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Glossary of Nautical Terms
beginning with letter M
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mackinaw boat Tweet Definition of mackinaw boat Like Definition of mackinaw boat on Facebook
noun
  1. A cargo boat, with a large flat bottom and sharp ends, formerly used on the Great Lakes and the Missouri River (to a lesser extent, elsewhere).
  2. A shooner-rigged boat once used on the Great Lakes.
mainmast Tweet Definition of mainmast Like Definition of mainmast on Facebook
noun
  1. The chief, and tallest mast of a sailing ship that has more than one mast
mainsail Tweet Definition of mainsail Like Definition of mainsail on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) The largest (or only) sail on a sailing boat
mainsheet Tweet Definition of mainsheet Like Definition of mainsheet on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) The rope connected to and controlling the mainsail
mainstay Tweet Definition of mainstay Like Definition of mainstay on Facebook
noun
  1. A chief support.
Agriculture is the of this country's economy.
  1. (nautical) A stabilise, stabilising rope from the top of the mainmast to the bottom of the foremast.
make Tweet Definition of make Like Definition of make on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, of a car) brand, Brand; often paired with model.
What car do you drive?
verb (makes, making, made)
  1. To create, construct or produce.
We made a bird feeder for our yard.
They hope to a bigger profit.
We"ll a man out of him yet.
  1. To constitute.
They a cute couple.
This makes the third infraction.
  1. (context, construed with of, typically interrogative) To interpret.
I don"t know what to of it.
  1. (context, usually stressed) To bring into success.
This company is what made you.
She married into wealth. She has it made.
  1. (context, second object is an adjective) To cause to be.
The citizens made their objections clear.
This might you a bit woozy.
  1. (context, second object is a verb) To cause to do.
You"re making her cry.
I was made to feel like a criminal.
  1. (context, second object is a verb, can be stressed for emphasis or clarity) To force to do.
The teacher made the student study.
Don"t let them you suffer.
  1. (context, of a fact) To indicate or suggest to be.
His past mistakes don"t him a bad person.
  1. (context, of a person being sought) To recognise (without being recognised in return)
    • 2004, George Nolfi et al, w:Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Twelve, Warner Bros. Pictures, 0:50:30,
    • :<span style="font-variant:small-caps">Linus Caldwell:</span> Well, she just made Danny and Yen, which means in the next 48 hours the three o' your pictures are gonna be in every police station in Europe.
    • 2007 May 4, Andrew Dettmann et al, "Under Pressure", episode 3-22 of w:Numb3rs, Numb3rs, 00:01:16,
    • :<span style="font-variant:small-caps">David Sinclair:</span> (walking) Almost at Seventh; I should have a visual any second now. (rounds a corner, almost collides into Kaleed Asan) Damn, that was close.<br /><span style="font-variant:small-caps">Don Eppes:</span> David, he you?<br /><span style="font-variant:small-caps">David Sinclair:</span> No, I don't think so.
Marine Tweet Definition of Marine Like Definition of Marine on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of, or pertaining to, a marine corps.
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maritime Tweet Definition of maritime Like Definition of maritime on Facebook
adjective
  1. Related to the sea or sailing
I enjoy maritime activities such as yachting and deep sea diving.
  1. Bordering on the sea
the maritime states.
  1. Living near or in the sea
maritime animals.
  1. Of or relating to a mariner or sailor
Mark Tweet Definition of Mark Like Definition of Mark on Facebook
proper noun (book of the Bible, Gospel of Mark)
  1. (given name, male). Jocular diminutive: Marky.
  2. (biblical) w:Mark the Evangelist, Mark the Evangelist, also called John Mark, first patriarch of Alexandria and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Mark.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Mark, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the second of the four gospels.
marlin Tweet Definition of marlin Like Definition of marlin on Facebook
noun (pluralmarlins)
  1. A game fish having a pointed spearlike upper jaw belonging to either of the genera Tetrapturus or Makaira.
martingale Tweet Definition of martingale Like Definition of martingale on Facebook
noun
  1. A piece of harness used on a horse to keep it from raising its head above a desired point.
  2. (nautical) A spar, or piece of rigging that strengthens the bowsprit.
  3. A gambling strategy in which one doubles the stake after each loss.
    1. (fencing) A strap attached to the sword handle, preventing a sword being dropped if disarmed.
mask Tweet Definition of mask Like Definition of mask on Facebook
noun
  1. A cover, or partial cover, for the face, used for disguise or protection
a dancer's ; a fencer's ; a ball player's
  1. That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge.
  2. A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, where all wear masks; a masquerade; hence, a revel; a frolic; a delusive show - Bacon
    • Milton:
    • : This thought might lead me through the world's vain .
      1. (obsolete) A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.
      2. (architecture) A grotesque head or face, used to adorn keystones and other prominent parts, to spout water in fountains, and the like; -- called also mascaron.
      3. (context, fortification) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
      4. (context, fortification) A screen for a battery
      5. (zoology) The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
verb
  1. (transitive) To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.
    • Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, IV,vi:
    • : They must all be masked and vizarded
      1. (transitive) To disguise; to cover; to hide.
    • Shakespeare, Macbeth, III-i:
    • : Masking the business from the common eye
      1. (military, transitive) To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.
      2. (military, transitive) To cover or keep in check
      to a body of troops or a fortess by a superior force, while some hostile evolution is being carried out
      1. (intransitive) To take part as a masker in a masquerade - Cavendish
      2. (intransitive) To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way - Shakespeare
mast Tweet Definition of mast Like Definition of mast on Facebook
noun
  1. A tall, slim structure used to support, for example, the sails on a ship, floodlights or an aerial.
mend Tweet Definition of mend Like Definition of mend on Facebook
noun
  1. A place, as in clothing, which has been repaired by mending.
  2. The act of mending.
verb (mends, mending, mended)
  1. To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create; as, to mend a garment or a machine.
  2. To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.
  3. To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
  4. To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
merchant Tweet Definition of merchant Like Definition of merchant on Facebook
noun
  1. One who buys and sells for business.
mess Tweet Definition of mess Like Definition of mess on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) Mass; church service.
  2. A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to a beast at one time.
A of pottage.
  1. A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table.
The wardroom .
  1. A set of four; " from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner.
  2. The milk given by a cow at one milking.
verb (messes, messing, messed)
  1. (intransitive) To take meals with a mess.
  2. (intransitive) To belong to a mess.
  3. (intransitive) To eat (with others).
I with the wardroom officers.
  1. (transitive) To supply with a mess.
mizzenmast Tweet Definition of mizzenmast Like Definition of mizzenmast on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) The third mast from the bow on a ship having three or more masts
  2. (nautical) The shorter, after mast of a ship having two masts, such as a ketch or yawl
monoplane Tweet Definition of monoplane Like Definition of monoplane on Facebook
noun
  1. An airplane that has a single pair of wings
moonraker Tweet Definition of moonraker Like Definition of moonraker on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) a small, light sail high on a mast; a moonsail
  2. a smuggler from Wiltshire
moorage Tweet Definition of moorage Like Definition of moorage on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of mooring.
  2. A place where a ship or an aircraft may be moored.
  3. The fee for mooring.
mooring Tweet Definition of mooring Like Definition of mooring on Facebook
noun
  1. A place to moor a vessel
  2. The act of securing a vessel with a cable or anchor etc.
verb
  1. (present participle of, moor)
motorboat Tweet Definition of motorboat Like Definition of motorboat on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) any vessel driven by an engine (either inboard or outboard), but especially a small one
MS Tweet Definition of MS Like Definition of MS on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. Mississippi, a state of the United States of America.
  2. manuscript, Manuscript.
  3. Master of Science.
  4. middle school, Middle School.
  5. Morphine. (Morphine Sulfate)
  6. multiple sclerosis, Multiple sclerosis, a chronic, inflammatory, demyelinating disease
initialism
  1. Microsoft
mule Tweet Definition of mule Like Definition of mule on Facebook
noun
  1. A generally sterile hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
  2. (informal) A stubborn person.
  3. (slang) A person paid to smuggle drugs.
  4. A woman's shoe that has no fitting or strap around the heel
MV Tweet Definition of MV Like Definition of MV on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. motor vessel
  2. motor vehicle
  3. merchant vessel

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