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Macaulay Tweet Definition of Macaulay Like Definition of Macaulay on Facebook
proper noun Thomas Babington Macaulay
  1. A 19th century British poet, historian, politician and essayist.
Macbeth Tweet Definition of Macbeth Like Definition of Macbeth on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A Shakespeare play, about the Scottish royal family
Mach Tweet Definition of Mach Like Definition of Mach on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Mach number)
  1. (physics) a ratio of the speed (of an object, etc.) to the speed of sound in the fluid or other medium through which the object travels. Usually used to describe supersonic speeds.
    The jet traveled at 3.
  2. (physics) the Mach number
proper noun
  1. w:Ernst Mach, Ernst Mach, Czech physicist 1838 - 1916.
Machen Tweet Definition of Machen Like Definition of Machen on Facebook
proper noun
  1. an English occupational surname for a stonemason
Macintosh Tweet Definition of Macintosh Like Definition of Macintosh on Facebook
proper noun (pluralMacintoshes)
  1. A Scottish surname
Mack Tweet Definition of Mack Like Definition of Mack on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A man; used to address a man whose name is unknown.
  2. (given name, male), variant of Mac.
mackintosh Tweet Definition of mackintosh Like Definition of mackintosh on Facebook
noun (, mackintoshes)
  1. A waterproof coat or raincoat
    • Happiness - written by A.A. Milne
      :John had great big waterproof boots on;
      :John had a great big waterproof hat;
      :John had a great big waterproof --
      :And that (Said John) is that.
Macon Tweet Definition of Macon Like Definition of Macon on Facebook
nounmacon
  1. Macon is a dry white or red wine produced in France.
Madison Tweet Definition of Madison Like Definition of Madison on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The capital city of Wisconsin, USA.
  2. An English surname.
  3. (given name, female) popular since 1984 when it appeared as the name of a mermaid in the film Splash.
mailer Tweet Definition of mailer Like Definition of mailer on Facebook
noun
  1. A packet or container designed for postal use.
The cassette came in a brown paper .
major Tweet Definition of major Like Definition of major on Facebook
noun , or, when used as a title before a person's name, Major
  1. A military rank between captain and lieutenant-colonel.
    • He used to be a in the army.
    • This is Major Jones.
      1. A person of legal age.
      2. The main area of study of a student working toward a degree at a college or university.
    • Midway through his second year of college, he still hadn't chosen a .
      1. A student at a college or university concentrating on a given area of study.
    • She is a math .
verb
  1. To concentrate on a particular area of study as a student in a college or university.
    • I have decided to in mathematics.
adjective
  1. Of great significance or importance.
  2. (music) Being the larger of two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number.
  3. (music) Containing the note which is a major third (four half steps) above the tonic.
malle Tweet Definition of malle Like Definition of malle on Facebook
noun (plural:malles)
  1. (Weapon) A heavy hammer or beetle, often made of wood or lead.
Quotations
  • 1786: The is also an entry of two hundred Malles in a store house at Berwick. " Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 52.
Malthus Tweet Definition of Malthus Like Definition of Malthus on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Thomas Malthus)
  1. Thomas Robert Malthus, English demographer and political economist
manes Tweet Definition of manes Like Definition of manes on Facebook
noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
  1. The souls or spirits of dead ancestors, conceived as deities or the subjects of reverence.
    • 1658, this was the Ustrina or place of burning their bodies, or some sacrificing place unto the Manes " Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial (Penguin 2005, p. 9)
      1. (plural of, mane)
Manet Tweet Definition of Manet Like Definition of Manet on Facebook
noun
  1. a work by w:í‰douard Manet, í‰douard Manet
proper noun
  1. w:í‰douard Manet, í‰douard Manet, French painter.
Mansfield Tweet Definition of Mansfield Like Definition of Mansfield on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A town in Nottinghamshire, England
mantle Tweet Definition of mantle Like Definition of mantle on Facebook
noun
  1. a piece of clothing somewhat like an open robe or cloak, especially that worn by Orthodox bishops
  2. (figuratively) anything that covers or conceals something else
  3. the zone of hot gases around a flame; the gauzy incandescent covering of a gas lamp
  4. (anatomy) the cerebral cortex
  5. (geology) the layer between the Earth's core and crust
  6. (zoology) the body wall of a mollusc/mollusk
  7. An alternative spelling mantel
(wikipedia, mantle (geology))
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map Tweet Definition of map Like Definition of map on Facebook
noun
  1. A visual representation of an area, whether real or imaginary.
  2. A mathematical name for a function that assigns a value to some other value.
  3. A diagram of components of an item.
  4. A city map.
verb (map, p, ed)
  1. To create a visual representation of a territory, etc. via cartography.
  2. To inform someone of a particular idea.
marble Tweet Definition of marble Like Definition of marble on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A rock of crystalline limestone.
Open thy marble jaws, O tomb / And hide me, earth, in thy dark womb."George Frederic Handel, Jeptha
  1. (countable) A small spherical ball of rock or glass used in children's games.
Marc Tweet Definition of Marc Like Definition of Marc on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), a spelling variant of Mark in the French fashion.
Marcel Tweet Definition of Marcel Like Definition of Marcel on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A male given name.
March Tweet Definition of March Like Definition of March on Facebook
proper noun (es, -)
  1. The third month of the Gregorian calendar, following February and preceding April. Abbreviation: Mar or Mar.
Marcus Tweet Definition of Marcus Like Definition of Marcus on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), latinate form of Mark.
Marian Tweet Definition of Marian Like Definition of Marian on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female, ), a variant of Marion often also interpreted as a contraction of Mary and Ann.
adjective
  1. of, or relating to the cult of the Virgin Mary
Marie Tweet Definition of Marie Like Definition of Marie on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female, ) borrowed from the French form of Mary; particularly popular as a middle name.
Marion Tweet Definition of Marion Like Definition of Marion on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female), a French diminutive of Marie used in English since the Middle Ages.
  2. A surname derived from the female given name.
  3. (context, mostly, US) (given name, male), transferred use of the surname, or by folk etymology seen as a masculine form of Mary.
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.
Marlborough Tweet Definition of Marlborough Like Definition of Marlborough on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a town in Wiltshire, England
  2. w:Marlborough College, Marlborough College
  3. a dukedom in the British peerage
Marlowe Tweet Definition of Marlowe Like Definition of Marlowe on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Christopher. 1564-93, English dramatist.
marquis Tweet Definition of marquis Like Definition of marquis on Facebook
noun (pl=marquises, pl2=marquis)
  1. A nobleman in England, France, and Germany, of a rank next below that of duke. Originally, the marquis was an officer whose duty was to guard the marches or frontiers of the kingdom. The office has ceased, and the name is now a mere title conferred by patent.
marsh Tweet Definition of marsh Like Definition of marsh on Facebook
noun
  1. An area of low, wet land, often with tall grass.
Marshall Tweet Definition of Marshall Like Definition of Marshall on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English and Scottish status surname for someone who was in charge of the horses of a royal household, or an occupational surname for someone who looked after horses, or was responsible for the custody of prisoners
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname since nineteenth century.
Martial Tweet Definition of Martial Like Definition of Martial on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Martialis, as the translation of the name narrowly applies to certain historic persons.
  2. Monicker of: the Roman poet Marcus Valerius Martialis, born in Spain in the first century AD and noted for his epigrams.
Martin Tweet Definition of Martin Like Definition of Martin on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male) originally given in honor of a fourth century soldier-saint.
  2. A European surname derived from the given name.
  3. An English habitational surname for some who lived near a mere.
martini Tweet Definition of martini Like Definition of martini on Facebook
noun
  1. a cocktail made with gin or vodka and vermouth
  • Will you join us at six o"clock for martinis?
  • My boss is out on another of his three- lunches.
  • Mary Tweet Definition of Mary Like Definition of Mary on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (given name, female). It was considered too sacred to use before the end of the 12th century; very popular from the 17th to the 20th century.
    2. The Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ.
    3. (biblical character) Several other women in the New Testament, notably Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha.
    Mason Tweet Definition of Mason Like Definition of Mason on Facebook
    noun
    1. an English and Scottish occupational surname for a stonemason
    2. a Freemason
    3. (given name, male) derived from the surname.
    Masters Tweet Definition of Masters Like Definition of Masters on Facebook
    noun
    1. An advanced degree, past BS, before PhD?.
    Matilda Tweet Definition of Matilda Like Definition of Matilda on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (given name, female)
    Matthews Tweet Definition of Matthews Like Definition of Matthews on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. An English patronymic surname derived from the given name Matthew
    2. (plural of, Matthew)
    Matthias Tweet Definition of Matthias Like Definition of Matthias on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (biblical character) The Apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot.
    2. (given name, male), derived from the same source as Matthew.
    Maud Tweet Definition of Maud Like Definition of Maud on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. A female given name, a Low German form of Matilda
    Maurice Tweet Definition of Maurice Like Definition of Maurice on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (given name, male)
    Mauser Tweet Definition of Mauser Like Definition of Mauser on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. Any of the firearms made or designed by the Mauser company, notably automatic pistols and bolt action rifles.
    maxim Tweet Definition of maxim Like Definition of maxim on Facebook
    noun
    1. a succinct statement or observation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct
    Maximilian Tweet Definition of Maximilian Like Definition of Maximilian on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (given name, male, ) A male given name.
    Maxwell Tweet Definition of Maxwell Like Definition of Maxwell on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. A Scottish habitational surname from Mackeswell near Melrose.
    2. (given name, male), derived from the surname.
    Mayo Tweet Definition of Mayo Like Definition of Mayo on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. A county in the Republic of Ireland.
    mays Tweet Definition of mays Like Definition of mays on Facebook
    noun
    1. Plural of may
    McGovern Tweet Definition of McGovern Like Definition of McGovern on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. A surname of Irish and Scottish origin, from the Gaelic Mag Shamhrí¡in, a patronymic from the given name Samhradh meaning summer
    mead Tweet Definition of mead Like Definition of mead on Facebook
    noun
    1. An alcoholic drink fermented from honey and water
    Melbourne Tweet Definition of Melbourne Like Definition of Melbourne on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. State capital of Victoria (Australia).
    Melville Tweet Definition of Melville Like Definition of Melville on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. A Scottish habitational surname of Norman origin, from Malleville in Normandy
    2. w:Herman Melville, Herman Melville (1819-1891), an American novelist, essayist, and poet. He is best remembered for the novel s:Moby-Dick, Moby-Dick.
    3. His works or media adaptations of his works.
    Meredith Tweet Definition of Meredith Like Definition of Meredith on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. A Welsh surname.
    2. (given name, male).
    3. (given name, female).
    Merton Tweet Definition of Merton Like Definition of Merton on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. Any of several placenames in England from words meaning lake and settlement
    2. w:Merton College, Oxford, Merton College, Oxford
    3. An English habitational surname from the placenames
    Messier Tweet Definition of Messier Like Definition of Messier on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. A French surname.
    2. w:Charles Messier, Charles Messier (1730-1817); a French astronomer who in 1774 published Nebulae and Star Clusters, a catalogue of 45 deep sky objects such as nebulae and star clusters. The purpose of the catalogue was to help comet hunters (like himself) and other astronomical observers to distinguish between permanent and transient objects in the sky. Objects in Messier, Messier's catalog are numbered, and the letter M (for Messier) is prepended to these numbers, as in M31 (the Andromeda Galaxy) or M13 (the globular cluster in Hercules).
    Michael Tweet Definition of Michael Like Definition of Michael on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (given name, male, from Hebrew, ).
    2. (context, Judaism, Christianity) An archangel associated with defending Israel in the tribulation.
    Michener Tweet Definition of Michener Like Definition of Michener on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. a surname
    2. the American writer w:James A. Michener, James A. Michener
    Middleton Tweet Definition of Middleton Like Definition of Middleton on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. Any of many placenames in England, Scotland and elsewhere
    2. An earldom in the English peerage
    3. An English and Scottish habitational surname from any of the places
    Miles Tweet Definition of Miles Like Definition of Miles on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (given name, male).
    2. A surname derived from the given name.
    mill Tweet Definition of mill Like Definition of mill on Facebook
    noun
    1. A grinding apparatus for substances such as grains, seeds, etc.
    2. The building housing such a grinding apparatus.
    3. A manufacturing plant for paper, steel, textiles, etc.
    4. A building housing such a plant.
    5. An establishment that handles a certain type of situation routinely, such as a divorce mill, etc.
    verb
    1. (transitive) To grind or otherwise process in a mill or other machine.
    to mill flour
    1. (transitive) To shape, polish, dress or finish using a machine.
    2. (transitive) To engrave one or more grooves or a pattern around the edge of (a cylindrical object such as a coin).
    3. (intransitive) (followed by around, about, etc.) To move about in an aimless fashion.
    Miller Tweet Definition of Miller Like Definition of Miller on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. an English and Scottish occupational surname for a miller
    millet Tweet Definition of millet Like Definition of millet on Facebook
    noun
    1. Any of a group of various types of grass or its grains used as food.
    Mills Tweet Definition of Mills Like Definition of Mills on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. an English and Scottish surname, variant of Mill or Miles
    2. an Irish topographic surname, from the Gaelic Mhuilinn (of the mill)
    miltiades Tweet Definition of miltiades Like Definition of miltiades on Facebook
    noun
    1. A Greek general
    Milton Tweet Definition of Milton Like Definition of Milton on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. An English habitational surname
    2. (given name, male) derived from the surname
    3. The English poet :w:John Milton (1608-1674)
    4. Name of many towns in Canada and the US
    5. Milton Keynes - large new town in England, 90km north of London
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    Miranda Tweet Definition of Miranda Like Definition of Miranda on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (given name, female)
    2. The smallest of Uranus' moons.
    verb
    1. To read somebody their rights on arrest as set out in Miranda v Arizona.
      • Has the suspect been Mirandaed?
      • McCarthy? provided that he was Mirandaed. I told her to videotape or to have someone videotape the conversation. http://www.courts.state.me.us/opinions/ 2003%20documents/03me40mc.pdf
    mistral Tweet Definition of mistral Like Definition of mistral on Facebook
    noun
    1. A strong cold north-west wind in southern France and the Mediterranean.
    • 1973, The had been blowing for three days now and the sea showed more white than blue " Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise
    Mitchell Tweet Definition of Mitchell Like Definition of Mitchell on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. An English surname derived from the given name Michel (Michael), or from the word muchel meaning big.
    2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname.
    mitre Tweet Definition of mitre Like Definition of mitre on Facebook
    noun
    1. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by church dignitaries.
    2. Alternative spelling of miter.
    mix Tweet Definition of mix Like Definition of mix on Facebook
    noun
    1. The result of mixing two or more substances; a mixture.
    Now add the raisins to the mix.
    1. The result of combining items normally kept separate.
    My recipe file was now a mix of meat and dairy.
    1. (music) The result of mixing several tracks.
    The rhythm mix sounds muddy.
    1. (music) The finished version of a recording.
    I've almost finished the mix for this song.
    verb (mixes, mixing, mixed or mixt)
    1. To stir two or more substances together.
    Mix the eggs and milk with the flour until the consistency is smooth.
    1. To combine items from two or more sources normally kept separate.
    Don't the meat recipes with the dairy recipes.
    1. (music) To combine several tracks.
    I'll the rhythm tracks down to a single track.
    1. (music) To produce a finished version of a recording.
    I'm almost done mixing this song.
    Moctezuma Tweet Definition of Moctezuma Like Definition of Moctezuma on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. Aztec emperor from 1440 to 1469.
    2. Aztec emperor from 1502 to 1520, during which time the Spanish conquest of Mexico began.
    Mohammed Tweet Definition of Mohammed Like Definition of Mohammed on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (alternative spelling of, Muhammad)
    2. (given name, male, from Arabic, ) a male given name.
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