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Mace Tweet Definition of Mace Like Definition of Mace on Facebook
proper noun ®
  1. A brand of tear gas.
macer Tweet Definition of macer Like Definition of macer on Facebook
  1. A mace bearer; an officer of a court.
machine Tweet Definition of machine Like Definition of machine on Facebook
  1. a mechanical or electrical device that performs or assists in the performance of human tasks, or is used for amusement (like a pinball machine).
  2. the group that controls a political or similar organization.
  3. (archaic) a vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile.
  4. a person who seemingly acts like a machine, a person who is very proficient at a task.
Bruce Campbell was a "demon-killing machine" because he made quick work of killing demons.
verb (machines, machining, machined)
  1. to make by machinery.
  2. to shape or finish by machinery.
  1. belonging to a machine
  2. made by a machine
magistrate Tweet Definition of magistrate Like Definition of magistrate on Facebook
  1. A judicial officer with limited authority to administer and enforce the law. A magistrate's court may have jurisdiction in civil or criminal cases, or both.
Majesty Tweet Definition of Majesty Like Definition of Majesty on Facebook
noun (Majesties)
  1. a term of address for royalty and imperiality
majority Tweet Definition of majority Like Definition of majority on Facebook
noun (majorities)
  1. More than half (50%) of some group
The agreed that the new proposal was the best.
  1. The difference between the winning vote and the rest of the votes
The winner with 53% had a 6% over the loser with 47%.
  1. (dated) Legal adulthood
By the time I reached my , I had already been around the world twice.
mandate Tweet Definition of mandate Like Definition of mandate on Facebook
  1. An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.
verb (mandat, ing)
  1. to authorize
mandatory Tweet Definition of mandatory Like Definition of mandatory on Facebook
  1. obligatory; required or commanded by authority
Attendance at a school is usually .
  1. of, or relating to a mandate
markup Tweet Definition of markup Like Definition of markup on Facebook
  1. The notation that is used to indicate how text should be displayed.
  2. The percentage or amount by which a seller hikes up his buy-in price when determining his selling price.
You don't make much money selling gas because the is so low.
  1. An increase in price.
There will be a on those products next week, better buy them now.
Marshal Tweet Definition of Marshal Like Definition of Marshal on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English surname, a rare spelling of Marshall.
  2. (given name, male) derived from the surname, usually spelled Marshall.
Marxism Tweet Definition of Marxism Like Definition of Marxism on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. The socialist philosophy and political program founded by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels; w:scientific socialism, scientific socialism.
  2. The socialist ideology of the followers of Karl Marx; a radical, revolutionary political philosophy that aims to capture state power, introduce a dictatorship of the proletariat, and then progress to communism.
Marxist Tweet Definition of Marxist Like Definition of Marxist on Facebook
  1. One that believes in or follows the ideals of Marxism.
  1. Following the ideals of Marxism.
mayor Tweet Definition of mayor Like Definition of mayor on Facebook
  1. The leader of a city, or a municipality, sometimes just a figurehead and sometimes a powerful position. In some countries, the mayor is elected by the citizens or by the city council.
mayoress Tweet Definition of mayoress Like Definition of mayoress on Facebook
  1. A rarely used term used for a female mayor or the wife of a male mayor.
MC Tweet Definition of MC Like Definition of MC on Facebook
  1. master of ceremonies
  2. Military Cross
  3. Marine Corps
  4. Member of Congress
  5. MasterCard?
  6. Medical Center
  7. Medical College
  8. Mail Code
  9. motorcycle club
  10. (texting) Merry Christmas!
McCarthyism Tweet Definition of McCarthyism Like Definition of McCarthyism on Facebook
  1. The intense opposition, countering, fear and/or suspicion of Communism, particularly in the United States during the 1950s.
  2. The mass pressure, harassment, and/or blacklisting used to pressure people to follow popular political beliefs.
measure Tweet Definition of measure Like Definition of measure on Facebook
  1. The quantity, size, weight, distance or capacity of a substance compared to a designated standard.
  2. An (unspecified) quantity or capacity :
a of salt
(rfdate) The unwise man never knows the of his stomach. " from the w:Hí¡vamí¡l, Hí¡vamí¡l
  1. The precise designated distance between two objects or points.
  2. The act of measuring.
  3. A musical designation consisting of all notes and or rests delineated by two vertical bars; an equal and regular division of the whole of a composition.
  4. A rule, ruler or measuring stick.
  5. A tactic, strategy or piece of legislation.
He took drastic measures to halt inflation.
  1. (mathematics) A function that assigns a non-negative number to a given set following the mathematical nature that is common among length, volume, probability and the like.
  2. An indicator; Something used to assess some property.
The average price of basic household goods is a for inflation.
Honesty is the true of a man. (rfex)
verb (measur, ing)
  1. To ascertain the quantity of a unit of material via calculated comparison with respect to a standard.
  2. To estimate the unit size of something.
  3. To obtain or set apart; to mark in even increments.
Medicaid Tweet Definition of Medicaid Like Definition of Medicaid on Facebook
proper noun
  1. US government system for providing medical assistance to persons unable to afford medical treatments.
memorandum Tweet Definition of memorandum Like Definition of memorandum on Facebook
noun (memoranda)
  1. a short note serving as a reminder
  2. a written business communication
  3. a brief diplomatic communication
  4. a page in an annual publication honoring the memory of a person who died during the past year.
memorial Tweet Definition of memorial Like Definition of memorial on Facebook
  1. A structure, such as a monument, intended to celebrate the memory of a person or event
  2. A service of remembrance or commemoration
  1. Serving as a remembrance of someone or something; commemorative
minister Tweet Definition of minister Like Definition of minister on Facebook
  1. A person who is trained to perform religious ceremonies at a Protestant church.
The minister said a prayer on behalf of the entire congregation.
  1. A person who is commissioned by the government for public service.
He was newly appointed to be Minister of the Interior.
  1. Someone who serves others.
  1. (transitive) To attend to; to tend.
A newspaper headline: Couple leaves business world to to inner-city children
ministerial Tweet Definition of ministerial Like Definition of ministerial on Facebook
  1. Related to a religious minister or ministry.
  2. Related to a governmental minister or ministry.
  3. Having the power to wield delegated executive authority.
  4. Serving as an instrument or means.
ministry Tweet Definition of ministry Like Definition of ministry on Facebook
noun (ministr, ies)
  1. The active practice and education of a particular religion or faith. See also: minister
  2. Government department in a regal system (eg the current UK system)
    • "she works for the ministry of finance"
minority Tweet Definition of minority Like Definition of minority on Facebook
noun (minorities)
  1. Any subgroup that does not form a numerical majority.
Most people agreed, but a sizable minority were upset by the decision.
  1. A member of an ethnic minority.
The company claims it has hired several minorities since the complaint was lodged.
mission Tweet Definition of mission Like Definition of mission on Facebook
  1. A duty that involves fulfilling a request.
  2. Religious evangelism. See also: missionary
  3. (the missions) collective term for third world charities, particularly those which preach as well as provide aid.
moderate Tweet Definition of moderate Like Definition of moderate on Facebook
  1. (context, politics) One who holds an intermediate position between the extremes relevant in the actual political situation.
verb (moderat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To reduce the excessiveness of (something)
  2. (intransitive) To become less excessive
  3. (intransitive) To act as a moderator; to assist in bringing to compromise
  1. Not excessive; acting in moderation
  2. mediocre, Mediocre
  3. (politics) Having an intermediate position between liberal and conservative.
monarch Tweet Definition of monarch Like Definition of monarch on Facebook
  1. The ruler of an absolute monarchy or the head of state of a constitutional monarchy.
  • 1598: Never was monarch better fear, fear'd and love, lov'd Than is your Majesty. " w:William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Henry V, Act II, Scene II, line 25.
    1. A migratory butterfly, Danaus plexippus, found in North America. See w:en:Monarch butterfly.
monarchical Tweet Definition of monarchical Like Definition of monarchical on Facebook
  1. Of or pertaining to monarchy.
({2, Although a socialist he did have leanings)}
monarchy Tweet Definition of monarchy Like Definition of monarchy on Facebook
noun (monarchies)
  1. A government with a hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).
    • An absolute monarchy is a government ruled by one person, termed a monarch and bearing a title based on their position.
    • A constitutional monarchy is ruled by a Parliament or other representative body and has a monarch as a figurehead with little or no real power.
monument Tweet Definition of monument Like Definition of monument on Facebook
  1. A structure built for commemorative or symbolic reasons, or as a memorial; a commemoration.
There is a on the town green to the soldiers who died in World War I.
  1. An important site owned by the community as a whole.
  2. An exceptionally or prideful achievement.
  3. An important burial vault or tomb.
  4. A legal document.
  5. A surveying reference point marked by a permanently fixed marker (a survey monument).
motion Tweet Definition of motion Like Definition of motion on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) A state of progression from one place to another.
  2. (countable) A change of position with respect to time.
  3. (physics) A change from one place to another.
John kept making motions under the table to Elise.
  1. (countable) A parliamentary action to propose something.
The motion to amend is now open for discussion.
  1. To gesture indicating a desired movement.
He motioned for me to come closer.
municipal Tweet Definition of municipal Like Definition of municipal on Facebook
  1. Of or pertaining to a municipality (a city or a corporation having the right of administering local government).
  2. Of or pertaining to the internal affairs of a nation.
municipality Tweet Definition of municipality Like Definition of municipality on Facebook
noun (municipalit, ies)
  1. A district with a government that typically encloses no other governed districts; a borough, city, or incorporated town or village.

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