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maintenance Tweet Definition of maintenance Like Definition of maintenance on Facebook
noun 
  1. Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service
  2. a tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit.
     
malfeasance Tweet Definition of malfeasance Like Definition of malfeasance on Facebook
noun 
  1. wrongdoing
     
malice Tweet Definition of malice Like Definition of malice on Facebook
noun 
  1. intention to harm or deprive in an illegal or immoral way. To take pleasure in anothers misfortune.
    • 1981, Philip K. Dick, Valis, ISBN 0-553-20594-3, p. 67
    • :... not only was there no gratitude (which he could psychologically handle) but downright showed itself instead. Fat had noted this but had written it off as nothing more than irritability, a form of impatience.
     
malicious Tweet Definition of malicious Like Definition of malicious on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Of, pertaining to, or as a result of malice or spite
  2. Deliberately harmful; spiteful
     
malpractice Tweet Definition of malpractice Like Definition of malpractice on Facebook
noun 
  1. the improper treatment of a patient by a physician that results in injury or loss
  2. improper or unethical conduct by a professional or official person
     
malversation Tweet Definition of malversation Like Definition of malversation on Facebook
noun 
  1. corrupt behaviour, illegitimate activity, especially by someone in authority
  • 1923: The walÄ« looked angrily on my brother, saying: "Shameless ill-doer, it is quite clear from these marks upon your back that you have practised every sort of crime and ." " The Thousand Nights and One Night, tr. Powys Mathers
     
mandate Tweet Definition of mandate Like Definition of mandate on Facebook
noun 
  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
adjective 
  1. obligatory; required or commanded by authority
Attendance at a school is usually .
  1. of, or relating to a mandate
     
manner Tweet Definition of manner Like Definition of manner on Facebook
noun 
  1. Mode of action; way of performing or effecting anything; method; style; form; fashion.
  2. Characteristic mode of acting, conducting, carrying one's self, or the like; bearing; habitual style.
  3. Customary method of acting; habit.
  4. Carriage; behavior; deportment; also, becoming behavior; well-bred carriage and address.
  5. The style of writing or thought of an author; characteristic peculiarity of an artist.
  6. Certain degree or measure; as, it is in a manner done already.
  7. Sort; kind; style; -- in this application sometimes having the sense of a plural, sorts or kinds.
  8. standards of conduct cultured and product of mind.
     
manslaughter Tweet Definition of manslaughter Like Definition of manslaughter on Facebook
noun 
  1. An act of killing a human being unlawfully but not willfully (as opposed to murder).
     
manus Tweet Definition of manus Like Definition of manus on Facebook
noun (manus)
  1. (obsolete) A hand, as the part of the fore limb below the forearm in a man, or the corresponding part in other vertebrates.
  2. (obsolete, Roman law) The power over other people, esp. that of a man over his wife.
     
material Tweet Definition of material Like Definition of material on Facebook
noun 
  1. Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in making something.
Asphalt, composed of oil and sand, is a widely used for roads.
  1. Cloth to be made into a garment.
You'll need about a yard of to make this.
  1. (entertainment) Things written to be performed.
We were a warm-up act at the time; we didn't have enough original to headline.
  1. A person who is qualified for a certain position or activity.
Joe Manchin is a great governor, and I also believe he is presidential .
adjective 
  1. Having to do with matter.
This compound has a number of interesting properties.
  1. Worldly, as opposed to spiritual.
Don't let concerns get in the way of living a good life.
  1. significant
You've made several contributions to this project.
This is the most fact in this lawsuit.
     
matter Tweet Definition of matter Like Definition of matter on Facebook
noun 
  1. (physics) The basic structural component of the universe. Matter usually has mass and volume.
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <http://www.classicallibrary.org/aristotle/metaphysics/>. Book 1, Part 5.
    • : Parmenides seems to fasten on that which is one in definition, Melissus on that which is one in ,
      1. (physics) Non-antimatter matter.
      2. A kind of substance.
      vegetable
      1. A reason for concern; being amiss.
      What's the ?
      1. A situation.
      a trivial
      1. A cause.
      a for concern
      1. (neurology) Gray and white matter are the two nerve tissue types that comprise the brain and spinal cord.
verb 
  1. (intransitive): Be important.
The only thing that matters to Jim is being rich.
     
mayhem Tweet Definition of mayhem Like Definition of mayhem on Facebook
noun 
  • a general physical disturbance; a crowd tussle or fight.
  • :She waded into the , elbowing between taller men to work her way to the front of the crowd.
  • :The clowns would dart into the crowd and pull another unsuspecting victim into the of the ring
    • a state of disorder; chaos
  • :The fighting dogs created in the flower beds.
  • :What if the legendary hero Robin Hood had been born into the of the 20th century ?
    • The crime of willfully maime, maiming or injure, injuring a person.
    1. (defn, English)
     
mediation Tweet Definition of mediation Like Definition of mediation on Facebook
noun 
  1. A process which differs from country to country and different regions around the world.
     
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.
     
mercy Tweet Definition of mercy Like Definition of mercy on Facebook
noun (mercies, -)
  1. (uncountable) relenting; forbearance to cause or allow harm to another
She took on him and quit embarassing him.
  1. (uncountable) forgiveness or compassion, especially toward those less fortunate
Have on the poor and assist them if you can.
  1. (uncountable) a tendency toward forgiveness, pity, or compassion
Mercy is one of his many virtues.
  1. (countable) Instances of forebearance or forgiveness.
Psalms 40:11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord
     
messuage Tweet Definition of messuage Like Definition of messuage on Facebook
noun 
  1. (historic) a plot of land as the site for a house
  • 1985: Matthias turned his lonely house into a mart where furniture, plate and titledeeds to fields and messuages could be brought, evaluated, and transferred to the hands of the primal twelve as administrators. " Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked
    1. a residential house with its assigned land
     
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
     
misdemeanor Tweet Definition of misdemeanor Like Definition of misdemeanor on Facebook
noun 
  1. A crime usually punishable upon conviction by a small fine or by a short term of imprisonment. Crimes which are punishable by large fines or by longer imprisonment are usually called felony, felonies.
     
mixed Tweet Definition of mixed Like Definition of mixed on Facebook
verb 
  1. (past of, mix)
adjective 
  1. Having two or more separate aspects.
I get a very feeling from this painting.
  1. Not completely pure.
My joy was somewhat when my girlfriend said she was pregnant; it's a lot of responsibility.
  1. Including both men and women.
The tennis match was with a male and a female on each side.
''My son attends a school, unlike my daughter, who goes to the local all-girl grammar school.
     
money Tweet Definition of money Like Definition of money on Facebook
noun (''normally uncountable, but moneys or monies)
  1. A generally accepted means of exchange and measure of value.
Before colonial times cowry shells imported from Mauritius were used as in Western Africa.
  1. A currency maintained by a state or other entity which can guarantee its value (such as a monetary union).
  2. Hard cash in the form of banknotes and coins, as opposed to cheques/checks or credit cards.
  3. The total value of liquid assets available for an individual or other economic unit, such as cash and bank deposits.
  4. wealth, Wealth
He was born with .
  1. An item of value between two parties used for the exchange of goods or services.
  2. A person who funds an operation.
  3. As a modifier, of or pertaining to ; monetary.
  • supply, market
     
moot Tweet Definition of moot Like Definition of moot on Facebook
noun 
  1. (historical) An assembly (usually for decision making in a locality).
  2. A mock legal debate, wherein law students act as opposing counsel in a fictional case as a method of learning or for competition.
  3. A gathering of Rovers (18 - 26 year-old Scouts). Usually a camp lasting 2 weeks.
  4. (context, paganism) A social gathering of pagans, normally held in a public house.
  5. A system of arbitration in many areas of Africa in which the primary goal is to settle a dispute and reintegrate adversaries into society rather than assess penalties.
= verb 
  1. To bring up as a subject for debate, to propose.
  2. To discuss or debate.
  3. To make or declare irrelevant.
adjective 
  1. Subject to discussion (originally at a moot); arguable, debatable, not settled.
  2. Having no practical importance; academic.
     
mortgage Tweet Definition of mortgage Like Definition of mortgage on Facebook
noun 
  1. A special form of secured loan where the purpose of the loan must be specified to the lender, to purchase assets that must be fixed (not movable) property such as a house or piece of farm land. The assets are registered as the legal property of the borrower but the lender can seize them and dispose of them if they are not satisfied with the manner in which the repayment of the loan is conducted by the borrower. Once the loan is fully repaid, the lender loses this right of seizure and the assets are then deemed to be unencumbered.
verb (mortgag, ing)
  1. As in "to mortgage a property", to borrow against a property, to obtain a loan for another purpose by giving away the right of seizure to the lender over a fixed property such as a house or piece of land.
     
mortmain Tweet Definition of mortmain Like Definition of mortmain on Facebook
noun 
  1. the possession of lands by a corporation or non-personal entity such as the Church
  2. (figuratively) a strong and inalienable possession
     
motion Tweet Definition of motion Like Definition of motion on Facebook
noun 
  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.
verb 
  1. To gesture indicating a desired movement.
He motioned for me to come closer.
     
movable Tweet Definition of movable Like Definition of movable on Facebook
noun 
  1. Something which is movable; an article of wares or goods; a commodity; a piece of property not fixed, or not a part of real estate; generally, in the plural, goods; wares; furniture.
adjective 
  1. Capable of being moved, lifted, carry, carried, drawn, turned, or conveyed, or in any way made to change place or posture; susceptible of motion; not fixed or stationary; as, a movable steam engine.
  2. Changing from one time to another; as, movable feasts, i. e., church festivals, the date of which varies from year to year.
     
multure Tweet Definition of multure Like Definition of multure on Facebook
noun 
  1. (context, Scotland, and, historical) A toll paid to a miller, mill-owner etc. for grinding corn.
     
murderer Tweet Definition of murderer Like Definition of murderer on Facebook
noun (plural murderers) (feminine form murderess)
  1. A person who commits murder.
     
murderess Tweet Definition of murderess Like Definition of murderess on Facebook
noun (plural murderesses)
  1. A woman who commits murder.
     
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.
     

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