Magistracy.

Magma (n.) Any crude mixture of mineral or organic matters in the state of a thin paste.

Magma (n.) A thick residuum obtained from certain substances after the fluid parts are expressed from them; the grounds which remain after treating a substance with any menstruum, as water or alcohol.

Magma (n.) A salve or confection of thick consistency.

Magma (n.) The molten matter within the earth, the source of the material of lava flows, dikes of eruptive rocks, etc.

Magma (n.) The glassy base of an eruptive rock.

Magma (n.) The amorphous or homogenous matrix or ground mass, as distinguished from well-defined crystals; as, the magma of porphyry.

Magnality (n.) A great act or event; a great attainment.

Magnanimity (n.) The quality of being magnanimous; greatness of mind; elevation or dignity of soul; that quality or combination of qualities, in character, which enables one to encounter danger and trouble with tranquility and firmness, to disdain injustice, meanness and revenge, and to act and sacrifice for noble objects.

Magnes (n.) Magnet.

Magnesia (n.) A light earthy white substance, consisting of magnesium oxide, and obtained by heating magnesium hydrate or carbonate, or by burning magnesium. It has a slightly alka

Magnesite (n.) Native magnesium carbonate occurring in white compact or granular masses, and also in rhombohedral crystals.

Magnesium (n.) A light silver-white metallic element, malleable and ductile, quite permanent in dry air but tarnishing in moist air. It burns, forming (the oxide) magnesia, with the production of a blinding light (the so-called magnesium light) which is used in signaling, in pyrotechny, or in photography where a strong actinic illuminant is required. Its compounds occur abundantly, as in dolomite, talc, meerschaum, etc. Symbol Mg. Atomic weight, 24.4. Specific gravity, 1.75.

Magnet (n.) The loadstone; a species of iron ore (the ferrosoferric or magnetic ore, Fe3O4) which has the property of attracting iron and some of its ores, and, when freely suspended, of pointing to the poles; -- called also natural magnet.

Magnet (n.) A bar or mass of steel or iron to which the peculiar properties of the loadstone have been imparted; -- called, in distinction from the loadstone, an artificial magnet.

Magnetic (n.) A magnet.

Magnetic (n.) Any metal, as iron, nickel, cobalt, etc., which may receive, by any means, the properties of the loadstone, and which then, when suspended, fixes itself in the direction of a magnetic meridian.

Magneticalness (n.) Quality of being magnetic.

Magnetician (n.) One versed in the science of magnetism; a magnetist.

Maneticness (n.) Magneticalness.

Magnetics (n.) The science of magnetism.

Magnetism (n.) The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet.

Magnetism (n.) The science which treats of magnetic phenomena.

Magnetism (n.) Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections.

Magnetist (n.) One versed in magnetism.

Magnetite (n.) An oxide of iron (Fe3O4) occurring in isometric crystals, also massive, of a black color and metallic luster. It is readily attracted by a magnet and sometimes possesses polarity, being then called loadstone. It is an important iron ore. Called also magnetic iron.

Magnetization (n.) The act of magnetizing, or the state of being magnetized.

Magnetizee (n.) A person subjected to the influence of animal magnetism.

Magnetizer (n.) One who, or that which, imparts magnetism.

Magneto-electricity (n.) Electricity evolved by the action of magnets.

Magneto-electricity (n.) That branch of science which treats of the development of electricity by the action of magnets; -- the counterpart of electro-magnetism.

Magnetograph (n.) An automatic instrument for registering, by photography or otherwise, the states and variations of any of the terrestrial magnetic elements.

Magnetometer (n.) An instrument for measuring the intensity of magnetic forces; also, less frequently, an instrument for determining any of the terrestrial magnetic elements, as the dip and declination.

Magnetomotor (n.) A voltaic series of two or more large plates, producing a great quantity of electricity of low tension, and hence adapted to the exhibition of electro-magnetic phenomena.

Magnetotherapy (n.) The treatment of disease by the application of magnets to the surface of the body.

Magnificat (n.) The song of the Virgin Mary, Luke i. 46; -- so called because it commences with this word in the Vulgate.

Magnification (n.) The act of magnifying; enlargement; exaggeration.

Magnificence (n.) The act of doing what magnificent; the state or quality of being magnificent.

Magnifico (n.) A grandee or nobleman of Venice; -- so called in courtesy.

Magnifico (n.) A rector of a German university.

Magnifier (n.) One who, or that which, magnifies.

Magniloquence (n.) The quality of being magniloquent; pompous discourse; grandiloquence.

Magnitude (n.) Extent of dimensions; size; -- applied to things that have length, breath, and thickness.

Magnitude (n.) That which has one or more of the three dimensions, length, breadth, and thickness.

Magnitude (n.) Anything of which greater or less can be predicated, as time, weight, force, and the like.

Magnitude (n.) Greatness; grandeur.

Magnitude (n.) Greatness, in reference to influence or effect; importance; as, an affair of magnitude.

Magnolia (n.) A genus of American and Asiatic trees, with aromatic bark and large sweet-scented whitish or reddish flowers.

Magnum (n.) A large wine bottle.

Magnum (n.) A bone of the carpus at the base of the third metacarpal bone.

Magot (n.) The Barbary ape.

Magot-pie (n.) A magpie.

Magpie (n.) Any one of numerous species of the genus Pica and related genera, allied to the jays, but having a long graduated tail.

Maguari (n.) A South American stork (Euxenara maguari), having a forked tail.

Maguey (n.) The century plant, a species of Agave (A. Americana). See Agave.

Magyar (n.) One of the dominant people of Hungary, allied to the Finns; a Hungarian.

Magyar (n.) The language of the Magyars.

Maha (n.) A kind of baboon; the wanderoo.

Mahabarata (n.) Alt. of Mahabharatam

Mahabharatam (n.) A celebrated epic poem of the Hindoos. It is of great length, and is chiefly devoted to the history of a civil war between two dynasties of ancient India.

Mahaled (n.) A cherry tree (Prunus Mahaleb) of Southern Europe. The wood is prized by cabinetmakers, the twigs are used for pipe stems, the flowers and leaves yield a perfume, and from the fruit a violet dye and a fermented liquor (like kirschwasser) are prepared.

Maharajah (n.) A sovereign prince in India; -- a title given also to other persons of high rank.

Maharif (n.) An African antelope (Hippotragus Bakeri). Its face is striped with black and white.

Maharmah (n.) A muslin wrapper for the head and the lower part of the face, worn by Turkish and Armenian women when they go abroad.

Mahdi (n.) Among Mohammedans, the last imam or leader of the faithful. The Sunni, the largest sect of the Mohammedans, believe that he is yet to appear.

Mahl-stick (n.) See Maul-stick.

Mahoe (n.) A name given to several malvaceous trees (species of Hibiscus, Ochroma, etc.), and to their strong fibrous inner bark, which is used for strings and cordage.

Mahogany (n.) A large tree of the genus Swietenia (S. Mahogoni), found in tropical America.

Mahogany (n.) The wood of the Swietenia Mahogoni. It is of a reddish brown color, beautifully veined, very hard, and susceptible of a fine polish. It is used in the manufacture of furniture.

Mahogany (n.) A table made of mahogany wood.

Maholi (n.) A South African lemur (Galago maholi), having very large ears.

Mahomedan (n.) Alt. of Mahometan

Mahometan (n.) See Mohammedan.

Mahometanism (n.) See Mohammedanism.

Mahometism (n.) See Mohammedanism.

Mahometist (n.) A Mohammedan.

Mahometry (n.) Mohammedanism.

Mahone (n.) A large Turkish ship.

Mahonia (n.) The Oregon grape, a species of barberry (Berberis Aquifolium), often cultivated for its hollylike foliage.

Mahoohoo (n.) The African white two-horned rhinoceros (Atelodus simus).

Mahori (n.) One of the dark race inhabiting principally the islands of Eastern Polynesia. Also used adjectively.

Mahound (n.) A contemptuous name for Mohammed; hence, an evil spirit; a devil.

Mahout (n.) The keeper and driver of an elephant.

Mahovo (n.) A device for saving power in stopping and starting a railroad car, by means of a heavy fly wheel.

Mahrati (n.) The language of the Mahrattas; the language spoken in the Deccan and Concan.

Mahratta (n.) One of a numerous people inhabiting the southwestern part of India. Also, the language of the Mahrattas; Mahrati. It is closely allied to Sanskrit.

Mahumetan (n.) Alt. of Mahumetanism

Mahumetanism (n.) See Mohammedan, Mohammedanism.

Maia (n.) A genus of spider crabs, including the common European species (Maia squinado).

Maia (n.) A beautiful American bombycid moth (Eucronia maia).

Maian (n.) Any spider crab of the genus Maia, or family Maiadae.

Maid (n.) An unmarried woman; usually, a young unmarried woman; esp., a girl; a virgin; a maiden.

Maid (n.) A man who has not had sexual intercourse.

Maid (n.) A female servant.

Maid (n.) The female of a ray or skate, esp. of the gray skate (Raia batis), and of the thornback (R. clavata).

Maiden (n.) An unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid.

Maiden (n.) A female servant.

Maiden (n.) An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.

Maiden (n.) A machine for washing

Maidenhair (n.) A fern of the genus Adiantum (A. pedatum), having very slender graceful stalks. It is common in the United States, and is sometimes used in medicine. The name is also applied to other species of the same genus, as to the Venus-hair.

Maidenhead (n.) The state of being a maiden; maidenhood; virginity.

Maidenhead (n.) The state of being unused or uncontaminated; freshness; purity.

Maidenhead (n.) The hymen, or virginal membrane.

Maidenhood (n.) The state of being a maid or a virgin; virginity.

Maidenhood (n.) Newness; freshness; uncontaminated state.


Maidenship (n.) Maidenhood.

Maidhood (n.) Maidenhood.

Maidmarian (n.) The lady of the May games; one of the characters in a morris dance; a May queen. Afterward, a grotesque character personated in sports and buffoonery by a man in woman's clothes.

Maidmarian (n.) A kind of dance.

Maidservant (n.) A female servant.

Maieutics (n.) The art of giving birth (i. e., clearness and conviction) to ideas, which are conceived as struggling for birth.

Maiger (n.) The meagre.

Maihem (n.) See Maim, and Mayhem.

Maikel (n.) A South American carnivore of the genus Conepatus, allied to the skunk, but larger, and having a longer snout. The tail is not bushy.

Maikong (n.) A South American wild dog (Canis cancrivorus); the crab-eating dog.

Mail (n.) A spot.

Mail (n.) A small piece of money; especially, an English silver half-penny of the time of Henry V.

Mail (n.) Rent; tribute.

Mail (n.) A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor.

Mail (n.) Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering.

Mail (n.) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on

Mail (n.) Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.

Mail (n.) A bag; a wallet.

Mail (n.) The bag or bags with the letters, papers, papers, or other matter contained therein, conveyed under public authority from one post office to another; the whole system of appliances used by government in the conveyance and delivery of mail matter.

Mail (n.) That which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received through the post office.

Mail (n.) A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried.

Mailing (n.) A farm.

Mail-shell (n.) A chiton.

Maimedness (n.) State of being maimed.

Main (n.) A hand or match at dice.

Main (n.) A stake played for at dice.

Main (n.) The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard.

Main (n.) A match at cockfighting.

Main (n.) A main-hamper.

Maine (n.) One of the New England States.

Main-gauche (n.) The dagger held in the left hand, while the rapier is held in the right; -- used to parry thrusts of the adversary's rapier.

Main-hamper (n.) A hamper to be carried in the hand; a hand basket used in carrying grapes to the press.

Mainland (n.) The continent; the principal land; -- opposed to island, or peninsula.

Mainmast (n.) The principal mast in a ship or other vessel.

Mainor (n.) A thing stolen found on the person of the thief.

Mainpernor (n.) A surety, under the old writ of mainprise, for a prisoner's appearance in court at a day.

Mainpin (n.) A kingbolt.

Mainprise (n.) A writ directed to the sheriff, commanding him to take sureties, called mainpernors, for the prisoner's appearance, and to let him go at large. This writ is now obsolete.

Mainprise (n.) Deliverance of a prisoner on security for his appearance at a day.

Mains (n.) The farm attached to a mansion house.

Mainsail (n.) The principal sail in a ship or other vessel.

Mainsheet (n.) One of the ropes by which the mainsail is hauled aft and trimmed.

Mainspring (n.) The principal or most important spring in a piece of mechanism, especially the moving spring of a watch or clock or the spring in a gunlock which impels the hammer. Hence: The chief or most powerful motive; the efficient cause of action.

Mainstay (n.) The stay extending from the foot of the foremast to the maintop.

Mainstay (n.) Main support; principal dependence.

Maintainer (n.) One who maintains.

Maintainor (n.) One who, not being interested, maintains a cause depending between others, by furnishing money, etc., to either party.

Maintenance (n.) The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense; vindication.

Maintenance (n.) That which maintains or supports; means of sustenance; supply of necessaries and conveniences.

Maintenance (n.) An officious or unlawful intermeddling in a cause depending between others, by assisting either party with money or means to carry it on. See Champerty.

Maintop (n.) The platform about the head of the mainmast in square-rigged vessels.

Maister (n.) Master.

Maistre (n.) Alt. of Maistry

Maistrie (n.) Alt. of Maistry

Maistry (n.) Mastery; superiority; art. See Mastery.

Maistress (n.) Mistress.

Maithes (n.) Same as Maghet.

Maize (n.) A large species of American grass of the genus Zea (Z. Mays), widely cultivated as a forage and food plant; Indian corn. Also, its seed, growing on cobs, and used as food for men animals.

Majesticness (n.) The quality or state of being majestic.

Majesty (n.) The dignity and authority of sovereign power; quality or state which inspires awe or reverence; grandeur; exalted dignity, whether proceeding from rank, character, or bearing; imposing loftiness; state

Majesty (n.) Hence, used with the possessive pronoun, the title of an emperor, king or queen; -- in this sense taking a plural; as, their majesties attended the concert.

Majesty (n.) Dignity; elevation of manner or style.

Majolica (n.) A kind of pottery, with opaque glazing and showy, which reached its greatest perfection in Italy in the 16th century.

Majorate (n.) The office or rank of a major.

Majoration (n.) Increase; enlargement.

Majorcan (n.) A native or inhabitant of Majorca.

Major-domo (n.) A man who has authority to act, within certain limits, as master of the house; a steward; also, a chief minister or officer.

Majority (n.) The quality or condition of being major or greater; superiority.

Majority (n.) The military rank of a major.

Majority (n.) The condition of being of full age, or authorized by law to manage one's own affairs.

Majority (n.) The greater number; more than half; as, a majority of mankind; a majority of the votes cast.

Majority (n.) Ancestors; ancestry.

Majority (n.) The amount or number by which one aggregate exceeds all other aggregates with which it is contrasted; especially, the number by which the votes for a successful candidate exceed those for all other candidates; as, he is elected by a majority of five hundred votes. See Plurality.

Majorship (n.) The office of major.

Majoun (n.) See Madjoun.

Majuscule (n.) A capital letter; especially, one used in ancient manuscripts. See Majusculae.

Makaron (n.) See Macaroon, 2.

Make (n.) A companion; a mate; often, a husband or a wife.

Make (n.) Structure, texture, constitution of parts; construction; shape; form.

Makebate (n.) One who excites contentions and quarrels.

Make-belief (n.) A feigning to believe; make believe.

Make-believe (n.) A feigning to believe, as in the play of children; a mere pretense; a fiction; an invention.

Make-game (n.) An object of ridicule; a butt.

Make-peace (n.) A peacemaker.

Maker (n.) One who makes, forms, or molds; a manufacturer; specifically, the Creator.

Maker (n.) The person who makes a promissory note.

Maker (n.) One who writes verses; a poet.

Makeshift (n.) That with which one makes shift; a temporary expedient.

Make-up (n.) The way in which the parts of anything are put together; often, the way in which an actor is dressed, painted, etc., in personating a character.

Makeweight (n.) That which is thrown into a scale to make weight; something of little account added to supply a deficiency or fill a gap.

Maki (n.) A lemur. See Lemur.

Making (n.) The act of one who makes; workmanship; fabrication; construction; as, this is cloth of your own making; the making of peace or war was in his power.

Making (n.) Composition, or structure.

Making (n.) a poem.

Making (n.) That which establishes or places in a desirable state or condition; the material of which something may be made; as, early misfortune was the making of him.

Making (n.) External appearance; from.

Making-iron (n.) A tool somewhat like a chisel with a groove in it, used by calkers of ships to finish the seams after the oakum has been driven in.

Making-up (n.) The act of bringing spirits to a certain degree of strength, called proof.

Making-up (n.) The act of becoming reconciled or friendly.

Mala (n.) Evils; wrongs; offenses against right and law.

Malabar (n.) A region in the western part of the Peninsula of India, between the mountains and the sea.

Malacatune (n.) See Melocoton.

Malacca (n.) A town and district upon the seacoast of the Malay Peninsula.

Malachite (n.) Native hydrous carbonate of copper, usually occurring in green mammillary masses with concentric fibrous structure.

Malacissation (n.) The act of making soft or supple.

Malacobdella (n.) A genus of nemertean worms, parasitic in the gill cavity of clams and other bivalves. They have a large posterior sucker, like that of a leech. See Illust. of Bdellomorpha.

Malacoderm (n.) One of a tribe of beetles (Malacodermata), with a soft and flexible body, as the fireflies.

Malacolite (n.) A variety of pyroxene.

Malacologist (n.) One versed in the science of malacology.

Malacology (n.) The science which relates to the structure and habits of mollusks.

Malacopterygian (n.) One of the Malacopterygii.

Malacosteon (n.) A peculiar disease of the bones, in consequence of which they become softened and capable of being bent without breaking.

Malacostracan (n.) One of the Malacostraca.

Malacostracology (n.) That branch of zoological science which relates to the crustaceans; -- called also carcinology.

Malacotoon (n.) See Melocoton.

Maladdress (n.) Bad address; an awkward, tactless, or offensive way of accosting one or talking with one.

Maladjustment (n.) A bad adjustment.

Maladministration (n.) Bad administration; bad management of any business, especially of public affairs.

Malady (n.) Any disease of the human body; a distemper, disorder, or indisposition, proceeding from impaired, defective, or morbid organic functions; especially, a lingering or deep-seated disorder.

Malady (n.) A moral or mental defect or disorder.

Malaga (n.) A city and a province of Spain, on the Mediterranean. Hence, Malaga grapes, Malaga raisins, Malaga wines.

Malagash (n.) Same as Malagasy.

Malaise (n.) An indefinite feeling of uneasiness, or of being sick or ill at ease.

Malamate (n.) A salt of malamic acid.

Malambo (n.) A yellowish aromatic bark, used in medicine and perfumery, said to be from the South American shrub Croton Malambo.

Malamethane (n.) A white crystal

Malamide (n.) The acid amide derived from malic acid, as a white crystal

Malapert (n.) A malapert person.

Malapropism (n.) A grotesque misuse of a word; a word so used.

Malapterurus (n.) A genus of African siluroid fishes, including the electric catfishes. See Electric cat, under Electric.

Malar (n.) The cheek bone, which forms a part of the lower edge of the orbit.

Malaria (n.) Air infected with some noxious substance capable of engendering disease; esp., an unhealthy exhalation from certain soils, as marshy or wet lands, producing fevers; miasma.

Malaria (n.) A morbid condition produced by exhalations from decaying vegetable matter in contact with moisture, giving rise to fever and ague and many other symptoms characterized by their tendency to recur at definite and usually uniform intervals.

Malashaganay (n.) The fresh-water drumfish (Haploidonotus grunniens).

Malassimilation (n.) Imperfect digestion of the several leading constituents of the food.

Malassimilation (n.) An imperfect elaboration by the tissues of the materials brought to them by the blood.

Malate (n.) A salt of malic acid.

Malaxation (n.) The act of softening by mixing with a thinner substance; the formation of ingredients into a mass for pills or plasters.

Malaxator (n.) One who, or that which, malaxates; esp., a machine for grinding, kneading, or stirring into a pasty or doughy mass.

Malay (n.) One of a race of a brown or copper complexion in the Malay Peninsula and the western islands of the Indian Archipelago.

Malayan (n.) The Malay language.

Malayalam (n.) The name given to one the cultivated Dravidian languages, closely related to the Tamil.

Malbrouck (n.) A West African arboreal monkey (Cercopithecus cynosurus).

Malconformation (n.) Imperfect, disproportionate, or abnormal formation; ill form; disproportion of parts.

Malcontent (n.) One who discontented; especially, a discontented subject of a government; one who express his discontent by words or overt acts.

Maldanian (n.) Any species of marine annelids of the genus Maldane, or family Maldanidae. They have a slender, round body, and make tubes in the sand or mud.

Male (n.) Same as Mail, a bag.

Male (n.) An animal of the male sex.

Male (n.) A plant bearing only staminate flowers.

Naleadministration (n.) Maladministration.

Maleate (n.) A salt of maleic acid.

Malebranchism (n.) The philosophical system of Malebranche, an eminent French metaphysician. The fundamental doctrine of his system is that the mind can not have knowledge of anything external to itself except in its relation to God.

Maleconformation (n.) Malconformation.

Maledicency (n.) Evil speaking.

Malediction (n.) A proclaiming of evil against some one; a cursing; imprecation; a curse or execration; -- opposed to benediction.

Malefaction (n.) A crime; an offense; an evil deed.

Malefactor (n.) An evil doer; one who commits a crime; one subject to public prosecution and punishment; a criminal.

Malefactor (n.) One who does wrong by injuring another, although not a criminal.

Malefactress (n.) A female malefactor.

Malefeasance (n.) See Malfeasance.

Malefice (n.) An evil deed; artifice; enchantment.

Maleficence (n.) Evil doing, esp. to others.

Maleficiation (n.) A bewitching.

Maleficience (n.) The doing of evil, harm, or mischief.

Maleformation (n.) See Malformation.

Malengine (n.) Evil machination; guile; deceit.

Maleo (n.) A bird of Celebes (megacephalon maleo), allied to the brush turkey. It makes mounds in which to lay its eggs.

Male-odor (n.) See Malodor.

Malepractice (n.) See Malpractice.

Malet (n.) A little bag or budget.

Malevolence (n.) The quality or state of being malevolent; evil disposition toward another; inclination to injure others; ill will. See Synonym of Malice.

Malexecution (n.) Bad execution.

Maleyl (n.) A hypothetical radical derived from maleic acid.

Malfeasance (n.) The doing of an act which a person ought not to do; evil conduct; an illegal deed.

Malformation (n.) Ill formation; irregular or anomalous formation; abnormal or wrong conformation or structure.

Malice (n.) Enmity of heart; malevolence; ill will; a spirit delighting in harm or misfortune to another; a disposition to injure another; a malignant design of evil.

Malice (n.) Any wicked or mischievous intention of the mind; a depraved inclination to mischief; an intention to vex, annoy, or injure another person, or to do a wrongful act without just cause or cause or excuse; a wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others; willfulness.

Malicho (n.) Mischief.

Malignance (n.) Alt. of Malignancy

Malignancy (n.) The state or quality of being malignant; extreme malevolence; bitter enmity; malice; as, malignancy of heart.

Malignancy (n.) Unfavorableness; evil nature.

Malignancy (n.) Virulence; tendency to a fatal issue; as, the malignancy of an ulcer or of a fever.

Malignancy (n.) The state of being a malignant.

Malignant (n.) A man of extrems enmity or evil intentions.

Malignant (n.) One of the adherents of Charles L. or Charles LL.; -- so called by the opposite party.

Maligner (n.) One who maligns.

Malignity (n.) The state or quality of being malignant; disposition to do evil; virulent enmity; malignancy; malice; spite.

Malignity (n.) Virulence; deadly quality.

Malignity (n.) Extreme evilness of nature or influence; perniciousness; heinousness; as, the malignity of fraud.

Malingerer (n.) In the army, a soldier who feigns himself sick, or who induces or protracts an illness, in order to avoid doing his duty; hence, in general, one who shirks his duty by pretending illness or inability.

Malingery (n.) The spirit or practices of a malingerer; malingering.

Malison (n.) Malediction; curse; execration.

Malkin (n.) Originally, a kitchenmaid; a slattern.

Malkin (n.) A mop made of clouts, used by the kitchen servant.

Malkin (n.) A scarecrow.

Malkin (n.) A mop or sponge attached to a jointed staff for swabbing out a cannon.

Mall (n.) A large heavy wooden beetle; a mallet for driving anything with force; a maul.

Mall (n.) A heavy blow.

Mall (n.) An old game played with malls or mallets and balls. See Pall-mall.

Mall (n.) A place where the game of mall was played. Hence: A public walk; a level shaded walk.

Mall (n.) Formerly, among Teutonic nations, a meeting of the notables of a state for the transaction of public business, such meeting being a modification of the ancient popular assembly.

Mall (n.) A court of justice.

Mall (n.) A place where justice is administered.

Mall (n.) A place where public meetings are held.

Malleability (n.) The quality or state of being malleable; -- opposed to friability and brittleness.

Malleableness (n.) Quality of being malleable.

Malleation (n.) The act or process of beating into a plate, sheet, or leaf, as a metal; extension by beating.

Mallecho (n.) Same as Malicho.

Mallemock (n.) Alt. of Mallemoke

Mallemoke (n.) See Mollemoke.

Malleolus (n.) A projection at the distal end of each bone of the leg at the ankle joint. The malleolus of the tibia is the internal projection, that of the fibula the external.

Malleolus (n.) " A layer, " a shoot partly buried in the ground, and there cut halfway through.

Mallet (n.) A small maul with a short handle, -- used esp. for driving a tool, as a chisel or the like; also, a light beetle with a long handle, -- used in playing croquet.

Malleus (n.) The outermost of the three small auditory bones, ossicles; the hammer. It is attached to the tympanic membrane by a long process, the handle or manubrium. See Illust. of Far.

Malleus (n.) One of the hard lateral pieces of the mastax of Rotifera. See Mastax.

Malleus (n.) A genus of bivalve shells; the hammer shell.

Mallotus (n.) A genus of small Arctic fishes. One American species, the capelin (Mallotus villosus), is extensively used as bait for cod.

Mallow (n.) Alt. of Mallows

Mallows (n.) A genus of plants (Malva) having mucilaginous qualities. See Malvaceous.

Mallowwort (n.) Any plant of the order Malvaceae.

Malm (n.) Alt. of Malmbrick

Malmbrick (n.) A kind of brick of a light brown or yellowish color, made of sand, clay, and chalk.

Malma (n.) A spotted trout (Salvelinus malma), inhabiting Northern America, west of the Rocky Mountains; -- called also Dolly Varden trout, bull trout, red-spotted trout, and golet.

Malmag (n.) The tarsius, or spectral lemur.

Malmsey (n.) A kind of sweet wine from Crete, the Canary Islands, etc.

Malnutrition (n.) Faulty or imperfect nutrition.

Malobservation (n.) Erroneous observation.

Malodor (n.) An Offensive to the sense of smell; ill-smelling.

Malonyl (n.) A hydrocarbon radical, CH2.(CO)2, from malonic acid.

Malpighia (n.) A genus of tropical American shrubs with opposite leaves and small white or reddish flowers. The drupes of Malpighia urens are eaten under the name of Barbadoes cherries.

Malposition (n.) A wrong position.

Malpractice (n.) Evil practice; illegal or immoral conduct; practice contrary to established rules; specifically, the treatment of a case by a surgeon or physician in a manner which is contrary to accepted rules and productive of unfavorable results.

Malt (n.) Barley or other grain, steeped in water and dried in a kiln, thus forcing germination until the saccharine principle has been evolved. It is used in brewing and in the distillation of whisky.

Maltalent (n.) Ill will; malice.

Maltha (n.) A variety of bitumen, viscid and tenacious, like pitch, unctuous to the touch, and exhaling a bituminous odor.

Maltha (n.) Mortar.

Mathusian (n.) A follower of Malthus.

Malthusianism (n.) The system of Malthusian doctrines relating to population.

Maltin (n.) Alt. of Maltine

Maltine (n.) The fermentative principle of malt; malt diastase; also, a name given to various medicinal preparations made from or containing malt.

Malting (n.) The process of making, or of becoming malt.

Maltman (n.) A man whose occupation is to make malt.

Maltose (n.) A crystal

Maltreament (n.) Ill treatment; ill usage; abuse.

Maltster (n.) A maltman.

Maltworm (n.) A tippler.

Malum (n.) An evil. See Mala.

Malversation (n.) Evil conduct; fraudulent practices; misbehavior, corruption, or extortion in office.

Malvesie (n.) Malmsey wine. See Malmsey.

Mam (n.) Mamma.

Mama (n.) See Mamma.

Mamaluke (n.) Same as Mameluke.

Mamelon (n.) A rounded hillock; a rounded elevation or protuberance.

Mameluco (n.) A child born of a white father and Indian mother.

Mameluke (n.) One of a body of mounted soldiers recruited from slaves converted to Mohammedanism, who, during several centuries, had more or less control of the government of Egypt, until exterminated or dispersed by Mehemet Ali in 1811.

Mamma (n.) Mother; -- word of tenderness and familiarity.

Mamma (n.) A glandular organ for secreting milk, characteristic of all mammals, but usually rudimentary in the male; a mammary gland; a breast; under; bag.

Mammal (n.) One of the Mammalia.

Mammalogist (n.) One versed in mammalogy.

Mammalogy (n.) The science which relates to mammals or the Mammalia. See Mammalia.

Mammee (n.) A fruit tree of tropical America, belonging to the genus Mammea (M. Americana); also, its fruit. The latter is large, covered with a thick, tough ring, and contains a bright yellow pulp of a pleasant taste and fragrant scent. It is often called mammee apple.

Mammet (n.) An idol; a puppet; a doll.

Mammetry (n.) See Mawmetry.

Mammifer (n.) A mammal. See Mammalia.

Mammilla (n.) The nipple.

Mammock (n.) A shapeless piece; a fragment.

Mammodis (n.) Coarse plain India muslins.

Mammology (n.) Mastology. See Mammalogy.

Mammon (n.) Riches; wealth; the god of riches; riches, personified.

Mammonism (n.) Devotion to the pursuit of wealth; world

Mammonist (n.) A mammonite.

Mammonite (n.) One devoted to the acquisition of wealth or the service of Mammon.

Mammonization (n.) The process of making mammonish; the state of being under the influence of mammonism.

Mammoth (n.) An extinct, hairy, maned elephant (Elephas primigenius), of enormous size, remains of which are found in the northern parts of both continents. The last of the race, in Europe, were coeval with prehistoric man.

Mammothrept (n.) A child brought up by its grandmother; a spoiled child.

Mammy (n.) A child's name for mamma, mother.

Mamzer (n.) A person born of relations between whom marriage was forbidden by the Mosaic law; a bastard.

Man (n.) A human being; -- opposed tobeast.

Man (n.) Especially: An adult male person; a grown-up male person, as distinguished from a woman or a child.

Man (n.) The human race; mankind.

Man (n.) The male portion of the human race.

Man (n.) One possessing in a high degree the distinctive qualities of manhood; one having manly excellence of any kind.

Man (n.) An adult male servant; also, a vassal; a subject.

Man (n.) A term of familiar address often implying on the part of the speaker some degree of authority, impatience, or haste; as, Come, man, we 've no time to lose!

Man (n.) A married man; a husband; -- correlative to wife.

Man (n.) One, or any one, indefinitely; -- a modified survival of the Saxon use of man, or mon, as an indefinite pronoun.

Man (n.) One of the piece with which certain games, as chess or draughts, are played.

Manacle (n.) A handcuff; a shackle for the hand or wrist; -- usually in the plural.

Manage (n.) The handling or government of anything, but esp. of a horse; management; administration. See Manege.

Manage (n.) To have under control and direction; to conduct; to guide; to administer; to treat; to handle.

Manage (n.) Hence: Esp., to guide by careful or delicate treatment; to wield with address; to make subservient by artful conduct; to bring around cunningly to one's plans.

Manage (n.) To train in the manege, as a horse; to exercise in graceful or artful action.

Manage (n.) To treat with care; to husband.

Manage (n.) To bring about; to contrive.

Manageability (n.) The state or quality of being manageable; manageableness.

Manager (n.) One who manages; a conductor or director; as, the manager of a theater.

Manager (n.) A person who conducts business or household affairs with economy and frugality; a good economist.

Manager (n.) A contriver; an intriguer.

Managership (n.) The office or position of a manager.

Managery (n.) Management; manner of using; conduct; direction.

Managery (n.) Husbandry; economy; frugality.

Manakin (n.) Any one of numerous small birds belonging to Pipra, Manacus, and other genera of the family Pipridae. They are mostly natives of Central and South America. some are bright-colored, and others have the wings and tail curiously ornamented. The name is sometimes applied to related birds of other families.

Manakin (n.) A dwarf. See Manikin.

Manatee (n.) Any species of Trichechus, a genus of sirenians; -- called alsosea cow.

Manation (n.) The act of issuing or flowing out.

Manbote (n.) A sum paid to a lord as a pecuniary compensation for killing his man (that is, his vassal, servant, or tenant).

Manca (n.) See Mancus.

Manche (n.) A sleeve.

Manchet (n.) Fine white bread; a loaf of fine bread.

Manchineel (n.) A euphorbiaceous tree (Hippomane Mancinella) of tropical America, having a poisonous and blistering milky juice, and poisonous acrid fruit somewhat resembling an apple.

Manchu (n.) A native or inhabitant of Manchuria; also, the language spoken by the Manchus.

Mancipation (n.) Slavery; involuntary servitude.

Manciple (n.) A steward; a purveyor, particularly of a college or Inn of Court.

Mancus (n.) An old Anglo Saxon coin both of gold and silver, and of variously estimated values. The silver mancus was equal to about one shilling of modern English money.

Mand (n.) A demand.

Mandamus (n.) A writ issued by a superior court and directed to some inferior tribunal, or to some corporation or person exercising authority, commanding the performance of some specified duty.

Mandarin (n.) A Chinese public officer or nobleman; a civil or military official in China and Annam.

Mandarin (n.) A small orange, with easily separable rind. It is thought to be of Chinese origin, and is counted a distinct species (Citrus nobilis)mandarin orange; tangerine --.

Mandarinate (n.) The collective body of officials or persons of rank in China.

Mandarining (n.) The process of giving an orange color to goods formed of animal tissue, as silk or wool, not by coloring matter, but by producing a certain change in the fiber by the action of dilute nitric acid.

Mandarinism (n.) A government mandarins; character or spirit of the mandarins.

Mandatary (n.) One to whom a command or charge is given; hence, specifically, a person to whom the pope has, by his prerogative, given a mandate or order for his benefice.

Mandatary (n.) One who undertakes to discharge a specific business commission; a mandatory.

Mandate (n.) An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.

Mandate (n.) A rescript of the pope, commanding an ordinary collator to put the person therein named in possession of the first vacant benefice in his collation.

Mandate (n.) A contract by which one employs another to manage any business for him. By the Roman law, it must have been gratuitous.

Mandator (n.) A director; one who gives a mandate or order.

Mandator (n.) The person who employs another to perform a mandate.

Mandatory (n.) Same as Mandatary.

Mandelate (n.) A salt of mandelic acid.

Manderil (n.) A mandrel.

Mandible (n.) The bone, or principal bone, of the lower jaw; the inferior maxilla; -- also applied to either the upper or the lower jaw in the beak of birds.

Mandible (n.) The anterior pair of mouth organs of insects, crustaceaus, and related animals, whether adapted for biting or not. See Illust. of Diptera.

Mandibular (n.) The principal mandibular bone; the mandible.

Mandibulate (n.) An insect having mandibles.

Mandil (n.) A loose outer garment worn the 16th and 17th centuries.

Mandilion (n.) See Mandil.

Mandioc (n.) Alt. of Mandioca

Mandioca (n.) See Manioc.

Mandlestone (n.) Amygdaloid.

Mandment (n.) Commandment.

Mandolin (n.) Alt. of Mando


Mandore (n.) A kind of four-stringed lute.

Mandragora (n.) A genus of plants; the mandrake. See Mandrake, 1.

Mandragorite (n.) One who habitually intoxicates himself with a narcotic obtained from mandrake.

Mandrake (n.) A low plant (Mandragora officinarum) of the Nightshade family, having a fleshy root, often forked, and supposed to resemble a man. It was therefore supposed to have animal life, and to cry out when pulled up. All parts of the plant are strongly narcotic. It is found in the Mediterranean region.

Mandrake (n.) The May apple (Podophyllum peltatum). See May apple under May, and Podophyllum.

Mandrel (n.) A bar of metal inserted in the work to shape it, or to hold it, as in a lathe, during the process of manufacture; an arbor.

Mandrel (n.) The live spindle of a turning lathe; the revolving arbor of a circular saw. It is usually driven by a pulley.

Mandrill (n.) a large West African baboon (Cynocephalus, / Papio, mormon). The adult male has, on the sides of the nose, large, naked, grooved swellings, conspicuously striped with blue and red.

Manducation (n.) The act of chewing.

Manducus (n.) A grotesque mask, representing a person chewing or grimacing, worn in processions and by comic actors on the stage.

Mane (n.) The long and heavy hair growing on the upper side of, or about, the neck of some quadrupedal animals, as the horse, the lion, etc. See Illust. of Horse.

Man-eater (n.) One who, or that which, has an appetite for human flesh; specifically, one of certain large sharks (esp. Carcharodon Rondeleti); also, a lion or a tiger which has acquired the habit of feeding upon human flesh.

Manege (n.) Art of horsemanship, or of training horses.

Manege (n.) A school for teaching horsemanship, and for training horses.

Maneh (n.) A Hebrew weight for gold or silver, being one hundred shekels of gold and sixty shekels of silver.

Manequin (n.) An artist's model of wood or other material.

Manesheet (n.) A covering placed over the upper part of a horse's head.

Maneuver (n.) Alt. of Manoeuvre

Manoeuvre (n.) Management; dexterous movement; specif., a military or naval evolution, movement, or change of position.

Manoeuvre (n.) Management with address or artful design; adroit proceeding; stratagem.

Maneuver (n.) Alt. of Manoeuvre

Manoeuvre (n.) To perform a movement or movements in military or naval tactics; to make changes in position with reference to getting advantage in attack or defense.

Manoeuvre (n.) To manage with address or art; to scheme.

Maneuverer (n.) Alt. of Manoeuvrer

Manoeuvrer (n.) One who maneuvers.

Mamgabey (n.) Any one of several African monkeys of the genus Cercocebus, as the sooty mangabey (C. fuliginosus), which is sooty black.

Mangan (n.) See Mangonel.

Manganate (n.) A salt of manganic acid.

Manganesate (n.) A manganate.

Manganese (n.) An element obtained by reduction of its oxide, as a hard, grayish white metal, fusible with difficulty, but easily oxidized. Its ores occur abundantly in nature as the minerals pyrolusite, manganite, etc. Symbol Mn. Atomic weight 54.8.

Manganesium (n.) Manganese.

Manganite (n.) One of the oxides of manganese; -- called also gray manganese ore. It occurs in brilliant steel-gray or iron-black crystals, also massive.

Manganite (n.) A compound of manganese dioxide with a metallic oxide; so called as though derived from the hypothetical manganous acid.

Manganium (n.) Manganese.

Mangcorn (n.) A mixture of wheat and rye, or other species of grain.

Mange (n.) The scab or itch in cattle, dogs, and other beasts.

Mangel-wurzel (n.) A kind of large field beet (B. macrorhiza), used as food for cattle, -- by some considered a mere variety of the ordinary beet. See Beet.

Manger (n.) A trough or open box in which fodder is placed for horses or cattle to eat.

Manger (n.) The fore part of the deck, having a bulkhead athwart ships high enough to prevent water which enters the hawse holes from running over it.

Manginess (n.) The condition or quality of being mangy.

Mangle (n.) A machine for smoothing

Mangle (n.) To smooth with a mangle, as damp

Mangler (n.) One who mangles or tears in cutting; one who mutilates any work in doing it.

Mangler (n.) One who smooths with a mangle.

Mango (n.) The fruit of the mango tree. It is rather larger than an apple, and of an ovoid shape. Some varieties are fleshy and luscious, and others tough and tasting of turpentine. The green fruit is pickled for market.

Mango (n.) A green muskmelon stuffed and pickled.

Mangoldwurzel (n.) See Mangel-wurzel.

Mangonel (n.) A military engine formerly used for throwing stones and javelins.

Mangonism (n.) The art of mangonizing, or setting off to advantage.

Mangonist (n.) One who mangonizes.

Mangonist (n.) A slave dealer; also, a strumpet.

Mangosteen (n.) Alt. of Mangostan

Mangostan (n.) A tree of the East Indies of the genus Garcinia (G. Mangostana). The tree grows to the height of eighteen feet, and bears fruit also called mangosteen, of the size of a small apple, the pulp of which is very delicious food.

Mangrove (n.) The name of one or two trees of the genus Rhizophora (R. Mangle, and R. mucronata, the last doubtfully distinct) inhabiting muddy shores of tropical regions, where they spread by emitting aerial roots, which fasten in the sa

Mangrove (n.) The mango fish.

Mangue (n.) The kusimanse.

Manhaden (n.) See Menhaden.

Manhead (n.) Manhood.

Manhole (n.) A hole through which a man may descend or creep into a drain, sewer, steam boiler, parts of machinery, etc., for cleaning or repairing.

Manhood (n.) The state of being man as a human being, or man as distinguished from a child or a woman.

Manhood (n.) Manly quality; courage; bravery; resolution.

Mania (n.) Violent derangement of mind; madness; insanity. Cf. Delirium.

Mania (n.) Excessive or unreasonable desire; insane passion affecting one or many people; as, the tulip mania.

Maniac (n.) A raving lunatic; a madman.

Manichaean (n.) Alt. of Manichee

Manichean (n.) Alt. of Manichee

Manichee (n.) A believer in the doctrines of Manes, a Persian of the third century A. D., who taught a dualism in which Light is regarded as the source of Good, and Darkness as the source of Evil.

Manichaeism (n.) Alt. of Manicheism

Manicheism (n.) The doctrines taught, or system of principles maintained, by the Manichaeans.

Manicheist (n.) Manichaean.

Manicure (n.) A person who makes a business of taking care of people's hands, especially their nails.

Manid (n.) Any species of the genus Manis, or family Manidae.

Manie (n.) Mania; insanity.

Manifestation (n.) The act of manifesting or disclosing, or the state of being manifested; discovery to the eye or to the understanding; also, that which manifests; exhibition; display; revelation; as, the manifestation of God's power in creation.

Manifestness (n.) The quality or state of being manifest; obviousness.

Manifold (n.) A copy of a writing made by the manifold process.

Manifold (n.) A cylindrical pipe fitting, having a number of lateral outlets, for connecting one pipe with several others.

Manifold (n.) The third stomach of a ruminant animal.

Manifoldness (n.) Multiplicity.

Manifoldness (n.) A generalized concept of magnitude.

Maniglion (n.) Either one of two handles on the back of a piece of ordnance.

Manihoc (n.) Alt. of Manihot

Manihot (n.) See Manioc.

Manikin (n.) A little man; a dwarf; a pygmy; a manakin.

Manikin (n.) A model of the human body, made of papier-mache or other material, commonly in detachable pieces, for exhibiting the different parts and organs, their relative position, etc.

Manilio (n.) See Manilla, 1.

Manilla (n.) A ring worn upon the arm or leg as an ornament, especially among the tribes of Africa.

Manilla (n.) A piece of copper of the shape of a horseshoe, used as money by certain tribes of the west coast of Africa.

Manille (n.) See 1st Manilla, 1.

Manioc (n.) The tropical plants (Manihot utilissima, and M. Aipi), from which cassava and tapioca are prepared; also, cassava.

Manipulation (n.) The act or process of manipulating, or the state of being manipulated; the act of handling work by hand; use of the hands, in an artistic or skillful manner, in science or art.

Manipulation (n.) The use of the hands in mesmeric operations.

Manipulation (n.) Artful management; as, the manipulation of political bodies; sometimes, a management or treatment for purposes of deception or fraud.

Manipulator (n.) One who manipulates.

Manis (n.) A genus of edentates, covered with large, hard, triangular scales, with sharp edges that overlap each other like tiles on a roof. They inhabit the warmest parts of Asia and Africa, and feed on ants. Called also Scaly anteater. See Pangolin.

Manito (n.) Alt. of Manitu

Manitou (n.) Alt. of Manitu

Manitu (n.) A name given by tribes of American Indians to a great spirit, whether good or evil, or to any object of worship.

Manitrunk (n.) The anterior segment of the thorax in insects. See Insect.

Mankind (n.) The human race; man, taken collectively.

Mankind (n.) Men, as distinguished from women; the male portion of human race.

Mankind (n.) Human feelings; humanity.

Manks (n.) The language spoken in the Isle of Man. See Manx.


Manling (n.) A little man.

Manna (n.) The food supplied to the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness of Arabia; hence, divinely supplied food.

Manna (n.) A name given to lichens of the genus Lecanora, sometimes blown into heaps in the deserts of Arabia and Africa, and gathered and used as food.

Manna (n.) A sweetish exudation in the form of pale yellow friable flakes, coming from several trees and shrubs and used in medicine as a gentle laxative, as the secretion of Fraxinus Ornus, and F. rotundifolia, the manna ashes of Southern Europe.

Manner (n.) Mode of action; way of performing or effecting anything; method; style; form; fashion.

Manner (n.) Characteristic mode of acting, conducting, carrying one's self, or the like; bearing; habitual style.

Manner (n.) Customary method of acting; habit.

Manner (n.) Carriage; behavior; deportment; also, becoming behavior; well-bred carriage and address.

Manner (n.) The style of writing or thought of an author; characteristic peculiarity of an artist.

Manner (n.) Certain degree or measure; as, it is in a manner done already.

Manner (n.) Sort; kind; style; -- in this application sometimes having the sense of a plural, sorts or kinds.

Mannerism (n.) Adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic mode of action, bearing, or treatment, carried to excess, especially in literature or art.

Mannerist (n.) One addicted to mannerism; a person who, in action, bearing, or treatment, carries characteristic peculiarities to excess. See citation under Mannerism.


Mannide (n.) A white amorphous or crystal

Mannitan (n.) A white amorphous or crystal

Mannitate (n.) A salt of mannitic acid.

Mannite (n.) A white crystal

Mannite (n.) A sweet white efflorescence from dried fronds of kelp, especially from those of the Laminaria saccharina, or devil's apron.

Mannitol (n.) The technical name of mannite. See Mannite.

Mannitose (n.) A variety of sugar obtained by the partial oxidation of mannite, and closely resembling levulose.

Manometer (n.) An instrument for measuring the tension or elastic force of gases, steam, etc., constructed usually on the principle of allowing the gas to exert its elastic force in raising a column of mercury in an open tube, or in compressing a portion of air or other gas in a closed tube with mercury or other liquid intervening, or in bending a metallic or other spring so as to set in motion an index; a pressure gauge. See Pressure, and Illust. of Air pump.

Manor (n.) The land belonging to a lord or nobleman, or so much land as a lord or great personage kept in his own hands, for the use and subsistence of his family.

Manor (n.) A tract of land occupied by tenants who pay a free-farm rent to the proprietor, sometimes in kind, and sometimes by performing certain stipulated services.

Manoscope (n.) Same as Manometer.

Manoscopy (n.) The science of the determination of the density of vapors and gases.

Manovery (n.) A contrivance or maneuvering to catch game illegally.

Manqueller (n.) A killer of men; a manslayer.

Manred (n.) Alt. of Manrent

Manrent (n.) Homage or service rendered to a superior, as to a lord; vassalage.

Manrope (n.) One of the side ropes to the gangway of a ship.

Manse (n.) A dwelling house, generally with land attached.

Manse (n.) The parsonage; a clergyman's house.

Manservant (n.) A male servant.

Mansion (n.) A dwelling place, -- whether a part or whole of a house or other shelter.

Mansion (n.) The house of the lord of a manor; a manor house; hence: Any house of considerable size or pretension.

Mansion (n.) A twelfth part of the heavens; a house. See 1st House, 8.

Mansion (n.) The place in the heavens occupied each day by the moon in its monthly revolution.

Mansionry (n.) The state of dwelling or residing; occupancy as a dwelling place.

Manslaughter (n.) The slaying of a human being; destruction of men.

Manslaughter (n.) The unlawful killing of a man, either in negligenc/ or incidentally to the commission of some unlawful act, but without specific malice, or upon a sudden excitement of anger.

Manslayer (n.) One who kills a human being; one who commits manslaughter.

Manstealer (n.) A person who steals or kidnaps a human being or beings.

Manstealing (n.) The act or business of stealing or kidnaping human beings, especially with a view to e/slave them.

Mansuetude (n.) Tameness; gentleness; mildness.

Manta (n.) See Coleoptera and Sea devil.

Manteau (n.) A woman's cloak or mantle.

Manteau (n.) A gown worn by women.

Mantel (n.) The finish around a fireplace, covering the chimney-breast in front and sometimes on both sides; especially, a shelf above the fireplace, and its supports.

Mantelet (n.) A short cloak formerly worn by knights.

Mantelet (n.) A short cloak or mantle worn by women.

Mantelet (n.) A musket-proof shield of rope, wood, or metal, which is sometimes used for the protection of sappers or riflemen while attacking a fortress, or of gunners at embrasures; -- now commonly written mantlet.

Mantelpiece (n.) Same as Mantel.

Mantelshelf (n.) The shelf of a mantel.

Manteltree (n.) The lintel of a fireplace when of wood, as frequently in early houses.

Mantilla (n.) A lady's light cloak of cape of silk, velvet, lace, or the like.

Mantilla (n.) A kind of veil, covering the head and falling down upon the shoulders; -- worn in Spain, Mexico, etc.

Mantis (n.) Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus Mantis, and allied genera. They are remarkable for their slender grotesque forms, and for holding their stout anterior legs in a manner suggesting hands folded in prayer. The common American species is M. Carolina.

Mantispid (n.) Any neuropterous insect of the genus Mantispa, and allied genera. The larvae feed on plant lice. Also used adjectively. See Illust. under Neuroptera.

Mantissa (n.) The decimal part of a logarithm, as distinguished from the integral part, or characteristic.

Mantle (n.) A loose garment to be worn over other garments; an enveloping robe; a cloak. Hence, figuratively, a covering or concealing envelope.

Mantle (n.) Same as Mantling.

Mantle (n.) The external fold, or folds, of the soft, exterior membrane of the body of a mollusk. It usually forms a cavity inclosing the gills. See Illusts. of Buccinum, and Byssus.

Mantle (n.) Any free, outer membrane.

Mantle (n.) The back of a bird together with the folded wings.

Mantle (n.) A mantel. See Mantel.

Mantle (n.) The outer wall and casing of a blast furnace, above the hearth.

Mantle (n.) A penstock for a water wheel.

Mantlet (n.) See Mantelet.

Mantling (n.) The representation of a mantle, or the drapery behind and around a coat of arms: -- called also lambrequin.

Manto (n.) See Manteau.

Mantologist (n.) One who is skilled in mantology; a diviner.

Mantology (n.) The act or art of divination.

Mantra (n.) A prayer; an invocation; a religious formula; a charm.

Mantrap (n.) A trap for catching trespassers.

Mantrap (n.) A dangerous place, as an open hatch, into which one may fall.

Mantua (n.) A superior kind of rich silk formerly exported from Mantua in Italy.

Mantua (n.) A woman's cloak or mantle; also, a woman's gown.

Mantuamaker (n.) One who makes dresses, cloaks, etc., for women; a dressmaker.

Mantuan (n.) A native or inhabitant of Mantua.

Manu (n.) One of a series of progenitors of human beings, and authors of human wisdom.

Manualist (n.) One who works with the hands; an artificer.

Manuary (n.) An artificer.

Manubrium (n.) A handlelike process or part; esp., the anterior segment of the sternum, or presternum, and the handlelike process of the malleus.

Manubrium (n.) The proboscis of a jellyfish; -- called also hypostoma. See Illust. of Hydromedusa.

Manucode (n.) Any bird of the genus Manucodia, of Australia and New Guinea. They are related to the bird of paradise.

Manuducent (n.) One who leads by the hand; a manuductor.

Manuduction (n.) Guidance by the hand.

Manductor (n.) A conductor; an officer in the ancient church who gave the signal for the choir to sing, and who beat time with the hand, and regulated the music.

Manufactory (n.) Manufacture.

Manufactory (n.) A building or place where anything is manufactured; a factory.

Manufacture (n.) The operation of making wares or any products by hand, by machinery, or by other agency.

Manufacture (n.) Anything made from raw materials by the hand, by machinery, or by art, as cloths, iron utensils, shoes, machinery, saddlery, etc.

Manufacturer (n.) One who manufactures.

Manul (n.) A wild cat (Felis manul), having long, soft, light-colored fur. It is found in the mountains of Central Asia, and dwells among rocks.

Manumission (n.) The act of manumitting, or of liberating a slave from bondage.

Manumotor (n.) A small wheel carriage, so constructed that a person sitting in it may move it.

Manurage (n.) Cultivation.

Manurance (n.) Cultivation.

Manure (n.) Any matter which makes land productive; a fertilizing substance, as the contents of stables and barnyards, dung, decaying animal or vegetable substances, etc.

Manurement (n.) Cultivation.

Manurer (n.) One who manures land.

Manuring (n.) The act of process of applying manure; also, the manure applied.

Manus (n.) The distal segment of the fore limb, including the carpus and fore foot or hand.

Manutenency (n.) Maintenance.

Manway (n.) A small passageway, as in a mine, that a man may pass through.

Manx (n.) The language of the inhabitants of the Isle of Man, a dialect of the Celtic.

Many (n.) A retinue of servants; a household.

Manyplies (n.) The third division, or that between the reticulum, or honeycomb stomach, and the abomasum, or rennet stomach, in the stomach of ruminants; the omasum; the psalterium. So called from the numerous folds in its mucous membrane. See Illust of Ruminant.

Manzanita (n.) A name given to several species of Arctostaphylos, but mostly to A. glauca and A. pungens, shrubs of California, Oregon, etc., with reddish smooth bark, ovate or oval coriaceous evergreen leaves, and bearing clusters of red berries, which are said to be a favorite food of the grizzly bear.

Maori (n.) One of the aboriginal inhabitants of New Zealand; also, the original language of New Zealand.

Map (n.) A representation of the surface of the earth, or of some portion of it, showing the relative position of the parts represented; -- usually on a flat surface. Also, such a representation of the celestial sphere, or of some part of it.

Map (n.) Anything which represents graphically a succession of events, states, or acts; as, an historical map.

Mapach (n.) The raccoon.

Maple (n.) A tree of the genus Acer, including about fifty species. A. saccharinum is the rock maple, or sugar maple, from the sap of which sugar is made, in the United States, in great quantities, by evaporation; the red or swamp maple is A. rubrum; the silver maple, A. dasycarpum, having fruit wooly when young; the striped maple, A. Pennsylvanium, called also moosewood. The common maple of Europe is A. campestre, the sycamore maple is A. Pseudo-platanus, and the Norway maple is A. platano>

Mappery (n.) The making, or study, of maps.

Maqui (n.) A Chilian shrub (Aristotelia Maqui). Its bark furnishes strings for musical instruments, and a medicinal wine is made from its berries.

Mar (n.) A small lake. See Mere.

Mar (n.) A mark or blemish made by bruising, scratching, or the like; a disfigurement.

Mara (n.) The principal or ruling evil spirit.

Mara (n.) A female demon who torments people in sleep by crouching on their chests or stomachs, or by causing terrifying visions.

Mara (n.) The Patagonian cavy (Dolichotis Patagonicus).

Marabou (n.) A large stork of the genus Leptoptilos (formerly Ciconia), esp. the African species (L. crumenifer), which furnishes plumes worn as ornaments. The Asiatic species (L. dubius, or L. argala) is the adjutant. See Adjutant.

Marabou (n.) One having five eighths negro blood; the offspring of a mulatto and a griffe.

Marabout (n.) A Mohammedan saint; especially, one who claims to work cures supernaturally.

Maracan (n.) A macaw.

Marai (n.) A sacred inclosure or temple; -- so called by the islanders of the Pacific Ocean.

Maranatha (n.) "Our Lord cometh;" -- an expression used by St. Paul at the conclusion of his first Epistle to the Corinthians (xvi. 22). This word has been used in anathematizing persons for great crimes; as much as to say, "May the Lord come quickly to take vengeance of thy crimes." See Anathema maranatha, under Anathema.

Maranta (n.) A genus of endogenous plants found in tropical America, and some species also in India. They have tuberous roots containing a large amount of starch, and from one species (Maranta arundinacea) arrowroot is obtained. Many kinds are cultivated for ornament.

Maraschino (n.) A liqueur distilled from fermented cherry juice, and flavored with the pit of a variety of cherry which grows in Dalmatia.

Marasmus (n.) A wasting of flesh without fever or apparent disease; a kind of consumption; atrophy; phthisis.

Maraud (n.) An excursion for plundering.

Maravedi (n.) A small copper coin of Spain, equal to three mils American money, less than a farthing sterling. Also, an ancient Spanish gold coin.

Marble (n.) A massive, compact limestone; a variety of calcite, capable of being polished and used for architectural and ornamental purposes. The color varies from white to black, being sometimes yellow, red, and green, and frequently beautifully veined or clouded. The name is also given to other rocks of like use and appearance, as serpentine or verd antique marble, and less properly to polished porphyry, granite, etc.

Marble (n.) A thing made of, or resembling, marble, as a work of art, or record, in marble; or, in the plural, a collection of such works; as, the Arundel or Arundelian marbles; the Elgin marbles.

Marble (n.) A little ball of marble, or of some other hard substance, used as a plaything by children; or, in the plural, a child's game played with marbles.

Marble (n.) To stain or vein like marble; to variegate in color; as, to marble the edges of a book, or the surface of paper.

Marbler (n.) One who works upon marble or other stone.

Marbler (n.) One who colors or stains in imitation of marble.

Marbling (n.) The art or practice of variegating in color, in imitation of marble.

Marbling (n.) An intermixture of fat and lean in meat, giving it a marbled appearance.

Marbling (n.) Distinct markings resembling the variegations of marble, as on birds and insects.

Marbrinus (n.) A cloth woven so as to imitate the appearance of marble; -- much used in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Marc (n.) The refuse matter which remains after the pressure of fruit, particularly of grapes.

Marc (n.) A weight of various commodities, esp. of gold and silver, used in different European countries. In France and Holland it was equal to eight ounces.

Marc (n.) A coin formerly current in England and Scotland, equal to thirteen shillings and four pence.

Marc (n.) A German coin and money of account. See Mark.

Marcantant (n.) A merchant.

Marcasite (n.) A sulphide of iron resembling pyrite or common iron pyrites in composition, but differing in form; white iron pyrites.

Marcassin (n.) A young wild boar.


March (n.) The third month of the year, containing thirty-one days.

March (n.) A territorial border or frontier; a region adjacent to a boundary

March (n.) The act of marching; a movement of soldiers from one stopping place to another; military progress; advance of troops.

March (n.) Hence: Measured and regular advance or movement, like that of soldiers moving in order; stately or deliberate walk; steady onward movement.

March (n.) The distance passed over in marching; as, an hour's march; a march of twenty miles.

March (n.) A piece of music designed or fitted to accompany and guide the movement of troops; a piece of music in the march form.

Macher (n.) One who marches.

Marcher (n.) The lord or officer who defended the marches or borders of a territory.

Marchet (n.) Alt. of Merchet

Merchet (n.) In old English and in Scots law, a fine paid to the lord of the soil by a tenant upon the marriage of one the tenant's daughters.

Marchioness (n.) The wife or the widow of a marquis; a woman who has the rank and dignity of a marquis.

Marchman (n.) A person living in the marches between England and Scotland or Wales.

Marchpane (n.) A kind of sweet bread or biscuit; a cake of pounded almonds and sugar.

March-ward (n.) A warden of the marches; a marcher.

Marcidity (n.) The state or quality of being withered or lean.

Marcionite (n.) A follower of Marcion, a Gnostic of the second century, who adopted the Oriental notion of the two conflicting principles, and imagined that between them there existed a third power, neither wholly good nor evil, the Creator of the world and of man, and the God of the Jewish dispensation.

Marcobrunner (n.) A celebrated Rhine wine.

Marcor (n.) A wasting away of flesh; decay.

Marcosian (n.) One of a Gnostic sect of the second century, so called from Marcus, an Egyptian, who was reputed to be a margician.

Mardi gras (n.) The last day of Carnival; Shrove Tuesday; -- in some cities a great day of carnival and merrymaking.

Mare (n.) The female of the horse and other equine quadrupeds.

Mare (n.) Sighing, suffocative panting, intercepted utterance, with a sense of pressure across the chest, occurring during sleep; the incubus; -- obsolete, except in the compound nightmare.

Mareis (n.) A Marsh.

Marena (n.) A European whitefish of the genus Coregonus.

Mareschal (n.) A military officer of high rank; a marshal.

Mare's-nest (n.) A supposed discovery which turns out to be a hoax; something grosaly absurd.

Mare's-tail (n.) A long streaky cloud, spreading out like a horse's tail, and believed to indicate rain; a cirrus cloud. See Cloud.

Mare's-tail (n.) An aquatic plant of the genus Hippuris (H. vulgaris), having narrow leaves in whorls.

Margarate (n.) A compound of the so-called margaric acid with a base.

Margarin (n.) A fatty substance, extracted from animal fats and certain vegetable oils, formerly supposed to be a definite compound of glycerin and margaric acid, but now known to be simply a mixture or combination of tristearin and teipalmitin.

Margarite (n.) A pearl.

Margarite (n.) A mineral related to the micas, but low in silica and yielding brittle folia with pearly luster.

Margarodite (n.) A hidrous potash mica related to muscovite.

Margarone (n.) The ketone of margaric acid.

Margay (n.) An American wild cat (Felis tigrina), ranging from Mexico to Brazil. It is spotted with black. Called also long-tailed cat.

Marge (n.) Border; margin; edge; verge.

Margent (n.) A margin; border; brink; edge.

Margin (n.) A border; edge; brink; verge; as, the margin of a river or lake.

Margin (n.) Specifically: The part of a page at the edge left uncovered in writing or printing.

Margin (n.) The difference between the cost and the selling price of an article.

Margin (n.) Something allowed, or reserved, for that which can not be foreseen or known with certainty.

Margin (n.) Collateral security deposited with a broker to secure him from loss on contracts entered into by him on behalf of his principial, as in the speculative buying and selling of stocks, wheat, etc.

Marginate (n.) Having a margin distinct in appearance or structure.

Marginella (n.) A genus of small, polished, marine univalve shells, native of all warm seas.

Margosa (n.) A large tree of genus Melia (M. Azadirachta) found in India. Its bark is bitter, and used as a tonic. A valuable oil is expressed from its seeds, and a tenacious gum exudes from its trunk. The M. Azedarach is a much more showy tree, and is cultivated in the Southern United States, where it is known as Pride of India, Pride of China, or bead tree. Various parts of the tree are considered anthelmintic.

Margravate (n.) Alt. of Margraviate

Margraviate (n.) The territory or jurisdiction of a margrave.

Margrave (n.) Originally, a lord or keeper of the borders or marches in Germany.

Margrave (n.) The English equivalent of the German title of nobility, markgraf; a marquis.

Margravine (n.) The wife of a margrave.

Marguerite (n.) The daisy (Bellis perennis). The name is often applied also to the ox-eye daisy and to the China aster.

Mariet (n.) A kind of bellflower, Companula Trachelium, once called Viola Mariana; but it is not a violet.

Marigold (n.) A name for several plants with golden yellow blossoms, especially the Calendula officinalis (see Calendula), and the cultivated species of Tagetes.

Marikina (n.) A small marmoset (Midas rosalia); the silky tamarin.

Marimba (n.) A musical istrument of percussion, consisting of bars yielding musical tones when struck.

Marimonda (n.) A spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth) of Central and South America.

Marinade (n.) A brine or pickle containing wine and spices, for enriching the flavor of meat and fish.

Mariner (n.) One whose occupation is to assist in navigating ships; a seaman or sailor.

Marinership (n.) Seamanship.

Marinorama (n.) A representation of a sea view.

Mariolater (n.) One who worships the Virgin Mary.

Mariolatry (n.) The worship of the Virgin Mary.

Marionette (n.) A puppet moved by strings, as in a puppet show.

Marionette (n.) The buffel duck.

Mariput (n.) A species of civet; the zoril.

Marish (n.) Low, wet ground; a marsh; a fen; a bog; a moor.

Marjoram (n.) A genus of mintlike plants (Origanum) comprising about twenty-five species. The sweet marjoram (O. Majorana) is pecularly aromatic and fragrant, and much used in cookery. The wild marjoram of Europe and America is O. vulgare, far less fragrant than the other.

Mark (n.) A license of reprisals. See Marque.

Mark (n.) An old weight and coin. See Marc.

Mark (n.) The unit of monetary account of the German Empire, equal to 23.8 cents of United States money; the equivalent of one hundred pfennigs. Also, a silver coin of this value.

Mark (n.) A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp., a

Mark (n.) A character or device put on an article of merchandise by the maker to show by whom it was made; a trade-mark.

Mark (n.) A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a signature by one who can not write.

Mark (n.) A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a seamark, a landmark.

Mark (n.) A trace, dot,

Mark (n.) An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a permanent impression of one's activity or character.

Mark (n.) That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at; what one seeks to hit or reach.

Mark (n.) Attention, regard, or respect.

Mark (n.) Limit or standard of action or fact; as, to be within the mark; to come up to the mark.

Mark (n.) Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station.

Mark (n.) Preeminence; high position; as, particians of mark; a fellow of no mark.

Mark (n.) A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential.

Mark (n.) A number or other character used in registring; as, examination marks; a mark for tardiness.

Mark (n.) Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one's image; children; descendants.

Mark (n.) One of the bits of leather or colored bunting which are placed upon a sounding

Markee (n.) See Marquee.

Marker (n.) One who or that which marks.

Marker (n.) One who keeps account of a game played, as of billiards.

Marker (n.) A counter used in card playing and other games.

Marker (n.) The soldier who forms the pilot of a wheeling column, or marks the direction of an alignment.

Marker (n.) An attachment to a sewing machine for marking a

Market (n.) A meeting together of people, at a stated time and place, for the purpose of traffic (as in cattle, provisions, wares, etc.) by private purchase and sale, and not by auction; as, a market is held in the town every week.

Market (n.) A public place (as an open space in a town) or a large building, where a market is held; a market place or market house; esp., a place where provisions are sold.

Market (n.) An opportunity for selling anything; demand, as shown by price offered or obtainable; a town, region, or country, where the demand exists; as, to find a market for one's wares; there is no market for woolen cloths in that region; India is a market for English goods.

Market (n.) Exchange, or purchase and sale; traffic; as, a dull market; a slow market.

Market (n.) The price for which a thing is sold in a market; market price. Hence: Value; worth.

Market (n.) The privelege granted to a town of having a public market.

Marketableness (n.) Quality of being marketable.

Marketer (n.) One who attends a market to buy or sell; one who carries goods to market.

Marketing (n.) The act of selling or of purchasing in, or as in, a market.

Marketing (n.) Articles in, or from, a market; supplies.

Marketstead (n.) A market place.

Markhoor (n.) A large wild goat (Capra megaceros), having huge flattened spiral horns. It inhabits the mountains of Northern India and Cashmere.

Marking (n.) The act of one who, or that which, marks; the mark or marks made; arrangement or disposition of marks or coloring; as, the marking of a bird's plumage.

Markis (n.) A marquis.

Markisesse (n.) A marchioness.

Markman (n.) A marksman.

Marksman (n.) One skillful to hit a mark with a missile; one who shoots well.

Marksman (n.) One who makes his mark, instead of writing his name, in signing documents.

Marksmanship (n.) Skill of a marksman.

Marl (n.) A mixed earthy substance, consisting of carbonate of lime, clay, and sand, in very varivble proportions, and accordingly designated as calcareous, clayey, or sandy. See Greensand.

Marl (n.) To overspread or manure with marl; as, to marl a field.

Marlin (n.) The American great marbled godwit (Limosa fedoa). Applied also to the red-breasted godwit (Limosa haematica).

Marlite (n.) A variety of marl.

Marlpit (n.) Apit where marl is dug.

Marlstone (n.) A sandy calcareous straum, containing, or impregnated with, iron, and lying between the upper and lower Lias of England.

Marmalade (n.) A preserve or confection made of the pulp of fruit, as the quince, pear, apple, orange, etc., boiled with sugar, and brought to a jamlike consistence.

Marmalet (n.) See Marmalade.

Marmatite (n.) A ferruginous variety of shalerite or zinc blende, nearly black in color.

Marmolite (n.) A thin, laminated variety of serpentine, usually of a pale green color.

Marmoration (n.) A covering or incrusting with marble; a casing of marble; a variegating so as to resemble marble.

Marmorosis (n.) The metamorphism of limestone, that is, its conversion into marble.

Marmose (n.) A species of small opossum (Didelphus murina) ranging from Mexico to Brazil.

Marmoset (n.) Any one of numerous species of small South American monkeys of the genera Hapale and Midas, family Hapalidae. They have long soft fur, and a hairy, nonprehensile tail. They are often kept as pets. Called also squirrel monkey.

Marmot (n.) Any rodent of the genus Arctomys. The common European marmot (A. marmotta) is about the size of a rabbit, and inhabits the higher regions of the Alps and Pyrenees. The bobac is another European species. The common American species (A. monax) is the woodchuck.

Marmot (n.) Any one of several species of ground squirrels or gophers of the genus Spermophilus; also, the prairie dog.

Marmozet (n.) See Marmoset.

Marone (n.) See Maroon, the color.

Maronite (n.) One of a body of nominal Christians, who speak the Arabic language, and reside on Mount Lebanon and in different parts of Syria. They take their name from one Maron of the 6th century.

Maroon (n.) In the West Indies and Guiana, a fugitive slave, or a free negro, living in the mountains.

Maroon (n.) A brownish or dull red of any description, esp. of a scarlet cast rather than approaching crimson or purple.

Maroon (n.) An explosive shell. See Marron, 3.

Marplot (n.) One who, by his officious /nterference, mars or frustrates a design or plot.

Marque (n.) A license to pass the limits of a jurisdiction, or boundary of a country, for the purpose of making reprisals.

Marquee (n.) A large field tent; esp., one adapted to the use of an officer of high rank.

Marquess (n.) A marquis.

Marquetry (n.) Inlaid work; work inlaid with pieces of wood, shells, ivory, and the like, of several colors.

Marquis (n.) A nobleman in England, France, and Germany, of a rank next below that of duke. Originally, the marquis was an officer whose duty was to guard the marches or frontiers of the kingdom. The office has ceased, and the name is now a mere title conferred by patent.

Marquisate (n.) The seigniory, dignity, or lordship of a marquis; the territory governed by a marquis.

Marquisdom (n.) A marquisate.

Marquise (n.) The wife of a marquis; a marchioness.

Marquisship (n.) A marquisate.

Marram (n.) A coarse grass found on sandy beaches (Ammophila arundinacea). See Beach grass, under Beach.

Marrer (n.) One who mars or injures.

Marriageability (n.) The quality or state of being marriageable.

Marrier (n.) One who marries.

Marrot (n.) The razor-billed auk. See Auk.

Marrot (n.) The common guillemot.

Marrot (n.) The puffin.

Marrow (n.) The tissue which fills the cavities of most bones; the medulla. In the larger cavities it is commonly very fatty, but in the smaller cavities it is much less fatty, and red or reddish in color.

Marrow (n.) The essence; the best part.

Marrow (n.) One of a pair; a match; a companion; an intimate associate.

Marrowbone (n.) A bone containing marrow; pl. ludicrously, knee bones or knees; as, to get down on one's marrowbones, i. e., to kneel.

Marrowfat (n.) A rich but late variety of pea.

Marrubium (n.) A genus of bitter aromatic plants, sometimes used in medicine; hoarhound.

Mars (n.) The god of war and husbandry.

Mars (n.) One of the planets of the solar system, the fourth in order from the sun, or the next beyond the earth, having a diameter of about 4,200 miles, a period of 687 days, and a mean distance of 141,000,000 miles. It is conspicuous for the redness of its light.

Mars (n.) The metallic element iron, the symbol of which / was the same as that of the planet Mars.

Marsala (n.) A kind of wine exported from Marsala in Sicily.

Marsdenia (n.) A genus of plants of the Milkweed family, mostly woody climbers with fragrant flowers, several species of which furnish valuable fiber, and one species (Marsdenia tinctoria) affords indigo.

Marseilles (n.) A general term for certain kinds of fabrics, which are formed of two series of threads interlacing each other, thus forming double cloth, quilted in the loom; -- so named because first made in Marseilles, France.

Marsh (n.) A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass.

Marshal (n.) Originally, an officer who had the care of horses; a groom.

Marshal (n.) An officer of high rank, charged with the arrangement of ceremonies, the conduct of operations, or the like

Marshal (n.) One who goes before a prince to declare his coming and provide entertainment; a harbinger; a pursuivant.

Marshal (n.) One who regulates rank and order at a feast or any other assembly, directs the order of procession, and the like.

Marshal (n.) The chief officer of arms, whose duty it was, in ancient times, to regulate combats in the lists.

Marshal (n.) The highest military officer.

Marshal (n.) A ministerial officer, appointed for each judicial district of the United States, to execute the process of the courts of the United States, and perform various duties, similar to those of a sheriff. The name is also sometimes applied to certain police officers of a city.

Marshaler (n.) One who marshals.

Marshaling (n.) The act of arranging in due order.

Marshaling (n.) The arrangement of an escutcheon to exhibit the alliances of the owner.

Marshalsea (n.) The court or seat of a marshal; hence, the prison in Southwark, belonging to the marshal of the king's household.

Marshalship (n.) The office of a marshal.

Marshbanker (n.) Alt. of Marsebanker

Marsebanker (n.) The menhaden.

Marshiness (n.) The state or condition of being marshy.

Marsipobranch (n.) One of the Marsipobranchia.

Marsupial (n.) One of the Marsupialia.

Marsupialian (n.) Alt. of Marsupian

Marsupian (n.) One of the Marsupialia.

Marsupion (n.) Same as Marsupium.

Marsupite (n.) A fossil crinoid of the genus Marsupites, resembling a purse in form.

Marsupium (n.) The pouch, formed by a fold of the skin of the abdomen, in which marsupials carry their young; also, a pouch for similar use in other animals, as certain Crustacea.

Marsupium (n.) The pecten in the eye of birds and reptiles. See Pecten.

Mart (n.) A market.

Mart (n.) A bargain.

Mart (n.) The god Mars.

Mart (n.) Battle; contest.

Martagon (n.) A lily (Lilium Martagon) with purplish red flowers, found in Europe and Asia.


Marten (n.) A bird. See Martin.

Marten (n.) Any one of several fur-bearing carnivores of the genus Mustela, closely allied to the sable. Among the more important species are the European beech, or stone, marten (Mustela foina); the pine marten (M. martes); and the American marten, or sable (M. Americana), which some zoologists consider only a variety of the Russian sable.

Marten (n.) The fur of the marten, used for hats, muffs, etc.

Martern (n.) Same as Marten.

Mar-text (n.) A blundering preacher.

Martialism (n.) The quality of being warlike; exercises suitable for war.

Martialist (n.) A warrior.

Martialness (n.) The quality of being martial.

Martin (n.) A perforated stone-faced runner for grinding.

Martin (n.) One of several species of swallows, usually having the tail less deeply forked than the tail of the common swallows.

Martinet (n.) In military language, a strict disciplinarian; in general, one who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of discip

Martinet (n.) The martin.

Martineta (n.) A species of tinamou (Calopezus elegans), having a long slender crest.

Martinetism (n.) The principles or practices of a martinet; rigid adherence to discip

Martingale (n.) Alt. of Martingal

Martingal (n.) A strap fastened to a horse's girth, passing between his fore legs, and fastened to the bit, or now more commonly ending in two rings, through which the reins pass. It is intended to hold down the head of the horse, and prevent him from rearing.

Martingal (n.) A lower stay of rope or chain for the jib boom or flying jib boom, fastened to, or reeved through, the dolphin striker. Also, the dolphin striker itself.

Martingal (n.) The act of doubling, at each stake, that which has been lost on the preceding stake; also, the sum so risked; -- metaphorically derived from the bifurcation of the martingale of a harness.

Martinmas (n.) The feast of St. Martin, the eleventh of November; -- often called martlemans.

Martite (n.) Iron sesquioxide in isometric form, probably a pseudomorph after magnetite.

Martlemas (n.) See Martinmas.

Martlet (n.) The European house martin.

Martlet (n.) A bird without beak or feet; -- generally assumed to represent a martin. As a mark of cadency it denotes the fourth son.

Martyr (n.) One who, by his death, bears witness to the truth of the gospel; one who is put to death for his religion; as, Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

Martyr (n.) Hence, one who sacrifices his life, his station, or what is of great value to him, for the sake of principle, or to sustain a cause.

Martyrdom (n.) The condition of a martyr; the death of a martyr; the suffering of death on account of adherence to the Christian faith, or to any cause.

Martyrdom (n.) Affliction; torment; torture.

Martyrization (n.) Act of martyrizing, or state of being martyrized; torture.

Martyrologe (n.) A martyrology.

Martyrologist (n.) A writer of martyrology; an historian of martyrs.

Martyrology (n.) A history or account of martyrs; a register of martyrs.

Martyrship (n.) Martyrdom.

Marvel (n.) That which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.

Marvel (n.) Wonder.

Marvelous (n.) Exciting wonder or surprise; astonishing; wonderful.

Marvelous (n.) Partaking of the character of miracle, or supernatural power; incredible.

Marvelousness (n.) The quality or state of being marvelous; wonderfulness; strangeness.

Marver (n.) A stone, or cast-iron plate, or former, on which hot glass is rolled to give it shape.

Mary (n.) Marrow.

Mary-bud (n.) The marigold; a blossom of the marigold.

Maryolatry (n.) Mariolatry.

Marysole (n.) A large British fluke, or flounder (Rhombus megastoma); -- called also carter, and whiff.

Mascagnin (n.) Alt. of Mascagnite

Mascagnite (n.) Native sulphate of ammonia, found in volcanic districts; -- so named from Mascagni, who discovered it.

Mascle (n.) A lozenge voided.

Mascot (n.) Alt. of Mascotte

Mascotte (n.) A person who is supposed to bring good luck to the household to which he or she belongs; anything that brings good luck.

Masculinity (n.) The state or quality of being mascu

Maselyn (n.) A drinking cup. See 1st Maslin, 2.

Maser (n.) Same as Mazer.

Mash (n.) A mesh.

Mash (n.) A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; a mass of anything in a soft pulpy state. Specifically (Brewing), ground or bruised malt, or meal of rye, wheat, corn, or other grain (or a mixture of malt and meal) steeped and stirred in hot water for making the wort.

Mash (n.) A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals.

Mash (n.) A mess; trouble.

Masher (n.) One who, or that which, mashes; also (Brewing), a machine for making mash.

Masher (n.) A charmer of women.

Mashlin (n.) See Maslin.

Mask (n.) A cover, or partial cover, for the face, used for disguise or protection; as, a dancer's mask; a fencer's mask; a ball player's mask.

Mask (n.) That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge.

Mask (n.) A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, where all wear masks; a masquerade; hence, a revel; a frolic; a delusive show.

Mask (n.) A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.

Mask (n.) A grotesque head or face, used to adorn keystones and other prominent parts, to spout water in fountains, and the like; -- called also mascaron.

Mask (n.) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.

Mask (n.) A screen for a battery.

Mask (n.) The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.

Masker (n.) One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise at a masquerade.

Maskery (n.) The dress or disguise of a maske/; masquerade.

Maskinonge (n.) The muskellunge.

Maslach (n.) An excitant containing opium, much used by the Turks.

Maslin (n.) A mixture composed of different materials

Maslin (n.) A mixture of metals resembling brass.

Maslin (n.) A mixture of different sorts of grain, as wheat and rye.

Maslin (n.) A vessel made of maslin, 1 (a).

Mason (n.) One whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; also, one who prepares stone for building purposes.

Mason (n.) A member of the fraternity of Freemasons. See Freemason.

Masonry (n.) The art or occupation of a mason.

Masonry (n.) The work or performance of a mason; as, good or bad masonry; skillful masonry.

Masonry (n.) That which is built by a mason; anything constructed of the materials used by masons, such as stone, brick, tiles, or the like. Dry masonry is applied to structures made without mortar.

Masonry (n.) The craft, institution, or mysteries of Freemasons; freemasonry.

Masora (n.) A Jewish critical work on the text of the Hebrew Scriptures, composed by several learned rabbis of the school of Tiberias, in the eighth and ninth centuries.

Masoret (n.) A Masorite.

Masorite (n.) One of the writers of the Masora.

Masque (n.) A mask; a masquerade.

Masquerade (n.) An assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.

Masquerade (n.) A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See 1st Mask, 4.

Masquerade (n.) Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.

Masquerade (n.) A Spanish diversion on horseback.

Masquerader (n.) One who masquerades; a person wearing a mask; one disguised.

Mass (n.) The sacrifice in the sacrament of the Eucharist, or the consecration and oblation of the host.

Mass (n.) The portions of the Mass usually set to music, considered as a musical composition; -- namely, the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei, besides sometimes an Offertory and the Benedictus.

Mass (n.) A quantity of matter cohering together so as to make one body, or an aggregation of particles or things which collectively make one body or quantity, usually of considerable size; as, a mass of ore, metal, sand, or water.

Mass (n.) A medicinal substance made into a cohesive, homogeneous lump, of consistency suitable for making pills; as, blue mass.

Mass (n.) A large quantity; a sum.

Mass (n.) Bulk; magnitude; body; size.

Mass (n.) The principal part; the main body.

Mass (n.) The quantity of matter which a body contains, irrespective of its bulk or volume.

Massacre (n.) The killing of a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the usages of civilized people; as, the massacre on St. Bartholomew's Day.

Massacre (n.) Murder.

Massacre (n.) To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not be made; to kill with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to the usages of nations; to butcher; to slaughter; -- limited to the killing of human beings.

Massacrer (n.) One who massacres.

Massage (n.) A rubbing or kneading of the body, especially when performed as a hygienic or remedial measure.

Massasauga (n.) The black rattlesnake (Crotalus, / Caudisona, tergemina), found in the Mississippi Valley.

Masse (n.) Alt. of Masse shot

Masse shot (n.) A stroke made with the cue held vertically.

Masser (n.) A priest who celebrates Mass.

Masseter (n.) The large muscle which raises the under jaw, and assists in mastication.

Massicot (n.) Lead protoxide, PbO, obtained as a yellow amorphous powder, the fused and crystal

Massiness (n.) The state or quality of being massy; ponderousness.

Massiveness (n.) The state or quality of being massive; massiness.

Massora (n.) Same as Masora.

Massoret (n.) Same as Masorite.

Mast (n.) The fruit of the oak and beech, or other forest trees; nuts; acorns.

Mast (n.) A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards, rigging, etc. A mast may also consist of several pieces of timber united by iron bands, or of a hollow pillar of iron or steel.

Mast (n.) The vertical post of a derrick or crane.

Mastax (n.) The pharynx of a rotifer. It usually contains four horny pieces. The two central ones form the incus, against which the mallei, or lateral ones, work so as to crush the food.

Mastax (n.) The lore of a bird.

Master (n.) A vessel having (so many) masts; -- used only in compounds; as, a two-master.

Master (n.) A male person having another living being so far subject to his will, that he can, in the main, control his or its actions; -- formerly used with much more extensive application than now. (a) The employer of a servant. (b) The owner of a slave. (c) The person to whom an apprentice is articled. (d) A sovereign, prince, or feudal noble; a chief, or one exercising similar authority. (e) The head of a household. (f) The male head of a school or college. (g) A male teacher. (h) The d>

Master (n.) One who uses, or controls at will, anything inanimate; as, to be master of one's time.

Master (n.) One who has attained great skill in the use or application of anything; as, a master of oratorical art.

Master (n.) A title given by courtesy, now commonly pronounced mister, except when given to boys; -- sometimes written Mister, but usually abbreviated to Mr.

Master (n.) A young gentleman; a lad, or small boy.

Master (n.) The commander of a merchant vessel; -- usually called captain. Also, a commissioned officer in the navy ranking next above ensign and below lieutenant; formerly, an officer on a man-of-war who had immediate charge, under the commander, of sailing the vessel.

Master (n.) A person holding an office of authority among the Freemasons, esp. the presiding officer; also, a person holding a similar office in other civic societies.

Masterdom (n.) Dominion; rule; command.

Masterhood (n.) The state of being a master; hence, disposition to command or hector.


Masterpiece (n.) Anything done or made with extraordinary skill; a capital performance; a chef-d'oeuvre; a supreme achievement.

Mastership (n.) The state or office of a master.

Mastership (n.) Mastery; dominion; superior skill; superiority.

Mastership (n.) Chief work; masterpiece.

Mastership (n.) An ironical title of respect.

Mastersinger (n.) One of a class of poets which flourished in Nuremberg and some other cities of Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. They bound themselves to observe certain arbitrary laws of rhythm.

Masterwort (n.) A tall and coarse European umbelliferous plant (Peucedanum Ostruthium, formerly Imperatoria).

Masterwort (n.) The Astrantia major, a European umbelliferous plant with a showy colored involucre.

Masterwort (n.) Improperly, the cow parsnip (Heracleum lanatum).

Mastery (n.) The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority.

Mastery (n.) Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.

Mastery (n.) Contest for superiority.

Mastery (n.) A masterly operation; a feat.

Mastery (n.) Specifically, the philosopher's stone.

Mastery (n.) The act process of mastering; the state of having mastered.

Masthead (n.) The top or head of a mast; the part of a mast above the hounds.

Masthouse (n.) A building in which vessels' masts are shaped, fitted, etc.

Mastic (n.) A low shrubby tree of the genus Pistacia (P. Lentiscus), growing upon the islands and coasts of the Mediterranean, and producing a valuable resin; -- called also, mastic tree.

Mastic (n.) A resin exuding from the mastic tree, and obtained by incision. The best is in yellowish white, semitransparent tears, of a faint smell, and is used as an astringent and an aromatic, also as an ingredient in varnishes.

Mastic (n.) A kind of cement composed of burnt clay, litharge, and linseed oil, used for plastering walls, etc.

Masticador (n.) A part of a bridle, the slavering bit.

Masticater (n.) One who masticates.

Mastication (n.) The act or operation of masticating; chewing, as of food.

Masticator (n.) One who masticates.

Masticator (n.) A machine for cutting meat into fine pieces for toothless people; also, a machine for cutting leather, India rubber, or similar tough substances, into fine pieces, in some processes of manufacture.

Masticatory (n.) A substance to be chewed to increase the saliva.

Mastich (n.) See Mastic.

Masticin (n.) A white, amorphous, tenacious substance resembling caoutchouc, and obtained as an insoluble residue of mastic.

Masticot (n.) Massicot.

Mastiff (n.) A breed of large dogs noted for strength and courage. There are various strains, differing in form and color, and characteristic of different countries.

Mastigopod (n.) One of the Mastigopoda.

Mastigure (n.) Any one of several large spiny-tailed lizards of the genus Uromastix. They inhabit Southern Asia and North Africa.

Masting (n.) The act or process of putting a mast or masts into a vessel; also, the scientific principles which determine the position of masts, and the mechanical methods of placing them.

Mastitis (n.) Inflammation of the breast.

Mastlin (n.) See Maslin.

Mastodon (n.) An extinct genus of mammals closely allied to the elephant, but having less complex molar teeth, and often a pair of lower, as well as upper, tusks, which are incisor teeth. The species were mostly larger than elephants, and their romains occur in nearly all parts of the world in deposits ranging from Miocene to late Quaternary time.

Mastodonsaurus (n.) A large extinct genus of labyrinthodonts, found in the European Triassic rocks.

Mastodynia (n.) Alt. of Mastodyny

Mastodyny (n.) Pain occuring in the mamma or female breast, -- a form of neuralgia.

Mastology (n.) The natural history of Mammalia.

Mastress (n.) Mistress.

Masturbation (n.) Onanism; self-pollution.

Mat (n.) A name given by coppersmiths to an alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc., usually called white metal.

Mat (n.) A fabric of sedge, rushes, flags, husks, straw, hemp, or similar material, used for wiping and cleaning shoes at the door, for covering the floor of a hall or room, and for other purposes.

Mat (n.) Any similar fabric for various uses, as for covering plant houses, putting beneath dishes or lamps on a table, securing rigging from friction, and the like.

Mat (n.) Anything growing thickly, or closely interwoven, so as to resemble a mat in form or texture; as, a mat of weeds; a mat of hair.

Mat (n.) An ornamental border made of paper, pasterboard, metal, etc., put under the glass which covers a framed picture; as, the mat of a daguerreotype.

Matachin (n.) An old dance with swords and bucklers; a sword dance.

Mataco (n.) The three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutis tricinctus). See Illust. under Loricata.

Matadore (n.) Alt. of Matador

Matador (n.) The killer; the man appointed to kill the bull in bullfights.

Matador (n.) In the game of quadrille or omber, the three principal trumps, the ace of spades being the first, the ace of clubs the third, and the second being the deuce of a black trump or the seven of a red one.

Matagasse (n.) A shrike or butcher bird; -- called also mattages.

Matamata (n.) The bearded tortoise (Chelys fimbriata) of South American rivers.

Matanza (n.) A place where animals are slaughtered for their hides and tallow.

Match (n.) Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or splint of wood dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium.

Match-cloth (n.) A coarse cloth.

Match-coat (n.) A coat made of match-cloth.

Matcher (n.) One who, or that which, matches; a matching machine. See under 3d Match.

Matchlock (n.) An old form of gunlock containing a match for firing the priming; hence, a musket fired by means of a match.

Matchmaker (n.) One who makes matches for burning or kinding.

Matchmaker (n.) One who tries to bring about marriages.

Matchmaking (n.) The act or process of making matches for kindling or burning.

Matchmaking (n.) The act or process of trying to bring about a marriage for others.

Mate (n.) The Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly (Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America.

Mate (n.) Same as Checkmate.

Mate (n.) One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.

Mate (n.) Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.

Mate (n.) A suitable companion; a match; an equal.

Mate (n.) An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, master's mate; surgeon's mate.

Matelote (n.) A dish of food composed of many kinds of fish.

Mateology (n.) A vain, unprofitable discourse or inquiry.

Mateotechny (n.) Any unprofitable science.

Mater (n.) See Alma mater, Dura mater, and Pia mater.

Material (n.) The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made.

Materialism (n.) The doctrine of materialists; materialistic views and tenets.

Materialism (n.) The tendency to give undue importance to material interests; devotion to the material nature and its wants.

Materialism (n.) Material substances in the aggregate; matter.

Materialist (n.) One who denies the existence of spiritual substances or agents, and maintains that spiritual phenomena, so called, are the result of some peculiar organization of matter.

Materialist (n.) One who holds to the existence of matter, as distinguished from the idealist, who denies it.

Materiality (n.) The quality or state of being material; material existence; corporeity.

Materiality (n.) Importance; as, the materiality of facts.

Materialization (n.) The act of materializing, or the state of being materialized.

Materialness (n.) The state of being material.

Materiarian (n.) See Materialist.

Materiation (n.) Act of forming matter.

Materiel (n.) That in a complex system which constitutes the materials, or instruments employed, in distinction from the personnel, or men; as, the baggage, munitions, provisions, etc., of an army; or the buildings, libraries, and apparatus of a college, in distinction from its officers.

Maternity (n.) The state of being a mother; the character or relation of a mother.

Matfelon (n.) The knapweed (Centaurea nigra).

Math (n.) A mowing, or that which is gathered by mowing; -- chiefly used in composition; as, an aftermath.

Mathematician (n.) One versed in mathematics.

Mathematics (n.) That science, or class of sciences, which treats of the exact relations existing between quantities or magnitudes, and of the methods by which, in accordance with these relations, quantities sought are deducible from other quantities known or supposed; the science of spatial and quantitative relations.

Mather (n.) See Madder.

Mathes (n.) The mayweed. Cf. Maghet.

Mathesis (n.) Learning; especially, mathematics.

Mathurin (n.) See Trinitarian.

Matico (n.) A Peruvian plant (Piper, / Artanthe, elongatum), allied to the pepper, the leaves of which are used as a styptic and astringent.

Matie (n.) A fat herring with undeveloped roe.

M/tin (n.) A French mastiff.

Matin (n.) Morning.

Matin (n.) Morning worship or service; morning prayers or songs.

Matin (n.) Time of morning service; the first canonical hour in the Roman Catholic Church.

Matinee (n.) A reception, or a musical or dramatic entertainment, held in the daytime. See SoirEe.

Matrass (n.) A round-bottomed glass flask having a long neck; a bolthead.

Matress (n.) See Matress.

Matriarch (n.) The mother and ruler of a family or of her descendants; a ruler by maternal right.

Matriarchate (n.) The office or jurisdiction of a matriarch; a matriarchal form of government.

Matrice (n.) See Matrix.

Matricide (n.) The murder of a mother by her son or daughter.

Matricide (n.) One who murders one's own mother.

Matriculate (n.) One who is matriculated.

Matriculation (n.) The act or process of matriculating; the state of being matriculated.

Matrimoine (n.) Matrimony.

Matrimony (n.) The union of man and woman as husband and wife; the nuptial state; marriage; wedlock.

Matrimony (n.) A kind of game at cards played by several persons.

Matrix (n.) The womb.

Matrix (n.) Hence, that which gives form or origin to anything

Matrix (n.) The cavity in which anything is formed, and which gives it shape; a die; a mold, as for the face of a type.

Matrix (n.) The earthy or stony substance in which metallic ores or crystallized minerals are found; the gangue.

Matrix (n.) The five simple colors, black, white, blue, red, and yellow, of which all the rest are composed.

Matrix (n.) The lifeless portion of tissue, either animal or vegetable, situated between the cells; the intercellular substance.

Matrix (n.) A rectangular arrangement of symbols in rows and columns. The symbols may express quantities or operations.

Matron (n.) A wife or a widow, especially, one who has borne children; a woman of staid or motherly manners.

Matron (n.) A housekeeper; esp., a woman who manages the domestic economy of a public instution; a head nurse in a hospital; as, the matron of a school or hospital.

Matronage (n.) The state of a matron.

Matronage (n.) The collective body of matrons.

Matronhood (n.) The state of being a matron.

Matronymic (n.) See Metronymic.

Matross (n.) Formerly, in the British service, a gunner or a gunner's mate; one of the soldiers in a train of artillery, who assisted the gunners in loading, firing, and sponging the guns.

Matt (n.) See Matte.

Mattages (n.) A shrike or butcher bird; -- written also matagasse.

Mattamore (n.) A subterranean repository for wheat.

Matte (n.) A partly reduced copper sulphide, obtained by alternately roasting and melting copper ore in separating the metal from associated iron ores, and called coarse metal, fine metal, etc., according to the grade of fineness. On the exterior it is dark brown or black, but on a fresh surface is yellow or bronzy in color.

Matte (n.) A dead or dull finish, as in gilding where the gold leaf is not burnished, or in painting where the surface is purposely deprived of gloss.

Matter (n.) That of which anything is composed; constituent substance; material; the material or substantial part of anything; the constituent elements of conception; that into which a notion may be analyzed; the essence; the pith; the embodiment.

Matter (n.) That of which the sensible universe and all existent bodies are composed; anything which has extension, occupies space, or is perceptible by the senses; body; substance.

Matter (n.) That with regard to, or about which, anything takes place or is done; the thing aimed at, treated of, or treated; subject of action, discussion, consideration, feeling, complaint, legal action, or the like; theme.

Matter (n.) That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do; concern; affair; business.

Matter (n.) Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like.

Matter (n.) Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.

Matter (n.) Amount; quantity; portion; space; -- often indefinite.

Matter (n.) Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess; pus; purulent substance.

Matter (n.) That which is permanent, or is supposed to be given, and in or upon which changes are effected by psychological or physical processes and relations; -- opposed to form.

Matter (n.) Written manuscript, or anything to be set in type; copy; also, type set up and ready to be used, or which has been used, in printing.

Matting (n.) A dull, lusterless surface in certain of the arts, as gilding, metal work, glassmaking, etc.

Mattock (n.) An implement for digging and grubbing. The head has two long steel blades, one like an adz and the other like a narrow ax or the point of a pickax.

Mattowacca (n.) An American clupeoid fish (Clupea mediocris), similar to the shad in habits and appearance, but smaller and less esteemed for food; -- called also hickory shad, tailor shad, fall herring, and shad herring.

Mattress (n.) A quilted bed; a bed stuffed with hair, moss, or other suitable material, and quilted or otherwise fastened.

Mattress (n.) A mass of interwoven brush, poles, etc., to protect a bank from being worn away by currents or waves.

Maturant (n.) A medicine, or application, which promotes suppuration.

Maturation (n.) The process of bringing, or of coming, to maturity; hence, specifically, the process of suppurating perfectly; the formation of pus or matter.

Maturative (n.) A remedy promoting maturation; a maturant.

Matureness (n.) The state or quality of being mature; maturity.

Maturer (n.) One who brings to maturity.

Maturity (n.) The state or quality of being mature; ripeness; full development; as, the maturity of corn or of grass; maturity of judgment; the maturity of a plan.

Maturity (n.) Arrival of the time fixed for payment; a becoming due; termination of the period a note, etc., has to run.

Matweed (n.) A name of several maritime grasses, as the sea sand-reed (Ammophila arundinacea) which is used in Holland to bind the sand of the seacoast dikes (see Beach grass, under Beach); also, the Lygeum Spartum, a Mediterranean grass of similar habit.

Maty (n.) A native house servant in India.

Matzoth (n.) A cake of unleavened bread eaten by the Jews at the feast of the Passover.

Maucaco (n.) A lemur; -- applied to several species, as the White-fronted, the ruffed, and the ring-tailed lemurs.

Maud (n.) A gray plaid; -- used by shepherds in Scotland.

Maudlin (n.) Alt. of Maude


Muadlinism (n.) A maudlin state.

Maudlinwort (n.) The oxeye daisy.

Maukin (n.) See Malkin.

Maukin (n.) A hare.

Maul (n.) A heavy wooden hammer or beetle.

Maule (n.) The common mallow.

Mauling (n.) A severe beating with a stick, cudgel, or the fist.

Maul-stick (n.) A stick used by painters as a rest for the hand while working.

Maumet (n.) See Mawmet.

Maunch (n.) See Manche.

Maund (n.) A hand basket.

Maund (n.) An East Indian weight, varying in different localities from 25 to about 82 pounds avoirdupois.

Maunder (n.) A beggar.

Maunderer (n.) One who maunders.

Maundril (n.) A pick with two prongs, to pry with.

Maurist (n.) A member of the Congregation of Saint Maur, an offshoot of the Benedictines, originating in France in the early part of the seventeenth century. The Maurists have been distinguished for their interest in literature.

Mausoleum (n.) A magnificent tomb, or stately sepulchral monument.

Mauther (n.) A girl; esp., a great, awkward girl; a wench.


Mauve (n.) A color of a delicate purple, violet, or lilac.

Mauveine (n.) An artificial organic base, obtained by oxidizing a mixture of ani

Maverick (n.) In the southwestern part of the united States, a bullock or heifer that has not been branded, and is unclaimed or wild; -- said to be from Maverick, the name of a cattle owner in Texas who neglected to brand his cattle.

Mavis (n.) The European throstle or song thrush (Turdus musicus).

Maw (n.) A gull.

Maw (n.) A stomach; the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing; in birds, the craw; -- now used only of the lower animals, exept humorously or in contempt.

Maw (n.) Appetite; inclination.

Maw (n.) An old game at cards.

Mawk (n.) A maggot.

Mawk (n.) A slattern; a mawks.

Mawkin (n.) See Malkin, and Maukin.

Mawkishness (n.) The quality or state of being mawkish.

Mawks (n.) A slattern; a mawk.

Mawmet (n.) A puppet; a doll; originally, an idol, because in the Middle Ages it was generally believed that the Mohammedans worshiped images representing Mohammed.

Mawmetry (n.) The religion of Mohammed; also, idolatry. See Mawmet.

Mawseed (n.) The seed of the opium poppy.

Mawworm (n.) Any intestinal worm found in the stomach, esp. the common round worm (Ascaris lumbricoides), and allied species.

Mawworm (n.) One of the larvae of botflies of horses; a bot.

Maxilla (n.) The bone of either the upper or the under jaw.

Maxilla (n.) The bone, or principal bone, of the upper jaw, the bone of the lower jaw being the mandible.

Maxilla (n.) One of the lower or outer jaws of arthropods.

Maxillary (n.) The principal maxillary bone; the maxilla.

Maxillary (n.) Of or pertaining to a maxilla.

Maxilliped (n.) One of the mouth appendages of Crustacea, situated next behind the maxillae. Crabs have three pairs, but many of the lower Crustacea have but one pair of them. Called also jawfoot, and foot jaw.

Maxilloturbinal (n.) The maxillo-turbinal, or inferior turbinate, bone.

Maxim (n.) An established principle or proposition; a condensed proposition of important practical truth; an axiom of practical wisdom; an adage; a proverb; an aphorism.

Maxim (n.) The longest note formerly used, equal to two longs, or four breves; a large.

Maximilian (n.) A gold coin of Bavaria, of the value of about 13s. 6d. sterling, or about three dollars and a quarter.

Maximization (n.) The act or process of increasing to the highest degree.

Maximum (n.) The greatest quantity or value attainable in a given case; or, the greatest value attained by a quantity which first increases and then begins to decrease; the highest point or degree; -- opposed to minimum.

May (n.) A maiden.

May (n.) The fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days.

May (n.) The early part or springtime of life.

May (n.) The flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.

May (n.) The merrymaking of May Day.

Maya (n.) The name for the doctrine of the unreality of matter, called, in English, idealism; hence, nothingness; vanity; illusion.

Maybe (n.) Possibility; uncertainty.

Maybird (n.) The whimbrel; -- called also May fowl, May curlew, and May whaap.

Maybird (n.) The knot.

Maybird (n.) The bobolink.

Maybloom (n.) The hawthorn.

Maybush (n.) The hawthorn.

Mayduke (n.) A large dark-red cherry of excellent quality.

Mayfish (n.) A common American minnow (Fundulus majalis). See Minnow.

Mayflower (n.) In England, the hawthorn; in New England, the trailing arbutus (see Arbutus); also, the blossom of these plants.

Mayhem (n.) The maiming of a person by depriving him of the use of any of his members which are necessary for defense or protection. See Maim.

Maying (n.) The celebrating of May Day.

Mayonnaise (n.) A sauce compounded of raw yolks of eggs beaten up with olive oil to the consistency of a sirup, and seasoned with vinegar, pepper, salt, etc.; -- used in dressing salads, fish, etc. Also, a dish dressed with this sauce.

Mayor (n.) The chief magistrate of a city or borough; the chief officer of a municipal corporation. In some American cities there is a city court of which the major is chief judge.

Mayoral (n.) The conductir of a mule team; also, a head shepherd.

Mayoralty (n.) The office, or the term of office, of a mayor.

Mayoress (n.) The wife of a mayor.

Mayorship (n.) The office of a mayor.

Maypole (n.) A tall pole erected in an open place and wreathed with flowers, about which the rustic May-day sports were had.

Maypop (n.) The edible fruit of a passion flower, especially that of the North American Passiflora incarnata, an oval yellowish berry as large as a small apple.

Mayweed (n.) A composite plant (Anthemis Cotula), having a strong odor; dog's fennel. It is a native of Europe, now common by the roadsides in the United States.

Mayweed (n.) The feverfew.

Mazama (n.) Alt. of Mazame

Mazame (n.) A goatlike antelope (Haplocerus montanus) which inhabits the Rocky Mountains, frequenting the highest parts; -- called also mountain goat.

Mazard (n.) A kind of small black cherry.

Mazard (n.) The jaw; the head or skull.

Mazarine (n.) Mazarine blue.

Mazdeism (n.) The Zoroastrian religion.

Maze (n.) A wild fancy; a confused notion.

Maze (n.) Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; state of bewilderment.

Maze (n.) A confusing and baffling network, as of paths or passages; an intricacy; a labyrinth.

Mazedness (n.) The condition of being mazed; confusion; astonishment.

Mazer (n.) A large drinking bowl; -- originally made of maple.

Maziness (n.) The state or quality of being mazy.

Mazologist (n.) One versed in mazology or mastology.

Mazology (n.) Same as Mastology.

Mazourka (n.) Alt. of Mazurka

Mazurka (n.) A Polish dance, or the music which accompanies it, usually in 3-4 or 3-8 measure, with a strong accent on the second beat.

Meacock (n.) An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.

Mead (n.) A fermented drink made of water and honey with malt, yeast, etc.; metheglin; hydromel.

Mead (n.) A drink composed of sirup of sarsaparilla or other flavoring extract, and water. It is sometimes charged with carbonic acid gas.

Mead (n.) A meadow.

Meadow (n.) A tract of low or level land producing grass which is mown for hay; any field on which grass is grown for hay.

Meadow (n.) Low land covered with coarse grass or rank herbage near rives and in marshy places by the sea; as, the salt meadows near Newark Bay.

Meadowsweet (n.) Alt. of Meadowwort

Meadowwort (n.) The name of several plants of the genus Spiraea, especially the white- or pink-flowered S. salicifolia, a low European and American shrub, and the herbaceous S. Ulmaria, which has fragrant white flowers in compound cymes.

Meagerness (n.) Alt. of Meagreness

Meagreness (n.) The state or quality of being meager; leanness; scantiness; barrenness.

Meagre (n.) A large European sciaenoid fish (Sciaena umbra or S. aquila), having white bloodless flesh. It is valued as a food fish.

Meak (n.) A hook with a long handle.

Meaking (n.) The process of picking out the oakum from the seams of a vessel which is to be recalked.

Meal (n.) A part; a fragment; a portion.

Meal (n.) The portion of food taken at a particular time for the satisfaction of appetite; the quantity usually taken at one time with the purpose of satisfying hunger; a repast; the act or time of eating a meal; as, the traveler has not eaten a good meal for a week; there was silence during the meal.

Meal (n.) Grain (esp. maize, rye, or oats) that is coarsely ground and unbolted; also, a kind of flour made from beans, pease, etc.; sometimes, any flour, esp. if coarse.

Meal (n.) Any substance that is coarsely pulverized like meal, but not granulated.


Mealtime (n.) The usual time of eating a meal.

Mean (n.) That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure.

Mean (n.) A quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the square root of the product of the quantities.

Mean (n.) That through which, or by the help of which, an end is attained; something tending to an object desired; intermediate agency or measure; necessary condition or coagent; instrument.

Mean (n.) Hence: Resources; property, revenue, or the like, considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose; disposable force or substance.

Mean (n.) A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.

Mean (n.) Meantime; meanwhile.

Mean (n.) A mediator; a go-between.

Meander (n.) A winding, crooked, or involved course; as, the meanders of the veins and arteries.

Meander (n.) A tortuous or intricate movement.

Meander (n.) Fretwork. See Fret.

Meandrina (n.) A genus of corals with meandering grooves and ridges, including the brain corals.

Meaning (n.) That which is meant or intended; intent; purpose; aim; object; as, a mischievous meaning was apparent.

Meaning (n.) That which is signified, whether by act lanquage; signification; sence; import; as, the meaning of a hint.

Meaning (n.) Sense; power of thinking.

Meanness (n.) The condition, or quality, of being mean; want of excellence; poorness; lowness; baseness; sordidness; stinginess.

Meanness (n.) A mean act; as, to be guilty of meanness.

Meantime (n.) Alt. of Meanwhile

Meanwhile (n.) The intervening time; as, in the meantime (or mean time).

Mear (n.) A boundary. See Mere.

Mease (n.) Five hundred; as, a mease of herrings.

Measelry (n.) Leprosy.

Measle (n.) A leper.

Measle (n.) A tapeworm larva. See 2d Measles, 4.

Measles (n.) Leprosy; also, a leper.

Measles (n.) A contagious febrile disorder commencing with catarrhal symptoms, and marked by the appearance on the third day of an eruption of distinct red circular spots, which coalesce in a crescentic form, are slightly raised above the surface, and after the fourth day of the eruption gradually dec

Measles (n.) A disease of cattle and swine in which the flesh is filled with the embryos of different varieties of the tapeworm.

Measles (n.) A disease of trees.

Measles (n.) The larvae of any tapeworm (Taenia) in the cysticerus stage, when contained in meat. Called also bladder worms.

Measure (n.) A standard of dimension; a fixed unit of quantity or extent; an extent or quantity in the fractions or multiples of which anything is estimated and stated; hence, a rule by which anything is adjusted or judged.

Measure (n.) An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated

Measure (n.) The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated; estimated extent; as, to take one's measure for a coat.

Measure (n.) The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount.

Measure (n.) Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.

Measure (n.) Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion.

Measure (n.) The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure.

Measure (n.) Undefined quantity; extent; degree.

Measure (n.) Regulated division of movement

Measure (n.) A regulated movement corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed; but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the minuet.

Measure (n.) The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats.

Measure (n.) The space between two bars.

Measure (n.) To ascertain by use of a measuring instrument; to compute or ascertain the extent, quantity, dimensions, or capacity of, by a certain rule or standard; to take the dimensions of; hence, to estimate; to judge of; to value; to appraise.

Measure (n.) To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures changes of temperature.

Measure (n.) To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off and determining the distance.

Measure (n.) To adjust by a rule or standard.

Measure (n.) To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; -- often with out or off.

Measurement (n.) The act or result of measuring; mensuration; as, measurement is required.

Measurement (n.) The extent, size, capacity, amount. or quantity ascertained by measuring; as, its measurement is five acres.

Measurer (n.) One who measures; one whose occupation or duty is to measure commondities in market.

Meat (n.) Food, in general; anything eaten for nourishment, either by man or beast. Hence, the edible part of anything; as, the meat of a lobster, a nut, or an egg.

Meat (n.) The flesh of animals used as food; esp., animal muscle; as, a breakfast of bread and fruit without meat.

Meat (n.) Specifically, dinner; the chief meal.

Meath (n.) Alt. of Meathe

Meathe (n.) A sweet liquor; mead.

Meatiness (n.) Quality of being meaty.

Meatoscope (n.) A speculum for examining a natural passage, as the urethra.

Meatotome (n.) An instrument for cutting into the urethra so as to enlarge its orifice.

Meaw (n.) The sea mew.

Meazel (n.) See 1st Measle.

Mecate (n.) A rope of hair or of maguey fiber, for tying horses, etc.

Meccawee (n.) A native or inhabitant of Mecca.

Mechanical (n.) A mechanic.

Mechanicalness (n.) The state or quality of being mechanical.

Mechanician (n.) One skilled in the theory or construction of machines; a machinist.

Mechanics (n.) That science, or branch of applied mathematics, which treats of the action of forces on bodies.

Mechanism (n.) The arrangement or relation of the parts of a machine; the parts of a machine, taken collectively; the arrangement or relation of the parts of anything as adapted to produce an effect; as, the mechanism of a watch; the mechanism of a sewing machine; the mechanism of a seed pod.

Mechanism (n.) Mechanical operation or action.

Mechanism (n.) An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.

Mechanist (n.) A maker of machines; one skilled in mechanics.

Mechanist (n.) One who regards the phenomena of nature as the effects of forces merely mechanical.

Mechanograph (n.) One of a number of copies of anything multiplied mechanically.

Mechanographist (n.) An artist who, by mechanical means, multiplies copies of works of art.

Mechanography (n.) The art of mechanically multiplying copies of a writing, or any work of art.

Mechanurgy (n.) That branch of science which treats of moving machines.

Mechitarist (n.) One of a religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church devoted to the improvement of Armenians.

Mechlin (n.) A kind of lace made at, or originating in, Mechlin, in Belgium.

Mechoacan (n.) A species of jalap, of very feeble properties, said to be obtained from the root of a species of Convolvulus (C. Mechoacan); -- so called from Michoacan, in Mexico, whence it is obtained.

Meconate (n.) A salt of meconic acid.

Meconidine (n.) An alkaloid found in opium, and extracted as a yellow amorphous substance which is easily decomposed.

Meconidium (n.) A kind of gonophore produced by hydroids of the genus Gonothyraea. It has tentacles, and otherwise resembles a free medusa, but remains attached by a pedicel.

Meconin (n.) A substance regarded as an anhydride of meconinic acid, existing in opium and extracted as a white crystal

Meconium (n.) Opium.

Meconium (n.) The contents of the fetal intestine; hence, first excrement.

Medal (n.) A piece of metal in the form of a coin, struck with a device, and intended to preserve the remembrance of a notable event or an illustrious person, or to serve as a reward.

Medalet (n.) A small medal.

Medalist (n.) A person that is skilled or curious in medals; a collector of medals.

Medalist (n.) A designer of medals.

Medalist (n.) One who has gained a medal as the reward of merit.

Medallion (n.) A large medal or memorial coin.

Medallion (n.) A circular or oval (or, sometimes, square) tablet bearing a figure or figures represented in relief.

Medalurgy (n.) The art of making and striking medals and coins.

Meddler (n.) One who meddles; one who interferes or busies himself with things in which he has no concern; an officious person; a busybody.

Mede (n.) A native or inhabitant of Media in Asia.

Mede (n.) See lst & 2d Mead, and Meed.

Media (n.) pl. of Medium.

Media (n.) One of the sonant mutes /, /, / (b, d, g), in Greek, or of their equivalents in other languages, so named as intermediate between the tenues, /, /, / (p, t, k), and the aspiratae (aspirates) /, /, / (ph or f, th, ch). Also called middle mute, or medial, and sometimes soft mute.

Mediacy (n.) The state or quality of being mediate.

Mediaevalism (n.) The method or spirit of the Middle Ages; devotion to the institutions and practices of the Middle Ages; a survival from the Middle Ages.

Mediaevalist (n.) One who has a taste for, or is versed in, the history of the Middle Ages; one in sympathy with the spirit or forms of the Middle Ages.

Medial (n.) See 2d Media.

Medialuna (n.) See Half-moon.

Median (n.) A median

Mediant (n.) The third above the keynote; -- so called because it divides the interval between the tonic and dominant into two thirds.

Mediastine (n.) Alt. of Mediastinum

Mediastinum (n.) A partition; a septum; specifically, the folds of the pleura (and the space included between them) which divide the thorax into a right and left cavity. The space included between these folds of the pleura, called the mediastinal space, contains the heart and gives passage to the esophagus and great blood vessels.

Mediateness (n.) The state of being mediate.

Mediatization (n.) The act of mediatizing.

Mediator (n.) One who mediates; especially, one who interposes between parties at variance for the purpose of reconciling them; hence, an intercessor.

Mediatorship (n.) The office or character of a mediator.

Mediatress (n.) Alt. of Mediatrix

Mediatrix (n.) A female mediator.

Medic (n.) A leguminous plant of the genus Medicago. The black medic is the Medicago lupulina; the purple medic, or lucern, is M. sativa.

Medicament (n.) Anything used for healing diseases or wounds; a medicine; a healing application.

Medicaster (n.) A quack.

Medicine (n.) The science which relates to the prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease.

Medicine (n.) Any substance administered in the treatment of disease; a remedial agent; a remedy; physic.

Medicine (n.) A philter or love potion.

Medicine (n.) A physician.

Medicommissure (n.) A large transverse commissure in the third ventricle of the brain; the middle or soft commissure.

Medicornu (n.) The middle or inferior horn of each lateral ventricle of the brain.

Medics (n.) Science of medicine.

Mediety (n.) The middle part; half; moiety.

Medino (n.) Same as Para.

Mediocre (n.) A mediocre person.

Mediocre (n.) A young monk who was excused from performing a portion of a monk's duties.

Mediocrist (n.) A mediocre person.

Mediocrity (n.) The quality of being mediocre; a middle state or degree; a moderate degree or rate.

Mediocrity (n.) Moderation; temperance.

Mediostapedial (n.) The mediostapedial part of the columella.

Meditance (n.) Meditation.

Meditation (n.) The act of meditating; close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; serious contemplation; reflection; musing.

Meditation (n.) Thought; -- without regard to kind.

Meditatist (n.) One who is given to meditation.

Medium (n.) That which lies in the middle, or between other things; intervening body or quantity. Hence, specifically: (a) Middle place or degree; mean.

Medium (n.) See Mean.

Medium (n.) The mean or middle term of a syllogism; that by which the extremes are brought into connection.

Medium (n.) A substance through which an effect is transmitted from one thing to another; as, air is the common medium of sound. Hence: The condition upon which any event or action occurs; necessary means of motion or action; that through or by which anything is accomplished, conveyed, or carried on; specifically, in animal magnetism, spiritualism, etc., a person through whom the action of another being is said to be manifested and transmitted.

Medium (n.) An average.

Medium (n.) A trade name for printing and writing paper of certain sizes. See Paper.

Medium (n.) The liquid vehicle with which dry colors are ground and prepared for application.

Medius (n.) The third or middle finger; the third digit, or that which corresponds to it.

Medlar (n.) A tree of the genus Mespilus (M. Germanica); also, the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small apple, but has a bony endocarp. When first gathered the flesh is hard and austere, and it is not eaten until it has begun to decay.

Medley (n.) A mixture; a mingled and confused mass of ingredients, usually inharmonious; a jumble; a hodgepodge; -- often used contemptuously.

Medley (n.) The confusion of a hand to hand battle; a brisk, hand to hand engagement; a melee.

Medley (n.) A composition of passages detached from several different compositions; a potpourri.

Medley (n.) A cloth of mixed colors.

Medoc (n.) A class of claret wines, including several varieties, from the district of Medoc in the department of Gironde.

Medregal (n.) See Bonito, 3.

Medrick (n.) A species of gull or tern.

Medulla (n.) Marrow; pith; hence, essence.

Medulla (n.) The marrow of bones; the deep or inner portion of an organ or part; as, the medulla, or medullary substance, of the kidney; specifically, the medula oblongata.

Medulla (n.) A soft tissue, occupying the center of the stem or branch of a plant; pith.

Medullin (n.) A variety of lignin or cellulose found in the medulla, or pith, of certain plants. Cf. Lignin, and Cellulose.

Medusa (n.) The Gorgon; or one of the Gorgons whose hair was changed into serpents, after which all who looked upon her were turned into stone.

Medusa (n.) Any free swimming acaleph; a jellyfish.

Medusian (n.) A medusa.

Medusoid (n.) A sessile gonophore. See Illust. under Gonosome.

Meed (n.) That which is bestowed or rendered in consideration of merit; reward; recompense.

Meed (n.) Merit or desert; worth.

Meed (n.) A gift; also, a bride.

Meekness (n.) The quality or state of being meek.

Meer (n.) See Mere, a lake.

Meer (n.) A boundary. See Mere.

Meerkat (n.) A South African carnivore (Cynictis penicillata), allied to the ichneumons.

Meerschaum (n.) A fine white claylike mineral, soft, and light enough when in dry masses to float in water. It is a hydrous silicate of magnesia, and is obtained chiefly in Asia Minor. It is manufacturd into tobacco pipes, cigar holders, etc. Also called sepiolite.

Meerschaum (n.) A tobacco pipe made of this mineral.

Meet (n.) An assembling together; esp., the assembling of huntsmen for the hunt; also, the persons who so assemble, and the place of meeting.

Meeter (n.) One who meets.

Meeth (n.) Mead. See Meathe.

Meeting (n.) A coming together; an assembling; as, the meeting of Congress.

Meeting (n.) A junction, crossing, or union; as, the meeting of the roads or of two rivers.

Meeting (n.) A congregation; a collection of people; a convention; as, a large meeting; an harmonius meeting.

Meeting (n.) An assembly for worship; as, to attend meeting on Sunday; -- in England, applied distinctively and disparagingly to the worshiping assemblies of Dissenters.

Meetinghouse (n.) A house used as a place of worship; a church; -- in England, applied only to a house so used by Dissenters.

Meetness (n.) Fitness; suitableness; propriety.

Megaceros (n.) The Irish elk.

Megachile (n.) A leaf-cutting bee of the genus Megachilus. See Leaf cutter, under Leaf.

Megacosm (n.) See Macrocosm.

Megacoulomb (n.) A million coulombs.

Megaderm (n.) Any one of several species of Old World blood-sucking bats of the genus Megaderma.

Megadyne (n.) One of the larger measures of force, amounting to one million dynes.

Megafarad (n.) One of the larger measures of electrical capacity, amounting to one million farads; a macrofarad.

Megalerg (n.) A million ergs; a megerg.

Megalethoscope (n.) An optical apparatus in which pictures are viewed through a large lens with stereoptical effects. It is often combined with the stereoscope.

Megalith (n.) A large stone; especially, a large stone used in ancient building.

Megalocyte (n.) A large, flattened corpuscle, twice the diameter of the ordinary red corpuscle, found in considerable numbers in the blood in profound anaemia.

Megalomania (n.) A form of mental alienation in which the patient has grandiose delusions.

Megalonyx (n.) An extinct quaternary mammal, of great size, allied to the sloth.

Megalopolis (n.) A chief city; a metropolis.

Megalops (n.) A larva, in a stage following the zoea, in the development of most crabs. In this stage the legs and abdominal appendages have appeared, the abdomen is relatively long, and the eyes are large. Also used adjectively.

Megalops (n.) A large fish; the tarpum.

Megalopsychy (n.) Greatness of soul.

Megalosaur (n.) Alt. of Megalosaurus

Megalosaurus (n.) A gigantic carnivorous dinosaur, whose fossil remains have been found in England and elsewhere.

Megameter (n.) An instrument for determining longitude by observation of the stars.

Megameter (n.) A micrometer.

Megameter (n.) Alt. of Megametre

Megametre (n.) In the metric system, one million meters, or one thousand kilometers.

Megampere (n.) A million amperes.

Megaphone (n.) A device to magnify sound, or direct it in a given direction in a greater volume, as a very large funnel used as an ear trumpet or as a speaking trumpet.

Megaphyton (n.) An extinct genus of tree ferns with large, two-ranked leaves, or fronds.

Megapode (n.) Any one of several species of large-footed, gallinaceous birds of the genera Megapodius and Leipoa, inhabiting Australia and other Pacific islands. See Jungle fowl (b) under Jungle, and Leipoa.

Megapolis (n.) A metropolis.

Megascope (n.) A modification of the magic lantern, used esp. for throwing a magnified image of an opaque object on a screen, solar or artificial light being used.

Megass (n.) Alt. of Megasse

Megasse (n.) See Bagasse.

Megasthene (n.) One of a group which includes the higher orders of mammals, having a large size as a typical characteristic.

Megastome (n.) One of a group of univalve shells, having a large aperture or mouth.

Megathere (n.) Alt. of Megatherium

Megatherium (n.) An extinct gigantic quaternary mammal, allied to the ant-eaters and sloths. Its remains are found in South America.

Megatheroid (n.) One of a family of extinct edentates found in America. The family includes the megatherium, the megalonyx, etc.

Megavolt (n.) One of the larger measures of electro-motive force, amounting to one million volts.

Megaweber (n.) A million webers.

Megerg (n.) One of the larger measures of work, amounting to one million ergs; -- called also megalerg.

Megilp (n.) Alt. of Megilph

Megilph (n.) A gelatinous compound of linseed oil and mastic varnish, used by artists as a vehicle for colors.

Megohm (n.) One of the larger measures of electrical resistance, amounting to one million ohms.

Megrim (n.) A kind of sick or nevrous headache, usually periodical and confined to one side of the head.

Megrim (n.) A fancy; a whim; a freak; a humor; esp., in the plural, lowness of spirits.

Megrim (n.) A sudden vertigo in a horse, succeeded sometimes by unconsciousness, produced by an excess of blood in the brain; a mild form of apoplexy.

Megrim (n.) The British smooth sole, or scaldfish (Psetta arnoglossa).

Meine (n.) Alt. of Meiny

Meiny (n.) A family, including servants, etc.; household; retinue; train.

Meiny (n.) Company; band; army.

Meionite (n.) A member of the scapolite, group, occuring in glassy crystals on Monte Somma, near Naples.

Meiosis (n.) Diminution; a species of hyperbole, representing a thing as being less than it really is.

Meistersinger (n.) See Mastersinger.

Mekhitarist (n.) See Mechitarist.

Melaconite (n.) An earthy black oxide of copper, arising from the decomposition of other ores.

Melada (n.) Alt. of Melado

Melado (n.) A mixture of sugar and molasses; crude sugar as it comes from the pans without being drained.

Melaena (n.) A discharge from the bowels of black matter, consisting of altered blood.

Melain (n.) The dark coloring matter of the liquid of the cuttlefish.

Melainotype (n.) See Melanotype.

Melam (n.) A white or buff-colored granular powder, C6H9N11, obtained by heating ammonium sulphocyanate.

Melamine (n.) A strong nitrogenous base, C3H6N6, produced from several cyanogen compounds, and obtained as a white crystal

Melampode (n.) The black hellebore.

Melampyrin (n.) Alt. of Melampyrite

Melampyrite (n.) The saccharine substance dulcite; -- so called because found in the leaves of cowwheat (Melampyrum). See Dulcite.

Melanaemia (n.) A morbid condition in which the blood contains black pigment either floating freely or imbedded in the white blood corpuscles.

Melanagogue (n.) A medicine supposed to expel black bile or choler.

Melancholia (n.) A kind of mental unsoundness characterized by extreme depression of spirits, ill-grounded fears, delusions, and brooding over one particular subject or train of ideas.

Melancholian (n.) A person affected with melancholy; a melancholic.

Melancholic (n.) One affected with a gloomy state of mind.

Melancholic (n.) A gloomy state of mind; melancholy.


Melancholist (n.) One affected with melancholy or dejection.

Melancholy (n.) Depression of spirits; a gloomy state continuing a considerable time; deep dejection; gloominess.

Melancholy (n.) Great and continued depression of spirits, amounting to mental unsoundness; melancholia.

Melancholy (n.) Pensive maditation; serious thoughtfulness.

Melancholy (n.) Ill nature.

Melange (n.) A mixture; a medley.

Melanian (n.) One of a family of fresh-water pectinibranchiate mollusks, having a turret-shaped shell.


Melanin (n.) A black pigment found in the pigment-bearing cells of the skin (particularly in the skin of the negro), in the epithelial cells of the external layer of the retina (then called fuscin), in the outer layer of the choroid, and elsewhere. It is supposed to be derived from the decomposition of hemoglobin.

Melanism (n.) An undue development of dark-colored pigment in the skin or its appendages; -- the opposite of albinism.

Melanism (n.) A disease; black jaundice. See Mel/na.

Melanite (n.) A black variety of garnet.

Melanochroite (n.) A mineral of a red, or brownish or yellowish red color. It is a chromate of lead; -- called also phoenicocroite.

Melanorrhoea (n.) An East Indian genus of large trees. Melanorrh/a usitatissima is the lignum-vitae of Pegu, and yelds a valuable black varnish.

Melanoscope (n.) An instrument containing a combination of colored glasses such that they transmit only red light, so that objects of other colors, as green leaves, appear black when seen through it. It is used for viewing colored flames, to detect the presence of potassium, lithium, etc., by the red light which they emit.

Melanosperm (n.) An alga of any kind that produces blackish spores, or seed dust. The melanosperms include the rockweeds and all kinds of kelp.

Melanotype (n.) A positive picture produced with sensitized collodion on a smooth surface of black varnish, coating a thin plate of iron; also, the process of making such a picture.

Melanterite (n.) A hydrous sulphate of iron of a green color and vitreous luster; iron vitriol.

Melanure (n.) A small fish of the Mediterranean; a gilthead. See Gilthead (a).

Melaphyre (n.) Any one of several dark-colored augitic, eruptive rocks allied to basalt.

Melasma (n.) A dark discoloration of the skin, usually local; as, Addison's melasma, or Addison's disease.

Melasses (n.) See Molasses.

Melastoma (n.) A genus of evergreen tropical shrubs; -- so called from the black berries of some species, which stain the mouth.

Melchite (n.) One of a sect, chiefly in Syria and Egypt, which acknowledges the authority of the pope, but adheres to the liturgy and ceremonies of the Eastern Church.

Meleagris (n.) A genus of American gallinaceous birds, including the common and the wild turkeys.

Melee (n.) A fight in which the combatants are mingled in one confused mass; a hand to hand conflict; an affray.

Melena (n.) See Melaena.

Melene (n.) An unsaturated hydrocarbon, C30H60, of the ethylene series, obtained from beeswax as a white, scaly, crystal

Melenite (n.) An explosive of great destructive power; -- so called from its color, which resembles honey.

Meletin (n.) See Quercitin.

Melezitose (n.) A variety of sugar, isomeric with sucrose, extracted from the manna of the larch (Larix).

Melicotoon (n.) See Melocoton.

Melicratory (n.) A meadlike drink.

Melilite (n.) A mineral occurring in small yellow crystals, found in the lavas (melilite basalt) of Vesuvius, and elsewhere.

Melilot (n.) Any species of Melilotus, a genus of leguminous herbs having a vanillalike odor; sweet clover; hart's clover. The blue melilot (Melilotus caerulea) is used in Switzerland to give color and flavor to sapsago cheese.

Meliorater (n.) Same as Meliorator.

Melioration (n.) The act or operation of meliorating, or the state of being meliorated; improvement.

Meliorator (n.) One who meliorates.

Meliorism (n.) The doctrine that there is a tendency throughout nature toward improvement.

Meliority (n.) The state or quality of being better; melioration.

Meliphagan (n.) Any bird of the genus Meliphaga and allied genera; a honey eater; -- called also meliphagidan.

Melisma (n.) A piece of melody; a song or tune, -- as opposed to recitative or musical declamation.

Melisma (n.) A grace or embellishment.

Melissa (n.) A genus of labiate herbs, including the balm, or bee balm (Melissa officinalis).

Melissyl (n.) See Myricyl.

Melissylene (n.) See Melene.

Melitose (n.) A variety of sugar isomeric with sucrose, extracted from cotton seeds and from the so-called Australian manna (a secretion of certain species of Eucalyptus).

Mell (n.) Honey.

Mell (n.) A mill.

Mellate (n.) A mellitate.

Mellay (n.) A melee; a conflict.

Mellification (n.) The making or production of honey.

Mellifluence (n.) A flow of sweetness, or a sweet, smooth flow.

Melligo (n.) Honeydew.

Melliphagan (n.) See Meliphagan.

Mellitate (n.) A salt of mellitic acid.

Mellite (n.) A mineral of a honey color, found in brown coal, and partly the result of vegetable decomposition; honeystone. It is a mellitate of alumina.

Mellone (n.) A yellow powder, C6H3N9, obtained from certain sulphocyanates. It has acid properties and forms compounds called mellonides.

Mellonide (n.) See Mellone.

Mellowness (n.) Quality or state of being mellow.

Melluco (n.) A climbing plant (Ullucus officinalis) of the Andes, having tuberous roots which are used as a substitute for potatoes.

Melne (n.) A mill.

Melocoton (n.) Alt. of Melocotoon

Melocotoon (n.) A quince.

Melocotoon (n.) A kind of peach having one side deep red, and the flesh yellow.

Melodeon (n.) A kind of small reed organ; -- a portable form of the seraphine.

Melodeon (n.) A music hall.

Melodics (n.) The department of musical science which treats of the pitch of tones, and of the laws of melody.

Melodiograph (n.) A contrivance for preserving a record of music, by recording the action of the keys of a musical instrument when played upon.

Melodist (n.) A composer or singer of melodies.

Melodrama (n.) Formerly, a kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes. Now, a drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the gravedigging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".

Melodramatist (n.) One who acts in, or writes, melodramas.

Melodrame (n.) Melodrama.

Melody (n.) A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds.

Melody (n.) A rhythmical succession of single tones, ranging for the most part within a given key, and so related together as to form a musical whole, having the unity of what is technically called a musical thought, at once pleasing to the ear and characteristic in expression.

Melody (n.) The air or tune of a musical piece.

Melograph (n.) Same as Melodiograph.

Melolonthidian (n.) A beetle of the genus Melolontha, and allied genera. See May beetle, under May.

Melon (n.) The juicy fruit of certain cucurbitaceous plants, as the muskmelon, watermelon, and citron melon; also, the plant that produces the fruit.

Melon (n.) A large, ornamental, marine, univalve shell of the genus Melo.

Melopiano (n.) A piano having a mechanical attachment which enables the player to prolong the notes at will.

Meloplasty (n.) The process of restoring a cheek which has been destroyed wholly or in part.

Melop/ia (n.) The art of forming melody; melody; -- now often used for a melodic passage, rather than a complete melody.

Melotype (n.) A picture produced by a process in which development after exposure may be deferred indefinitely, so as to permit transportation of exposed plates; also, the process itself.

Melpomene (n.) The Muse of tragedy.

Melpomene (n.) The eighteenth asteroid.

Melrose (n.) Honey of roses.

Melt (n.) See 2d Milt.

Melter (n.) One who, or that which, melts.

Melting (n.) Liquefaction; the act of causing (something) to melt, or the process of becoming melted.

Melton (n.) A kind of stout woolen cloth with unfinished face and without raised nap. A commoner variety has a cotton warp.

Member (n.) A part of an animal capable of performing a distinct office; an organ; a limb.

Member (n.) Hence, a part of a whole; an independent constituent of a body

Member (n.) A part of a discourse or of a period or sentence; a clause; a part of a verse.

Member (n.) Either of the two parts of an algebraic equation, connected by the sign of equality.

Member (n.) Any essential part, as a post, tie rod, strut, etc., of a framed structure, as a bridge truss.

Member (n.) Any part of a building, whether constructional, as a pier, column, lintel, or the like, or decorative, as a molding, or group of moldings.

Member (n.) One of the persons composing a society, community, or the like; an individual forming part of an association; as, a member of the society of Friends.

Membership (n.) The state of being a member.

Membership (n.) The collective body of members, as of a society.

Membrane (n.) A thin layer or fold of tissue, usually supported by a fibrous network, serving to cover or

Membranology (n.) The science which treats of membranes.

Memento (n.) A hint, suggestion, token, or memorial, to awaken memory; that which reminds or recalls to memory; a souvenir.

Meminna (n.) A small deerlet, or chevrotain, of India.

Memnon (n.) A celebrated Egyptian statue near Thebes, said to have the property of emitting a harplike sound at sunrise.

Memoir (n.) Alt. of Memoirs

Memoirs (n.) A memorial account; a history composed from personal experience and memory; an account of transactions or events (usually written in familiar style) as they are remembered by the writer. See History, 2.

Memoirs (n.) A memorial of any individual; a biography; often, a biography written without special regard to method and completeness.

Memoirs (n.) An account of something deemed noteworthy; an essay; a record of investigations of any subject; the journals and proceedings of a society.

Memoirist (n.) A writer of memoirs.

Memorability (n.) The quality or state of being memorable.

Memorandum (n.) A record of something which it is desired to remember; a note to help the memory.

Memorandum (n.) A brief or informal note in writing of some transaction, or an out

Memoria (n.) Memory.

Memorial (n.) Anything intended to preserve the memory of a person or event; something which serves to keep something else in remembrance; a monument.

Memorial (n.) A memorandum; a record.

Memorial (n.) A written representation of facts, addressed to the government, or to some branch of it, or to a society, etc., -- often accompanied with a petition.

Memorial (n.) Memory; remembrance.

Memorial (n.) A species of informal state paper, much used in negotiation.

Memorialist (n.) One who writes or signs a memorial.

Memorializer (n.) One who petitions by a memorial.

Memorist (n.) One who, or that which, causes to be remembered.

Memory (n.) The faculty of the mind by which it retains the knowledge of previous thoughts, impressions, or events.

Memory (n.) The reach and positiveness with which a person can remember; the strength and trustworthiness of one's power to reach and represent or to recall the past; as, his memory was never wrong.

Memory (n.) The actual and distinct retention and recognition of past ideas in the mind; remembrance; as, in memory of youth; memories of foreign lands.

Memory (n.) The time within which past events can be or are remembered; as, within the memory of man.

Memory (n.) Something, or an aggregate of things, remembered; hence, character, conduct, etc., as preserved in remembrance, history, or tradition; posthumous fame; as, the war became only a memory.

Memory (n.) A memorial.

Men (n.) pl. of Man.

Menaccanite (n.) An iron-black or steel-gray mineral, consisting chiefly of the oxides of iron and titanium. It is commonly massive, but occurs also in rhombohedral crystals. Called also titanic iron ore, and ilmenite.

Menace (n.) The show of an intention to inflict evil; a threat or threatening; indication of a probable evil or catastrophe to come.

Menace (n.) To express or show an intention to inflict, or to hold out a prospect of inflicting, evil or injury upon; to threaten; -- usually followed by with before the harm threatened; as, to menace a country with war.

Menace (n.) To threaten, as an evil to be inflicted.

Menacer (n.) One who menaces.

Menage (n.) See Manage.

Menage (n.) A collection of animals; a menagerie.

Menagerie (n.) A piace where animals are kept and trained.

Menagerie (n.) A collection of wild or exotic animals, kept for exhibition.

Menagogue (n.) Emmenagogue.

Menaion (n.) A work of twelve volumes, each containing the offices in the Greek Church for a month; also, each volume of the same.

Mendacity (n.) The quality or state of being mendacious; a habit of lying.

Mendacity (n.) A falsehood; a lie.

Mender (n.) One who mends or repairs.

Mendiant (n.) See Mendinant.

Mendicancy (n.) The condition of being mendicant; beggary; begging.

Mendicant (n.) A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging; specifically, a begging friar.

Mendication (n.) The act or practice of begging; beggary; mendicancy.

Mendicity (n.) The practice of begging; the life of a beggar; mendicancy.

Mendinant (n.) A mendicant or begging friar.

Mendment (n.) Amendment.

Mendole (n.) The cackerel.

Mendregal (n.) Medregal.

Mends (n.) See Amends.

Menhaden (n.) An American marine fish of the Herring familt (Brevoortia tyrannus), chiefly valuable for its oil and as a component of fertilizers; -- called also mossbunker, bony fish, chebog, pogy, hardhead, whitefish, etc.

Menhir (n.) A large stone set upright in olden times as a memorial or monument. Many, of unknown date, are found in Brittany and throughout Northern Europe.

Menial (n.) Belonging to a retinue or train of servants; performing servile office; serving.

Menial (n.) Pertaining to servants, esp. domestic servants; servile; low; mean.

Menial (n.) A domestic servant or retainer, esp. one of humble rank; one employed in low or servile offices.

Menial (n.) A person of a servile character or disposition.

Menilite (n.) See Opal.

Meningitis (n.) Inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord.

Meniscus (n.) A crescent.

Meniscus (n.) A lens convex on one side and concave on the other.

Meniscus (n.) An interarticular synovial cartilage or membrane; esp., one of the intervertebral synovial disks in some parts of the vertebral column of birds.

Menispermine (n.) An alkaloid distinct from picrotoxin and obtained from the cocculus indicus (the fruit of Anamirta Cocculus, formerly Menispermum Cocculus) as a white, crystal

Mennonist (n.) Alt. of Mennonite

Mennonite (n.) One of a small denomination of Christians, so called from Menno Simons of Friesland, their founder. They believe that the New Testament is the only rule of faith, that there is no original sin, that infants should not be baptized, and that Christians ought not to take oath, hold office, or render military service.

Menobranch (n.) Alt. of Menobranchus

Menobranchus (n.) A large aquatic American salamander of the genus Necturus, having permanent external gills.

Menologium (n.) Alt. of Menology

Menology (n.) A register of months.

Menology (n.) A brief calendar of the lives of the saints for each day in the year, or a simple remembrance of those whose lives are not written.

Menopause (n.) The period of natural cessation of menstruation. See Change of life, under Change.

Menopoma (n.) Alt. of Menopome

Menopome (n.) The hellbender.

Menorrhagia (n.) Profuse menstruation.

Menorrhagia (n.) Any profuse bleeding from the uterus; Metrorrhagia.

Menostasis (n.) Stoppage of the mences.

Menostation (n.) Same as Menostasis.

Menow (n.) A minnow.

Men-pleaser (n.) One whose motive is to please men or the world, rather than God.

Mense (n.) Man

Menstruation (n.) The discharge of the menses; also, the state or the period of menstruating.

Menstrue (n.) The menstrual flux; menses.

Menstruum (n.) Any substance which dissolves a solid body; a solvent.

Mensurability (n.) The quality of being mensurable.

Mensurableness (n.) The quality or state of being mensurable; measurableness.

Mensuration (n.) The act, process, or art, of measuring.

Mensuration (n.) That branch of applied geometry which gives rules for finding the length of

Mentagra (n.) Sycosis.

Mental (n.) A plate or scale covering the mentum or chin of a fish or reptile.

Mentality (n.) Quality or state of mind.

Mentha (n.) A widely distributed genus of fragrant herbs, including the peppermint, spearmint, etc. The plants have small flowers, usually arranged in dense axillary clusters.

Menthene (n.) A colorless liquid hydrocarbon resembling oil of turpentine, obtained by dehydrating menthol. It has an agreeable odor and a cooling taste.

Menthol (n.) A white, crystal

Menthyl (n.) A compound radical forming the base of menthol.

Mention (n.) A speaking or notice of anything, -- usually in a brief or cursory manner. Used especially in the phrase to make mention of.

Mentomeckelian (n.) The bone or cartilage forming the anterior extremity of the lower jaw in some adult animals and the young of others.

Mentor (n.) A wise and faithful counselor or monitor.

Mentum (n.) The front median plate of the labium in insects. See Labium.

Menu (n.) The details of a banquet; a bill of fare.

Mephitis (n.) Noxious, pestilential, or foul exhalations from decomposing substances, filth, or other source.

Mephitis (n.) A genus of mammals, including the skunks.

Mephitism (n.) Same as Mephitis, 1.

Mercaptal (n.) Any one of a series of compounds of mercaptans with aldehydes.

Mercaptan (n.) Any one of series of compounds, hydrosulphides of alcohol radicals, in composition resembling the alcohols, but containing sulphur in place of oxygen, and hence called also the sulphur alcohols. In general, they are colorless liquids having a strong, repulsive, garlic odor. The name is specifically applied to ethyl mercaptan, C2H5SH. So called from its avidity for mercury, and other metals.

Mercaptide (n.) A compound of mercaptan formed by replacing its sulphur hydrogen by a metal; as, potassium mercaptide, C2H5SK.

Mercat (n.) Market; trade.

Mercatante (n.) A foreign trader.

Mercature (n.) Commerce; traffic; trade.

Mercenaria (n.) The quahog.

Mercenarian (n.) A mercenary.

Mercenariness (n.) The quality or state of being mercenary; venality.

Mercenary (n.) One who is hired; a hireling; especially, a soldier hired into foreign service.

Mercer (n.) Originally, a dealer in any kind of goods or wares; now restricted to a dealer in textile fabrics, as silks or woolens.

Mercership (n.) The business of a mercer.

Mercery (n.) The trade of mercers; the goods in which a mercer deals.

Merchandise (n.) The objects of commerce; whatever is usually bought or sold in trade, or market, or by merchants; wares; goods; commodities.

Merchandise (n.) The act or business of trading; trade; traffic.

Merchandiser (n.) A trader.

Merchandry (n.) Trade; commerce.

Merchant (n.) One who traffics on a large scale, especially with foreign countries; a trafficker; a trader.

Merchant (n.) A trading vessel; a merchantman.

Merchant (n.) One who keeps a store or shop for the sale of goods; a shopkeeper.

Merchantman (n.) A merchant.

Merchantman (n.) A trading vessel; a ship employed in the transportation of goods, as, distinguished from a man-of-war.

Merchantry (n.) The body of merchants taken collectively; as, the merchantry of a country.

Merchantry (n.) The business of a merchant; merchandise.

Mercurammonium (n.) A radical regarded as derived from ammonium by the substitution of mercury for a portion of the hydrogen.

Mercurial (n.) A person having mercurial qualities.

Mercurial (n.) A preparation containing mercury.

Mercurialist (n.) One under the influence of Mercury; one resembling Mercury in character.

Mercurialist (n.) A physician who uses much mercury, in any of its forms, in his practice.

Mercurification (n.) The process or operation of obtaining the mercury, in its fluid form, from mercuric minerals.

Mercurification (n.) The act or process of compounding, or the state of being compounded, with mercury.

Mercurism (n.) A communication of news; an announcement.

Mercury (n.) A Latin god of commerce and gain; -- treated by the poets as identical with the Greek Hermes, messenger of the gods, conductor of souls to the lower world, and god of eloquence.

Mercury (n.) A metallic element mostly obtained by reduction from cinnabar, one of its ores. It is a heavy, opaque, glistening liquid (commonly called quicksilver), and is used in barometers, thermometers, ect. Specific gravity 13.6. Symbol Hg (Hydrargyrum). Atomic weight 199.8. Mercury has a molecule which consists of only one atom. It was named by the alchemists after the god Mercury, and designated by his symbol, /.

Mercury (n.) One of the planets of the solar system, being the one nearest the sun, from which its mean distance is about 36,000,000 miles. Its period is 88 days, and its diameter 3,000 miles.

Mercury (n.) A carrier of tidings; a newsboy; a messenger; hence, also, a newspaper.

Mercury (n.) Sprightly or mercurial quality; spirit; mutability; fickleness.

Mercury (n.) A plant (Mercurialis annua), of the Spurge family, the leaves of which are sometimes used for spinach, in Europe.

Mercy (n.) Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency.

Mercy (n.) Compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless; sometimes, favor, beneficence.

Mercy (n.) Disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willingness to spare or to help.

Mercy (n.) A blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor.

Merd (n.) Ordure; dung.

Mere (n.) A pool or lake.

Mere (n.) A boundary.

Mere (n.) A mare.

Merenchyma (n.) Tissue composed of spheroidal cells.

Meresman (n.) An officer who ascertains meres or boundaries.

Merestead (n.) The land within the boundaries of a farm; a farmstead or farm.

Merestone (n.) A stone designating a limit or boundary; a landmark.

Merganser (n.) Any bird of the genus Merganser, and allied genera. They are allied to the ducks, but have a sharply serrated bill.

Merger (n.) One who, or that which, merges.

Merger (n.) An absorption of one estate, or one contract, in another, or of a minor offense in a greater.

Mericarp (n.) One carpel of an umbelliferous fruit. See Cremocarp.

Meride (n.) A permanent colony of cells or plastids which may remain isolated, like Rotifer, or may multiply by gemmation to form higher aggregates, termed zoides.

Meridionality (n.) The state of being in the meridian.

Meridionality (n.) Position in the south; aspect toward the south.

Merils (n.) A boy's play, called also fivepenny morris. See Morris.

Meringue (n.) A delicate pastry made of powdered sugar and the whites of eggs whipped up, -- with jam or cream added.

Merino (n.) A breed of sheep originally from Spain, noted for the fineness of its wool.

Merino (n.) A fine fabric of merino wool.

Meristem (n.) A tissue of growing cells, or cells capable of further division.

Merit (n.) The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.

Merit (n.) Esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence.

Merit (n.) Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits.

Merit (n.) To earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a bad sense; as, to merit punishment.

Merit (n.) To reward.

Merithal (n.) Alt. of Merithallus

Merithallus (n.) Same as Internode.

Meritmonger (n.) One who depends on merit for salvation.

Meritot (n.) A play of children, in swinging on ropes, or the like, till they are dizzy.

Merk (n.) An old Scotch silver coin; a mark or marc.

Merk (n.) A mark; a sign.

Merkin (n.) Originally, a wig; afterwards, a mop for cleaning cannon.

Merl (n.) Alt. of Merle

Merle (n.) The European blackbird. See Blackbird.

Merlin (n.) A small European falcon (Falco lithofalco, or F. aesalon).

Merling (n.) The European whiting.

Merlon (n.) One of the solid parts of a battlemented parapet; a battlement. See Illust. of Battlement.

Merluce (n.) The European hake; -- called also herring hake and sea pike.

Mermaid (n.) A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish.

Merman (n.) The male corresponding to mermaid; a sea man, or man fish.

Meroblast (n.) An ovum, as that of a mammal, only partially composed of germinal matter, that is, consisting of both a germinal portion and an albuminous or nutritive one; -- opposed to holoblast.

Merocele (n.) Hernia in the thigh; femoral hernia .

Meropidan (n.) One of a family of birds (Meropidae), including the bee-eaters.

Meropodite (n.) The fourth joint of a typical appendage of Crustacea.

Merorganization (n.) Organization in part.

Meros (n.) The plain surface between the channels of a triglyph.

Meros (n.) The proximal segment of the hind limb; the thigh.

Merosome (n.) One of the serial segments, or metameres, of which the bodies of vertebrate and articulate animals are composed.

Merou (n.) See Jack, 8 (c).

Merovingian (n.) One of the kings of this dynasty.

Merrimake (n.) See Merrymake, n.

Merriment (n.) Gayety, with laughter; mirth; frolic.

Merriness (n.) The quality or state of being merry; merriment; mirth; gayety, with laughter.

Merry (n.) A kind of wild red cherry.

Merry-andrew (n.) One whose business is to make sport for others; a buffoon; a zany; especially, one who attends a mountebank or quack doctor.

Merry-go-round (n.) Any revolving contrivance for affording amusement; esp., a ring of flying hobbyhorses.

Merrymake (n.) Mirth; frolic; a meeting for mirth; a festival.

Merrymaker (n.) One who makes merriment or indulges in conviviality; a jovial comrade.

Merrymaking (n.) The act of making merry; conviviality; merriment; jollity.

Merrymeeting (n.) A meeting for mirth.

Merrythought (n.) The forked bone of a fowl's breast; -- called also wishbone. See Furculum.

Mersion (n.) Immersion.

Merulidan (n.) A bird of the Thrush family.

Merus (n.) See Meros.

Mervaille (n.) Marvel.

Mesaconate (n.) A salt of mesaconic acid.

Mesalliance (n.) A marriage with a person of inferior social position; a misalliance.

Mesam/boid (n.) One of a class of independent, isolated cells found in the mesoderm, while the germ layers are undergoing differentiation.

Mescal (n.) A distilled liquor prepared in Mexico from a species of agave. See Agave.

Mesdames (n.) pl. of Madame and Madam.

Mesel (n.) A leper.

Meselry (n.) Leprosy.

Mesembryanthemum (n.) A genus of herbaceous or suffruticose plants, chiefly natives of South Africa. The leaves are opposite, thick, and f/eshy. The flowers usually open about midday, whence the name.

Mesencephalon (n.) The middle segment of the brain; the midbrain. Sometimes abbreviated to mesen. See Brain.

Mesenchyma (n.) The part of the mesoblast which gives rise to the connective tissues and blood.

Mesenteron (n.) All that part of the alimentary canal which is developed from the primitive enteron and is

Mesentery (n.) The membranes, or one of the membranes (consisting of a fold of the peritoneum and inclosed tissues), which connect the intestines and their appendages with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity. The mesentery proper is connected with the jejunum and ilium, the other mesenteries being called mesocaecum, mesocolon, mesorectum, etc.

Mesentery (n.) One of the vertical muscular radiating partitions which divide the body cavity of Anthozoa into chambers.

Mesethmoid (n.) The median vertical plate, or median element, of the ethmoid bone.

Mesh (n.) The opening or space inclosed by the threads of a net between knot and knot, or the threads inclosing such a space; network; a net.

Mesh (n.) The engagement of the teeth of wheels, or of a wheel and rack.

Mesityl (n.) A hypothetical radical formerly supposed to exist in mesityl oxide.

Mesitylenate (n.) A salt of mesitylenic acid.

Mesitylene (n.) A colorless, fragrant liquid, C6H3(CH3)3, of the benzene series of hydrocarbons, obtained by distilling acetone with sulphuric acid.

Mesitylol (n.) A crystal

Meslin (n.) See Maslin.

Mesmeree (n.) A person subjected to mesmeric influence; one who is mesmerized.

Mesmerism (n.) The art of inducing an extraordinary or abnormal state of the nervous system, in which the actor claims to control the actions, and communicate directly with the mind, of the recipient. See Animal magnetism, under Magnetism.

Mesmerist (n.) One who practices, or believes in, mesmerism.

Mesmerization (n.) The act of mesmerizing; the state of being mesmerized.

Mesmerizer (n.) One who mesmerizes.

Mesoarium (n.) The fold of peritoneum which suspends the ovary from the dorsal wall of the body cavity.

Mesoblast (n.) The mesoderm.

Mesoblast (n.) The cell nucleus; mesoplast.

Mesobronchium (n.) The main bronchus of each lung.

Mesocaecum (n.) The fold of peritoneum attached to the caecum.

Mesocarp (n.) The middle layer of a pericarp which consists of three distinct or dissimilar layers.

Mesocephalon (n.) The pons Varolii.

Mesocoele (n.) Alt. of Mesocoelia

Mesocoelia (n.) The cavity of the mesencephalon; the iter.

Mesocolon (n.) The fold of peritoneum, or mesentery, attached to the colon.

Mesocoracoid (n.) A process from the middle of the coracoid in some animals.

Mesocuneiform (n.) Alt. of Mesocuniform

Mesocuniform (n.) One of the bones of the tarsus. See 2d Cuneiform.

Mesoderm (n.) The layer of the blastoderm, between the ectoderm and endoderm; mesoblast. See Illust. of Blastoderm and Ectoderm.

Mesoderm (n.) The middle body layer in some invertebrates.

Mesoderm (n.) The middle layer of tissue in some vegetable structures.

Mesogaster (n.) The fold of peritoneum connecting the stomach with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity; the mesogastrium.

Mesogastrium (n.) The umbilical region.

Mesogastrium (n.) The mesogaster.

Mesogl/a (n.) A thin gelatinous tissue separating the ectoderm and endoderm in certain coelenterates.

Mesohepar (n.) A fold of the peritoneum connecting the liver with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity.

Mesohippus (n.) An extinct mammal of the Horse family, but not larger than a sheep, and having three toes on each foot.

Mesolabe (n.) An instrument of the ancients for finding two mean proportionals between two given

Mesole (n.) Same as Thomsonite.

Mesolite (n.) A zeolitic mineral, grayish white or yellowish, occuring in delicate groups of crystals, also fibrous massive. It is a hydrous silicate of alumina, lime, and soda.

Mesologarithm (n.) A logarithm of the cosine or cotangent.

Mesometrium (n.) The fold of the peritoneum supporting the oviduct.

Mesomyodian (n.) A bird having a mesomyodous larynx.

Meson (n.) The mesial plane dividing the body of an animal into similar right and left halves. The

Mesonephros (n.) The middle one of the three pairs of embryonic renal organs developed in most vertebrates; the Wolffian body.

Mesonotum (n.) The dorsal portion of the mesothorax of insects.

Mesophl/um (n.) The middle bark of a tree; the green layer of bark, usually soon covered by the outer or corky layer, and obliterated.

Mesophryon (n.) See Glabella.

Mesophyllum (n.) The parenchyma of a leaf between the skin of the two surfaces.

Mesoplast (n.) The nucleus of a cell; mesoblast.

Mesopodiale (n.) One of the bones of either the carpus or tarsus.

Mesopodium (n.) The middle portion of the foot in the Gastropoda and Pteropoda.

Mesopterygium (n.) The middle one of the three principal basal cartilages in the fins of fishes.

Mesorchium (n.) The fold of peritoneum which attaches the testis to the dorsal wall of the body cavity or scrotal sac.

Mesorectum (n.) The fold of peritoneum, or mesentery, attached to the rectum.

Mesosauria (n.) Same as Mosasauria.

Mesoscapula (n.) A process from the middle of the scapula in some animals; the spine of the scapula.

Mesoscutum (n.) The scutum or dorsal plate of the middle thoracic segment of an insect. See Illust. of Butterfly.

Mesosiderite (n.) See the Note under Meteorite.

Mesosperm (n.) A membrane of a seed. See Secundine.

Mesostate (n.) A product of metabolic action.

Mesosternum (n.) The middle portion, or body, of the sternum.

Mesosternum (n.) The ventral piece of the middle segment of the thorax in insects.

Mesotheca (n.) The middle layer of the gonophore in the Hydrozoa.

Mesothelium (n.) Epithelial mesoderm; a layer of cuboidal epithelium cells, formed from a portion of the mesoderm during the differetiation of the germ layers. It constitutes the boundary of the c/lum.

Mesothorax (n.) The middle segment of the thorax in insects. See Illust. of Coleoptera.

Mesotype (n.) An old term covering natrolite or soda mesolite, scolecite or lime mesotype, and mesolite or lime-soda mesotype.

Mesovarium (n.) The fold of peritoneum connecting the ovary with the wall of the abdominal cavity.

Mesoxalate (n.) A salt of mesoxalic acid.

Mesozoic (n.) The Mesozoic age or formation.

Mesprise (n.) Contempt; scorn.

Mesprise (n.) Misadventure; ill-success.

Mesquite (n.) Alt. of Mesquit

Mesquit (n.) A name for two trees of the southwestern part of North America, the honey mesquite, and screw-pod mesquite.

Mess (n.) Mass; church service.

Mess (n.) A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; as, a mess of pottage; also, the food given to a beast at one time.

Mess (n.) A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table; as, the wardroom mess.

Mess (n.) A set of four; -- from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner.

Mess (n.) The milk given by a cow at one milking.

Mess (n.) A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; as, he made a mess of it.

Message (n.) Any notice, word, or communication, written or verbal, sent from one person to another.

Message (n.) Hence, specifically, an official communication, not made in person, but delivered by a messenger; as, the President's message.

Message (n.) A messenger.

Messager (n.) A messenger.

Messenger (n.) One who bears a message; the bearer of a verbal or written communication, notice, or invitation, from one person to another, or to a public body; specifically, an office servant who bears messages.

Messenger (n.) One who, or that which, foreshows, or foretells.

Messenger (n.) A hawser passed round the capstan, and having its two ends lashed together to form an endless rope or chain; -- formerly used for heaving in the cable.

Messenger (n.) A person appointed to perform certain ministerial duties under bankrupt and insolvent laws, such as to take charge og the estate of the bankrupt or insolvent.

Messet (n.) A dog.

Messiad (n.) A German epic poem on the Messiah, by Klopstock.

Messiah (n.) The expected king and deliverer of the Hebrews; the Savior; Christ.

Messiahship (n.) The state or office of the Messiah.

Messias (n.) The Messiah.

Messidor (n.) The tenth month of the French republican calendar dating from September 22, 1792. It began June 19, and ended July 18. See VendEmiaire.

Messmate (n.) An associate in a mess.

Messuage (n.) A dwelling house, with the adjacent buildings and curtilage, and the adjoining lands appropriated to the use of the household.

Mestee (n.) The offspring of a white person and a quadroon; -- so called in the West Indies.

Mester (n.) See Mister, a trade.

Mestino (n.) See Mestizo.

Mestizo (n.) The offspring of an Indian or a negro and a European or person of European stock.

Mestling (n.) A kind of brass. See Maslin.

Mesymnicum (n.) A repetition at the end of a stanza.

Metabasis (n.) A transition from one subject to another.

Metabasis (n.) Same as Metabola.

Metabola (n.) Alt. of Metabole

Metabole (n.) A change or mutation; a change of disease, symptoms, or treatment.

Metabolian (n.) An insect which undergoes a metamorphosis.

Metabolisis (n.) Metabolism.

Metabolism (n.) The act or process, by which living tissues or cells take up and convert into their own proper substance the nutritive material brought to them by the blood, or by which they transform their cell protoplasm into simpler substances, which are fitted either for excretion or for some special purpose, as in the manufacture of the digestive ferments. Hence, metabolism may be either constructive (anabolism), or destructive (katabolism).

Metabolite (n.) A product of metabolism; a substance produced by metabolic action, as urea.

Metacarpal (n.) A metacarpal bone.

Metacarpus (n.) That part of the skeleton of the hand or forefoot between the carpus and phalanges. In man it consists of five bones. See Illust. of Artiodactyla.

Metacenter (n.) Alt. of -tre

-tre (n.) The point of intersection of a vertical

Metacetone (n.) A colorless liquid of an agreeable odor, C6H10O, obtained by distilling a mixture of sugar and lime; -- so called because formerly regarded as a polymeric modification of acetone.

Metachloral (n.) A white, amorphous, insoluble substance regarded as a polymeric variety of chloral.

Metachronism (n.) An error committed in chronology by placing an event after its real time.

Metachrosis (n.) The power og changing color at will by the expansion of special pigment cells, under nerve influence, as seen in many reptiles, fishes, etc.

Metacinnabarite (n.) Sulphide of mercury in isometric form and black in color.

Metacism (n.) A defect in pronouncing the letter m, or a too frequent use of it.

Metacrolein (n.) A polymeric modification of acrolein obtained by heating it with caustic potash. It is a crystal

Metacromion (n.) A process projecting backward and downward from the acromion of the scapula of some mammals.

Metagenesis (n.) The change of form which one animal species undergoes in a series of successively produced individuals, extending from the one developed from the ovum to the final perfected individual. Hence, metagenesis involves the production of sexual individuals by nonsexual means, either directly or through intervening sexless generations. Opposed to monogenesis. See Alternate generation, under Generation.

Metagenesis (n.) Alternation of sexual and asexual or gemmiparous generations; -- in distinction from heterogamy.

Metagrammatism (n.) Anagrammatism.

Metagraphy (n.) The art or act of rendering the letters of the alphabet of one language into the possible equivalents of another; transliteration.

Metal (n.) An elementary substance, as sodium, calcium, or copper, whose oxide or hydroxide has basic rather than acid properties, as contrasted with the nonmetals, or metalloids. No sharp

Metal (n.) Ore from which a metal is derived; -- so called by miners.

Metal (n.) A mine from which ores are taken.

Metal (n.) The substance of which anything is made; material; hence, constitutional disposition; character; temper.

Metal (n.) Courage; spirit; mettle. See Mettle.

Metal (n.) The broken stone used in macadamizing roads and ballasting railroads.

Metal (n.) The effective power or caliber of guns carried by a vessel of war.

Metal (n.) Glass in a state of fusion.

Metal (n.) The rails of a railroad.

Metalammonium (n.) A hypothetical radical derived from ammonium by the substitution of metallic atoms in place of hydrogen.

Metalbumin (n.) A form of albumin found in ascitic and certain serous fluids. It is sometimes regarded as a mixture of albumin and mucin.

Metaldehyde (n.) A white crystal

Metalepsis (n.) The continuation of a trope in one word through a succession of significations, or the union of two or more tropes of a different kind in one word.

Metalepsy (n.) Exchange; replacement; substitution; metathesis.

Metallifacture (n.) The production and working or manufacture of metals.


Metallist (n.) A worker in metals, or one skilled in metals.

Metallization (n.) The act or process of metallizing.

Metallochrome (n.) A coloring produced by the deposition of some metallic compound; specifically, the prismatic tints produced by depositing a film of peroxide of lead on polished steel by electricity.

Metallochromy (n.) The art or process of coloring metals.

Metallograph (n.) A print made by metallography.

Metallographist (n.) One who writes on the subject of metals.

Metallography (n.) The science or art of metals and metal working; also, a treatise on metals.

Metallography (n.) A method of transferring impressions of the grain of wood to metallic surfaces by chemical action.

Metallography (n.) A substitute for lithography, in which metallic plates are used instead of stone.

Metalloid (n.) Formerly, the metallic base of a fixed alkali, or alka

Metalloid (n.) Now, one of several elementary substances which in the free state are unlike metals, and whose compounds possess or produce acid, rather than basic, properties; a nonmetal; as, boron, carbon, phosphorus, nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur, chlorine, bromine, etc., are metalloids.

Metallotherapy (n.) Treatment of disease by applying metallic plates to the surface of the body.

Metallurgist (n.) One who works in metals, or prepares them for use; one who is skilled in metallurgy.

Metallurgy (n.) The art of working metals, comprehending the whole process of separating them from other matters in the ore, smelting, refining, and parting them; sometimes, in a narrower sense, only the process of extracting metals from their ores.

Metalman (n.) A worker in metals.

Metamer (n.) Any one of several metameric forms of the same substance, or of different substances having the same composition; as, xylene has three metamers, viz., orthoxylene, metaxylene, and paraxylene.

Metamere (n.) One of successive or homodynamous parts in animals and plants; one of a series of similar parts that follow one another in a vertebrate or articulate animal, as in an earthworm; a segment; a somite. See Illust. of Loeven's larva.

Metamerism (n.) The symmetry of a metameric structure; serial symmetry; the state of being made up of metameres.

Metamerism (n.) The state or quality of being metameric; also, the relation or condition of metameric compounds.

Metamorphism (n.) The state or quality of being metamorphic; the process by which the material of rock masses has been more or less recrystallized by heat, pressure, etc., as in the change of sedimentary limestone to marble.

Metamorphist (n.) One who believes that the body of Christ was merged into the Deity when he ascended.

Metamorphose (n.) Same as Metamorphosis.

Metamorphoser (n.) One who metamorphoses.

Metamorphosis (n.) Change of form, or structure; transformation.

Metamorphosis (n.) A change in the form or function of a living organism, by a natural process of growth or development; as, the metamorphosis of the yolk into the embryo, of a tadpole into a frog, or of a bud into a blossom. Especially, that form of sexual reproduction in which an embryo undergoes a series of marked changes of external form, as the chrysalis stage, pupa stage, etc., in insects. In these intermediate stages sexual reproduction is usually impossible, but they ultimately pass>

Metamorphosis (n.) The change of material of one kind into another through the agency of the living organism; metabolism.

Metanauplius (n.) A larval crustacean in a stage following the nauplius, and having about seven pairs of appendages.

Metanephros (n.) The most posterior of the three pairs of embryonic renal organs developed in many vertebrates.

Metanotum (n.) The dorsal portion of the metaphorax of insects.

Metantimonate (n.) A salt of metantimonic acid.

Metapectin (n.) A substance obtained from, and resembling, pectin, and occurring in overripe fruits.

Metapeptone (n.) An intermediate product formed in the gastric digestion of albuminous matter.

Metaphor (n.) The transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea.

Metaphorist (n.) One who makes metaphors.

Metaphosphate (n.) A salt of metaphosphoric acid.

Metaphrase (n.) A verbal translation; a version or translation from one language into another, word for word; -- opposed to paraphrase.

Metaphrase (n.) An answering phrase; repartee.

Metaphrasis (n.) Metaphrase.

Metaphrast (n.) A literal translator.

Metaphysic (n.) See Metaphysics.

Metaphysician (n.) One who is versed in metaphysics.

Metaphysics (n.) The science of real as distinguished from phenomenal being; ontology; also, the science of being, with reference to its abstract and universal conditions, as distinguished from the science of determined or concrete being; the science of the conceptions and relations which are necessarily implied as true of every kind of being; phylosophy in general; first principles, or the science of first principles.

Metaphysics (n.) Hence: The scientific knowledge of mental phenomena; mental philosophy; psychology.

Metaphysis (n.) Change of form; transformation.

Metaplasm (n.) A change in the letters or syllables of a word.

Metaplast (n.) A word having more than one form of the root.

Metapode (n.) The posterior division of the foot in the Gastropoda and Pteropoda.

Metapodiale (n.) One of the bones of either the metacarpus or metatarsus.

Metapodium (n.) Same as Metapode.

Metapophysis (n.) A tubercle projecting from the anterior articular processes of some vertebr/; a mammillary process.

Metapterygium (n.) The posterior of the three principal basal cartilages in the fins of fishes.

Metasilicate (n.) A salt of metasilicic acid.

Metasomatism (n.) An alteration in a mineral or rock mass when involving a chemical change of the substance, as of chrysolite to serpentine; -- opposed to ordinary metamorphism, as implying simply a recrystallization.

Metasome (n.) One of the component segments of the body of an animal.

Metastannate (n.) A salt of metastannic acid.

Metastasis (n.) A spiritual change, as during baptism.

Metastasis (n.) A change in the location of a disease, as from one part to another.

Metastasis (n.) The act or process by which matter is taken up by cells or tissues and is transformed into other matter; in plants, the act or process by which are produced all of those chemical changes in the constituents of the plant which are not accompanied by a production of organic matter; metabolism.

Metasternum (n.) The most posterior element of the sternum; the ensiform process; xiphisternum.

Metasternum (n.) The ventral plate of the third or last segment of the thorax of insects.

Metastoma (n.) Alt. of Metastome

Metastome (n.) A median elevation behind the mouth in the arthropods.

Metatarsal (n.) A metatarsal bone.

Metatarse (n.) Metatarsus.

Metatarsus (n.) That part of the skeleton of the hind or lower limb between the tarsus and phalanges; metatarse. It consists, in the human foot, of five bones. See Illustration in Appendix.

Metathesis (n.) Transposition, as of the letters or syllables of a word; as, pistris for pristis; meagre for meager.

Metathesis (n.) A mere change in place of a morbid substance, without removal from the body.

Metathesis (n.) The act, process, or result of exchange, substitution, or replacement of atoms and radicals; thus, by metathesis an acid gives up all or part of its hydrogen, takes on an equivalent amount of a metal or base, and forms a salt.

Metathorax (n.) The last or posterior segment of the thorax in insects. See Illust. of Coleoptera.

Metatungstate (n.) A salt of metatungstic acid.

Metavanadate (n.) A salt of metavanadic acid.

Metaxylene (n.) That variety of xylene, or dimethyl benzene, in which the two methyl groups occupy the meta position with reference to each other. It is a colorless inf/ammable liquid.

Metayage (n.) A system of farming on halves.

Metazoan (n.) One of the Metazoa.

Metazoon (n.) One of the Metazoa.

Mete (n.) Meat.

Mete (n.) Measure; limit; boundary; -- used chiefly in the plural, and in the phrase metes and bounds.

Metecorn (n.) A quantity of corn formerly given by the lord to his customary tenants, as an encouragement to, or reward for, labor and faithful service.

Metempiricism (n.) The science that is concerned with metempirics.

Metempirics (n.) The concepts and relations which are conceived as beyond, and yet as related to, the knowledge gained by experience.

Metempsychosis (n.) The passage of the soul, as an immortal essence, at the death of the animal body it had inhabited, into another living body, whether of a brute or a human being; transmigration of souls.

Metemptosis (n.) The suppression of a day in the calendar to prevent the date of the new moon being set a day too late, or the suppression of the bissextile day once in 134 years. The opposite to this is the proemptosis, or the addition of a day every 330 years, and another every 2,400 years.

Metencephalon (n.) The posterior part of the brain, including the medulla; the afterbrain. Sometimes abbreviated to meten.

Metensomatosis (n.) The assimilation by one body or organism of the elements of another.

Meteor (n.) Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc.

Meteor (n.) Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.

Meteorism (n.) Flatulent distention of the abdomen; tympanites.

Meteorite (n.) A mass of stone or iron which has fallen to the earth from space; an aerolite.

Meteorograph (n.) An instrument which registers meteorologic phases or conditions.

Meteorography (n.) The registration of meteorological phenomena.

Meteoroid (n.) A small body moving through space, or revolving about the sun, which on entering the earth's atmosphere would be deflagrated and appear as a meteor.

Meteorolite (n.) A meteoric stone; an aerolite; a meteorite.

Meteorologist (n.) A person skilled in meteorology.

Meteorology (n.) The science which treats of the atmosphere and its phenomena, particularly of its variations of heat and moisture, of its winds, storms, etc.

Meteoromancy (n.) A species of divination by meteors, chiefly by thunder and lightning, which was held in high estimation by the Romans.

Meteorometer (n.) An apparatus which transmits automatically to a central station atmospheric changes as marked by the anemometer, barometer, thermometer, etc.

Meteoroscope (n.) An astrolabe; a planisphere.

Meteoroscope (n.) An instrument for measuring the position, length, and direction, of the apparent path of a shooting star.

Meter (n.) One who, or that which, metes or measures. See Coal-meter.

Meter (n.) An instrument for measuring, and usually for recording automatically, the quantity measured.

Meter (n.) A

Meter (n.) Alt. of Metre

Metre (n.) Rhythmical arrangement of syllables or words into verses, stanzas, strophes, etc.; poetical measure, depending on number, quantity, and accent of syllables; rhythm; measure; verse; also, any specific rhythmical arrangements; as, the Horatian meters; a dactylic meter.

Metre (n.) A poem.

Metre (n.) A measure of length, equal to 39.37 English inches, the standard of

Meterage (n.) The act of measuring, or the cost of measuring.

Metergram (n.) A measure of energy or work done; the power exerted in raising one gram through the distance of one meter against gravitation.

Metewand (n.) A measuring rod.

Meteyard (n.) A yard, staff, or rod, used as a measure.

Meth (n.) See Meathe.

Methaemoglobin (n.) A stable crystal

Methal (n.) A white waxy substance, found in small quantities in spermaceti as an ethereal salt of several fatty acids, and regarded as an alcohol of the methane series.

Methane (n.) A light, colorless, gaseous, inflammable hydrocarbon, CH4; marsh gas. See Marsh gas, under Gas.

Metheglin (n.) A fermented beverage made of honey and water; mead.

Methene (n.) See Methylene.

Methenyl (n.) The hypothetical hydrocarbon radical CH, regarded as an essential residue of certain organic compounds.

Methide (n.) A binary compound of methyl with some element; as, aluminium methide, Al2(CH3)6.

Methionate (n.) A salt of methionic acid.

Method (n.) An orderly procedure or process; regular manner of doing anything; hence, manner; way; mode; as, a method of teaching languages; a method of improving the mind.

Method (n.) Orderly arrangement, elucidation, development, or classification; clear and lucid exhibition; systematic arrangement peculiar to an individual.

Method (n.) Classification; a mode or system of classifying natural objects according to certain common characteristics; as, the method of Theophrastus; the method of Ray; the Linnaean method.

Methodios (n.) The art and principles of method.

Methodism (n.) The system of doctrines, polity, and worship, of the sect called Methodists.

Methodist (n.) One who observes method.

Methodist (n.) One of an ancient school of physicians who rejected observation and founded their practice on reasoning and theory.

Methodist (n.) One of a sect of Christians, the outgrowth of a small association called the "Holy Club," formed at Oxford University, A.D. 1729, of which the most conspicuous members were John Wesley and his brother Charles; -- originally so called from the methodical strictness of members of the club in all religious duties.

Methodist (n.) A person of strict piety; one who lives in the exact observance of religious duties; -- sometimes so called in contempt or ridicule.

Methodization (n.) The act or process of methodizing, or the state of being methodized.

Methodizer (n.) One who methodizes.

Methodology (n.) The science of method or arrangement; a treatise on method.

Methol (n.) The technical name of methyl alcohol or wood spirit; also, by extension, the class name of any of the series of alcohols of the methane series of which methol proper is the type. See Methyl alcohol, under Methyl.

Methoxyl (n.) A hypothetical radical, CH3O, analogous to hydroxyl.

Methyl (n.) A hydrocarbon radical, CH3, not existing alone but regarded as an essential residue of methane, and appearing as a component part of many derivatives; as, methyl alcohol, methyl ether, methyl amine, etc.

Methylal (n.) A light, volatile liquid, H2C(OCH3)2, regarded as a complex ether, and having a pleasant ethereal odor. It is obtained by the partial oxidation of methyl alcohol. Called also formal.

Methylamine (n.) See Methyl amine, under Methyl.

Methylate (n.) An alcoholate of methyl alcohol in which the hydroxyl hydrogen is replaced by a metal, after the analogy of a hydrate; as, sodium methylate, CH3ONa.

Methylene (n.) A hydrocarbon radical, CH2, not known in the free state, but regarded as an essential residue and component of certain derivatives of methane; as, methylene bromide, CH2Br2; -- formerly called also methene.

Methysticin (n.) A white, silky, crystal

Metic (n.) A sojourner; an immigrant; an alien resident in a Grecian city, but not a citizen.

Metoche (n.) The space between two dentils.

Metoche (n.) The space between two triglyphs.

Metonymy (n.) A trope in which one word is put for another that suggests it; as, we say, a man keeps a good table instead of good provisions; we read Virgil, that is, his poems; a man has a warm heart, that is, warm affections.

Metope (n.) The space between two triglyphs of the Doric frieze, which, among the ancients, was often adorned with carved work. See Illust. of Entablature.

Metope (n.) The face of a crab.

Metopomancy (n.) Fortune telling by physiognomy.

Metoposcopist (n.) One versed in metoposcopy.

Metoposcopy (n.) The study of physiognomy; the art of discovering the character of persons by their features, or the

Metosteon (n.) The postero-lateral ossification in the sternum of birds; also, the part resulting from such ossification.

Metre (n.) See Meter.

Metrician (n.) A composer of verses.

Metrification (n.) Composition in metrical form; versification.

Metrist (n.) A maker of verses.

Metritis (n.) Inflammation of the womb.

Metrochrome (n.) An instrument for measuring colors.

Metrograph (n.) An instrument attached to a locomotive for recording its speed and the number and duration of its stops.

Metrology (n.) The science of, or a system of, weights and measures; also, a treatise on the subject.

Metromania (n.) A mania for writing verses.

Metromaniac (n.) One who has metromania.

Metrometer (n.) An instrument for measuring the size of the womb.

Metronome (n.) An instrument consisting of a short pendulum with a sliding weight. It is set in motion by clockwork, and serves to measure time in music.

Metronomy (n.) Measurement of time by an instrument.

Metropole (n.) A metropolis.

Metropolis (n.) The mother city; the chief city of a kingdom, state, or country.

Metropolis (n.) The seat, or see, of the metropolitan, or highest church dignitary.

Metropolitan (n.) The superior or presiding bishop of a country or province.

Metropolitan (n.) An archbishop.

Metropolitan (n.) A bishop whose see is civil metropolis. His rank is intermediate between that of an archbishop and a patriarch.

Metropolitanate (n.) The see of a metropolitan bishop.

Metropolite (n.) A metropolitan.

Metrorrhagia (n.) Profuse bleeding from the womb, esp. such as does not occur at the menstrual period.

Metroscope (n.) A modification of the stethoscope, for directly auscultating the uterus from the vagina.

Metrosideros (n.) A myrtaceous genus of trees or shrubs, found in Australia and the South Sea Islands, and having very hard wood. Metrosideros vera is the true ironwood.

Metrotome (n.) An instrument for cutting or scarifying the uterus or the neck of the uterus.

Metrotomy (n.) The operation of cutting into the uterus; hysterotomy; the Caesarean section.

Mettle (n.) Substance or quality of temperament; spirit, esp. as regards honor, courage, fortitude, ardor, etc.; disposition; -- usually in a good sense.

Meute (n.) A cage for hawks; a mew. See 4th Mew, 1.

Mew (n.) A gull, esp. the common British species (Larus canus); called also sea mew, maa, mar, mow, and cobb.

Mew (n.) A cage for hawks while mewing; a coop for fattening fowls; hence, any inclosure; a place of confinement or shelter; -- in the latter sense usually in the plural.

Mew (n.) A stable or range of stables for horses; -- compound used in the plural, and so called from the royal stables in London, built on the site of the king's mews for hawks.

Mew (n.) The common cry of a cat.

Mewler (n.) One that mewls.

Mexican (n.) A native or inhabitant of Mexico.

Neyne (n.) Same as Meine.

Mezcal (n.) Same as Mescal.

Mezereon (n.) A small European shrub (Daphne Mezereum), whose acrid bark is used in medicine.

Mezquita (n.) A mosque.

Mezuzoth (n.) A piece of parchment bearing the Decalogue and attached to the doorpost; -- in use among orthodox Hebrews.

Mezzanine (n.) Same as Entresol.

Mezzanine (n.) A partial story which is not on the same level with the story of the main part of the edifice, as of a back building, where the floors are on a level with landings of the staircase of the main house.

Mezzo-relievo (n.) Mezzo-rilievo.

Mezzo-rilievo (n.) A middle degree of relief in figures, between high and low relief.

Mezzo-rilievo (n.) Sculpture in this kind of relief. See under Alto-rilievo.

Mezzo-soprano (n.) A mezzo-soprano voice.

Mezzo-soprano (n.) A person having such a voice.

Mezzotint (n.) A manner of engraving on copper or steel by drawing upon a surface previously roughened, and then removing the roughness in places by scraping, burnishing, etc., so as to produce the requisite light and shade. Also, an engraving so produced.

Mezzotinter (n.) One who engraves in mezzotint.

Mezzotinto (n.) Mezzotint.

Mhorr (n.) See Mohr.

Mi (n.) A syllable applied to the third tone of the scale of C, i. e., to E, in European solmization, but to the third tone of any scale in the American system.

Miargyrite (n.) A mineral of an iron-black color, and very sectile, consisting principally of sulphur, antimony, and silver.

Mias (n.) The orang-outang.

Miascite (n.) A granitoid rock containing feldspar, biotite, elaeolite, and sodalite.

Miasm (n.) Miasma.

Miasma (n.) Infectious particles or germs floating in the air; air made noxious by the presence of such particles or germs; noxious effluvia; malaria.

Miasmatist (n.) One who has made a special study of miasma.

Miasmology (n.) That department of medical science which treats of miasma.

Miaul (n.) The crying of a cat.

Mica (n.) The name of a group of minerals characterized by highly perfect cleavage, so that they readily separate into very thin leaves, more or less elastic. They differ widely in composition, and vary in color from pale brown or yellow to green or black. The transparent forms are used in lanterns, the doors of stoves, etc., being popularly called isinglass. Formerly called also cat-silver, and glimmer.

Mice (n.) pl of Mouse.

Micella (n.) A theoretical aggregation of molecules constituting a structural particle of protoplasm, capable of increase or diminution without change in chemical nature.

Michaelmas (n.) The feat of the archangel Michael, a church festival, celebrated on the 29th of September. Hence, colloquially, autumn.

Micher (n.) One who skulks, or keeps out of sight; hence, a truant; an idler; a thief, etc.

Michery (n.) Theft; cheating.

Mico (n.) A small South American monkey (Mico melanurus), allied to the marmoset. The name was originally applied to an albino variety.

Micraster (n.) A genus of sea urchins, similar to Spatangus, abounding in the chalk formation; -- from the starlike disposal of the ambulacral furrows.

Microampere (n.) One of the smaller measures of electrical currents; the millionth part of one ampere.

Microbe (n.) Alt. of Microbion

Microbion (n.) A microscopic organism; -- particularly applied to bacteria and especially to pathogenic forms; as, the microbe of fowl cholera.

Microbicide (n.) Any agent detrimental to, or destructive of, the life of microbes or bacterial organisms.

Micro-chemistry (n.) The application of chemical tests to minute objects or portions of matter, magnified by the use of the microscopy; -- distinguished from macro-chemistry.

Microchronometer (n.) A chronoscope.


Micrococcus (n.) A genus of Spherobacteria, in the form of very small globular or oval cells, forming, by transverse division, filaments, or chains of cells, or in some cases single organisms shaped like dumb-bells (Diplococcus), all without the power of motion. See Illust. of Ascoccus.

Microcosm (n.) A little world; a miniature universe. Hence (so called by Paracelsus), a man, as a supposed epitome of the exterior universe or great world. Opposed to macrocosm.

Microcosmography (n.) Description of man as a microcosm.

Microcoulomb (n.) A measure of electrical quantity; the millionth part of one coulomb.

Microcoustic (n.) An instrument for making faint sounds audible, as to a partially deaf person.

Microcrith (n.) The weight of the half hydrogen molecule, or of the hydrogen atom, taken as the standard in comparing the atomic weights of the elements; thus, an atom of oxygen weighs sixteen microcriths. See Crith.

Microcyte (n.) One of the elementary granules found in blood. They are much smaller than an ordinary corpuscle, and are particularly noticeable in disease, as in anaemia.

Microfarad (n.) The millionth part of a farad.

Microform (n.) A microscopic form of life; an animal or vegetable organism microscopic size.

Micro-geology (n.) The part of geology relating to structure and organisms which require to be studied with a microscope.

Micrograph (n.) An instrument for executing minute writing or engraving.

Micrography (n.) The description of microscopic objects.

Microhm (n.) The millionth part of an ohm.

Microlestes (n.) An extinct genus of small Triassic mammals, the oldest yet found in European strata.

Microlite (n.) A rare mineral of resinous luster and high specific gravity. It is a tantalate of calcium, and occurs in octahedral crystals usually very minute.

Microlite (n.) A minute inclosed crystal, often observed when minerals or rocks are examined in thin sections under the microscope.

Microlith (n.) Same as Microlite, 2.

Micrology (n.) That part of science which treats of microscopic objects, or depends on microscopic observation.

Micrology (n.) Attention to petty items or differences.

Micromere (n.) One of the smaller cells, or blastomeres, resulting from the complete segmentation of a telolecithal ovum.

Micrometer (n.) An instrument, used with a telescope or microscope, for measuring minute distances, or the apparent diameters of objects which subtend minute angles. The measurement given directly is that of the image of the object formed at the focus of the object glass.

Micrometry (n.) The art of measuring with a micrometer.

Micromillimeter (n.) The millionth part of a meter.

Micron (n.) A measure of length; the thousandth part of one millimeter; the millionth part of a meter.

Micronometer (n.) An instrument for noting minute portions of time.

Microorganism (n.) Any microscopic form of life; -- particularly applied to bacteria and similar organisms, esp. such are supposed to cause infectious diseases.

Micropantograph (n.) A kind of pantograph which produces copies microscopically minute.

Micropegmatite (n.) A rock showing under the microscope the structure of a graphic granite (pegmatite).

Microphone (n.) An instrument for intensifying and making audible very feeble sounds. It produces its effects by the changes of intensity in an electric current, occasioned by the variations in the contact resistance of conducting bodies, especially of imperfect conductors, under the action of acoustic vibrations.

Microphonics (n.) The science which treats of the means of increasing the intensity of low or weak sounds, or of the microphone.

Microphotograph (n.) A microscopically small photograph of a picture, writing, printed page, etc.

Microphotograph (n.) An enlarged representation of a microscopic object, produced by throwing upon a sensitive plate the magnified image of an object formed by a microscope or other suitable combination of lenses.

Microphotography (n.) The art of making microphotographs.

Microphthalmia (n.) Alt. of Microphthalmy

Microphthalmy (n.) An unnatural smallness of the eyes, occurring as the result of disease or of imperfect development.

Microphyte (n.) A very minute plant, one of certain unicellular algae, such as the germs of various infectious diseases are believed to be.

Micropyle (n.) An opening in the membranes surrounding the ovum, by which nutrition is assisted and the entrance of the spermatozoa permitted.

Micropyle (n.) An opening in the outer coat of a seed, through which the fecundating pollen enters the ovule.

Microscope (n.) An optical instrument, consisting of a lens, or combination of lenses, for making an enlarged image of an object which is too minute to be viewed by the naked eye.

Microscopist (n.) One skilled in, or given to, microscopy.

Microscopy (n.) The use of the microscope; investigation with the microscope.

Microspectroscope (n.) A spectroscope arranged for attachment to a microscope, for observation of the spectrum of light from minute portions of any substance.

Microsporangium (n.) A sporangium or conceptacle containing only very minute spores. Cf. Macrosporangium.

Microspore (n.) One of the exceedingly minute spores found in certain flowerless plants, as Selaginella and Isoetes, which bear two kinds of spores, one very much smaller than the other. Cf. Macrospore.

Microsthene (n.) One of a group of mammals having a small size as a typical characteristic. It includes the lower orders, as the Insectivora, Cheiroptera, Rodentia, and Edentata.

Microtasimeter (n.) A tasimeter, especially when arranged for measuring very small extensions. See Tasimeter.

Microtome (n.) An instrument for making very thin sections for microscopical examination.

Microtomist (n.) One who is skilled in or practices microtomy.

Microtomy (n.) The art of using the microtome; investigation carried on with the microtome.

Microvolt (n.) A measure of electro-motive force; the millionth part of one volt.

Microweber (n.) The millionth part of one weber.

Microzoospore (n.) A small motile spore furnished with two vibratile cilia, found in certain green algae.

Microzyme (n.) A microorganism which is supposed to act like a ferment in causing or propagating certain infectious or contagious diseases; a pathogenic bacterial organism.

Micturition (n.) The act of voiding urine; also, a morbidly frequent passing of the urine, in consequence of disease.

Mid (n.) Middle.

Mida (n.) The larva of the bean fly.

Midas (n.) A genus of longeared South American monkeys, including numerous species of marmosets. See Marmoset.

Midbrain (n.) The middle segment of the brain; the mesencephalon. See Brain.

Midden (n.) A dunghill.

Midden (n.) An accumulation of refuse about a dwelling place; especially, an accumulation of shells or of cinders, bones, and other refuse on the supposed site of the dwelling places of prehistoric tribes, -- as on the shores of the Baltic Sea and in many other places. See Kitchen middens.

Middest (n.) Midst; middle.

Midding (n.) Same as Midden.

Middle-earth (n.) The world, considered as lying between heaven and hell.

Middle-ground (n.) That part of a picture between the foreground and the background.

Middleman (n.) An agent between two parties; a broker; a go-between; any dealer between the producer and the consumer; in Ireland, one who takes land of the proprietors in large tracts, and then rents it out in small portions to the peasantry.

Middleman (n.) A person of intermediate rank; a commoner.

Middleman (n.) The man who occupies a central position in a file of soldiers.

Middler (n.) One of a middle or intermediate class in some schools and seminaries.

Middy (n.) A colloquial abbreviation of midshipman.

Midfeather (n.) A vertical water space in a fire box or combustion chamber.

Midfeather (n.) A support for the center of a tunnel.

Midgard (n.) The middle space or region between heaven and hell; the abode of human beings; the earth.

Midge (n.) Any one of many small, delicate, long-legged flies of the Chironomus, and allied genera, which do not bite. Their larvae are usually aquatic.

Midge (n.) A very small fly, abundant in many parts of the United States and Canada, noted for the irritating quality of its bite.

Midget (n.) A minute bloodsucking fly.

Midget (n.) A very diminutive person.

Midgut (n.) The middle part of the alimentary canal from the stomach, or entrance of the bile duct, to, or including, the large intestine.

Midheaven (n.) The midst or middle of heaven or the sky.

Midheaven (n.) The meridian, or middle

Midland (n.) The interior or central region of a country; -- usually in the plural.

Midmain (n.) The middle part of the main or sea.

Midnight (n.) The middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night.

Midrash (n.) A talmudic exposition of the Hebrew law, or of some part of it.

Midrib (n.) A continuation of the petiole, extending from the base to the apex of the lamina of a leaf.

Midriff (n.) See Diaphragm, n., 2.

Midshipman (n.) Formerly, a kind of naval cadet, in a ship of war, whose business was to carry orders, messages, reports, etc., between the officers of the quarter-deck and those of the forecastle, and render other services as required.

Midshipman (n.) In the English naval service, the second rank attained by a combatant officer after a term of service as naval cadet. Having served three and a half years in this rank, and passed an examination, he is eligible to promotion to the rank of lieutenant.

Midshipman (n.) In the United States navy, the lowest grade of officers in

Midshipman (n.) An American marine fish of the genus Porichthys, allied to the toadfish.

Midst (n.) The interior or central part or place; the middle; -- used chiefly in the objective case after in; as, in the midst of the forest.

Midst (n.) Hence, figuratively, the condition of being surrounded or beset; the press; the burden; as, in the midst of official duties; in the midst of secular affairs.

Midsummer (n.) The middle of summer.

Midway (n.) The middle of the way or distance; a middle way or course.

Midweek (n.) The middle of the week. Also used adjectively.

Midwife (n.) A woman who assists other women in childbirth; a female practitioner of the obstetric art.

Midwifery (n.) The art or practice of assisting women in childbirth; obstetrics.

Midwifery (n.) Assistance at childbirth; help or cooperation in production.

Midwinter (n.) The middle of winter.

Mien (n.) Aspect; air; manner; demeanor; carriage; bearing.

Miff (n.) A petty falling out; a tiff; a quarrel; offense.

Mightiness (n.) The quality of being mighty; possession of might; power; greatness; high dignity.

Mightiness (n.) Highness; excellency; -- with a possessive pronoun, a title of dignity; as, their high mightinesses.

Mighty (n.) Possessing might; having great power or authority.

Mighty (n.) Accomplished by might; hence, extraordinary; wonderful.

Mighty (n.) Denoting and extraordinary degree or quality in respect of size, character, importance, consequences, etc.

Mighty (n.) A warrior of great force and courage.

Migniardise (n.) Delicate fondling.

Mignonette (n.) A plant (Reseda odorata) having greenish flowers with orange-colored stamens, and exhaling a delicious fragrance. In Africa it is a low shrub, but further north it is usually an annual herb.

Migraine (n.) Same as Megrim.

Migrant (n.) A migratory bird or other animal.

Migration (n.) The act of migrating.

Mikado (n.) The popular designation of the hereditary sovereign of Japan.

Mikmaks (n.) Same as Micmacs.

Milage (n.) Same as Mileage.

Mildew (n.) A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.

Mildness (n.) The quality or state of being mild; as, mildness of temper; the mildness of the winter.

Mile (n.) A certain measure of distance, being equivalent in England and the United States to 320 poles or rods, or 5,280 feet.

Mileage (n.) An allowance for traveling expenses at a certain rate per mile.

Mileage (n.) Aggregate length or distance in miles; esp., the sum of lengths of tracks or wires of a railroad company, telegraph company, etc.

Milepost (n.) A post, or one of a series of posts, set up to indicate spaces of a mile each or the distance in miles from a given place.

Milesian (n.) A native or inhabitant of Miletus.

Milesian (n.) A native or inhabitant of Ireland.

Milestone (n.) A stone serving the same purpose as a milepost.

Milfoil (n.) A common composite herb (Achillea Millefolium) with white flowers and finely dissected leaves; yarrow.

Miliaria (n.) A fever accompanied by an eruption of small, isolated, red pimples, resembling a millet seed in form or size; miliary fever.

Miliary (n.) One of the small tubercles of Echini.

Milice (n.) Militia.

Miliola (n.) A genus of Foraminifera, having a porcelanous shell with several longitudinal chambers.

Miliolite (n.) A fossil shell of, or similar to, the genus Miliola.

Militancy (n.) The state of being militant; warfare.

Militancy (n.) A military spirit or system; militarism.

Militarism (n.) A military state or condition; reliance on military force in administering government; a military system.

Militarism (n.) The spirit and traditions of military life.

Militarist (n.) A military man.

Military (n.) The whole body of soldiers; soldiery; militia; troops; the army.

Militia (n.) In the widest sense, the whole military force of a nation, including both those engaged in military service as a business, and those competent and available for such service; specifically, the body of citizens enrolled for military instruction and discip

Militia (n.) Military service; warfare.

Militiaman (n.) One who belongs to the militia.

Milk (n.) A white fluid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals for the nourishment of their young, consisting of minute globules of fat suspended in a solution of casein, albumin, milk sugar, and inorganic salts.

Milk (n.) A kind of juice or sap, usually white in color, found in certain plants; latex. See Latex.

Milk (n.) An emulsion made by bruising seeds; as, the milk of almonds, produced by pounding almonds with sugar and water.

Milk (n.) The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.

Milker (n.) One who milks; also, a mechanical apparatus for milking cows.

Milker (n.) A cow or other animal that gives milk.

Milkiness (n.) State or quality of being milky.

Milkmaid (n.) A woman who milks cows or is employed in the dairy.

Milkman (n.) A man who sells milk or delivers is to customers.

Milksop (n.) A piece of bread sopped in milk; figuratively, an effeminate or weak-minded person.

Milkweed (n.) Any plant of the genera Asclepias and Acerates, abounding in a milky juice, and having its seed attached to a long silky down; silkweed. The name is also applied to several other plants with a milky juice, as to several kinds of spurge.

Milkwort (n.) A genus of plants (Polygala) of many species. The common European P. vulgaris was supposed to have the power of producing a flow of milk in nurses.

Mill (n.) A money of account of the United States, having the value of the tenth of a cent, or the thousandth of a dollar.

Mill (n.) A machine for grinding or comminuting any substance, as grain, by rubbing and crushing it between two hard, rough, or intented surfaces; as, a gristmill, a coffee mill; a bone mill.

Mill (n.) A machine used for expelling the juice, sap, etc., from vegetable tissues by pressure, or by pressure in combination with a grinding, or cutting process; as, a cider mill; a cane mill.

Mill (n.) A machine for grinding and polishing; as, a lapidary mill.

Mill (n.) A common name for various machines which produce a manufactured product, or change the form of a raw material by the continuous repetition of some simple action; as, a sawmill; a stamping mill, etc.

Mill (n.) A building or collection of buildings with machinery by which the processes of manufacturing are carried on; as, a cotton mill; a powder mill; a rolling mill.

Mill (n.) A hardened steel roller having a design in relief, used for imprinting a reversed copy of the design in a softer metal, as copper.

Mill (n.) An excavation in rock, transverse to the workings, from which material for filling is obtained.

Mill (n.) A passage underground through which ore is shot.

Mill (n.) A milling cutter. See Illust. under Milling.

Mill (n.) A pugilistic.

Mill (n.) To reduce to fine particles, or to small pieces, in a mill; to grind; to comminute.

Mill (n.) To shape, finish, or transform by passing through a machine; specifically, to shape or dress, as metal, by means of a rotary cutter.

Mill (n.) To make a raised border around the edges of, or to cut fine grooves or indentations across the edges of, as of a coin, or a screw head; also, to stamp in a coining press; to coin.

Mill (n.) To pass through a fulling mill; to full, as cloth.

Mill (n.) To beat with the fists.

Mill (n.) To roll into bars, as steel.

Millboard (n.) A kind of stout pasteboard.

Mill-cake (n.) The incorporated materials for gunpowder, in the form of a dense mass or cake, ready to be subjected to the process of granulation.

Milldam (n.) A dam or mound to obstruct a water course, and raise the water to a height sufficient to turn a mill wheel.

Millenarian (n.) One who believes that Christ will personally reign on earth a thousand years; a Chiliast.

Millenarianism (n.) Alt. of Millenarism

Millenarism (n.) The doctrine of Millenarians.

Millenary (n.) The space of a thousand years; a millennium; also, a Millenarian.

Millennialist (n.) One who believes that Christ will reign personally on earth a thousand years; a Chiliast; also, a believer in the universal prevalence of Christianity for a long period.

Millennialism (n.) Alt. of Millenniarism

Millenniarism (n.) Belief in, or expectation of, the millennium; millenarianism.

Millennist (n.) One who believes in the millennium.

Millennium (n.) A thousand years; especially, the thousand years mentioned in the twentieth chapter in the twentieth chapter of Revelation, during which ho

Milleped (n.) A myriapod with many legs, esp. a chilognath, as the galleyworm.

Millepora (n.) A genus of Hydrocorallia, which includes the millipores.

Millepore (n.) Any coral of the genus Millepora, having the surface nearly smooth, and perforated with very minute unequal pores, or cells. The animals are hydroids, not Anthozoa. See Hydrocorallia.

Milleporite (n.) A fossil millepore.

Miller (n.) One who keeps or attends a flour mill or gristmill.

Miller (n.) A milling machine.

Miller (n.) A moth or lepidopterous insect; -- so called because the wings appear as if covered with white dust or powder, like a miller's clothes. Called also moth miller.

Miller (n.) The eagle ray.

Miller (n.) The hen harrier.

Millerite (n.) A believer in the doctrine of William Miller (d. 1849), who taught that the end of the world and the second coming of Christ were at hand.

Millerite (n.) A sulphide of nickel, commonly occurring in delicate capillary crystals, also in incrustations of a bronze yellow; -- sometimes called hair pyrites.

Millet (n.) The name of several cereal and forage grasses which bear an abundance of small roundish grains. The common millets of Germany and Southern Europe are Panicum miliaceum, and Setaria Italica.

Milliampere (n.) The thousandth part of one ampere.

Milliard (n.) A thousand millions; -- called also billion. See Billion.

Millier (n.) A weight of the metric system, being one million grams; a metric ton.

Milligram (n.) Alt. of Milligramme

Milligramme (n.) A measure of weight, in the metric system, being the thousandth part of a gram, equal to the weight of a cubic millimeter of water, or .01543 of a grain avoirdupois.

Milliliter (n.) Alt. of Millilitre

Millilitre (n.) A measure of capacity in the metric system, containing the thousandth part of a liter. It is a cubic centimeter, and is equal to .061 of an English cubic inch, or to .0338 of an American fluid ounce.

Millimeter (n.) Alt. of Millimetre

Millimetre (n.) A






Milling (n.) The act or employment of grinding or passing through a mill; the process of fulling; the process of making a raised or intented edge upon coin, etc.; the process of dressing surfaces of various shapes with rotary cutters. See Mill.

Million (n.) The number of ten hundred thousand, or a thousand thousand, -- written 1,000, 000. See the Note under Hundred.

Million (n.) A very great number; an indefinitely large number.

Million (n.) The mass of common people; -- with the article the.

Millionaire (n.) One whose wealth is counted by millions of francs, dollars, or pounds; a very rich person; a person worth a million or more.

Millionairess (n.) A woman who is a millionaire, or the wife of a millionaire.

Millionnaire (n.) Millionaire.

Millionth (n.) The quotient of a unit divided by one million; one of a million equal parts.

Milliped (n.) The same Milleped.

Millistere (n.) A liter, or cubic decimeter.

Milliweber (n.) The thousandth part of one weber.

Millrea (n.) Alt. of Millreis

Millree (n.) Alt. of Millreis

Millreis (n.) See Milreis.

Millrind (n.) Alt. of Millrynd

Millrynd (n.) A figure supposed to represent the iron which holds a millstone by being set into its center.

Mill-sixpence (n.) A milled sixpence; -- the sixpence being one of the first English coins milled (1561).

Millstone (n.) One of two circular stones used for grinding grain or other substance.

Millwork (n.) The shafting, gearing, and other driving machinery of mills.

Millwork (n.) The business of setting up or of operating mill machinery.

Millwright (n.) A mechanic whose occupation is to build mills, or to set up their machinery.

Milreis (n.) A Portuguese money of account rated in the treasury department of the United States at one dollar and eight cents; also, a Brazilian money of account rated at fifty-four cents and six mills.

Milt (n.) The spleen.

Milt (n.) The spermatic fluid of fishes.

Milt (n.) The testes, or spermaries, of fishes when filled with spermatozoa.

Milter (n.) A male fish.

Milvine (n.) A bird related to the kite.

Milvus (n.) A genus of raptorial birds, including the European kite.

Mime (n.) A kind of drama in which real persons and events were generally represented in a ridiculous manner.

Mime (n.) An actor in such representations.

Mimeograph (n.) An autographic stencil copying device invented by Edison.

Mimesis (n.) Imitation; mimicry.

Mimetene (n.) See Mimetite.

Mimetism (n.) Same as Mimicry.

Mimetite (n.) A mineral occurring in pale yellow or brownish hexagonal crystals. It is an arseniate of lead.

Mimic (n.) One who imitates or mimics, especially one who does so for sport; a copyist; a buffoon.

Mimicker (n.) One who mimics; a mimic.

Mimicker (n.) An animal which imitates something else, in form or habits.

Mimicry (n.) The act or practice of one who mimics; ludicrous imitation for sport or ridicule.

Mimicry (n.) Protective resemblance; the resemblance which certain animals and plants exhibit to other animals and plants or to the natural objects among which they live, -- a characteristic which serves as their chief means of protection against enemies; imitation; mimesis; mimetism.

Mimographer (n.) A writer of mimes.

Mimosa (n.) A genus of leguminous plants, containing many species, and including the sensitive plants (Mimosa sensitiva, and M. pudica).

Mina (n.) An ancient weight or denomination of money, of varying value. The Attic mina was valued at a hundred drachmas.

Mina (n.) See Myna.

Minacity (n.) Disposition to threaten.

Minaret (n.) A slender, lofty tower attached to a mosque and surrounded by one or more projecting balconies, from which the summon to prayer is cried by the muezzin.

Minargent (n.) An alloy consisting of copper, nickel, tungsten, and aluminium; -- used by jewelers.

Minaul (n.) Same as Manul.

Mince (n.) A short, precise step; an affected manner.

Mince-meat (n.) Minced meat; meat chopped very fine; a mixture of boiled meat, suet, apples, etc., chopped very fine, to which spices and raisins are added; -- used in making mince pie.

Mincer (n.) One who minces.

Mind (n.) To fix the mind or thoughts on; to regard with attention; to treat as of consequence; to consider; to heed; to mark; to note.

Mind (n.) To occupy one's self with; to employ one's self about; to attend to; as, to mind one's business.

Mind (n.) To obey; as, to mind parents; the dog minds his master.

Mind (n.) To have in mind; to purpose.

Mind (n.) To put in mind; to remind.

Minder (n.) One who minds, tends, or watches something, as a child, a machine, or cattle; as, a minder of a loom.

Minder (n.) One to be attended; specif., a pauper child intrusted to the care of a private person.

Minding (n.) Regard; mindfulness.

Mine (n.) See Mien.

Miner (n.) One who mines; a digger for metals, etc.; one engaged in the business of getting ore, coal, or precious stones, out of the earth; one who digs military mines; as, armies have sappers and miners.

Miner (n.) Any of numerous insects which, in the larval state, excavate galleries in the parenchyma of leaves. They are mostly minute moths and dipterous flies.

Miner (n.) The chattering, or garrulous, honey eater of Australia (Myzantha garrula).

Mineralist (n.) One versed in minerals; mineralogist.

Mineralization (n.) The process of mineralizing, or forming a mineral by combination of a metal with another element; also, the process of converting into a mineral, as a bone or a plant.

Mineralization (n.) The act of impregnating with a mineral, as water.

Mineralization (n.) The conversion of a cell wall into a material of a stony nature.

Mineralizer (n.) An element which is combined with a metal, thus forming an ore. Thus, in galena, or lead ore, sulphur is a mineralizer; in hematite, oxygen is a mineralizer.

Mineralogist (n.) One versed in mineralogy; one devoted to the study of minerals.

Mineralogist (n.) A carrier shell (Phorus).

Mineralogy (n.) The science which treats of minerals, and teaches how to describe, distinguish, and classify them.

Mineralogy (n.) A treatise or book on this science.

Minerva (n.) The goddess of wisdom, of war, of the arts and sciences, of poetry, and of spinning and weaving; -- identified with the Grecian Pallas Athene.

Minette (n.) The smallest of regular sizes of portrait photographs.

Minever (n.) Same as Miniver.

Minge (n.) A small biting fly; a midge.

Mingle (n.) A mixture.

Mingle-mangle (n.) A hotchpotch.

Minglement (n.) The act of mingling, or the state of being mixed.

Mingler (n.) One who mingles.

Miniaturist (n.) A painter of miniatures.

Minibus (n.) A kind of light passenger vehicle, carrying four persons.

Minikin (n.) A little darling; a favorite; a minion.

Minikin (n.) A little pin.

Minim (n.) Anything very minute; as, the minims of existence; -- applied to animalcula; and the like.

Minim (n.) The smallest liquid measure, equal to about one drop; the sixtieth part of a fluid drachm.

Minim (n.) A small fish; a minnow.

Minim (n.) A little man or being; a dwarf.

Minim (n.) One of an austere order of mendicant hermits of friars founded in the 15th century by St. Francis of Paola.

Minim (n.) A time note, formerly the shortest in use; a half note, equal to half a semibreve, or two quarter notes or crotchets.

Minim (n.) A short poetical encomium.

Miniment (n.) A trifle; a trinket; a token.

Minimization (n.) The act or process of minimizing.

Minimum (n.) The least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible, in a given case; hence, a thing of small consequence; -- opposed to maximum.

Minimus (n.) A being of the smallest size.

Minimus (n.) The little finger; the fifth digit, or that corresponding to it, in either the manus or pes.

Minion (n.) Minimum.

Minion (n.) A loved one; one highly esteemed and favored; -- in a good sense.

Minion (n.) An obsequious or servile dependent or agent of another; a fawning favorite.

Minion (n.) A small kind of type, in size between brevier and nonpareil.

Minion (n.) An ancient form of ordnance, the caliber of which was about three inches.

Minionette (n.) A size of type between nonpareil and minion; -- used in ornamental borders, etc.

Minioning (n.) Kind treatment.

Minionship (n.) State of being a minion.

Minishment (n.) The act of diminishing, or the state of being diminished; diminution.

Minister (n.) A servant; a subordinate; an officer or assistant of inferior rank; hence, an agent, an instrument.

Minister (n.) An officer of justice.

Minister (n.) One to whom the sovereign or executive head of a government intrusts the management of affairs of state, or some department of such affairs.

Minister (n.) A representative of a government, sent to the court, or seat of government, of a foreign nation to transact diplomatic business.

Minister (n.) One who serves at the altar; one who performs sacerdotal duties; the pastor of a church duly authorized or licensed to preach the gospel and administer the sacraments.

Minister (n.) To furnish or apply; to afford; to supply; to administer.

Ministerialist (n.) A supporter of the ministers, or the party in power.

Ministery (n.) See Ministry.

Ministracy (n.) Ministration.

Ministrant (n.) One who ministers.

Ministration (n.) The act of ministering; service; ministry.

Ministress (n.) A woman who ministers.

Ministry (n.) The act of ministering; ministration; service.

Ministry (n.) Agency; instrumentality.

Ministry (n.) The office, duties, or functions of a minister, servant, or agent; ecclesiastical, executive, or ambassadorial function or profession.

Ministry (n.) The body of ministers of state; also, the clergy, as a body.

Ministry (n.) Administration; rule; term in power; as, the ministry of Pitt.

Ministryship (n.) The office of a minister.

Minium (n.) A heavy, brilliant red pigment, consisting of an oxide of lead, Pb3O4, obtained by exposing lead or massicot to a gentle and continued heat in the air. It is used as a cement, as a paint, and in the manufacture of flint glass. Called also red lead.

Miniver (n.) A fur esteemed in the Middle Ages as a part of costume. It is uncertain whether it was the fur of one animal only or of different animals.

Minivet (n.) A singing bird of India of the family Campephagidae.

Mink (n.) A carnivorous mammal of the genus Putorius, allied to the weasel. The European mink is Putorius lutreola. The common American mink (P. vison) varies from yellowish brown to black. Its fur is highly valued. Called also minx, nurik, and vison.

Minnesinger (n.) A love-singer; specifically, one of a class of German poets and musicians who flourished from about the middle of the twelfth to the middle of the fourteenth century. They were chiefly of noble birth, and made love and beauty the subjects of their verses.

Minnow (n.) A small European fresh-water cyprinoid fish (Phoxinus laevis, formerly Leuciscus phoxinus); sometimes applied also to the young of larger kinds; -- called also minim and minny. The name is also applied to several allied American species, of the genera Phoxinus, Notropis, or Minnilus, and Rhinichthys.

Minnow (n.) Any of numerous small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus, and related genera. They live both in fresh and in salt water. Called also killifish, minny, and mummichog.

Minny (n.) A minnow.

Minor (n.) A person of either sex who has not attained the age at which full civil rights are accorded; an infant; in England and the United States, one under twenty-one years of age.

Minor (n.) The minor term, that is, the subject of the conclusion; also, the minor premise, that is, that premise which contains the minor term; in hypothetical syllogisms, the categorical premise. It is the second proposition of a regular syllogism, as in the following: Every act of injustice partakes of meanness; to take money from another by gaming is an act of injustice; therefore, the taking of money from another by gaming partakes of meanness.

Minor (n.) A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.

Minoration (n.) A diminution.

Minoress (n.) See Franciscan Nuns, under Franciscan, a.

Minorite (n.) A Franciscan friar.

Minos (n.) A king and lawgiver of Crete, fabled to be the son of Jupiter and Europa. After death he was made a judge in the Lower Regions.

Minotaur (n.) A fabled monster, half man and half bull, confined in the labyrinth constructed by Daedalus in Crete.

Minow (n.) See Minnow.

Minster (n.) A church of a monastery. The name is often retained and applied to the church after the monastery has ceased to exist (as Beverly Minster, Southwell Minster, etc.), and is also improperly used for any large church.

Minstrel (n.) In the Middle Ages, one of an order of men who subsisted by the arts of poetry and music, and sang verses to the accompaniment of a harp or other instrument; in modern times, a poet; a bard; a singer and harper; a musician.

Minstrelsy (n.) The arts and occupation of minstrels; the singing and playing of a minstrel.

Minstrelsy (n.) Musical instruments.

Minstrelsy (n.) A collective body of minstrels, or musicians; also, a collective body of minstrels' songs.

Mint (n.) The name of several aromatic labiate plants, mostly of the genus Mentha, yielding odoriferous essential oils by distillation. See Mentha.

Mint (n.) A place where money is coined by public authority.

Mint (n.) Any place regarded as a source of unlimited supply; the supply itself.

Mintage (n.) The coin, or other production, made in a mint.

Mintage (n.) The duty paid to the mint for coining.

Minter (n.) One who mints.

Mintman (n.) One skilled in coining, or in coins; a coiner.

Mint-master (n.) The master or superintendent of a mint. Also used figuratively.

Minuend (n.) The number from which another number is to be subtracted.

Minuet (n.) A slow graceful dance consisting of a coupee, a high step, and a balance.

Minuet (n.) A tune or air to regulate the movements of the dance so called; a movement in suites, sonatas, symphonies, etc., having the dance form, and commonly in 3-4, sometimes 3-8, measure.

Minum (n.) A small kind of printing type; minion.

Minum (n.) A minim.

Minuscule (n.) Any very small, minute object.

Minuscule (n.) A small Roman letter which is neither capital nor uncial; a manuscript written in such letters.

Minute (n.) The sixtieth part of an hour; sixty seconds. (Abbrev. m.; as, 4 h. 30 m.)

Minute (n.) The sixtieth part of a degree; sixty seconds (Marked thus ('); as, 10! 20').

Minute (n.) A nautical or a geographic mile.

Minute (n.) A coin; a half farthing.

Minute (n.) A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a tittle.

Minute (n.) A point of time; a moment.

Minute (n.) The memorandum; a record; a note to preserve the memory of anything; as, to take minutes of a contract; to take minutes of a conversation or debate.

Minute (n.) A fixed part of a module. See Module.

Minute-jack (n.) A figure which strikes the hour on the bell of some fanciful clocks; -- called also jack of the clock house.

Minute-jack (n.) A timeserver; an inconstant person.

Minuteman (n.) A militiaman who was to be ready to march at a moment's notice; -- a term used in the American Revolution.

Minuteness (n.) The quality of being minute.

Minutia (n.) A minute particular; a small or minor detail; -- used chiefly in the plural.

Minx (n.) A pert or a wanton girl.

Minx (n.) A she puppy; a pet dog.

Minx (n.) The mink; -- called also minx otter.

Miocene (n.) The Miocene period. See Chart of Geology.

Miohippus (n.) An extinct Miocene mammal of the Horse family, closely related to the genus Anhithecrium, and having three usable hoofs on each foot.

Miquelet (n.) An irregular or partisan soldier; a bandit.

Mir (n.) A Russian village community.

Mir (n.) Same as Emir.

Mira (n.) A remarkable variable star in the constellation Cetus (/ Ceti).

Mirabilary (n.) One who, or a work which, narrates wonderful things; one who writes of wonders.

Mirabilis (n.) A genus of plants. See Four-o'clock.

Mirabilite (n.) Native sodium sulphate; Glauber's salt.

Miracle (n.) A wonder or wonderful thing.

Miracle (n.) Specifically: An event or effect contrary to the established constitution and course of things, or a deviation from the known laws of nature; a supernatural event, or one transcending the ordinary laws by which the universe is governed.

Miracle (n.) A miracle play.

Miracle (n.) A story or legend abounding in miracles.

Mirador (n.) Same as Belvedere.

Mirage (n.) An optical effect, sometimes seen on the ocean, but more frequently in deserts, due to total reflection of light at the surface common to two strata of air differently heated. The reflected image is seen, commonly in an inverted position, while the real object may or may not be in sight. When the surface is horizontal, and below the eye, the appearance is that of a sheet of water in which the object is seen reflected; when the reflecting surface is above the eye, the image is se>

Mirbane (n.) See Nitrobenzene.

Mire (n.) An ant.

Mire (n.) Deep mud; wet, spongy earth.

Miriness (n.) The quality of being miry.

Mirk (n.) Darkness; gloom; murk.

Mirror (n.) A looking-glass or a speculum; any glass or polished substance that forms images by the reflection of rays of light.

Mirror (n.) That which gives a true representation, or in which a true image may be seen; hence, a pattern; an exemplar.

Mirror (n.) See Speculum.

Mirth (n.) Merriment; gayety accompanied with laughter; jollity.

Mirth (n.) That which causes merriment.

Mirza (n.) The common title of honor in Persia, prefixed to the surname of an individual. When appended to the surname, it signifies Prince.

Misacceptation (n.) Wrong acceptation; understanding in a wrong sense.

Misadjustment (n.) Wrong adjustment; unsuitable arrangement.

Misadventure (n.) Mischance; misfortune; ill lick; unlucky accident; ill adventure.

Misadvertence (n.) Inadvertence.

Misadvice (n.) Bad advice.

Misaffection (n.) An evil or wrong affection; the state of being ill affected.

Misallegation (n.) A erroneous statement or allegation.

Misalliance (n.) A marriage with a person of inferior rank or social station; an improper alliance; a mesalliance.

Misallotment (n.) A wrong allotment.

Misanthrope (n.) A hater of mankind; a misanthropist.

Misanthropist (n.) A misanthrope.

Misanthropos (n.) A misanthrope.

Misanthropy (n.) Hatred of, or dislike to, mankind; -- opposed to philanthropy.

Misapplication (n.) A wrong application.

Misapprehension (n.) A mistaking or mistake; wrong apprehension of one's meaning of a fact; misconception; misunderstanding.

Misappropriation (n.) Wrong appropriation; wrongful use.

Misarrangement (n.) Wrong arrangement.

Misaventure (n.) Misadventure.

Misbehavior (n.) Improper, rude, or uncivil behavior; ill conduct.

Misbelief (n.) Erroneous or false belief.

Misbeliever (n.) One who believes wrongly; one who holds a false religion.

Misbestowal (n.) The act of misbestowing.

Misbileve (n.) Misbelief; unbelief; suspicion.

Miscarriage (n.) Unfortunate event or issue of an undertaking; failure to attain a desired result or reach a destination.

Miscarriage (n.) Ill conduct; evil or improper behavior; as, the failings and miscarriages of the righteous.

Miscarriage (n.) The act of bringing forth before the time; premature birth.

Miscast (n.) An erroneous cast or reckoning.

Miscegenation (n.) A mixing of races; amalgamation, as by intermarriage of black and white.

Miscellanarian (n.) A writer of miscellanies.

Miscellane (n.) A mixture of two or more sorts of grain; -- now called maslin and meslin.

Miscellanist (n.) A writer of miscellanies; miscellanarian.

Miscellany (n.) A mass or mixture of various things; a medley; esp., a collection of compositions on various subjects.

Miscensure (n.) Erroneous judgment.

Mischance (n.) Ill luck; ill fortune; mishap.

Mischarge (n.) A mistake in charging.

Mischief (n.) Harm; damage; esp., disarrangement of order; trouble or vexation caused by human agency or by some living being, intentionally or not; often, calamity, mishap; trivial evil caused by thoughtlessness, or in sport.

Mischief (n.) Cause of trouble or vexation; trouble.

Mischief-maker (n.) One who makes mischief; one who excites or instigates quarrels or enmity.

Mischief-making (n.) The act or practice of making mischief, inciting quarrels, etc.

Mischna (n.) See Mishna.

Miscibility (n.) Capability of being mixed.

Miscitation (n.) Erroneous citation.

Misclaim (n.) A mistaken claim.

Miscollocation (n.) Wrong collocation.

Miscomfort (n.) Discomfort.

Miscomputation (n.) Erroneous computation; false reckoning.

Misconceit (n.) Misconception.

Misconceiver (n.) One who misconceives.

Misconception (n.) Erroneous conception; false opinion; wrong understanding.

Misconclusion (n.) An erroneous inference or conclusion.

Misconduct (n.) Wrong conduct; bad behavior; mismanagement.

Misconjecture (n.) A wrong conjecture or guess.

Misconsecration (n.) Wrong consecration.

Misconsequence (n.) A wrong consequence; a false deduction.

Misconstruction (n.) Erroneous construction; wrong interpretation.

Misconstruer (n.) One who misconstrues.

Miscontinuance (n.) Discontinuance; also, continuance by undue process.

Miscopy (n.) A mistake in copying.

Miscount (n.) An erroneous counting.

Miscreance (n.) Alt. of Miscreancy

Miscreancy (n.) The quality of being miscreant; adherence to a false religion; false faith.

Miscreant (n.) One who holds a false religious faith; a misbeliever.

Miscreant (n.) One not restrained by Christian principles; an unscrupulous villain; a while wretch.

Miscredent (n.) A miscreant, or believer in a false religious doctrine.

Miscredulity (n.) Wrong credulity or belief; misbelief.

Miscue (n.) A false stroke with a billiard cue, the cue slipping from the ball struck without impelling it as desired.

Misdeal (n.) The act of misdealing; a wrong distribution of cards to the players.

Misdeed (n.) An evil deed; a wicked action.

Misdemeanant (n.) One guilty of a misdemeanor.

Misdemeanor (n.) Ill behavior; evil conduct; fault.

Misdemeanor (n.) A crime less than a felony.

Misdesert (n.) Ill desert.

Misdevotion (n.) Mistaken devotion.

Misdiet (n.) Improper.

Misdirection (n.) The act of directing wrongly, or the state of being so directed.

Misdirection (n.) An error of a judge in charging the jury on a matter of law.

Misdisposition (n.) Erroneous disposal or application.

Misdivision (n.) Wrong division.

Misdoer (n.) A wrongdoer.

Misdoing (n.) A wrong done; a fault or crime; an offense; as, it was my misdoing.

Misdoubt (n.) Suspicion.

Misdoubt (n.) Irresolution; hesitation.

Misdread (n.) Dread of evil.

Mise (n.) The issue in a writ of right.

Mise (n.) Expense; cost; disbursement.

Mise (n.) A tax or tallage; in Wales, an honorary gift of the people to a new king or prince of Wales; also, a tribute paid, in the country palatine of Chester, England, at the change of the owner of the earldom.

Misease (n.) Want of ease; discomfort; misery.

Misedition (n.) An incorrect or spurious edition.

Misemployment (n.) Wrong or mistaken employment.

Misentry (n.) An erroneous entry or charge, as of an account.

Miser (n.) A wretched person; a person afflicted by any great misfortune.

Miser (n.) A despicable person; a wretch.

Miser (n.) A covetous, grasping, mean person; esp., one having wealth, who lives miserably for the sake of saving and increasing his hoard.

Miser (n.) A kind of large earth auger.

Miserable (n.) A miserable person.

Miserableness (n.) The state or quality of being miserable.

Miseration (n.) Commiseration.

Miserere (n.) The psalm usually appointed for penitential acts, being the 50th psalm in the Latin version. It commences with the word miserere.

Miserere (n.) A musical composition adapted to the 50th psalm.

Miserere (n.) A small projecting boss or bracket, on the under side of the hinged seat of a church stall (see Stall). It was intended, the seat being turned up, to give some support to a worshiper when standing. Called also misericordia.

Miserere (n.) Same as Ileus.

Misericorde (n.) Compassion; pity; mercy.

Misericorde (n.) Same as Misericordia, 2.

Misericordia (n.) An amercement.

Misericordia (n.) A thin-bladed dagger; so called, in the Middle Ages, because used to give the death wound or "mercy" stroke to a fallen adversary.

Misericordia (n.) An indulgence as to food or dress granted to a member of a religious order.

Misery (n.) Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.

Misery (n.) Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.

Misery (n.) Covetousness; niggard

Misesteem (n.) Want of esteem; disrespect.

Misexplanation (n.) An erroneous explanation.

Misexplication (n.) Wrong explication.

Misexposition (n.) Wrong exposition.

Misexpression (n.) Wrong expression.

Misfaith (n.) Want of faith; distrust.

Misfare (n.) Misfortune.

Misfeasance (n.) A trespass; a wrong done; the improper doing of an act which a person might lawfully do.

Misfeature (n.) Ill feature.

Misfit (n.) The act or the state of fitting badly; as, a misfit in making a coat; a ludicrous misfit.

Misfit (n.) Something that fits badly, as a garment.

Misformation (n.) Malformation.

Misfortune (n.) Bad fortune or luck; calamity; an evil accident; disaster; mishap; mischance.

Misgiving (n.) Evil premonition; doubt; distrust.

Misgovernance (n.) Misgovernment; misconduct; misbehavior.

Misgovernment (n.) Bad government; want of government.

Misgrowth (n.) Bad growth; an unnatural or abnormal growth.

Misguidance (n.) Wrong guidance.

Misguide (n.) Misguidance; error.

Mishap (n.) Evil accident; ill luck; misfortune; mischance.

Mishcup (n.) The scup.

Mishmash (n.) A hotchpotch.

Mishna (n.) A collection or digest of Jewish traditions and explanations of Scripture, forming the text of the Talmud.

Misimagination (n.) Wrong imagination; delusion.

Misimprovement (n.) Ill use or employment; use for a bad purpose.

Misinformant (n.) A misinformer.

Misinformation (n.) Untrue or incorrect information.

Misinformer (n.) One who gives or incorrect information.

Misinstruction (n.) Wrong or improper instruction.

Misintelligence (n.) Wrong information; misinformation.

Misintelligence (n.) Disagreement; misunderstanding.

Misinterpretation (n.) The act of interpreting erroneously; a mistaken interpretation.

Misinterpreter (n.) One who interprets erroneously.

Misjoinder (n.) An incorrect union of parties or of causes of action in a procedure, criminal or civil.

Misjudgment (n.) A wrong or unjust judgment.

Miskin (n.) A little bagpipe.

Mislactation (n.) Defective flow or vitiated condition of the milk.

Mislayer (n.) One who mislays.

Misle (n.) A fine rain; a thick mist; mizzle.

Misleader (n.) One who leads into error.

Milen (n.) See Maslin.

Misletoe (n.) See Mistletoe.

Mislike (n.) Dislike; disapprobation; aversion.

Misliker (n.) One who dislikes.

Misliking (n.) Dislike; aversion.

Misluck (n.) Ill luck; misfortune.

Mismanagement (n.) Wrong or bad management; as, he failed through mismagement.

Mismanager (n.) One who manages ill.

Mismeasurement (n.) Wrong measurement.

Misnomer (n.) The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument, as in a complaint or indictment; any misnaming of a person or thing; a wrong or inapplicable name or title.

Misobedience (n.) Mistaken obedience; disobedience.

Misobserver (n.) One who misobserves; one who fails to observe properly.

Misogamist (n.) A hater of marriage.

Misogamy (n.) Hatre/ of marriage.

Misogynist (n.) A woman hater.

Misogyny (n.) Hatred of women.

Misology (n.) Hatred of argument or discussion; hatred of enlightenment.

Misopinion (n.) Wrong opinion.

Misorder (n.) Irregularity; disorder.

Misordination (n.) Wrong ordination.

Misotheism (n.) Hatred of God.

Mispassion (n.) Wrong passion or feeling.

Mispense (n.) See Misspense.

Misperception (n.) Erroneous perception.

Mispersuasion (n.) A false persuasion; wrong notion or opinion.

Mispickel (n.) Arsenical iron pyrites; arsenopyrite.

Misplacement (n.) The act of misplacing, or the state of being misplaced.

Mispleading (n.) An error in pleading.

Mispolicy (n.) Wrong policy; impolicy.

Mispractice (n.) Wrong practice.

Misprint (n.) A mistake in printing; a deviation from the copy; as, a book full of misprints.

Misprision (n.) The act of misprising; misapprehension; misconception; mistake.

Misprision (n.) Neglect; undervaluing; contempt.

Misprision (n.) A neglect, negligence, or contempt.

Misproceeding (n.) Wrong or irregular proceding.

Mispronunciation (n.) Wrong or improper pronunciation.

Misquotation (n.) Erroneous or inaccurate quotation.

Misrecital (n.) An inaccurate recital.

Misreckoning (n.) An erroneous computation.

Misrecollection (n.) Erroneous or inaccurate recollection.

Misregard (n.) Wrong understanding; misconstruction.

Misrelation (n.) Erroneous relation or narration.

Misreligion (n.) False religion.

Misreport (n.) An erroneous report; a false or incorrect account given.

Misrepresentation (n.) Untrue representation; false or incorrect statement or account; -- usually unfavorable to the thing represented; as, a misrepresentation of a person's motives.

Misrepresenter (n.) One who misrepresents.

Misrule (n.) The act, or the result, of misruling.

Misrule (n.) Disorder; confusion; tumult from insubordination.

Miss (n.) A title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a girl or a woman who has not been married. See Mistress, 5.

Miss (n.) A young unmarried woman or a girl; as, she is a miss of sixteen.

Miss (n.) A kept mistress. See Mistress, 4.

Miss (n.) In the game of three-card loo, an extra hand, dealt on the table, which may be substituted for the hand dealt to a player.

Miss (n.) The act of missing; failure to hit, reach, find, obtain, etc.

Miss (n.) Loss; want; felt absence.

Miss (n.) Mistake; error; fault.

Miss (n.) Harm from mistake.

Missa (n.) The service or sacrifice of the Mass.

Missal (n.) The book containing the service of the Mass for the entire year; a Mass book.

Missel (n.) Mistletoe.

Misseldine (n.) The mistletoe.

Misseltoe (n.) See Mistletoe.

Missemblance (n.) False resemblance or semblance.

Missile (n.) A weapon thrown or projected or intended to be projcted, as a lance, an arrow, or a bullet.

Mission (n.) The act of sending, or the state of being sent; a being sent or delegated by authority, with certain powers for transacting business; comission.

Mission (n.) That with which a messenger or agent is charged; an errand; business or duty on which one is sent; a commission.

Mission (n.) Persons sent; any number of persons appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy.

Mission (n.) An assotiation or organization of missionaries; a station or residence of missionaries.

Mission (n.) An organization for worship and work, dependent on one or more churches.

Mission (n.) A course of extraordinary sermons and services at a particular place and time for the special purpose of quickening the faith and zeal participants, and of converting unbelievers.

Mission (n.) Dismission; discharge from service.

Missioner (n.) A missionary; an envoy; one who conducts a mission. See Mission, n., 6.

Missis (n.) A mistress; a wife; -- so used by the illiterate.

Missive (n.) Specially sent; intended or prepared to be sent; as, a letter missive.

Missive (n.) Missile.

Missive (n.) That which is sent; a writing containing a message.

Missive (n.) One who is sent; a messenger.

Misspeech (n.) Wrong speech.

Misspelling (n.) A wrong spelling.

Misspender (n.) One who misspends.

misspense (n.) A spending improperly; a wasting.

Misstatement (n.) An incorrect statement.

Misstep (n.) A wrong step; an error of conduct.

Missuccess (n.) Failure.

Missuggestion (n.) Wrong or evil suggestion.

Missummation (n.) Wrong summation.

Missy (n.) See Misy.

Missy (n.) An affectionate, or contemptuous, form of miss; a young girl; a miss.

Mist (n.) Visible watery vapor suspended in the atmosphere, at or near the surface of the earth; fog.

Mist (n.) Coarse, watery vapor, floating or falling in visible particles, approaching the form of rain; as, Scotch mist.

Mist (n.) Hence, anything which dims or darkens, and obscures or intercepts vision.

Mistake (n.) An apprehending wrongly; a misconception; a misunderstanding; a fault in opinion or judgment; an unintentional error of conduct.

Mistake (n.) Misconception, error, which when non-negligent may be ground for rescinding a contract, or for refusing to perform it.

Mistakenness (n.) Erroneousness.

Mistaker (n.) One who mistakes.

Mistaking (n.) An error; a mistake.

Mister (n.) A title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a man or youth. It is usually written in the abbreviated form Mr.

Mister (n.) A trade, art, or occupation.

Mister (n.) Manner; kind; sort.

Mister (n.) Need; necessity.

Mistery (n.) See Mystery, a trade.

Misthought (n.) Erroneous thought; mistaken opinion; error.

Mistic (n.) Alt. of Mistico

Mistico (n.) A kind of small sailing vessel used in the Mediterranean. It is rigged partly like a xebec, and partly like a felucca.

Mistigris (n.) Alt. of Mistigri

Mistigri (n.) A variety of the game of poker in which the joker is used, and called mistigris or mistigri.

Mistihead (n.) Mistiness.

Mistiness (n.) State of being misty.

Mistion (n.) Mixture.

Mistletoe (n.) A parasitic evergreen plant of Europe (Viscum album), bearing a glutinous fruit. When found upon the oak, where it is rare, it was an object of superstitious regard among the Druids. A bird lime is prepared from its fruit.

Mistonusk (n.) The American badger.

Mistradition (n.) A wrong tradition.

Mistral (n.) A violent and cold northwest wind experienced in the Mediterranean provinces of France, etc.

Mistranslation (n.) Wrong translation.

Mistreading (n.) Misstep; misbehavior.

Mistreatment (n.) Wrong treatment.

Mistress (n.) A woman having power, authority, or ownership; a woman who exercises authority, is chief, etc.; the female head of a family, a school, etc.

Mistress (n.) A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.

Mistress (n.) A woman regarded with love and devotion; she who has command over one's heart; a beloved object; a sweetheart.

Mistress (n.) A woman filling the place, but without the rights, of a wife; a concubine; a loose woman with whom one consorts habitually.

Mistress (n.) A title of courtesy formerly prefixed to the name of a woman, married or unmarried, but now superseded by the contracted forms, Mrs., for a married, and Miss, for an unmarried, woman.

Mistress (n.) A married woman; a wife.

Mistress (n.) The old name of the jack at bowls.

Mistressship (n.) Female rule or dominion.

Mistressship (n.) Ladyship, a style of address; -- with the personal pronoun.

Mistrial (n.) A false or erroneous trial; a trial which has no result.

Mistrust (n.) Want of confidence or trust; suspicion; distrust.

Mistruster (n.) One who mistrusts.

Mistura (n.) A mingled compound in which different ingredients are contained in a liquid state; a mixture. See Mixture, n., 4.

Mistura (n.) Sometimes, a liquid medicine containing very active substances, and which can only be administered by drops.

Misunderstander (n.) One who misunderstands.

Misunderstanding (n.) Mistake of the meaning; error; misconception.

Misunderstanding (n.) Disagreement; difference of opinion; dissension; quarrel.

Misusage (n.) Bad treatment; abuse.

Misuse (n.) Wrong use; misapplication; erroneous or improper use.

Misuse (n.) Violence, or its effects.

Misusement (n.) Misuse.

Misuser (n.) One who misuses.

Misuser (n.) Unlawful use of a right; use in excess of, or varying from, one's right.

Misway (n.) A wrong way.

Misword (n.) A word wrongly spoken; a cross word.

Misworship (n.) Wrong or false worship; mistaken practices in religion.

Misworshiper (n.) One who worships wrongly.

Misy (n.) An impure yellow sulphate of iron; yellow copperas or copiapite.

Mite (n.) A minute arachnid, of the order Acarina, of which there are many species; as, the cheese mite, sugar mite, harvest mite, etc. See Acarina.

Mite (n.) A small coin formerly circulated in England, rated at about a third of a farthing. The name is also applied to a small coin used in Palestine in the time of Christ.

Mite (n.) A small weight; one twentieth of a grain.

Mite (n.) Anything very small; a minute object; a very little quantity or particle.

Miter (n.) Alt. of Mitre

Mitre (n.) A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with two points or peaks.

Mitre (n.) The surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece where a miter joint is made; also, a joint formed or a junction effected by two beveled ends or edges; a miter joint.

Mitre (n.) A sort of base money or coin.

Miterwort (n.) Any plant of the genus Mitella, -- slender, perennial herbs with a pod slightly resembling a bishop's miter; bishop's cap.

Mithras (n.) The sun god of the Persians.

Mithridate (n.) An antidote against poison, or a composition in form of an electuary, supposed to serve either as a remedy or a preservative against poison; an alexipharmic; -- so called from King Mithridates, its reputed inventor.

Mitigation (n.) The act of mitigating, or the state of being mitigated; abatement or diminution of anything painful, harsh, severe, afflictive, or calamitous; as, the mitigation of pain, grief, rigor, severity, punishment, or penalty.

Mitigator (n.) One who, or that which, mitigates.

Miting (n.) A little one; -- used as a term of endearment.

Mitome (n.) The denser part of the protoplasm of a cell.

Mitosis (n.) See Karyokinesis.

Mitraille (n.) Shot or bits of iron used sometimes in loading cannon.

Mitrailleur (n.) One who serves a mitrailleuse.

Mitrailleuse (n.) A breech-loading machine gun consisting of a number of barrels fitted together, so arranged that the barrels can be fired simultaneously, or successively, and rapidly.

Mitt (n.) A mitten; also, a covering for the wrist and hand and not for the fingers.

Mitten (n.) A covering for the hand, worn to defend it from cold or injury. It differs from a glove in not having a separate sheath for each finger.

Mitten (n.) A cover for the wrist and forearm.

Mittimus (n.) A precept or warrant granted by a justice for committing to prison a party charged with crime; a warrant of commitment to prison.

Mittimus (n.) A writ for removing records from one court to another.

Mitty (n.) The stormy petrel.

Mitu (n.) A South American curassow of the genus Mitua.

Mixen (n.) A compost heap; a dunghill.

Mixer (n.) One who, or that which, mixes.

Mixtion (n.) Mixture.

Mixtion (n.) A kind of cement made of mastic, amber, etc., used as a mordant for gold leaf.

Mixture (n.) The act of mixing, or the state of being mixed; as, made by a mixture of ingredients.

Mixture (n.) That which results from mixing different ingredients together; a compound; as, to drink a mixture of molasses and water; -- also, a medley.

Mixture (n.) An ingredient entering into a mixed mass; an additional ingredient.

Mixture (n.) A kind of liquid medicine made up of many ingredients; esp., as opposed to solution, a liquid preparation in which the solid ingredients are not completely dissolved.

Mixture (n.) A mass of two or more ingredients, the particles of which are separable, independent, and uncompounded with each other, no matter how thoroughly and finely commingled; -- contrasted with a compound; thus, gunpowder is a mechanical mixture of carbon, sulphur, and niter.

Mixture (n.) An organ stop, comprising from two to five ranges of pipes, used only in combination with the foundation and compound stops; -- called also furniture stop. It consists of high harmonics, or overtones, of the ground tone.

Mizmaze (n.) A maze or labyrinth.

Mizzen (n.) The hindmost of the fore and aft sails of a three-masted vessel; also, the spanker.

Mizzenmast (n.) The hindmost mast of a three-masted vessel, or of a yawl-rigged vessel.

Mizzle (n.) Mist; fine rain.

Mizzy (n.) A bog or quagmire.

Mnemonician (n.) One who instructs in the art of improving or using the memory.

Mnemonics (n.) The art of memory; a system of precepts and rules intended to assist the memory; artificial memory.

Mnemosyne (n.) The goddess of memory and the mother of the Muses.

Mnemotechny (n.) Mnemonics.

Moa (n.) Any one of several very large extinct species of wingless birds belonging to Dinornis, and other related genera, of the suborder Dinornithes, found in New Zealand. They are allied to the apteryx and the ostrich. They were probably exterminated by the natives before New Zealand was discovered by Europeans. Some species were much larger than the ostrich.

Moabite (n.) One of the posterity of Moab, the son of Lot. (Gen. xix. 37.) Also used adjectively.

Moabitess (n.) A female Moabite.

Moat (n.) A deep trench around the rampart of a castle or other fortified place, sometimes filled with water; a ditch.

Mob (n.) A mobcap.

Mob (n.) The lower classes of a community; the populace, or the lowest part of it.

Mob (n.) A throng; a rabble; esp., an unlawful or riotous assembly; a disorderly crowd.

Mobcap (n.) A plain cap or headdress for women or girls; especially, one tying under the chin by a very broad band, generally of the same material as the cap itself.

Mobility (n.) The quality or state of being mobile; as, the mobility of a liquid, of an army, of the populace, of features, of a muscle.

Mobility (n.) The mob; the lower classes.

Mobilization (n.) The act of mobilizing.

Mobocracy (n.) A condition in which the lower classes of a nation control public affairs without respect to law, precedents, or vested rights.

Mobocrat (n.) One who favors a form of government in which the unintelligent populace rules without restraint.

Moccasin (n.) A shoe made of deerskin, or other soft leather, the sole and upper part being one piece. It is the customary shoe worn by the American Indians.

Moccasin (n.) A poisonous snake of the Southern United States. The water moccasin (Ancistrodon piscivorus) is usually found in or near water. Above, it is olive brown, barred with black; beneath, it is brownish yellow, mottled with darker. The upland moccasin is Ancistrodon atrofuscus. They resemble rattlesnakes, but are without rattles.

Mocha (n.) A seaport town of Arabia, on the Red Sea.

Mocha (n.) A variety of coffee brought from Mocha.

Mocha (n.) An Abyssinian weight, equivalent to a Troy grain.

Moche (n.) A bale of raw silk.

Mochila (n.) A large leather flap which covers the saddletree.

Mock (n.) An act of ridicule or derision; a scornful or contemptuous act or speech; a sneer; a jibe; a jeer.

Mock (n.) Imitation; mimicry.

Mockado (n.) A stuff made in imitation of velvet; -- probably the same as mock velvet.

Mockadour (n.) See Mokadour.

Mockage (n.) Mockery.

Mockbird (n.) The European sedge warbler (Acrocephalus phragmitis).

Mocker (n.) One who, or that which, mocks; a scorner; a scoffer; a derider.

Mocker (n.) A deceiver; an impostor.

Mocker (n.) A mocking bird.

Mockery (n.) The act of mocking, deriding, and exposing to contempt, by mimicry, by insincere imitation, or by a false show of earnestness; a counterfeit appearance.

Mockery (n.) Insulting or contemptuous action or speech; contemptuous merriment; derision; ridicule.

Mockery (n.) Subject of laughter, derision, or sport.

Mockingstock (n.) A butt of sport; an object of derision.

Moco (n.) A South American rodent (Cavia rupestris), allied to the Guinea pig, but larger; -- called also rock cavy.

Modalist (n.) One who regards Father, Son, and Spirit as modes of being, and not as persons, thus denying personal distinction in the Trinity.

Modality (n.) The quality or state of being modal.

Modality (n.) A modal relation or quality; a mode or point of view under which an object presents itself to the mind. According to Kant, the quality of propositions, as assertory, problematical, or apodeictic.

Mode (n.) Manner of doing or being; method; form; fashion; custom; way; style; as, the mode of speaking; the mode of dressing.

Mode (n.) Prevailing popular custom; fashion, especially in the phrase the mode.

Mode (n.) Variety; gradation; degree.

Mode (n.) Any combination of qualities or relations, considered apart from the substance to which they belong, and treated as entities; more generally, condition, or state of being; manner or form of arrangement or manifestation; form, as opposed to matter.

Mode (n.) The form in which the proposition connects the predicate and subject, whether by simple, contingent, or necessary assertion; the form of the syllogism, as determined by the quantity and quality of the constituent proposition; mood.

Mode (n.) Same as Mood.

Mode (n.) The scale as affected by the various positions in it of the minor intervals; as, the Dorian mode, the Ionic mode, etc., of ancient Greek music.

Mode (n.) A kind of silk. See Alamode, n.

Model (n.) A miniature representation of a thing, with the several parts in due proportion; sometimes, a facsimile of the same size.

Model (n.) Something intended to serve, or that may serve, as a pattern of something to be made; a material representation or embodiment of an ideal; sometimes, a drawing; a plan; as, the clay model of a sculpture; the inventor's model of a machine.

Model (n.) Anything which serves, or may serve, as an example for imitation; as, a government formed on the model of the American constitution; a model of eloquence, virtue, or behavior.

Model (n.) That by which a thing is to be measured; standard.

Model (n.) Any copy, or resemblance, more or less exact.

Model (n.) A person who poses as a pattern to an artist.

Modeler (n.) One who models; hence, a worker in plastic art.

Modeling (n.) The act or art of making a model from which a work of art is to be executed; the formation of a work of art from some plastic material. Also, in painting, drawing, etc., the expression or indication of solid form.

Modena (n.) A certain crimsonlike color.

Moder (n.) A mother.

Moder (n.) The principal piece of an astrolabe, into which the others are fixed.

Moderance (n.) Moderation.

Moderate (n.) One of a party in the Church of Scotland in the 18th century, and part of the 19th, professing moderation in matters of church government, in discip

Moderateness (n.) The quality or state of being moderate; temperateness; moderation.

Moderation (n.) The act of moderating, or of imposing due restraint.

Moderation (n.) The state or quality of being mmoderate.

Moderation (n.) Calmness of mind; equanimity; as, to bear adversity with moderation.

Moderation (n.) The first public examinations for degrees at the University of Oxford; -- usually contracted to mods.

Moderatism (n.) Moderation in doctrines or opinion, especially in politics or religion.

Moderator (n.) One who, or that which, moderates, restrains, or pacifies.

Moderator (n.) The officer who presides over an assembly to preserve order, propose questions, regulate the proceedings, and declare the votes.

Moderator (n.) In the University of Oxford, an examiner for moderations; at Cambridge, the superintendant of examinations for degrees; at Dublin, either the first (senior) or second (junior) in rank in an examination for the degree of Bachelor of Arts.

Moderator (n.) A mechamical arrangement for regulating motion in a machine, or producing equality of effect.

Moderatorship (n.) The office of a moderator.

Moderatress (n.) A female moderator.

Moderatrix (n.) A female moderator.

Modern (n.) A person of modern times; -- opposed to ancient.

Modernism (n.) Modern practice; a thing of recent date; esp., a modern usage or mode of expression.

Modernist (n.) One who admires the moderns, or their ways and fashions.

Modernity (n.) Modernness; something modern.

Modernization (n.) The act of rendering modern in style; the act or process of causing to conform to modern of thinking or acting.

Modernizer (n.) One who modernizes.

Modernness (n.) The quality or state of being modern; recentness; novelty.

Modesty (n.) The quality or state of being modest; that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth and importance; absence of self-assertion, arrogance, and presumption; humility respecting one's own merit.

Modesty (n.) Natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due regard for propriety in speech or action.

Modicity (n.) Moderateness; smallness; meanness.

Modicum (n.) A little; a small quantity; a measured simply.

Modifiability (n.) Capability of being modified; state or quality of being modifiable.

Modification (n.) The act of modifying, or the state of being modified; a modified form or condition; state as modified; a change; as, the modification of an opinion, or of a machine; the various modifications of light.

Modificative (n.) That which modifies or qualifies, as a word or clause.

Modifier (n.) One who, or that which, modifies.

Modillion (n.) The enriched block or horizontal bracket generally found under the cornice of the Corinthian and Composite entablature, and sometimes, less ornamented, in the Ionic and other orders; -- so called because of its arrangement at regulated distances.

Modiolus (n.) The central column in the osseous cochlea of the ear.

Modist (n.) One who follows the fashion.

Modiste (n.) A female maker of, or dealer in, articles of fashion, especially of the fashionable dress of ladies; a woman who gives direction to the style or mode of dress.

Modius (n.) A dry measure, containing about a peck.

Modulation (n.) The act of modulating, or the state of being modulated; as, the modulation of the voice.

Modulation (n.) Sound modulated; melody.

Modulation (n.) A change of key, whether transient, or until the music becomes established in the new key; a shifting of the tonality of a piece, so that the harmonies all center upon a new keynote or tonic; the art of transition out of the original key into one nearly related, and so on, it may be, by successive changes, into a key quite remote. There are also sudden and unprepared modulations.

Modulator (n.) One who, or that which, modulates.

Module (n.) A model or measure.

Module (n.) The size of some one part, as the diameter of semi-diameter of the base of a shaft, taken as a unit of measure by which the proportions of the other parts of the composition are regulated. Generally, for columns, the semi-diameter is taken, and divided into a certain number of parts, called minutes (see Minute), though often the diameter is taken, and any dimension is said to be so many modules and minutes in height, breadth, or projection.

Module (n.) To model; also, to modulate.

Modulus (n.) A quantity or coefficient, or constant, which expresses the measure of some specified force, property, or quality, as of elasticity, strength, efficiency, etc.; a parameter.

Modus (n.) The arrangement of, or mode of expressing, the terms of a contract or conveyance.

Modus (n.) A qualification involving the idea of variation or departure from some general rule or form, in the way of either restriction or enlargement, according to the circumstances of the case, as in the will of a donor, an agreement between parties, and the like.

Modus (n.) A fixed compensation or equivalent given instead of payment of tithes in kind, expressed in full by the phrase modus decimandi.

Moe (n.) A wry face or mouth; a mow.


Moellon (n.) Rubble masonry.

Moesogothic (n.) The language of the Moesogoths; -- also called Gothic.

Moff (n.) A thin silk stuff made in Caucasia.

Moggan (n.) A closely fitting knit sleeve; also, a legging of knitted material.

Mogul (n.) A person of the Mongolian race.

Mogul (n.) A heavy locomotive for freight traffic, having three pairs of connected driving wheels and a two-wheeled truck.

Moha (n.) A kind of millet (Setaria Italica); German millet.

Mohair (n.) The long silky hair or wool of the Angora goat of Asia Minor; also, a fabric made from this material, or an imitation of such fabric.

Mohammedan (n.) A follower of Mohammed, the founder of Islamism; one who professes Mohammedanism or Islamism.

Mohammedanism (n.) Alt. of Mohammedism

Mohammedism (n.) The religion, or doctrines and precepts, of Mohammed, contained in the Koran; Islamism.

Mohawk (n.) One of a tribe of Indians who formed part of the Five Nations. They formerly inhabited the valley of the Mohawk River.

Mohawk (n.) One of certain ruffians who infested the streets of London in the time of Addison, and took the name from the Mohawk Indians.

Moho (n.) A gallinule (Notornis Mantelli) formerly inhabiting New Zealand, but now supposed to be extinct. It was incapable of flight. See Notornis.

Mohock (n.) See Mohawk.

Moholi (n.) See Maholi.

Mohr (n.) A West African gazelle (Gazella mohr), having horns on which are eleven or twelve very prominent rings. It is one of the species which produce bezoar.

Mohur (n.) A British Indian gold coin, of the value of fifteen silver rupees, or $7.21.

Mohurrum (n.) Alt. of Muharram

Muharram (n.) The first month of the Mohammedan year.

Muharram (n.) A festival of the Shiah sect of the Mohammedans held during the first ten days of the month Mohurrum.

Moidore (n.) A gold coin of Portugal, valued at about 27s. sterling.

Moil (n.) A spot; a defilement.

Moile (n.) A kind of high shoe anciently worn.

Moineau (n.) A small flat bastion, raised in the middle of an overlong curtain.

Moira (n.) The deity who assigns to every man his lot.

Moire (n.) Originally, a fine textile fabric made of the hair of an Asiatic goat; afterwards, any textile fabric to which a watered appearance is given in the process of calendering.

Moire (n.) A watered, clouded, or frosted appearance produced upon either textile fabrics or metallic surfaces.

Moistener (n.) One who, or that which, moistens.

Moistness (n.) The quality or state of being moist.

Moisture (n.) A moderate degree of wetness.

Moisture (n.) That which moistens or makes damp or wet; exuding fluid; liquid in small quantity.

Mokadour (n.) A handkerchief.

Moke (n.) A donkey.

Moke (n.) A mesh of a net, or of anything resembling a net.

Mola (n.) See Sunfish, 1.

Molar (n.) Any one of the teeth back of the incisors and canines. The molar which replace the deciduous or milk teeth are designated as premolars, and those which are not preceded by deciduous teeth are sometimes called true molars. See Tooth.

Molasse (n.) A soft Tertiary sandstone; -- applied to a rock occurring in Switzerland. See Chart of Geology.

Molasses (n.) The thick, brown or dark colored, viscid, uncrystallizable sirup which drains from sugar, in the process of manufacture; any thick, viscid, sweet sirup made from vegetable juice or sap, as of the sorghum or maple. See Treacle.

Mold (n.) A spot; a blemish; a mole.

Mold (n.) Alt. of Mould

Mould (n.) A growth of minute fungi of various kinds, esp. those of the great groups Hyphomycetes, and Physomycetes, forming on damp or decaying organic matter.

Mold (n.) Alt. of Mould

Mould (n.) The matrix, or cavity, in which anything is shaped, and from which it takes its form; also, the body or mass containing the cavity; as, a sand mold; a jelly mold.

Mould (n.) That on which, or in accordance with which, anything is modeled or formed; anything which serves to regulate the size, form, etc., as the pattern or templet used by a shipbuilder, carpenter, or mason.

Mould (n.) Cast; form; shape; character.

Mould (n.) A group of moldings; as, the arch mold of a porch or doorway; the pier mold of a Gothic pier, meaning the whole profile, section, or combination of parts.

Mould (n.) A fontanel.

Mould (n.) A frame with a wire cloth bottom, on which the pump is drained to form a sheet, in making paper by hand.

Moldboard (n.) Alt. of Mouldboard

Mouldboard (n.) A curved plate of iron (originally of wood) back of the share of a plow, which turns over the earth in plowing.

Mouldboard (n.) A follow board.

Molder (n.) Alt. of Moulder

Moulder (n.) One who, or that which, molds or forms into shape; specifically (Founding), one skilled in the art of making molds for castings.

Moldiness (n.) Alt. of Mouldiness

Mouldiness (n.) The state of being moldy.

Molding (n.) Alt. of Moulding

Moulding (n.) The act or process of shaping in or on a mold, or of making molds; the art or occupation of a molder.

Moulding (n.) Anything cast in a mold, or which appears to be so, as grooved or ornamental bars of wood or metal.

Moulding (n.) A plane, or curved, narrow surface, either sunk or projecting, used for decoration by means of the lights and shades upon its surface. Moldings vary greatly in pattern, and are generally used in groups, the different members of each group projecting or retreating, one beyond another. See Cable, n., 3, and Crenelated molding, under Crenelate, v. t.

Moldwarp (n.) Alt. of Mouldwarp

Mouldwarp (n.) See Mole the animal.

Mole (n.) A spot; a stain; a mark which discolors or disfigures.

Mole (n.) A spot, mark, or small permanent protuberance on the human body; esp., a spot which is dark-colored, from which commonly issue one or more hairs.

Mole (n.) A mass of fleshy or other more or less solid matter generated in the uterus.

Mole (n.) A mound or massive work formed of masonry or large stones, etc., laid in the sea, often extended either in a right

Mole (n.) Any insectivore of the family Talpidae. They have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large and strong fore feet.

Mole (n.) A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground drains.

Molebut (n.) The sunfish (Orthagoriscus, or Mola).

Molecast (n.) A little elevation of earth made by a mole; a molehill.

Molech (n.) The fire god of the Ammonites, to whom human sacrifices were offered; Moloch.

Molecularity (n.) The state of consisting of molecules; the state or quality of being molecular.

Molecule (n.) One of the very small invisible particles of which all matter is supposed to consist.

Molecule (n.) The smallest part of any substance which possesses the characteristic properties and qualities of that substance, and which can exist alone in a free state.

Molecule (n.) A group of atoms so united and combined by chemical affinity that they form a complete, integrated whole, being the smallest portion of any particular compound that can exist in a free state; as, a molecule of water consists of two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. Cf. Atom.

Molehill (n.) A little hillock of earth thrown up by moles working under ground; hence, a very small hill, or an insignificant obstacle or difficulty.

Moleskin (n.) Any fabric having a thick soft shag, like the fur of a mole; esp., a kind of strong twilled fustian.

Molest (n.) Molestation.

Molestation (n.) The act of molesting, or the state of being molested; disturbance; annoyance.

Molester (n.) One who molests.

Molestie (n.) Alt. of Molesty

Molesty (n.) Molestation.

Molewarp (n.) See Moldwarp.


Molinism (n.) The doctrines of the Molinists, somewhat resembling the tenets of the Arminians.

Molinist (n.) A follower of the opinions of Molina, a Spanish Jesuit (in respect to grace); an opposer of the Jansenists.

Mollah (n.) One of the higher order of Turkish judges; also, a Turkish title of respect for a religious and learned man.

Mollebart (n.) An agricultural implement used in Flanders, consisting of a kind of large shovel drawn by a horse and guided by a man.

Mollemoke (n.) Any one of several species of large pelagic petrels and fulmars, as Fulmarus glacialis, of the North Atlantic, and several species of Aestrelata, of the Southern Ocean. See Fulmar.

Mollification (n.) The act of mollifying, or the state of being mollified; a softening.

Mollifier (n.) One who, or that which, mollifies.


Mollities (n.) Unnatural softness of any organ or part.

Mollitude (n.) Softness; effeminacy; weakness.

Mollusc (n.) Same as Mollusk.

Molluscan (n.) A mollusk; one of the Mollusca.

Molluscoid (n.) One of the Molluscoidea.

Molluscum (n.) A cutaneous disease characterized by numerous tumors, of various forms, filled with a thick matter; -- so called from the resemblance of the tumors to some molluscous animals.

Mollusk (n.) One of the Mollusca.

Molly (n.) Same as Mollemoke.

Molly (n.) A pet or colloquial name for Mary.

Molly-mawk (n.) See Mollemoke.

Moloch (n.) The fire god of the Ammonites in Canaan, to whom human sacrifices were offered; Molech. Also applied figuratively.

Moloch (n.) A spiny Australian lizard (Moloch horridus). The horns on the head and numerous spines on the body give it a most formidable appearance.

Molosse (n.) See Molossus.

Molosses (n.) Molasses.

Molossine (n.) A bat of the genus Molossus, as the monk bat.

Molossus (n.) A foot of three long syllables.

Molt (n.) Alt. of Moult

Moult (n.) The act or process of changing the feathers, hair, skin, etc.; molting.

Moly (n.) A fabulous herb of occult power, having a black root and white blossoms, said by Homer to have been given by Hermes to Ulysses to counteract the spells of Circe.

Moly (n.) A kind of garlic (Allium Moly) with large yellow flowers; -- called also golden garlic.

Molybdate (n.) A salt of molybdic acid.

Molybdena (n.) See Molybdenite.

Molybdenite (n.) A mineral occurring in soft, lead-gray, foliated masses or scales, resembling graphite; sulphide of molybdenum.

Molybdenum (n.) A rare element of the chromium group, occurring in nature in the minerals molybdenite and wulfenite, and when reduced obtained as a hard, silver-white, difficulty fusible metal. Symbol Mo. Atomic weight 95.9.

Molybdite (n.) Molybdic ocher.

Mome (n.) A dull, silent person; a blockhead.

Moment (n.) A minute portion of time; a point of time; an instant; as, at thet very moment.

Moment (n.) Impulsive power; force; momentum.

Moment (n.) Importance, as in influence or effect; consequence; weight or value; consideration.

Moment (n.) An essential element; a deciding point, fact, or consideration; an essential or influential circumstance.

Moment (n.) An infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement.

Moment (n.) Tendency, or measure of tendency, to produce motion, esp. motion about a fixed point or axis.

Momentariness (n.) The state or quality of being momentary; shortness of duration.

Momentum (n.) The quantity of motion in a moving body, being always proportioned to the quantity of matter multiplied into the velocity; impetus.

Momentum (n.) Essential element, or constituent element.

Momier (n.) A name given in contempt to strict Calvinists in Switzerland, France, and some parts of Germany, in the early part of the 19th century.

Mommery (n.) See Mummery.

Momot (n.) See Motmot.

Momus (n.) The god of mockery and censure.

Mona (n.) A small, handsome, long-tailed West American monkey (Cercopithecus mona). The body is dark olive, with a spot of white on the haunches.

Monachism (n.) The system and influences of a monastic life; monasticism.

Monad (n.) An ultimate atom, or simple, unextended point; something ultimate and indivisible.

Monad (n.) The elementary and indestructible units which were conceived of as endowed with the power to produce all the changes they undergo, and thus determine all physical and spiritual phenomena.

Monad (n.) One of the smallest flangellate Infusoria; esp., the species of the genus Monas, and allied genera.

Monad (n.) A simple, minute organism; a primary cell, germ, or plastid.

Monad (n.) An atom or radical whose valence is one, or which can combine with, be replaced by, or exchanged for, one atom of hydrogen.

Monadology (n.) The doctrine or theory of monads.

Monal (n.) Any Asiatic pheasant of the genus Lophophorus, as the Impeyan pheasant.

Monamide (n.) An amido compound with only one amido group.

Monamine (n.) A basic compound containing one amido group; as, methyl amine is a monamine.

Monander (n.) One of the Monandria.

Monandry (n.) The possession by a woman of only one husband at the same time; -- contrasted with polyandry.

Monarch (n.) A sole or supreme ruler; a sovereign; the highest ruler; an emperor, king, queen, prince, or chief.

Monarch (n.) One superior to all others of the same kind; as, an oak is called the monarch of the forest.

Monarch (n.) A patron deity or presiding genius.

Monarch (n.) A very large red and black butterfly (Danais Plexippus); -- called also milkweed butterfly.

Monarchess (n.) A female monarch.

Monarchian (n.) One of a sect in the early Christian church which rejected the doctrine of the Trinity; -- called also patripassian.

Monarchism (n.) The principles of, or preference for, monarchy.

Monarchist (n.) An advocate of, or believer in, monarchy.

Monarchizer (n.) One who monarchizes; also, a monarchist.

Monarcho (n.) The nickname of a crackbrained Italian who fancied himself an emperor.

Monarchy (n.) A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch.

Monarchy (n.) A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch.

Monarchy (n.) The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.

Monas (n.) A genus of minute flagellate Infusoria of which there are many species, both free and attached. See Illust. under Monad.

Monastery (n.) A house of religious retirement, or of secusion from ordinary temporal concerns, especially for monks; -- more rarely applied to such a house for females.

Monastic (n.) A monk.

Monasticism (n.) The monastic life, system, or condition.

Monasticon (n.) A book giving an account of monasteries.

Monazite (n.) A mineral occurring usually in small isolated crystals, -- a phosphate of the cerium metals.

Monday (n.) The second day of the week; the day following Sunday.

Monde (n.) The world; a globe as an ensign of royalty.

Mone (n.) The moon.

Mone (n.) A moan.

Monembryony (n.) The condition of an ovule having but a single embryo.

Moner (n.) One of the Monera.

Moneran (n.) One of the Monera.

Moneron (n.) One of the Monera.

Monerula (n.) A germ in that stage of development in which its form is simply that of a non-nucleated mass of protoplasm. It precedes the one-celled germ. So called from its likeness to a moner.

Monesia (n.) The bark, or a vegetable extract brought in solid cakes from South America and believed to be derived from the bark, of the tree Chrysophyllum glycyphloeum. It is used as an alterative and astringent.

Monesin (n.) The acrid principle of Monesia, sometimes used as a medicine.

Moneth (n.) A month.

Monetization (n.) The act or process of converting into money, or of adopting as money; as, the monetization of silver.

Money (n.) A piece of metal, as gold, silver, copper, etc., coined, or stamped, and issued by the sovereign authority as a medium of exchange in financial transactions between citizens and with government; also, any number of such pieces; coin.

Money (n.) Any written or stamped promise, certificate, or order, as a government note, a bank note, a certificate of deposit, etc., which is payable in standard coined money and is lawfully current in lieu of it; in a comprehensive sense, any currency usually and lawfully employed in buying and selling.

Money (n.) In general, wealth; property; as, he has much money in land, or in stocks; to make, or lose, money.

Moneyage (n.) A tax paid to the first two Norman kings of England to prevent them from debashing the coin.

Moneyage (n.) Mintage; coinage.

Moneyer (n.) A person who deals in money; banker or broker.

Moneyer (n.) An authorized coiner of money.

Money-maker (n.) One who coins or prints money; also, a counterfeiter of money.

Money-maker (n.) One who accumulates money or wealth; specifically, one who makes money-getting his governing motive.

Money-making (n.) The act or process of making money; the acquisition and accumulation of wealth.

Moneywort (n.) A trailing plant (Lysimachia Nummularia), with rounded opposite leaves and solitary yellow flowers in their axils.

Mongcorn (n.) See Mangcorn.

Monger (n.) A trader; a dealer; -- now used chiefly in composition; as, fishmonger, ironmonger, newsmonger.

Monger (n.) A small merchant vessel.

Mongol (n.) One of the Mongols.

Mongolian (n.) One of the Mongols.

Mongoose (n.) Alt. of Mongoos

Mongoos (n.) A species of ichneumon (Herpestes griseus), native of India. Applied also to other allied species, as the African banded mongoose (Crossarchus fasciatus).

Mongrel (n.) The progeny resulting from a cross between two breeds, as of domestic animals; anything of mixed breed.

Monifier (n.) A fossil fish.

Moniment (n.) Something to preserve memory; a reminder; a monument; hence, a mark; an image; a superscription; a record.

Monisher (n.) One who monishes; an admonisher.

Monishment (n.) Admonition.

Monism (n.) That doctrine which refers all phenomena to a single ultimate constituent or agent; -- the opposite of dualism.

Monism (n.) See Monogenesis, 1.

Monist (n.) A believer in monism.

Monition (n.) Instruction or advice given by way of caution; an admonition; a warning; a caution.

Monition (n.) Information; indication; notice; advice.

Monition (n.) A process in the nature of a summons to appear and answer.

Monition (n.) An order monishing a party complained against to obey under pain of the law.

Monitor (n.) One who admonishes; one who warns of faults, informs of duty, or gives advice and instruction by way of reproof or caution.

Monitor (n.) Hence, specifically, a pupil selected to look to the school in the absence of the instructor, to notice the absence or faults of the scholars, or to instruct a division or class.

Monitor (n.) Any large Old World lizard of the genus Varanus; esp., the Egyptian species (V. Niloticus), which is useful because it devours the eggs and young of the crocodile. It is sometimes five or six feet long.

Monitor (n.) An ironclad war vessel, very low in the water, and having one or more heavily-armored revolving turrets, carrying heavy guns.

Monitor (n.) A tool holder, as for a lathe, shaped like a low turret, and capable of being revolved on a vertical pivot so as to bring successively the several tools in holds into proper position for cutting.

Monitorship (n.) The post or office of a monitor.

Monitory (n.) Admonition; warning; especially, a monition proceeding from an ecclesiastical court, but not addressed to any one person.

Monitress (n.) Alt. of Monitrix

Monitrix (n.) A female monitor.

Monk (n.) A man who retires from the ordinary temporal concerns of the world, and devotes himself to religion; one of a religious community of men inhabiting a monastery, and bound by vows to a life of chastity, obedience, and poverty.

Monk (n.) A blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed. It is distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink.

Monk (n.) A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine.

Monk (n.) A South American monkey (Pithecia monachus); also applied to other species, as Cebus xanthocephalus.

Monk (n.) The European bullfinch.

Monkery (n.) The life of monks; monastic life; monastic usage or customs; -- now usually applied by way of reproach.

Monkery (n.) A collective body of monks.

Monkey (n.) In the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana, including apes, baboons, and lemurs.

Monkey (n.) Any species of Quadrumana, except the lemurs.

Monkey (n.) Any one of numerous species of Quadrumana (esp. such as have a long tail and prehensile feet) exclusive of apes and baboons.

Monkey (n.) A term of disapproval, ridicule, or contempt, as for a mischievous child.

Monkey (n.) The weight or hammer of a pile driver, that is, a very heavy mass of iron, which, being raised on high, falls on the head of the pile, and drives it into the earth; the falling weight of a drop hammer used in forging.

Monkey (n.) A small trading vessel of the sixteenth century.

Monkey-bread (n.) The fruit of the Adansonia digitata; also, the tree. See Adansonia.

Monkey-cup (n.) See Nepenthes.

Monkey-pot (n.) The fruit of two South American trees (Lecythis Ollaria, and L. Zabucajo), which have for their fruit large, pot-shaped, woody capsules containing delicious nuts, and opening almost explosively by a circular lid at the top. Vases and pots are made of this capsule.

Monkeytail (n.) A short, round iron bar or lever used in naval gunnery.

Monkfish (n.) The angel fish (Squatina).

Monkfish (n.) The angler (Lophius).

Monkflower (n.) A name of certain curious orchids which bear three kinds of flowers formerly referred to three genera, but now ascertained to be sexually different forms of the same genus (Catasetum tridentatum, etc.).

Monkhood (n.) The character or condition of a monk.

Monkhood (n.) Monks, regarded collectively.

Monkshood (n.) A plant of the genus Aconitum; aconite. See Aconite.

Mono (n.) The black howler of Central America (Mycetes villosus).

Monocardian (n.) An animal having a single heart.

Monocarp (n.) A monocarpic plant.

Monoceros (n.) A one-horned creature; a unicorn; a sea monster with one horn.

Monoceros (n.) The Unicorn, a constellation situated to the east Orion.

Monochord (n.) An instrument for experimenting upon the mathematical relations of musical sounds. It consists of a single string stretched between two bridges, one or both of which are movable, and which stand upon a graduated rule for the purpose of readily changing and measuring the length of the part of the string between them.

Monochrome (n.) A painting or drawing in a single color; a picture made with a single color.

Monochromy (n.) The art of painting or drawing in monochrome.

Monocle (n.) An eyeglass for one eye.


Monocotyl (n.) Any monocotyledonous plant.

Monocotyledon (n.) A plant with only one cotyledon, or seed lobe.

Monocracy (n.) Government by a single person; undivided rule.

Monocrat (n.) One who governs alone.

Monocrotism (n.) That condition of the pulse in which the pulse curve or sphygmogram shows but a single crest, the dicrotic elevation entirely disappearing.

Monocule (n.) A small crustacean with one median eye.

Monodelph (n.) Alt. of Monodelphian

Monodelphian (n.) One of the Monodelphia.

Monodist (n.) A writer of a monody.

Monodrama (n.) Alt. of Monodrame

Monodrame (n.) A drama acted, or intended to be acted, by a single person.

Monody (n.) A species of poem of a mournful character, in which a single mourner expresses lamentation; a song for one voice.

Monodynamism (n.) The theory that the various forms of activity in nature are manifestations of the same force.

Monoecian (n.) One of the Monoecia.

Monoecian (n.) A monoecious animal, as certain mollusks.

Monoecism (n.) The state or condition of being monoecious.

Monogam (n.) One of the Monogamia.

Monogamist (n.) One who practices or upholds monogamy.

Monogamy (n.) Single marriage; marriage with but one person, husband or wife, at the same time; -- opposed to polygamy. Also, one marriage only during life; -- opposed to deuterogamy.

Monogamy (n.) State of being paired with a single mate.

Monogenesis (n.) Oneness of origin; esp. (Biol.), development of all beings in the universe from a single cell; -- opposed to polygenesis. Called also monism.

Monogenesis (n.) That form of reproduction which requires but one parent, as in reproduction by fission or in the formation of buds, etc., which drop off and form new individuals; asexual reproduction.

Monogenesis (n.) The direct development of an embryo, without metamorphosis, into an organism similar to the parent organism; -- opposed to metagenesis.

Monogenism (n.) The theory or doctrine that the human races have a common origin, or constitute a single species.

Monogenist (n.) One who maintains that the human races are all of one species; -- opposed to polygenist.

Monogeny (n.) Monogenesis.

Monogeny (n.) The doctrine that the members of the human race have all a common origin.

Monogram (n.) A character or cipher composed of two or more letters interwoven or combined so as to represent a name, or a part of it (usually the initials). Monograms are often used on seals, ornamental pins, rings, buttons, and by painters, engravers, etc., to distinguish their works.

Monogram (n.) A picture in

Monogram (n.) An arbitrary sign for a word.

Monograph (n.) A written account or description of a single thing, or class of things; a special treatise on a particular subject of limited range.

Monographer (n.) A writer of a monograph.

Monographist (n.) One who writes a monograph.

Monography (n.) Representation by

Monography (n.) A monograph.

Monogyn (n.) One of the Monogynia.

Monogynian (n.) One of the Monogynia.

Monogyny (n.) Marriage with the one woman only.

Monogyny (n.) The state or condition of being monogynous.

Monolatry (n.) Worship of a single deity.

Monolith (n.) A single stone, especially one of large size, shaped into a pillar, statue, or monument.

Monologist (n.) One who soliloquizes; esp., one who monopolizes conversation in company.

Monologue (n.) A speech uttered by a person alone; soliloquy; also, talk or discourse in company, in the strain of a soliloquy; as, an account in monologue.

Monologue (n.) A dramatic composition for a single performer.

Monology (n.) The habit of soliloquizing, or of monopolizing conversation.

Monomachia (n.) Alt. of Monomachy

Monomachy (n.) A duel; single combat.

Monomachist (n.) One who fights in single combat; a duelist.

Monomane (n.) A monomaniac.

Monomania (n.) Derangement of the mind in regard of a single subject only; also, such a concentration of interest upon one particular subject or train of ideas to show mental derangement.

Monomaniac (n.) A person affected by monomania.

Monome (n.) A monomial.

Monometallism (n.) The legalized use of one metal only, as gold, or silver, in the standard currency of a country, or as a standard of money values. See Bimetallism.

Monometallist (n.) One who believes in monometallism as opposed to bimetallism, etc.

Monometer (n.) A rhythmic series, consisting of a single meter.

Monomial (n.) A single algebraic expression; that is, an expression unconnected with any other by the sign of addition, substraction, equality, or inequality.

Monomphalus (n.) A form of double monster, in which two individuals are united by a common umbilicus.

Monomyary (n.) One of the Monomya.

Monopathy (n.) Suffering or sensibility in a single organ or function.

Monophthong (n.) A single uncompounded vowel sound.

Monophthong (n.) A combination of two written vowels pronounced as one; a digraph.

Monophysite (n.) One of a sect, in the ancient church, who maintained that the human and divine in Jesus Christ constituted but one composite nature. Also used adjectively.

Monoplast (n.) A monoplastic element.

Monoplegia (n.) Paralysis affecting a single limb.

Monopode (n.) One of a fabulous tribe or race of Ethiopians having but one leg and foot.

Monopode (n.) A monopodium.

Monopodium (n.) A single and continuous vegetable axis; -- opposed to sympodium.

Monopody (n.) A measure of but a single foot.

Monopoler (n.) A monopolist.

Monopolist (n.) One who monopolizes; one who has a monopoly; one who favors monopoly.

Monopolite (n.) A monopolist.

Monopolizer (n.) One who monopolizes.

Monopoly (n.) The exclusive power, or privilege of selling a commodity; the exclusive power, right, or privilege of dealing in some article, or of trading in some market; sole command of the traffic in anything, however obtained; as, the proprietor of a patented article is given a monopoly of its sale for a limited time; chartered trading companies have sometimes had a monopoly of trade with remote regions; a combination of traders may get a monopoly of a particular product.

Monopoly (n.) Exclusive possession; as, a monopoly of land.

Monopoly (n.) The commodity or other material thing to which the monopoly relates; as, tobacco is a monopoly in France.

Monopolylogue (n.) An exhibition in which an actor sustains many characters.

Monopsychism (n.) The doctrine that there is but one immortal soul or intellect with which all men are endowed.

Monopteron (n.) A circular temple consisting of a roof supported on columns, without a cella.

Monoptote (n.) A noun having only one case.

Monoptote (n.) A noun having only one ending for the oblique cases.

Monorhyme (n.) A composition in verse, in which all the

Monosperm (n.) A monospermous plant.

Monostich (n.) A composition consisting of one verse only.

Monostrophe (n.) A metrical composition consisting of a single strophe.

Monosulphide (n.) A sulphide containing one atom of sulphur, and analogous to a monoxide; -- contrasted with a polysulphide; as, galena is a monosulphide.

Monosulphuret (n.) See Monosulphide.

Monosyllabism (n.) The state of consisting of monosyllables, or having a monosyllabic form; frequent occurrence of monosyllables.

Monosyllable (n.) A word of one syllable.

Monotessaron (n.) A single narrative framed from the statements of the four evangelists; a gospel harmony.

Monothalaman (n.) A foraminifer having but one chamber.

Monotheism (n.) The doctrine or belief that there is but one God.

Monotheist (n.) One who believes that there is but one God.

Monothelism (n.) Alt. of Monothelitism

Monothelitism (n.) The doctrine of the Monothelites.

Monothelite (n.) One of an ancient sect who held that Christ had but one will as he had but one nature. Cf. Monophysite.

Monotone (n.) A single unvaried tone or sound.

Monotone (n.) The utterance of successive syllables, words, or sentences, on one unvaried key or

Monotonist (n.) One who talks in the same strain or on the same subject until weariness is produced.

Monotony (n.) A frequent recurrence of the same tone or sound, producing a dull uniformity; absence of variety, as in speaking or singing.

Monotony (n.) Any irksome sameness, or want of variety.

Monotreme (n.) One of the Monotremata.

Monotriglyph (n.) A kind of intercolumniation in an entablature, in which only one triglyph and two metopes are introduced.

Monotropa (n.) A genus of parasitic or saprophytic plants including the Indian pipe and pine sap. The name alludes to the dropping end of the stem.

Monoxide (n.) An oxide containing one atom of oxygen in each molecule; as, barium monoxide.

Monoxylon (n.) A canoe or boat made from one piece of timber.

Monseigneur (n.) My lord; -- a title in France of a person of high birth or rank; as, Monseigneur the Prince, or Monseigneur the Archibishop. It was given, specifically, to the dauphin, before the Revolution of 1789. (Abbrev. Mgr.)

Monsieur (n.) The common title of civility in France in speaking to, or of, a man; Mr. or Sir.

Monsieur (n.) The oldest brother of the king of France.

Monsieur (n.) A Frenchman.

Monsignore (n.) My lord; -- an ecclesiastical dignity bestowed by the pope, entitling the bearer to social and domestic rank at the papal court. (Abbrev. Mgr.)

Monsoon (n.) A wind blowing part of the year from one direction, alternating with a wind from the opposite direction; -- a term applied particularly to periodical winds of the Indian Ocean, which blow from the southwest from the latter part of May to the middle of September, and from the northeast from about the middle of October to the middle of December.

Monster (n.) Something of unnatural size, shape, or quality; a prodigy; an enormity; a marvel.

Monster (n.) Specifically , an animal or plant departing greatly from the usual type, as by having too many limbs.

Monster (n.) Any thing or person of unnatural or excessive ug

Monstrance (n.) A transparent pyx, in which the consecrated host is exposed to view.

Monstration (n.) The act of demonstrating; proof.

Monstrosity (n.) The state of being monstrous, or out of the common order of nature; that which is monstrous; a monster.

Monstrousness (n.) The state or quality of being monstrous, unusual, extraordinary.

Monstruosity (n.) Monstrosity.

Mont (n.) Mountain.

Montaigne (n.) A mountain.

Montanic (n.) Of or pertaining to mountains; consisting of mountains.

Montanist (n.) A follower of Mintanus, a Phrygian enthusiast of the second century, who claimed that the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, dwelt in him, and employed him as an instrument for purifying and guiding men in the Christian life.

Montant (n.) An upward thrust or blow.

Montant (n.) An upright piece in any framework; a mullion or muntin; a stile.

Monte (n.) A favorite gambling game among Spaniards, played with dice or cards.

Monte-acid (n.) An acid elevator, as a tube through which acid is forced to some height in a sulphuric acid manufactory.

Monteith (n.) See Monteth.

Montem (n.) A custom, formerly practiced by the scholars at Eton school, England, of going every third year, on Whittuesday, to a hillock near the Bath road, and exacting money from all passers-by, to support at the university the senior scholar of the school.

Montero (n.) An ancient kind of cap worn by horsemen or huntsmen.

Monteth (n.) Alt. of Monteith

Monteith (n.) A vessel in which glasses are washed; -- so called from the name of the inventor.

Montgolfier (n.) A balloon which ascends by the buoyancy of air heated by a fire; a fire balloon; -- so called from two brothers, Stephen and Joseph Montgolfier, of France, who first constructed and sent up a fire balloon.

Month (n.) One of the twelve portions into which the year is divided; the twelfth part of a year, corresponding nearly to the length of a synodic revolution of the moon, -- whence the name. In popular use, a period of four weeks is often called a month.

Monthling (n.) That which is a month old, or which lives for a month.

Monthly (n.) A publication which appears regularly once a month.

Monticle (n.) A little mount; a hillock; a small elevation or prominence.

Monticule (n.) See Monticle.

Montoir (n.) A stone used in mounting a horse; a horse block.

Monton (n.) A heap of ore; a mass undergoing the process of amalgamation.

Montross (n.) See Matross.

Montrue (n.) That on which anything is mounted; a setting; hence, a saddle horse.

Monument (n.) Something which stands, or remains, to keep in remembrance what is past; a memorial.

Monument (n.) A building, pillar, stone, or the like, erected to preserve the remembrance of a person, event, action, etc.; as, the Washington monument; the Bunker Hill monument. Also, a tomb, with memorial inscriptions.

Monument (n.) A stone or other permanent object, serving to indicate a limit or to mark a boundary.

Monument (n.) A saying, deed, or example, worthy of record.

Monureid (n.) Any one of a series of complex nitrogenous substances regarded as derived from one molecule of urea; as, alloxan is a monureid.

Moo (n.) The lowing of a cow.

Mood (n.) Manner; style; mode; logical form; musical style; manner of action or being. See Mode which is the preferable form).

Mood (n.) Manner of conceiving and expressing action or being, as positive, possible, hypothetical, etc., without regard to other accidents, such as time, person, number, etc.; as, the indicative mood; the infinitive mood; the subjunctive mood. Same as Mode.

Mood (n.) Temper of mind; temporary state of the mind in regard to passion or feeling; humor; as, a melancholy mood; a suppliant mood.

Mooder (n.) Mother.

Moodiness (n.) The quality or state of being moody; specifically, liability to strange or violent moods.

Moodir (n.) The governor of a province in Egypt, etc.

Moolah (n.) Alt. of Moollah

Moollah (n.) See Mollah.

Moolley (n.) Same as Mulley.

Moon (n.) The celestial orb which revolves round the earth; the satellite of the earth; a secondary planet, whose light, borrowed from the sun, is reflected to the earth, and serves to dispel the darkness of night. The diameter of the moon is 2,160 miles, its mean distance from the earth is 240,000 miles, and its mass is one eightieth that of the earth. See Lunar month, under Month.

Moon (n.) A secondary planet, or satellite, revolving about any member of the solar system; as, the moons of Jupiter or Saturn.

Moon (n.) The time occupied by the moon in making one revolution in her orbit; a month.

Moon (n.) A crescentlike outwork. See Half-moon.

Moonbeam (n.) A ray of light from the moon.

Moonblink (n.) A temporary blindness, or impairment of sight, said to be caused by sleeping in the moonlight; -- sometimes called nyctalopia.

Mooncalf (n.) A monster; a false conception; a mass of fleshy matter, generated in the uterus.

Mooncalf (n.) A dolt; a stupid fellow.

Mooner (n.) One who abstractedly wanders or gazes about, as if moonstruck.

Moonery (n.) Conduct of one who moons.

Moonet (n.) A little moon.

Moon-eye (n.) A eye affected by the moon; also, a disease in the eye of a horse.

Moon-eye (n.) Any species of American fresh-water fishes of the genus Hyodon, esp. H. tergisus of the Great Lakes and adjacent waters.

Moon-eye (n.) The cisco.

Moonfish (n.) An American marine fish (Vomer setipennis); -- called also bluntnosed shiner, horsefish, and sunfish.

Moonfish (n.) A broad, thin, silvery marine fish (Selene vomer); -- called also lookdown, and silver moonfish.

Moonfish (n.) The mola. See Sunfish, 1.

Moonflower (n.) The oxeye daisy; -- called also moon daisy.

Moonflower (n.) A kind of morning glory (Ipomoea Bona-nox) with large white flowers opening at night.

Moong (n.) Same as Mung.

Moonglade (n.) The bright reflection of the moon's light on an expanse of water.

Moonie (n.) The European goldcrest.

Moonlight (n.) The light of the moon.

Moonling (n.) A simpleton; a lunatic.

Moonraker (n.) Same as Moonsail.

Moonrise (n.) The rising of the moon above the horizon; also, the time of its rising.

Moonsail (n.) A sail sometimes carried in light winds, above a skysail.

Moonseed (n.) A climbing plant of the genus Menispermum; -- so called from the crescentlike form of the seeds.

Moonset (n.) The descent of the moon below the horizon; also, the time when the moon sets.

Moonshee (n.) A Mohammedan professor or teacher of language.

Moonshine (n.) The light of the moon.

Moonshine (n.) Hence, show without substance or reality.

Moonshine (n.) A month.

Moonshine (n.) A preparation of eggs for food.

Moonshiner (n.) A person engaged in illicit distilling; -- so called because the work is largely done at night.

Moonstone (n.) A nearly pellucid variety of feldspar, showing pearly or opa

Moonwort (n.) The herb lunary or honesty. See Honesty.

Moonwort (n.) Any fern of the genus Botrychium, esp. B. Lunaria; -- so named from the crescent-shaped segments of its frond.

Moor (n.) One of a mixed race inhabiting Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli, chiefly along the coast and in towns.

Moor (n.) Any individual of the swarthy races of Africa or Asia which have adopted the Mohammedan religion.

Moor (n.) An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath.

Moor (n.) A game preserve consisting of moorland.

Moorage (n.) A place for mooring.

Moorball (n.) A fresh-water alga (Cladophora Aegagropila) which forms a globular mass.

Moorband (n.) See Moorpan.

Mooress (n.) A female Moor; a Moorish woman.

Mooring (n.) The act of confining a ship to a particular place, by means of anchors or fastenings.

Mooring (n.) That which serves to confine a ship to a place, as anchors, cables, bridles, etc.

Mooring (n.) The place or condition of a ship thus confined.

Moorland (n.) Land consisting of a moor or moors.

Moorpan (n.) A clayey layer or pan underlying some moors, etc.

Moorstone (n.) A species of English granite, used as a building stone.

Mooruk (n.) A species of cassowary (Casuarius Bennetti) found in New Britain, and noted for its agility in running and leaping. It is smaller and has stouter legs than the common cassowary. Its crest is biloted; the neck and breast are black; the back, rufous mixed with black; and the naked skin of the neck, blue.

Moory (n.) A kind of blue cloth made in India.

Moose (n.) A large cervine mammal (Alces machlis, or A. Americanus), native of the Northern United States and Canada. The adult male is about as large as a horse, and has very large, palmate antlers. It closely resembles the European elk, and by many zoologists is considered the same species. See Elk.

Moosewood (n.) The striped maple (Acer Pennsylvanicum).

Moosewood (n.) Leatherwood.

Moot (n.) A ring for gauging wooden pins.

Moot (n.) A meeting for discussion and deliberation; esp., a meeting of the people of a village or district, in Anglo-Saxon times, for the discussion and settlement of matters of common interest; -- usually in composition; as, folk-moot.

Mooter (n.) A disputer of a mooted case.

Moot-hall (n.) Alt. of Moot-house

Moot-house (n.) A hall for public meetings; a hall of judgment.

Moot-hill (n.) A hill of meeting or council; an elevated place in the open air where public assemblies or courts were held by the Saxons; -- called, in Scotland, mute-hill.

Mootman (n.) One who argued moot cases in the inns of court.

Mop (n.) A made-up face; a grimace.

Mop (n.) An implement for washing floors, or the like, made of a piece of cloth, or a collection of thrums, or coarse yarn, fastened to a handle.

Mop (n.) A fair where servants are hired.

Mop (n.) The young of any animal; also, a young girl; a moppet.

Mopboard (n.) A narrow board nailed against the wall of a room next to the floor; skirting board; baseboard. See Baseboard.

Mope (n.) A dull, spiritless person.

Moplah (n.) One of a class of Mohammedans in Malabar.

Moppet (n.) A rag baby; a puppet made of cloth; hence, also, in fondness, a little girl, or a woman.

Moppet (n.) A long-haired pet dog.

Mopsey (n.) Alt. of Mopsy

Mopsy (n.) A moppet.

Mopsy (n.) A slatternly, untidy woman.

Mopstick (n.) The long handle of a mop.

Mopus (n.) A mope; a drone.

Moquette (n.) A kind of carpet having a short velvety pile.

Mora (n.) A game of guessing the number of fingers extended in a quick movement of the hand, -- much played by Italians of the lower classes.

Mora (n.) A leguminous tree of Guiana and Trinidad (Dimorphandra excelsa); also, its timber, used in shipbuilding and making furniture.

Mora (n.) Delay; esp., culpable delay; postponement.

Moraine (n.) An accumulation of earth and stones carried forward and deposited by a glacier.

Moral (n.) The doctrine or practice of the duties of life; manner of living as regards right and wrong; conduct; behavior; -- usually in the plural.

Moral (n.) The inner meaning or significance of a fable, a narrative, an occurrence, an experience, etc.; the practical lesson which anything is designed or fitted to teach; the doctrine meant to be inculcated by a fiction; a maxim.

Moral (n.) A morality play. See Morality, 5.

Moraler (n.) A moralizer.

Moralism (n.) A maxim or saying embodying a moral truth.

Moralist (n.) One who moralizes; one who teaches or animadverts upon the duties of life; a writer of essays intended to correct vice and inculcate moral duties.

Moralist (n.) One who practices moral duties; a person who lives in conformity with moral rules; one of correct deportment and dealings with his fellow-creatures; -- sometimes used in contradistinction to one whose life is controlled by religious motives.

Morality (n.) The relation of conformity or nonconformity to the moral standard or rule; quality of an intention, a character, an action, a principle, or a sentiment, when tried by the standard of right.

Morality (n.) The quality of an action which renders it good; the conformity of an act to the accepted standard of right.

Morality (n.) The doctrines or rules of moral duties, or the duties of men in their social character; ethics.

Morality (n.) The practice of the moral duties; rectitude of life; conformity to the standard of right; virtue; as, we often admire the politeness of men whose morality we question.

Morality (n.) A kind of allegorical play, so termed because it consisted of discourses in praise of morality between actors representing such characters as Charity, Faith, Death, Vice, etc. Such plays were occasionally exhibited as late as the reign of Henry VIII.

Morality (n.) Intent; meaning; moral.

Moralization (n.) The act of moralizing; moral reflections or discourse.

Moralization (n.) Explanation in a moral sense.

Moralizer (n.) One who moralizes.

Morass (n.) A tract of soft, wet ground; a marsh; a fen.

Morate (n.) A salt of moric acid.

Moration (n.) A delaying tarrying; delay.

Moravian (n.) One of a religious sect called the United Brethren (an offshoot of the Hussites in Bohemia), which formed a separate church of Moravia, a northern district of Austria, about the middle of the 15th century. After being nearly extirpated by persecution, the society, under the name of The Renewed Church of the United Brethren, was reestablished in 1722-35 on the estates of Count Zinzendorf in Saxony. Called also Herrnhuter.

Moravianism (n.) The religious system of the Moravians.

Moray (n.) A muraena.

Morbidezza (n.) Delicacy or softness in the representation of flesh.

Morbidezza (n.) A term used as a direction in execution, signifying, with extreme delicacy.

Morbidity (n.) The quality or state of being morbid.

Morbidity (n.) Morbid quality; disease; sickness.

Morbidity (n.) Amount of disease; sick rate.

Morbidness (n.) The quality or state of being morbid; morbidity.

Morbosity (n.) A diseased state; unhealthiness.

Morceau (n.) A bit; a morsel.

Mordacity (n.) The quality of being mordacious; biting severity, or sarcastic quality.

Mordant (n.) Any corroding substance used in etching.

Mordant (n.) Any substance, as alum or copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic fibers and coloring matter, serves as a bond of union, and thus gives fixity to, or bites in, the dyes.

Mordant (n.) Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made to adhere.

Mordente (n.) An embellishment resembling a trill.

Mordicancy (n.) A biting quality; corrosiveness.

Mordication (n.) The act of biting or corroding; corrosion.

More (n.) A hill.

More (n.) A root.

More (n.) A greater quantity, amount, or number; that which exceeds or surpasses in any way what it is compared with.

More (n.) That which is in addition; something other and further; an additional or greater amount.

Moreen (n.) A thick woolen fabric, watered or with embossed figures; -- used in upholstery, for curtains, etc.

Morel (n.) An edible fungus (Morchella esculenta), the upper part of which is covered with a reticulated and pitted hymenium. It is used as food, and for flavoring sauces.

Morel (n.) Nightshade; -- so called from its blackish purple berries.

Morel (n.) A kind of cherry. See Morello.

Moreland (n.) Moorland.

Morelle (n.) Nightshade. See 2d Morel.

Morello (n.) A kind of nearly black cherry with dark red flesh and juice, -- used chiefly for preserving.

Moreness (n.) Greatness.

Morepork (n.) The Australian crested goatsucker (Aegotheles Novae-Hollandiae). Also applied to other allied birds, as Podargus Cuveiri.

Moresque (n.) The Moresque style of architecture or decoration. See Moorish architecture, under Moorish.

Morgay (n.) The European small-spotted dogfish, or houndfish. See the Note under Houndfish.

Morglay (n.) A sword.

Morgue (n.) A place where the bodies of persons found dead are exposed, that they may be identified, or claimed by their friends; a deadhouse.

Moria (n.) Idiocy; imbecility; fatuity; foolishness.

Morian (n.) A Moor.

Moribund (n.) A dying person.

Morice (n.) See Morisco.

Morigeration (n.) Obsequiousness; obedience.

Moril (n.) An edible fungus. Same as 1st Morel.

Morin (n.) A yellow crystal

Morinda (n.) A genus of rubiaceous trees and shrubs, mostly East Indian, many species of which yield valuable red and yellow dyes. The wood is hard and beautiful, and used for gunstocks.

Morindin (n.) A yellow dyestuff extracted from the root bark of an East Indian plant (Morinda citrifolia).

Morinel (n.) The dotterel.

Moringa (n.) A genus of trees of Southern India and Northern Africa. One species (Moringa pterygosperma) is the horse-radish tree, and its seeds, as well as those of M. aptera, are known in commerce as ben or ben nuts, and yield the oil called oil of ben.

Morion (n.) A kind of open helmet, without visor or beaver, and somewhat resembling a hat.

Morion (n.) A dark variety of smoky quartz.

Morioplasty (n.) The restoration of lost parts of the body.

Morisco (n.) A thing of Moorish origin; as: (a) The Moorish language. (b) A Moorish dance, now called morris dance. Marston. (c) One who dances the Moorish dance. Shak. (d) Moresque decoration or architecture.

Morisk (n.) Same as Morisco.

Morkin (n.) A beast that has died of disease or by mischance.

Morland (n.) Moorland.

Morling (n.) Mortling.

Mormal (n.) A bad sore; a gangrene; a cancer.

Mormo (n.) A bugbear; false terror.

Mormon (n.) A genus of sea birds, having a large, thick bill; the puffin.

Mormon (n.) The mandrill.

Mormon (n.) One of a sect in the United States, followers of Joseph Smith, who professed to have found an addition to the Bible, engraved on golden plates, called the Book of Mormon, first published in 1830. The Mormons believe in polygamy, and their hierarchy of apostles, etc., has control of civil and religious matters.

Mormondom (n.) The country inhabited by the Mormons; the Mormon people.

Mormonism (n.) The doctrine, system, and practices of the Mormons.

Mormonite (n.) A Mormon.

Morn (n.) The first part of the day; the morning; -- used chiefly in poetry.

Morne (n.) A ring fitted upon the head of a lance to prevent wounding an adversary in tilting.

Morne (n.) The first or early part of the day, variously understood as the earliest hours of light, the time near sunrise; the time from midnight to noon, from rising to noon, etc.

Morne (n.) The first or early part; as, the morning of life.

Morne (n.) The goddess Aurora.

Morning-glory (n.) A climbing plant (Ipomoea purpurea) having handsome, funnel-shaped flowers, usually red, pink, purple, white, or variegated, sometimes pale blue. See Dextrorsal.

Morningtide (n.) Morning time.

Moro (n.) A small abscess or tumor having a resemblance to a mulberry.

Morocco (n.) A fine kind of leather, prepared commonly from goatskin (though an inferior kind is made of sheepskin), and tanned with sumac and dyed of various colors; -- said to have been first made by the Moors.

Morology (n.) Foolish talk; nonsense; folly.

Morone (n.) Maroon; the color of an unripe black mulberry.

Morosaurus (n.) An extinct genus of large herbivorous dinosaurs, found in Jurassic strata in America.

Moroseness (n.) Sourness of temper; sulenness.

Morosis (n.) Idiocy; fatuity; stupidity.

Morosity (n.) Moroseness.

Moroshop (n.) A philosophical or learned fool.

Moroxite (n.) A variety of apatite of a greenish blue color.

Moroxylate (n.) A morate.

Morpheus (n.) The god of dreams.

Morphew (n.) A scurfy eruption.

Morphia (n.) Morphine.

Morphine (n.) A bitter white crystal

Morphinism (n.) A morbid condition produced by the excessive or prolonged use of morphine.

Morpho (n.) Any one of numerous species of large, handsome, tropical American butterflies, of the genus Morpho. They are noted for the very brilliant metallic luster and bright colors (often blue) of the upper surface of the wings. The lower surface is usually brown or gray, with eyelike spots.

Morphogeny (n.) History of the evolution of forms; that part of ontogeny that deals with the germ history of forms; -- distinguished from physiogeny.

Morphologist (n.) One who is versed in the science of morphology.

Morphology (n.) That branch of biology which deals with the structure of animals and plants, treating of the forms of organs and describing their varieties, homologies, and metamorphoses. See Tectology, and Promorphology.

Morphon (n.) A morphological individual, characterized by definiteness of form bion, a physiological individual. See Tectology.

Morphonomy (n.) The laws of organic formation.

Morphophyly (n.) The tribal history of forms; that part of phylogeny which treats of the tribal history of forms, in distinction from the tribal history of functions.

Morphosis (n.) The order or mode of development of an organ or part.

Morpion (n.) A louse.

Morrice (n.) Same as 1st Morris.

Morricer (n.) A morris dancer.

Morris (n.) A Moorish dance, usually performed by a single dancer, who accompanies the dance with castanets.

Morris (n.) A dance formerly common in England, often performed in pagenats, processions, and May games. The dancers, grotesquely dressed and ornamented, took the parts of Robin Hood, Maidmarian, and other fictious characters.

Morris (n.) An old game played with counters, or men, which are placed angles of a figure drawn on a board or on the ground; also, the board or ground on which the game is played.

Morris (n.) A marine fish having a very slender, flat, transparent body. It is now generally believed to be the young of the conger eel or some allied fish.

Morris-pike (n.) A Moorish pike.

Morrot (n.) See Marrot.

Morrow (n.) Morning.

Morrow (n.) The next following day; the day subsequent to any day specified or understood.

Morrow (n.) The day following the present; to-morrow.

Morse (n.) The walrus. See Walrus.

Morse (n.) A clasp for fastening garments in front.

Morsel (n.) A little bite or bit of food.

Morsel (n.) A small quantity; a little piece; a fragment.

Morsitation (n.) The act of biting or gnawing.

Morsure (n.) The act of biting.

Mort (n.) A great quantity or number.

Mort (n.) A woman; a female.

Mort (n.) A salmon in its third year.

Mort (n.) Death; esp., the death of game in the chase.

Mort (n.) A note or series of notes sounded on a horn at the death of game.

Mort (n.) The skin of a sheep or lamb that has died of disease.

Mortal (n.) A being subject to death; a human being; man.

Mortality (n.) The condition or quality of being mortal; subjection to death or to the necessity of dying.

Mortality (n.) Human life; the life of a mortal being.

Mortality (n.) Those who are, or that which is, mortal; the human cace; humanity; human nature.

Mortality (n.) Death; destruction.

Mortality (n.) The whole sum or number of deaths in a given time or a given community; also, the proportion of deaths to population, or to a specific number of the population; death rate; as, a time of great, or low, mortality; the mortality among the settlers was alarming.

Mortalness (n.) Quality of being mortal; mortality.

Mortar (n.) A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.

Mortar (n.) A short piece of ordnance, used for throwing bombs, carcasses, shells, etc., at high angles of elevation, as 45!, and even higher; -- so named from its resemblance in shape to the utensil above described.

Mortar (n.) A building material made by mixing lime, cement, or plaster of Paris, with sand, water, and sometimes other materials; -- used in masonry for joining stones, bricks, etc., also for plastering, and in other ways.

Mortar (n.) A chamber lamp or light.

Mortgage (n.) A conveyance of property, upon condition, as security for the payment of a debt or the preformance of a duty, and to become void upon payment or performance according to the stipulated terms; also, the written instrument by which the conveyance is made.

Mortgage (n.) State of being pledged; as, lands given in mortgage.

Mortgagee (n.) The person to whom property is mortgaged, or to whom a mortgage is made or given.

Mortgageor (n.) Alt. of Mortgagor

Mortgagor (n.) One who gives a mortgage.

Mortgager (n.) gives a mortgage.

Mortification (n.) The act of mortifying, or the condition of being mortified

Mortification (n.) The death of one part of an animal body, while the rest continues to live; loss of vitality in some part of a living animal; gangrene.

Mortification (n.) Destruction of active qualities; neutralization.

Mortification (n.) Subjection of the passions and appetites, by penance, absistence, or painful severities inflicted on the body.

Mortification (n.) Hence: Deprivation or depression of self-approval; abatement or pride; humiliation; chagrin; vexation.

Mortification (n.) That which mortifies; the cause of humiliation, chagrin, or vexation.

Mortification (n.) A gift to some charitable or religious institution; -- nearly synonymous with mortmain.

Mortifiedness (n.) The state of being mortified; humiliation; subjection of the passions.

Mortifier (n.) One who, or that which, mortifies.

Mortise (n.) A cavity cut into a piece of timber, or other material, to receive something (as the end of another piece) made to fit it, and called a tenon.

Mortling (n.) An animal, as a sheep, dead of disease or privation; a mortling.

Mortling (n.) Wool plucked from a dead sheep; morling.

Mortmain (n.) Possession of lands or tenements in, or conveyance to, dead hands, or hands that cannot alienate.

Mortmal (n.) See Mormal.

Mortpay (n.) Dead pay; the crime of taking pay for the service of dead soldiers, or for services not actually rendered by soldiers.

Mortress (n.) Alt. of Mortrew

Mortrew (n.) A dish of meats and other ingredients, cooked together; an ollapodrida.

Morula (n.) The sphere or globular mass of cells (blastomeres), formed by the clevage of the ovum or egg in the first stages of its development; -- called also mulberry mass, segmentation sphere, and blastosphere. See Segmentation.

Morulation (n.) The process of cleavage, or segmentation, of the ovum, by which a morula is formed.

Morus (n.) A genus of trees, some species of which produce edible fruit; the mulberry. See Mulberry.

Morwe (n.) See Morrow.

Morwening (n.) Morning.

Mosaic (n.) A surface decoration made by inlaying in patterns small pieces of variously colored glass, stone, or other material; -- called also mosaic work.

Mosaic (n.) A picture or design made in mosaic; an article decorated in mosaic.

Mosaism (n.) Attachment to the system or doctrines of Moses; that which is peculiar to the Mosaic system or doctrines.

Mosasaur (n.) Alt. of Mosasaurian

Mosasaurian (n.) One of an extinct order of reptiles, including Mosasaurus and allied genera. See Mosasauria.

Mosasaurus (n.) A genus of extinct marine reptiles allied to the lizards, but having the body much elongated, and the limbs in the form of paddles. The first known species, nearly fifty feet in length, was discovered in Cretaceous beds near Maestricht, in the Netherlands.

Moschatel (n.) A plant of the genus Adoxa (A. moschatellina), the flowers of which are pale green, and have a faint musky smell. It is found in woods in all parts of Europe, and is called also hollow root and musk crowfoot.

Moselle (n.) A light wine, usually white, produced in the vicinity of the river Moselle.

Moses (n.) A large flatboat, used in the West Indies for taking freight from shore to ship.

Mosk (n.) See Mosque.

Moslem (n.) A Mussulman; an orthodox Mohammedan. [Written also muslim.]

Mososaurus (n.) Same as Mosasaurus.

Mosque (n.) A Mohammedan church or place of religious worship.

Mosquito (n.) Any one of various species of gnats of the genus Culex and allied genera. The females have a proboscis containing, within the sheathlike labium, six fine, sharp, needlelike organs with which they puncture the skin of man and animals to suck the blood. These bites, when numerous, cause, in many persons, considerable irritation and swelling, with some pain. The larvae and pupae, called wigglers, are aquatic.

Moss (n.) A cryptogamous plant of a cellular structure, with distinct stem and simple leaves. The fruit is a small capsule usually opening by an apical lid, and so discharging the spores. There are many species, collectively termed Musci, growing on the earth, on rocks, and trunks of trees, etc., and a few in running water.

Moss (n.) A bog; a morass; a place containing peat; as, the mosses of the Scottish border.

Mossback (n.) A veteran partisan; one who is so conservative in opinion that he may be likened to a stone or old tree covered with moss.

Mossbanker (n.) Alt. of Mossbunker

Mossbunker (n.) The menhaded.

Mossiness (n.) The state of being mossy.

Mosstrooper (n.) One of a class of marauders or bandits that formerly infested the border country between England and Scotland; -- so called in allusion to the mossy or boggy character of much of the border country.

Mostahiba (n.) See Mustaiba.

Mostic (n.) Alt. of Mostick

Mostick (n.) A painter's maul-stick.

Mostra (n.) See Direct, n.

Mot (n.) A word; hence, a motto; a device.

Mot (n.) A pithy or witty saying; a witticism.

Mot (n.) A note or brief strain on a bugle.

Motacil (n.) Any singing bird of the genus Motacilla; a wagtail.

Motation (n.) The act of moving; motion.

Mote (n.) A meeting of persons for discussion; as, a wardmote in the city of London.

Mote (n.) A body of persons who meet for discussion, esp. about the management of affairs; as, a folkmote.

Mote (n.) A place of meeting for discussion.

Mote (n.) The flourish sounded on a horn by a huntsman. See Mot, n., 3, and Mort.

Mote (n.) A small particle, as of floating dust; anything proverbially small; a speck.

Motet (n.) A composition adapted to sacred words in the elaborate polyphonic church style; an anthem.

Moth (n.) A mote.

Moth (n.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the butterflies; as, the luna moth; Io moth; hawk moth.

Moth (n.) Any lepidopterous insect that feeds upon garments, grain, etc.; as, the clothes moth; grain moth; bee moth. See these terms under Clothes, Grain, etc.

Moth (n.) Any one of various other insects that destroy woolen and fur goods, etc., esp. the larvae of several species of beetles of the genera Dermestes and Anthrenus. Carpet moths are often the larvae of Anthrenus. See Carpet beetle, under Carpet, Dermestes, Anthrenus.

Moth (n.) Anything which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.

Mother (n.) A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child.

Mother (n.) That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix.

Mother (n.) An old woman or matron.

Mother (n.) The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc.

Mother (n.) Hysterical passion; hysteria.

Mother (n.) A film or membrane which is developed on the surface of fermented alcoholic liquids, such as vinegar, wine, etc., and acts as a means of conveying the oxygen of the air to the alcohol and other combustible principles of the liquid, thus leading to their oxidation.

Motherhood (n.) The state of being a mother; the character or office of a mother.

Mothering (n.) A rural custom in England, of visiting one's parents on Midlent Sunday, -- supposed to have been originally visiting the mother church to make offerings at the high altar.

Mother-in-law (n.) The mother of one's husband or wife.

Motherland (n.) The country of one's ancestors; -- same as fatherland.


Mother-of-pearl (n.) The hard pearly internal layer of several kinds of shells, esp. of pearl oysters, river mussels, and the abalone shells; nacre. See Pearl.

Mother-of-thyme (n.) An aromatic plant (Thymus Serphyllum); -- called also wild thyme.

Motherwort (n.) A labiate herb (Leonurus Cardiaca), of a bitter taste, used popularly in medicine; lion's tail.

Motherwort (n.) The mugwort. See Mugwort.

Motif (n.) Motive.

Motility (n.) Capability of motion; contractility.

Motion (n.) The act, process, or state of changing place or position; movement; the passing of a body from one place or position to another, whether voluntary or involuntary; -- opposed to rest.

Motion (n.) Power of, or capacity for, motion.

Motion (n.) Direction of movement; course; tendency; as, the motion of the planets is from west to east.

Motion (n.) Change in the relative position of the parts of anything; action of a machine with respect to the relative movement of its parts.

Motion (n.) Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.

Motion (n.) A proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress; esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly; as, a motion to adjourn.

Motion (n.) An application made to a court or judge orally in open court. Its object is to obtain an order or rule directing some act to be done in favor of the applicant.

Motion (n.) Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts.

Motion (n.) A puppet show or puppet.

Motioner (n.) One who makes a motion; a mover.

Motionist (n.) A mover.

Motive (n.) That which moves; a mover.

Motive (n.) That which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object.

Motive (n.) The theme or subject; a leading phrase or passage which is reproduced and varied through the course of a comor a movement; a short figure, or melodic germ, out of which a whole movement is develpoed. See also Leading motive, under Leading.

Motive (n.) That which produces conception, invention, or creation in the mind of the artist in undertaking his subject; the guiding or controlling idea manifested in a work of art, or any part of one.

Motivity (n.) The power of moving or producing motion.

Motivity (n.) The quality of being influenced by motives.

Motivo (n.) See Motive, n., 3, 4.

Motley (n.) Composed of different or various parts; heterogeneously made or mixed up; discordantly composite; as, motley style.

Motley (n.) A combination of distinct colors; esp., the party-colored cloth, or clothing, worn by the professional fool.

Motley (n.) Hence, a jester, a fool.

Motmot (n.) Any one of several species of long-tailed, passerine birds of the genus Momotus, having a strong serrated beak. In most of the species the two long middle tail feathers are racket-shaped at the tip, when mature. The bird itself is said by some writers to trim them into this shape. They feed on insects, reptiles, and fruit, and are found from Mexico to Brazil. The name is derived from its note.

Moto (n.) Movement; manner of movement; particularly, movement with increased rapidity; -- used especially in the phrase con moto, directing to a somewhat quicker movement; as, andante con moto, a little more rapidly than andante, etc.

Moton (n.) A small plate covering the armpit in armor of the 14th century and later.

Motor (n.) One who, or that which, imparts motion; a source of mechanical power.

Motor (n.) A prime mover; a machine by means of which a source of power, as steam, moving water, electricity, etc., is made available for doing mechanical work.

Motor (n.) Alt. of Motorial

Motory (n.) Alt. of Motorial

Motorial (n.) Causing or setting up motion; pertaining to organs of motion; -- applied especially in physiology to those nerves or nerve fibers which only convey impressions from a nerve center to muscles, thereby causing motion.

Motorman (n.) A man who controls a motor.

Motorpathy (n.) Kinesiatrics.

Motte (n.) A clump of trees in a prairie.

Mottle (n.) A mottled appearance.

Motto (n.) A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievment.

Motto (n.) A sentence, phrase, or word, prefixed to an essay, discourse, chapter, canto, or the like, suggestive of its subject matter; a short, suggestive expression of a guiding principle; a maxim.

Mouchoir (n.) A handkerchief.

Mouazzin (n.) See Muezzin.

Mouflon (n.) A wild sheep (Ovis musimon), inhabiting the mountains of Sardinia, Corsica, etc. Its horns are very large, with a triangular base and rounded angles. It is supposed by some to be the original of the domestic sheep. Called also musimon or musmon.

Mouillation (n.) The act of uttering the sound of a mouille letter.





Mound (n.) A ball or globe forming part of the regalia of an emperor or other sovereign. It is encircled with bands, enriched with precious stones, and surmounted with a cross; -- called also globe.

Mound (n.) An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an embarkment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart; also, a natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll.

Mount (n.) To rise on high; to go up; to be upraised or uplifted; to tower aloft; to ascend; -- often with up.

Mount (n.) To get up on anything, as a platform or scaffold; especially, to seat one's self on a horse for riding.

Mount (n.) To attain in value; to amount.

Mountain (n.) A large mass of earth and rock, rising above the common level of the earth or adjacent land; earth and rock forming an isolated peak or a ridge; an eminence higher than a hill; a mount.

Mountain (n.) A range, chain, or group of such elevations; as, the White Mountains.

Mountain (n.) A mountainlike mass; something of great bulk.

Mountaineer (n.) An inhabitant of a mountain; one who lives among mountains.

Mountaineer (n.) A rude, fierce person.

Mountainer (n.) A mountaineer.

Mountainet (n.) A small mountain.

Mountainousness (n.) The state or quality of being mountainous.

Mountance (n.) Amount; sum; quantity; extent.

Mountebank (n.) One who mounts a bench or stage in the market or other public place, boasts of his skill in curing diseases, and vends medicines which he pretends are infalliable remedies; a quack doctor.

Mountebank (n.) Any boastful or false pretender; a charlatan; a quack.

Mountebankery (n.) The practices of a mountebank; quackery; boastful and vain pretenses.

Mountebankism (n.) The practices of a mountebank; mountebankery.

Mountenaunce (n.) Mountance.

Mounter (n.) One who mounts.

Mounter (n.) An animal mounted; a monture.

Mounting (n.) The act of one that mounts.

Mounting (n.) That by which anything is prepared for use, or set off to advantage; equipment; embellishment; setting; as, the mounting of a sword or diamond.

Mountlet (n.) A small or low mountain.

Mourne (n.) The armed or feruled end of a staff; in a sheephook, the end of the staff to which the hook is attached.

Mourner (n.) One who mourns or is grieved at any misfortune, as the death of a friend.

Mourner (n.) One who attends a funeral as a hired mourner.

Mourning (n.) The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.

Mourning (n.) Garb, drapery, or emblems indicative of grief, esp. clothing or a badge of somber black.

Mournival (n.) See Murnival.

Mouse (n.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Mus and various related genera of the family Muridae. The common house mouse (Mus musculus) is found in nearly all countries. The American white-footed, or deer, mouse (Hesperomys leucopus) sometimes lives in houses. See Dormouse, Meadow mouse, under Meadow, and Harvest mouse, under Harvest.

Mouse (n.) A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping.

Mouse (n.) Same as 2d Mousing, 2.

Mouse (n.) A familiar term of endearment.

Mouse (n.) A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow.

Mouse (n.) A match used in firing guns or blasting.

Mouse-ear (n.) The forget-me-not (Myosotis palustris) and other species of the same genus.

Mouse-ear (n.) A European species of hawkweed (Hieracium Pilosella).

Mousefish (n.) See Frogfish.

Mousehole (n.) A hole made by a mouse, for passage or abode, as in a wall; hence, a very small hole like that gnawed by a mouse.

Mousekin (n.) A little mouse.

Mouser (n.) A cat that catches mice.

Mouser (n.) One who pries about on the lookout for something.

Mousetail (n.) A genus of ranunculaceous plants (Myosurus), in which the prolonged receptacle is covered with imbricating achenes, and so resembles the tail of a mouse.

Mousie (n.) Diminutive for Mouse.

Mousing (n.) The act of hunting mice.

Mousing (n.) A turn or lashing of spun yarn or small stuff, or a metallic clasp or fastening, uniting the point and shank of a hook to prevent its unhooking or straighening out.

Mousing (n.) A ratchet movement in a loom.


Moustache (n.) Mustache.

Moutan (n.) The Chinese tree peony (Paeonia Mountan), a shrub with large flowers of various colors.

Mouth (n.) The opening through which an animal receives food; the aperture between the jaws or between the lips; also, the cavity, containing the tongue and teeth, between the lips and the pharynx; the buccal cavity.

Mouth (n.) An opening affording entrance or exit; orifice; aperture;

Mouth (n.) The opening of a vessel by which it is filled or emptied, charged or discharged; as, the mouth of a jar or pitcher; the mouth of the lacteal vessels, etc.

Mouth (n.) The opening or entrance of any cavity, as a cave, pit, well, or den.

Mouth (n.) The opening of a piece of ordnance, through which it is discharged.

Mouth (n.) The opening through which the waters of a river or any stream are discharged.

Mouth (n.) The entrance into a harbor.

Mouth (n.) The crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters the mouth of an animal.

Mouth (n.) A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a mouthpiece.

Mouth (n.) Cry; voice.

Mouth (n.) Speech; language; testimony.

Mouth (n.) A wry face; a grimace; a mow.

Mouther (n.) One who mouths; an affected speaker.

Mouthful (n.) As much as is usually put into the mouth at one time.

Mouthful (n.) Hence, a small quantity.

Mouthpiece (n.) The part of a musical or other instrument to which the mouth is applied in using it; as, the mouthpiece of a bugle, or of a tobacco pipe.

Mouthpiece (n.) An appendage to an inlet or outlet opening of a pipe or vessel, to direct or facilitate the inflow or outflow of a fluid.

Mouthpiece (n.) One who delivers the opinion of others or of another; a spokesman; as, the mouthpiece of his party.

Movability (n.) Movableness.

Movable (n.) An article of wares or goods; a commodity; a piece of property not fixed, or not a part of real estate; generally, in the plural, goods; wares; furniture.

Movable (n.) Property not attached to the soil.

Movableness (n.) The quality or state of being movable; mobility; susceptibility of motion.

Move (n.) The act of moving; a movement.

Move (n.) The act of moving one of the pieces, from one position to another, in the progress of the game.

Move (n.) An act for the attainment of an object; a step in the execution of a plan or purpose.

Movement (n.) The act of moving; change of place or posture; transference, by any means, from one situation to another; natural or appropriate motion; progress; advancement; as, the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine; the party of movement.

Movement (n.) Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.

Movement (n.) Manner or style of moving; as, a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement.

Movement (n.) The rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece.

Movement (n.) One of the several strains or pieces, each complete in itself, with its own time and rhythm, which make up a larger work; as, the several movements of a suite or a symphony.

Movement (n.) A system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch.

Movent (n.) That which moves anything.

Mover (n.) A person or thing that moves, stirs, or changes place.

Mover (n.) A person or thing that imparts motion, or causes change of place; a motor.

Mover (n.) One who, or that which, excites, instigates, or causes movement, change, etc.; as, movers of sedition.

Mover (n.) A proposer; one who offers a proposition, or recommends anything for consideration or adoption; as, the mover of a resolution in a legislative body.

Moving (n.) The act of changing place or posture; esp., the act of changing one's dwelling place or place of business.

Movingness (n.) The power of moving.

Mow (n.) A wry face.

Mow (n.) Same as Mew, a gull.

Mow (n.) A heap or mass of hay or of sheaves of grain stowed in a barn.

Mow (n.) The place in a barn where hay or grain in the sheaf is stowed.

Mower (n.) One who, or that which, mows; a mowing machine; as, a lawn mower.

Mowing (n.) The act of one who, or the operation of that which, mows.

Mowing (n.) Land from which grass is cut; meadow land.

Mowyer (n.) A mower.

Moxa (n.) A soft woolly mass prepared from the young leaves of Artemisia Chinensis, and used as a cautery by burning it on the skin; hence, any substance used in a like manner, as cotton impregnated with niter, amadou.

Moxa (n.) A plant from which this substance is obtained, esp. Artemisia Chinensis, and A. moxa.

Moxie (n.) energy; pep.

Moxie (n.) courage, determination.

Moxie (n.) Know-how, expertise.

Moya (n.) Mud poured out from volcanoes during eruptions; -- so called in South America.

Mozetta (n.) Alt. of Mozzetta

Mozzetta (n.) A cape, with a small hood; -- worn by the pope and other dignitaries of the Roman Catholic Church.

Mucamide (n.) The acid amide of mucic acid, obtained as a white crystal

Mucate (n.) A salt of mucic acid.

Muce (n.) See Muse, and Muset.

Mucedin (n.) A yellowish white, amorphous, nitrogenous substance found in wheat, rye, etc., and resembling gluten; -- formerly called also mucin.

Much (n.) A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite quantity; as, you have as much as I.

Much (n.) A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something considerable.

Muchness (n.) Greatness; extent.

Mucigen (n.) A substance which is formed in mucous epithelial cells, and gives rise to mucin.

Mucilage (n.) A gummy or gelatinous substance produced in certain plants by the action of water on the cell wall, as in the seeds of quinces, of flax, etc.

Mucilage (n.) An aqueous solution of gum, or of substances allied to it; as, medicinal mucilage; mucilage for fastening envelopes.

Mucin (n.) See Mucedin.

Mucin (n.) An albuminoid substance which is contained in mucus, and gives to the latter secretion its peculiar ropy character. It is found in all the secretions from mucous glands, and also between the fibers of connective tissue, as in tendons. See Illust. of Demilune.

Mucinogen (n.) Same as Mucigen.

Mucivore (n.) An insect which feeds on mucus, or the sap of plants, as certain Diptera, of the tribe Mucivora.

Muck (n.) Dung in a moist state; manure.

Muck (n.) Vegetable mold mixed with earth, as found in low, damp places and swamps.

Muck (n.) Anything filthy or vile.

Muck (n.) Money; -- in contempt.

Muckender (n.) A handkerchief.

Mucker (n.) A term of reproach for a low or vulgar labor person.

Muckerer (n.) A miser; a niggard.

Muckiness (n.) The quality of being mucky.

Muckmidden (n.) A dunghill.

Muckworm (n.) A larva or grub that lives in muck or manure; -- applied to the larvae of the tumbledung and allied beetles.

Muckworm (n.) One who scrapes together money by mean labor and devices; a miser.

Mucocele (n.) An enlargement or protrusion of the mucous membrane of the lachrymal passages, or dropsy of the lachrymal sac, dependent upon catarrhal inflammation of the latter.

Muconate (n.) A salt of muconic acid.

Mucor (n.) A genus of minute fungi. The plants consist of slender threads with terminal globular sporangia; mold.

Mucosity (n.) The quality or state of being mucous or slimy; mucousness.

Mucousness (n.) The quality or state of being mucous; sliminess.

Mucro (n.) A minute abrupt point, as of a leaf; any small, sharp point or process, terminating a larger part or organ.

Mucus (n.) A viscid fluid secreted by mucous membranes, which it serves to moisten and protect. It covers the lining membranes of all the cavities which open externally, such as those of the mouth, nose, lungs, intestinal canal, urinary passages, etc.

Mucus (n.) Any other animal fluid of a viscid quality, as the synovial fluid, which lubricates the cavities of the joints; -- improperly so used.

Mucus (n.) A gelatinous or slimy substance found in certain algae and other plants.

Mucusin (n.) Mucin.

Mud (n.) Earth and water mixed so as to be soft and adhesive.

Mudar (n.) Either one of two asclepiadaceous shrubs (Calotropis gigantea, and C. procera), which furnish a strong and valuable fiber. The acrid milky juice is used medicinally.

Mudarin (n.) A brown, amorphous, bitter substance having a strong emetic action, extracted from the root of the mudar.

Muddiness (n.) The condition or quality of being muddy; turbidness; foulness caused by mud, dirt, or sediment; as, the muddiness of a stream.

Muddiness (n.) Obscurity or confusion, as in treatment of a subject; intellectual dullness.

Muddle (n.) A state of being turbid or confused; hence, intellectual cloudiness or dullness.

Muddlehead (n.) A stupid person.

Muddler (n.) One who, or that which, muddles.

Mudfish (n.) The European loach.

Mudfish (n.) The bowfin.

Mudfish (n.) The South American lipedosiren, and the allied African species (Protopterus annectens). See Lipedosiren.

Mudfish (n.) The mud minnow.

Mudhole (n.) A hole, or hollow place, containing mud, as in a road.

Mudhole (n.) A hole near the bottom, through which the sediment is withdrawn.

Mudir (n.) Same as Moodir.

Mudsill (n.) The lowest sill of a structure, usually embedded in the soil; the lowest timber of a house; also, that sill or timber of a bridge which is laid at the bottom of the water. See Sill.

Mudsucker (n.) A woodcock.

Mudwall (n.) The European bee-eater. See Bee-eater.

Mudwort (n.) A small herbaceous plant growing on muddy shores (Limosella aquatica).

Muezzin (n.) A Mohammedan crier of the hour of prayer.

Muff (n.) A soft cover of cylindrical form, usually of fur, worn by women to shield the hands from cold.

Muff (n.) A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object, as a pipe.

Muff (n.) A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.

Muff (n.) A stupid fellow; a poor-spirited person.

Muff (n.) A failure to hold a ball when once in the hands.

Muff (n.) The whitethroat.

Muffetee (n.) A small muff worn over the wrist.

Muffin (n.) A light, spongy, cylindrical cake, used for breakfast and tea.

Muffineer (n.) A dish for keeping muffins hot.

Muffle (n.) The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; -- used esp. of ruminants.

Muffler (n.) Anything used in muffling; esp., a scarf for protecting the head and neck in cold weather; a tippet.

Muffler (n.) A cushion for terminating or softening a note made by a stringed instrument with a keyboard.

Muffler (n.) A kind of mitten or boxing glove, esp. when stuffed.

Muffler (n.) One who muffles.

Muflon (n.) See Mouflon.

Mufti (n.) An official expounder of Mohammedan law.

Mufti (n.) Citizen's dress when worn by a naval or military officer; -- a term derived from the British service in India.

Mug (n.) A kind of earthen or metal drinking cup, with a handle, -- usually cylindrical and without a lip.

Mug (n.) The face or mouth.

Mugget (n.) The small entrails of a calf or a hog.

Mugginess (n.) The condition or quality of being muggy.

Muggletonian (n.) One of an extinct sect, named after Ludovic Muggleton, an English journeyman tailor, who (about 1657) claimed to be inspired.

Mughouse (n.) An alehouse; a pothouse.

Mugiency (n.) A bellowing.

Mugil (n.) A genus of fishes including the gray mullets. See Mullet.

Mugweed (n.) A slender European weed (Galium Cruciata); -- called also crossweed.

Mugwort (n.) A somewhat aromatic composite weed (Artemisia vulgaris), at one time used medicinally; -- called also motherwort.

Mugwump (n.) A bolter from the Republican party in the national election of 1884; an Independent.

Mugwumpery (n.) Alt. of Mugwumpism

Mugwumpism (n.) The acts and views of the mugwumps.

Muhammadanism (n.) Mohammedanism.

Mulada (n.) A moor.

Mulada (n.) A drove of mules.

Mulatto (n.) The offspring of a negress by a white man, or of a white woman by a negro, -- usually of a brownish yellow complexion.

Mulattress (n.) A female mulatto.

Mulberry (n.) The berry or fruit of any tree of the genus Morus; also, the tree itself. See Morus.

Mulberry (n.) A dark pure color, like the hue of a black mulberry.

Mulch (n.) Half-rotten straw, or any like substance strewn on the ground, as over the roots of plants, to protect from heat, drought, etc., and to preserve moisture.

Mulct (n.) A fine or penalty, esp. a pecuniary punishment or penalty.

Mulct (n.) A blemish or defect.

Mule (n.) A hybrid animal; specifically, one generated between an ass and a mare, sometimes a horse and a she-ass. See Hinny.

Mule (n.) A plant or vegetable produced by impregnating the pistil of one species with the pollen or fecundating dust of another; -- called also hybrid.

Mule (n.) A very stubborn person.

Mule (n.) A machine, used in factories, for spinning cotton, wool, etc., into yarn or thread and winding it into cops; -- called also jenny and mule-jenny.

Mule-jenny (n.) See Mule, 4.

Muleteer (n.) One who drives mules.

Mulewort (n.) A fern of the genus Hemionitis.

Muley (n.) A stiff, long saw, guided at the ends but not stretched in a gate.

Muley (n.) See Mulley.

Muliebrity (n.) The state of being a woman or of possessing full womanly powers; womanhood; -- correlate of virility.

Muliebrity (n.) Hence: Effeminancy; softness.

Mulier (n.) A woman.

Mulier (n.) Lawful issue born in wedlock, in distinction from an elder brother born of the same parents before their marriage; a lawful son.

Mulier (n.) A woman; a wife; a mother.

Mulierosity (n.) A fondness for women.

Mulierty (n.) Condition of being a mulier; position of one born in lawful wedlock.

Mull (n.) A thin, soft kind of muslin.

Mull (n.) A promontory; as, the Mull of Cantyre.

Mull (n.) A snuffbox made of the small end of a horn.

Mull (n.) Dirt; rubbish.

Mull (n.) An inferior kind of madder prepared from the smaller roots or the peelings and refuse of the larger.

Mulla (n.) Same as Mollah.

Mullagatawny (n.) An East Indian curry soup.

Mullah (n.) See Mollah.

Mullar (n.) A die, cut in intaglio, for stamping an ornament in relief, as upon metal.

Mullein (n.) Any plant of the genus Verbascum. They are tall herbs having coarse leaves, and large flowers in dense spikes. The common species, with densely woolly leaves, is Verbascum Thapsus.

Mullen (n.) See Mullein.

Muller (n.) One who, or that which, mulls.

Muller (n.) A vessel in which wine, etc., is mulled over a fire.

Muller (n.) A stone or thick lump of glass, or kind of pestle, flat at the bottom, used for grinding pigments or drugs, etc., upon a slab of similar material.

Mullet (n.) Any one of numerous fishes of the genus Mugil; -- called also gray mullets. They are found on the coasts of both continents, and are highly esteemed as food. Among the most valuable species are Mugil capito of Europe, and M. cephalus which occurs both on the European and American coasts.

Mullet (n.) Any species of the genus Mullus, or family Mullidae; called also red mullet, and surmullet, esp. the plain surmullet (Mullus barbatus), and the striped surmullet (M. surmulletus) of Southern Europe. The former is the mullet of the Romans. It is noted for the brilliancy of its colors. See Surmullet.

Mullet (n.) A star, usually five pointed and pierced; -- when used as a difference it indicates the third son.

Mullet (n.) Small pinchers for curling the hair.

Mulley (n.) Alt. of Moolley

Moolley (n.) A mulley or polled animal.

Moolley (n.) A cow.

Mulligatawny (n.) See Mullagatawny.

Mulligrubs (n.) A griping of the intestines; colic.

Mulligrubs (n.) Hence, sullenness; the sulks.

Mullingong (n.) See Duck mole, under Duck.

Mullion (n.) A slender bar or pier which forms the division between the lights of windows, screens, etc.

Mullion (n.) An upright member of a framing. See Stile.

Mullock (n.) Rubbish; refuse; dirt.

Mulmul (n.) A fine, soft muslin; mull.

Mulse (n.) Wine boiled and mingled with honey.

Multeity (n.) Multiplicity.

Multifariousness (n.) Multiplied diversity.

Multifariousness (n.) The fault of improperly uniting in one bill distinct and independent matters, and thereby confounding them.

Multifoil (n.) An ornamental foliation consisting of more than five divisions or foils.

Multiformity (n.) The quality of being multiform; diversity of forms; variety of appearances in the same thing.

Multiloquence (n.) Quality of being multiloquent; use of many words; talkativeness.

Multiloquy (n.) Excess of words or talk.

Multiped (n.) An insect having many feet, as a myriapod.

Multiple (n.) A quantity containing another quantity a number of times without a remainder.

Multiplicand (n.) The number which is to be multiplied by another number called the multiplier. See Note under Multiplication.

Multiplication (n.) The act or process of multiplying, or of increasing in number; the state of being multiplied; as, the multiplication of the human species by natural generation.

Multiplication (n.) The process of repeating, or adding to itself, any given number or quantity a certain number of times; commonly, the process of ascertaining by a briefer computation the result of such repeated additions; also, the rule by which the operation is performed; -- the reverse of division.

Multiplication (n.) An increase above the normal number of parts, especially of petals; augmentation.

Multiplication (n.) The art of increasing gold or silver by magic, -- attributed formerly to the alchemists.

Multiplicator (n.) The number by which another number is multiplied; a multiplier.

Multiplicity (n.) The quality of being multiple, manifold, or various; a state of being many; a multitude; as, a multiplicity of thoughts or objects.

Multiplier (n.) One who, or that which, multiplies or increases number.

Multiplier (n.) The number by which another number is multiplied. See the Note under Multiplication.

Multiplier (n.) An instrument for multiplying or increasing by repetition or accumulation the intensity of a force or action, as heat or electricity. It is particularly used to render such a force or action appreciable or measurable when feeble. See Thermomultiplier.

Multipresence (n.) The state or power of being multipresent.

Multisyllable (n.) A word of many syllables; a polysyllable.

Multitude (n.) A great number of persons collected together; a numerous collection of persons; a crowd; an assembly.

Multitude (n.) A great number of persons or things, regarded collectively; as, the book will be read by a multitude of people; the multitude of stars; a multitude of cares.

Multitude (n.) The state of being many; numerousness.

Multivalence (n.) Quality, state, or degree, of a multivalent element, atom, or radical.

Multivalve (n.) Any mollusk which has a shell composed of more than two pieces.

Multivocal (n.) A multivocal word.

Multum (n.) An extract of quassia licorice, fraudulently used by brewers in order to economize malt and hops.

Multure (n.) The toll for grinding grain.

Multure (n.) A grist or grinding; the grain ground.

Mum (n.) Silence.

Mum (n.) A sort of strong beer, originally made in Brunswick, Germany.

Mumblenews (n.) A talebearer.

Mumbler (n.) One who mumbles.

Mum-chance (n.) A game of hazard played with cards in silence.

Mum-chance (n.) A silent, stupid person.

Mummer (n.) One who mumms, or makes diversion in disguise; a masker; a buffon.

Mummery (n.) Masking; frolic in disguise; buffoonery.

Mummery (n.) Farcical show; hypocritical disguise and parade or ceremonies.

Mummichog (n.) Any one of several species of small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus, and of allied genera; the killifishes; -- called also minnow.

Mummification (n.) The act of making a mummy.

Mummy (n.) A dead body embalmed and dried after the manner of the ancient Egyptians; also, a body preserved, by any means, in a dry state, from the process of putrefaction.

Mummy (n.) Dried flesh of a mummy.

Mummy (n.) A gummy liquor that exudes from embalmed flesh when heated; -- formerly supposed to have magical and medicinal properties.

Mummy (n.) A brown color obtained from bitumen. See Mummy brown (below).

Mummy (n.) A sort of wax used in grafting, etc.

Mummy (n.) One whose affections and energies are withered.

Mummychog (n.) See Mummichog.

Mumper (n.) A beggar; a begging impostor.

Mumps (n.) Sullenness; silent displeasure; the sulks.

Mumps (n.) A specific infectious febrile disorder characterized by a nonsuppurative inflammation of the parotid glands; epidemic or infectious parotitis.

Mun (n.) The mouth.

Munchausenism (n.) An extravagant fiction embodying an account of some marvelous exploit or adventure.

Muncher (n.) One who munches.

Mund (n.) See Mun.

Mundanity (n.) World

Mundation (n.) The act of cleansing.

Mundic (n.) Iron pyrites, or arsenical pyrites; -- so called by the Cornish miners.

Mundificant (n.) A mundificant ointment or plaster.

Mundification (n.) The act or operation of cleansing.

Mundificative (n.) A detergent medicine or preparation.

Mundil (n.) A turban ornamented with an imitation of gold or silver embroidery.

Mundungus (n.) A stinking tobacco.

Muneration (n.) Remuneration.

Mung (n.) Green gram, a kind of pulse (Phaseolus Mungo), grown for food in British India.

Munga (n.) See Bonnet monkey, under Bonnet.

Mungcorn (n.) Same as Mangcorn.

Mungo (n.) A fibrous material obtained by deviling rags or the remnants of woolen goods.

Mungoose (n.) Alt. of Mungoos

Mungoos (n.) See Mongoose.

Municipalism (n.) Municipal condition.

Municipality (n.) A municipal district; a borough, city, or incorporated town or village.

Munificence (n.) Means of defense; fortification.

Munificence (n.) The quality or state of being munificent; a giving or bestowing with extraordinary liberality; generous bounty; lavish generosity.

Muniment (n.) The act of supporting or defending.

Muniment (n.) That which supports or defends; stronghold; place or means of defense; munition; assistance.

Muniment (n.) A record; the evidences or writings whereby a man is enabled to defend the title to his estate; title deeds and papers.

Munition (n.) Fortification; stronghold.

Munition (n.) Whatever materials are used in war for defense or for annoying an enemy; ammunition; also, stores and provisions; military stores of all kinds.

Munity (n.) Freedom; security; immunity.

Munjeet (n.) See Indian madder, under Madder.

Munjistin (n.) An orange-red coloring substance resembling alizarin, found in the root of an East Indian species of madder (Rubia munjista).

Munnion (n.) See Mullion.

Muntin (n.) Alt. of Munting

Munting (n.) Same as Mullion; -- especially used in joiner's work.

Muntjac (n.) Any one of several species of small Asiatic deer of the genus Cervulus, esp. C. muntjac, which occurs both in India and on the East Indian Islands.

Muraena (n.) A genus of large eels of the family Miraenidae. They differ from the common eel in lacking pectoral fins and in having the dorsal and anal fins continuous. The murry (Muraena Helenae) of Southern Europe was the muraena of the Romans. It is highly valued as a food fish.

Murage (n.) A tax or toll paid for building or repairing the walls of a fortified town.

Murder (n.) The offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful homicide.

Murder (n.) To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being) willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See Murder, n.

Murder (n.) To destroy; to put an end to.

Murder (n.) To mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or cruelty; to mangle; as, to murder the king's English.

Murderer (n.) One guilty of murder; a person who, in possession of his reason, unlawfully kills a human being with premeditated malice.

Murderer (n.) A small cannon, formerly used for clearing a ship's decks of boarders; -- called also murdering piece.

Murderess (n.) A woman who commits murder.

Murderment (n.) Murder.

Murdress (n.) A battlement in ancient fortifications with interstices for firing through.

Mure (n.) A wall.

Mure (n.) To inclose in walls; to wall; to immure; to shut up.

Murenger (n.) One who had charge of the wall of a town, or its repairs.

Murex (n.) A genus of marine gastropods, having rough, and frequently spinose, shells, which are often highly colored inside; the rock shells. They abound in tropical seas.

Murexan (n.) A complex nitrogenous substance obtained from murexide, alloxantin, and other ureids, as a white, or yellowish, crystal

Murexide (n.) A crystal

Murexoin (n.) A complex nitrogenous compound obtained as a scarlet crystal

Muriate (n.) A salt of muriatic hydrochloric acid; a chloride; as, muriate of ammonia.

Muride (n.) Bromine; -- formerly so called from its being obtained from sea water.

Murine (n.) One of a tribe of rodents, of which the mouse is the type.

Muringer (n.) See Murenger.

Murk (n.) Darkness; mirk.

Murk (n.) The refuse of fruit, after the juice has been expressed; marc.

Murkiness (n.) The state of being murky.

Murlins (n.) A seaweed. See Baddrelocks.

Murmuration (n.) The act of murmuring; a murmur.

Murmurer (n.) One who murmurs.

Murnival (n.) In the game of gleek, four cards of the same value, as four aces or four kings; hence, four of anything.

Murphy (n.) A potato.

Murr (n.) A catarrh.

Murrain (n.) An infectious and fatal disease among cattle.

Murrayin (n.) A glucoside found in the flowers of a plant (Murraya exotica) of South Asia, and extracted as a white amorphous slightly bitter substance.

Murre (n.) Any one of several species of sea birds of the genus Uria, or Catarractes; a guillemot.

Murrelet (n.) One of several species of sea birds of the genera Synthliboramphus and Brachyramphus, inhabiting the North Pacific. They are closely related to the murres.

Murrey (n.) A dark red color.

Murrion (n.) A morion. See Morion.

Murry (n.) See Muraena.

Murth (n.) Plenty; abundance.

Murtherer (n.) A murderer.

Murza (n.) One of the hereditary nobility among the Tatars, esp. one of the second class.

Mus (n.) A genus of small rodents, including the common mouse and rat.

Musa (n.) A genus of perennial, herbaceous, endogenous plants of great size, including the banana (Musa sapientum), the plantain (M. paradisiaca of Linnaeus, but probably not a distinct species), the Abyssinian (M. Ensete), the Philippine Island (M. textilis, which yields Manila hemp), and about eighteen other species. See Illust. of Banana and Plantain.

Musang (n.) A small animal of Java (Paradoxirus fasciatus), allied to the civets. It swallows, but does not digest, large quantities of ripe coffee berries, thus serving to disseminate the coffee plant; hence it is called also coffee rat.

Musar (n.) An itinerant player on the musette, an instrument formerly common in Europe.

Musca (n.) A genus of dipterous insects, including the common house fly, and numerous allied species.

Musca (n.) A small constellation situated between the Southern Cross and the Pole.

Muscadel (n.) See Muscatel, n.

Muscadine (n.) A name given to several very different kinds of grapes, but in America used chiefly for the scuppernong, or southern fox grape, which is said to be the parent stock of the Catawba. See Grapevine.

Muscadine (n.) A fragrant and delicious pear.

Muscadine (n.) See Muscardin.

Muscallonge (n.) See Muskellunge.

Muscardin (n.) The common European dormouse; -- so named from its odor.

Muscardine (n.) A disease which is very destructive to silkworms, and which sometimes extends to other insects. It is attended by the development of a fungus (provisionally called Botrytis bassiana). Also, the fungus itself.

Muscarin (n.) A solid crystal

Muscat (n.) A name given to several varieties of Old World grapes, differing in color, size, etc., but all having a somewhat musky flavor. The muscat of Alexandria is a large oval grape of a pale amber color.

Muscatel (n.) A common name for several varieties of rich sweet wine, made in Italy, Spain, and France.

Muscatel (n.) Finest raisins, dried on the vine; "sun raisins."

Muschelkalk (n.) A kind of shell limestone, whose strata form the middle one of the three divisions of the Triassic formation in Germany. See Chart, under Geology.

Muscid (n.) Any fly of the genus Musca, or family Muscidae.

Muscle (n.) An organ which, by its contraction, produces motion.

Muscle (n.) The contractile tissue of which muscles are largely made up.

Muscle (n.) Muscular strength or development; as, to show one's muscle by lifting a heavy weight.

Muscle (n.) See Mussel.

Muscling (n.) Exhibition or representation of the muscles.

Muscoid (n.) A term formerly applied to any mosslike flowerless plant, with a distinct stem, and often with leaves, but without any vascular system.

Muscology (n.) Bryology.

Muscosity (n.) Mossiness.

Muscovado (n.) Unrefined or raw sugar.

Muscovite (n.) A native or inhabitant of Muscovy or ancient Russia; hence, a Russian.

Muscovite (n.) Common potash mica. See Mica.

Muscularity (n.) The state or quality of being muscular.

Musculation (n.) The muscular system of an animal, or of any of its parts.

Musculature (n.) Musculation.

Muscule (n.) A long movable shed used by besiegers in ancient times in attacking the walls of a fortified town.

Musculin (n.) See Syntonin.

Musculosity (n.) The quality or state of being musculous; muscularity.

Muse (n.) A gap or hole in a hedge, hence, wall, or the like, through which a wild animal is accustomed to pass; a muset.

Muse (n.) One of the nine goddesses who presided over song and the different kinds of poetry, and also the arts and sciences; -- often used in the plural.

Muse (n.) A particular power and practice of poetry.

Muse (n.) A poet; a bard.

Muse (n.) To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate.

Muse (n.) To be absent in mind; to be so occupied in study or contemplation as not to observe passing scenes or things present; to be in a brown study.

Muse (n.) To wonder.

Muse (n.) Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown study.

Muse (n.) Wonder, or admiration.

Muser (n.) One who muses.

Muset (n.) A small hole or gap through which a wild animal passes; a muse.

Musette (n.) A small bagpipe formerly in use, having a soft and sweet tone.

Musette (n.) An air adapted to this instrument; also, a kind of rustic dance.

Museum (n.) A repository or a collection of natural, scientific, or literary curiosities, or of works of art.

Mush (n.) Meal (esp. Indian meal) boiled in water; hasty pudding; supawn.

Mushroom (n.) An edible fungus (Agaricus campestris), having a white stalk which bears a convex or oven flattish expanded portion called the pileus. This is whitish and silky or somewhat scaly above, and bears on the under side radiating gills which are at first flesh-colored, but gradually become brown. The plant grows in rich pastures and is proverbial for rapidity of growth and shortness of duration. It has a pleasant smell, and is largely used as food. It is also cultivated from spawn.<>

Mushroom (n.) Any large fungus, especially one of the genus Agaricus; a toadstool. Several species are edible; but many are very poisonous.

Mushroom (n.) One who rises suddenly from a low condition in life; an upstart.

Music (n.) The science and the art of tones, or musical sounds, i. e., sounds of higher or lower pitch, begotten of uniform and synchronous vibrations, as of a string at various degrees of tension; the science of harmonical tones which treats of the principles of harmony, or the properties, dependences, and relations of tones to each other; the art of combining tones in a manner to please the ear.

Music (n.) Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones.

Music (n.) Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones.

Music (n.) The written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score.

Music (n.) Love of music; capacity of enjoying music.

Music (n.) A more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals. See Stridulation.

Musical (n.) Music.

Musical (n.) A social entertainment of which music is the leading feature; a musical party.

Musicale (n.) A social musical party.

Musicalness (n.) The quality of being musical.

Musician (n.) One skilled in the art or science of music; esp., a skilled singer, or performer on a musical instrument.

Musicomania (n.) A kind of monomania in which the passion for music becomes so strong as to derange the intellectual faculties.

Musimon (n.) See Mouflon.

Musit (n.) See Muset.

Musk (n.) A substance of a reddish brown color, and when fresh of the consistence of honey, obtained from a bag being behind the navel of the male musk deer. It has a slightly bitter taste, but is specially remarkable for its powerful and enduring odor. It is used in medicine as a stimulant antispasmodic. The term is also applied to secretions of various other animals, having a similar odor.

Musk (n.) The musk deer. See Musk deer (below).

Musk (n.) The perfume emitted by musk, or any perfume somewhat similar.

Musk (n.) The musk plant (Mimulus moschatus).

Musk (n.) A plant of the genus Erodium (E. moschatum); -- called also musky heron's-bill.

Musk (n.) A plant of the genus Muscari; grape hyacinth.

Muskadel (n.) See Muscadel.

Muskat (n.) See Muscat.

Muskellunge (n.) A large American pike (Esox nobilitor) found in the Great Lakes, and other Northern lakes, and in the St. Lawrence River. It is valued as a food fish.

Musket (n.) The male of the sparrow hawk.

Musket (n.) A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively substituted. This arm has been generally superseded by the rifle.

Musketeer (n.) A soldier armed with a musket.

Musketo (n.) See Mosquito.

Musketoon (n.) A short musket.

Musketoon (n.) One who is armed with such a musket.

Musketry (n.) Muskets, collectively.

Musketry (n.) The fire of muskets.

Muskiness (n.) The quality or state of being musky; the scent of musk.

Muskmelon (n.) The fruit of a cucubritaceous plant (Cicumis Melo), having a peculiar aromatic flavor, and cultivated in many varieties, the principal sorts being the cantaloupe, of oval form and yellowish flesh, and the smaller nutmeg melon with greenish flesh. See Illust. of Melon.

Muskrat (n.) A North American aquatic fur-bearing rodent (Fiber zibethicus). It resembles a rat in color and having a long scaly tail, but the tail is compressed, the bind feet are webbed, and the ears are concealed in the fur. It has scent glands which secrete a substance having a strong odor of musk. Called also musquash, musk beaver, and ondatra.

Muskrat (n.) The musk shrew.

Muskrat (n.) The desman.

Muskwood (n.) The wood of a West Indian tree of the Mahogany family (Moschoxylum Swartzii).

Muskwood (n.) The wood of an Australian tree (Eurybia argophylla).

Muslim (n.) See Moslem.

Muslin (n.) A thin cotton, white, dyed, or printed. The name is also applied to coarser and heavier cotton goods; as, shirting and sheeting muslins.


Musmon (n.) See Mouflon.

Musomania (n.) See Musicomania.

Musquash (n.) See Muskrat.

Musquaw (n.) The American black bear. See Bear.

Musquet (n.) See Musket.

Musquito (n.) See Mosquito.

Musrole (n.) Alt. of Musrol

Musrol (n.) The nose band of a horse's bridle.

Muss (n.) A scramble, as when small objects are thrown down, to be taken by those who can seize them; a confused struggle.

Muss (n.) A state of confusion or disorder; -- prob. variant of mess, but influenced by muss, a scramble.

Muss (n.) A term of endearment.

Mussel (n.) Any one of many species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Mytilus, and related genera, of the family Mytidae. The common mussel (Mytilus edulis; see Illust. under Byssus), and the larger, or horse, mussel (Modiola modiolus), inhabiting the shores both of Europe and America, are edible. The former is extensively used as food in Europe.

Mussel (n.) Any one of numerous species of Unio, and related fresh-water genera; -- called also river mussel. See Naiad, and Unio.

Mussitation (n.) A speaking in a low tone; mumbling.

Mussite (n.) A variety of pyroxene, from the Mussa Alp in Piedmont; diopside.

Mussulman (n.) A Mohammedan; a Moslem.

Mussulmanism (n.) Mohammedanism.

Must (n.) The expressed juice of the grape, or other fruit, before fermentation.

Must (n.) Mustiness.

Mustac (n.) A small tufted monkey.

Mustache (n.) That part of the beard which grows on the upper lip; hair left growing above the mouth.

Mustache (n.) A West African monkey (Cercopithecus cephus). It has yellow whiskers, and a triangular blue mark on the nose.

Mustache (n.) Any conspicuous stripe of color on the side of the head, beneath the eye of a bird.

Mustacho (n.) A mustache.

Mustaiba (n.) A close-grained, neavy wood of a brownish color, brought from Brazil, and used in turning, for making the handles of tools, and the like.

Mustang (n.) The half-wild horse of the plains in Mexico, California, etc. It is small, hardy, and easily sustained.

Mustard (n.) The name of several cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica (formerly Sinapis), as white mustard (B. alba), black mustard (B. Nigra), wild mustard or charlock (B. Sinapistrum).

Mustard (n.) A powder or a paste made from the seeds of black or white mustard, used as a condiment and a rubefacient. Taken internally it is stimulant and diuretic, and in large doses is emetic.

Mustee (n.) See Mestee.

Mustiness (n.) The quality or state of being musty.

Musty (n.) Having the rank, pungent, offencive odor and taste which substances of organic origin acquire during warm, moist weather; foul or sour and fetid; moldy; as, musty corn; musty books.

Musty (n.) Spoiled by age; rank; stale.

Musty (n.) Dull; heavy; spiritless.

Mutability (n.) The quality of being mutable, or subject to change or alteration, either in form, state, or essential character; susceptibility of change; changeableness; inconstancy; variation.

Mutableness (n.) The quality of being mutable.

Mutacism (n.) See Mytacism.

Mutage (n.) A process for checking the fermentation of the must of grapes.

Mutandum (n.) A thing which is to be changed; something which must be altered; -- used chiefly in the plural.

Mutation (n.) Change; alteration, either in form or qualities.

Mutch (n.) The close

Muchkin (n.) A liquid measure equal to four gills, or an imperial pint.

Mute (n.) The dung of birds.

Mute (n.) One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause.

Mute (n.) One who, from deafness, either congenital or from early life, is unable to use articulate language; a deaf-mute.

Mute (n.) A person employed by undertakers at a funeral.

Mute (n.) A person whose part in a play does not require him to speak.

Mute (n.) Among the Turks, an officer or attendant who is selected for his place because he can not speak.

Mute (n.) A letter which represents no sound; a silent letter; also, a close articulation; an element of speech formed by a position of the mouth organs which stops the passage of the breath; as, p, b, d, k, t.

Mute (n.) A little utensil made of brass, ivory, or other material, so formed that it can be fixed in an erect position on the bridge of a violin, or similar instrument, in order to deaden or soften the tone.

Mute-hill (n.) See Moot-hill.

Muteness (n.) The quality or state of being mute; speechlessness.

Mutilate (n.) A cetacean, or a sirenian.

Mutilation (n.) The act of mutilating, or the state of being mutilated; deprivation of a limb or of an essential part.

Mutilator (n.) One who mutilates.

Mutine (n.) A mutineer.

Mutineer (n.) One guilty of mutiny.

Muting (n.) Dung of birds.

Mutiny (n.) Insurrection against constituted authority, particularly military or naval authority; concerted revolt against the rules of discip

Mutiny (n.) Violent commotion; tumult; strife.

Mutism (n.) The condition, state, or habit of being mute, or without speech.

Mutter (n.) Repressed or obscure utterance.

Mutterer (n.) One who mutters.

Mutton (n.) A sheep.

Mutton (n.) The flesh of a sheep.

Mutton (n.) A loose woman; a prostitute.

Mutualism (n.) The doctrine of mutual dependence as the condition of individual and social welfare.

Mutuality (n.) The quality of correlation; reciprocation; interchange; interaction; interdependence.

Mutuality (n.) Reciprocity of consideration.

Mutuary (n.) One who borrows personal chattels which are to be consumed by him, and which he is to return or repay in kind.

Mutuation (n.) The act of borrowing or exchanging.

Mutule (n.) A projecting block worked under the corona of the Doric corice, in the same situation as the modillion of the Corinthian and Composite orders. See Illust. of Gutta.

Mux (n.) Dirt; filth; muck.

Muzarab (n.) One of a denomination of Christians formerly living under the government of the Moors in Spain, and having a liturgy and ritual of their own.

Muzziness (n.) The state or quality of being muzzy.

Muzzle-loader (n.) A firearm which receives its charge through the muzzle, as distinguished from one which is loaded at the breech.

Mya (n.) A genus of bivalve mollusks, including the common long, or soft-shelled, clam.

Myalgia (n.) Pain in the muscles; muscular rheumatism or neuralgia.

Mycelium (n.) The white threads or filamentous growth from which a mushroom or fungus is developed; the so-called mushroom spawn.

Mycetes (n.) A genus of South American monkeys, including the howlers. See Howler, 2, and Illust.

Mycoderma (n.) One of the forms in which bacteria group themselves; a more or less thick layer of motionless but living bacteria, formed by the bacteria uniting on the surface of the fluid in which they are developed. This production differs from the zooloea stage of bacteria by not having the intermediary mucous substance.

Mycoderma (n.) A genus of microorganisms of which the acetic ferment (Mycoderma aceti), which converts alcoholic fluids into vinegar, is a representative. Cf. Mother.

Mycologist (n.) One who is versed in, or who studies, mycology.

Mycology (n.) That branch of botanical science which relates to the musgrooms and other fungi.

Mycoprotein (n.) The protoplasmic matter of which bacteria are composed.

Mycose (n.) A variety of sugar, isomeric with sucrose and obtained from certain lichens and fungi. Called also trehalose.

Mycothrix (n.) The chain of micrococci formed by the division of the micrococci in multiplication.

Mydaleine (n.) A toxic alkaloid (ptomaine) obtained from putrid flesh and from herring brines. As a poison it is said to execute profuse diarrhoea, vomiting, and intestinal inflammation.

Mydatoxin (n.) A poisonous amido acid, C6H13NO2, separated by Brieger from decaying horseflesh. In physiological action, it is similar to curare.

Mydaus (n.) The teledu.

Mydriasis (n.) A long-continued or excessive dilatation of the pupil of the eye.

Mydriatic (n.) A mydriatic medicine or agent, as belladonna.

Myelencephalon (n.) The brain and spinal cord; the cerebro-spinal axis; the neuron. Sometimes abbreviated to myelencephal.

Myelencephalon (n.) The metencephalon.

Myelin (n.) A soft white substance constituting the medullary sheats of nerve fibers, and composed mainly of cholesterin, lecithin, cerebrin, albumin, and some fat.

Myelin (n.) One of a group of phosphorized principles occurring in nerve tissue, both in the brain and nerve fibers.

Myelitis (n.) Inflammation of the spinal marrow or its membranes.

Myelocoele (n.) The central canal of the spinal cord.

Myeloidin (n.) A substance, present in the protoplasm of the retinal epithelium cells, and resembling, if not identical with, the substance (myelin) forming the medullary sheaths of nerve fibers.

Myelon (n.) The spinal cord. (Sometimes abbrev. to myel.)

Myeloplax (n.) One of the huge multinucleated cells found in the marrow of bone and occasionally in other parts; a giant cell. See Osteoclast.

Mygale (n.) A genus of very large hairy spiders having four lungs and only four spinnerets. They do not spin webs, but usually construct tubes in the earth, which are often furnished with a trapdoor. The South American bird spider (Mygale avicularia), and the crab spider, or matoutou (M. cancerides) are among the largest species. Some of the species are erroneously called tarantulas, as the Texas tarantula (M. Hentzii).

Mylodon (n.) An extinct genus of large slothlike American edentates, allied to Megatherium.

Myna (n.) Any one of numerous species of Asiatic starlings of the genera Acridotheres, Sturnopastor, Sturnia, Gracula, and allied genera. In habits they resemble the European starlings, and like them are often caged and taught to talk. See Hill myna, under Hill, and Mino bird.

Mynchen (n.) A nun.

Mynchery (n.) A nunnery; -- a term still applied to the ruins of certain nunneries in England.

Mynheer (n.) The Dutch equivalent of Mr. or Sir; hence, a Dutchman.

Myocarditis (n.) Inflammation of the myocardium.

Myocardium (n.) The main substance of the muscular wall of the heart inclosed between the epicardium and endocardium.

Myochrome (n.) A colored albuminous substance in the serum from red-colored muscles. It is identical with hemoglobin.

Myocomma (n.) A myotome.

Myodynamics (n.) The department of physiology which deals with the principles of muscular contraction; the exercise of muscular force or contraction.

Myodynamiometer (n.) A myodynamometer.

Myodynamometer (n.) An instrument for measuring the muscular strength of man or of other animals; a dynamometer.

Myogalid (n.) One of the Myogalodae, a family of Insectivora, including the desman, and allied species.

Myogram (n.) See Muscle curve, under Muscle.

Myograph (n.) An instrument for determining and recording the different phases, as the intensity, velocity, etc., of a muscular contraction.

Myography (n.) The description of muscles, including the study of muscular contraction by the aid of registering apparatus, as by some form of myograph; myology.

Myohaematin (n.) A red-colored respiratory pigment found associated with hemoglobin in the muscle tissue of a large number of animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate.

Myolemma (n.) Sarcolemma.

Myolin (n.) The essential material of muscle fibers.

Myologist (n.) One skilled in myology.

Myology (n.) That part of anatomy which treats of muscles.

Myoma (n.) A tumor consisting of muscular tissue.

Myomancy (n.) Divination by the movements of mice.

Myomorph (n.) One of the Myomorpha.

Myopathia (n.) Any affection of the muscles or muscular system.

Myopathy (n.) Same as Myopathia.

Myope (n.) A person having myopy; a myops.

Myophan (n.) A contractile striated layer found in the bodies and stems of certain Infusoria.

Myopia (n.) Nearsightedness; shortsightedness; a condition of the eye in which the rays from distant object are brought to a focus before they reach the retina, and hence form an indistinct image; while the rays from very near objects are normally converged so as to produce a distinct image. It is corrected by the use of a concave lens.

Myips (n.) See Myope.

Myopsis (n.) The appearance of muscae volitantes. See Muscae volitantes, under Musca.

Myopy (n.) Myopia.

Myosin (n.) An albuminous body present in dead muscle, being formed in the process of coagulation which takes place in rigor mortis; the clot formed in the coagulation of muscle plasma. See Muscle plasma, under Plasma.

Myosis (n.) Long-continued contraction of the pupil of the eye.

Myositis (n.) Inflammation of the muscles.

Myosotis (n.) A genus of plants. See Mouse-ear.

Myotic (n.) A myotic agent.

Myotome (n.) A muscular segment; one of the zones into which the muscles of the trunk, especially in fishes, are divided; a myocomma.

Myotome (n.) One of the embryonic muscular segments arising from the protovertebrae; also, one of the protovertebrae themselves.

Myotome (n.) The muscular system of one metamere of an articulate.

Myotomy (n.) The dissection, or that part of anatomy which treats of the dissection, of muscles.

Myrcia (n.) A large genus of tropical American trees and shrubs, nearly related to the true myrtles (Myrtus), from which they differ in having very few seeds in each berry.

Myriad (n.) The number of ten thousand; ten thousand persons or things.

Myriad (n.) An immense number; a very great many; an indefinitely large number.

Myriagram (n.) Alt. of Myriagramme

Myriagramme (n.) A metric weight, consisting of ten thousand grams or ten kilograms. It is equal to 22.046 lbs. avoirdupois.

Myrialiter (n.) Alt. of Myrialitre

Myrialitre (n.) A metric measure of capacity, containing ten thousand liters. It is equal to 2641.7 wine gallons.

Myriameter (n.) Alt. of Myriametre

Myriametre (n.) A metric measure of length, containing ten thousand meters. It is equal to 6.2137 miles.

Myriapod (n.) One of the Myriapoda.

Myriarch (n.) A captain or commander of ten thousand men.

Myriare (n.) A measure of surface in the metric system containing ten thousand ares, or one million square meters. It is equal to about 247.1 acres.

Myrica (n.) A widely dispersed genus of shrubs and trees, usually with aromatic foliage. It includes the bayberry or wax myrtle, the sweet gale, and the North American sweet fern, so called.

Myricin (n.) A silky, crystal

Myricyl (n.) A hypothetical radical regarded as the essential residue of myricin; -- called also melissyl.

Myriologist (n.) One who composes or sings a myriologue.

Myriologue (n.) An extemporaneous funeral song, composed and sung by a woman on the death of a friend.

Myriorama (n.) A picture made up of several smaller pictures, drawn upon separate pieces in such a manner as to admit of combination in many different ways, thus producing a great variety of scenes or landscapes.

Myrioscope (n.) A form of kaleidoscope.

Myristate (n.) A salt of myristic acid.

Myristin (n.) The myristate of glycerin, -- found as a vegetable fat in nutmeg butter, etc.

Myristone (n.) The ketone of myristic acid, obtained as a white crystal

Myrmidon (n.) One of a fierce tribe or troop who accompained Achilles, their king, to the Trojan war.

Myrmidon (n.) A soldier or a subordinate civil officer who executes cruel orders of a superior without protest or pity; -- sometimes applied to bailiffs, constables, etc.

Myrobalan (n.) Alt. of Myrobolan

Myrobolan (n.) A dried astringent fruit much resembling a prune. It contains tannin, and was formerly used in medicine, but is now chiefly used in tanning and dyeing. Myrobolans are produced by various species of Terminalia of the East Indies, and of Spondias of South America.

Myropolist (n.) One who sells unguents or perfumery.

Myrosin (n.) A ferment, resembling diastase, found in mustard seeds.

Myroxylon (n.) A genus of leguminous trees of tropical America, the different species of which yield balsamic products, among which are balsam of Peru, and balsam of Tolu. The species were formerly referred to Myrospermum.

Myrrh (n.) A gum resin, usually of a yellowish brown or amber color, of an aromatic odor, and a bitter, slightly pungent taste. It is valued for its odor and for its medicinal properties. It exudes from the bark of a shrub of Abyssinia and Arabia, the Balsamodendron Myrrha. The myrrh of the Bible is supposed to have been partly the gum above named, and partly the exudation of species of Cistus, or rockrose.

Myrtle (n.) A species of the genus Myrtus, especially Myrtus communis. The common myrtle has a shrubby, upright stem, eight or ten feet high. Its branches form a close, full head, thickly covered with ovate or lanceolate evergreen leaves. It has solitary axillary white or rosy flowers, followed by black several-seeded berries. The ancients considered it sacred to Venus. The flowers, leaves, and berries are used variously in perfumery and as a condiment, and the beautifully mottled wood is u>

Mysis (n.) A genus of small schizopod shrimps found both in fresh and salt water; the opossum shrimps. One species inhabits the Great Lakes of North America, and is largely eaten by the whitefish. The marine species form part of the food of right whales.

Mystagogue (n.) interprets mysteries, especially of a religious kind.

Mystagogue (n.) One who keeps and shows church relics.

Mystagogy (n.) The doctrines, principles, or practice of a mystagogue; interpretation of mysteries.

Mysteriarch (n.) One presiding over mysteries.

Mysteriousness (n.) The state or quality of being mysterious.

Mysteriousness (n.) Something mysterious; a mystery.

Mystery (n.) A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied.

Mystery (n.) A dramatic representation of a Scriptural subject, often some event in the life of Christ; a dramatic composition of this character; as, the Chester Mysteries, consisting of dramas acted by various craft associations in that city in the early part of the 14th century.

Mystic (n.) One given to mysticism; one who holds mystical views, interpretations, etc.; especially, in ecclesiastical history, one who professed mysticism. See Mysticism.

Mysticete (n.) Any right whale, or whalebone whale. See Cetacea.

Mysticism (n.) Obscurity of doctrine.

Mysticism (n.) The doctrine of the Mystics, who professed a pure, sublime, and wholly disinterested devotion, and maintained that they had direct intercourse with the divine Spirit, and aquired a knowledge of God and of spiritual things unattainable by the natural intellect, and such as can not be analyzed or explained.

Mysticism (n.) The doctrine that the ultimate elements or principles of knowledge or belief are gained by an act or process akin to feeling or faith.

Mystification (n.) The act of mystifying, or the state of being mystied; also, something designed to, or that does, mystify.

Mystificator (n.) One who mystifies.

Mytacism (n.) Too frequent use of the letter m, or of the sound represented by it.

Myth (n.) A story of great but unknown age which originally embodied a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; an ancient legend of a god, a hero, the origin of a race, etc.; a wonder story of prehistoric origin; a popular fable which is, or has been, received as historical.

Myth (n.) A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable.

Mythe (n.) See Myth.

Mythographer (n.) A composer of fables.

Mythologer (n.) A mythologist.

Mythologian (n.) A mythologist.

Mythologist (n.) One versed in, or who writes on, mythology or myths.

Mythologizer (n.) One who, or that which, mythologizes.

Mythologue (n.) A fabulous narrative; a myth.

Mythology (n.) The science which treats of myths; a treatise on myths.

Mythology (n.) A body of myths; esp., the collective myths which describe the gods of a heathen people; as, the mythology of the Greeks.

Mythoplasm (n.) A narration of mere fable.

Mytilotoxine (n.) A poisonous base (leucomaine) found in the common mussel. It either causes paralysis of the muscles, or gives rise to convulsions, including death by an accumulation of carbonic acid in the blood.

Mytilus (n.) A genus of marine bivalve shells, including the common mussel. See Illust. under Byssus.

Myxa (n.) The distal end of the mandibles of a bird.

Myxine (n.) A genus of marsipobranchs, including the hagfish. See Hag, 4.

Myxinoid (n.) A hagfish.

Myxoma (n.) A tumor made up of a gelatinous tissue resembling that found in the umbilical cord.

Myxopod (n.) A rhizopod or moneran. Also used adjectively; as, a myxopod state.

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