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machine shop Tweet Definition of machine shop Like Definition of machine shop on Facebook
noun
  1. A facility that has machine tool, machine tools for working with metal, metals or other relatively hard materials, such as some polymers. Various kinds of machine shops make and repair all types of metal objects, from machine tools, dies, and molds to mass-produced parts such as screws, pistons, or gears.
Mallet Tweet Definition of Mallet Like Definition of Mallet on Facebook
noun
  1. A type of articulated locomotive, in which there are two powered trucks, with the rear truck being rigidly attached to the main body and boiler of the locomotive, while the front powered truck is attached to the rear by a hinge, so that it may swing from side to side, and with the front end of the boiler resting upon a sliding bearing on the swinging front truck.
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.
masonry Tweet Definition of masonry Like Definition of masonry on Facebook
noun
  1. The art or occupation of a mason.
  2. The work or performance of a mason; as, good or bad masonry; skillful masonry.
  3. That which is built by a mason; anything constructed of the materials used by masons, such as stone, brick, tiles, or the like. Dry masonry is applied to structures made without mortar.
  4. The craft, institution, or mysteries of Freemasons; freemasonry.
master key Tweet Definition of master key Like Definition of master key on Facebook
noun
  1. A key designed to open a set of several locks; a passkey
mat Tweet Definition of mat Like Definition of mat on Facebook
noun
  1. A flat piece of coarse material used for wipe, wiping one"s feet, or as a decorative or protective floor covering
  2. A small flat piece of material used to protect a surface from anything hot or rough; a coaster
  3. (athletics) A floor pad to protect athletes
  4. A thickly tangled mess, of hair etc
  5. a thick paper or paperboard border used to inset and center the contents of a frame
verbto mat
  1. to cover, protect or decorate (something) with mats
  2. to form a thick, tangled mess
matrix Tweet Definition of matrix Like Definition of matrix on Facebook
noun (matrices)
  1. (obsolete) The womb. The concept of an enclosure is common to many of the other uses of .
  2. (biology) The material or tissue in which more specialized structures are embedded.
  3. (biology) An extracellular matrix, the material or tissue between the cells of animals or plants.
  4. (biology) Part of the mitochondrion.
  5. (biology) The medium in which bacterium, bacteria are cultured.
  6. (mathematics) A rectangular arrangement of numbers or terms having various uses such as transforming coordinates in geometry, solving system of linear equations, systems of linear equations in linear algebra and representing graphs in graph theory.
  7. (computing) A two-dimensional array.
  8. A table of data.
  9. (geology) A geological matrix, the outer material of a rock consisting of larger grains embedded in a material consisting of smaller ones.
  10. (archaeology) The sediment surrounding and including the artifacts, features, and other materials at a site.
  11. (analytical chemistry) The environment from which a given sample is taken.
mattock Tweet Definition of mattock Like Definition of mattock on Facebook
noun (mattocks)
  1. an agricultural tool whose blades are at right angles to the body; similar in appearance to a pickax
mattress Tweet Definition of mattress Like Definition of mattress on Facebook
noun
  1. A pad often of soft cushiony material for sleeping on. Usually a mattress has an inner section of coiled springs for support surrounded with a foam pad or another pad made of cushioning material then topped with a cloth outer cover.
maul Tweet Definition of maul Like Definition of maul on Facebook
noun
  1. A heavy long-handled hammer, used for splitting logs by driving a wedge into it, or in combat.
  2. (rugby) A situation where the player carrying the ball, who must be on his feet, is held by one or more opponents, and one or more of the ball carrier's team mates bind onto the ball carrier.
verb
  1. To handle someone or something in a rough way.
  2. To savage.
The bear mauled him in a terrible way.
  1. To criticise rudely.
millwork Tweet Definition of millwork Like Definition of millwork on Facebook
noun
  1. any wooden object manufactured at a lumber mill
  2. Most especially, doors, windows, and wood trim with decorative cross-section involving curves, beads, grooves, etc.
miter Tweet Definition of miter Like Definition of miter on Facebook
verb
  1. To finish a material at an angle, frequently 45 degrees, such that it will fit up tightly against another piece of material, as with a picture frame.
monkey wrench Tweet Definition of monkey wrench Like Definition of monkey wrench on Facebook
noun
  1. A wrench with a smooth adjustable jaw to grip different sizes of nuts.
  2. (idiom) A problem, obstacle or dilemma; something unexpected or troublesome.
Having a baby will add a to her routines.
mortar Tweet Definition of mortar Like Definition of mortar on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A mixture of lime or cement, sand and water used for bonding bricks and stones.
  2. (countable) Military A muzzle-loading, indirect fire weapon with either a rifled or smooth bore. It usually has a shorter range than a howitzer, employs a higher angle of fire, and has a tube with a length of 10 to 20 calibers. See also gun; howitzer. JP-1-02.
  3. (countable) A hollow vessel used to pound, crush, rub, grind or mix ingredients with a pestle.
verb
  1. To use mortar or plaster to join two things together.
  2. To fire a mortar (weapon)
mortise Tweet Definition of mortise Like Definition of mortise on Facebook
noun (also: mortice)
  1. A hole that is made to receive a tenon so as to form a joint

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