Dictionary Of The English Language "Mil"
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Milage
n.
• Same as Mileage.
Milanese
a.
• Of or pertaining to Milan in Italy, or to its inhabitants.
n. sing. & pl.
• A native or inhabitant of Milan; people of Milan.
Milch
a.
• Giving milk; — now applied only to beasts.
• Tender; pitiful; weeping.
Mild
a.
• Gentle; pleasant; kind; soft; bland; clement; hence, moderate in degree or quality; — the opposite of harsh, severe, irritating, violent, disagreeable, etc.; — applied to persons and things; as, a mild disposition; a mild eye; a mild air; a mild medicine; a mild insanity.
Milden
v. t.
• To make mild, or milder.
Mildew
n.
(Bot.) A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.
v. t.
• To taint with mildew.
v. i.
• To become tainted with mildew.
Mildly
adv.
• In a mild manner.
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.
• Aggregate length or distance in miles; esp., the sum of lengths of tracks or wires of a railroad company, telegraph company, etc.
Milenarian
a.
• Consisting of a thousand years; of or pertaining to the millennium, or to the Millenarians.
n.
• One who believes that Christ will personally reign on earth a thousand years; a Chiliast.
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
a.
(Anc. Geog.) Of or pertaining to Miletus, a city of Asia Minor, or to its inhabitants.
(Irish Legendary Hist.) Descended from King Milesius of Spain, whose two sons are said to have conquered Ireland about 1300 b. c.; or pertaining to the descendants of King Milesius; hence, Irish.
n.
• A native or inhabitant of Miletus.
• A native or inhabitant of Ireland.
Milestone
n.
• A stone serving the same purpose as a milepost.
Milfoil
n.
(Bot.) A common composite herb (Achillea Millefolium) with white flowers and finely dissected leaves; yarrow.
Miliaria
n.
(Med.) A fever accompanied by an eruption of small, isolated, red pimples, resembling a millet seed in form or size; miliary fever.
Miliary
a.
• Like millet seeds; as, a miliary eruption.
(Med.) Accompanied with an eruption like millet seeds; as, a miliary fever.
(Zool.) Small and numerous; as, the miliary tubercles of Echini.
n.
(Zool.) One of the small tubercles of Echini.
Milice
n.
• Militia.
Miliola
n.
(Zool.) A genus of Foraminifera, having a porcelanous shell with several longitudinal chambers.
Miliolite
n.
(Paleon.) A fossil shell of, or similar to, the genus Miliola.
a.
• The same Milliolitic.
Miliolitic
a.
• Of or pertaining to the genus Miliola; containing miliolites.
Militancy
n.
• The state of being militant; warfare.
• A military spirit or system; militarism.
Militant
a.
• Engaged in warfare; fighting; combating; serving as a soldier.
Militar
a.
• Military.
Militarily
adv.
• In a military manner.
Militarism
n.
• A military state or condition; reliance on military force in administering government; a military system.
• The spirit and traditions of military life.
Militarist
n.
• A military man.
Military
a.
• Of or pertaining to soldiers, to arms, or to war; belonging to, engaged in, or appropriate to, the affairs of war; as, a military parade; military discipline; military bravery; military conduct; military renown.
• Performed or made by soldiers; as, a military election; a military expedition.
n.
• The whole body of soldiers; soldiery; militia; troops; the army.
Militate
v. i.
• To make war; to fight; to contend; — usually followed by against and with.
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 discipline, but not subject to be called into actual service except in emergencies.
• Military service; warfare.
Militiaman
n.
• One who belongs to the militia.
Militiate
v. i.
• To carry on, or prepare for, war.
Milk
n.
(Physiol.) 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.
(Bot.) A kind of juice or sap, usually white in color, found in certain plants; latex.
• An emulsion made by bruising seeds; as, the milk of almonds, produced by pounding almonds with sugar and water.
(Zool.) The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
v. t.
• To draw or press milk from the breasts or udder of, by the hand or mouth; to withdraw the milk of.
• To draw from the breasts or udder; to extract, as milk; as, to milk wholesome milk from healthy cows.
• To draw anything from, as if by milking; to compel to yield profit or advantage; to plunder.
v. i.
• To draw or to yield milk.
Milken
a.
• Consisting of milk.
Milker
n.
• One who milks; also, a mechanical apparatus for milking cows.
• A cow or other animal that gives milk.
Milkful
a.
• Full of milk; abounding with food.
Milkily
adv.
• In a milky manner.
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.
(Bot.) 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.
(Bot.) 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.
Milky
a.
• Consisting of, or containing, milk.
• Like, or somewhat like, milk; whitish and turbid; as, the water is milky. "Milky juice."
• Yielding milk.
• Mild; tame; spiritless.
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.
n.
• A machine for grinding or commuting 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.
• 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.
• A machine for grinding and polishing; as, a lapidary mill.
• 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.
• 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.
(Die Sinking) A hardened steel roller having a design in relief, used for imprinting a reversed copy of the design in a softer metal, as copper.
(Mining) An excavation in rock, transverse to the workings, from which material for filling is obtained.
• A passage underground through which ore is shot.
• A milling cutter.
• A pugilistic.
v. t.
• To reduce to fine particles, or to small pieces, in a mill; to grind; to comminute.
• To shape, finish, or transform by passing through a machine; specifically, to shape or dress, as metal, by means of a rotary cutter.
• 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.
• To pass through a fulling mill; to full, as cloth.
• To beat with the fists.
• To roll into bars, as steel.
v. i.
(Zool.) To swim under water; — said of air-breathing creatures.
Millboard
n.
• A kind of stout pasteboard.
Milldam
n.
• A dam or mound to obstruct a water course, and raise the water to a height sufficient to turn a mill wheel.
Milled
a.
• Having been subjected to some process of milling.
Millenary
a.
• Consisting of a thousand; millennial.
n.
• The space of a thousand years; a millennium; also, a Millenarian.
Millennial
a.
• Of or pertaining to the millennium, or to a thousand years; as, a millennial period; millennial happiness.
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.
Millennist
n.
• One who believes in the millennium.
Millennium
n.
• A thousand years; especially, thousand years mentioned in the twentieth chapter in the twentieth chapter of Revelation, during which holiness is to be triumphant throughout the world. Some believe that, during this period, Christ will reign on earth in person with his saints.
Milleped
n.
(Zool.) A myriapod with many legs, esp. a chilognath, as the galleyworm.
Millepora
n.
(Zool.) A genus of Hydrocorallia, which includes the millipores.
Millepore
n.
(Zool.) 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.
Milleporite
n.
(Paleon.) A fossil millepore.
Miller
n.
• One who keeps or attends a flour mill or gristmill.
• A milling machine.
(Zool.) 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.
• The eagle ray.
• 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.
n.
(Min.) A sulphide of nickel, commonly occurring in delicate capillary crystals, also in incrustations of a bronze yellow; — sometimes called hair pyrites.
Millesimal
a.
• Thousandth; consisting of thousandth parts; as, millesimal fractions.
Millet
n.
(Bot.) 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.
(Elec.) The thousandth part of one ampere.
Milliard
n.
• A thousand millions; — called also billion.
Milliary
a.
• Of or pertaining to a mile, or to distance by miles; denoting a mile or miles.
n.
• A milestone.
Millier
n.
• A weight of the metric system, being one million grams; a metric ton.
Millifold
a.
• Thousandfold.
Milliner
n.
• Formerly, a man who imported and dealt in small articles of a miscellaneous kind, especially such as please the fancy of women.
• A person, usually a woman, who makes, trims, or deals in hats, bonnets, headdresses, etc., for women.
Millinery
n.
• The articles made or sold by milliners, as headdresses, hats or bonnets, laces, ribbons, and the like.
• The business of work of a milliner.
Millinet
n.
• A stiff cotton fabric used by milliners for lining bonnets.
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.
Million
n.
• The number of ten hundred thousand, or a thousand thousand, — written 1,000,000.
• A very great number; an indefinitely large number.
• 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.
Millionary
a.
• Of or pertaining to millions; consisting of millions; as, the millionary chronology of the pundits.
Millioned
a.
• Multiplied by millions; innumerable.
Millionnaire
n.
• Millionaire.
Millionth
a.
• Being the last one of a million of units or objects counted in regular order from the first of a series or succession; being one of a million.
n.
• The quotient of a unit divided by one million; one of a million equal parts.
Milliped
n.
(Zool.) The same Milleped.
Millistere
n.
• A liter, or cubic decimeter.
Milliweber
n.
(Physics) The thousandth part of one weber.
Millstone
n.
• One of two circular stones used for grinding grain or other substance.
Millwork
n.
• The shafting, gearing, and other driving machinery of mils.
• 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.
(Anat.) The spleen.
n.
(Zool.) The spermatic fluid of fishes.
• The testes, or spermaries, of fishes when filled with spermatozoa.
v. t.
• To impregnate (the roe of a fish) with milt.
Milter
n.
(Zool.) A male fish.
Miltonian
a.
• Miltonic.
Miltonic
a.
• Of, pertaining to, or resembling, Milton, or his writings; as, Miltonic prose.
Miltwaste
(Bot.) A small European fern (Asplenium Ceterach) formerly used in medicine.
Milvine
a.
(Zool.) Of or resembling birds of the kite kind.
n.
(Zool.) A bird related to the kite.
Milvus
n.
(Zool.) 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.
• An actor in such representations.
v. i.
• To mimic.
Mimeograph
n.
• An autographic stencil copying device invented by Edison.
Mimesis
n.
(Rhet. & Biol.) Imitation; mimicry.
Mimetism
n.
(Biol.) Same as Mimicry.
Mimetite
n.
(Min.) 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.
v. t.
• To imitate or ape for sport; to ridicule by imitation.
(Biol.) To assume a resemblance to (some other organism of a totally different nature, or some surrounding object), as a means of protection or advantage.
Mimically
adv.
• In an imitative manner.
Mimicker
n.
• One who mimics; a mimic.
(Zool.) 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.
(Biol.) 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.
(Bot.) A genus of leguminous plants, containing many species, and including the sensitive plants (Mimosa sensitiva, and M. pudica).
Mimotannic
a.
(Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a variety of tannin or tannic acid found in Acacia, Mimosa, etc.
Minable
a.
• Such as can be mined; as, minable earth.
Minaceous
a.
• Of the color of minium or red lead; miniate.
Minacious
a.
• Threatening; menacing.
Minacity
n.
• Disposition to threaten.
Minaret
n.
(Arch.) 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.
Minatory
a.
• Threatening; menacing.
Minaul
n.
(Zool.) Same as Manul.
Mince
v. t.
• To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as, to mince meat.
• To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half and keep back half of.
• To affect; to make a parade of.
v. i.
• To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.
• To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.
n.
• A short, precise step; an affected manner.
Mincer
n.
• One who minces.
Mincing
a.
• That minces; characterized by primness or affected nicety.
Mincingly
adv.
• In a mincing manner; not fully; with affected nicety.
Mind
n.
• The intellectual or rational faculty in man; the understanding; the intellect; the power that conceives, judges, or reasons; also, the entire spiritual nature; the soul; — often in distinction from the body.
• The state, at any given time, of the faculties of thinking, willing, choosing, and the like; psychical activity or state; as: (a) Opinion; judgment; belief.
• Choice; inclination; liking; intent; will
• Courage; spirit
• Memory; remembrance; recollection; as, to have or keep in mind, to call to mind, to put in mind, etc.
v. t.
• To fix the mind or thoughts on; to regard with attention; to treat as of consequence; to consider; to heed; to mark; to note.
• To occupy one's self with; to employ one's self about; to attend to; as, to mind one's business.
• To obey; as, to mind parents; the dog minds his master.
• To have in mind; to purpose.
• To put in mind; to remind.
v. i.
• To give attention or heed; to obey; as, the dog minds well.
Minded
a.
• Disposed; inclined; having a mind.
Minder
n.
• One who minds, tends, or watches something, as a child, a machine, or cattle; as, a minder of a loom.
• One to be attended; specif., a pauper child intrusted to the care of a private person.
Mindful
a.
• Bearing in mind; regardful; attentive; heedful; observant.
Minding
n.
• Regard; mindfulness.
Mindless
a.
• Not indued with mind or intellectual powers; stupid; unthinking.
• Unmindful; inattentive; heedless; careless.
Mine
pron. & a.
• Belonging to me; my. Used as a pronominal to me; my. Used as a pronominal adjective in the predicate; as, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay." Rom. xii. 19. Also, in the old style, used attributively, instead of my, before a noun beginning with a vowel.
v. i.
• To dig a mine or pit in the earth; to get ore, metals, coal, or precious stones, out of the earth; to dig in the earth for minerals; to dig a passage or cavity under anything in order to overthrow it by explosives or otherwise.
• To form subterraneous tunnel or hole; to form a burrow or lodge in the earth; as, the mining cony.
v. t.
• To dig away, or otherwise remove, the substratum or foundation of; to lay a mine under; to sap; to undermine; hence, to ruin or destroy by slow degrees or secret means.
• To dig into, for ore or metal.
• To get, as metals, out of the earth by digging.
n.
• A subterranean cavity or passage
• A pit or excavation in the earth, from which metallic ores, precious stones, coal, or other mineral substances are taken by digging; — distinguished from the pits from which stones for architectural purposes are taken, and which are called quarries.
(Mil.) A cavity or tunnel made under a fortification or other work, for the purpose of blowing up the superstructure with some explosive agent.
• Any place where ore, metals, or precious stones are got by digging or washing the soil; as, a placer mine.
• Fig.: A rich source of wealth or other good.
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.
(Zool.) Any of numerous insects which, in the larval state, excavate galleries in the parenchyma of leaves. They are mostly minute moths and dipterous flies.
• The chattering, or garrulous, honey eater of Australia (Myzantha garrula).
Mineral
n.
• An inorganic species or substance occurring in nature, having a definite chemical composition and usually a distinct crystalline form. Rocks, except certain glassy igneous forms, are either simple minerals or aggregates of minerals.
• A mine.
• Anything which is neither animal nor vegetable, as in the most general classification of things into three kingdoms (animal, vegetable, and mineral).
a.
• Of or pertaining to minerals; consisting of a mineral or of minerals; as, a mineral substance.
• Impregnated with minerals; as, mineral waters.
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.
• The act of impregnating with a mineral, as water.
(Bot.) The conversion of a cell wall into a material of a stony nature.
Mineralize
v. t.
• To transform into a mineral.
• To impregnate with a mineral; as, mineralized water.
v. i.
• To go on an excursion for observing and collecting minerals; to mineralogize.
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.
Mineralogical
a.
• Of or pertaining to mineralogy; as, a mineralogical table.
Mineralogically
adv.
• According to the principles of, or with reference to, mineralogy.
Mineralogist
n.
• One versed in mineralogy; one devoted to the study of minerals.
(Zool.) A carrier shell (Phorus).
Mineralogize
v. i.
• To study mineralogy by collecting and examining minerals.
Mineralogy
n.
• The science which treats of minerals, and teaches how to describe, distinguish, and classify them.
• A treatise or book on this science.
Minerva
n.
(Rom. Myth.) 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
v. t.
• To mingle; to mix.
n.
(Zool.) A small biting fly; a midge.
Mingle
v. t.
• To mix; intermix; to combine or join, as an individual or part, with other parts, but commonly so as to be distinguishable in the product; to confuse; to confound.
• To associate or unite in society or by ties of relationship; to cause or allow to intermarry; to intermarry.
• To deprive of purity by mixture; to contaminate.
• To put together; to join.
• To make or prepare by mixing the ingredients of.
v. i.
• To become mixed or blended.
n.
• A mixture.
Mingleable
a.
• That can be mingled.
Mingledly
adv.
• Confusedly.
Minglement
n.
• The act of mingling, or the state of being mixed.
Mingler
n.
• One who mingles.
Minglingly
adv.
• In a mingling manner.
Miniard
a.
• Migniard.
Miniardize
v. t.
• To render delicate or dainty.
Miniate
v. t.
• To paint or tinge with red lead or vermilion; also, to decorate with letters, or the like, painted red, as the page of a manuscript.
a.
• Of or pertaining to the color of red lead or vermilion; painted with vermilion.
Miniature
n.
• Originally, a painting in colors such as those in mediaeval manuscripts; in modern times, any very small painting, especially a portrait.
• Greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale.
• Lettering in red; rubric distinction.
• A particular feature or trait.
a.
• Being on a small; much reduced from the reality; as, a miniature copy.
v. t.
• To represent or depict in a small compass, or on a small scale.
Miniaturist
n.
• A painter of miniatures.
Minibus
n.
• A kind of light passenger vehicle, carrying four persons.
Minify
v. t.
• To make small, or smaller; to diminish the apparent dimensions of; to lessen.
• To degrade by speech or action.
Minikin
n.
• A little darling; a favorite; a minion.
• A little pin.
a.
• Small; diminutive.
Minim
n.
• Anything very minute; as, the minims of existence; — applied to animalcula; and the like.
• The smallest liquid measure, equal to about one drop; the sixtieth part of a fluid drachm.
(Zool.) A small fish; a minnow.
• A little man or being; a dwarf.
(Eccl. Hist.) One of an austere order of mendicant hermits of friars founded in the 15th century by St. Francis of Paola.
(Mus.) A time note, formerly the shortest in use; a half note, equal to half a semibreve, or two quarter notes or crotchets.
• A short poetical encomium.
a.
• Minute.
Miniment
n.
• A trifle; a trinket; a token.
Minimization
n.
• The act or process of minimizing.
Minimize
v. t.
• To reduce to the smallest part or proportion possible; to reduce to a minimum.
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.
(Anat.) The little finger; the fifth digit, or that corresponding to it, in either the manus or pes.
Mining
n.
• The act or business of making mines or of working them.
a.
• Of or pertaining to mines; as, mining engineer; mining machinery; a mining region.
Minion
n.
• Minimum.
n.
• A loved one; one highly esteemed and favored; — in a good sense.
• An obsequious or servile dependent or agent of another; a fawning favorite.
(Print.) A small kind of type, in size between brevier and nonpareil.
• An ancient form of ordnance, the caliber of which was about three inches.
a.
• Fine; trim; dainty.
Minionette
a.
• Small; delicate.
n.
(Print.) A size of type between nonpareil and minion; — used in ornamental borders, etc.
Minioning
n.
• Kind treatment.
Minionize
v. t.
• To flavor.
Minionship
n.
• State of being a minion.
Minious
a.
• Of the color of red or vermilion.
Minish
v. t.
• To diminish; to lessen.
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.
• An officer of justice.
• One to whom the sovereign or executive head of a government intrusts the management of affairs of state, or some department of such affairs.
• A representative of a government, sent to the court, or seat of government, of a foreign nation to transact diplomatic business.
• 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.
v. t.
• To furnish or apply; to afford; to supply; to administer.
v. i.
• To act as a servant, attendant, or agent; to attend and serve; to perform service in any office, sacred or secular.
• To supply or to things needful; esp., to supply consolation or remedies.
Ministerial
a.
• Of or pertaining to ministry or service; serving; attendant.
• Of or pertaining to the office of a minister or to the ministry as a body, whether civil or sacerdotal.
• Tending to advance or promote; contributive.
Ministerialist
n.
• A supporter of the ministers, or the party in power.
Ministerially
adv.
• In a ministerial manner; in the character or capacity of a minister.
Ministracy
n.
• Ministration.
Ministral
a.
• Ministerial.
Ministrant
a.
• Performing service as a minister; attendant on service; acting under command; subordinate.
n.
• One who ministers.
Ministration
n.
• The act of ministering; service; ministry.
Ministrative
a.
• Serving to aid; ministering.
Ministress
n.
• A woman who ministers.
Ministry
n.
• The act of ministering; ministration; service.
• Hence: Agency; instrumentality.
• The office, duties, or functions of a minister, servant, or agent; ecclesiastical, executive, or ambassadorial function or profession.
• The body of ministers of state; also, the clergy, as a body.
• Administration; rule; term in power; as, the ministry of Pitt.
Ministryship
n.
• The office of a minister.
Minium
n.
(Chem.) 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.
(Zool.) A singing bird of India of the family Campephagidae.
Mink
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Zool.) 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.
(Zool.) 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.
(Zool.) A minnow.
Minor
a.
• Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body.
(Mus.) Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third.
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.
(Logic) 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.
• A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.
Minorate
v. t.
• To diminish.
Minoration
n.
• A diminution.
Minorite
n.
• A Franciscan friar.
Minority
n.
• The state of being a minor, or under age.
• State of being less or small.
• The smaller number; — opposed to majority; as, the minority must be ruled by the majority.
Minos
n.
(Class. Myth.) 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.
(Class. Myth.) A fabled monster, half man and half bull, confined in the labyrinth constructed by Daedalus in Crete.
Minster
n.
(Arch.) 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.
• Musical instruments.
• A collective body of minstrels, or musicians; also, a collective body of minstrels' songs.
Mint
n.
(Bot.) The name of several aromatic labiate plants, mostly of the genus Mentha, yielding odoriferous essential oils by distillation.
n.
• A place where money is coined by public authority.
• Hence: Any place regarded as a source of unlimited supply; the supply itself.
v. t.
• To make by stamping, as money; to coin; to make and stamp into money.
• To invent; to forge; to fabricate; to fashion.
Mintage
n.
• The coin, or other production, made in a mint.
• The duty paid to the mint for coining.
Minter
n.
• One who mints.
Mintman
n.
• One skilled in coining, or in coins; a coiner.
Minuend
n.
(Arith.) 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.
(Mus.) 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.
(Mus.) A minim.
Minus
a.
(Math.) Less; requiring to be subtracted; negative; as, a minus quantity.
Minuscule
n.
• Any very small, minute object.
• A small Roman letter which is neither capital nor uncial; a manuscript written in such letters.
a.
• Of the size and style of minuscules; written in minuscules.
Minutary
a.
• Pertaining to, or consisting of, minutes.
Minute
n.
• The sixtieth part of an hour; sixty seconds. (Abbrev. m.; as, 4 h. 30 m.)
• The sixtieth part of a degree; sixty seconds (Marked thus (\'bf); as, 10° 20\'bf.)
• A nautical or a geographic mile.
• A coin; a half farthing.
• A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a tittle.
• A point of time; a moment.
• 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.
(Arch.) A fixed part of a module.
a.
• Of or pertaining to a minute or minutes; occurring at or marking successive minutes.
v. t.
• To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.
a.
• Very small; little; tiny; fine; slight; slender; inconsiderable.
• Attentive to small things; paying attention to details; critical; particular; precise; as, a minute observer; minute observation.
Minutely
adv.
• In a minute manner; with minuteness; exactly; nicely.
a.
• Happening every minute; continuing; unceasing.
adv.
• At intervals of a minute; very often and regularly.
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.
• A she puppy; a pet dog.
n.
(Zool.) The mink; — called also minx otter.
Miny
a.
• Abounding with mines; like a mine.
Miocene
a.
(Geol.) Of or pertaining to the middle division of the Tertiary.
n.
• The Miocene period.
Miohippus
n.
(Paleon.) An extinct Miocene mammal of the Horse family, closely related to the genus Anhithecrium, and having three usable hoofs on each foot.
Miquelet
n.
(Mil.) An irregular or partisan soldier; a bandit.
Mir
n.
• A Russian village community.
n.
• Same as Emir.
Mira
n.
(Astron.) A remarkable variable star in the constellation Cetus (ο Ceti).
Mirabilary
n.
• One who, or a work which, narrates wonderful things; one who writes of wonders.
Mirabilis
n.
(Bot.) A genus of plants.
Mirabilite
n.
(Min.) Native sodium sulphate; Glauber's salt.
Mirable
a.
• Wonderful; admirable.
Miracle
n.
• A wonder or wonderful thing.
• 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.
• A miracle play.
• A story or legend abounding in miracles.
v. t.
• To make wonderful.
Miraculize
v. t.
• To cause to seem to be a miracle.
Miraculous
a.
• Of the nature of a miracle; performed by supernatural power; effected by the direct agency of almighty power, and not by natural causes.
• Supernatural; wonderful.
• Wonder-working.
Mirador
n.
(Arch.) 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 seen projected against the sky. The fata Morgana and looming are species of mirage.
Mire
n.
• An ant.
n.
• Deep mud; wet, spongy earth.
v. t.
• To cause or permit to stick fast in mire; to plunge or fix in mud; as, to mire a horse or wagon.
• To soil with mud or foul matter.
v. i.
• To stick in mire.
Mirificent
a.
• Wonderful.
Miriness
n.
• The quality of being miry.
Mirk
a.
• Dark; gloomy; murky.
n.
• Darkness; gloom; murk.
Mirksome
a.
• Dark; gloomy; murky.
Mirky
a.
• Dark; gloomy.
Mirror
n.
• A looking-glass or a speculum; any glass or polished substance that forms images by the reflection of rays of light.
• That which gives a true representation, or in which a true image may be seen; hence, a pattern; an exemplar.
v. t.
• To reflect, as in a mirror.
Mirth
n.
• Merriment; gayety accompanied with laughter; jollity.
• That which causes merriment.
Mirthful
a.
• Full of mirth or merriment; merry; as, mirthful children.
• Indicating or inspiring mirth; as, a mirthful face.
Mirthless
a.
• Without mirth.
Miry
a.
• Abounding with deep mud; full of mire; muddy; as, a miry road.
Mirza
n.
• The common title of honor in Persia, prefixed to the surname of an individual. When appended to the surname, it signifies Prince.
Mis
a. & adv.
• Wrong; amiss.
Misacceptation
n.
• Wrong acceptation; understanding in a wrong sense.
Misaccompt
v. t.
• To account or reckon wrongly.
Misadjust
v. t.
• To adjust wrongly of unsuitably; to throw of adjustment.
Misadjustment
n.
• Wrong adjustment; unsuitable arrangement.
Misadventure
n.
• Mischance; misfortune; ill lick; unlucky accident; ill adventure.
Misadventured
a.
• Unfortunate.
Misadventurous
a.
• Unfortunate.
Misadvertence
n.
• Inadvertence.
Misadvice
n.
• Bad advice.
Misadvise
v. t.
• To give bad counsel to.
Misadvised
a.
• Ill advised.
Misaffect
v. t.
• To dislike.
Misaffected
a.
• Ill disposed.
Misaffection
n.
• An evil or wrong affection; the state of being ill affected.
Misaffirm
v. t.
• To affirm incorrectly.
Misaimed
a.
• Not rightly aimed.
Misallegation
n.
• A erroneous statement or allegation.
Misallege
v. t.
• To state erroneously.
Misalliance
n.
• A marriage with a person of inferior rank or social station; an improper alliance; a mesalliance.
Misallied
a.
• Wrongly allied or associated.
Misallotment
n.
• A wrong allotment.
Misalter
v. t.
• To alter wrongly; esp., to alter for the worse.
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.
Misapply
v. t.
• To apply wrongly; to use for a wrong purpose; as, to misapply a name or title; to misapply public money.
Misappreciated
a.
• Improperly appreciated.
Misapprehend
v. t.
• To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand.
Misapprehension
n.
• A mistaking or mistake; wrong apprehension of one's meaning of a fact; misconception; misunderstanding.
Misapprehensively
adv.
• By, or with, misapprehension.
Misappropriate
v. t.
• To appropriate wrongly; to use for a wrong purpose.
Misappropriation
n.
• Wrong appropriation; wrongful use.
Misarcribe
v. t.
• To ascribe wrongly.
Misarrange
v. t.
• To place in a wrong order, or improper manner.
Misarrangement
n.
• Wrong arrangement.
Misassay
v. t.
• To assay, or attempt, improperly or unsuccessfully.
Misassign
v. t.
• To assign wrongly.
Misattend
v. t.
• To misunderstand; to disregard.
Misaventure
n.
• Misadventure.
Misavize
v. t.
• To misadvise.
Misbear
v. t.
• To carry improperly; to carry (one's self) wrongly; to misbehave.
Misbecome
v. t.
• Not to become; to suit ill; not to befit or be adapted to.
Misbecoming
a.
• Unbecoming.
Misbede
v. t.
• To wrong; to do injury to.
Misbefitting
a.
• No befitting.
Misbehave
v. t. & i.
• To behave ill; to conduct one's self improperly; — often used with a reciprocal pronoun.
Misbehaved
a.
• Guilty of ill behavior; illbred; rude.
Misbehavior
n.
• Improper, rude, or uncivil behavior; ill conduct.
Misbelief
n.
• Erroneous or false belief.
Misbelieve
v. i.
• To believe erroneously, or in a false religion.
Misbeliever
n.
• One who believes wrongly; one who holds a false religion.
Misbeseem
v. t.
• To suit ill.
Misbestow
v. t.
• To bestow improperly.
Misbestowal
n.
• The act of misbestowing.
Misbileve
n.
• Misbelief; unbelief; suspicion.
Misbode
imp.
• of Misbede.
Misboden
p. p.
• of Misbede.
Misborn
a.
• Born to misfortune.
Miscalculate
v. t. & i.
• To calculate erroneously; to judge wrongly.
Miscall
v. t.
• To call by a wrong name; to name improperly.
• To call by a bad name; to abuse.
Miscarriage
n.
• Unfortunate event or issue of an undertaking; failure to attain a desired result or reach a destination.
• Ill conduct; evil or improper behavior; as, the failings and miscarriages of the righteous.
• The act of bringing forth before the time; premature birth.
Miscarriageable
a.
• Capable of miscarrying; liable to fail.
Miscarry
v. i.
• To carry, or go, wrong; to fail of reaching a destination, or fail of the intended effect; to be unsuccessful; to suffer defeat.
• To bring forth young before the proper time.
Miscast
v. t.
• To cast or reckon wrongly.
n.
• An erroneous cast or reckoning.
Miscegenation
n.
• A mixing of races; amalgamation, as by intermarriage of black and white.
Miscellanarian
a.
• Of or pertaining to miscellanies.
n.
• A writer of miscellanies.
Miscellane
n.
• A mixture of two or more sorts of grain; — now called maslin and meslin.
Miscellanea
n. pl.
• A collection of miscellaneous matters; matters of various kinds.
Miscellaneous
a.
• Mixed; mingled; consisting of several things; of diverse sorts; promiscuous; heterogeneous; as, a miscellaneous collection.
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.
a.
• Miscellaneous; heterogeneous.
Miscensure
v. t.
• To misjudge.
n.
• Erroneous judgment.
Mischance
n.
• Ill luck; ill fortune; mishap.
v. i.
• To happen by mischance.
Mischanceful
a.
• Unlucky.
Mischaracterize
v. t.
• To characterize falsely or erroneously; to give a wrong character to.
Mischarge
v. t.
• To charge erroneously, as in account.
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.
• Cause of trouble or vexation; trouble.
v. t.
• To do harm to.
Mischiefable
a.
• Mischievous.
Mischiefful
a.
• Mischievous.
Mischievous
a.
• Causing mischief; harmful; hurtful; — now often applied where the evil is done carelessly or in sport; as, a mischievous child.
Mischoose
v. t.
• To choose wrongly.
v. i.
• To make a wrong choice.
Mischristen
v. t.
• To christen wrongly.
Miscibility
n.
• Capability of being mixed.
Miscible
a.
• Capable of being mixed; mixable; as, water and alcohol are miscible in all proportions.
Miscitation
n.
• Erroneous citation.
Miscite
v. t.
• To cite erroneously.
Misclaim
n.
• A mistaken claim.
Miscognizant
a.
(Law) Not cognizant; ignorant; not knowing.
Miscognize
v. t.
• To fail to apprehend; to misunderstand.
Miscollocation
n.
• Wrong collocation.
Miscolor
v. t.
• To give a wrong color to; figuratively, to set forth erroneously or unfairly; as, to miscolor facts.
Miscomfort
n.
• Discomfort.
Miscomprehend
v. t.
• To get a wrong idea of or about; to misunderstand.
Miscomputation
n.
• Erroneous computation; false reckoning.
Miscompute
v. t.
• To compute erroneously.
Misconceit
n.
• Misconception.
Misconceive
v. t. & i.
• To conceive wrongly; to interpret incorrectly; to receive a false notion of; to misjudge; to misapprehend.
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.
v. t.
• To conduct amiss; to mismanage.
v. i.
• To behave amiss.
Misconfident
a.
• Having a mistaken confidence; wrongly trusting.
Misconjecture
n.
• A wrong conjecture or guess.
v. t. & i.
• To conjecture wrongly.
Misconsecrate
v. t.
• To consecrate amiss.
Misconsecration
n.
• Wrong consecration.
Misconsequence
n.
• A wrong consequence; a false deduction.
Misconstruable
a.
• Such as can be misconstrued, as language or conduct.
Misconstruct
v. t.
• To construct wrongly; to construe or interpret erroneously.
Misconstruction
n.
• Erroneous construction; wrong interpretation.
Misconstrue
v. t.
• To construe wrongly; to interpret erroneously.
Misconstruer
n.
• One who misconstrues.
Miscontent
a.
• Discontent.
Miscontinuance
n.
(Law) Discontinuance; also, continuance by undue process.
Miscopy
v. t.
• To copy amiss.
n.
• A mistake in copying.
Miscorrect
v. t.
• To fail or err in attempting to correct.
Miscounsel
v. t.
• To counsel or advise wrongly.
Miscount
v. t. & i.
• To count erroneously.
n.
• An erroneous counting.
Miscovet
v. t.
• To covet wrongfully.
Miscreant
n.
• One who holds a false religious faith; a misbeliever.
• One not restrained by Christian principles; an unscrupulous villain; a while wretch.
a.
• Holding a false religious faith.
• Destitute of conscience; unscrupulous.
Miscreate
a.
• Miscreated; illegitimate; forged; as, miscreate titles.
v. t.
• To create badly or amiss.
Miscreated
a.
• Formed unnaturally or illegitimately; deformed.
Miscreative
a.
• Creating amiss.
Miscredent
n.
• A miscreant, or believer in a false religious doctrine.
Miscredulity
n.
• Wrong credulity or belief; misbelief.
Miscue
n.
(Billiards) A false stroke with a billiard cue, the cue slipping from the ball struck without impelling it as desired.
Misdate
v. t.
• To date erroneously.
Misdeal
v. t. & i.
• To deal or distribute wrongly, as cards; to make a wrong distribution.
n.
• The act of misdealing; a wrong distribution of cards to the players.
Misdeed
n.
• An evil deed; a wicked action.
Misdeem
v. t.
• To misjudge.
Misdemean
v. t.
• To behave ill; — with a reflexive pronoun; as, to misdemean one's self.
Misdemeanant
n.
• One guilty of a misdemeanor.
Misdemeanor
n.
• Ill behavior; evil conduct; fault.
(Law) A crime less than a felony.
Misdempt
obs. p. p.
• of Misdeem.
Misdepart
v. t.
• To distribute wrongly.
Misderive
v. t.
• To turn or divert improperly; to misdirect.
• To derive erroneously.
Misdescribe
v. t.
• To describe wrongly.
Misdesert
n.
• Ill desert.
Misdevotion
n.
• Mistaken devotion.
Misdiet
n.
• Improper.
v. t.
• To diet improperly.
Misdight
a.
• Arrayed, prepared, or furnished, unsuitably.
Misdirect
v. t.
• To give a wrong direction to; as, to misdirect a passenger, or a letter; to misdirect one's energies.
Misdirection
n.
• The act of directing wrongly, or the state of being so directed.
(Law) An error of a judge in charging the jury on a matter of law.
Misdisposition
n.
• Erroneous disposal or application.
Misdistinguish
v. t.
• To make wrong distinctions in or concerning.
Misdivide
v. t.
• To divide wrongly.
Misdivision
n.
• Wrong division.
Misdo
v. t.
• To do wrongly.
• To do wrong to; to illtreat.
v. i.
• To do wrong; to commit a fault.
Misdoer
n.
• A wrongdoer.
Misdoing
n.
• A wrong done; a fault or crime; an offense; as, it was my misdoing.
Misdoubt
v. t. & i.
• To be suspicious of; to have suspicion.
n.
• Suspicion.
• Irresolution; hesitation.
Misdoubtful
a
• Misgiving; hesitating.
Misdread
n.
• Dread of evil.
Mise
n.
(Law) The issue in a writ of right.
• Expense; cost; disbursement.
• 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.
Miseased
a.
• Having discomfort or misery; troubled.
Miseasy
a.
• Not easy; painful.
Misedition
n.
• An incorrect or spurious edition.
Miseducate
v. t.
• To educate in a wrong manner.
Misemploy
v. t.
• To employ amiss; as, to misemploy time, advantages, talents, etc.
Misemployment
n.
• Wrong or mistaken employment.
Misenter
v. t.
• To enter or insert wrongly, as a charge in an account.
Misentreat
v. t.
• To treat wrongfully.
Misentry
n.
• An erroneous entry or charge, as of an account.
Miser
n.
• A wretched person; a person afflicted by any great misfortune.
• A despicable person; a wretch.
• A covetous, grasping, mean person; esp., one having wealth, who lives miserably for the sake of saving and increasing his hoard.
• A kind of large earth auger.
Miserable
a.
• Very unhappy; wretched.
• Causing unhappiness or misery.
• Worthless; mean; despicable; as, a miserable fellow; a miserable dinner.
• Avaricious; niggardly; miserly.
n.
• A miserable person.
Miserableness
n.
• The state or quality of being miserable.
Miserably
adv.
• In a miserable; unhappily; calamitously; wretchedly; meanly.
Miseration
n.
• Commiseration.
Miserere
n.
(R. C. Ch.) The psalm usually appointed for penitential acts, being the 50th psalm in the Latin version. It commences with the word miserere.
• A musical composition adapted to the 50th psalm.
(Arch.) 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.
(Med.) Same as Ileus.
Misericorde
n.
• Compassion; pity; mercy.
(Anc. Armor.) Same as Misericordia, 2.
Misericordia
n.
(O. Law) An amercement.
(Anc. Armor.) A thin-bladed dagger; so called, in the Middle Ages, because used to give the death wound or "mercy" stroke to a fallen adversary.
(Eccl.) An indulgence as to food or dress granted to a member of a religious order.
Miserly
a.
• Like a miser; very covetous; sordid; niggardly.
Misery
n.
• Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.
• Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.
• Covetousness; niggardliness; avarice.
Misesteem
n.
• Want of esteem; disrespect.
Misestimate
v. t.
• To estimate erroneously.
Misexplanation
n.
• An erroneous explanation.
Misexplication
n.
• Wrong explication.
Misexposition
n.
• Wrong exposition.
Misexpound
v. t.
• To expound erroneously.
Misexpression
n.
• Wrong expression.
Misfaith
n.
• Want of faith; distrust.
Misfall
v. t.
• To befall, as ill luck; to happen to unluckily.
Misfare
v. i.
• To fare ill.
n.
• Misfortune.
Misfashion
v. t.
• To form wrongly.
Misfeasance
n.
(Law) A trespass; a wrong done; the improper doing of an act which a person might lawfully do.
Misfeature
n.
• Ill feature.
Misfeeling
a.
• Insensate.
Misfeign
v. i.
• To feign with an evil design.
Misfit
n.
• The act or the state of fitting badly; as, a misfit in making a coat; a ludicrous misfit.
• Something that fits badly, as a garment.
Misform
v. t.
• To make in an ill form.
Misformation
n.
• Malformation.
Misfortunate
a.
• Producing misfortune.
Misfortune
n.
• Bad fortune or luck; calamity; an evil accident; disaster; mishap; mischance.
v. i.
• To happen unluckily or unfortunately; to miscarry; to fail.
Misfortuned
a.
• Unfortunate.
Misframe
v. t.
• To frame wrongly.
Misget
v. t.
• To get wrongfully.
Misgive
v. t.
• To give or grant amiss.
• Specifically: To give doubt and apprehension to, instead of confidence and courage; to impart fear to; to make irresolute; — usually said of the mind or heart, and followed by the objective personal pronoun.
• To suspect; to dread.
v. i.
• To give out doubt and apprehension; to be fearful or irresolute.
Misgiving
n.
• Evil premonition; doubt; distrust.
Misgotten
a.
• Unjustly gotten.
Misgovern
v. t.
• To govern ill; as, to misgovern a country.
Misgovernance
n.
• Misgovernment; misconduct; misbehavior.
Misgoverned
a.
• Ill governed, as a people; ill directed.
Misgovernment
n.
• Bad government; want of government.
Misgracious
a.
• Not gracious.
Misgraff
v. t.
• To misgraft.
Misgraft
v. t.
• To graft wrongly.
Misground
v. t.
• To found erroneously.
Misgrowth
n.
• Bad growth; an unnatural or abnormal growth.
Misguess
v. t. & i.
• To guess wrongly.
Misguidance
n.
• Wrong guidance.
Misguide
v. t.
• To guide wrongly; to lead astray; as, to misguide the understanding.
n.
• Misguidance; error.
Misguiding
a.
• Misleading.
Misgye
v. t.
• To misguide.
Mishandle
v. t.
• To handle ill or wrongly; to maltreat.
Mishap
n.
• Evil accident; ill luck; misfortune; mischance.
v. i.
• To happen unluckily; — used impersonally.
Mishappen
v. i.
• To happen ill or unluckily.
Mishappy
a.
• Unhappy.
Mishcup
n.
(Zool.) The scup.
Mishear
v. t. & i.
• To hear incorrectly.
Mishmash
n.
• A hotchpotch.
Mishna
n.
• A collection or digest of Jewish traditions and explanations of Scripture, forming the text of the Talmud.
Mishnic
a.
• Of or pertaining to the Mishna.
Misimagination
n.
• Wrong imagination; delusion.
Misimprove
v. t.
• To use for a bad purpose; to abuse; to misuse; as, to misimprove time, talents, advantages, etc.
Misimprovement
n.
• Ill use or employment; use for a bad purpose.
Misincline
v. t.
• To cause to have a wrong inclination or tendency; to affect wrongly.
Misinfer
v. t.
• To infer incorrectly.
Misinform
v. t.
• To give untrue information to; to inform wrongly.
v. i.
• To give untrue information; (with against) to calumniate.
Misinformant
n.
• A misinformer.
Misinformation
n.
• Untrue or incorrect information.
Misinformer
n.
• One who gives or incorrect information.
Misinstruct
v. t.
• To instruct amiss.
Misinstruction
n.
• Wrong or improper instruction.
Misintelligence
n.
• Wrong information; misinformation.
• Disagreement; misunderstanding.
Misintend
v. t.
• To aim amiss.
Misinterpret
v. t.
• To interpret erroneously; to understand or to explain in a wrong sense.
Misinterpretable
a.
• Capable of being misinterpreted; liable to be misunderstood.
Misinterpretation
n.
• The act of interpreting erroneously; a mistaken interpretation.
Misinterpreter
n.
• One who interprets erroneously.
Misjoin
v. t.
• To join unfitly or improperly.
Misjoinder
n.
(Law) An incorrect union of parties or of causes of action in a procedure, criminal or civil.
Misjudge
v. t. & i.
• To judge erroneously or unjustly; to err in judgment; to misconstrue.
Misjudgment
n.
• A wrong or unjust judgment.
Miskeep
v. t.
• To keep wrongly.
Misken
v. t.
• Not to know.
Miskin
n.
(Mus.) A little bagpipe.
Miskindle
v. t.
• To kindle amiss; to inflame to a bad purpose; to excite wrongly.
Misknow
v. t.
• To have a mistaken notion of or about.
Mislactation
n.
(Med.) Defective flow or vitiated condition of the milk.
Mislay
v. t.
• To lay in a wrong place; to ascribe to a wrong source.
• To lay in a place not recollected; to lose.
Mislayer
n.
• One who mislays.
Misle
v. i.
• To rain in very fine drops, like a thick mist; to mizzle.
n.
• A fine rain; a thick mist; mizzle.
Mislead
v. t.
• To lead into a wrong way or path; to lead astray; to guide into error; to cause to mistake; to deceive.
Misleader
n.
• One who leads into error.
Misleading
a.
• Leading astray; delusive.
Mislearn
v. t.
• To learn wrongly.
Misled
imp. & p. p.
• of Mislead.
Mislight
v. t.
• To deceive or lead astray with a false light.
Mislike
v. t. & i.
• To dislike; to disapprove of; to have aversion to; as, to mislike a man.
n.
• Dislike; disapprobation; aversion.
Misliker
n.
• One who dislikes.
Misliking
n.
• Dislike; aversion.
Mislive
v. i.
• To live amiss.
Mislodge
v. t.
• To lodge amiss.
Misluck
n.
• Ill luck; misfortune.
Misly
a.
• Raining in very small drops.
Mismanage
v. t. & i.
• To manage ill or improperly; as, to mismanage public affairs.
Mismanagement
n.
• Wrong or bad management; as, he failed through mismagement.
Mismanager
n.
• One who manages ill.
Mismark
v. t.
• To mark wrongly.
Mismatch
v. t.
• To match unsuitably.
Mismate
v. t.
• To mate wrongly or unsuitably; as, to mismate gloves or shoes; a mismated couple.
Mismeasure
v. t.
• To measure or estimate incorrectly.
Mismeasurement
n.
• Wrong measurement.
Mismeter
v. t.
• To give the wrong meter to, as to a line of verse.
Misname
v. t.
• To call by the wrong name; to give a wrong or inappropriate name to.
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.
v. t.
• To misname.
Misnumber
v. t.
• To number wrongly.
Misnurture
v. t.
• To nurture or train wrongly; as, to misnurture children.
Misobedience
n.
• Mistaken obedience; disobedience.
Misobserve
v. t.
• To observe inaccurately; to mistake in observing.
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.
Misogynous
a.
• Hating women.
Misogyny
n.
• Hatred of women.
Misology
n.
• Hatred of argument or discussion; hatred of enlightenment.
Misopinion
n.
• Wrong opinion.
Misorder
v. t.
• To order ill; to manage erroneously; to conduct badly.
n.
• Irregularity; disorder.
Misorderly
a.
• Irregular; disorderly.
Misordination
n.
• Wrong ordination.
Misotheism
n.
• Hatred of God.
Mispaint
v. t.
• To paint ill, or wrongly.
Mispassion
n.
• Wrong passion or feeling.
Mispay
v. t.
• To dissatisfy.
Misperception
n.
• Erroneous perception.
Mispersuade
v. t.
• To persuade amiss.
Mispersuasion
n.
• A false persuasion; wrong notion or opinion.
Mispickel
n.
(Min.) Arsenical iron pyrites; arsenopyrite.
Misplace
v. t.
• To put in a wrong place; to set or place on an improper or unworthy object; as, he misplaced his confidence.
Misplacement
n.
• The act of misplacing, or the state of being misplaced.
Misplead
v. i.
• To err in pleading.
Mispleading
n.
(Law) An error in pleading.
Mispoint
v. t.
• To point improperly; to punctuate wrongly.
Mispolicy
n.
• Wrong policy; impolicy.
Mispractice
n.
• Wrong practice.
Mispraise
v. t.
• To praise amiss.
Misprint
v. t.
• To print wrong.
n.
• A mistake in printing; a deviation from the copy; as, a book full of misprints.
Misprise
v. t.
• To mistake.
Misprision
n.
• The act of misprising; misapprehension; misconception; mistake.
• Neglect; undervaluing; contempt.
(Law) A neglect, negligence, or contempt.
Misprize
v. t.
• To slight or undervalue.
Misproceeding
n.
• Wrong or irregular proceding.
Misprofess
v. i.
• To make a false profession; to make pretensions to skill which is not possessed.
v. t.
• To make a false profession of.
Mispronounce
v. t. & i.
• To pronounce incorrectly.
Mispronunciation
n.
• Wrong or improper pronunciation.
Misproportion
v. t.
• To give wrong proportions to; to join without due proportion.
Misproud
a.
• Viciously proud.
Mispunctuate
v. t.
• To punctuate wrongly or incorrectly.
Misquotation
n.
• Erroneous or inaccurate quotation.
Misquote
v. t. & i.
• To quote erroneously or incorrectly.
Misraise
v. t.
• To raise or exite unreasonable.
Misrate
v. t.
• To rate erroneously.
Misread
v. t.
• To read amiss; to misunderstand in reading.
Misreceive
v. t.
• To receive wrongly.
Misrecital
n.
• An inaccurate recital.
Misrecite
v. t. & i.
• To recite erroneously.
Misreckon
v. t. & i.
• To reckon wrongly; to miscalculate.
Misreckoning
n.
• An erroneous computation.
Misrecollect
v. t. & i.
• To have an erroneous remembrance of; to suppose erroneously that one recollects.
Misrecollection
n.
• Erroneous or inaccurate recollection.
Misreform
v. t.
• To reform wrongly or imperfectly.
Misregard
n.
• Wrong understanding; misconstruction.
Misregulate
v. t.
• To regulate wrongly or imperfectly; to fail to regulate.
Misrehearse
v. t.
• To rehearse or quote incorrectly.
Misrelate
v. t.
• To relate inaccurately.
Misrelation
n.
• Erroneous relation or narration.
Misreligion
n.
• False religion.
Misremember
v. t. & i.
• To mistake in remembering; not to remember correctly.
Misrender
v. t.
• To render wrongly; to translate or recite wrongly.
Misrepeat
v. t.
• To repeat wrongly; to give a wrong version of.
Misreport
v. t. & i.
• To report erroneously; to give an incorrect account of.
n.
• An erroneous report; a false or incorrect account given.
Misrepresent
v. t.
• To represent incorrectly (almost always, unfacorably); to give a false erroneous representation of, either maliciously, ignirantly, or carelessly.
v. i.
• To make an incorrect or untrue representation.
Misrepresentation
n.
• Untrue representation; false or incorrect statement or account; — usually unfavorable to the thing represented; as, a misrepresentation of a person's motives.
Misrepresentative
a.
• Tending to convey a wrong impression; misrepresenting.
Misrepresenter
n.
• One who misrepresents.
Misrepute
v. t.
• To have in wrong estimation; to repute or estimate erroneously.
Misrule
v. t. & i.
• To rule badly; to misgovern.
n.
• The act, or the result, of misruling.
• Disorder; confusion; tumult from insubordination.
Misruly
a.
• Unruly.
Miss
n.
• A title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a girl or a woman who has not been married.
• A young unmarried woman or a girl; as, she is a miss of sixteen.
• A kept mistress.
(Card Playing) 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.
v. t.
• To fail of hitting, reaching, getting, finding, seeing, hearing, etc.; as, to miss the mark one shoots at; to miss the train by being late; to miss opportunites of getting knowledge; to miss the point or meaning of something said.
• To omit; to fail to have or to do; to get without; to dispense with; — now seldom applied to persons.
• To discover the absence or omission of; to feel the want of; to mourn the loss of; to want.
v. i.
• To fail to hit; to fly wide; to deviate from the true direction.
• To fail to obtain, learn, or find; — with of.
• To go wrong; to err.
• To be absent, deficient, or wanting.
n.
• The act of missing; failure to hit, reach, find, obtain, etc.
• Loss; want; felt absence.
• Mistake; error; fault.
• Harm from mistake.
Missa
n.
(R.C.Ch.) The service or sacrifice of the Mass.
Missal
n.
• The book containing the service of the Mass for the entire year; a Mass book.
a.
• Of or pertaining to the Mass, or to a missal or Mass book.
Missay
v. t.
• To say wrongly.
• To speak evil of; to slander.
v. i.
• To speak ill.
Misseek
v. t.
• To seek for wrongly.
Misseem
v. i.
• To make a false appearance.
• To misbecome; to be misbecoming.
Missel
n.
• Mistletoe.
Misseldine
n.
• The mistletoe.
Missemblance
n.
• False resemblance or semblance.
Missend
v. t.
• To send amiss or incorrectly.
Misserve
v. t. & i.
• To serve unfaithfully.
Misset
v. t.
• To set pr place wrongly.
Misshape
v. t.
• To shape ill; to give an ill or unnatural from to; to deform.
Misshapen
a.
• Having a bad or ugly form.
Missheathed
a.
• Sheathed by mistake; wrongly sheathed; sheathed in a wrong place.
Missificate
v. i.
• To perform Mass.
Missile
a.
• Capable of being thrown; adapted for hurling or to be projected from the hand, or from any instrument or rngine, so as to strike an object at a distance.
n.
• A weapon thrown or projected or intended to be projcted, as a lance, an arrow, or a bullet.
Missing
a.
• Absent from the place where it was expected to be found; lost; wanting; not present when called or looked for.
Missingly
adv.
• With a sense of loss.
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.
• That with which a messenger or agent is charged; an errand; business or duty on which one is sent; a commission.
• Persons sent; any number of persons appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy.
• An assotiation or organization of missionaries; a station or residence of missionaries.
• An organization for worship and work, dependent on one or more churches.
• 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.
• Dismission; discharge from service.
v. t.
• To send on a mission.
Missionary
n.
• One who is sent on a mission; especially, one sent to propagate religion.
a.
• Of or pertaining to missions; as, a missionary meeting; a missionary fund.
Missioner
n.
• A missionary; an envoy; one who conducts a mission.
Missis
n.
• A mistress; a wife; — so used by the illiterate.
Missish
a.
• Like a miss; prim; affected; sentimental.
Missit
v. t.
• To sit badly or imperfectly upon; to misbecome.
Missive
a.
• Specially sent; intended or prepared to be sent; as, a letter missive.
• Missile.
n.
• That which is sent; a writing containing a message.
• One who is sent; a messenger.
Missound
v. t.
• To sound wrongly; to utter or pronounce incorrectly.
Misspeak
v. i.
• To err in speaking.
v. t.
• To utter wrongly.
Misspeech
n.
• Wrong speech.
Misspell
v. t.
• To spell incorrectly.
Misspelling
n.
• A wrong spelling.
Misspend
v. t.
• To spend amiss or for wrong purposes; to aquander; to waste; as, to misspend time or money.
Misspender
n.
• One who misspends.
Misspense
n.
• A spending improperly; a wasting.
Misspent
imp. & p. p.
• of Misspend.
Misstate
v. t.
• To state wrongly; as, to misstate a question in debate.
Misstatement
n.
• An incorrect statement.
Misstayed
a.
(Naut.) Having missed stays; — said of a ship.
Misstep
n.
• A wrong step; an error of conduct.
v. i.
• To take a wrong step; to go astray.
Missuccess
n.
• Failure.
Missuggestion
n.
• Wrong or evil suggestion.
Missummation
n.
• Wrong summation.
Misswear
v. i.
• To swear falsely.
Missy
n.
• An affectionate, or contemptuous, form of miss; a young girl; a miss.
a.
• Like a miss, or girl.
Mist
n.
• Visible watery vapor suspended in the atmosphere, at or near the surface of the earth; fog.
• Coarse, watery vapor, floating or falling in visible particles, approaching the form of rain; as, Scotch mist.
• Hence, anything which dims or darkens, and obscures or intercepts vision.
v. t.
• To cloud; to cover with mist; to dim.
v. i.
• To rain in very fine drops; as, it mists.
Mistakable
a.
• Liable to be mistaken; capable of being misconceived.
Mistake
v. t.
• To make or form amiss; to spoil in making.
Mistake
v. t.
• To take or choose wrongly.
• To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand misapprehend, or misconceive; as, to mistake a remark; to mistake one's meaning.
• To substitute in thought or perception; as, to mistake one person for another.
• To have a wrong idea of in respect of character, qualities, etc.; to misjudge.
v. i.
• To err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to commit an unintentional error.
n.
• An apprehending wrongly; a misconception; a misunderstanding; a fault in opinion or judgment; an unintentional error of conduct.
(Law) Misconception, error, which when non-negligent may be ground for rescinding a contract, or for refusing to perform it.
Mistaken
p.a.
• Being in error; judging wrongly; having a wrong opinion or a misconception; as, a mistaken man; he is mistaken.
• Erroneous; wrong; as, a mistaken notion.
Mistakenly
adv.
• By mistake.
Mistakenness
n.
• Erroneousness.
Mistaker
n.
• One who mistakes.
Mistaking
n.
• An error; a mistake.
Mistakingly
adv.
• Erroneously.
Mistaught
a.
• Wrongly taught; as, a mistaught youth.
Misteach
v. t.
• To teach wrongly; to instruct erroneously.
Mistell
v. t.
• To tell erroneously.
Mistemper
v. t.
• To temper ill; to disorder; as, to mistemper one's head.
Mister
n.
• A title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a man or youth. It is usually written in the abbreviated form Mr.
v. t.
• To address or mention by the title Mr.; as, he mistered me in a formal way.
n.
• A trade, art, or occupation.
• Manner; kind; sort.
• Need; necessity.
v. i.
• To be needful or of use.
Misterm
v. t.
• To call by a wrong name; to miscall.
Mistful
a.
• Clouded with, or as with, mist.
Misthink
v. i.
• To think wrongly.
v. t.
• To have erroneous thoughts or judgment of; to think ill of.
Misthought
n.
• Erroneous thought; mistaken opinion; error.
Misthrive
v. i.
• To thrive poorly; to be not thrifty or prosperous.
Misthrow
v. t.
• To throw wrongly.
Mistide
v. i.
• To happen or come to pass unfortunately; also, to suffer evil fortune.
Mistihead
n.
• Mistiness.
Mistily
adv.
• With mist; darkly; obscurely.
Mistime
v. t.
• To time wrongly; not to adapt to the time.
Mistiness
n.
• State of being misty.
Mistion
n.
• Mixture.
Mistitle
v. t.
• To call by a wrong title.
Mistle
v. i.
• To fall in very fine drops, as rain.
Mistletoe
n.
(Bot.) 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.
(Zool.) The American badger.
Mistook
imp. & obs. p. p.
• of Mistake.
Mistradition
n.
• A wrong tradition.
Mistrain
v. t.
• To train amiss.
Mistral
n.
• A violent and cold northwest wind experienced in the Mediterranean provinces of France, etc.
Mistranslate
v. t.
• To translate erroneously.
Mistranslation
n.
• Wrong translation.
Mistransport
v. t.
• To carry away or mislead wrongfully, as by passion.
Mistreading
n.
• Misstep; misbehavior.
Mistreat
v. t.
• To treat amiss; to abuse.
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.
• A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.
• A woman regarded with love and devotion; she who has command over one's heart; a beloved object; a sweetheart.
• A woman filling the place, but without the rights, of a wife; a concubine; a loose woman with whom one consorts habitually.
• 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.
• A married woman; a wife.
• The old name of the jack at bowls.
v. i.
• To wait upon a mistress; to be courting.
Mistressship
n.
• Female rule or dominion.
• Ladyship, a style of address; — with the personal pronoun.
Mistrial
n.
(Law) A false or erroneous trial; a trial which has no result.
Mistrist
v. t.
• To mistrust.
Mistrow
v. i.
• To think wrongly.
Mistrust
n.
• Want of confidence or trust; suspicion; distrust.
v. t.
• To regard with jealousy or suspicion; to suspect; to doubt the integrity of; to distrust.
• To forebode as near, or likely to occur; to surmise.
Mistruster
n.
• One who mistrusts.
Mistrustful
a.
• Having or causing mistrust, suspicions, or forebodings.
Mistrustingly
adv.
• With distrust or suspicion.
Mistrustless
a.
• Having no mistrust or suspicion.
Mistune
v. t.
• To tune wrongly.
Mistura
n.
(Med.) A mingled compound in which different ingredients are contained in a liquid state; a mixture.
• Sometimes, a liquid medicine containing very active substances, and which can only be administered by drops.
Misturn
v. t.
• To turn amiss; to pervert.
Mistutor
v. t.
• To instruct amiss.
Misty
a.
• Accompained with mist; characterized by the presence of mist; obscured by, or overspread with, mist; as, misty weather; misty mountains; a misty atmosphere.
• Obscured as if by mist; dim; obscure; clouded; as, misty sight.
Misunderstand
v. t.
• To misconceive; to mistake; to miscomprehend; to take in a wrong sense.
Misunderstander
n.
• One who misunderstands.
Misunderstanding
n.
• Mistake of the meaning; error; misconception.
• Disagreement; difference of opinion; dissension; quarrel.
Misurato
a.
(Mus.) Measured; — a direction to perform a passage in strict or measured time.
Misusage
n.
• Bad treatment; abuse.
Misuse
v. t.
• To treat or use improperly; to use to a bad purpose; to misapply; as, to misuse one's talents.
• To abuse; to treat ill.
n.
• Wrong use; misapplication; erroneous or improper use.
• Violence, or its effects.
Misusement
n.
• Misuse.
Misuser
n.
• One who misuses.
(Law) Unlawful use of a right; use in excess of, or varying from, one's right.
Misvalue
v. t.
• To value wrongly or too little; to undervalue.
Misvouch
v. t.
• To vouch falsely.
Miswander
v. i.
• To wander in a wrong path; to stray; to go astray.
Misway
n.
• A wrong way.
Miswear
v. t.
• To wear ill.
Miswed
v. t.
• To wed improperly.
Misween
v. i.
• To ween amiss; to misjudge; to distrust; to be mistaken.
Miswend
v. i.
• To go wrong; to go astray.
Misword
v. t.
• To word wrongly; as, to misword a message, or a sentence.
n.
• A word wrongly spoken; a cross word.
Misworship
n.
• Wrong or false worship; mistaken practices in religion.
v. t.
• To worship wrongly.
Misworshiper
n.
• One who worships wrongly.
Miswrite
v. t.
• To write incorrectly.
Miswrought
a.
• Badly wrought.
Misy
n.
(Min.) An impure yellow sulphate of iron; yellow copperas or copiapite.
Misyoke
v. t.
• To yoke improperly.
Miszealous
a.
• Mistakenly zealous.
Mite
n.
(Zool.) A minute arachnid, of the order Acarina, of which there are many species; as, the cheese mite, sugar mite, harvest mite, etc.
• 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.
• A small weight; one twentieth of a grain.
• Anything very small; a minute object; a very little quantity or particle.
Miterwort
n.
(Bot.) 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.
(Med.) 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.
Mithridatic
a.
• Of or pertaining to King Mithridates, or to a mithridate.
Mitigable
a.
• Admitting of mitigation; that may be mitigated.
Mitigant
a.
• Tending to mitigate; mitigating; lentitive.
Mitigate
v. t.
• To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to lessen; as, to mitigate heat or cold; to mitigate grief.
• To make mild and accessible; to mollify; — applied to persons.
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.
Mitigative
a.
• Tending to mitigate; alleviating.
Mitigator
n.
• One who, or that which, mitigates.
Mitigatory
a.
• Tending to mitigate or alleviate; mitigative.
Miting
n.
• A little one; — used as a term of endearment.
Mitome
n.
(Biol.) The denser part of the protoplasm of a cell.
Mitraille
n.
• Shot or bits of iron used sometimes in loading cannon.
Mitrailleur
n.
(Mil.) One who serves a mitrailleuse.
Mitrailleuse
n.
(Mil.) 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.
Mitral
a.
• Pertaining to a miter; resembling a miter; as, the mitral valve between the left auricle and left ventricle of the heart.
Mitriform
a.
• Having the form of a miter, or a peaked cap; as, a mitriform calyptra.
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.
• A cover for the wrist and forearm.
Mittened
a.
• Covered with a mitten or mittens.
Mittent
a.
• Sending forth; emitting.
Mittimus
n.
(Law) A precept or warrant granted by a justice for committing to prison a party charged with crime; a warrant of commitment to prison.
• A writ for removing records from one court to another.
Mitty
n.
• The stormy petrel.
Mitu
n.
(Zool.) A South American curassow of the genus Mitua.
Mity
a.
• Having, or abounding with, mites.
Mix
v. t.
• To cause a promiscuous interpenetration of the parts of, as of two or more substances with each other, or of one substance with others; to unite or blend into one mass or compound, as by stirring together; to mingle; to blend; as, to mix flour and salt; to mix wines.
• To unite with in company; to join; to associate.
• To form by mingling; to produce by the stirring together of ingredients; to compound of different parts.
v. i.
• To become united into a compound; to be blended promiscuously together.
• To associate; to mingle.
Mixable
a.
• Capable of being mixed.
Mixed
a.
• Formed by mixing; united; mingled; blended.
Mixedly
adv.
• In a mixed or mingled manner.
Mixen
n.
• A compost heap; a dunghill.
Mixer
n.
• One who, or that which, mixes.
Mixogamous
a.
(Zool.) Pairing with several males; — said of certain fishes of which several males accompany each female during spawning.
Mixtion
n.
• Mixture.
• A kind of cement made of mastic, amber, etc., used as a mordant for gold leaf.
Mixtly
adv.
• With mixture; in a mixed manner; mixedly.
Mixture
n.
• The act of mixing, or the state of being mixed; as, made by a mixture of ingredients.
• That which results from mixing different ingredients together; a compound; as, to drink a mixture of molasses and water; — also, a medley.
• An ingredient entering into a mixed mass; an additional ingredient.
(Med.) 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.
(Physics & Chem.) 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.
(Mus.) 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
a.
(Naut.) Hindmost; nearest the stern; as, the mizzen shrouds, sails, etc.
n.
(Naut.) The hindmost of the fore and aft sails of a three-masted vessel; also, the spanker.
Mizzenmast
n.
(Naut.) The hindmost mast of a three-masted vessel, or of a yawl-rigged vessel.
Mizzle
v. i.
• To rain in very fine drops.
• To take one's self off; to go.
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.
(Class Myth.) The goddess of memory and the mother of the Muses.
Mnemotechny
n.
• Mnemonics.
Mo
a.
adv., & n.
• More; — usually, more in number.
Moa
n.
(Zool.) 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.
Moabitish
a.
• Moabite.
Moan
v. i.
• To make a low prolonged sound of grief or pain, whether articulate or not; to groan softly and continuously.
• To emit a sound like moan; — said of things inanimate; as, the wind moans.
v. t.
• To bewail audibly; to lament.
• To afflict; to distress.
n.
• A low prolonged sound, articulate or not, indicative of pain or of grief; a low groan.
• A low mournful or murmuring sound; — of things.
Moanful
a.
• Full of moaning; expressing sorrow.
Moat
n.
(Fort.) A deep trench around the rampart of a castle or other fortified place, sometimes filled with water; a ditch.
v. t.
• To surround with a moat.
Moate
v. i.
• To void the excrement, as a bird; to mute.
Mob
n.
• A mobcap.
v. t.
• To wrap up in, or cover with, a cowl.
n.
• The lower classes of a community; the populace, or the lowest part of it.
• Hence: A throgn; a rabble; esp., an unlawful or riotous assembly; a disorderly crowd.
v. t.
• To crowd about, as a mob, and attack or annoy; as, to mob a house or a person.
Mobbish
a.
• Like a mob; tumultuous; lawless; as, a mobbish act.
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.
Mobile
a.
• Capable of being moved; not fixed in place or condition; movable.
• Characterized by an extreme degree of fluidity; moving or flowing with great freedom; as, benzine and mercury are mobile liquids; — opposed to viscous, viscoidal, or oily.
• Easily moved in feeling, purpose, or direction; excitable; changeable; fickle.
• Changing in appearance and expression under the influence of the mind; as, mobile features.
(Physiol.) Capable of being moved, aroused, or excited; capable of spontaneous movement.
n.
• The mob; the populace.
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.
• The mob; the lower classes.
Mobilization
n.
• The act of mobilizing.
Mobilize
v. t.
• To put in a state of readiness for active service in war, as an army corps.
Moble
v. t.
• To wrap the head of in a hood.
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.
Mobocratic
a.
• Of, or relating to, a mobocracy.
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.
(Zool.) 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.
Moccasined
a.
• Covered with, or wearing, a moccasin or moccasins.
Mocha
n.
• A seaport town of Arabia, on the Red Sea.
• A variety of coffee brought from Mocha.
• An Abyssinian weight, equivalent to a Troy grain.
Moche
n.
• A bale of raw silk.
a.
• Much.
Mochel
a. & adv.
• Much.
Mochila
n.
• A large leather flap which covers the saddletree.
Mock
v. t.
• To imitate; to mimic; esp., to mimic in sport, contempt, or derision; to deride by mimicry.
• To treat with scorn or contempt; to deride.
• To disappoint the hopes of; to deceive; to tantalize; as, to mock expectation.
v. i.
• To make sport contempt or in jest; to speak in a scornful or jeering manner.
n.
• An act of ridicule or derision; a scornful or contemptuous act or speech; a sneer; a jibe; a jeer.
• Imitation; mimicry.
a.
• Imitating reality, but not real; false; counterfeit; assumed; sham.
Mockable
a.
• Such as can be mocked.
Mockado
n.
• A stuff made in imitation of velvet; — probably the same as mock velvet.
Mockage
n.
• Mockery.
Mockbird
n.
(Zool.) The European sedge warbler (Acrocephalus phragmitis).
Mocker
n.
• One who, or that which, mocks; a scorner; a scoffer; a derider.
• A deceiver; an impostor.
(Zool.) 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.
• Insulting or contemptuous action or speech; contemptuous merriment; derision; ridicule.
• Subject of laughter, derision, or sport.
Mocking
a.
• Imitating, esp. in derision, or so as to cause derision; mimicking; derisive.
Mockingly
adv.
• By way of derision; in a contemptuous or mocking manner.
Mockingstock
n.
• A butt of sport; an object of derision.
Mockish
a.
• Mock; counterfeit; sham.
Moco
n.
(Zool.) A South American rodent (Cavia rupestris), allied to the Guinea pig, but larger; — called also rock cavy.
Modal
a.
• Of or pertaining to a mode or mood; consisting in mode or form only; relating to form; having the form without the essence or reality.
(Logic & Metaph.) Indicating, or pertaining to, some mode of conceiving existence, or of expressing thought.
Modalist
n.
(Theol.) 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.
(Logic & Metaph.) 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.
Modally
adv.
• In a modal manner.
Mode
n.
• Manner of doing or being; method; form; fashion; custom; way; style; as, the mode of speaking; the mode of dressing.
• Prevailing popular custom; fashion, especially in the phrase the mode.
• Variety; gradation; degree.
(Metaph.) 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.
(Logic) 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.
(Gram.) Same as Mood.
(Mus.) 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.
• A kind of silk.
Model
n.
• A miniature representation of a thing, with the several parts in due proportion; sometimes, a facsimile of the same size.
• 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.
• 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.
• That by which a thing is to be measured; standard.
• Any copy, or resemblance, more or less exact.
• A person who poses as a pattern to an artist.
a.
• Suitable to be taken as a model or pattern; as, a model house; a model husband.
v. t.
• To plan or form after a pattern; to form in model; to form a model or pattern for; to shape; to mold; to fashion; as, to model a house or a government; to model an edifice according to the plan delineated.
v. i.
(Fine Arts) To make a copy or a pattern; to design or imitate forms; as, to model in wax.
Modeler
n.
• One who models; hence, a worker in plastic art.
Modeling
n.
(Fine Arts) 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.
Modelize
v. t.
• To model.
Modena
n.
• A certain crimsonlike color.
Modenese
a.
• Of or pertaining to Modena or its inhabitants.
n. sing. & pl.
• A native or inhabitant of Modena; the people of Modena.
Moder
n.
• A mother.
• The principal piece of an astrolabe, into which the others are fixed.
v. t.
• To moderate.
Moderable
a.
• Modeate; temperate.
Moderance
n.
• Moderation.
Moderate
a.
• Kept within due bounds; observing reasonable limits; not excessive, extreme, violent, or rigorous; limited; restrained
• Limited in quantity; sparing; temperate; frugal; as, moderate in eating or drinking; a moderate table
• Limited in degree of activity, energy, or excitement; reasonable; calm; slow; as, moderate language; moderate endeavors.
• Not extreme in opinion, in partisanship, and the like; as, a moderate Calvinist.
• Not violent or rigorous; temperate; mild; gentle; as, a moderate winter
• Limited as to degree of progress; as, to travel at moderate speed
• Limited as to the degree in which a quality, principle, or faculty appears; as, an infusion of moderate strength; a man of moderate abilities
• Limited in scope or effects; as, a reformation of a moderate kind
n.
(Eccl. Hist.) 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 discipline, and in doctrine.
v. t.
• To restrain from excess of any kind; to reduce from a state of violence, intensity, or excess; to keep within bounds; to make temperate; to lessen; to allay; to repress; to temper; to qualify; as, to moderate rage, action, desires, etc.; to moderate heat or wind.
• To preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting; as, to moderate a synod.
v. i.
• To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as, the wind has moderated.
• To preside as a moderator.
Moderately
adv.
• In a moderate manner or degree; to a moderate extent.
Moderateness
n.
• The quality or state of being moderate; temperateness; moderation.
Moderation
n.
• The act of moderating, or of imposing due restraint.
• The state or quality of being mmoderate.
• Calmness of mind; equanimity; as, to bear adversity with moderation.
• 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.
Moderato
a. & adv.
(Mus.) With a moderate degree of quickness; moderately.
Moderator
n.
• One who, or that which, moderates, restrains, or pacifies.
• The officer who presides over an assembly to preserve order, propose questions, regulate the proceedings, and declare the votes.
• 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.
• 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
a.
• Of or pertaining to the present time, or time not long past; late; not ancient or remote in past time; of recent period; as, modern days, ages, or time; modern authors; modern fashions; modern taste; modern practice.
• New and common; trite; commonplace.
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.
Modernize
v. t.
• To render modern; to adapt to modern person or things; to cause to conform to recent or present usage or taste.
Modernizer
n.
• One who modernizes.
Modernly
adv.
• In modern times.
Modernness
n.
• The quality or state of being modern; recentness; novelty.
Modest
a.
• Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward, bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than pushing one's self forward; not obstructive; as, a modest youth; a modest man.
• Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; — said of a woman.
• Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate; as, a modest request; modest joy.
Modestly
adv.
• In a modest manner.
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.
• 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.
Modifiable
a.
• Capable of being modified; liable to modification.
Modificable
a.
• Modifiable.
Modificate
v. t.
• To qualify.
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.
Modificatory
a.
• Tending or serving to modify; modifying.
Modifier
n.
• One who, or that which, modifies.
Modify
v. t.
• To change somewhat the form or qualities of; to alter somewhat; as, to modify a contrivance adapted to some mechanical purpose; to modify the terms of a contract.
• To limit or reduce in extent or degree; to moderate; to qualify; to lower.
Modillion
n.
(Arch.) 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.
Modiolar
a.
• Shaped like a bushel measure.
Modiolus
n.
(Anat.) The central column in the osseous cochlea of the ear.
Modish
a.
• According to the mode, or customary manner; conformed to the fashion; fashionable; hence, conventional; as, a modish dress; a modish feast.
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.
(Rom. Antiq.) A dry measure, containing about a peck.
Modocs
n. pl.
(Ethnol.) A tribe of warlike Indians formerly inhabiting Northern California. They are nearly extinct.
Modular
a.
• Of or pertaining to mode, modulation, module, or modius; as, modular arrangement; modular accent; modular measure.
Modulate
v. t.
• To form, as sound, to a certain key, or to a certain portion.
• To vary or inflect in a natural, customary, or musical manner; as, the organs of speech modulate the voice in reading or speaking.
v. i.
(Mus.) To pass from one key into another.
Modulation
n.
• The act of modulating, or the state of being modulated; as, the modulation of the voice.
• Sound modulated; melody.
(Mus.) 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.
(Arch.) 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.
v. t.
• To model; also, to modulate.
Modulus
n.
(Math., Mech., & Physics) 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.
(Old Law) The arrangement of, or mode of expressing, the terms of a contract or conveyance.
(Law) 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.
(Law) A fixed compensation or equivalent given instead of payment of tithes in kind, expressed in full by the phrase modus decimandi.
Mody
a.
• Fashionable.
Moe
n.
• A wry face or mouth; a mow.
v. i.
• To make faces; to mow.
a., adv., & n.
• More.
Moebles
n. pl.
• Movables; furniture; — also used in the singular (moeble).
Moelline
n.
• An unguent for the hair.
Moellon
n.
• Rubble masonry.
Moesogothic
a.
• Belonging to the Moesogoths, a branch of the Goths who settled in Moesia.
n.
• The language of the Moesogoths; — also called Gothic.
Moeve
v. t. & i.
• To move.
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.
(Railroad) A heavy locomotive for freight traffic, having three pairs of connected driving wheels and a two-wheeled truck.
Moha
n.
(Bot.) 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
a.
• Of or pertaining to Mohammed, or the religion and institutions founded by Mohammed.
n.
• A follower of Mohammed, the founder of Islamism; one who professes Mohammedanism or Islamism.
Mohawk
n.
(Ethnol.) One of a tribe of Indians who formed part of the Five Nations. They formerly inhabited the valley of the Mohawk River.
• One of certain ruffians who infested the streets of London in the time of Addison, and took the name from the Mohawk Indians.
Mohicans
n. pl.
(Ethnol.) A tribe of Lenni-Lenape Indians who formerly inhabited Western Connecticut and Eastern New York.
Moho
n.
(Zool.) A gallinule (Notornis Mantelli) formerly inhabiting New Zealand, but now supposed to be extinct. It was incapable of flight.
Mohr
n.
(Zool.) 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.
Moider
v. i.
• To toil.
Moidore
n.
• A gold coin of Portugal, valued at about 27s. sterling.
Moiety
n.
• One of two equal parts; a half; as, a moiety of an estate, of goods, or of profits; the moiety of a jury, or of a nation.
• An indefinite part; a small part.
Moil
v. t.
• To daub; to make dirty; to soil; to defile.
v. i.
• To soil one's self with severe labor; to work with painful effort; to labor; to toil; to drudge.
n.
• A spot; a defilement.
Moile
n.
• A kind of high shoe anciently worn.
Moineau
n.
(Fort.) A small flat bastion, raised in the middle of an overlong curtain.
Moira
n.
(Greek Myth.) 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.
• A watered, clouded, or frosted appearance produced upon either textile fabrics or metallic surfaces.
Moist
a.
• Moderately wet; damp; humid; not dry; as, a moist atmosphere or air.
• Fresh, or new.
v. t.
• To moisten.
Moisten
v. t.
• To make damp; to wet in a small degree.
• To soften by making moist; to make tender.
Moistener
n.
• One who, or that which, moistens.
Moistful
a.
• Full of moisture.
Moistless
a.
• Without moisture; dry.
Moistness
n.
• The quality or state of being moist.
Moisture
n.
• A moderate degree of wetness.
• That which moistens or makes damp or wet; exuding fluid; liquid in small quantity.
Moistureless
a.
• Without moisture.
Moisty
a.
• Moist.
Moither
v. t.
• To perplex; to confuse.
v. i.
• To toil; to labor.
Mokadour
n.
• A handkerchief.
Moke
n.
• A donkey.
n.
• A mesh of a net, or of anything resembling a net.
Moky
a.
• Misty; dark; murky; muggy.
Molar
a.
(Mech.) Of or pertaining to a mass of matter; — said of the properties or motions of masses, as distinguished from those of molecules or atoms.
a.
• Having power to grind; grinding; as, the molar teeth; also, of or pertaining to the molar teeth.
n.
(Anat.) 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.
Molary
a.
• Same as 2d Molar.
Molasse
n.
(Geol.) A soft Tertiary sandstone; — applied to a rock occurring in Switzerland.
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.
Mold
n.
• A spot; a blemish; a mole.
Mole
n.
• A spot; a stain; a mark which discolors or disfigures.
• 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.
n.
• A mass of fleshy or other more or less solid matter generated in the uterus.
n.
• A mound or massive work formed of masonry or large stones, etc., laid in the sea, often extended either in a right line or an arc of a circle before a port which it serves to defend from the violence of the waves, thus protecting ships in a harbor; also, sometimes, the harbor itself.
n.
(Zool.) Any insectivore of the family Talpidae. They have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large and strong fore feet.
• A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground drains.
v. t.
• To form holes in, as a mole; to burrow; to excavate; as, to mole the earth.
• To clear of molehills.
Molebut
n.
(Zool.) The sunfish (Orthagoriscus, or Mola).
Molecast
n.
• A little elevation of earth made by a mole; a molehill.
Molech
n.
(Script.) The fire god of the Ammonites, to whom human sacrifices were offered; Moloch.
Molecular
a.
(Phys. & Chem.) Pertaining to, connected with, produced by, or consisting of, molecules; as, molecular forces; molecular groups of atoms, etc.
Molecularity
n.
(Phys. & Chem.) The state of consisting of molecules; the state or quality of being molecular.
Molecularly
adv.
(Phys. & Chem.) With molecules; in the manner of molecules.
Molecule
n.
• One of the very small invisible particles of which all matter is supposed to consist.
(Physics) 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.
(Chem.) 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
v. t.
• To trouble; to disturb; to render uneasy; to interfere with; to vex.
n.
• Molestation.
Molestation
n.
• The act of molesting, or the state of being molested; disturbance; annoyance.
Molester
n.
• One who molests.
Molestful
a.
• Troublesome; vexatious.
Moliminous
a.
• Of great bulk or consequence; very important.
Moline
n.
• The crossed iron that supports the upper millstone by resting on the spindle; a millrind.
Molinism
n.
(Eccl. Hist.) The doctrines of the Molinists, somewhat resembling the tenets of the Arminians.
Molinist
n.
(Eccl. Hist.) A follower of the opinions of Molina, a Spanish Jesuit (in respect to grace); an opposer of the Jansenists.
Moll
a.
(Mus.) Minor; in the minor mode; as, A moll, that is, A minor.
Mollah
n.
• One of the higher order of Turkish judges; also, a Turkish title of respect for a religious and learned man.
Molle
a.
(Mus.) Lower by a semitone; flat; as, E molle, that is, E flat.
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.
(Zool.) Any one of several species of large pelagic petrels and fulmars, as Fulmarus glacialis, of the North Atlantic, and several species of Astrelata, of the Southern Ocean.
Mollient
a.
• Serving to soften; assuaging; emollient.
Molliently
adv.
• Assuagingly.
Mollifiable
a.
• Capable of being mollified.
Mollification
n.
• The act of mollifying, or the state of being mollified; a softening.
Mollifier
n.
• One who, or that which, mollifies.
Mollify
v. t.
• To soften; to make tender; to reduce the hardness, harshness, or asperity of; to qualify; as, to mollify the ground.
• To assuage, as pain or irritation, to appease, as excited feeling or passion; to pacify; to calm.
Mollinet
n.
• A little mill.
Mollipilose
a.
(Zool.) Having soft hairs; downy.
Mollities
n.
(Med.) Unnatural softness of any organ or part.
Mollitude
n.
• Softness; effeminacy; weakness.
Mollusc
n.
(Zool.) Same as Mollusk.
Mollusca
n. pl.
(Zool.) One of the grand divisions of the animal kingdom, including the classes Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, PteropodaScaphopoda, and Lamellibranchiata, or Conchifera. These animals have an unsegmented bilateral body, with most of the organs and parts paired, but not repeated longitudinally. Most of them develop a mantle, which incloses either a branchial or a pulmonary cavity. They are generally more or less covered and protected by a calcareous shell, which may be univalve, bivalve, or multivalve.
Molluscan
a.
(Zool.) Of or pertaining to mollusks.
n.
• A mollusk; one of the Mollusca.
Molluscoid
a.
(Zool.) Resembling the true mollusks; belonging to the Molluscoidea.
n.
• One of the Molluscoidea.
Molluscoidal
a.
(Zool.) Molluscoid.
Molluscoidea
n. pl.
(Zool.) A division of Invertebrata which includes the classes Brachiopoda and Bryozoa; — called also Anthoid Mollusca.
Molluscous
a.
(Zool.) Molluscan.
Molluscum
n.
(Med.) 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.
(Zool.) One of the Mollusca.
Molly
n.
(Zool.) Same as Mollemoke.
n.
• A pet or colloquial name for Mary.
Moloch
n.
(Script.) The fire god of the Ammonites in Canaan, to whom human sacrifices were offered; Molech. Also applied figuratively.
(Zool.) A spiny Australian lizard (Moloch horridus). The horns on the head and numerous spines on the body give it a most formidable appearance.
Molosses
n.
• Molasses.
Molossine
n.
(Zool.) A bat of the genus Molossus, as the monk bat.
Molossus
n.
(Gr. & Lat. Pros.) A foot of three long syllables.
Molt
obs.imp.
• of Melt.
Moltable
a.
• Capable of assuming a molten state; meltable; fusible.
Molten
a.
• Melted; being in a state of fusion, esp. when the liquid state is produced by a high degree of heat; as, molten iron.
• Made by melting and casting the substance or metal of which the thing is formed; as, a molten image.
Molto
adv.
(Mus.) Much; very; as, molto adagio, very slow.
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.
(Bot.) A kind of garlic (Allium Moly) with large yellow flowers; — called also golden garlic.
Molybdate
n.
(Chem.) A salt of molybdic acid.
Molybdenite
n.
(Min.) A mineral occurring in soft, lead-gray, foliated masses or scales, resembling graphite; sulphide of molybdenum.
Molybdenum
n.
(Chem.) 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.
Molybdic
a.
(Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or containing, molybdenum; specif., designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence, as contrasted with molybdous compounds; as, molybdic oxide.
Molybdite
n.
(Min.) Molybdic ocher.
Molybdous
a.
• Of, pertaining to, or containing, molybdenum; specif., designating those compounds in which molybdenum has a lower valence as contrasted with molybdic compounds.
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.
• Impulsive power; force; momentum.
• Importance, as in influence or effect; consequence; weight or value; consideration.
• An essential element; a deciding point, fact, or consideration; an essential or influential circumstance.
(Math.) An infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement.
(Mech.) Tendency, or measure of tendency, to produce motion, esp. motion about a fixed point or axis.
Momental
a.
• Lasting but a moment; brief.
• Important; momentous.
(Mech.) Of or pertaining to moment or momentum.
Momentally
adv.
• For a moment.
Momentarily
adv.
• Every moment; from moment to moment.
Momentariness
n.
• The state or quality of being momentary; shortness of duration.
Momentary
a.
• Done in a moment; continuing only a moment; lasting a very short time; as, a momentary pang.
Momently
adv.
• For a moment.
• In a moment; every moment; momentarily.
Momentous
a.
• Of moment or consequence; very important; weighty; as, a momentous decision; momentous affairs.
Momentum
n.
(Mech.) The quantity of motion in a moving body, being always proportioned to the quantity of matter multiplied into the velocity; impetus.
• 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.
Momus
n.
(Gr. Myth.) The god of mockery and censure.
Mona
n.
(Zool.) A small, handsome, long-tailed West American monkey (Cercopithecus mona). The body is dark olive, with a spot of white on the haunches.
Monachal
a.
• Of or pertaining to monks or a monastic life; monastic.
Monachism
n.
• The system and influences of a monastic life; monasticism.
Monacid
a.
(Chem.) Having one hydrogen atom replaceable by a negative or acid atom or radical; capable of neutralizing a monobasic acid; — said of bases, and of certain metals.
Monad
n.
• An ultimate atom, or simple, unextended point; something ultimate and indivisible.
(Philos. of Leibnitz) 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.
(Zool.) One of the smallest flangellate Infusoria; esp., the species of the genus Monas, and allied genera.
(Biol.) A simple, minute organism; a primary cell, germ, or plastid.
(Chem.) An atom or radical whose valence is one, or which can combine with, be replaced by, or exchanged for, one atom of hydrogen.
Monadaria
n. pl.
(Zool.) The Infusoria.
Monadelphia
n. pl.
(Bot.) A Linnaean class of plants having the stamens united into a tube, or ring, by the filaments, as in the Mallow family.
Monadiform
a.
(Biol.) Having the form of a monad; resembling a monad in having one or more filaments of vibratile protoplasm; as, monadiform young.
Monadology
n.
(Philos.) The doctrine or theory of monads.
Monal
n.
(Zool.) Any Asiatic pheasant of the genus Lophophorus, as the Impeyan pheasant.
Monamide
n.
(Chem.) An amido compound with only one amido group.
Monamine
n.
(Chem.) A basic compound containing one amido group; as, methyl amine is a monamine.
Monander
n.
(Bot.) One of the Monandria.
Monandria
n. pl.
(Bot.) A Linnaean class of plants embracing those having but a single stamen.
Monandrian
a.
(Bot.) Same as Monandrous.
Monandric
a.
• Of or pertaining to monandry; practicing monandry as a system of marriage.
Monandrous
a.
(Bot.) Of or pertaining to the monandria; having but one stamen.
Monandry
n.
• The possession by a woman of only one husband at the same time; — contrasted with polyandry.
Monanthous
a.
(Bot.) Having but one flower; one-flowered.
Monarch
n.
• A sole or supreme ruler; a sovereign; the highest ruler; an emperor, king, queen, prince, or chief.
• One superior to all others of the same kind; as, an oak is called the monarch of the forest.
• A patron deity or presiding genius.
(Zool.) A very large red and black butterfly (Danais Plexippus); — called also milkweed butterfly.
a.
• Superior to others; preeminent; supreme; ruling.
Monarchal
a.
• Pertaining to a monarch; suiting a monarch; sovoreign; regal; imperial.
Monarchess
n.
• A female monarch.
Monarchial
a.
• Monarchic.
Monarchian
n.
(Eccl. Hist.) 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.
Monarchize
v. i.
• To play the sovereign; to act the monarch.
v. t.
• To rule; to govern.
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.
• A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch.
• The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.
Monas
n.
(Zool.) A genus of minute flagellate Infusoria of which there are many species, both free and attached.
Monasterial
a.
• Of or pertaining to monastery, or to monastic life.
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.
Monastically
adv.
• In a monastic manner.
Monasticism
n.
• The monastic life, system, or condition.
Monasticon
n.
• A book giving an account of monasteries.
Monatize
n.
(Min.) A mineral occurring usually in small isolated crystals, — phosphate of the cerium metals.
Monatomic
adv.
(Chem.) Consisting of, or containing, one atom; as, the molecule of mercury is monatomic.
• Having the equivalence or replacing power of an atom of hydrogen; univalent; as, the methyl radical is monatomic.
Monaxial
a.
(Biol.) Having only one axis; developing along a single line or plane; as, monaxial development.
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.
n.
• A moan.
Monembryony
n.
(Bot.) The condition of an ovule having but a single embryo.
Moner
n.
(Zool.) One of the Monera.
Monera
n. pl.
(Zool.) The lowest division of rhizopods, including those which resemble the amoebas, but are destitute of a nucleus.
Moneral
a.
• Of or pertaining to the Monera.
Moneran
a.
(Zool.) Of or pertaining to the Monera.
n.
• One of the Monera.
Moneron
n.
(Zool.) One of the Monera.
Monerula
n.
(Biol.) 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.
(Pharm.) 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.
Monest
v. t.
• To warn; to admonish; to advise.
Monetary
a.
• Of or pertaining to money, or consisting of money; pecuniary.
Moneth
n.
• A month.
Monetization
n.
• The act or process of converting into money, or of adopting as money; as, the monetization of silver.
Monetize
v. t.
• To convert into money; to adopt as current money; as, to monetize 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.
• 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.
• In general, wealth; property; as, he has much money in land, or in stocks; to make, or lose, money.
v. t.
• To supply with money.
Moneyage
n.
• A tax paid to the first two Norman kings of England to prevent them from debashing the coin.
• Mintage; coinage.
Moneyed
adv.
• Supplied with money; having money; wealthy; as, moneyey men.
• Converted into money; coined.
• Consisting in, or composed of, money.
Moneyer
n.
• A person who deals in money; banker or broker.
• An authorized coiner of money.
Moneyless
a.
• Destitute of money; penniless; impecunious.
Moneywort
n.
(Bot.) A trailing plant (Lysimachia Nummularia), with rounded opposite leaves and solitary yellow flowers in their axils.
Monger
n.
• A trader; a dealer; — now used chiefly in composition; as, fishmonger, ironmonger, newsmonger.
• A small merchant vessel.
v. t.
• To deal in; to make merchandise of; to traffic in; — used chiefly of discreditable traffic.
Mongol
n.
• One of the Mongols.
a.
• Of or pertaining to Mongolia or the Mongols.
Mongolian
a.
• Of or pertaining to Mongolia or the Mongols.
n.
• One of the Mongols.
Mongoloid
a.
• Resembling a Mongol or the Mongols; having race characteristics, such as color, hair, and features, like those of the Mongols.
Mongrel
n.
• The progeny resulting from a cross between two breeds, as of domestic animals; anything of mixed breed.
a.
(Zool.) Not of a pure breed.
• Of mixed kinds; as, mongrel language.
Mongrelize
v. t. & i.
• To cause to be mongrel; to cross breeds, so as to produce mongrels.
Monifier
n.
(Paleon.) A fossil fish.
Moniliform
a.
(Biol.) Joined or constricted, at regular intervals, so as to resemble a string of beads; as, a moniliform root; a moniliform antenna.
Moniment
n.
• Something to preserve memory; a reminder; a monument; hence, a mark; an image; a superscription; a record.
Monish
v. t.
• To admonish; to warn.
Monisher
n.
• One who monishes; an admonisher.
Monishment
n.
• Admonition.
Monism
n.
(Metaph.) That doctrine which refers all phenomena to a single ultimate constituent or agent; — the opposite of dualism.
Monist
n.
• A believer in monism.
Monistic
a.
• Of, pertaining to, or involving, monism.
Monition
n.
• Instruction or advice given by way of caution; an admonition; a warning; a caution.
• Information; indication; notice; advice.
(Admiralty Practice) A process in the nature of a summons to appear and answer.
(Eccl. Law) An order monishing a party complained against to obey under pain of the law.
Monitive
a.
• Conveying admonition; admonitory.
Monitor
n.
• One who admonishes; one who warns of faults, informs of duty, or gives advice and instruction by way of reproof or caution.
• 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.
(Zool.) 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.
• An ironclad war vessel, very low in the water, and having one or more heavily-armored revolving turrets, carrying heavy guns.
(Mach.) 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.
Monitorial
a.
• Of or pertaining to a monitor or monitors.
• Done or performed by a monitor; as, monitorial work; conducted or taught by monitors; as, a monitorial school; monitorial instruction.
Monitorially
adv.
• In a monitorial manner.
Monitorship
n.
• The post or office of a monitor.
Monitory
a.
• Giving admonition; instructing by way of caution; warning.
n.
• Admonition; warning; especially, a monition proceeding from an ecclesiastical court, but not addressed to any one person.
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.
(Print.) 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.
• A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine.
(Zool.) A South American monkey (Pithecia monachus); also applied to other species, as Cebus xanthocephalus.
• The European bullfinch.
Monkery
n.
• The life of monks; monastic life; monastic usage or customs; — now usually applied by way of reproach.
• A collective body of monks.
Monkey
n.
(Zool.) In the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana, including apes, baboons, and lemurs.
• Any species of Quadrumana, except the lemurs
• Any one of numerous species of Quadrumana (esp. such as have a long tail and prehensile feet) exclusive of apes and baboons.
• A term of disapproval, ridicule, or contempt, as for mischievous child.
• 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.
• A small trading vessel of the sixteenth century.
v. t. & i.
• To act or treat as a monkey does; to ape; to act in a grotesque or meddlesome manner.
Monkeytail
n.
(Naut.) A short, round iron bar or lever used in naval gunnery.
Monkfish
n.
(Zool.) The angel fish (Squatina).
• The angler (Lophius).
Monkflower
n.
(Bot.) 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.
• Monks, regarded collectively.
Monking
a.
• Monkish.
Monkish
a.
• Like a monk, or pertaining to monks; monastic; as, monkish manners; monkish dress; monkish solitude.
Monkly
a.
• Like, or suitable to, a monk.
Monkshood
n.
(Bot.) A plant of the genus Aconitum; aconite.
Mono
n.
(Zool.) The black howler of Central America (Mycetes villosus).
Monobasic
a.
(Chem.) Capable of being neutralized by a univalent base or basic radical; having but one acid hydrogen atom to be replaced; — said of acids; as, acetic, nitric, and hydrochloric acids are monobasic.
Monocarbonic
a.
(Chem.) Containing one carboxyl group; as, acetic acid is a monocarbonic acid.
Monocardian
a.
(Zool.) Having a single heart, as fishes and amphibians.
n.
• An animal having a single heart.
Monocarp
n.
(Bot.) A monocarpic plant.
Monocarpellary
a.
(Bot.) Consisting of a single carpel, as the fruit of the pea, cherry, and almond.
Monocephalous
a.
(Bot.) Having a solitary head; — said of unbranched composite plants.
Monoceros
n.
• A one-horned creature; a unicorn; a sea monster with one horn.
(Astron.) The Unicorn, a constellation situated to the east Orion.
Monochlamydeous
a.
(Bot.) Having a single floral envelope, that is, a calyx without a corolla, or, possibly, in rare cases, a corolla without a calyx.
Monochord
n.
(Mus.) 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.
Monochromatic
a.
• Consisting of one color, or presenting rays of light of one color only.
Monochrome
n.
• A painting or drawing in a single color; a picture made with a single color.
Monochromic
a.
• Made, or done, with a single color; as, a monochromic picture.
Monochromy
n.
• The art of painting or drawing in monochrome.
Monochronic
a.
• Existing at the same time; contemporaneous.
Monociliated
a.
(Biol.) Having but one cilium.
Monocle
n.
• An eyeglass for one eye.
Monoclinal
a.
(Geol.) Having one oblique inclination; — applied to strata that dip in only one direction from the axis of elevation.
Monocline
n.
(Geol.) A monoclinal fold.
Monoclinic
a.
(Crystallog.) Having one oblique intersection; — said of that system of crystallization in which the vertical axis is inclined to one, but at right angles to the other, lateral axis.
Monoclinous
a.
(Bot.) Hermaphrodite, or having both stamens and pistils in every flower.
Monocondyla
n. pl.
(Zool.) A group of vertebrates, including the birds and reptiles, or those that have only one occipital condyle; the Sauropsida.
Monocotyl
n.
(Bot.) Any monocotyledonous plant.
Monocotyle
a.
(Bot.) Monocotyledonous.
Monocotyledon
n.
(Bot.) A plant with only one cotyledon, or seed lobe.
Monocotyledonous
a.
(Bot.) Having only one cotyledon, seed lobe, or seminal leaf.
Monocracy
n.
• Government by a single person; undivided rule.
Monocrat
n.
• One who governs alone.
Monocrotic
a.
(Physiol.) Of, pertaining to, or showing, monocrotism; as, a monocrotic pulse; a pulse of the monocrotic type.
Monocrotism
n.
(Physiol.) That condition of the pulse in which the pulse curve or sphygmogram shows but a single crest, the dicrotic elevation entirely disappearing.
Monocular
a.
• Having only one eye; with one eye only; as, monocular vision.
• Adapted to be used with only one eye at a time; as, a monocular microscope.
Monocule
n.
(Zool.) A small crustacean with one median eye.
Monoculous
a.
• Monocular.
Monocystic
a.
(Zool.) Of or pertaining to a division (Monocystidea) of Gregarinida, in which the body consists of one sac.
Monodactylous
a.
(Zool.) Having but one finger or claw.
Monodelphia
n. pl.
(Zool.) The group that includes all ordinary or placental mammals; the Placentalia.
Monodimetric
a.
(Crystallog.) Dimetric.
Monodist
n.
• A writer of a monody.
Monodramatic
a.
• Pertaining to a monodrama.
Monody
n.
• A species of poem of a mournful character, in which a single mourner expresses lamentation; a song for one voice.
Monodynamic
a.
• Possessing but one capacity or power.
Monodynamism
n.
• The theory that the various forms of activity in nature are manifestations of the same force.
Monoecia
n. pl.
(Bot.) A Linnaean class of plants, whose stamens and pistils are in distinct flowers in the same plant.
Monoecian
a.
(Bot.) Of or pertaining to the Monoecia; monoecious.
n.
• One of the Monoecia.
(Zool.) A monoecious animal, as certain mollusks.
Monoecious
a.
(Biol.) Having the sexes united in one individual, as when male and female flowers grow upon the same individual plant; hermaphrodite; — opposed to dioecious.
Monoecism
n.
(Biol.) The state or condition of being monoecious.
Monogam
n.
(Bot.) One of the Monogamia.
Monogamia
n. pl.
(Bot.) A Linnaean order of plants, having solitary flowers with united anthers, as in the genus Lobelia.
Monogamist
n.
• One who practices or upholds monogamy.
Monogamous
a.
• Upholding, or practicing, monogamy.
(Bot.) Same as Monogamian.
(Zool.) Mating with but one of the opposite sex; — said of birds and mammals.
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.
(Zool.) State of being paired with a single mate.
Monogastric
a.
• Having but a single stomach.
Monogenesis
n.
• Oneness of origin; esp. (Biol.), development of all beings in the universe from a single cell; — opposed to polygenesis. Called also monism.
(Biol.) 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.
(Biol.) The direct development of an embryo, without metamorphosis, into an organism similar to the parent organism; — opposed to metagenesis.
Monogenetic
a.
(Geol.) One in genesis; resulting from one process of formation; — used of a mountain range.
(Biol.) Relating to, or involving, monogenesis; as, the monogenetic school of physiologists, who admit but one cell as the source of all beings.
Monogenic
a.
(Biol.) Of or pertaining to monogenesis.
(Zool.) Producing only one kind of germs, or young; developing only in one way.
Monogenism
n.
(Anthropol.) The theory or doctrine that the human races have a common origin, or constitute a single species.
Monogenist
n.
(Anthropol.) One who maintains that the human races are all of one species; — opposed to polygenist.
Monogenistic
a.
• Monogenic.
Monogenous
a.
(Biol.) Of or pertaining to monogenesis; as, monogenous, or asexual, reproduction.
Monogeny
n.
• Monogenesis.
(Anthropol.) The doctrine that the members of the human race have all a common origin.
Monogoneutic
a.
(Zool.) Having but one brood in a season.
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.
• A picture in lines; a sketch.
• An arbitrary sign for a word.
Monogrammatic
a.
• Monogrammic.
Monogrammic
a.
• Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a monogram.
Monogrammous
a.
• Monogrammic.
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.
Monographous
a.
• Monographic.
Monography
n.
• Representation by lines without color; an outline drawing.
• A monograph.
Monogyn
n.
(Bot.) One of the Monogynia.
Monogynia
n. pl.
(Bot.) A Linnaean order of plants, including those which have only one style or stigma.
Monogynian
a.
(Bot.) Pertaining to the Monogynia; monogynous.
n.
• One of the Monogynia.
Monogynous
a.
(Bot.) Of or pertaining to Monogynia; having only one style or stigma.
Monogyny
n.
• Marriage with the one woman only.
(Bot.) The state or condition of being monogynous.
Monohemerous
a.
(Med.) Lasting but one day.
Monoicous
a.
(Bot.) Monoecious.
Monolatry
n.
• Worship of a single deity.
Monolith
n.
• A single stone, especially one of large size, shaped into a pillar, statue, or monument.
Monolithal
a.
• Monolithic.
Monolithic
a.
• Of or pertaining to a monolith; consisting of a single stone.
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.
• A dramatic composition for a single performer.
Monology
n.
• The habit of soliloquizing, or of monopolizing conversation.
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.
(Math.) A monomial.
Monomerous
a.
(Bot.) Composed of solitary parts, as a flower with one sepal, one petal, one stamen, and one pistil.
(Zool.) Having but one joint; — said of the foot of certain insects.
Monometallic
a.
• Consisting of one metal; of or pertaining to monometallism.
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.
Monometallist
n.
• One who believes in monometallism as opposed to bimetallism, etc.
Monometer
n.
• A rhythmic series, consisting of a single meter.
Monometric
a.
(Crystallog.) Same as Isometric.
Monomial
n.
(Alg.) A single algebraic expression; that is, an expression unconnected with any other by the sign of addition, substraction, equality, or inequality.
a.
(Alg.) Consisting of but a single term or expression.
Monomphalus
n.
• A form of double monster, in which two individuals are united by a common umbilicus.
Mononomial
n. & a.
• Monomyal.
Monopathy
n.
• Suffering or sensibility in a single organ or function.
Monopersonal
a.
• Having but one person, or form of existence.
Monopetalous
a.
(Bot.) Having only one petal, or the corolla in one piece, or composed of petals cohering so as to form a tube or bowl; gamopetalous.
Monophanous
a.
• Having one the same appearance; having a mutual resemblance.
Monophonic
a.
(Mus.) Single-voiced; having but one part; as, a monophonic composition; — opposed to polyphonic.
Monophthong
n.
• A single uncompounded vowel sound.
• A combination of two written vowels pronounced as one; a digraph.
Monophthongal
a.
• Consisting of, or pertaining to, a monophthong.
Monophyletic
a.
(Biol.) Of or pertaining to a single family or stock, or to development from a single common parent form; — opposed to polyphyletic; as, monophyletic origin.
Monophyllous
a.
(Bot.) One-leaved; composed of a single leaf; as, a monophyllous involucre or calyx.
Monophyodont
a.
(Anat.) Having but one set of teeth; — opposed to diphyodont.
Monophysite
n.
(Eccl. Hist.) 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.
Monophysitical
a.
• Of or pertaining to Monophysites, or their doctrines.
Monoplast
n.
(Biol.) A monoplastic element.
Monoplastic
a.
(Biol.) That has one form, or retains its primary form, as, a monoplastic element.
Monoplegia
n.
(Med.) Paralysis affecting a single limb.
Monopneumona
n. pl.
(Zool.) A suborder of Dipnoi, including the Ceratodus.
Monopode
n.
• One of a fabulous tribe or race of Ethiopians having but one leg and foot.
(Bot.) A monopodium.
Monopodial
a.
(Bot.) Having a monopodium or a single and continuous axis, as a birchen twig or a cornstalk.
Monopodium
n.
(Bot.) A single and continuous vegetable axis; — opposed to sympodium.
Monopody
n.
(Pros.) 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.
Monopolistic
a.
• Of or pertaining to a monopolist.
Monopolite
n.
• A monopolist.
Monopolize
v. t.
• To acquire a monopoly of; to have or get the exclusive privilege or means of dealing in, or the exclusive possession of; to engross the whole of; as, to monopolize the coffee trade; to monopolize land.
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.
• Exclusive possession; as, a monopoly of land.
• 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.
Monopteral
a.
(Arch.) Round and without a cella; consisting of a single ring of columns supporting a roof; — said esp. of a temple.
Monopteron
n.
(Arch.) A circular temple consisting of a roof supported on columns, without a cella.
Monoptote
n.
(Gram.) A noun having only one case.
• A noun having only one ending for the oblique cases.
Monopyrenous
a.
(Bot.) Having but a single stone or kernel.
Monorganic
a.
(Biol. & Med.) Belonging to, or affecting, a single organ, or set of organs.
Monorhina
n. pl.
(Zool.) The Marsipobranchiata.
Monorhyme
n.
• A composition in verse, in which all the lines end with the same rhyme.
Monosepalous
a.
(Bot.) Having only one sepal, or the calyx in one piece or composed of the sepals united into one piece; gamosepalous.
Monosperm
n.
(Bot.) A monospermous plant.
Monospherical
a.
• Consisting of one sphere only.
Monostich
n.
• A composition consisting of one verse only.
Monostichous
a.
(Bot.) Arranged in a single row on one side of an axis, as the flowers in grasses of the tribe Chloridae.
Monostrophe
n.
• A metrical composition consisting of a single strophe.
Monostrophic
a.
(Pros.) Having one strophe only; not varied in measure; written in unvaried measure.
Monosulphide
n.
(Chem.) A sulphide containing one atom of sulphur, and analogous to a monoxide; — contrasted with a polysulphide; as, galena is a monosulphide.
Monosyllabic
a.
• Being a monosyllable, or composed of monosyllables; as, a monosyllabic word; a monosyllabic language.
Monosyllabism
n.
• The state of consisting of monosyllables, or having a monosyllabic form; frequent occurrence of monosyllables.
Monosyllable
n.
• A word of one syllable.
Monosyllabled
a.
• Formed into, or consisting of, monosyllables.
Monotessaron
n.
• A single narrative framed from the statements of the four evangelists; a gospel harmony.
Monothalama
n. pl.
(Zool.) A division of Foraminifera including those that have only one chamber.
Monothalaman
n.
(Zool.) A foraminifer having but one chamber.
Monothalamous
a.
(Zool.) One-chambered.
Monothalmic
a.
(Bot.) Formed from one pistil; — said of fruits.
Monothecal
a.
(Bot.) Having a single loculament.
Monotheism
n.
• The doctrine or belief that there is but one God.
Monotheist
n.
• One who believes that there is but one God.
Monotheistic
a.
• Of or pertaining to monotheism.
Monothelite
n.
(Eccl. Hist.) One of an ancient sect who held that Christ had but one will as he had but one nature. Cf. Monophysite.
Monothelitic
a.
• Of or pertaining to the Monothelites, or their doctrine.
Monotocous
a.
(Bot.) Bearing fruit but once; monocarpic.
(Zool.) Uniparous; laying a single egg.
Monotomous
a.
(Min.) Having a distinct cleavage in a single direction only.
Monotone
n.
(Mus.) A single unvaried tone or sound.
(Rhet.) The utterance of successive syllables, words, or sentences, on one unvaried key or line of pitch.
Monotonist
n.
• One who talks in the same strain or on the same subject until weariness is produced.
Monotonous
a.
• Uttered in one unvarying tone; continued with dull uniformity; characterized by monotony; without change or variety; wearisome.
Monotony
n.
• A frequent recurrence of the same tone or sound, producing a dull uniformity; absence of variety, as in speaking or singing.
• Any irksome sameness, or want of variety.
Monotremata
n. pl.
(Zool.) A subclass of Mammalia, having a cloaca in which the ducts of the urinary, genital, and alimentary systems terminate, as in birds. The female lays eggs like a bird.
Monotrematous
a.
(Zool.) Of or pertaining to the Monotremata.
Monotreme
n.
(Zool.) One of the Monotremata.
Monotriglyph
n.
(Arch.) A kind of intercolumniation in an entablature, in which only one triglyph and two metopes are introduced.
Monotropa
n.
(Bot.) A genus of parasitic or saprophytic plants including the Indian pipe and pine sap. The name alludes to the dropping end of the stem.
Monovalent
a.
(Chem.) Having a valence of one; univalent.
Monoxide
n.
(Chem.) 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.
Monoxylous
a.
• Made of one piece of wood.
Monozoa
n. pl.
(Zool.) A division of Radiolaria; — called also Monocyttaria.
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.
• The oldest brother of the king of France.
• 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.
• Specifically , an animal or plant departing greatly from the usual type, as by having too many limbs.
• Any thing or person of unnatural or excessive ugliness, deformity, wickedness, or cruelty.
a.
• Monstrous in size.
v. t.
• To make monstrous.
Monstrance
n.
(R. C. Ch.) 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.
Monstrous
a.
• Marvelous; strange.
• Having the qualities of a monster; deviating greatly from the natural form or character; abnormal; as, a monstrous birth.
• Extraordinary in a way to excite wonder, dislike, apprehension, etc.; — said of size, appearance, color, sound, etc.; as, a monstrous height; a monstrous ox; a monstrous story.
• Extraordinary on account of ugliness, viciousness, or wickedness; hateful; horrible; dreadful.
• Abounding in monsters.
adv.
• Exceedingly; very; very much.
Monstrously
adv.
• In a monstrous manner; unnaturally; extraordinarily; as, monstrously wicked.
Monstrousness
n.
• The state or quality of being monstrous, unusual, extraordinary.
Monstruosity
n.
• Monstrosity.
Monstruous
a.
• Monstrous.
Mont
n.
• Mountain.
Montaigne
n.
• A mountain.
Montanic
a.
• Of or pertaining to mountains; consisting of mountains.
Montanist
n.
(Eccl. Hist.) 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.
(Fencing) An upward thrust or blow.
(Arch.) 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.
Montem
n.
• A custom, formerly practiced by the scholars at Eton school, England, of giing 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.
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
a.
• Continued a month, or a performed in a month; as, the monthly revolution of the moon.
• Done, happening, payable, published, etc., once a month, or every month; as, a monthly visit; monthly charges; a monthly installment; a monthly magazine.
n.
• A publication which appears regularly once a month.
adv.
• Once a month; in every month; as, the moon changes monthly.
• As if under the influence of the moon; in the manner of a lunatic.
Monticle
n.
• A little mount; a hillock; a small elevation or prominence.
Monticulate
a.
• Furnished with monticles or little elevations.
Monticulous
a.
• Monticulate.
Montiform
a.
• Resembling a mountain in form.
Montigenous
a.
• Produced on a mountain.
Montoir
n.
• A stone used in mounting a horse; a horse block.
Monton
n.
(Mining) A heap of ore; a mass undergoing the process of amalgamation.
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.
• 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.
• A stone or other permanent object, serving to indicate a limit or to mark a boundary.
• A saying, deed, or example, worthy of record.
Monumental
a.
• Of, pertaining to, or suitable for, a monument; as, a monumental inscription.
• Serving as a monument; memorial; preserving memory.
Monumentally
adv.
• By way of memorial.
• By means of monuments.
Monureid
n.
(Chem.) Any one of a series of complex nitrogenous substances regarded as derived from one molecule of urea; as, alloxan is a monureid.
Moo
v. i.
• To make the noise of a cow; to low; — child's word.
n.
• The lowing of a cow.
Mood
n.
• Manner; style; mode; logical form; musical style; manner of action or being.
(Gram.) 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.
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.
Moodily
adv.
• In a moody manner.
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.
Moodish
a.
• Moody.
Moodishly
adv.
• Moodily.
Moody
a.
• Subject to varying moods, especially to states of mind which are unamiable or depressed.
• Hence: Out of humor; peevish; angry; fretful; also, abstracted and pensive; sad; gloomy; melancholy.
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.
• A secondary planet, or satellite, revolving about any member of the solar system; as, the moons of Jupiter or Saturn.
• The time occupied by the moon in making one revolution in her orbit; a month.
(Fort.) A crescentlike outwork.
v. t.
• To expose to the rays of the moon.
v. i.
• To act if moonstruck; to wander or gaze about in an abstracted manner.
Moonbeam
n.
• A ray of light from the moon.
Moonblind
a.
• Dim-sighted; purblind.
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.
• A dolt; a stupid fellow.
Mooned
a.
• Of or resembling the moon; symbolized by the moon.
Mooner
n.
• One who abstractedly wanders or gazes about, as if moonstruck.
Moonery
n.
• Conduct of one who moons.
Moonet
n.
• A little moon.
Moonfish
n.
(Zool.) An American marine fish (Vomer setipennis); — called also bluntnosed shiner, horsefish, and sunfish.
• A broad, thin, silvery marine fish (Selene vomer); — called also lookdown, and silver moonfish.
• The mola.
Moonflower
n.
(Bot.) The oxeye daisy; — called also moon daisy.
• A kind of morning glory (Ipomoea Bona-nox) with large white flowers opening at night.
Moong
n.
(Bot.) Same as Mung.
Moonglade
n.
• The bright reflection of the moon's light on an expanse of water.
Moonie
n.
(Zool.) The European goldcrest.
Moonish
a.
• Like the moon; variable.
Moonless
a.
• Being without a moon or moonlight.
Moonlight
n.
• The light of the moon.
a.
• Occurring during or by moonlight; characterized by moonlight.
Moonling
n.
• A simpleton; a lunatic.
Moonlit
a.
• Illumined by the moon.
Moonraker
n.
(Naut.) Same as Moonsail.
Moonrise
n.
• The rising of the moon above the horizon; also, the time of its rising.
Moonsail
n.
(Naut.) A sail sometimes carried in light winds, above a skysail.
Moonseed
n.
(Bot.) 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.
• Hence, show without substance or reality.
• A month.
• A preparation of eggs for food.
a.
• Moonlight.
Moonshiner
n.
• A person engaged in illicit distilling; — so called because the work is largely done at night.
Moonshiny
a.
• Moonlight.
Moonstone
n.
(Min.) A nearly pellucid variety of feldspar, showing pearly or opaline reflections from within. It is used as a gem. The best specimens come from Ceylon.
Moonstruck
a.
• Mentally affected or deranged by the supposed influence of the moon; lunatic.
• Produced by the supposed influence of the moon.
• Made sick by the supposed influence of the moon, as a human being; made unsuitable for food, as fishes, by such supposed influence.
Moonwort
n.
(Bot.) The herb lunary or honesty.
• Any fern of the genus Botrychium, esp. B. Lunaria; — so named from the crescent-shaped segments of its frond.
Moony
a.
• Of or pertaining to the moon.
• Furnished with a moon; bearing a crescent.
• Silly; weakly sentimental.
Moor
n.
• One of a mixed race inhabiting Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli, chiefly along the coast and in towns.
(Hist.) Any individual of the swarthy races of Africa or Asia which have adopted the Mohammedan religion.
n.
• An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath.
• A game preserve consisting of moorland.
v. t.
(Naut.) To fix or secure, as a vessel, in a particular place by casting anchor, or by fastening with cables or chains; as, the vessel was moored in the stream; they moored the boat to the wharf.
• Fig.: To secure, or fix firmly.
v. i.
• To cast anchor; to become fast.
Moorage
n.
• A place for mooring.
Moorball
n.
(Bot.) A fresh-water alga (Cladophora Agagropila) which forms a globular mass.
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.
• That which serves to confine a ship to a place, as anchors, cables, bridles, etc.
• The place or condition of a ship thus confined.
Moorish
a.
• Having the characteristics of a moor or heath.
a.
• Of or pertaining to Morocco or the Moors; in the style of the Moors.
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.
(Zool.) 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
a.
• Of or pertaining to moors; marshy; fenny; boggy; moorish.
n.
• A kind of blue cloth made in India.
Moose
n.
(Zool.) 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.
Moosewood
n.
(Bot.) The striped maple (Acer Pennsylvanicum).
• Leatherwood.
Moot
n.
(Shipbuilding) A ring for gauging wooden pins.
v. t.
• To argue for and against; to debate; to discuss; to propose for discussion.
• Specifically: To discuss by way of exercise; to argue for practice; to propound and discuss in a mock court.
v. i.
• To argue or plead in a supposed case.
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.
• A discussion or debate; especially, a discussion of fictitious causes by way of practice.
a.
• Subject, or open, to argument or discussion; undecided; debatable; mooted.
Mootable
a.
• Capable of being mooted.
Mooter
n.
• A disputer of a mooted case.
Mootman
n.
(O. Eng. Law) One who argued moot cases in the inns of court.
Mop
n.
• A made-up face; a grimace.
v. i.
• To make a wry mouth.
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.
• A fair where servants are hired.
• The young of any animal; also, a young girl; a moppet.
v. t.
• To rub or wipe with a mop, or as with a mop; as, to mop a floor; to mop one's face with a handkerchief.
Mopboard
n.
(Carp.) A narrow board nailed against the wall of a room next to the floor; skirting board; baseboard.
Mope
v. i.
• To be dull and spiritless.
v. t.
• To make spiritless and stupid.
n.
• A dull, spiritless person.
Mopeful
a.
• Mopish.
Mopish
a.
• Dull; spiritless; dejected.
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.
(Zool.) A long-haired pet dog.
Mopsical
a.
• Shortsighted; mope-eyed.
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.
n.
(Bot.) A leguminous tree of Guiana and Trinidad (Dimorphandra excelsa); also, its timber, used in shipbuilding and making furniture.
n.
(Rom. & Civil Law) Delay; esp., culpable delay; postponement.
Moraine
n.
(Geol.) An accumulation of earth and stones carried forward and deposited by a glacier.
Morainic
a.
• Of or pertaining to a moranie.
Moral
a.
• Relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which such intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to the practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings in relation to each other, as respects right and wrong, so far as they are properly subject to rules.
• Conformed to accepted rules of right; acting in conformity with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a moral man. Used sometimes in distinction from religious; as, a moral rather than a religious life.
• Capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by a sense of right; subject to the law of duty.
• Acting upon or through one's moral nature or sense of right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a moral arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes opposed to material and physical; as, moral pressure or support.
• Supported by reason or probability; practically sufficient; — opposed to legal or demonstrable; as, a moral evidence; a moral certainty.
• Serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson; moral tales.
n.
• The doctrine or practice of the duties of life; manner of living as regards right and wrong; conduct; behavior; — usually in the plural.
• 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.
• A morality play.
v. i.
• To moralize.
Morale
n.
• The moral condition, or the condition in other respects, so far as it is affected by, or dependent upon, moral considerations, such as zeal, spirit, hope, and confidence; mental state, as of a body of men, an army, and the like.
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.
• 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.
• The quality of an action which renders it good; the conformity of an act to the accepted standard of right.
• The doctrines or rules of moral duties, or the duties of men in their social character; ethics.
• 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.
• 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.
• Intent; meaning; moral.
Moralization
n.
• The act of moralizing; moral reflections or discourse.
• Explanation in a moral sense.
Moralize
v. t.
• To apply to a moral purpose; to explain in a moral sense; to draw a moral from.
• To furnish with moral lessons, teachings, or examples; to lend a moral to.
• To render moral; to correct the morals of.
• To give a moral quality to; to affect the moral quality of, either for better or worse.
v. i.
• To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as involving a moral.
Moralizer
n.
• One who moralizes.
Morally
adv.
• In a moral or ethical sense; according to the rules of morality.
• According to moral rules; virtuously.
• In moral qualities; in disposition and character; as, one who physically and morally endures hardships.
• In a manner calculated to serve as the basis of action; according to the usual course of things and human judgment; according to reason and probability.
Morass
n.
• A tract of soft, wet ground; a marsh; a fenny.
Morassy
a.
• Marshy; fenny.
Morate
n.
(Chem.) A salt of moric acid.
Moration
n.
• A delaying tarrying; delay.
Moravian
a.
• Of or pertaining to Moravia, or to the United Brethren.
n.
(Eccl. Hist.) One of a religious sect called the United Brethern (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.
(Zool.) A muraena.
Morbid
a.
• Not sound and healthful; induced by a diseased or abnormal condition; diseased; sickly; as, morbid humors; a morbid constitution; a morbid state of the juices of a plant.
• Of or pertaining to disease or diseased parts; as, morbid anatomy.
Morbidezza
n.
(Fine Arts) Delicacy or softness in the representation of flesh.
(Mus.) A term used as a direction in execution, signifying, with extreme delicacy.
Morbidity
n.
• The quality or state of being morbid.
• Morbid quality; disease; sickness.
• Amount of disease; sick rate.
Morbidly
adv.
• In a morbid manner.
Morbidness
n.
• The quality or state of being morbid; morbidity.
Morbillous
a.
• Pertaining to the measles; partaking of the nature of measels, or resembling the eruptions of that disease; measly.
Morbose
a.
• Proceeding from disease; morbid; unhealthy.
Morbosity
n.
• A diseased state; unhealthiness.
Morceau
n.
• A bit; a morsel.
Mordacious
a.
• Biting; given to biting; hence, figuratively, sarcastic; severe; scathing.
Mordacity
n.
• The quality of being mordacious; biting severity, or sarcastic quality.
Mordant
a.
• Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
(Dyeing & Calico Printing) Serving to fix colors.
n.
• Any corroding substance used in etching.
(Dyeing & Calico Printing) 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.
(Gilding) Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made to adhere.
v. t.
• To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to mordant goods for dyeing.
Mordantly
adv.
• In the manner of a mordant.
Mordente
n.
(Mus.) An embellishment resembling a trill.
Mordicancy
n.
• A biting quality; corrosiveness.
Mordicant
a.
• Biting; acrid; as, the mordicant quality of a body.
Mordication
n.
• The act of biting or corroding; corrosion.
Mordicative
a.
• Biting; corrosive.
More
n.
• A hill.
n.
• A root.
a., compar.
• Greater; superior; increased
• Greater in quality, amount, degree, quality, and the like; with the singular
• Greater in number; exceeding in numbers; — with the plural
• Additional; other; as, he wept because there were no more words to conquer.
n.
• A greater quantity, amount, or number; that which exceeds or surpasses in any way what it is compared with.
• That which is in addition; something other and further; an additional or greater amount.
adv.
• In a greater quantity; in or to a greater extent or degree.
• With a verb or participle.
• With an adjective or adverb (instead of the suffix -er) to form the comparative degree; as, more durable; more active; more sweetly.
• In addition; further; besides; again.
v. t.
• To make more; to increase.
Moreen
n.
• A thick woolen fabric, watered or with embossed figures; — used in upholstery, for curtains, etc.
Morel
n.
(Bot.) 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.
n.
(Bot.) Nightshade; — so called from its blackish purple berries.
• A kind of cherry.
Moreland
n.
• Moorland.
Morello
n.
(Bot.) A kind of nearly black cherry with dark red flesh and juice, — used chiefly for preserving.
Morendo
a. & n.
(Mus.) Dying; a gradual decrescendo at the end of a strain or cadence.
Moreness
n.
• Greatness.
Moreover
adv.
• Beyond what has been said; further; besides; in addition; furthermore; also; likewise.
Morepork
n.
(Zool.) The Australian crested goatsucker (Agotheles Novae-Hollandiae). Also applied to other allied birds, as Podargus Cuveiri.
Moresk
a. & n.
• Moresque.
Moresque
a.
• Of or pertaining to, or in the manner or style of, the Moors; Moorish.
n.
• The Moresque style of architecture or decoration.
Morganatic
a.
• Pertaining to, in the manner of, or designating, a kind of marriage, called also left-handed marriage, between a man of superior rank and a woman of inferior, in which it is stipulated that neither the latter nor her children shall enjoy the rank or inherit the possessions of her husband.
Morgay
n.
(Zool.) The European small-spotted dogfish, or 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.
(Ethnol.) A Moor.
Moribund
a.
• In a dying state; dying; at the point of death.
n.
• A dying person.
Moric
a.
• Pertaining to, or derived from, fustic (see Morin); as, moric acid.
Morigerate
a.
• Obedient.
Morigeration
n.
• Obsequiousness; obedience.
Morigerous
a.
• Obedient; obsequious.
Moril
n.
(Bot.) An edible fungus. Same as 1st Morel.
Morin
n.
(Chem.) A yellow crystalline substance of acid properties extracted from fustic (Maclura tinctoria, formerly called Morus tinctoria); — called also moric acid.
Morinda
n.
(Bot.) 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.
(Chem.) A yellow dyestuff extracted from the root bark of an East Indian plant (Morinda citrifolia).
Morinel
n.
(Zool.) The dotterel.
Moringa
n.
(Bot.) 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.
Moringic
a.
(Chem.) Designating an organic acid obtained from oil of ben.
Morintannic
a.
(Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a variety of tannic acid extracted from fustic (Maclura, formerly Morus, tinctoria) as a yellow crystalline substance; — called also maclurin.
Morion
n.
• A kind of open helmet, without visor or beaver, and somewhat resembling a hat.
n.
(Min.) A dark variety of smoky quartz.
Morioplasty
n.
(Surg.) The restoration of lost parts of the body.
Morisco
a.
• Moresque.
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.
(Zool.) A genus of sea birds, having a large, thick bill; the puffin.
• The mandrill.
n.
(Eccl.) 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.
a.
• Of or pertaining to the Mormons; as, the Mormon religion; Mormon practices.
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.
a.
• Mormon.
Morn
n.
• The first part of the day; the morning; — used chiefly in poetry.
Morne
a.
(Her.) Without teeth, tongue, or claws; — said of a lion represented heraldically.
Morne
a.
• Of or pertaining to the morn; morning.
n.
• A ring fitted upon the head of a lance to prevent wounding an adversary in titling.
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.
• The first or early part; as, the morning of life.
• The goddess Aurora.
Morning
a.
• Pertaining to the first part or early part of the day; being in the early part of the day; as, morning dew; morning light; morning service.
Morningtide
n.
• Morning time.
Mornward
adv.
• Towards the morn.
Moro
n.
(Med.) A small abscess or tumor having a resemblance to a mulberry.
Moroccan
a.
• Of or pertaining to Morocco, or its inhabitants.
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.
(Paleon.) An extinct genus of large herbivorous dinosaurs, found in Jurassic strata in America.
Morose
a.
• Of a sour temper; sullen and austere; ill-humored; severe.
• Lascivious; brooding over evil thoughts.
Morosely
adv.
• Sourly; with sullen austerity.
Moroseness
n.
• Sourness of temper; sulenness.
Moroshop
n.
• A philosophical or learned fool.
Morosis
n.
(Med.) Idiocy; fatuity; stupidity.
Morosity
n.
• Moroseness.
Morosous
a.
• Morose.
Moroxite
n.
(Min.) A variety of apatite of a greenish blue color.
Moroxylate
n.
(Chem.) A morate.
Moroxylic
a.
(Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the mulberry; moric.
Morphean
a.
• Of or relating to Morpheus, to dreams, or to sleep.
Morpheus
n.
(Class. Myth.) The god of dreams.
Morphew
n.
• A scurfy eruption.
v. t.
• To cover with a morphew.
Morphia
n.
(Chem.) Morphine.
Morphine
n.
(Chem.) A bitter white crystalline alkaloid found in opium, possessing strong narcotic properties, and much used as an anodyne; — called also morphia, and morphina.
Morphinism
n.
(Med.) A morbid condition produced by the excessive or prolonged use of morphine.
Morpho
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Biol.) History of the evolution of forms; that part of ontogeny that deals with the germ history of forms; — distinguished from physiogeny.
Morphologist
n.
(Biol.) One who is versed in the science of morphology.
Morphology
n.
(Biol.) 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.
Morphon
n.
(Biol.) A morphological individual, characterized by definiteness of form bion, a physiological individual.
Morphonomy
n.
(Biol.) The laws of organic formation.
Morphophyly
n.
(Biol.) 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.
(Biol.) The order or mode of development of an organ or part.
Morphotic
a.
(Physiol.) Connected with, or becoming an integral part of, a living unit or of the morphological framework; as, morphotic, or tissue, proteids.
Morpion
n.
(Zool.) A louse.
Morrice
n.
• Same as 1st Morris.
a.
• Dancing the morrice; dancing.
Morricer
n.
• A morris dancer.
Morris
n.
• A Moorish dance, usually performed by a single dancer, who accompanies the dance with castanets.
• 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.
• 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.
n.
(Zool.) 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.
Morrow
n.
• Morning.
• The next following day; the day subsequent to any day specified or understood.
• The day following the present; to-morrow.
Morse
n.
(Zool.) The walrus.
n.
• A clasp for fastening garments in front.
Morsel
n.
• A little bite or bit of food.
• 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.
n.
• A woman; a female.
n.
(Zool.) A salmon in its third year.
n.
• Death; esp., the death of game in the chase.
• A note or series of notes sounded on a horn at the death of game.
• The skin of a sheep or lamb that has died of disease.
Mortal
a.
• Subject to death; destined to die; as, man is mortal.
• Destructive to life; causing or occasioning death; terminating life; exposing to or deserving death; deadly; as, a mortal wound; a mortal sin.
• Fatally vulnerable; vital.
• Of or pertaining to the time of death.
• Affecting as if with power to kill; deathly.
• Human; belonging to man, who is mortal; as, mortal wit or knowledge; mortal power.
• Very painful or tedious; wearisome; as, a sermon lasting two mortal hours.
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.
• Human life; the life of a mortal being.
• Those who are, or that which is, mortal; the human cace; humanity; human nature.
• Death; destruction.
• 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.
Mortalize
v. t.
• To make mortal.
Mortally
adv.
• In a mortal manner; so as to cause death; as, mortally wounded.
• In the manner of a mortal or of mortal beings.
• In an extreme degree; to the point of dying or causing death; desperately; as, mortally jealous.
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.
(Mil.) 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.
n.
(Arch.) 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.
v. t.
• To plaster or make fast with mortar.
n.
• A chamber lamp or light.
Mortgage
n.
(Law) 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.
• State of being pledged; as, lands given in mortgage.
v. t.
(Law) To grant or convey, as property, for the security of a debt, or other engagement, upon a condition that if the debt or engagement shall be discharged according to the contract, the conveyance shall be void, otherwise to become absolute, subject, however, to the right of redemption.
• Hence: To pledge, either literally or figuratively; to make subject to a claim or obligation.
Mortgagee
n.
(Law) The person to whom property is mortgaged, or to whom a mortgage is made or given.
Mortgager
n.
(Law) gives a mortgage.
Mortiferous
a.
• Bringing or producing death; deadly; destructive; as, a mortiferous herb.
Mortification
n.
• The act of mortifying, or the condition of being mortified
(Med.) 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
(Alchem. & Old Chem.) Destruction of active qualities; neutralization
• Subjection of the passions and appetites, by penance, absistence, or painful severities inflicted on the body.
• Hence: Deprivation or depression of self-approval; abatement or pride; humiliation; chagrin; vexation
• That which mortifies; the cause of humiliation, chagrin, or vexation.
(Scots Law) A gift to some charitable or religious institution; — nearly synonymous with mortmain.
Mortified
imp. & p. p.
• of Mortify.
Mortifiedness
n.
• The state of being mortified; humiliation; subjection of the passions.
Mortifier
n.
• One who, or that which, mortifies.
Mortify
v. t.
• To destroy the organic texture and vital functions of; to produce gangrene in.
• To destroy the active powers or essential qualities of; to change by chemical action.
• To deaden by religious or other discipline, as the carnal affections, bodily appetites, or worldly desires; to bring into subjection; to abase; to humble.
• To affect with vexation, chagrin, or humiliation; to humble; to depress.
v. i.
• To lose vitality and organic structure, as flesh of a living body; to gangrene.
• To practice penance from religious motives; to deaden desires by religious discipline.
• To be subdued; to decay, as appetites, desires, etc.
Mortifying
a.
• Tending to mortify; affected by, or having symptoms of, mortification; as, a mortifying wound; mortifying flesh.
• Subduing the appetites, desires, etc.; as, mortifying penances.
• Tending to humble or abase; humiliating; as, a mortifying repulse.
Mortifyingly
adv.
• In a mortifying manner.
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.
v. t.
• To cut or make a mortisein.
• To join or fasten by a tenon and mortise; as, to mortise a beam into a post, or a joist into a girder.
Mortling
n.
• An animal, as a sheep, dead of disease or privation; a mortling.
• Wool plucked from a dead sheep; morling.
Mortmain
n.
(Law) Possession of lands or tenements in, or conveyance to, dead hands, or hands that cannot alienate.
Mortpay
n.
• Dead pay; the crime of taking pay for the service of dead soldiers, or for services not actually rendered by soldiers.
Mortuary
n.
• A sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by, and due to, the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner. It seems to have been originally a voluntary bequest or donation, intended to make amends for any failure in the payment of tithes of which the deceased had been guilty.
• A burial place; a place for the dead.
• A place for the reception of the dead before burial; a deadhouse; a morgue.
a.
• Of or pertaining to the dead; as, mortuary monuments.
Morula
n.
(Biol.) 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.
Morulation
n.
(Biol.) The process of cleavage, or segmentation, of the ovum, by which a morula is formed.
Morus
n.
(Bot.) A genus of trees, some species of which produce edible fruit; the mulberry.
Morwening
n.
• Morning.
Mosaic
n.
(Fine Arts) A surface decoration made by inlaying in patterns small pieces of variously colored glass, stone, or other material; — called also mosaic work.
• A picture or design made in mosaic; an article decorated in mosaic.
a.
• Of or pertaining to the style of work called mosaic; formed by uniting pieces of different colors; variegated; tessellated; also, composed of various materials or ingredients.
a.
• Of or pertaining to Moses, the leader of the Israelites, or established through his agency; as, the Mosaic law, rites, or institutions.
Mosaical
a.
• Mosaic (in either sense).
Mosaically
adv.
• In the manner of a mosaic.
Mosaism
n.
• Attachment to the system or doctrines of Moses; that which is peculiar to the Mosaic system or doctrines.
Mosasauria
n. pl.
(Paleon.) An order of large, extinct, marine reptiles, found in the Cretaceous rocks, especially in America. They were serpentlike in form and in having loosely articulated and dilatable jaws, with large recurved tteth, but they had paddlelike feet. Some of them were over fifty feet long. They are, essentially, fossil sea serpents with paddles. Called also Pythonomarpha, and Mosasauria.
Mosasaurus
n.
(Paleon.) 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.
(Bot.) 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.
Moschine
a.
• Of or pertaining to Moschus, a genus including the musk deer.
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.
Moslem
n.
• A Mussulman; an orthodox Mohammedan. [Written also muslim.]
a.
• Of or pertaining to the Mohammedans; Mohammedan; as, Moslem lands; the Moslem faith.
Moslings
n. pl.
• Thin shreds of leather shaved off in dressing skins.
Mososaurus
n.
(Paleon.) Same as Mosasaurus.
Mosque
n.
• A Mohammedan church or place of religious worship.
Mosquito
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Bot.) 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.
• A bog; a morass; a place containing peat; as, the mosses of the Scottish border.
v. t.
• To cover or overgrow with moss.
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.
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.
Mossy
a.
• Overgrown with moss; abounding with or edged with moss; as, mossy trees; mossy streams.
• Resembling moss; as, mossy green.
Most
a.
superl.
• Consisting of the greatest number or quantity; greater in number or quantity than all the rest; nearly all.
• Greatest in degree; as, he has the most need of it.
• Highest in rank; greatest.
adv.
• In the greatest or highest degree.
Moste
obs.imp.
• of Mote.
Mostly
adv.
• For the greatest part; for the most part; chiefly; in the main.
Mostwhat
adv.
• For the most part.
Mot
v.
• May; must; might.
n.
• A word; hence, a motto; a device.
• A pithy or witty saying; a witticism.
• A note or brief strain on a bugle.
Motation
n.
• The act of moving; motion.
Motccil
n.
(Zool.) Any singing bird of the genus Motacilla; a wagtail.
Mote
n.
• A meeting of persons for discussion; as, a wardmote in the city of London.
• A body of persons who meet for discussion, esp. about the management of affairs; as, a folkmote.
• A place of meeting for discussion.
n.
• The flourish sounded on a horn by a huntsman.
n.
• A small particle, as of floating dust; anything proverbially small; a speck.
Moted
a.
• Filled with motes, or fine floating dust; as, the air.
Motet
n.
(Mus.) A composition adapted to sacred words in the elaborate polyphonic church style; an anthem.
Moth
n.
• A mote.
n.
(Zool.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the butterflies; as, the luna moth; Io moth; hawk moth.
(Zool.) Any lepidopterous insect that feeds upon garments, grain, etc.; as, the clothes moth; grain moth; bee moth.
(Zool.) 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.
• Anything which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.
Mothen
a.
• Full of moths.
Mother
n.
• A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child.
• That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix.
• An old woman or matron.
• The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc.
• Hysterical passion; hysteria.
a.
• Received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural; as, mother language; also acting the part, or having the place of a mother; producing others; originating.
v. t.
• To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to.
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.
v. i.
• To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar.
Mothered
a.
• Thick, like mother; viscid.
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.
Motherland
n.
• The country of one's ancestors; — same as fatherland.
Motherless
a.
• Destitute of a mother; having lost a mother; as, motherless children.
Motherliness
n.
• The state or quality of being motherly.
Motherly
a.
• Of or pertaining to a mother; like, or suitable for, a mother; tender; maternal; as, motherly authority, love, or care.
adv.
• In a manner of a mother.
Motherwort
n.
(Bot.) A labiate herb (Leonurus Cardiaca), of a bitter taste, used popularly in medicine; lion's tail.
• The mugwort.
Mothery
a.
• Consisting of, containing, or resembling, mother (in vinegar).
Mothy
a.
• Infested with moths; moth-eaten.
Motif
n.
• Motive.
Motific
a.
• Producing motion.
Motile
a.
(Biol.) Having powers of self-motion, though unconscious; as, the motile spores of certain seaweeds.
• Producing motion; as, motile powers.
Motility
n.
(Physiol.) 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.
• Power of, or capacity for, motion.
• Direction of movement; course; tendency; as, the motion of the planets is from west to east.
• Change in the relative position of the parts of anything; action of a machine with respect to the relative movement of its parts.
• Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.
• A proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress; esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly; as, a motion to adjourn.
(Law) 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.
(Mus.) Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts.
• A puppet show or puppet.
v. i.
• To make a significant movement or gesture, as with the hand; as, to motion to one to take a seat.
• To make proposal; to offer plans.
v. t.
• To direct or invite by a motion, as of the hand or head; as, to motion one to a seat.
• To propose; to move.
Motioner
n.
• One who makes a motion; a mover.
Motionist
n.
• A mover.
Motionless
a.
• Without motion; being at rest.
Motive
n.
• That which moves; a mover.
• That which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object.
(Mus.) 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.
(Fine Arts) 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.
a.
• Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power.
v. t.
• To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.
Motiveless
a.
• Destitute of a motive; not incited by a motive.
Motivity
n.
• The power of moving or producing motion.
• The quality of being influenced by motives.
Motley
a.
• Variegated in color; consisting of different colors; dappled; party-colored; as, a motley coat.
• Wearing motley or party-colored clothing.
• Composed of different or various parts; heterogeneously made or mixed up; discordantly composite; as, motley style.
n.
• A combination of distinct colors; esp., the party-colored cloth, or clothing, worn by the professional fool.
• Hence, a jester, a fool.
Motmot
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Mus.) 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.
(Anc. Armor) 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.
(Mach.) 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.
Motorman
n.
• A man who controls a motor.
Motorpathic
a.
• Of or pertaining to motorpathy.
Motorpathy
n.
(Med.) Kinesiatrics.
Motte
n.
• A clump of trees in a prairie.
Mottle
v. t.
• To mark with spots of different color, or shades of color, as if stained; to spot; to maculate.
n.
• A mottled appearance.
Mottled
a.
• Marked with spots of different colors; variegated; spotted; as, mottled wood.
Motto
n.
(Her.) A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievment.
• 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.
Mottoed
a.
• Bearing or having a motto; as, a mottoed coat or device.
Motty
a.
• Full of, or consisting of, motes.
Mouchoir
n.
• A handkerchief.
Mouflon
n.
(Zool.) 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.
Mought
obs.imp.
• of May. Might.
Mouillation
n.
(Phon.) The act of uttering the sound of a mouille letter.
Mouille
a.
(Phon.) Applied to certain consonants having a "liquid" or softened sound; e.g., in French, l or ll and gn (like the lli in million and ni in minion); in Italian, gl and gn; in Spanish, ll and n; in Portuguese, lh and nh.
Moule
v. i.
• To contract mold; to grow moldy; to mold.
Moulten
a.
• Having molted.
Moun
v.
• pl. of Mow, may.
Mounch
v. t.
• To munch.
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.
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.
v. t.
• To fortify or inclose with a mound.
Mount
n.
• A mass of earth, or earth and rock, rising considerably above the common surface of the surrounding land; a mountain; a high hill; — used always instead of mountain, when put before a proper name; as, Mount Washington; otherwise, chiefly in poetry.
• A bulwark for offense or defense; a mound
• A bank; a fund.
v. i.
• To rise on high; to go up; to be upraised or uplifted; to tower aloft; to ascend; — often with up.
• To get up on anything, as a platform or scaffold; especially, to seat one's self on a horse for riding.
• To attain in value; to amount.
v. t.
• To get upon; to ascend; to climb.
• To place one's self on, as a horse or other animal, or anything that one sits upon; to bestride.
• To cause to mount; to put on horseback; to furnish with animals for riding; to furnish with horses.
• Hence: To put upon anything that sustains and fits for use, as a gun on a carriage, a map or picture on cloth or paper; to prepare for being worn or otherwise used, as a diamond by setting, or a sword blade by adding the hilt, scabbard, etc.
• To raise aloft; to lift on high.
n.
• That upon which a person or thing is mounted
• A horse.
• The cardboard or cloth on which a drawing, photograph, or the like is mounted; a mounting
Mountable
a.
• Such as can be mounted.
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.
• A range, chain, or group of such elevations; as, the White Mountains.
• A mountainlike mass; something of great bulk.
a.
• Of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains; among mountains; as, a mountain torrent; mountain pines; mountain goats; mountain air; mountain howitzer.
• Like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great.
Mountaineer
n.
• An inhabitant of a mountain; one who lives among mountains.
• A rude, fierce person.
v. i.
• To lie or act as a mountaineer; to climb mountains.
Mountainer
n.
• A mountaineer.
Mountainet
n.
• A small mountain.
Mountainous
a.
• Full of, or containing, mountains; as, the mountainous country of the Swiss.
• Inhabiting mountains.
• Large as, or resembling, a mountain; huge; of great bulk; as, a mountainous heap.
Mountainousness
n.
• The state or quality of being mountainous.
Mountance
n.
• Amount; sum; quantity; extent.
Mountant
a.
• Raised; high.
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.
• Any boastful or false pretender; a charlatan; a quack.
v. t.
• To cheat by boasting and false pretenses; to gull.
v. i.
• To play the mountebank.
Mountebankery
n.
• The practices of a mountebank; quackery; boastful and vain pretenses.
Mountebankish
a.
• Like a mountebank or his quackery.
Mountebankism
n.
• The practices of a mountebank; mountebankery.
Mounted
a.
• Seated or serving on horseback or similarly; as, mounted police; mounted infantry.
• Placed on a suitable support, or fixed in a setting; as, a mounted gun; a mounted map; a mounted gem.
Mountenaunce
n.
• Mountance.
Mounter
n.
• One who mounts.
• An animal mounted; a monture.
Mounting
n.
• The act of one that mounts.
• That by which anything is prepared for use, or set off to advantage; equipment; embellishment; setting; as, the mounting of a sword or diamond.
Mountingly
adv.
• In an ascending manner.
Mountlet
n.
• A small or low mountain.
Mounty
n.
• The rise of a hawk after prey.
Mourn
v. i.
• To express or to feel grief or sorrow; to grieve; to be sorrowful; to lament; to be in a state of grief or sadness.
• To wear the customary garb of a mourner.
v. t.
• To grieve for; to lament; to deplore; to bemoan; to bewail.
• To utter in a mournful manner or voice.
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.
• One who attends a funeral as a hired mourner.
Mournful
a.
• Full of sorrow; expressing, or intended to express, sorrow; mourning; grieving; sad; also, causing sorrow; saddening; grievous; as, a mournful person; mournful looks, tones, loss.
Mourning
n.
• The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.
• Garb, drapery, or emblems indicative of grief, esp. clothing or a badge of somber black.
a.
• Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting.
• Employed to express sorrow or grief; worn or used as appropriate to the condition of one bereaved or sorrowing; as, mourning garments; a mourning ring; a mourning pin, and the like.
Mourningly
adv.
• In a mourning manner.
Mouse
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Naut.) A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping.
• Same as 2d Mousing, 2.
• A familiar term of endearment.
• A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow.
• A match used in firing guns or blasting.
v. i.
• To watch for and catch mice.
• To watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something.
v. t.
• To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.
(Naut.) To furnish with a mouse; to secure by means of a mousing.
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.
• One who pries about on the lookout for something.
Mousetail
n.
(Bot.) 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
a.
• Impertinently inquisitive; prying; meddlesome.
n.
• The act of hunting mice.
(Naut.) 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.
• A ratchet movement in a loom.
Mousle
v. t.
• To sport with roughly; to rumple.
Mousseline
n.
• Muslin.
Moustache
n.
• Mustache.
Mousy
a.
• Infested with mice; smelling of mice.
Moutan
n.
(Bot.) 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.
• An opening affording entrance or exit; orifice; aperture;
• 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.
• The opening or entrance of any cavity, as a cave, pit, well, or den.
• The opening of a piece of ordnance, through which it is discharged.
• The opening through which the waters of a river or any stream are discharged.
• The entrance into a harbor.
(Saddlery) The crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters the mouth of an animal.
• A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a mouthpiece.
• Cry; voice.
• Speech; language; testimony.
• A wry face; a grimace; a mow.
v. t.
• To take into the mouth; to seize or grind with the mouth or teeth; to chew; to devour.
• To utter with a voice affectedly big or swelling; to speak in a strained or unnaturally sonorous manner.
• To form or cleanse with the mouth; to lick, as a bear her cub.
• To make mouths at.
v. i.
• To speak with a full, round, or loud, affected voice; to vociferate; to rant.
• To put mouth to mouth; to kiss.
• To make grimaces, esp. in ridicule or contempt.
Mouthed
a.
• Furnished with a mouth.
• Having a mouth of a particular kind; using the mouth, speech, or voice in a particular way; — used only in composition; as, wide-mouthed; hard-mouthed; foul-mouthed; mealy-mouthed.
Mouther
n.
• One who mouths; an affected speaker.
Mouthful
n.
• As much as is usually put into the mouth at one time.
• Hence, a small quantity.
Mouthless
a.
• Destitute of a mouth.
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.
• An appendage to an inlet or outlet opening of a pipe or vessel, to direct or facilitate the inflow or outflow of a fluid.
• One who delivers the opinion of others or of another; a spokesman; as, the mouthpiece of his party.
Movability
n.
• Movableness.
Movable
a.
• Capable of being moved, lifted, carried, drawn, turned, or conveyed, or in any way made to change place or posture; susceptible of motion; not fixed or stationary; as, a movable steam engine.
• Changing from one time to another; as, movable feasts, i. e., church festivals, the date of which varies from year to year.
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.
(Rom. Law) Property not attached to the soil.
Movableness
n.
• The quality or state of being movable; mobility; susceptibility of motion.
Movably
adv.
• In a movable manner or condition.
Move
v. t.
• To cause to change place or posture in any manner; to set in motion; to carry, convey, draw, or push from one place to another; to impel; to stir; as, the wind moves a vessel; the horse moves a carriage.
(Chess, Checkers, etc.) To transfer (a piece or man) from one space or position to another, according to the rules of the game; as, to move a king.
• To excite to action by the presentation of motives; to rouse by representation, persuasion, or appeal; to influence.
• To arouse the feelings or passions of; especially, to excite to tenderness or compassion; to touch pathetically; to excite, as an emotion.
• To propose; to recommend; specifically, to propose formally for consideration and determination, in a deliberative assembly; to submit, as a resolution to be adopted; as, to move to adjourn.
• To apply to, as for aid.
v. i.
• To change place or posture; to stir; to go, in any manner, from one place or position to another; as, a ship moves rapidly.
• To act; to take action; to stir; to begin to act; as, to move in a matter.
• To change residence; to remove, as from one house, town, or state, to another.
(Chess, Checkers, etc.) To change the place of a piece in accordance with the rules of the game.
n.
• The act of moving; a movement.
(Chess, Checkers, etc.) The act of moving one of the pieces, from one position to another, in the progress of the game.
• An act for the attainment of an object; a step in the execution of a plan or purpose.
Moveless
a.
• Motionless; fixed.
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.
• Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.
• Manner or style of moving; as, a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement.
(Mus.) The rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece.
• 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.
(Mech.) A system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch.
Movent
a.
• Moving.
n.
• That which moves anything.
Mover
n.
• A person or thing that moves, stirs, or changes place.
• A person or thing that imparts motion, or causes change of place; a motor.
• One who, or that which, excites, instigates, or causes movement, change, etc.; as, movers of sedition.
• 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
a.
• Changing place or posture; causing motion or action; as, a moving car, or power.
• Exciting movement of the mind; adapted to move the sympathies, passions, or affections; touching; pathetic; as, a moving appeal.
n.
• The act of changing place or posture; esp., the act of changing one's dwelling place or place of business.
Movingly
adv.
• In a moving manner.
Movingness
n.
• The power of moving.
Mow
n.
• A wry face.
v. i.
• To make mouths.
n.
(Zool.) Same as Mew, a gull.
v.
• May; can.
v. t.
• To cut down, as grass, with a scythe or machine.
• To cut the grass from; as, to mow a meadow.
• To cut down; to cause to fall in rows or masses, as in mowing grass; — with down; as, a discharge of grapeshot mows down whole ranks of men.
v. i.
• To cut grass, etc., with a scythe, or with a machine; to cut grass for hay.
n.
• A heap or mass of hay or of sheaves of grain stowed in a barn.
• The place in a barn where hay or grain in the sheaf is stowed.
v. t.
• To lay, as hay or sheaves of grain, in a heap or mass in a barn; to pile and stow away.
Mowburn
v. i.
• To heat and ferment in the mow, as hay when housed too green.
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.
• Land from which grass is cut; meadow land.
Mown
p. p. & a.
• Cut down by mowing, as grass; deprived of grass by mowing; as, a mown field.
Mowyer
n.
• A mower.
Moxa
n.
(Med.) 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.
(Bot.) A plant from which this substance is obtained, esp. Artemisia Chinensis, and A. moxa.
Moxie
n.
• energy; pep
• courage, determination
• Know-how, expertise
Moya
n.
• Mud poured out from volcanoes during eruptions; — so called in South America.
Mr.
• The customary abbreviation of Mister in writing and printing.
Mrs.
• The customary abbreviation of Mistress when used as a title of courtesy, in writing and printing.
Muadlinism
n.
• A maudlin state.
Mucamide
n.
(Chem.) The acid amide of mucic acid, obtained as a white crystalline substance.
Mucate
n.
(Chem.) A salt of mucic acid.
Mucedin
n.
(Bot. Chem.) A yellowish white, amorphous, nitrogenous substance found in wheat, rye, etc., and resembling gluten; — formerly called also mucin.
Much
a.
• Great in quantity; long in duration; as, much rain has fallen; much time.
• Many in number.
• High in rank or position.
n.
• A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite quantity; as, you have as much as I.
• A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something considerable.
adv.
• To a great degree or extent; greatly; abundantly; far; nearly.
Muchel
a.
• Much.
Muchkin
n.
• A liquid measure equal to four gills, or an imperial pint.
Muchness
n.
• Greatness; extent.
Muchwhat
adv.
• Nearly; almost; much.
Mucic
a.
(Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, gums and micilaginous substances; specif., denoting an acid obtained by the oxidation of gums, dulcite, etc., as a white crystalline substance isomeric with saccharic acid.
Mucid
a.
• Musty; moldy; slimy; mucous.
Mucific
a.
(Med.) Inducing or stimulating the secretion of mucus; blennogenous.
(Physiol.) Secreting mucus.
Muciform
a.
(Physiol.) Resembling mucus; having the character or appearance of mucus.
Mucigen
n.
(Physiol.) A substance which is formed in mucous epithelial cells, and gives rise to mucin.
Mucigenous
a.
(Physiol.) Connected with the formation of mucin; resembling mucin.
Mucilage
n.
(Bot. Chem.) 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.
• An aqueous solution of gum, or of substances allied to it; as, medicinal mucilage; mucilage for fastening envelopes.
Mucilaginous
a.
• Partaking of the nature of, or resembling, mucilage; moist, soft, and viscid; slimy; ropy; as, a mucilaginous liquid.
• Of, pertaining to, or secreting, mucilage; as, the mucilaginous glands.
• Soluble in water, but not in alcohol; yielding mucilage; as, mucilaginous gums or plants.
Mucin
n.
(Physiol. Chem.) 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.
Mucinogen
n.
(Physiol.) Same as Mucigen.
Muciparous
a.
(Physiol.) Secreting, or producing, mucus or mucin.
Mucivore
n.
(Zool.) An unsect which feeds on mucus, or the sap of plants, as certain Diptera, of the tribe Mucivora.
Muck
• , abbreviation of Amuck.
n.
• Dung in a moist state; manure.
• Vegetable mold mixed with earth, as found in low, damp places and swamps.
• Anything filthy or vile.
• Money; — in contempt.
a.
• Like muck; mucky; also, used in collecting or distributing muck; as, a muck fork.
v. t.
• To manure with muck.
Muckender
n.
• A handkerchief.
Mucker
n.
• A term of reproach for a low or vulgar labor person.
v. t.
• To scrape together, as money, by mean labor or shifts.
Muckerer
n.
• A miser; a niggard.
Muckiness
n.
• The quality of being mucky.
Muckle
a.
• Much.
Muckmidden
n.
• A dunghill.
Mucksy
a.
• Somewhat mucky; soft, sticky, and dirty; muxy.
Muckworm
n.
(Zool.) A larva or grub that lives in muck or manure; — applied to the larvae of the tumbledung and allied beetles.
• One who scrapes together money by mean labor and devices; a miser.
Mucky
a.
• Filthy with muck; miry; as, a mucky road.
• Vile, in a moral sense; sordid.
Mucocele
n.
(Med.) 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.
Mucoid
a.
• Resembling mucus.
Muconate
n.
(Chem.) A salt of muconic acid.
Muconic
a.
(Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, an organic acid, obtained indirectly from mucic acid, and somewhat resembling itaconic acid.
Mucopurulent
a.
(Med.) Having the character or appearance of both mucus and pus.
Mucor
n.
(Bot.) 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.
Mucous
a.
• Of, pertaining to, or resembling, mucus; slimy, ropy, or stringy, and lubricous; as, a mucous substance.
• Secreting a slimy or mucigenous substance; as, the mucous membrane.
Mucousness
n.
• The quality or state of being mucous; sliminess.
Mucro
n.
(Bot. & Zool.) A minute abrupt point, as of a leaf; any small, sharp point or process, terminating a larger part or organ.
Mucronulate
a.
• Having, or tipped with, a small point or points.
Muculent
a.
• Slimy; moist, and moderately viscous.
Mucus
n.
(Physiol.) 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.
(Physiol.) Any other animal fluid of a viscid quality, as the synovial fluid, which lubricates the cavities of the joints; — improperly so used.
(Bot.) A gelatinous or slimy substance found in certain algae and other plants.
Mucusin
n.
(Physiol. Chem.) Mucin.
Mud
n.
• Earth and water mixed so as to be soft and adhesive.
v. t.
• To bury in mud.
• To make muddy or turbid.
Mudar
n.
(Bot.) 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.
(Chem.) A brown, amorphous, bitter substance having a strong emetic action, extracted from the root of the mudar.
Muddily
• , In a muddy manner; turbidly; without mixture; cloudily; obscurely; confusedly.
Muddiness
n.
• The condition or quality of being muddy; turbidness; foulness casued by mud, dirt, or sediment; as, the muddiness of a stream.
• Obscurity or confusion, as in treatment of a subject; intellectual dullness.
Muddle
v. t.
• To make turbid, or muddy, as water.
• To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially.
• To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated.
• To mix confusedly; to confuse; to make a mess of; as, to muddle matters; also, to perplex; to mystify.
v. i.
• To dabble in mud.
• To think and act in a confused, aimless way.
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.
Muddy
a.
• Abounding in mud; besmeared or dashed with mud; as, a muddy road or path; muddy boots.
• Turbid with mud; as, muddy water.
• Consisting of mud or earth; gross; impure.
• Confused, as if turbid with mud; cloudy in mind; dull; stupid; also, immethodical; incoherent; vague.
• Not clear or bright.
v. t.
• To soil with mud; to dirty; to render turbid.
• Fig.: To cloud; to make dull or heavy.
Mudfish
n.
(Zool.) The European loach.
• The bowfin.
• The South American lipedosiren, and the allied African species (Protopterus annectens).
• The mud minnow.
Mudhole
n.
• A hole, or hollow place, containing mud, as in a road.
(Steam Boilers) 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.
Mudsucker
n.
(Zool.) A woodcock.
Mudwall
n.
(Zool.) The European bee-eater.
Mudwort
n.
(Bot.) A small herbaceous plant growing on muddy shores (Limosella aquatica).
Mue
v. i.
• To mew; to molt.
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.
(Mech.) A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object, as a pipe.
(Glass Manuf.) A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
• A stupid fellow; a poor-spirited person.
(Baseball) A failure to hold a ball when once in the hands.
(Zool.) The whitethroat.
v. t.
• To handle awkwardly; to fumble; to fail to hold, as a ball, in catching it.
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.
Muffish
a.
• Stupid; awkward.
Muffle
n.
• The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; — used esp. of ruminants.
v. t.
• To wrap up in something that conceals or protects; to wrap, as the face and neck, in thick and disguishing folds; hence, to conceal or cover the face of; to envelop; to inclose; — often with up.
• To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.
• To wrap with something that dulls or deadens the sound of; as, to muffle the strings of a drum, or that part of an oar which rests in the rowlock.
v. i.
• To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
n.
• Anything with which another thing, as an oar or drum, is muffled; also, a boxing glove; a muff.
(Metal.) An earthenware compartment or oven, often shaped like a half cylinder, used in furnaces to protect objects heated from the direct action of the fire, as in scorification of ores, cupellation of ore buttons, etc.
(Ceramics) A small oven for baking and fixing the colors of painted or printed pottery, without exposing the pottery to the flames of the furnace or kiln.
• A pulley block containing several sheaves.
Muffler
n.
• Anything used in muffling; esp., a scarf for protecting the head and neck in cold weather; a tippet.
(Mus.) A cushion for terminating or softening a note made by a stringed instrument with a keyboard.
• A kind of mitten or boxing glove, esp. when stuffed.
• One who muffles.
Mufti
n.
• An official expounder of Mohammedan law.
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.
• The face or mouth.
Muggard
a.
• Sullen; displeased.
Mugget
n.
• The small entrails of a calf or a hog.
Mugginess
n.
• The condition or quality of being muggy.
Muggletonian
n.
(Eccl. Hist.) One of an extinct sect, named after Ludovic Muggleton, an English journeyman tailor, who (about 1657) claimed to be inspired.
Muggy
a.
• Moist; damp; moldy; as, muggy straw.
• Warm, damp, and close; as, muggy air, weather.
Mughouse
n.
• An alehouse; a pothouse.
Mugiency
n.
• A bellowing.
Mugient
a.
• Lowing; bellowing.
Mugil
n.
(Zool.) A genus of fishes including the gray mullets.
Mugiloid
a.
(Zool.) Like or pertaining to the genus Mugil, or family Mugilidae.
Mugweed
n.
(Bot.) A slender European weed (Galium Cruciata); — called also crossweed.
Mugwort
n.
(Bot.) 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.
Muhammadanism
n.
• Mohammedanism.
Mulada
n.
• A moor.
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.
(Bot.) The berry or fruit of any tree of the genus Morus; also, the tree itself.
• 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.
v. t.
• To cover or dress with mulch.
Mulct
n.
• A fine or penalty, esp. a pecuniary punishment or penalty.
• A blemish or defect.
v. t.
• To punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a fine or forfeiture, esp. a pecuniary fine; to fine.
• Hence, to deprive of; to withhold by way of punishment or discipline.
Mule
n.
(Zool.) A hybrid animal; specifically, one generated between an ass and a mare, sometimes a horse and a she-ass.
(Bot.) A plant or vegetable produced by impregnating the pistil of one species with the pollen or fecundating dust of another; — called also hybrid.
• A very stubborn person.
• 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.
Muleteer
n.
• One who drives mules.
Mulewort
n.
(Bot.) A fern of the genus Hemionitis.
Muley
n.
(Sawmills) A stiff, long saw, guided at the ends but not stretched in a gate.
Muliebrity
n.
• The state of being a woman or of possessing full womanly powers; womanhood; — correlate of virility.
• Hence: Effeminancy; softness.
Mulier
n.
• A woman.
(Law) Lawful issue born in wedlock, in distinction from an elder brother born of the same parents before their marriage; a lawful son.
(Civ. Law) A woman; a wife; a mother.
Mulierly
adv.
• In the manner or condition of a mulier; in wedlock; legitimately.
Mulierose
a.
• Fond of woman.
Mulierosity
n.
• A fondness for women.
Mulierty
n.
(Law) Condition of being a mulier; position of one born in lawful wedlock.
Mulish
a.
• Like a mule; sullen; stubborn.
Mull
n.
• A thin, soft kind of muslin.
n.
• A promontory; as, the Mull of Cantyre.
• A snuffbox made of the small end of a horn.
n.
• Dirt; rubbish.
v. t.
• To powder; to pulverize.
v. i.
• To work (over) mentally; to cogitate; to ruminate; — usually with over; as, to mull over a thought or a problem.
n.
• An inferior kind of madder prepared from the smaller roots or the peelings and refuse of the larger.
v. t.
• To heat, sweeten, and enrich with spices; as, to mull wine.
• To dispirit or deaden; to dull or blunt.
Mulla
n.
• Same as Mollah.
Mullagatawny
n.
• An East Indian curry soup.
Mullar
n.
• A die, cut in intaglio, for stamping an ornament in relief, as upon metal.
Mullein
n.
(Bot.) 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.
Muller
n.
• One who, or that which, mulls.
• A vessel in which wine, etc., is mulled over a fire.
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.
Mullerian
a.
(Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or discovered by, Johannes Muller.
Mullet
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Zool.) 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.
n.
(Her.) A star, usually five pointed and pierced; — when used as a difference it indicates the third son.
n.
• Small pinchers for curling the hair.
Mulligrubs
n.
• A griping of the intestines; colic.
• Hence, sullenness; the sulks.
Mulliod
a.
(Zool.) Like or pertaining to the genus Mullus, which includes the surmullet, or red mullet.
Mullion
n.
(Arch.) A slender bar or pier which forms the division between the lights of windows, screens, etc.
• An upright member of a framing.
v. t.
• To furnish with mullions; to divide by mullions.
Mullock
n.
• Rubbish; refuse; dirt.
Mulmul
n.
• A fine, soft muslin; mull.
Mulse
n.
• Wine boiled and mingled with honey.
Multangular
a.
• Having many angles.
Multanimous
a.
• Many-minded; many-sided.
Multarticulate
a.
• Having many articulations or joints.
Multeity
n.
• Multiplicity.
Multiaxial
a.
(Biol.) Having more than one axis; developing in more than a single line or plain; — opposed to monoaxial.
Multicapsular
a.
(Bot.) Having many, or several, capsules.
Multicarinate
a.
(Zool.) Many-keeled.
Multicavous
a.
• Having many cavities.
Multicellular
a.
• Consisting of, or having, many cells or more than one cell.
Multicentral
a.
• Having many, or several, centers; as, a multicentral cell.
Multicipital
a.
(Bot.) Having many heads or many stems from one crown or root.
Multicolor
a.
• Having many, or several, colors.
Multicostate
a.
• Having numerous ribs, or costae, as the leaf of a plant, or as certain shells and corals.
Multicuspid
a.
• Multicuspidate; — said of teeth.
Multicuspidate
a.
• Having many cusps or points.
Multidentate
a.
• Having many teeth, or toothlike processes.
Multidigitate
a.
• Having many fingers, or fingerlike processes.
Multifaced
a.
• Having many faces.
Multifarious
a.
• Having multiplicity; having great diversity or variety; of various kinds; diversified; made up of many differing parts; manifold.
(Bot.) Having parts, as leaves, arranged in many vertical rows.
Multifariously
adv.
• With great multiplicity and diversity; with variety of modes and relations.
Multifariousness
n.
• Multiplied diversity.
(Law) The fault of improperly uniting in one bill distinct and independent matters, and thereby confounding them.
Multiferous
a.
• Bearing or producing much or many.
Multifid
a.
(Bot.) Having many segments; cleft into several parts by linear sinuses; as, a multifid leaf or corolla.
Multiflorous
a.
(Bot.) Having many flowers.
Multiflue
a.
• Having many flues; as, a multiflue boiler.
Multifoil
n.
(Arch.) An ornamental foliation consisting of more than five divisions or foils.
a.
• Having more than five divisions or foils.
Multifold
a.
• Many times doubled; manifold; numerous.
Multiform
a.
• Having many forms, shapes, or appearances.
Multiformity
n.
• The quality of being multiform; diversity of forms; variety of appearances in the same thing.
Multiformous
a.
• Multiform.
Multigenerous
a.
• Having many kinds.
Multigranulate
a.
• Having, or consisting of, many grains.
Multijugate
a.
• Having many pairs of leaflets.
Multijugous
a.
• Consisting of many parts.
(Bot.) Same as Multijugate.
Multilateral
a.
• Having many sides; many-sided.
Multilineal
a.
• Having many lines.
Multilobar
a.
• Consisting of, or having, many lobes.
Multilocular
a.
• Having many or several cells or compartments; as, a multilocular shell or capsule.
Multiloquence
n.
• Quality of being multiloquent; use of many words; talkativeness.
Multiloquy
n.
• Excess of words or talk.
Multinodate
a.
• Having many knots or nodes.
Multinodous
a.
• Same as Multinodate.
Multinomial
n. & a.
(Alg.) Same as Polynomial.
Multinuclear
a.
(Biol.) Containing many nuclei; as, multinuclear cells.
Multiparous
a.
• Producing many, or more than one, at a birth.
Multipartite
a.
• Divided into many parts; having several parts.
Multiped
n.
(Zool.) An insect having many feet, as a myriapod.
a.
• Having many feet.
Multiple
a.
• Containing more than once, or more than one; consisting of more than one; manifold; repeated many times; having several, or many, parts.
n.
(Math.) A quantity containing another quantity a number of times without a remainder.
Multiplex
a.
• Manifold; multiple.
Multipliable
a.
• Capable of being multiplied.
Multiplicable
a.
• Capable of being multiplied; multipliable.
Multiplicand
n.
(Math.) The number which is to be multiplied by another number called the multiplier.
Multiplicate
a.
• Consisting of many, or of more than one; multiple; multifold.
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.
(Math.) 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.
(Bot.) An increase above the normal number of parts, especially of petals; augmentation.
• The art of increasing gold or silver by magic, — attributed formerly to the alchemists.
Multiplicative
a.
• Tending to multiply; having the power to multiply, or incease numbers.
Multiplicatively
adv.
• So as to multiply.
Multiplicator
n.
• The number by which another number is multiplied; a multiplier.
Multiplicious
a.
• Manifold.
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.
(Math.) The number by which another number is multiplied.
(Physics) 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.
Multiply
v. t.
• To increase in number; to make more numerous; to add quantity to.
(Math.) To add (any given number or quantity) to itself a certain number of times; to find the product of by multiplication; thus 7 multiplied by 8 produces the number 56; to multiply two numbers.
• To increase (the amount of gold or silver) by the arts of alchemy.
v. i.
• To become greater in number; to become numerous.
• To increase in extent and influence; to spread.
• To increase amount of gold or silver by the arts of alchemy.
Multipolar
a.
(Biol.) Having many poles; — applied especially to those ganglionic nerve cells which have several radiating processes.
Multipotent
a.
• Having manifold power, or power to do many things.
Multipresence
n.
• The state or power of being multipresent.
Multipresent
a.
• Being, or having the power to be, present in two or more places at once.
Multiradiate
a.
• Having many rays.
Multiramified
a.
• Divided into many branches.
Multiramose
a.
• Having many branches.
Multiscious
a.
• Having much or varied knowledge.
Multisect
a.
(Zool.) Divided into many similar segments; — said of an insect or myriapod.
Multiseptate
a.
(Bot.) Divided into many chambers by partitions, as the pith of the pokeweed.
Multiserial
a.
(Bot.) Arranged in many rows, or series, as the scales of a pine cone, or the leaves of the houseleek.
Multisiliquous
a.
(Bot.) Having many pods or seed vessels.
Multisonous
a.
• Having many sounds, or sounding much.
Multispiral
a.
(Zool.) Having numerous spiral coils round a center or nucleus; — said of the opercula of certain shells.
Multistriate
a.
• Having many streaks.
Multisulcate
a.
• Having many furrows.
Multisyllable
n.
• A word of many syllables; a polysyllable.
Multititular
a.
• Having many titles.
Multitubular
a.
• Having many tubes; as, a multitubular boiler.
Multitude
n.
• A great number of persons collected together; a numerous collection of persons; a crowd; an assembly.
• 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.
• The state of being many; numerousness.
Multitudinary
a.
• Multitudinous.
Multitudinous
a.
• Consisting of a multitude; manifold in number or condition; as, multitudinous waves.
• Of or pertaining to a multitude.
Multivalence
n.
(Chem.) Quality, state, or degree, of a multivalent element, atom, or radical.
Multivalent
a.
(Chem.) Having a valence greater than one, as silicon.
• Having more than one degree of valence, as sulphur.
Multivalve
n.
(Zool.) Any mollusk which has a shell composed of more than two pieces.
Multiversant
a.
• Turning into many shapes; assuming many forms; protean.
Multivious
a. & adv.
• Having many ways or roads; by many ways.
Multivocal
a.
• Signifying many different things; of manifold meaning; equivocal.
n.
• A multivocal word.
Multocular
a.
• Having many eyes, or more than two.
Multum
n.
• An extract of quassia licorice, fraudulently used by brewers in order to economize malt and hops.
Multungulate
a.
• Having many hoofs.
Multure
n.
(Scots Law) The toll for grinding grain.
• A grist or grinding; the grain ground.
Mum
a.
• Silent; not speaking.
interj.
• Be silent! Hush!
n.
• Silence.
n.
• A sort of strong beer, originally made in Brunswick, Germany.
Mumble
v. t.
• To speak with the lips partly closed, so as to render the sounds inarticulate and imperfect; to utter words in a grumbling indistinct manner, indicating discontent or displeasure; to mutter.
• To chew something gently with closed lips.
v. t.
• To utter with a low, inarticulate voice.
• To chew or bite gently, as one without teeth.
• To suppress, or utter imperfectly.
Mumblenews
n.
• A talebearer.
Mumbler
n.
• One who mumbles.
Mumbling
a.
• Low; indistinct; inarticulate.
Mumm
v. i.
• To sport or make diversion in a mask or disguise; to mask.
Mummer
n.
• One who mumms, or makes diversion in disguise; a masker; a buffon.
Mummery
n.
• Masking; frolic in disguise; buffoonery.
• Farcical show; hypocritical disguise and parade or ceremonies.
Mummichog
n.
(Zool.) 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.
Mummified
a.
• Converted into a mummy or a mummylike substance; having the appearance of a mummy; withered.
Mummiform
a.
• Having some resemblance to a mummy; — in zoology, said of the pupae of certain insects.
Mummify
v. t.
• To embalm and dry as a mummy; to make into, or like, 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.
• Dried flesh of a mummy.
• A gummy liquor that exudes from embalmed flesh when heated; — formerly supposed to have magical and medicinal properties.
• A brown color obtained from bitumen.
(Gardening) A sort of wax used in grafting, etc.
• One whose affections and energies are withered.
v. t.
• To embalm; to mummify.
Mump
v. i.
• To move the lips with the mouth closed; to mumble, as in sulkiness.
• To talk imperfectly, brokenly, or feebly; to chatter unintelligibly.
• To cheat; to deceive; to play the beggar.
• To be sullen or sulky.
v. t.
• To utter imperfectly, brokenly, or feebly.
• To work over with the mouth; to mumble; as, to mump food.
• To deprive of (something) by cheating; to impose upon.
Mumper
n.
• A beggar; a begging impostor.
Mumpish
a.
• Sullen, sulky.
Mumps
n.
• Sullenness; silent displeasure; the sulks.
(Med.) A specific infectious febrile disorder characterized by a nonsuppurative inflammation of the parotid glands; epidemic or infectious parotitis.
Mun
n.
• The mouth.
Munch
v. t. & i.
• To chew with a grinding, crunching sound, as a beast chews provender; to chew deliberately or in large mouthfuls.
Munchausenism
n.
• An extravagant fiction embodying an account of some marvelous exploit or adventure.
Muncher
n.
• One who munches.
Mundane
a.
• Of or pertaining to the world; worldly; earthly; terrestrial; as, the mundane sphere.
Mundanity
n.
• Worldliness.
Mundation
n.
• The act of cleansing.
Mundatory
a.
• Cleansing; having power to cleanse.
Mundic
n.
• Iron pyrites, or arsenical pyrites; — so called by the Cornish miners.
Mundificant
a.
• Serving to cleanse and heal.
n.
• A mundificant ointment or plaster.
Mundification
n.
• The act or operation of cleansing.
Mundificative
a.
• Cleansing.
n.
• A detergent medicine or preparation.
Mundify
v. t.
• To cleanse.
Mundil
n.
• A turban ornamented with an imitation of gold or silver embroidery.
Mundivagant
a.
• Wandering over the world.
Mundungus
n.
• A stinking tobacco.
Muneration
n.
• Remuneration.
Mung
n.
(Bot.) Green gram, a kind of pulse (Phaseolus Mungo), grown for food in British India.
Mungcorn
n.
• Same as Mangcorn.
Mungo
n.
• A fibrous material obtained by deviling rags or the remnants of woolen goods.
Municipal
a.
• Of or pertaining to a city or a corporation having the right of administering local government; as, municipal rights; municipal officers.
• Of or pertaining to a state, kingdom, or nation.
Municipalism
n.
• Municipal condition.
Municipality
n.
• A municipal district; a borough, city, or incorporated town or village.
Municipally
adv.
• In a municipal relation or condition.
Munific
a.
• Munificent; liberal.
Munificate
v. t.
• To enrich.
Munificence
n.
• Means of defense; fortification.
n.
• The quality or state of being munificent; a giving or bestowing with extraordinary liberality; generous bounty; lavish generosity.
Munificent
a.
• Very liberal in giving or bestowing; lavish; as, a munificent benefactor.
Munify
v. t. & i.
• To prepare for defense; to fortify.
Muniment
n.
• The act of supporting or defending.
• That which supports or defends; stronghold; place or means of defense; munition; assistance.
(Law) A record; the evidences or writings whereby a man is enabled to defend the title to his estate; title deeds and papers.
Munite
v. t.
• To fortify; to strengthen.
Munition
n.
• Fortification; stronghold.
• Whatever materials are used in war for drfense or for annoying an enemy; ammunition; also, stores and provisions; military stores of all kinds.
Munity
n.
• Freedom; security; immunity.
Munjistin
n.
(Chem.) An orangered coloring substance resembling alizarin, found in the root of an East Indian species of madder (Rubia munjista).
Munnerary
a.
• Having the nature of a gift.
Munnerate
v. t.
• To remunerate.
Muntjac
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Zool.) 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.
Mural
a.
• Of or pertaining to a wall; being on, or in, a wall; growing on, or against, a wall; as, a mural quadrant.
• Resembling a wall; perpendicular or steep; as, a mural precipice.
Murder
n.
• The offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful homicide.
v. t.
• To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being) willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully.
• To destroy; to put an end to.
• 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.
• 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.
Murderous
a.
• Of or pertaining to murder; characterized by, or causing, murder or bloodshed; having the purpose or quality of murder; bloody; sanguinary; as, the murderous king; murderous rapine; murderous intent; a murderous assault.
Murdress
n.
• A battlement in ancient fortifications with interstices for firing through.
Mure
n.
• A wall.
v. t.
• 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.
(Zool.) 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.
(Chem.) A complex nitrogenous substance obtained from murexide, alloxantin, and other ureids, as a white, or yellowish, crystalline which turns red on exposure to the air; — called also uramil, dialuramide, and formerly purpuric acid.
Murexide
n.
(Chem.) A crystalline nitrogenous substance having a splendid dichroism, being green by reflected light and garnet-red by transmitted light. It was formerly used in dyeing calico, and was obtained in a large quantities from guano. Formerly called also ammonium purpurate.
Murexoin
n.
(Chem.) A complex nitrogenous compound obtained as a scarlet crystalline substance, and regarded as related to murexide.
Muriate
n.
(Chem.) A salt of muriatic hydrochloric acid; a chloride; as, muriate of ammonia.
Muriated
a.
• Put in brine.
(Chem.) Combined or impregnated with muriatic or hydrochloric acid.
(Photog.) Prepared with chloride of silver through the agency of common salt.
Muriatic
a.
(Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or obtained from, sea salt, or from chlorine, one of the constituents of sea salt; hydrochloric.
Muriatiferous
a.
(Old Chem.) Producing muriatic substances or salt.
Muricoid
a.
(Zool.) Like, or pertaining to, the genus Murex, or family Muricidae.
Muriculate
a.
• Minutely muricate.
Muride
n.
(Old Chem.) Bromine; — formerly so called from its being obtained from sea water.
Muriform
a.
(Bot.) Resembling courses of bricks or stones in squareness and regular arrangement; as, a muriform variety of cellular tissue.
Murine
a.
(Zool.) Pertaining to a family of rodents (Muridae), of which the mouse is the type.
n.
(Zool.) One of a tribe of rodents, of which the mouse is the type.
Murk
a.
• Dark; murky.
n.
• Darkness; mirk.
n.
• The refuse of fruit, after the juice has been expressed; marc.
Murkily
adv.
• Darkly; gloomily.
Murkiness
n.
• The state of being murky.
Murky
a.
• Dark; obscure; gloomy.
Murlins
n.
(Bot.) A seaweed.
Murmur
n.
• A low, confused, and indistinct sound, like that of running water.
• A complaint half suppressed, or uttered in a low, muttering voice.
v. i.
• To make a low continued noise, like the hum of bees, a stream of water, distant waves, or the wind in a forest.
• To utter complaints in a low, half-articulated voice; to feel or express dissatisfaction or discontent; to grumble; — often with at or against.
v. t.
• To utter or give forth in low or indistinct words or sounds; as, to murmur tales.
Murmuration
n.
• The act of murmuring; a murmur.
Murmurer
n.
• One who murmurs.
Murmuring
a. & n.
• Uttering murmurs; making low sounds; complaining.
Murmurous
a.
• Attended with murmurs; exciting murmurs or complaint; murmuring.
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.
(Far.) An infectious and fatal disease among cattle.
a.
• Having, or afflicted with, murrain.
Murrayin
n.
(Chem.) 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.
(Zool.) Any one of several species of sea birds of the genus Uria, or Catarractes; a guillemot.
Murrelet
n.
(Zool.) 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.
a.
• Of a dark red color.
Murrhine
a.
• Made of the stone or material called by the Romans murrha; — applied to certain costly vases of great beauty and delicacy used by the luxurious in Rome as wine cups; as, murrhine vases, cups, vessels.
Murrion
a.
• Infected with or killed by murrain.
n.
• A morion.
Murth
n.
• Plenty; abundance.
Murther
n. & v.
• Murder, n. & v.
Murtherer
n.
• A murderer.
Murza
n.
• One of the hereditary nobility among the Tatars, esp. one of the second class.
Mus
n.
(Zool.) A genus of small rodents, including the common mouse and rat.
Musa
n.
(Bot.) 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.
Musaceous
a.
• Of, pertaining to, or resembling, plants of the genus Musa.
Musal
a.
• Of or pertaining to the Muses, or to Poetry.
Musang
n.
(Zool.) 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.
Musard
n.
• A dreamer; an absent-minded person.
Musca
n.
(Zool.) A genus of dipterous insects, including the common house fly, and numerous allied species.
(Astron.) A small constellation situated between the Southern Cross and the Pole.
Muscadine
n.
(Bot.) 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.
(Bot.) A fragrant and delicious pear.
Muscales
n. pl.
(Bot.) An old name for mosses in the widest sense, including the true mosses and also hepaticae and sphagna.
Muscardin
n.
(Zool.) 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.
Muscariform
a.
• Having the form of a brush.
Muscarin
n.
(Physiol. Chem.) A solid crystalline substance, C5H13NO2, found in the toadstool (Agaricus muscarius), and in putrid fish. It is a typical ptomaine, and a violent poison.
Muscat
n.
(Bot.) 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
a.
• Of, pertaining to, or designating, or derived from, a muscat grapes or similar grapes; a muscatel grapes; muscatel wine, etc.
n.
• A common name for several varieties of rich sweet wine, made in Italy, Spain, and France.
• Finest raisins, dried on the vine; "sun raisins."
Muschelkalk
n.
(Geol.) A kind of shell limestone, whose strata form the middle one of the three divisions of the Triassic formation in Germany.
Musci
n. pl.
(Bot.) An order or subclass of cryptogamous plants; the mosses.
Muscicapine
a.
(Zool.) Of or pertaining to the Muscicapidae, a family of birds that includes the true flycatchers.
Muscid
n.
• Any fly of the genus Musca, or family Muscidae.
Musciform
a.
(Zool.) Having the form or structure of flies of the genus Musca, or family Muscidae.
a.
(Bot.) Having the appearance or form of a moss.
Muscle
n.
(Anat.) An organ which, by its contraction, produces motion
• The contractile tissue of which muscles are largely made up.
• Muscular strength or development; as, to show one's muscle by lifting a heavy weight.
Muscled
a.
• Furnished with muscles; having muscles; as, things well muscled.
Muscling
n.
(Fine Arts) Exhibition or representation of the muscles.
Muscoid
a.
(Bot.) Mosslike; resembling moss.
n.
(Bot.) 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
a.
• Pertaining to, or of the nature of, unrefined or raw sugar, obtained from the juice of the sugar cane by evaporating and draining off the molasses. Muscovado sugar contains impurities which render it dark colored and moist.
n.
• Unrefined or raw sugar.
Muscovite
n.
• A native or inhabitant of Muscovy or ancient Russia; hence, a Russian.
(Min.) Common potash mica.
Muscular
a.
• Of or pertaining to a muscle, or to a system of muscles; consisting of, or constituting, a muscle or muscles; as, muscular fiber.
• Performed by, or dependent on, a muscle or the muscles.
• Well furnished with muscles; having well-developed muscles; brawny; hence, strong; powerful; vigorous; as, a muscular body or arm.
Muscularity
n.
• The state or quality of being muscular.
Muscularize
v. t.
• To make muscular.
Muscularly
adv.
• In a muscular manner.
Musculation
n.
(Anat.) The muscular system of an animal, or of any of its parts.
Musculature
n.
(Anat.) Musculation.
Muscule
n.
(Mil.) A long movable shed used by besiegers in ancient times in attacking the walls of a fortified town.
Musculocutaneous
a.
(Anat.) Pertaining both to muscles and skin; as, the musculocutaneous nerve.
Musculophrenic
a.
(Anat.) Pertaining to the muscles and the diaphragm; as, the musculophrenic artery.
Musculosity
n.
• The quality or state of being musculous; muscularity.
Musculospiral
a.
(Anat.) Of or pertaining to the muscles, and taking a spiral course; — applied esp. to a large nerve of the arm.
Musculous
a.
• Muscular.
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.
n.
(Class. Myth.) 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.
• A particular power and practice of poetry.
• A poet; a bard.
v. i.
• To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate.
• 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.
• To wonder.
v. t.
• To think on; to meditate on.
• To wonder at.
n.
• Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown study.
• Wonder, or admiration.
Museful
a.
• Meditative; thoughtfully silent.
Museless
a.
• Unregardful of the Muses; disregarding the power of poetry; unpoetical.
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.
• 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.
v. t.
• To notch, cut, or indent, as cloth, with a stamp.
Mushroom
n.
(Bot.) 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.
• Any large fungus, especially one of the genus Agaricus; a toadstool. Several species are edible; but many are very poisonous.
• One who rises suddenly from a low condition in life; an upstart.
a.
• Of or pertaining to mushrooms; as, mushroom catchup.
• Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth and shortness of duration; short-lived; ephemerial; as, mushroom cities.
Mushy
a.
• Soft like mush; figuratively, good-naturedly weak and effusive; weakly sentimental.
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.
• Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones.
• Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones.
• The written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score.
• Love of music; capacity of enjoying music.
(Zool.) A more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals.
Musical
a.
• Of or pertaining to music; having the qualities of music; or the power of producing music; devoted to music; melodious; harmonious; as, musical proportion; a musical voice; musical instruments; a musical sentence; musical persons.
n.
• Music.
• A social entertainment of which music is the leading feature; a musical party.
Musicale
n.
• A social musical party.
Musically
adv.
• In a musical manner.
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.
(Med.) A kind of monomania in which the passion for music becomes so strong as to derange the intellectual faculties.
Musingly
adv.
• In a musing manner.
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.
(Zool.) The musk deer.
• The perfume emitted by musk, or any perfume somewhat similar.
(Bot.) The musk plant (Mimulus moschatus).
• A plant of the genus Erodium (E. moschatum); — called also musky heron's-bill.
• A plant of the genus Muscari; grape hyacinth.
v. t.
• To perfume with musk.
Muskellunge
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Zool.) The male of the sparrow hawk.
• 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.
Musketoon
n.
• A short musket.
• One who is armed with such a musket.
Musketry
n.
• Muskets, collectively.
• The fire of muskets.
Muskiness
n.
• The quality or state of being musky; the scent of musk.
Muskmelon
n.
(Bot.) 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.
Muskogees
n. pl.
(Ethnol.) A powerful tribe of North American Indians that formerly occupied the region of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. They constituted a large part of the Creek confederacy.
Muskrat
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Zool.) The musk shrew.
(Zool.) The desman.
Muskwood
n.
(Bot.) The wood of a West Indian tree of the Mahogany family (Moschoxylum Swartzii).
• The wood of an Australian tree (Eurybia argophylla).
Musky
a.
• Having an odor of musk, or somewhat the like.
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.
Muslinet
n.
• A sort of coarse or light cotton cloth.
Musquaw
n.
(Zool.) The American black bear.
Muss
n.
• A scramble, as when small objects are thrown down, to be taken by those who can seize them; a confused struggle.
n.
• A state of confusion or disorder; — prob. variant of mess, but influenced by muss, a scramble.
v. t.
• To disarrange, as clothing; to rumple.
n.
• A term of endearment.
Mussel
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Unio, and related fresh-water genera; — called also river mussel.
Mussitation
n.
• A speaking in a low tone; mumbling.
Mussite
n.
(Min.) A variety of pyroxene, from the Mussa Alp in Piedmont; diopside.
Mussulman
n.
• A Mohammedan; a Moslem.
Mussulmanic
a.
• Of, pertaining to, or like, the Mussulmans, or their customs: Mohammedan.
Mussulmanish
a.
• Mohammedan.
Mussulmanism
n.
• Mohammedanism.
Mussulmanly
adv.
• In the manner of Moslems.
Mussy
a.
• Disarranged; rumpled.
Must
v. i. or auxiliary
• To be obliged; to be necessitated; — expressing either physical or moral necessity; as, a man must eat for nourishment; we must submit to the laws.
• To be morally required; to be necessary or essential to a certain quality, character, end, or result; as, he must reconsider the matter; he must have been insane.
n.
• The expressed juice of the grape, or other fruit, before fermentation.
• Mustiness.
v. t. & i.
• To make musty; to become musty.
Mustac
n.
(Zool.) A small tufted monkey.
Mustache
n.
• That part of the beard which grows on the upper lip; hair left growing above the mouth.
(Zool.) A West African monkey (Cercopithecus cephus). It has yellow whiskers, and a triangular blue mark on the nose.
(Zool.) Any conspicuous stripe of color on the side of the head, beneath the eye of a bird.
Mustacho
n.
• A mustache.
Mustachoed
a.
• Having mustachios.
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.
(Zool.) The half-wild horse of the plains in Mexico, California, etc. It is small, hardy, and easily sustained.
Mustard
n.
(Bot.) 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).
• 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.
Musteline
a.
(Zool.) Like or pertaining to the family Mustelidae, or the weasels and martens.
Muster
n.
• Something shown for imitation; a pattern.
• A show; a display.
• An assembling or review of troops, as for parade, verification of numbers, inspection, exercise, or introduction into service.
• The sum total of an army when assembled for review and inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army.
• Any assemblage or display; a gathering.
v. t.
• To collect and display; to assemble, as troops for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like.
• Hence: To summon together; to enroll in service; to get together.
v. i.
• To be gathered together for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like; to come together as parts of a force or body; as, his supporters mustered in force.
Mustily
a.
• In a musty state.
Mustiness
n.
• The quality or state of being musty.
Musty
a.
• 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.
• Spoiled by age; rank; stale.
• 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.
Mutable
a.
• Capable of alteration; subject to change; changeable in form, qualities, or nature.
• Changeable; inconstant; unsettled; unstable; fickle.
Mutableness
n.
• The quality of being mutable.
Mutably
adv.
• Changeably.
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 linen or muslin cap of an old woman.
Mute
v. t.
• To cast off; to molt.
v. t. & i.
• To eject the contents of the bowels; — said of birds.
n.
• The dung of birds.
a.
• Not speaking; uttering no sound; silent.
• Incapable of speaking; dumb.
• Not uttered; unpronounced; silent; also, produced by complete closure of the mouth organs which interrupt the passage of breath; — said of certain letters.
• Not giving a ringing sound when struck; — said of a metal.
n.
• One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause.
• One who, from deafness, either congenital or from early life, is unable to use articulate language; a deaf-mute.
• A person employed by undertakers at a funeral.
• A person whose part in a play does not require him to speak.
• Among the Turks, an officer or attendant who is selected for his place because he can not speak.
(Phon.) 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.
(Mus.) 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.
Mutely
adv.
• Without uttering words or sounds; in a mute manner; silently.
Muteness
n.
• The quality or state of being mute; speechlessness.
Mutilate
a.
• Deprived of, or having lost, an important part; mutilated.
(Zool.) Having finlike appendages or flukes instead of legs, as a cetacean.
n.
(Zool.) A cetacean, or a sirenian.
v. t.
• To cut off or remove a limb or essential part of; to maim; to cripple; to hack; as, to mutilate the body, a statue, etc.
• To destroy or remove a material part of, so as to render imperfect; as, to mutilate the orations of Cicero.
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.
Mutilous
a.
• Mutilated; defective; imperfect.
Mutine
n.
• A mutineer.
v. i.
• To mutiny.
Mutineer
n.
• One guilty of mutiny.
Muting
n.
• Dung of birds.
Mutinous
a.
• Disposed to mutiny; in a state of mutiny; characterized by mutiny; seditious; insubordinate.
Mutiny
n.
• Insurrection against constituted authority, particularly military or naval authority; concerted revolt against the rules of discipline or the lawful commands of a superior officer; hence, generally, forcible resistance to rightful authority; insubordination.
• Violent commotion; tumult; strife.
v. i.
• To rise against, or refuse to obey, lawful authority in military or naval service; to excite, or to be guilty of, mutiny or mutinous conduct; to revolt against one's superior officer, or any rightful authority.
• To fall into strifle; to quarrel.
Mutism
n.
• The condition, state, or habit of being mute, or without speech.
Mutter
v. i.
• To utter words indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; esp., to utter indistinct complains or angry expressions; to grumble; to growl.
• To sound with a low, rumbling noise.
v. t.
• To utter with imperfect articulations, or with a low voice; as, to mutter threats.
n.
• Repressing or obscure utterance.
Mutterer
n.
• One who mutters.
Mutteringly
adv.
• With a low voice and indistinct articulation; in a muttering manner.
Mutton
n.
• A sheep.
• The flesh of a sheep.
• A loose woman; a prostitute.
Muttony
a.
• Like mutton; having a flavor of mutton.
Mutual
a.
• Reciprocally acting or related; reciprocally receiving and giving; reciprocally given and received; reciprocal; interchanged; as, a mutual love, advantage, assistance, aversion, etc.
• Possessed, experienced, or done by two or more persons or things at the same time; common; joint; as, mutual happiness; a mutual effort.
Mutualism
n.
(Ethics) The doctrine of mutual dependence as the condition of individual and social welfare.
Mutuality
n.
• The quality of correlation; reciprocation; interchange; interaction; interdependence.
(Law) Reciprocity of consideration.
Mutually
adv.
• In a mutual manner.
Mutuary
n.
(Law) 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.
(Arch.) A projecting block worked under the corona of the Doric corice, in the same situation as the modillion of the Corinthian and Composite orders.
Mux
n.
• Dirt; filth; muck.
v. t.
• To mix in an unitidy and offensive way; to make a mess of.
Muxy
a.
• Soft; sticky, and dirty.
Muzarab
n.
(Eccl. Hist.) 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.
Muzarabic
a.
• Of or pertaining to Muzarabs; as, the Muzarabic liturgy.
Muzziness
n.
• The state or quality of being muzzy.
Muzzle
n.
• The projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a horse; a snout.
• The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge; as, the muzzle of a gun.
• A fastening or covering (as a band or cage) for the mouth of an animal, to prevent eating or vicious biting.
v. t.
• To bind the mouth of; to fasten the mouth of, so as to prevent biting or eating; hence, figuratively, to bind; to sheathe; to restrain from speech or action.
• To fondle with the closed mouth.
v. i.
• To bring the mouth or muzzle near.
Muzzy
a.
• Absent-minded; dazed; muddled; stupid.
My
a. & poss. pron.
• Of or belonging to me; — used always attributively; as, my body; my book; — mine is used in the predicate; as, the book is mine.
Mya
n.
(Zool.) A genus of bivalve mollusks, including the common long, or soft-shelled, clam.
Myalgia
n.
(Med.) Pain in the muscles; muscular rheumatism or neuralgia.
Myaria
n. pl.
(Zool.) A division of bivalve mollusks of which the common clam (Mya) is the type.
Mycelium
n.
(Bot.) The white threads or filamentous growth from which a mushroom or fungus is developed; the so-called mushroom spawn.
Myceloid
a.
(Bot.) Resembling mycelium.
Mycetes
n.
(Zool.) A genus of South American monkeys, including the howlers.
Mycetoid
(Bot.) Resembling a fungus.
Mycoderma
n.
(Biol.) 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.
• 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.
Mycomelic
a.
(Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a complex nitrogenous acid of the alloxan group, obtained as a honey-yellow powder. Its solutions have a gelatinous consistency.
Mycoprotein
n.
(Biol.) The protoplasmic matter of which bacteria are composed.
Mycose
n.
(Chem.) A variety of sugar, isomeric with sucrose and obtained from certain lichens and fungi. Called also trehalose.
Mycothrix
n.
(Biol.) The chain of micrococci formed by the division of the micrococci in multiplication.
Mydaleine
n.
(Physiol. Chem.) 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.
(Physiol. Chem.) A poisonous amido acid, C6H13NO2, separated by Brieger from decaying horseflesh. In physiological action, it is similar to curare.
Mydaus
n.
(Zool.) The teledu.
Mydriasis
n.
(Physiol. & Med.) A long-continued or excessive dilatation of the pupil of the eye.
Mydriatic
a.
• Causing dilatation of the pupil.
n.
• A mydriatic medicine or agent, as belladonna.
Myelencephala
n. pl.
(Zool.) Same as Vertebrata.
Myelencephalic
a.
(Anat.) Of or pertaining to the myelencephalon; cerebro-spinal.
Myelencephalon
n.
(Anat.) The brain and spinal cord; the cerebro-spinal axis; the neuron. Sometimes abbreviated to myelencephal.
• The metencephalon.
Myelencephalous
a.
(Zool.) Of or pertaining to the Myelencephala.
Myelin
n.
(Physiol. Chem.) A soft white substance constituting the medullary sheats of nerve fibers, and composed mainly of cholesterin, lecithin, cerebrin, albumin, and some fat.
• One of a group of phosphorized principles occurring in nerve tissue, both in the brain and nerve fibers.
Myelitis
n.
(Med.) Inflammation of the spinal marrow or its membranes.
Myelocoele
n.
(Anat.) The central canal of the spinal cord.
Myelogenic
a.
(Physiol.) Derived from, or pertaining to, the bone marrow.
Myeloid
a.
• Resembling marrow in appearance or consistency; as, a myeloid tumor.
Myeloidin
n.
(Physiol. Chem.) 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.
(Anat.) The spinal cord. (Sometimes abbrev. to myel.)
Myelonal
a.
(Anat.) Of or pertaining to the myelon; as, the myelonal, or spinal, nerves.
Myeloneura
n. pl.
(Zool.) The Vertebrata.
Myeloplax
n.
(Anat.) One of the huge multinucleated cells found in the marrow of bone and occasionally in other parts; a giant cell.
Mygale
n.
(Zool.) 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.
(Paleon.) An extinct genus of large slothlike American edentates, allied to Megatherium.
Mylohyoid
a.
(Anat.) Pertaining to, or in the region of, the lower jaw and the hyoid apparatus; as, the mylohyoid nerve.
Myna
n.
(Zool.) 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.
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.
(Med.) Inflammation of the myocardium.
Myocardium
n.
(Anat.) The main substance of the muscular wall of the heart inclosed between the epicardium and endocardium.
Myochrome
n.
(Physiol.) A colored albuminous substance in the serum from red-colored muscles. It is identical with hemoglobin.
Myocomma
n.
(Anat.) A myotome.
Myodynamics
n.
(Physiol.) 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.
(Physiol.) An instrument for measuring the muscular strength of man or of other animals; a dynamometer.
Myoepithelial
a.
(Biol.) Derived from epithelial cells and destined to become a part of the muscular system; — applied to structural elements in certain embryonic forms.
(Zool.) Having the characteristics of both muscle and epithelium; as, the myoepithelial cells of the hydra.
Myogalid
n.
(Zool.) One of the Myogalodae, a family of Insectivora, including the desman, and allied species.
Myograph
n.
(Physiol.) 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.
(Physiol.) A red-colored respiratory pigment found associated with hemoglobin in the muscle tissue of a large number of animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate.
Myoid
a.
• Composed of, or resembling, muscular fiber.
Myolemma
n.
(Anat.) Sarcolemma.
Myolin
n.
(Physiol.) The essential material of muscle fibers.
Myologist
n.
• One skilled in myology.
Myology
n.
• That part of anatomy which treats of muscles.
Myoma
n.
(Med.) A tumor consisting of muscular tissue.
Myomancy
n.
• Divination by the movements of mice.
Myomorph
n.
• One of the Myomorpha.
Myomorpha
n. pl.
(Zool.) An extensive group of rodents which includes the rats, mice, jerboas, and many allied forms.
Myopathia
n.
(Med.) Any affection of the muscles or muscular system.
Myopathic
a.
(Med.) Of or pertaining to myopathia.
Myopathy
n.
• Same as Myopathia.
Myope
n.
• A person having myopy; a myops.
Myophan
n.
(Zool.) A contractile striated layer found in the bodies and stems of certain Infusoria.
Myopia
n.
(Med.) 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.
Myopic
a.
• Pertaining to, or affected with, or characterized by, myopia; nearsighted.
Myopsis
n.
(Med.) The appearance of muscae volitantes.
Myopy
n.
(Med.) Myopia.
Myosin
n.
(Physiol. Chem.) 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.
Myosis
n.
(Med.) Long-continued contraction of the pupil of the eye.
Myositic
a.
(Med.) Myotic.
Myositis
n.
(Med.) Inflammation of the muscles.
Myosotis
n.
(Bot.) A genus of plants.
Myotic
a.
(Med.) Producing myosis, or contraction of the pupil of the eye, as opium, calabar bean, etc.
n.
• A myotic agent.
Myotome
n.
(Anat.) A muscular segment; one of the zones into which the muscles of the trunk, especially in fishes, are divided; a myocomma.
• One of the embryonic muscular segments arising from the protovertebrae; also, one of the protovertebrae themselves.
• The muscular system of one metamere of an articulate.
Myotomic
a.
(Anat.) Of or pertaining to a myotome or myotomes.
Myotomy
n.
• The dissection, or that part of anatomy which treats of the dissection, of muscles.
Myrcia
n.
(Bot.) 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.
Myriacanthous
a.
(Zool.) Having numerous spines, as certain fishes.
Myriad
n.
• The number of ten thousand; ten thousand persons or things.
• An immense number; a very great many; an indefinitely large number.
a.
• Consisting of a very great, but indefinite, number; as, myriad stars.
Myriapod
n.
(Zool.) One of the Myriapoda.
Myriapoda
n. pl.
(Zool.) A class, or subclass, of arthropods, related to the hexapod insects, from which they differ in having the body made up of numerous similar segments, nearly all of which bear true jointed legs. They have one pair of antennae, three pairs of mouth organs, and numerous trachaae, similar to those of true insects. The larvae, when first hatched, often have but three pairs of legs.
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.
(Bot.) 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.
(Chem.) A silky, crystalline, waxy substance, forming the less soluble part of beeswax, and regarded as a palmitate of a higher alcohol of the paraffin series; — called also myricyl alcohol.
Myricyl
n.
(Chem.) A hypothetical radical regarded as the essential residue of myricin; — called also melissyl.
Myriological
a.
• Of or relating to a myriologue.
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.
Myriophyllous
a.
(Bot.) Having an indefinitely great or countless number of leaves.
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.
(Chem.) A salt of myristic acid.
Myristic
a.
(Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, the nutmeg (Myristica). Specifically, designating an acid found in nutmeg oil and otoba fat, and extracted as a white crystalline waxy substance.
Myristin
n.
(Chem.) The myristate of glycerin, — found as a vegetable fat in nutmeg butter, etc.
Myristone
n.
(Chem.) The ketone of myristic acid, obtained as a white crystalline substance.
Myrmicine
a.
(Zool.) Of or pertaining to Myrmica, a genus of ants including the small house ant (M. molesta), and many others.
Myrmidon
n.
• One of a fierce tribe or troop who accompained Achilles, their king, to the Trojan war.
• A soldier or a subordinate civil officer who executes cruel orders of a superior without protest or pity; — sometimes applied to bailiffs, constables, etc.
Myrmidonian
a.
• Consisting of, or like, myrmidons.
Myrmotherine
a.
(Zool.) Feeding upon ants; — said of certain birds.
Myronic
a.
(Chem.) Pertaining to, or obtained from, mustard; — used specifically to designate a glucoside called myronic acid, found in mustard seed.
Myropolist
n.
• One who sells unguents or perfumery.
Myrosin
n.
(Chem.) A ferment, resembling diastase, found in mustard seeds.
Myroxylon
n.
(Bot.) 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 exuds 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.
Myrrhic
a.
• Of, pertaining to, or obtained from, myrrh.
Myrrhine
a.
• Murrhine.
Myrtaceous
a.
(Bot.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a large and important natural order of trees and shrubs (Myrtaceae), of which the myrtle is the type. It includes the genera Eucalyptus, Pimenta, Lechythis, and about seventy more.
Myrtiform
a.
• Resembling myrtle or myrtle berries; having the form of a myrtle leaf.
Myrtle
n.
(Bot.) 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 used in turning.
Myself
pron.
• I or me in person; — used for emphasis, my own self or person; as I myself will do it; I have done it myself; — used also instead of me, as the object of the first person of a reflexive verb, without emphasis; as, I will defend myself.
Myselven
pron.
• Myself.
Mysis
n.
(Zool.) 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.
Mystacal
a.
(Zool.) Of or pertaining to the upper lip, or mustache.
Mystagogue
n.
• interprets mysteries, especially of a religious kind.
• One who keeps and shows church relics.
Mystagogy
n.
• The doctrines, principles, or practice of a mystagogue; interpretation of mysteries.
Mysterial
a.
• Mysterious.
Mysteriarch
n.
• One presiding over mysteries.
Mysterious
a.
• Of or pertaining to mystery; containing a mystery; difficult or impossible to understand; obscure not revealed or explained; enigmatical; incomprehensible.
Mysteriously
adv.
• In a mysterious manner.
Mysteriousness
n.
• The state or quality of being mysterious.
• Something mysterious; a mystery.
Mysterize
v. t.
• To make mysterious; to make a mystery of.
Mystery
n.
• A profound secret; something wholly unknown, or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; something which has not been or can not be explained; hence, specifically, that which is beyond human comprehension.
• A kind of secret religious celebration, to which none were admitted except those who had been initiated by certain preparatory ceremonies; — usually plural; as, the Eleusinian mysteries.
• The consecrated elements in the eucharist.
• Anything artfully made difficult; an enigma.
n.
• A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied.
• 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.
Mysticete
n.
(Zool.) Any right whale, or whalebone whale.
Mysticism
n.
• Obscurity of doctrine.
(Eccl. Hist.) 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.
(Philos.) 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.
Mystify
v. t.
• To involve in mystery; to make obscure or difficult to understand; as, to mystify a passage of Scripture.
• To perplex the mind of; to puzzle; to impose upon the credulity of ; as, to mystify an opponent.
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.
• A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable.
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.
Mythologize
v. i.
• To relate, classify, and explain, or attempt to explain, myths; to write upon myths.
• To construct and propagate 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.
• 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.
Mythopoeic
a.
• Making or producing myths; giving rise to mythical narratives.
Mythopoetic
a.
• Making or producing myths or mythical tales.
Mytiloid
a.
(Zool.) Like, or pertaining to, the genus Mytilus, or family Mytilidae.
Mytilotoxine
n.
(Physiol. Chem.) 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.
(Zool.) A genus of marine bivalve shells, including the common mussel.
Myxa
n.
(Zool.) The distal end of the mandibles of a bird.
Myxine
n.
(Zool.) A genus of marsipobranchs, including the hagfish.
Myxinoid
a.
(Zool.) Like, or pertaining to, the genus Myxine.
n.
• A hagfish.
Myxocystodea
n. pl.
(Zool.) A division of Infusoria including the Noctiluca.
Myxoma
n.
(Med.) A tumor made up of a gelatinous tissue resembling that found in the umbilical cord.
Myxopod
n.
(Zool.) A rhizopod or moneran. Also used adjectively; as, a myxopod state.
Myzontes
n. pl.
(Zool.) The Marsipobranchiata.
Myzostomata
n. pl.
(Zool.) An order of curious parasitic worms found on crinoids. The body is short and disklike, with four pairs of suckers and five pairs of hook-bearing parapodia on the under side.

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