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machicolate Tweet Definition of machicolate Like Definition of machicolate on Facebook
verb
  1. To furnish with machicolations.
machicolation Tweet Definition of machicolation Like Definition of machicolation on Facebook
noun
  1. An opening between the corbels which support a projecting parapet, or in the floor of a gallery or the roof of a portal, shooting or dropping missiles upon assailants attacking the base of the walls. Also, the construction of such defenses, in general, when of this character.
  2. The act of discharge, discharging missiles or pouring burning or melted substances upon assailants through such apertures.
mansard Tweet Definition of mansard Like Definition of mansard on Facebook
noun
  1. a mansard roof
  2. the upper storey of a building, surrounded by such a roof
adjective
  1. (context, of a roof) having two slopes on each side, the lower being steeper than the upper
marquee Tweet Definition of marquee Like Definition of marquee on Facebook
noun
  1. (British) A large tent used for outdoors entertainment
    1. A projecting canopy over an entrance, especially one with a sign whose letters move from right to left
    2. (computing) In graphical editing software, a special selection tool, used to highlight a portion of an image.
    Rectangular Marquee Tool
mastaba Tweet Definition of mastaba Like Definition of mastaba on Facebook
noun
  1. (architecture) A rectangular structure with a flat top and slightly sloping sides, built during Ancient Egyptian times above tombs that were situated on flat land. Mastabas were made of wood, mud bricks, stone, or a combination of these materials. Some are solid structures, while others can contain one or more rooms, sometimes decorated with paintings or inscriptions.
The pyramids at Giza are flanked by large cemetaries containing hundreds of mastabas.
mausoleum Tweet Definition of mausoleum Like Definition of mausoleum on Facebook
noun (pl=mausoleums, pl2=mausolea)
  1. A large stately tomb or a building housing such a tomb or several tombs.
  2. A gloomy, usually large room or building.
mezzanine Tweet Definition of mezzanine Like Definition of mezzanine on Facebook
noun
  1. A balcony in an auditorium.
  2. A sub-floor, in between main floors of a building.
On our way to the top floor, we stopped at the .
adjective
  1. (engineering) Fulfilling an intermediate or secondary function.
To make interconnections easier, we added a PCB.
minaret Tweet Definition of minaret Like Definition of minaret on Facebook
noun
  1. the tall slender tower of an Islamic mosque, from which the muezzin recites the adhan (call to prayer)
modillion Tweet Definition of modillion Like Definition of modillion on Facebook
noun
  1. (architecture) A decoratively carved supporting block atop a column.
mold Tweet Definition of mold Like Definition of mold on Facebook
noun
  1. American English spelling of mould (etymologies 1-3).
verb
  1. American English spelling of mould
molding Tweet Definition of molding Like Definition of molding on Facebook
noun
  1. The act or process of shaping in or on a mold, or of making molds; the art or occupation of a molder.
  2. Anything cast in a mold, or which appears to be so, as grooved or ornamental bars of wood or metal.
  3. (architecture) A plane, or curved, narrow surface, either sunk or projecting, used for decoration by means of the lights and shades upon its surface. Moldings vary greatly in pattern and are generally used in groups, the different members of each group projecting or retreating, one beyond another.
  4. (context, woodwork) A planing machine for making moldings.
  5. (context, founding) A machine to assist in making molds for castings.
  6. (context, milling) A mill for shaping timber.
  7. (context, founding) A kind of sand containing clay, used in making molds.
adjective
  1. Used in making a mold or moldings; used in shaping anything according to a pattern.
Mosaic Tweet Definition of Mosaic Like Definition of Mosaic on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Mosaic (web browser))
  1. (computing) an early web browser
adjective
  1. of or relating to Moses, his laws and writings
Mozarabic Tweet Definition of Mozarabic Like Definition of Mozarabic on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a continuum of closely related Romance dialects spoken in Muslim-dominated areas of the Iberian Peninsula during the early stages of Romance language development in Iberia.
mullion Tweet Definition of mullion Like Definition of mullion on Facebook
noun
  1. A vertical bar between the panes of glass or casements of a window or the panels of a screen.

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