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mackintosh Tweet Definition of mackintosh Like Definition of mackintosh on Facebook
noun (, mackintoshes)
  1. A waterproof coat or raincoat
    • Happiness - written by A.A. Milne
      :John had great big waterproof boots on;
      :John had a great big waterproof hat;
      :John had a great big waterproof --
      :And that (Said John) is that.
madder Tweet Definition of madder Like Definition of madder on Facebook
noun
  1. A herbaceous plant, Rubia tinctorum, native to Asia, cultivated for a red-purple dye obtained from the root.
  2. The root of the plant, used as a medicine or a dye.
  3. A dye made from the plant.
  4. (colour) A deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
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adjective
  1. (colour) Of a deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
Madras Tweet Definition of Madras Like Definition of Madras on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Former name of Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu, India.
  2. (British) a style of curry dish purported to originate from the Madras region.
"I"ll have the Chicken Madras."
mail Tweet Definition of mail Like Definition of mail on Facebook
noun
  1. regular delivery of letters and small parcels, see also post
  2. the organisation which operates such service (e.g. in Britain the Royal Mail)
  3. the letters and parcels delivered by such service
  4. abbreviated from "electronic mail", a store and forward message service on a computer, often using the Internet
  5. armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.
verb
  1. (transitive) to send (a letter or parcel) through the mail
adjective
  1. made of armoured material (a mail shirt)
  2. of or pertaining to mail/post
Manila Tweet Definition of Manila Like Definition of Manila on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The capital of the Philippines, located on the island of Luzon.
Manila hemp Tweet Definition of Manila hemp Like Definition of Manila hemp on Facebook
noun
  1. The fibre of the abaca.
Manila rope Tweet Definition of Manila rope Like Definition of Manila rope on Facebook
noun
  1. rope made from fibres of Manila hemp
marabou Tweet Definition of marabou Like Definition of marabou on Facebook
noun
  1. A large wading bird native to Africa, with a naked head and neck adapted for scavenging.
Marcella Tweet Definition of Marcella Like Definition of Marcella on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female)
Marseilles Tweet Definition of Marseilles Like Definition of Marseilles on Facebook
proper noun
  1. City in France, capital of the department Bouches-du-Rhí´ne.
Maud Tweet Definition of Maud Like Definition of Maud on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A female given name, a Low German form of Matilda
mauve Tweet Definition of mauve Like Definition of mauve on Facebook
noun
  1. (historical) A bright purple synthetic dye.
  2. (colour) The colour of this dye; a pale purple or violet color, colour.
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adjective
  1. (colour) having a pale purple colour.
melton Tweet Definition of melton Like Definition of melton on Facebook
noun
  1. a tough, short napped material used for making overcoats.
mesh Tweet Definition of mesh Like Definition of mesh on Facebook
noun
  1. The opening or space enclosed by the threads of a net between knot and knot, or the threads enclosing such a space.
  2. The engagement of the teeth of wheels, or of a wheel and rack.
verb (mesh, es)
  1. to fit in, to come together
mixture Tweet Definition of mixture Like Definition of mixture on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of mixing.
    • The 'mixture of sulphuric acid and water produces heat.
    • Something produced by mixing.
    • An alloy is a mixture of two metals
    • Something that consists of diverse elements
    • The day was a mixture of sunshine an showers
mohair Tweet Definition of mohair Like Definition of mohair on Facebook
noun
  1. the long, fine hair of the Angora goat
  2. yarn spun from this hair
  3. fabric made from this yarn
moire Tweet Definition of moire Like Definition of moire on Facebook
noun
  1. Originally, a fine textile fabric made of the hair of an Asiatic goat; any textile fabric to which a watered appearance is given.
moleskin Tweet Definition of moleskin Like Definition of moleskin on Facebook
noun
  1. The fur of a mole
  2. A cotton twill fabric with a heavy velvety nap
  3. (in plural) clothing made of this fabric
moquette Tweet Definition of moquette Like Definition of moquette on Facebook
noun
  1. A kind of carpet having a short velvety pile.
  2. (context, public transport) The material used to cover seats
  3. (context, public transport) The design used on seat covers.
mordant Tweet Definition of mordant Like Definition of mordant on Facebook
noun
  1. Any substance used to facilitate the fixing of a dye to a fibre; usually a metallic compound which reacts with the dye using chelation.
verb
  1. (pos_vt) To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant.
mordant goods for dyeing
adjective
  1. Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
  2. Serving to fix colors when dyeing.
    • 1964, In dyeing two mediums are required, the colouring matter and the which fixes the dye in the wool. &mdash; L.F. Salzman, English Industries of the Middle Ages, p. 208.
mote Tweet Definition of mote Like Definition of mote on Facebook
noun
  1. A small particle; a speck.
"Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the out of thy brother's eye." -Matthew 7:5.
  1. A tiny computer for re sensing. Also known as smartdust.
verb
  1. (rfv-sense) To embarass or patronize either with or without malice, especially in a case of situational irony; short for demote
"And as Elizabeth tripped Frank--causing him to drop his soda--Andrew, who was looking on happily, shouted, "Moted!""
mule Tweet Definition of mule Like Definition of mule on Facebook
noun
  1. A generally sterile hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
  2. (informal) A stubborn person.
  3. (slang) A person paid to smuggle drugs.
  4. A woman's shoe that has no fitting or strap around the heel
muslin Tweet Definition of muslin Like Definition of muslin on Facebook
noun
  1. A term used for a wide variety of tightly-woven cotton fabrics, especially that used for bedlinen.

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