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macaronic Tweet Definition of macaronic Like Definition of macaronic on Facebook
adjective 
  1. (context, literature) written in a hodgepodge mixture of two or more languages
     
manualist Tweet Definition of manualist Like Definition of manualist on Facebook
noun 
  1. A musical performer who makes music by squeezing air through the hands
The audience could not contain its laughter while the manualist played on.
     
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.
     
mem Tweet Definition of mem Like Definition of mem on Facebook
noun 
  1. The thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, × ×.
     
middle Tweet Definition of middle Like Definition of middle on Facebook
noun 
  1. A centre, midpoint
The of a circle is the point which has the same distance to every point of circle.
  1. The part betweeen the beginning and the end.
  2. (cricket) the middle stump
  3. The central part of a human body.
adjective 
  1. Being in the or in-between; as middle point, middle name, Middle English, Middle Ages, middle weight, etc.
  2. Central to.
     
modern Tweet Definition of modern Like Definition of modern on Facebook
noun 
  1. Someone who lives in modern times.
    • 1956: Even though we moderns can never crawl inside the skin of the ancient and think and feel as he did..., we must as historians make the attempt. " John Albert Wilson, The Culture of Ancient Egypt, p. 144.
adjective 
  1. Pertaining to the current time and style.
     
modify Tweet Definition of modify Like Definition of modify on Facebook
verb (modif, i, ed)
  1. (transitive) To make partial changes to.
  2. (intransitive) To be or become modified.
     
monolingual Tweet Definition of monolingual Like Definition of monolingual on Facebook
adjective 
  1. knowing, or using a single language
     
moon letter Tweet Definition of moon letter Like Definition of moon letter on Facebook
noun 
  1. One of fourteen Arabic letters that do not affect the pronunciation of the "L" of a preceding definite article ((ARchar, -اÙ)). The "L" in the Arabic definite article is pronounced "L" when followed by a moon letter: e.g., (ARchar, اÙÙرآÙ) = al-Qur"an. The fourteen moon letters are:
::(ARchar, Ø£) , (ARchar, ب) , (ARchar, ج) , (ARchar, Ø­) , (ARchar, Ø®) , (ARchar, ع) , (ARchar, غ) , (ARchar, Ù) , (ARchar, Ù) , (ARchar, Ù) , (ARchar, Ù) , (ARchar, Ù) , (ARchar, Ù) , (ARchar, Ù) :The remainder of the letters are sun letters, which do affect the pronunciation of the definite article.      
morph Tweet Definition of morph Like Definition of morph on Facebook
noun 
  1. (linguistics) An allomorph: one of a set of realizations that a morpheme can have in different contexts.
  2. (biology) Local variety of a species, distinguishable from other populations of the species by morphology or behaviour.
verb 
  1. (colloquial) To change shape, of one form to another, through computer animation.
     
morphemics Tweet Definition of morphemics Like Definition of morphemics on Facebook
noun 
  1. (linguistics) the study of morphemes, or of the morphemic structure of a language
     
mother tongue Tweet Definition of mother tongue Like Definition of mother tongue on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, first language)
  1. The language one first learnt; the language one grew up with.
  2. The language spoken by one"s ancestors.
     
mu Tweet Definition of mu Like Definition of mu on Facebook
noun (mu's, -)
  1. (uncountable) the name for the 12th letter of the Modern Greek alphabet. (countable) an instance of that letter.
  2. (uncountable) The name of a mythical floating island.
     
multilingual Tweet Definition of multilingual Like Definition of multilingual on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Pertaining to multiple languages.
  2. (context, of a person) able to communicate fluently in multiple languages
     
mutation Tweet Definition of mutation Like Definition of mutation on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Mutation)
  1. an alteration or change
  2. (genetics) any heritable change in the base-pair sequence of genetic material, namely DNA (or RNA in the case of some viruses)
  3. a mutant
     

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