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machine gun Tweet Definition of machine gun Like Definition of machine gun on Facebook
  1. A type of firearm that automatically fires bullets in rapid succession using gas pressure. This will repeat as long as the firing mechanism is kept active.
machinist Tweet Definition of machinist Like Definition of machinist on Facebook
  1. A constructor of machines and engines; one versed in the principles of machines.
  2. One skilled in the use of machine tools.
  3. A person employed to shift scenery in a theater.
magic Tweet Definition of magic Like Definition of magic on Facebook
  1. supernatural, Supernatural occurrences or feats.
  2. An illusion performed to give the appearance of magic or the supernatural.
  3. A ritual associated with mysticism.
  4. A cause not quite understood.
Magic makes the light go on
  1. Something spectacular or wonderful.
  1. The decrypted messages produced by US cryptographers in WWII — it is usually taken to mean '... from Japanese intercepts'. The equivalent in the UK was Ultra, referring to decrypted German traffic.
  2. (computing) A statement or operator used in algorithm design that satisfies any conceivable formal requirement. This is used in some methods of formal specification to allow leaving things unspecified (with the intent of later specification, as magic in this sense cannot be implemented). Also known as miracle.
verb (magics, magicking, magicked, magicked)
  1. (transitive) To cast a magic spell on or at someone or something.
  2. (transitive) To produce something, as if by magic.
  1. Having supernatural talents, properties, or qualities.
a wand; a dragon
  1. Featuring illusions that are usually performed for entertainment.
a show; a trick
  1. wonderful, Wonderful, amazing or incredible.
a moment
magnum Tweet Definition of magnum Like Definition of magnum on Facebook
noun (pl=magnums (Gabi) or magna (rare))
  1. A bottle of wine containing 1.5 liters of fluid, double the volume of a standard bottle.
  2. A gun calibre larger than, or derived from, a smaller similar cartridge.
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 .
  1. To concentrate on a particular area of study as a student in a college or university.
    • I have decided to in mathematics.
  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.
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.
maneuver Tweet Definition of maneuver Like Definition of maneuver on Facebook
  1. A movement, often one performed with difficulty.
  2. (often plural) A large training exercise of military troops.
The American army was on maneuvers.
  1. To move (something) carefully, and often with difficulty, into a certain position.
mantlet Tweet Definition of mantlet Like Definition of mantlet on Facebook
  1. A short sleeveless cloak or cape.
  2. (military) A portable screen or other covering, especially as used to protect the approach of soldiers engaged in a siege.
Manual Tweet Definition of Manual Like Definition of Manual on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. given male name
Marine Tweet Definition of Marine Like Definition of Marine on Facebook
  1. Of, or pertaining to, a marine corps.
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Marine Corps Tweet Definition of Marine Corps Like Definition of Marine Corps on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The United States Marine Corps; one of the major divisions of the US military, abbreviated USMC.
Mark Tweet Definition of Mark Like Definition of Mark on Facebook
proper noun (book of the Bible, Gospel of Mark)
  1. (given name, male). Jocular diminutive: Marky.
  2. (biblical) w:Mark the Evangelist, Mark the Evangelist, also called John Mark, first patriarch of Alexandria and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Mark.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Mark, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the second of the four gospels.
marksman Tweet Definition of marksman Like Definition of marksman on Facebook
noun (plural: marksmen)
  1. A man skilled in shooting at a target.
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.
matador Tweet Definition of matador Like Definition of matador on Facebook
  1. The person whose aim is to kill the bull in a bullfight.
matchlock Tweet Definition of matchlock Like Definition of matchlock on Facebook
  1. Early type of firearm, using a smoldering piece of cord to fire the powder in the firing pan.
materiel Tweet Definition of materiel Like Definition of materiel on Facebook
noun (verification requested)
  1. Military equipment, apparatus, and supplies Note: This is not standard British English; it is either American English or Military jargon.
Matilda Tweet Definition of Matilda Like Definition of Matilda on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female)
maverick Tweet Definition of maverick Like Definition of maverick on Facebook
  1. An unbranded range animal.
  2. One who does not abide by rules.
  3. (rfquote-sense) One who creates or uses unconventional and/or controversial ideas or practices.
  4. (context, poker slang) A queen and a jack as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em
  1. Showing independence in thoughts or actions.
A decision.
A person.
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!
mercenary Tweet Definition of mercenary Like Definition of mercenary on Facebook
noun (mercenaries)
  1. A person employed to fight in an armed conflict who is not a member of the state or military group for which they are fighting and whose prime or sole motivation is private gain.
  1. motivated by private gain
meteor Tweet Definition of meteor Like Definition of meteor on Facebook
  1. A fast moving streak of light in the night sky caused by the entry of extraterrestrial matter into the earth's atmosphere.
  2. A juggling prop similar to poi balls, in that it is twirled at the end of a cord or cable.
  3. (martial arts) A striking weapon resembling a Track and Field Hammer throw, hammer consisting of a weight swung at the end of a cable or chain.
MIA Tweet Definition of MIA Like Definition of MIA on Facebook
  1. Missing In Action
    When his patrol didn't come back from the front, he and all his buddies were listed as MIA.
    1. (Mormon) Mutual Improvement Association
MiG Tweet Definition of MiG Like Definition of MiG on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Mikoyan)
  1. Any of a series of Russian fighter aircraft
mil. Tweet Definition of mil. Like Definition of mil. on Facebook
  1. military
military Tweet Definition of military Like Definition of military on Facebook
noun the
  1. (with the) Armed forces in general, including the Marine Corps.(US English meaning only)
It's not the job of the to make policy.
  1. Having to do with armed forces such as the army, Marine Corps, navy and air force. (US English meaning only)
  2. Having to do with armies specifically, although recent usage has led to some blurring of the meaning with the US English specific meaning (non US English meanings)
There are military options, but we would like to try diplomacy first.
mine Tweet Definition of mine Like Definition of mine on Facebook
  1. A place in the ground from which ore is extracted.
  2. A device intended to explode when stepped upon, touched, or in proximity to a ship or vehicle.
  3. A type of firework that explodes on the ground, shooting sparks upward.
verb (min, ing)
  1. (transitive) To remove (ore) from the ground.
Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only place in the world where visitors can their own diamonds.
  1. (transitive) To sow mines (the explosive devices) in (an area).
We had to slow our advance after the enemy mined the road ahead of us.
  1. (transitive) To damage (a vehicle or ship) with a mine (an explosive device).
  1. <span class="use-with-mention">Non-premodifying possessive case of <span class="mention">I</span>.</span> my, My; belonging to me; that which belongs to me. (See
    1. Usage notes, usage notes below.)
minefield Tweet Definition of minefield Like Definition of minefield on Facebook
  1. an area in which explosive mines have been hidden
  2. (context, by extension) a dangerous situation
  3. (cricket) a pitch that has dried out and crumbled and on which the ball is bouncing and spinning unpredictably
miner Tweet Definition of miner Like Definition of miner on Facebook
  1. a person who works in a mine.
  2. an operator of mine, mines and other explosives in an army.
mining Tweet Definition of mining Like Definition of mining on Facebook
  1. The business of removing solid valuables from the earth; e.g., gold mining.
  1. (present participle of, mine, nodot=1) Working in a mine.
He will be all next week.
mirage Tweet Definition of mirage Like Definition of mirage on Facebook
  1. An optical phenomenon in which light is refracted through a layer of hot air close to the ground, giving the appearance of there being refuge in the distance.
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.
mister Tweet Definition of mister Like Definition of mister on Facebook
  1. Title of respect conferred on a man, with or without a surname added.
You may sit here, .
You may sit here, Mister Jones.
    • 1855, George Musalas Colvocoresses, Four Years in the Government Exploring Expedition, J. M. Fairchild & co., page 358:
    • : Fine day to see sights, gentlemen. Well, misters, here's the railing round the ground, and there's the paling round the tomb, eight feet deep, six feet long, and three feet wide.
    • 1908, Jack Brand, By Wild Waves Tossed: An Ocean Love Story, The McClure? Company, page 90:
    • : There's only three misters aboard this ship, or, rather, there's only two.
      1. Official title of a military man, usually anyone below rank of captain.
      2. Official form of address of a president of a nation; Mr. President.
      3. A warrant officer or cadet in the United States Military Academy at :w:West Point, West Point.
      4. An informal title used before a nickname or other moniker:
      Mister Suave; Mister Baseball
      1. A device that makes or sprays mist.
      Odessa D. uses a mister Sunday to fight the 106-degree heat at a NASCAR race in Fontana, California.
Mobile Tweet Definition of Mobile Like Definition of Mobile on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A city in southwest Alabama.
mobilize Tweet Definition of mobilize Like Definition of mobilize on Facebook
verb to mobilize
  1. (transitive) to make something mobile
  2. (transitive) to assemble troops and their equipment in a coordinated fashion so as to be ready for war
  3. (intransitive) to become made ready for war
Mohawk Tweet Definition of Mohawk Like Definition of Mohawk on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (uncountable) An Iroquoian language spoken by a North American indigenous people, the easternmost of the Iroquois w:Iroquois Confederacy, Five Nations.
  2. (countable) A hairstyle where both sides are shaved, with the hair along the crest of the head kept long and usually styled so as to stand straight up.
Molotov cocktail Tweet Definition of Molotov cocktail Like Definition of Molotov cocktail on Facebook
noun (plural Molotov cocktails)
  1. A simple incendiary bomb made from a glass bottle, filled with an inflammable liquid such as petroleum, with a rag for a fuse that is lit just before being hurled.
  2. (obsolete) A similar incendiary but made stoppered and containing phosphorus disolved in benzene which would self-ignite when smashed and the contents exposed to air. Issued to civilians in Britain during World War II.
mortar Tweet Definition of mortar Like Definition of mortar on Facebook
  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.
  1. To use mortar or plaster to join two things together.
  2. To fire a mortar (weapon)
Mosquito Tweet Definition of Mosquito Like Definition of Mosquito on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, De_Havilland_Mosquito)
  1. The De Havilland Mosquito, a second world war military aircraft.
mount Tweet Definition of mount Like Definition of mount on Facebook
  1. A mountain, as in Mount Everest
  2. A horse used to ride on, unlike a draught horse
The rider climbed onto his .
  1. The number of riders in a cavalry unit or division
The General said he has 2,000 mounts.
  1. To go up; climb; ascend: to mount stairs.
    • Antonym: dismount
      The rider mounted his horse.
      1. To attach an object to a support, as to mount a mailbox on a post
    • Antonym: demount
      1. (computing) To attach a drive or device to the directory structure in order to make it available to the operating system.
    • Antonyms: usually unmount, sometimes dismount, rarely demount
      1. To get on top of an animal to mate.
      2. (slang) to have sexual intercourse with someone, something.
    • Synonyms - see WikiSaurus:sexual intercourse
      1. To begin a military assault
      The General gave the order to the attack.
mounted Tweet Definition of mounted Like Definition of mounted on Facebook
  1. (past of, mount)
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : As soon as I was , holding on to Dogger's belt, the supervisor gave the word, and the party struck out at a bouncing trot...
  1. on horseback
The cavalry rode into town.
movement Tweet Definition of movement Like Definition of movement on Facebook
  1. Physical motion between points in space.
I saw a in that grass on the hill.
I saw some in that grass on the hill.
  1. (italbrac, horology) for a clockwork, a clock, or a watch, a device that cuts time in equal portions.
  2. The impression of motion in an artwork, painting, novel etc.
  3. A trend in various fields or social categories.
The labor has been struggling in America since the passage of the Taft-Hartley act in 1947.
  1. (music) A large division of a larger composition.
  2. (aviation) An instance of an aircraft taking off or landing.
Albuquerque International Sunport serviced over 200,000 movements last year.
  1. (baseball) The deviation of a pitch from ballistic flight
The on his cutter was devastating.
  1. An act of emptying the bowels.
MP Tweet Definition of MP Like Definition of MP on Facebook
  1. (geography) Northern Mariana Islands
  2. Megapixel
The new Canon has a 12 ccd sensor.
  1. Member of Parliament
  2. (military) Military Police
munition Tweet Definition of munition Like Definition of munition on Facebook
  1. (context, usually plural) armament, Armament, weaponry.
musket Tweet Definition of musket Like Definition of musket on Facebook
noun (plural: muskets)
  1. A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively substituted. This arm has been superseded by the rifle.
Soldier, solider, won't you marry me, with your , fife and drum.
musketry Tweet Definition of musketry Like Definition of musketry on Facebook
  1. The technique of using small arms such as muskets.
  2. A collection of muskets or musketeers.
  3. Musket fire.
mustang Tweet Definition of mustang Like Definition of mustang on Facebook
noun (Plural: mustangs)
(wikipedia, Mustang (horse))
  1. A small, hardy, naturalized (feral) horse of the North American west.
muster Tweet Definition of muster Like Definition of muster on Facebook
  1. Something shown for imitation; a pattern.
  2. A show; a display.
  3. An assembling or review of troops, as for parade, verification of numbers, inspection, exercise, or introduction into service.
  4. The sum total of an army when assembled for review and inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army.
  5. Any assemblage or display; a gathering.
  6. A collection of peafowl (an invented term rather than one used by zoologists).
  7. A roundup of cattle grazing over a large area.
  1. (transitive) To collect and display; to assemble.
  2. (transitive) To summon together; to enroll in service; to get together.
  3. (intransitive) To be gathered together for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like; to come together as parts of a force or body.
muzzleloader Tweet Definition of muzzleloader Like Definition of muzzleloader on Facebook
  1. A variety of firearm in which the weapon is loaded from the end that discharges the projectile (the muzzle).

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