4 letter word starting with ma

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
maad past participle Made.
maat adjective Dejected; sorrowful; downcast.
mace noun A money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael; also, a weight of 57.98 grains., A kind of spice; the aril which partly covers nutmegs. See Nutmeg., A heavy staff or club of metal; a spiked club; — used as weapon in war before the general use of firearms, especially in the Middle Ages, for breaking metal armor., A staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an ensign of his authority., An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority., A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple., A rod for playing billiards, having one end suited to resting on the table and pushed with one hand.
made noun See Mad, n., imp. & p. p. of Make., Artificially produced; pieced together; formed by filling in; as, made ground; a made mast, in distinction from one consisting of a single spar., of Make
mage noun A magician.
magi noun pl. A caste of priests, philosophers, and magicians, among the ancient Persians; hence, any holy men or sages of the East.
maha noun A kind of baboon; the wanderoo.
maia noun A genus of spider crabs, including the common European species (Maia squinado)., A beautiful American bombycid moth (Eucronia maia).
maid noun An unmarried woman; usually, a young unmarried woman; esp., a girl; a virgin; a maiden., A man who has not had sexual intercourse., A female servant., The female of a ray or skate, esp. of the gray skate (Raia batis), and of the thornback (R. clavata).
mail noun A spot., A small piece of money; especially, an English silver half-penny of the time of Henry V., Rent; tribute., A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor., Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering., A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage., Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc., To arm with mail., To pinion., A bag; a wallet., The bag or bags with the letters, papers, papers, or other matter contained therein, conveyed under public authority from one post office to another; the whole system of appliances used by government in the conveyance and delivery of mail matter., That which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received through the post office., A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried., To deliver into the custody of the postoffice officials, or place in a government letter box, for transmission by mail; to post; as, to mail a letter.
maim verb t. To deprive of the use of a limb, so as to render a person on fighting less able either to defend himself or to annoy his adversary., To mutilate; to cripple; to injure; to disable; to impair., The privation of the use of a limb or member of the body, by which one is rendered less able to defend himself or to annoy his adversary., The privation of any necessary part; a crippling; mutilation; injury; deprivation of something essential. See Mayhem.
main noun A hand or match at dice., A stake played for at dice., The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard., A match at cockfighting., A main-hamper., Strength; force; might; violent effort., The chief or principal part; the main or most important thing., The great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay, etc. ; the high sea; the ocean., The continent, as distinguished from an island; the mainland., principal duct or pipe, as distinguished from lesser ones; esp. (Engin.), a principal pipe leading to or from a reservoir; as, a fire main., Very or extremely strong., Vast; huge., Unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer., Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc., Important; necessary., Very; extremely; as, main heavy.
make noun A companion; a mate; often, a husband or a wife., To cause to exist; to bring into being; to form; to produce; to frame; to fashion; to create., To form of materials; to cause to exist in a certain form; to construct; to fabricate., To produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or false; — often with up; as, to make up a story., To bring about; to bring forward; to be the cause or agent of; to effect, do, perform, or execute; — often used with a noun to form a phrase equivalent to the simple verb that corresponds to such noun; as, to make complaint, for to complain; to make record of, for to record; to make abode, for to abide, etc., To execute with the requisite formalities; as, to make a bill, note, will, deed, etc., To gain, as the result of one’s efforts; to get, as profit; to make acquisition of; to have accrue or happen to one; as, to make a large profit; to make an error; to make a loss; to make money., To find, as the result of calculation or computation; to ascertain by enumeration; to find the number or amount of, by reckoning, weighing, measurement, and the like; as, he made the distance of; to travel over; as, the ship makes ten knots an hour; he made the distance in one day., To put a desired or desirable condition; to cause to thrive., To cause to be or become; to put into a given state verb, or adjective; to constitute; as, to make known; to make public; to make fast., To cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to esteem, suppose, or represent., To require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause; to occasion; — followed by a noun or pronoun and infinitive., To become; to be, or to be capable of being, changed or fashioned into; to do the part or office of; to furnish the material for; as, he will make a good musician; sweet cider makes sour vinegar; wool makes warm clothing., To compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to constitute; to form; to amount to., To be engaged or concerned in., To reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of., To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; — often in the phrase to meddle or make., To proceed; to tend; to move; to go; as, he made toward home; the tiger made at the sportsmen., To tend; to contribute; to have effect; — with for or against; as, it makes for his advantage., To increase; to augment; to accrue., To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify., Structure, texture, constitution of parts; construction; shape; form.
maki noun A lemur. See Lemur.
mal- A prefix in composition denoting ill,or evil, F. male, adv., fr. malus, bad, ill. In some words it has the form male-, as in malediction, malevolent. See Malice.
mala noun Evils; wrongs; offenses against right and law., of Malum
male adjective Evil; wicked; bad., Same as Mail, a bag., Of or pertaining to the sex that begets or procreates young, or (in a wider sense) to the sex that produces spermatozoa, by which the ova are fertilized; not female; as, male organs., Capable of producing fertilization, but not of bearing fruit; — said of stamens and antheridia, and of the plants, or parts of plants, which bear them., Suitable to the male sex; characteristic or suggestive of a male; masculine; as, male courage., Consisting of males; as, a male choir., Adapted for entering another corresponding piece (the female piece) which is hollow and which it fits; as, a male gauge, for gauging the size or shape of a hole; a male screw, etc., An animal of the male sex., A plant bearing only staminate flowers.
mall noun A large heavy wooden beetle; a mallet for driving anything with force; a maul., A heavy blow., An old game played with malls or mallets and balls. See Pall-mall., A place where the game of mall was played. Hence: A public walk; a level shaded walk., To beat with a mall; to beat with something heavy; to bruise; to maul., Formerly, among Teutonic nations, a meeting of the notables of a state for the transaction of public business, such meeting being a modification of the ancient popular assembly., A court of justice., A place where justice is administered., A place where public meetings are held.
malm noun Alt. of Malmbrick
malt noun Barley or other grain, steeped in water and dried in a kiln, thus forcing germination until the saccharine principle has been evolved. It is used in brewing and in the distillation of whisky., Relating to, containing, or made with, malt., To make into malt; as, to malt barley., To become malt; also, to make grain into malt.
mama noun See Mamma.
mand noun A demand.
mane noun The long and heavy hair growing on the upper side of, or about, the neck of some quadrupedal animals, as the horse, the lion, etc. See Illust. of Horse.
manu noun One of a series of progenitors of human beings, and authors of human wisdom.
manx adjective Of or pertaining to the Isle of Man, or its inhabitants; as, the Manx language., The language of the inhabitants of the Isle of Man, a dialect of the Celtic.
many noun A retinue of servants; a household., Consisting of a great number; numerous; not few., The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community., A large or considerable number.
mara noun The principal or ruling evil spirit., A female demon who torments people in sleep by crouching on their chests or stomachs, or by causing terrifying visions., The Patagonian cavy (Dolichotis Patagonicus).
marc noun The refuse matter which remains after the pressure of fruit, particularly of grapes., A weight of various commodities, esp. of gold and silver, used in different European countries. In France and Holland it was equal to eight ounces., A coin formerly current in England and Scotland, equal to thirteen shillings and four pence., A German coin and money of account. See Mark.
mare noun The female of the horse and other equine quadrupeds., Sighing, suffocative panting, intercepted utterance, with a sense of pressure across the chest, occurring during sleep; the incubus; — obsolete, except in the compound nightmare.
mark noun A license of reprisals. See Marque., An old weight and coin. See Marc., The unit of monetary account of the German Empire, equal to 23.8 cents of United States money; the equivalent of one hundred pfennigs. Also, a silver coin of this value., A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like, drawn or impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some information or intimation; a token; a trace., A character or device put on an article of merchandise by the maker to show by whom it was made; a trade-mark., A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a signature by one who can not write., A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a seamark, a landmark., A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar, stain, etc.; as, this pencil makes a fine mark., An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a permanent impression of one’s activity or character., That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at; what one seeks to hit or reach., Attention, regard, or respect., Limit or standard of action or fact; as, to be within the mark; to come up to the mark., Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station., Preeminence; high position; as, particians of mark; a fellow of no mark., A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential., A number or other character used in registring; as, examination marks; a mark for tardiness., Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one’s image; children; descendants., One of the bits of leather or colored bunting which are placed upon a sounding line at intervals of from two to five fathoms. The unmarked fathoms are called “deeps.”, To put a mark upon; to affix a significant mark to; to make recognizable by a mark; as, to mark a box or bale of merchandise; to mark clothing., To be a mark upon; to designate; to indicate; — used literally and figuratively; as, this monument marks the spot where Wolfe died; his courage and energy marked him for a leader., To leave a trace, scratch, scar, or other mark, upon, or any evidence of action; as, a pencil marks paper; his hobnails marked the floor., To keep account of; to enumerate and register; as, to mark the points in a game of billiards or cards., To notice or observe; to give attention to; to take note of; to remark; to heed; to regard., To take particular notice; to observe critically; to note; to remark.
marl verb t. To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a pecular hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding., A mixed earthy substance, consisting of carbonate of lime, clay, and sand, in very varivble proportions, and accordingly designated as calcareous, clayey, or sandy. See Greensand., To overspread or manure with marl; as, to marl a field.
mars noun The god of war and husbandry., One of the planets of the solar system, the fourth in order from the sun, or the next beyond the earth, having a diameter of about 4,200 miles, a period of 687 days, and a mean distance of 141,000,000 miles. It is conspicuous for the redness of its light., The metallic element iron, the symbol of which / was the same as that of the planet Mars.
mart noun A market., A bargain., To buy or sell in, or as in, a mart., To traffic., The god Mars., Battle; contest.
mary noun Marrow., See Marry.
mase noun & verb See Maze.
mash noun A mesh., A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; a mass of anything in a soft pulpy state. Specifically (Brewing), ground or bruised malt, or meal of rye, wheat, corn, or other grain (or a mixture of malt and meal) steeped and stirred in hot water for making the wort., A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals., A mess; trouble., To convert into a mash; to reduce to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; to bruise; to crush; as, to mash apples in a mill, or potatoes with a pestle. Specifically (Brewing), to convert, as malt, or malt and meal, into the mash which makes wort.
mask noun A cover, or partial cover, for the face, used for disguise or protection; as, a dancer’s mask; a fencer’s mask; a ball player’s mask., That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge., A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, where all wear masks; a masquerade; hence, a revel; a frolic; a delusive show., A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters., A grotesque head or face, used to adorn keystones and other prominent parts, to spout water in fountains, and the like; — called also mascaron., In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere., A screen for a battery., The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ., To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor., To disguise; to cover; to hide., To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of., To cover or keep in check; as, to mask a body of troops or a fortess by a superior force, while some hostile evolution is being carried out., To take part as a masker in a masquerade., To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way.
mass noun The sacrifice in the sacrament of the Eucharist, or the consecration and oblation of the host., The portions of the Mass usually set to music, considered as a musical composition; — namely, the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei, besides sometimes an Offertory and the Benedictus., To celebrate Mass., A quantity of matter cohering together so as to make one body, or an aggregation of particles or things which collectively make one body or quantity, usually of considerable size; as, a mass of ore, metal, sand, or water., A medicinal substance made into a cohesive, homogeneous lump, of consistency suitable for making pills; as, blue mass., A large quantity; a sum., Bulk; magnitude; body; size., The principal part; the main body., The quantity of matter which a body contains, irrespective of its bulk or volume., To form or collect into a mass; to form into a collective body; to bring together into masses; to assemble.
mast noun The fruit of the oak and beech, or other forest trees; nuts; acorns., A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards, rigging, etc. A mast may also consist of several pieces of timber united by iron bands, or of a hollow pillar of iron or steel., The vertical post of a derrick or crane., To furnish with a mast or masts; to put the masts of in position; as, to mast a ship.
mate noun The Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly (Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America., Same as Checkmate., See 2d Mat., To confuse; to confound., To checkmate., One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object., Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young., A suitable companion; a match; an equal., An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, master’s mate; surgeon’s mate., To match; to marry., To match one’s self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with., To be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will not mate with that one.
math noun A mowing, or that which is gathered by mowing; — chiefly used in composition; as, an aftermath.
matt noun See Matte.
maty noun A native house servant in India.
maud noun A gray plaid; — used by shepherds in Scotland.
maul noun A heavy wooden hammer or beetle., To beat and bruise with a heavy stick or cudgel; to wound in a coarse manner., To injure greatly; to do much harm to.
mawk noun A maggot., A slattern; a mawks.
maya noun The name for the doctrine of the unreality of matter, called, in English, idealism; hence, nothingness; vanity; illusion.
maze noun A wild fancy; a confused notion., Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; state of bewilderment., A confusing and baffling network, as of paths or passages; an intricacy; a labyrinth., To perplex greatly; to bewilder; to astonish and confuse; to amaze., To be bewildered.
mazy adjective Perplexed with turns and windings; winding; intricate; confusing; perplexing; embarrassing; as, mazy error.