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maiden Tweet Definition of maiden Like Definition of maiden on Facebook
noun
  1. a girl or an unmarried young woman, often used poetically
  2. a virgin
She's unmarried and still a maiden.
  1. (cricket) a maiden over
adjective
  1. describing a first occurrence or event
The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.
  1. (cricket) describing an over in which no runs are scored
maiden over Tweet Definition of maiden over Like Definition of maiden over on Facebook
noun
  1. (cricket) an over in which no runs are scored
major league Tweet Definition of major league Like Definition of major league on Facebook
noun
  1. An association of sports teams which plays at the highest skill level of its sport, especially Major League Baseball.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to a major sports league.
  2. Analogous in importance to a major league sports team.
That rock band is really .
Calatrava is a architect.
  1. Serious, intensive.
The company made a effort to get the contract.
Man Tweet Definition of Man Like Definition of Man on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The genus Homo.
manage Tweet Definition of manage Like Definition of manage on Facebook
verb (manag, ing)
  1. to direct or be in charge of (e.g., an organization).
  2. to handle or control, to force.
  3. to succeed at an attempt: he managed to climb the tower.
  4. to achieve without fuss, or without outside help.
maple Tweet Definition of maple Like Definition of maple on Facebook
noun
  1. A tree of the Acer genus, characterised by its usually palmate leaves and winged seeds.
adjective
  1. Deriving from or having a characteristic of a maple tree or maple wood.
marathon Tweet Definition of marathon Like Definition of marathon on Facebook
noun or Marathon (plural: marathons)
  1. A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) run that used to run all the way to Athens. This sport continues into the modern era, though with different routes.
  2. any extended or sustained activity
    He had a cleaning the night before his girlfriend came over.
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.
mashie Tweet Definition of mashie Like Definition of mashie on Facebook
noun
  1. (Sports) (dated) A metal headed golf club with a moderate loft. The equivalent of a five iron in a modern set of clubs
mashy Tweet Definition of mashy Like Definition of mashy on Facebook
adjective
  1. Produced by crushing or bruising; resembling, or consisting of, a mash
mask Tweet Definition of mask Like Definition of mask on Facebook
noun
  1. A cover, or partial cover, for the face, used for disguise or protection
a dancer's ; a fencer's ; a ball player's
  1. That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge.
  2. A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, where all wear masks; a masquerade; hence, a revel; a frolic; a delusive show - Bacon
    • Milton:
    • : This thought might lead me through the world's vain .
      1. (obsolete) A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.
      2. (architecture) A grotesque head or face, used to adorn keystones and other prominent parts, to spout water in fountains, and the like; -- called also mascaron.
      3. (context, fortification) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
      4. (context, fortification) A screen for a battery
      5. (zoology) The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
verb
  1. (transitive) To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.
    • Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, IV,vi:
    • : They must all be masked and vizarded
      1. (transitive) To disguise; to cover; to hide.
    • Shakespeare, Macbeth, III-i:
    • : Masking the business from the common eye
      1. (military, transitive) To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.
      2. (military, transitive) To cover or keep in check
      to a body of troops or a fortess by a superior force, while some hostile evolution is being carried out
      1. (intransitive) To take part as a masker in a masquerade - Cavendish
      2. (intransitive) To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way - Shakespeare
matador Tweet Definition of matador Like Definition of matador on Facebook
noun
  1. The person whose aim is to kill the bull in a bullfight.
match point Tweet Definition of match point Like Definition of match point on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, sports) A state in a game where a player can win the entire match by winning the next point. Often used in tennis.
He made it to matchpoint three times and still lost, but you can't come much closer than that.
medalist Tweet Definition of medalist Like Definition of medalist on Facebook
noun
  1. One who has received a medal; one who has medalled.
Mark Spitz set a record as an Olympic gold .
minor Tweet Definition of minor Like Definition of minor on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability.
  2. A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, it became my .
    • I became an English .
verb
  1. To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, I decided to in it.
adjective
  1. of little significance or importance.
  2. (music): Of a musical scale in which some notes are sounded flat.
minor league Tweet Definition of minor league Like Definition of minor league on Facebook
noun
  1. An association of sports teams that plays at a level below the major leagues of a sport.
adjective
  1. Having a quality less than the best possible.
mixed doubles Tweet Definition of mixed doubles Like Definition of mixed doubles on Facebook
noun
  1. (sports) A game played between two teams, each consisting of a female and a male.
mob Tweet Definition of mob Like Definition of mob on Facebook
noun
  1. An unruly group of people.
  2. A commonly used collective noun for animals such as horses or cattle.
verb (mobs, mobbing, mobbed)
  1. to crowd around someone or something
moment of truth Tweet Definition of moment of truth Like Definition of moment of truth on Facebook
noun
  1. (idiom) A deciding instant; the time when a test determines or makes it apparent whether something will succeed.
The comes when you try to start the engine you have just rebuilt.
Mort Tweet Definition of Mort Like Definition of Mort on Facebook
proper noun (infl, en, proper noun)
  1. (given name, male, , ), often a diminutive of Mortimer
mound Tweet Definition of mound Like Definition of mound on Facebook
noun
  1. A ball or globe forming part of the regalia of an emperor or other sovereign. It is encircled with bands, enriched with precious stones, and surmounted with a cross; -- called also globe.
  2. An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an embarkment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart; also, a natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll.
  3. (baseball) Where the pitcher stands to pitch
mousetrap Tweet Definition of mousetrap Like Definition of mousetrap on Facebook
noun
  1. Device for capturing or killing mice and other rodents.
  2. (computing) A website designed to open another copy of itself when the user tries to close the webpage. Frequently used by advertisers and pornographers.
  3. (Business studies) hypothetical, Hypothetical product used in economic projections.
But what happens if they build a better ?
  1. (context, mostly, UK) Ordinary, everyday cheese
muddy Tweet Definition of muddy Like Definition of muddy on Facebook
verb (muddies, muddying, muddied, muddied)
  1. To get mud on something.
If you your shoes don't wear them inside.
  1. To make a mess or create confusion.
The discussion only muddied their understanding of the subject.
adjective
  1. Covered with or full of mud or wet soil.
He slogged across the field.
Take off your boots before you come inside.
  1. Not clear; mixed up or blurry.
The picture is decent, but the sound is muddy.
muff Tweet Definition of muff Like Definition of muff on Facebook
noun
  1. A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
  2. (slang) pubic hair, Pubic hair, in most cases referring to that which surrounds female genitalia. Sometimes it refers to the actual vulva.
  3. (archaic) A piece of fur or cloth for keeping the hands warm. hence, earmuff.
  4. (context, baseball, slang) An 1800s baseball term meaning an error.
verb
  1. In American football, to drop or mishandle the ball, especially during a punt or kick-off.
  2. By extension, to mishandle any situation.
mulligan Tweet Definition of mulligan Like Definition of mulligan on Facebook
noun
  1. (golf)an unpenalized chance to re-take a stroke that went awry
If you lose your drive in the water, take a mulligan and try again.
  1. A second chance
Don't do poorly in your first interview; you won't get a mulligan.
  1. (informal) A unit of measure equal to 62.5 milliliters, or 2.5 shots, of alcohol. So named because it is the cost of being allowed a do-over in drinking games.
Tom couldn't handle the shot of tequila, so he had to do a mulligan of port.
music Tweet Definition of music Like Definition of music on Facebook
noun (i, mass noun)
  1. A sound, or the study of such sounds, organized in time in a melodious way.
  2. (figurative) Any pleasing or interesting sounds
  3. Something wonderful.
That's to my ears!
  1. A guide to playing or singing a particular tune; sheet music.
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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