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noun
  1. (orthography) A short, straight, horizontal diacritical mark placed over a vowel. It usually is used to indicate that the pronunciation of the vowel is long.
media Tweet Definition of media Like Definition of media on Facebook
noun (plural:mediae)
  1. (anatomy) the middle layer of the wall of a blood vessel or lymph vessel which is composed of connective and muscular tissue. (tunica media, between the tunica interna and tunica externa).
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adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to a mean or average; mean
    medial alligation
  2. (anatomy) pertaining to the inside (the part facing the body); for example, the medial side of the knee faces the other knee, while the outer side of the knee is lateral.
metathesis Tweet Definition of metathesis Like Definition of metathesis on Facebook
noun (metatheses)
  1. the transposition of letters, syllables or sounds within a word, such as in ask as /í¦ks/
  2. (chemistry) the double decomposition of inorganic salts
  3. (chemistry) the breaking and reforming of double bonds in olefins in which substituent groups are swapped
mid Tweet Definition of mid Like Definition of mid on Facebook
noun
  1. middle
adjective
  1. Denoting the middle part.
mid ocean
  1. Occupying a middle position; middle.
mid finger
mid hour of night
  1. (linguistics) Made with a somewhat elevated position of some certain part of the tongue, in relation to the palate; midway between the high and the low; said of certain vowel sounds; as, a (ale), / (/ll), / (/ld).
  2. amid
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.
monosyllabic Tweet Definition of monosyllabic Like Definition of monosyllabic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Consisting of one syllable.
  2. Using monosyllables.
monosyllable Tweet Definition of monosyllable Like Definition of monosyllable on Facebook
noun
  1. A word of one syllable.
murmur Tweet Definition of murmur Like Definition of murmur on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable noun, countable) low or indistinct sounds or speech
A arose from the audience.
  1. the sound made by any condition which produces noisy, or turbulent, flow of blood through the heart
verb
  1. (intransitive) to speak or make low, indistinguishable noise; to mumble
I couldn't hear the words; he just murmured a lot.
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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