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M Tweet Definition of M Like Definition of M on Facebook
noun (pl=Ms, pl2=M's)
  1. The thirteenth letter of the English alphabet; a vocal consonant, and from the manner of its formation, is called the labio-nasal consonant.
proper noun
  1. fictional character from the James Bond stories and films
abbreviation or M.
  1. Monsieur
  2. male
  3. Monday
  4. Mother
  5. (context, size) Medium
  6. (context, US, roadway) Michigan; Usage note: This designation is used within Michigan.
  7. mature
  8. (context, cricket, in batting figures) the number of minutes a player spent at the crease
  9. (context, cricket, in bowling figures) the number of maiden overs bowled
ma'am Tweet Definition of ma Like Definition of ma
noun
  1. (obsolete) a contracted form of madam (U.K.)
  2. a contracted form of madam (U.S.)
macaroni Tweet Definition of macaroni Like Definition of macaroni on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A type of pasta in the form of short tubes.
  2. (used by Italian-Americans, especially in Philadelphia and New Jersey) A generic term for pasta.
macushla Tweet Definition of macushla Like Definition of macushla on Facebook
noun
  1. (Anglo-Irish) My darling, my dear.
maffick Tweet Definition of maffick Like Definition of maffick on Facebook
verb
  1. (intransitive) To celebrate in a boisterous manner.
mag Tweet Definition of mag Like Definition of mag on Facebook
noun (plural:mags)
  1. (i, colloquial abbreviation) magazine, the publication or ammunition
  2. (i, colloquial abbreviation) magnet
  3. (i, colloquial abbreviation) mag wheel
  4. :brand new tires and steel style factory mags
mains Tweet Definition of mains Like Definition of mains on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, mostly, UK) The domestic electrical power supply.
I plugged it into the and it blew up!
  1. the pipes of a centralized water supply that transport the water to individual buildings
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.
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.
malkin Tweet Definition of malkin Like Definition of malkin on Facebook
noun
  1. (archaic) a lower-class or uncultured woman
  2. (archaic) a cat
  • 1950: Now she was strong enough to walk and watch them circling in the sky or to sit in the arbour at the end of the long lawn and, with the sunlight smouldering in her dark-red hair and lying wanly over the area of her face and neck, watch the multiform and snow-white convolutions of her malkins. " Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan
mammock Tweet Definition of mammock Like Definition of mammock on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A shapeless piece; a fragment.
verbto mammock
  1. (transitive) To tear to pieces.
manoeuvre Tweet Definition of manoeuvre Like Definition of manoeuvre on Facebook
noun
  1. A movement, often one performed with difficulty.
  2. (often plural) A large movement of military troops.
The British army was on manoeuvres.
verb (manoeuvres, manoeuvring, manoeuvred)
  1. (transitive) To move (something) carefully, and often with difficulty, into a certain position.
mansion Tweet Definition of mansion Like Definition of mansion on Facebook
noun
  1. A large house or building.
  2. (obsolete) A house provided for a clergyman; a manse.
  3. (obsolete) A stopping-place during a journey; a stage.
  4. (historical) An astrological house; a station of the moon.
    • Late C14: Which book spak muchel of the operaciouns / Touchynge the eighte and twenty mansiouns / That longen to the moone " Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Franklin's Tale", Canterbury Tales
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
marquess Tweet Definition of marquess Like Definition of marquess on Facebook
noun
  1. A title of nobility, ranking beneath a duke and above an earl.
marrow Tweet Definition of marrow Like Definition of marrow on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) The substance inside bones which produces blood cells.
    1. (countable) A kind of vegetable like a large courgette/zucchini or squash.
    • 1847 Sir Robert Schomburgh, Steam-Boat Voyage to Barbados, Bentley's Miscellany, Vol XXII, London: Richard Bentley, page 37.
    • : The finest European vegetables, cabbages, cauliflowers, potatoes, vegetable , were lying in the market-hall, awaiting purchasers.
maslin Tweet Definition of maslin Like Definition of maslin on Facebook
noun
  1. A mixture composed of different materials; especially: (a) A mixture of metals resembling brass, (b) A mixture of different sorts of grain, as wheat and rye.
  2. (Obsolete): A vessel made of maslin.
Quotations
  • Mead eke in a maselyn. Chaucer.
adjective
  1. Composed of different sorts; as, maslin bread, which is made of rye mixed with a little wheat.
master Tweet Definition of master Like Definition of master on Facebook
noun
  1. someone who has control over something or someone
  2. owner of an animal or slave
  3. the captain of a merchant ship; a master mariner
  4. someone who employs others
  5. an expert at something
  6. a tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentices
  7. a skilled artist
  8. (dated) a courtesy title of a man; mister
  9. a courtesy title for a boy
  10. the original of a document or of a recording
  11. (context, Filmology) The primary wide shot of a scene, into which the closeups will be edited later.
verb
  1. to be a master
  2. to control
  3. to learn to a high degree of proficiency
adjective
  1. masterful
  2. main, principal or predominant
  3. highly skilled
  4. original
matelot Tweet Definition of matelot Like Definition of matelot on Facebook
noun
  1. sailor
matey Tweet Definition of matey Like Definition of matey on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, british, informal) a friend
    • Hello , just back from your hols?
adjective
  1. (british) sociable or friendly
    • You've been very with that new girl
math Tweet Definition of math Like Definition of math on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, mathematics)
(
context, North America)
  1. (uncountable) Short form of mathematics.
  2. (uncountable) Arithmetic calculation, calculations. (italbrac, See do the math)
    • If you do the , you'll see that it"s not such a bargain.
    • $170 a month? That doesn"t sound right. Let me check your .
      1. (countable) A math course.
      They needed to take two more maths
Matilda Tweet Definition of Matilda Like Definition of Matilda on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female)
mavourneen Tweet Definition of mavourneen Like Definition of mavourneen on Facebook
noun
  1. my darling
May Tweet Definition of May Like Definition of May on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The fifth month of the Gregorian calendar, following April and preceding June.
  2. The hawthorn or its blossoms (as it blooms in May)
  3. (given name, female), pet name for Mary and Margaret, reinforced by the month and plant meaning
  4. A surname.
mell Tweet Definition of mell Like Definition of mell on Facebook
verb
  1. (context, intransitive, archaic) To deal, concern oneself; to interfere.
    • 1819, w:Sir_Walter_Scott, Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, ch. 32,
    • : "By Saint Thomas of Kent," said he, "an I buckle to my gear, I will teach thee, sir lazy lover, to with thine own matters, maugre thine iron case there!"
merchant Tweet Definition of merchant Like Definition of merchant on Facebook
noun
  1. One who buys and sells for business.
mere Tweet Definition of mere Like Definition of mere on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) The sea.
  2. (context, dialectal, or, literary) A pool or lake; a marsh.
adjective (-, merest)
  1. just, Just, only; the smallest amount.
I saved a 10 pounds this week.
metal Tweet Definition of metal Like Definition of metal on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of a number of chemical elements in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms; generally shiny, somewhat malleable and hard, often a conductor of heat and electricity.
  2. Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.
  3. (astronomy) Any element other than hydrogen and helium,<ref>Majewski, S. R. (2003, 2006). http://www.astro.virginia.edu/class/majewski/astr551/lectures/ABUNDANCES/abundances.html CHEMICAL ABUNDANCE EFFECTS ON SPECTRAL ENERGY DISTRIBUTIONS. ASTR 551 (Majewski) Lecture Notes.</ref> or sometimes other than hydrogen.<ref>Martin, J. C. (n.d.). http://etacar.umn.edu/~martin/rrlyrae/metals.htm What we learn from a star's metal content</ref>
  4. Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.
  5. (tincture) A light tincture used in a coat of arms, specifically argent and or.
  6. A category of rock music encompassing a number of genres (including thrash metal, death metal, heavy metal, etc.) categorised by strong and/or fast drum-beats and distorted guitars.
verb (metal, l, ed)
  1. To make a road using crushed rock, stones etc.
adjective
  1. Made of metal.
  2. Of or pertaining to the metal musical genre (e.g. the metal scene).
mickle Tweet Definition of mickle Like Definition of mickle on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, chiefly, Scottish) A great amount.
Many a makes a muckle.
adjective
  1. (context, chiefly, Scottish) much, great.
Mike Tweet Definition of Mike Like Definition of Mike on Facebook
nounSeemike
  1. (defn, English)
proper noun (countable and uncountable; pluralMikes)
  1. (countable) (given name, male), diminutive of Michael.
  2. (uncountable) The letter M in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
mild Tweet Definition of mild Like Definition of mild on Facebook
noun
  1. A relatively low-gravity beer, often with a dark colour; mild ale
adjective
  1. gentle, 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.
The rosy morn resigns her light And milder glory to the noon. -Waller.
Adore him as a and merciful Being. -Rogers.
minder Tweet Definition of minder Like Definition of minder on Facebook
noun
  1. A person (normally a woman) who looks after babies while their parents are working; babysitter
    1. A personal bodyguard
mineral Tweet Definition of mineral Like Definition of mineral on Facebook
noun
  1. (geology) any naturally occuring inorganic material that has a (more or less) definite chemical composition and characteristic physical properties
  2. any inorganic material (as distinguished from animal or vegetable)
  3. any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition; a dietary mineral
  4. (British) mineral water
adjective
  1. of, related to, or containing minerals
minute Tweet Definition of minute Like Definition of minute on Facebook
noun
  1. A unit of time equal to sixty seconds and one-sixtieth of an hour.
You have twenty minutes to complete the test.
  1. A short but unspecified time period.
Wait a , I"m not ready yet!
  1. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree.
We need to be sure these maps are accurate to within one of arc.
  1. (in plural minutes) A (usually formal) written record of a meeting.
Let"s look at the minutes of last week"s meeting.
  1. A minute of use of a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network.
If you buy this phone, you"ll get 100 free minutes.
verb (minut, ing)
  1. (transitive) Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
I"ll this evening"s meeting.
adjective (minut, er)
  1. Very small.
They found only quantities of chemical residue on his clothing.
  1. very careful and exact, giving small details.
miscarriage Tweet Definition of miscarriage Like Definition of miscarriage on Facebook
noun
  1. An accidental termination of a pregnancy
  2. A spontaneous abortion
  3. A failure to properly execute a plan or achieve the expected ideals
The guilty verdict was a of justice.
mizzle Tweet Definition of mizzle Like Definition of mizzle on Facebook
noun
  1. Rain falling in very fine drops.
verb (mizzl, ing)
  1. (context, UK, intransitive) To rain in very fine drops.
  2. To abscond, scram, flee.
mong Tweet Definition of mong Like Definition of mong on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, pejorative, UK, slang) Shortened version of Mongoloid, a person with Down's syndrome.
monger Tweet Definition of monger Like Definition of monger on Facebook
noun
  1. A dealer in a specific commodity, normally used in combination
    costermonger
  2. A person promoting something undesirable, always used in combination
    warmonger
verb
  1. (transitive) To sell or peddle something
monkey Tweet Definition of monkey Like Definition of monkey on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several members of the infra-order Simiiformes of primates, generally smaller than the apes, and distinguished from them by having a tail and cheek pouches.
  2. (context, informal) A mischievous child.
Stop misbehaving, you little !
  1. (context, UK, slang) Five-hundred pounds sterling.
  2. (slang) A person or the role of the person on the sidecar platform of a motorcycle involved in sidecar racing.
verb (monkeys, monkeying, mokeyed or monkied, mokeyed or monkied)
  1. (informal) To meddle; to mess with; to interfere; to fiddle.
''Please don't with the controls if you don't know what you're doing.
Mort Tweet Definition of Mort Like Definition of Mort on Facebook
proper noun (infl, en, proper noun)
  1. (given name, male, , ), often a diminutive of Mortimer
mortuary Tweet Definition of mortuary Like Definition of mortuary on Facebook
noun (mortuaries)
  1. a place where dead bodies are stored prior to burial or cremation
  2. a morgue
adjective
  1. of, or relating to death or a funeral; funereal
mothering Tweet Definition of mothering Like Definition of mothering on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, mother)
mould Tweet Definition of mould Like Definition of mould on Facebook
noun
  1. A hollow form or matrix for shaping a fluid or plastic substance.
  2. A frame or model around or on which something is formed or shaped.
  3. Something that is made in or shaped on a mould.
  4. The shape or pattern of a mould.
  5. General shape or form.
the oval of her face
  1. distinctive, Distinctive character or type.
a leader in the of her predecessors
  1. A fixed or restrictive pattern or form
His method of scientific investigation broke the and led to a new discovery.
  1. (architecture) See moulding.
verb
  1. (transitive) To shape in or on a mould.
  2. (transitive) To form into a particular shape; to give shape to.
    • Job 10:8-9, Old Testament, New International Version:
    • :Your hands shaped me and made me....Remember that you molded me like clay.
      1. (transitive) To guide or determine the growth or development of; influence; as, a teacher who helps to mould the minds of his students
      2. (transitive) To fit closely by following the contours of.
      3. (transitive) To make a mould of or from (molten metal, for example) before casting.
      4. (transitive) To ornament with mouldings.
      5. (intransitive) To be shaped in or as if in a mould.
      These shoes gradually moulded to my feet.
moult Tweet Definition of moult Like Definition of moult on Facebook
noun
  1. The process of shedding or losing a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc.
    Some birds change colour during their winter .
verb
  1. (intransitive) To shed or lose a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc.
mound Tweet Definition of mound Like Definition of mound on Facebook
noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. (baseball) Where the pitcher stands to pitch
muggins Tweet Definition of muggins Like Definition of muggins on Facebook
noun
  1. A fool or idiot (especially as an ironic way of referring to oneself).
I suppose here will have to do all the work, as usual.
  1. (context, Cribbage): The act of stealing another player's points because they either mis-pegged or counted up incorrectly. House rules must specify if mugginser gets the mugginsee's points or if the mugginsee's points are simply lost, before the start of the game. By default, the mugginser gets the points.
mullock Tweet Definition of mullock Like Definition of mullock on Facebook
noun
  1. Rock refuse from which gold, other mineral, minerals or other valuable material, for example opal, has been extracted. Mullock can also be generated in the search for minerals or during the mining process, for example when sinking a shaft.
mute Tweet Definition of mute Like Definition of mute on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Mute (music))
  1. A person who does not have the power of speech.
  2. An acting part where no speaking (and in opera, no singing) is required.
  3. (music) An object for dulling the sound of an instrument, especially a brass instrument, or damper for pianoforte; a sordine.
  4. One refusing to speak.
  5. An undertaker's assistant.
  6. The deadening of an appliance's or musical instrument's volume.
  7. In falconry, a is a hawk's or falcon's droppings.
  8. In wine making, , from the French, is the grape juice from pressed grapes kept aside in chilled stainless steel tanks and used at later stages of wine making by adding to the dry wine base to achieve the desired residual sugar level in the final product. (Usually spelled "muté " in this case and pronounced "mju:te".)
verb (mut, ing)
  1. (transitive) To silence, to make quiet.
  2. (transitive) To turn off the sound of.
Please the music while I make a call.
adjective
  1. silent, Silent; not making a sound.
  2. (of a person) Not having the power of speech.
mild Tweet Definition of mild Like Definition of mild on Facebook
noun
  1. A relatively low-gravity beer, often with a dark colour; mild ale
adjective
  1. gentle, 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.
The rosy morn resigns her light And milder glory to the noon. -Waller.
Adore him as a and merciful Being. -Rogers.
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noun