9 letter word starting with m

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
macaronis plural of Macaroni
macaronic adjective Pertaining to, or like, macaroni (originally a dish of mixed food); hence, mixed; confused; jumbled., Of or pertaining to the burlesque composition called macaronic; as, macaronic poetry., A heap of thing confusedly mixed together; a jumble., A kind of burlesque composition, in which the vernacular words of one or more modern languages are intermixed with genuine Latin words, and with hybrid formed by adding Latin terminations to other roots.
macartney noun A fire-backed pheasant. See Fireback.
maccabean adjective Of or pertaining to Judas Maccabeus or to the Maccabees; as, the Maccabean princes; Maccabean times.
maccabees noun pl. The name given later times to the Asmonaeans, a family of Jewish patriots, who headed a religious revolt in the reign of Antiochus IV., 168-161 B. C., which led to a period of freedom for Israel., The name of two ancient historical books, which give accounts of Jewish affairs in or about the time of the Maccabean princes, and which are received as canonical books in the Roman Catholic Church, but are included in the Apocrypha by Protestants. Also applied to three books, two of which are found in some MSS. of the Septuagint.
macerated imp. & past participle of Macerate
macerater noun One who, or that which, macerates; an apparatus for converting paper or fibrous matter into pulp.
machinate verb i. To plan; to contrive; esp., to form a scheme with the purpose of doing harm; to contrive artfully; to plot., To contrive, as a plot; to plot; as, to machinate evil.
machining present participle & vb. noun of Machine, Of or pertaining to the machinery of a poem; acting or used as a machine.
machinery noun Machines, in general, or collectively., The working parts of a machine, engine, or instrument; as, the machinery of a watch., The supernatural means by which the action of a poetic or fictitious work is carried on and brought to a catastrophe; in an extended sense, the contrivances by which the crises and conclusion of a fictitious narrative, in prose or verse, are effected., The means and appliances by which anything is kept in action or a desired result is obtained; a complex system of parts adapted to a purpose.
machinist noun A constrictor of machines and engines; one versed in the principles of machines., One skilled in the use of machine tools., A person employed to shift scenery in a theater.
macilency noun Leanness.
macintosh noun Same as Mackintosh.
macrocosm noun The great world; that part of the universe which is exterior to man; — contrasted with microcosm, or man. See Microcosm.
macrodome noun A dome parallel to the longer lateral axis of an orthorhombic crystal. See Dome, n., 4.
macrodont adjective Having large teeth., A macrodont animal.
macrology noun Long and tedious talk without much substance; superfluity of words.
macrotone noun Same as Macron.
macrotous adjective Large-eared.
macroural adjective Same as Macrura, Macrural, etc.
macruroid adjective Like or pertaining to the Macrura.
macrurous adjective Of or pertaining to the Macrura; having a long tail.
mactation noun The act of killing a victim for sacrifice.
maculated adjective Having spots or blotches; maculate.
mad-apple noun See Eggplant.
maddening present participle & vb. noun of Madden
madefying present participle & vb. noun of Madefy
madegassy noun & adjective See Madecassee.
madreperl noun Mother-of-pearl.
madrepora noun A genus of reef corals abundant in tropical seas. It includes than one hundred and fifty species, most of which are elegantly branched.
madrepore noun Any coral of the genus Madrepora; formerly, often applied to any stony coral.
maelstrom noun A celebrated whirlpool on the coast of Norway., Also Fig. ; as, a maelstrom of vice.
magazined imp. & past participle of Magazine
magaziner noun One who edits or writes for a magazine.
magdaleon noun A medicine in the form of a roll, a esp. a roll of plaster.
magdeburg noun A city of Saxony.
maggotish adjective Full of whims or fancies; maggoty.
magically adverb In a magical manner; by magic, or as if by magic.
magistery noun Mastery; powerful medical influence; renowned efficacy; a sovereign remedy., A magisterial injunction., A precipitate; a fine substance deposited by precipitation; — applied in old chemistry to certain white precipitates from metallic solutions; as, magistery of bismuth.
magistral adjective Pertaining to a master; magisterial; authoritative; dogmatic., Commanded or prescribed by a magister, esp. by a doctor; hence, effectual; sovereign; as, a magistral sirup., Formulated extemporaneously, or for a special case; — opposed to officinal, and said of prescriptions and medicines., A sovereign medicine or remedy., A magistral line., Powdered copper pyrites used in the amalgamation of ores of silver, as at the Spanish mines of Mexico and South America.
magnality noun A great act or event; a great attainment.
magnesian adjective Pertaining to, characterized by, or containing, magnesia or magnesium.
magnesite noun Native magnesium carbonate occurring in white compact or granular masses, and also in rhombohedral crystals.
magnesium noun A light silver-white metallic element, malleable and ductile, quite permanent in dry air but tarnishing in moist air. It burns, forming (the oxide) magnesia, with the production of a blinding light (the so-called magnesium light) which is used in signaling, in pyrotechny, or in photography where a strong actinic illuminant is required. Its compounds occur abundantly, as in dolomite, talc, meerschaum, etc. Symbol Mg. Atomic weight, 24.4. Specific gravity, 1.75.
magnetics noun The science of magnetism.
magnetism noun The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet., The science which treats of magnetic phenomena., Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections.
magnetist noun One versed in magnetism.
magnetite noun An oxide of iron (Fe3O4) occurring in isometric crystals, also massive, of a black color and metallic luster. It is readily attracted by a magnet and sometimes possesses polarity, being then called loadstone. It is an important iron ore. Called also magnetic iron.
magnetize verb t. To communicate magnetic properties to; as, to magnetize a needle., To attract as a magnet attracts, or like a magnet; to move; to influence., To bring under the influence of animal magnetism.
magnifico noun A grandee or nobleman of Venice; — so called in courtesy., A rector of a German university.
magnifier noun One who, or that which, magnifies.
magnified imp. & past participle of Magnify
magnitude noun Extent of dimensions; size; — applied to things that have length, breath, and thickness., That which has one or more of the three dimensions, length, breadth, and thickness., Anything of which greater or less can be predicated, as time, weight, force, and the like., Greatness; grandeur., Greatness, in reference to influence or effect; importance; as, an affair of magnitude.
magot-pie noun A magpie.
maharajah noun A sovereign prince in India; — a title given also to other persons of high rank.
mahomedan noun Alt. of Mahometan
mahometan noun See Mohammedan.
mahometry noun Mohammedanism.
mahumetan noun Alt. of Mahumetanism
maieutics noun The art of giving birth (i. e., clearness and conviction) to ideas, which are conceived as struggling for birth.
mainprise noun A writ directed to the sheriff, commanding him to take sureties, called mainpernors, for the prisoner’s appearance, and to let him go at large. This writ is now obsolete., Deliverance of a prisoner on security for his appearance at a day., To suffer to go at large, on his finding sureties, or mainpernors, for his appearance at a day; — said of a prisoner.
mainsheet noun One of the ropes by which the mainsail is hauled aft and trimmed.
mainswear verb i. To swear falsely.
main yard The yard on which the mainsail is extended, supported by the mainmast.
maistress noun Mistress.
majesties plural of Majesty
majorship noun The office of major.
majuscule noun A capital letter; especially, one used in ancient manuscripts. See Majusculae.
make-game noun An object of ridicule; a butt.
makeshift noun That with which one makes shift; a temporary expedient.
making-up noun The act of bringing spirits to a certain degree of strength, called proof., The act of becoming reconciled or friendly.
malachite noun Native hydrous carbonate of copper, usually occurring in green mammillary masses with concentric fibrous structure.
malacozoa noun pl. An extensive group of Invertebrata, including the Mollusca, Brachiopoda, and Bryozoa. Called also Malacozoaria.
maladroit adjective Of a quality opposed to adroitness; clumsy; awkward; unskillful.
malanders noun pl. A scurfy eruption in the bend of the knee of the fore leg of a horse. See Sallenders.
malarious adjective Of or pertaining, to or infected by, malaria.
malaxator noun One who, or that which, malaxates; esp., a machine for grinding, kneading, or stirring into a pasty or doughy mass.
malayalam noun The name given to one the cultivated Dravidian languages, closely related to the Tamil.
malbrouck noun A West African arboreal monkey (Cercopithecus cynosurus).
maldanian noun Any species of marine annelids of the genus Maldane, or family Maldanidae. They have a slender, round body, and make tubes in the sand or mud.
malengine noun Evil machination; guile; deceit.
male-odor noun See Malodor.
maletreat verb t. See Maltreat.
malicious adjective Indulging or exercising malice; harboring ill will or enmity., Proceeding from hatred or ill will; dictated by malice; as, a malicious report; malicious mischief., With wicked or mischievous intentions or motives; wrongful and done intentionally without just cause or excuse; as, a malicious act.
maligning present participle & vb. noun of Malign
malignant adjective Disposed to do harm, inflict suffering, or cause distress; actuated by extreme malevolence or enmity; virulently inimical; bent on evil; malicious., Characterized or caused by evil intentions; pernicious., Tending to produce death; threatening a fatal issue; virulent; as, malignant diphtheria., A man of extrems enmity or evil intentions., One of the adherents of Charles L. or Charles LL.; — so called by the opposite party.
malignify verb t. To make malign or malignant.
malignity noun The state or quality of being malignant; disposition to do evil; virulent enmity; malignancy; malice; spite., Virulence; deadly quality., Extreme evilness of nature or influence; perniciousness; heinousness; as, the malignity of fraud.
malingery noun The spirit or practices of a malingerer; malingering.
malleable adjective Capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers; — applied to metals.
malleated imp. & past participle of Malleate
mallemock noun Alt. of Mallemoke
mallemoke noun See Mollemoke.
malleolar adjective Of or pertaining to the malleolus; in the region of the malleoli of the ankle joint.
malleolus noun A projection at the distal end of each bone of the leg at the ankle joint. The malleolus of the tibia is the internal projection, that of the fibula the external., ” A layer, ” a shoot partly buried in the ground, and there cut halfway through.
malmbrick noun A kind of brick of a light brown or yellowish color, made of sand, clay, and chalk.
malpighia noun A genus of tropical American shrubs with opposite leaves and small white or reddish flowers. The drupes of Malpighia urens are eaten under the name of Barbadoes cherries.
maltalent noun Ill will; malice.
mathusian noun A follower of Malthus.
mammalian adjective Of or pertaining to the Mammalia or mammals.
mammalogy noun The science which relates to mammals or the Mammalia. See Mammalia.
mammiform adjective Having the form of a mamma (breast) or mammae.
mammology noun Mastology. See Mammalogy.
mammonish adjective Actuated or prompted by a devotion to money getting or the service of Mammon.
mammonism noun Devotion to the pursuit of wealth; worldliness.
mammonist noun A mammonite.
mammonite noun One devoted to the acquisition of wealth or the service of Mammon.
mammonize verb t. To make mammonish.
manacling present participle & vb. noun of Manacle
mancipate verb t. To enslave; to bind; to restrict.
mandatary noun One to whom a command or charge is given; hence, specifically, a person to whom the pope has, by his prerogative, given a mandate or order for his benefice., One who undertakes to discharge a specific business commission; a mandatory.
mandatory adjective Containing a command; preceptive; directory., Same as Mandatary.
mandelate noun A salt of mandelic acid.
mandilion noun See Mandil.
mandingos noun pl.
mandoline noun A small and beautifully shaped instrument resembling the lute.
manducate verb t. To masticate; to chew; to eat.
man-eater noun One who, or that which, has an appetite for human flesh; specifically, one of certain large sharks (esp. Carcharodon Rondeleti); also, a lion or a tiger which has acquired the habit of feeding upon human flesh.
manesheet noun A covering placed over the upper part of a horse’s head.
manoeuvre noun Management; dexterous movement; specif., a military or naval evolution, movement, or change of position., Management with address or artful design; adroit proceeding; stratagem., To perform a movement or movements in military or naval tactics; to make changes in position with reference to getting advantage in attack or defense., To manage with address or art; to scheme., To change the positions of, as of troops of ships., See Maneuver.
manganate noun A salt of manganic acid.
manganese noun An element obtained by reduction of its oxide, as a hard, grayish white metal, fusible with difficulty, but easily oxidized. Its ores occur abundantly in nature as the minerals pyrolusite, manganite, etc. Symbol Mn. Atomic weight 54.8.
manganite noun One of the oxides of manganese; — called also gray manganese ore. It occurs in brilliant steel-gray or iron-black crystals, also massive., A compound of manganese dioxide with a metallic oxide; so called as though derived from the hypothetical manganous acid.
manganium noun Manganese.
manganous adjective Of, pertaining to, designating, those compounds of manganese in which the element has a lower valence as contrasted with manganic compounds; as, manganous oxide.
manginess noun The condition or quality of being mangy.
mangonism noun The art of mangonizing, or setting off to advantage.
mangonist noun One who mangonizes., A slave dealer; also, a strumpet.
mangonize verb t. To furbish up for sale; to set off to advantage.
mangostan noun A tree of the East Indies of the genus Garcinia (G. Mangostana). The tree grows to the height of eighteen feet, and bears fruit also called mangosteen, of the size of a small apple, the pulp of which is very delicious food.
manichean noun Alt. of Manichee, Of or pertaining to the Manichaeans.
manichord Alt. of Manichordon
manifests plural of Manifest
manifesto noun & adjective A public declaration, usually of a prince, sovereign, or other person claiming large powers, showing his intentions, or proclaiming his opinions and motives in reference to some act done or contemplated by him; as, a manifesto declaring the purpose of a prince to begin war, and explaining his motives.
maniglion noun Either one of two handles on the back of a piece of ordnance.
manipular adjective Of or pertaining to the maniple, or company., Manipulatory; as, manipular operations.
manitrunk noun The anterior segment of the thorax in insects. See Insect.
manlessly adverb Inhumanly.
manliness noun The quality or state of being manly.
mannerism noun Adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic mode of action, bearing, or treatment, carried to excess, especially in literature or art.
mannerist noun One addicted to mannerism; a person who, in action, bearing, or treatment, carries characteristic peculiarities to excess. See citation under Mannerism.
mannitate noun A salt of mannitic acid.
mannitose noun A variety of sugar obtained by the partial oxidation of mannite, and closely resembling levulose.
manometer noun An instrument for measuring the tension or elastic force of gases, steam, etc., constructed usually on the principle of allowing the gas to exert its elastic force in raising a column of mercury in an open tube, or in compressing a portion of air or other gas in a closed tube with mercury or other liquid intervening, or in bending a metallic or other spring so as to set in motion an index; a pressure gauge. See Pressure, and Illust. of Air pump.
manoscope noun Same as Manometer.
manoscopy noun The science of the determination of the density of vapors and gases.
mansionry noun The state of dwelling or residing; occupancy as a dwelling place.
manslayer noun One who kills a human being; one who commits manslaughter.
mantispid noun Any neuropterous insect of the genus Mantispa, and allied genera. The larvae feed on plant lice. Also used adjectively. See Illust. under Neuroptera.
mantology noun The act or art of divination.
manualist noun One who works with the hands; an artificer.
manubrial adjective Of or pertaining to a manubrium; shaped like a manubrium; handlelike.
manubrium noun A handlelike process or part; esp., the anterior segment of the sternum, or presternum, and the handlelike process of the malleus., The proboscis of a jellyfish; — called also hypostoma. See Illust. of Hydromedusa.
manductor noun A conductor; an officer in the ancient church who gave the signal for the choir to sing, and who beat time with the hand, and regulated the music.
manumotor noun A small wheel carriage, so constructed that a person sitting in it may move it.
manurable adjective Capable of cultivation., Capable of receiving a fertilizing substance.
manurance noun Cultivation.
manyplies noun The third division, or that between the reticulum, or honeycomb stomach, and the abomasum, or rennet stomach, in the stomach of ruminants; the omasum; the psalterium. So called from the numerous folds in its mucous membrane. See Illust of Ruminant.
manzanita noun A name given to several species of Arctostaphylos, but mostly to A. glauca and A. pungens, shrubs of California, Oregon, etc., with reddish smooth bark, ovate or oval coriaceous evergreen leaves, and bearing clusters of red berries, which are said to be a favorite food of the grizzly bear.
maranatha noun “Our Lord cometh;” — an expression used by St. Paul at the conclusion of his first Epistle to the Corinthians (xvi. 22). This word has been used in anathematizing persons for great crimes; as much as to say, “May the Lord come quickly to take vengeance of thy crimes.” See Anathema maranatha, under Anathema.
marauding present participle & vb. noun of Maraud
marbleize verb t. To stain or grain in imitation of marble; to cover with a surface resembling marble; as, to marbleize slate, wood, or iron.
marbrinus noun A cloth woven so as to imitate the appearance of marble; — much used in the 15th and 16th centuries.
marcasite noun A sulphide of iron resembling pyrite or common iron pyrites in composition, but differing in form; white iron pyrites.
marcassin noun A young wild boar.
marceline noun A thin silk fabric used for linings, etc., in ladies’ dresses.
march-mad adjective Extremely rash; foolhardy. See under March, the month.
marchpane noun A kind of sweet bread or biscuit; a cake of pounded almonds and sugar.
marcidity noun The state or quality of being withered or lean.
marcosian noun One of a Gnostic sect of the second century, so called from Marcus, an Egyptian, who was reputed to be a margician.
mareschal noun A military officer of high rank; a marshal.
margarate noun A compound of the so-called margaric acid with a base.
margarite noun A pearl., A mineral related to the micas, but low in silica and yielding brittle folia with pearly luster.
margarone noun The ketone of margaric acid.
margarous adjective Margaric; — formerly designating a supposed acid.
marginate noun Having a margin distinct in appearance or structure., To furnish with a distinct margin; to margin.
marimonda noun A spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth) of Central and South America.
maritated adjective Having a husband; married.
maritimal adjective Alt. of Maritimale
marketing present participle & vb. noun of Market, The act of selling or of purchasing in, or as in, a market., Articles in, or from, a market; supplies.
marlstone noun A sandy calcareous straum, containing, or impregnated with, iron, and lying between the upper and lower Lias of England.
marmalade noun A preserve or confection made of the pulp of fruit, as the quince, pear, apple, orange, etc., boiled with sugar, and brought to a jamlike consistence.
marmatite noun A ferruginous variety of shalerite or zinc blende, nearly black in color.
marmolite noun A thin, laminated variety of serpentine, usually of a pale green color.
marmorate adjective Alt. of Marmorated
marmoreal adjective Alt. of Marmorean
marmorean adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, marble; made of marble.
maronites plural of Maronite
marooning present participle & vb. noun of Maroon
marquetry noun Inlaid work; work inlaid with pieces of wood, shells, ivory, and the like, of several colors.
marriable adjective Marriageable.
marrowing present participle & vb. noun of Marrow
marrowfat noun A rich but late variety of pea.
marrowish adjective Of the nature of, or like, marrow.
marrubium noun A genus of bitter aromatic plants, sometimes used in medicine; hoarhound.
marsdenia noun A genus of plants of the Milkweed family, mostly woody climbers with fragrant flowers, several species of which furnish valuable fiber, and one species (Marsdenia tinctoria) affords indigo.
marshaled imp. & past participle of Marshal
marshaler noun One who marshals.
marsupial adjective Having a pouch for carrying the immature young; of or pertaining to the Marsupialia., Of or pertaining to a marsupium; as, the marsupial bones., One of the Marsupialia.
marsupian noun One of the Marsupialia.
marsupion noun Same as Marsupium.
marsupite noun A fossil crinoid of the genus Marsupites, resembling a purse in form.
marsupium noun The pouch, formed by a fold of the skin of the abdomen, in which marsupials carry their young; also, a pouch for similar use in other animals, as certain Crustacea., The pecten in the eye of birds and reptiles. See Pecten.
marteline noun A small hammer used by marble workers and sculptors.
martially adverb In a martial manner.
martineta noun A species of tinamou (Calopezus elegans), having a long slender crest.
martingal noun A strap fastened to a horse’s girth, passing between his fore legs, and fastened to the bit, or now more commonly ending in two rings, through which the reins pass. It is intended to hold down the head of the horse, and prevent him from rearing., A lower stay of rope or chain for the jib boom or flying jib boom, fastened to, or reeved through, the dolphin striker. Also, the dolphin striker itself., The act of doubling, at each stake, that which has been lost on the preceding stake; also, the sum so risked; — metaphorically derived from the bifurcation of the martingale of a harness.
martinmas noun The feast of St. Martin, the eleventh of November; — often called martlemans.
martlemas noun See Martinmas.
martyring present participle & vb. noun of Martyr
martyrdom noun The condition of a martyr; the death of a martyr; the suffering of death on account of adherence to the Christian faith, or to any cause., Affliction; torment; torture.
martyrize verb t. To make a martyr of.
marvelled of Marvel
marveling present participle & vb. noun of Marvel
marvelous noun Exciting wonder or surprise; astonishing; wonderful., Partaking of the character of miracle, or supernatural power; incredible.
mascagnin noun Alt. of Mascagnite
masculate verb t. To make strong.
masculine adjective Of the male sex; not female., Having the qualities of a man; suitable to, or characteristic of, a man; virile; not feminine or effeminate; strong; robust., Belonging to males; appropriated to, or used by, males., Having the inflections of, or construed with, words pertaining especially to male beings, as distinguished from feminine and neuter. See Gender.
masoretic adjective Alt. of Masoretical
massacred imp. & past participle of Massacre
massacrer noun One who massacres.
massiness noun The state or quality of being massy; ponderousness.
massively adverb In a heavy mass.
mastering present participle vb. noun of Master
masterdom noun Dominion; rule; command.
masterful adjective Inclined to play the master; domineering; imperious; arbitrary., Having the skill or power of a master; indicating or expressing power or mastery.
masterous adjective Masterly.
masteries plural of Mastery
masthouse noun A building in which vessels’ masts are shaped, fitted, etc.
masticate verb t. To grind or crush with, or as with, the teeth and prepare for swallowing and digestion; to chew; as, to masticate food.
mastigure noun Any one of several large spiny-tailed lizards of the genus Uromastix. They inhabit Southern Asia and North Africa.
mastodyny noun Pain occuring in the mamma or female breast, — a form of neuralgia.
mastoidal adjective Same as Mastoid.
mastology noun The natural history of Mammalia.
matagasse noun A shrike or butcher bird; — called also mattages.
matchable adjective Capable of being matched; comparable on equal conditions; adapted to being joined together; correspondent.
matchless adjective Having no equal; unequaled., Unlike each other; unequal; unsuited.
matchlock noun An old form of gunlock containing a match for firing the priming; hence, a musket fired by means of a match.
mateology noun A vain, unprofitable discourse or inquiry.
materiate adjective Alt. of Materiated
materious adjective See Material.
maternity noun The state of being a mother; the character or relation of a mother.
matriarch noun The mother and ruler of a family or of her descendants; a ruler by maternal right.
matricide noun The murder of a mother by her son or daughter., One who murders one’s own mother.
matrimony noun The union of man and woman as husband and wife; the nuptial state; marriage; wedlock., A kind of game at cards played by several persons.
matronage noun The state of a matron., The collective body of matrons.
matronize verb t. To make a matron of; to make matronlike., To act the part of a marton toward; to superintend; to chaperone; as, to matronize an assembly.
mattamore noun A subterranean repository for wheat.
mattering present participle & vb. noun of Matter
maturated imp. & past participle of Maturate
matutinal adjective Of or pertaining to the morning; early.
maudeline noun An aromatic composite herb, the costmary; also, the South European Achillea Ageratum, a kind of yarrow.
maunderer noun One who maunders.
mauresque adjective & noun See Moresque.
mausolean adjective Pertaining to a mausoleum; monumental.
mausoleum noun A magnificent tomb, or stately sepulchral monument.
mawkingly adverb Slatternly.
mawkishly adverb In a mawkish way.
maxillary adjective Pertaining to either the upper or the lower jaw, but now usually applied to the upper jaw only., The principal maxillary bone; the maxilla., Of or pertaining to a maxilla.
mayflower noun In England, the hawthorn; in New England, the trailing arbutus (see Arbutus); also, the blossom of these plants.
mayoralty noun The office, or the term of office, of a mayor.
mayorship noun The office of a mayor.
mazedness noun The condition of being mazed; confusion; astonishment.
mealiness noun The quality or state of being mealy.
meandered imp. & past participle of Meander
meandrian adjective Winding; having many turns.
meandrina noun A genus of corals with meandering grooves and ridges, including the brain corals.
meandrous adjective Alt. of Meandry
meanwhile noun The intervening time; as, in the meantime (or mean time)., In the intervening time; during the interval.
measuring present participle & vb. noun of Measure, Used in, or adapted for, ascertaining measurements, or dividing by measure.
meatiness noun Quality of being meaty.
meatotome noun An instrument for cutting into the urethra so as to enlarge its orifice.
mechanics noun That science, or branch of applied mathematics, which treats of the action of forces on bodies.
mechanism noun The arrangement or relation of the parts of a machine; the parts of a machine, taken collectively; the arrangement or relation of the parts of anything as adapted to produce an effect; as, the mechanism of a watch; the mechanism of a sewing machine; the mechanism of a seed pod., Mechanical operation or action., An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.
mechanist noun A maker of machines; one skilled in mechanics., One who regards the phenomena of nature as the effects of forces merely mechanical.
mechanize verb t. To cause to be mechanical.
mechoacan noun A species of jalap, of very feeble properties, said to be obtained from the root of a species of Convolvulus (C. Mechoacan); — so called from Michoacan, in Mexico, whence it is obtained.
meckelian adjective Pertaining to, or discovered by, J. F. Meckel, a German anatomist.
meconinic adjective Pertaining to, or designating, an acid which occurs in opium, and which may be obtained by oxidizing narcotine.
medalling of Medal
medallion noun A large medal or memorial coin., A circular or oval (or, sometimes, square) tablet bearing a figure or figures represented in relief.
medalurgy noun The art of making and striking medals and coins.
mediaeval adjective Of or relating to the Middle Ages; as, mediaeval architecture.
medialuna noun See Half-moon.
mediating present participle & vb. noun of Mediate
mediately adverb In a mediate manner; by a secondary cause or agent; not directly or primarily; by means; — opposed to immediately.
mediation adjective The act of mediating; action or relation of anything interposed; action as a necessary condition, means, or instrument; interposition; intervention., Hence, specifically, agency between parties at variance, with a view to reconcile them; entreaty for another; intercession.
mediative adjective Pertaining to mediation; used in mediation; as, mediative efforts.
mediatize verb t. To cause to act through an agent or to hold a subordinate position; to annex; — specifically applied to the annexation during the former German empire of a smaller German state to a larger, while allowing it a nominal sovereignty, and its prince his rank.
mediatory adjective Mediatorial.
mediatrix noun A female mediator.
medicable adjective Capable of being medicated; admitting of being cured or healed.
medically adverb In a medical manner; with reference to healing, or to the principles of the healing art.
medicated imp. & past participle of Medicate
medicinal adjective Having curative or palliative properties; used for the cure or alleviation of bodily disorders; as, medicinal tinctures, plants, or springs., Of or pertaining to medicine; medical.
medicornu noun The middle or inferior horn of each lateral ventricle of the brain.
mediocral adjective Mediocre.
meditance noun Meditation.
meditated imp. & past participle of Meditate
medullary adjective Pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling, marrow or medulla., Pertaining to the medula oblongata., Filled with spongy pith; pithy.
meedfully adverb According to merit; suitably.
megaceros noun The Irish elk.
megachile noun A leaf-cutting bee of the genus Megachilus. See Leaf cutter, under Leaf.
megafarad noun One of the larger measures of electrical capacity, amounting to one million farads; a macrofarad.
megalonyx noun An extinct quaternary mammal, of great size, allied to the sloth.
megameter noun An instrument for determining longitude by observation of the stars., A micrometer., Alt. of Megametre
megametre noun In the metric system, one million meters, or one thousand kilometers.
megampere noun A million amperes.
megaphone noun A device to magnify sound, or direct it in a given direction in a greater volume, as a very large funnel used as an ear trumpet or as a speaking trumpet.
megapolis noun A metropolis.
megascope noun A modification of the magic lantern, used esp. for throwing a magnified image of an opaque object on a screen, solar or artificial light being used.
megastome noun One of a group of univalve shells, having a large aperture or mouth.
megathere noun Alt. of Megatherium
megaweber noun A million webers.
meibomian adjective Of, pertaining to, or discovered by, Meibomius.
melampode noun The black hellebore.
melanosis The morbid deposition of black matter, often of a malignant character, causing pigmented tumors.
melanotic adjective Melanistic.
melanuric adjective Pertaining to, or designating, a complex nitrogenous acid obtained by decomposition of melam, or of urea, as a white crystalline powder; — called also melanurenic acid.
melaphyre noun Any one of several dark-colored augitic, eruptive rocks allied to basalt.
melastoma noun A genus of evergreen tropical shrubs; — so called from the black berries of some species, which stain the mouth.
meleagris noun A genus of American gallinaceous birds, including the common and the wild turkeys.
melilotic adjective Of, pertaining to, or obtained from, sweet clover or melilot; specifically, designating an acid of the aromatic series, obtained from melilot as a white crystalline substance.
meliorate verb t. To make better; to improve; to ameliorate; to soften; to make more tolerable., To grow better.
meliorism noun The doctrine that there is a tendency throughout nature toward improvement.
meliority noun The state or quality of being better; melioration.
melismata plural of Melisma
mellitate noun A salt of mellitic acid.
mellonide noun See Mellone.
mellowing present participle & vb. noun of Mellow
melocoton noun Alt. of Melocotoon
melodious adjective Containing, or producing, melody; musical; agreeable to the ear by a sweet succession of sounds; as, a melodious voice.
melodized imp. & past participle of Melodize
melodrama noun Formerly, a kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes. Now, a drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the gravedigging scene of Beethoven’s “Fidelio”.
melodrame noun Melodrama.
melograph noun Same as Melodiograph.
melopiano noun A piano having a mechanical attachment which enables the player to prolong the notes at will.
melpomene noun The Muse of tragedy., The eighteenth asteroid.
memoirist noun A writer of memoirs.
memorable adjective Worthy to be remembered; very important or remarkable.
memoranda plural of Memorandum
memoriter adverb By, or from, memory.
memorized imp. & past participle of Memorize
menagerie noun A piace where animals are kept and trained., A collection of wild or exotic animals, kept for exhibition.
menagogue noun Emmenagogue.
mendacity noun The quality or state of being mendacious; a habit of lying., A falsehood; a lie.
mendicant adjective Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant friars., A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging; specifically, a begging friar.
mendicate verb t.& i. To beg.
mendicity noun The practice of begging; the life of a beggar; mendicancy.
mendinant noun A mendicant or begging friar.
mendregal noun Medregal.
meningeal adjective Of or pertaining to the meninges.
meniscoid adjective Concavo-convex, like a meniscus.
mennonist noun Alt. of Mennonite
mennonite noun One of a small denomination of Christians, so called from Menno Simons of Friesland, their founder. They believe that the New Testament is the only rule of faith, that there is no original sin, that infants should not be baptized, and that Christians ought not to take oath, hold office, or render military service.
menologia plural of Menology
menopause noun The period of natural cessation of menstruation. See Change of life, under Change.
menstrual adjective Recurring once a month; monthly; gone through in a month; as, the menstrual revolution of the moon; pertaining to monthly changes; as, the menstrual equation of the sun’s place., Of or pertaining to the menses; as, menstrual discharges; the menstrual period., Of or pertaining to a menstruum.
menstruum noun Any substance which dissolves a solid body; a solvent.
mensurate verb To measure.
mentality noun Quality or state of mind.
mentioned imp. & past participle of Mention
mentorial adjective Containing advice or admonition.
mephitism noun Same as Mephitis, 1.
meracious adjective Being without mixture or adulteration; hence, strong; racy.
mercaptal noun Any one of a series of compounds of mercaptans with aldehydes.
mercaptan noun Any one of series of compounds, hydrosulphides of alcohol radicals, in composition resembling the alcohols, but containing sulphur in place of oxygen, and hence called also the sulphur alcohols. In general, they are colorless liquids having a strong, repulsive, garlic odor. The name is specifically applied to ethyl mercaptan, C2H5SH. So called from its avidity for mercury, and other metals.
mercature noun Commerce; traffic; trade.
mercenary adjective Acting for reward; serving for pay; paid; hired; hireling; venal; as, mercenary soldiers., Hence: Moved by considerations of pay or profit; greedy of gain; sordid; selfish., One who is hired; a hireling; especially, a soldier hired into foreign service.
merciable adjective Merciful.
merciless adjective Destitute of mercy; cruel; unsparing; — said of animate beings, and also, figuratively, of things; as, a merciless tyrant; merciless waves.
mercurial adjective Having the qualities fabled to belong to the god Mercury; swift; active; sprightly; fickle; volatile; changeable; as, a mercurial youth; a mercurial temperament., Having the form or image of Mercury; — applied to ancient guideposts., Of or pertaining to Mercury as the god of trade; hence, money-making; crafty., Of or pertaining to, or containing, mercury; as, mercurial preparations, barometer. See Mercury, 2., Caused by the use of mercury; as, mercurial sore mouth., A person having mercurial qualities., A preparation containing mercury.
mercurify verb t. To obtain mercury from, as mercuric minerals, which may be done by any application of intense heat that expels the mercury in fumes, which are afterward condensed., To combine or mingle mercury with; to impregnate with mercury; to mercurialize.
mercurism noun A communication of news; an announcement.
mercurous adjective Of, pertaining to, or derived from, mercury; containing mercury; — said of those compounds of mercury in which it is present in its highest proportion.
merestead noun The land within the boundaries of a farm; a farmstead or farm.
merestone noun A stone designating a limit or boundary; a landmark.
merganser noun Any bird of the genus Merganser, and allied genera. They are allied to the ducks, but have a sharply serrated bill.
meritable adjective Deserving of reward.
meritedly adverb By merit; deservedly.
meroblast noun An ovum, as that of a mammal, only partially composed of germinal matter, that is, consisting of both a germinal portion and an albuminous or nutritive one; — opposed to holoblast.
meroistic adjective Applied to the ovaries of insects when they secrete vitelligenous cells, as well as ova.
meropidan noun One of a family of birds (Meropidae), including the bee-eaters.
merrimake noun See Merrymake, n., See Merrymake, v.
merriment noun Gayety, with laughter; mirth; frolic.
merriness noun The quality or state of being merry; merriment; mirth; gayety, with laughter.
merrymake noun Mirth; frolic; a meeting for mirth; a festival., To make merry; to be jolly; to feast.
merulidan noun A bird of the Thrush family.
mervaille noun Marvel.
mesaconic adjective Pertaining to, or designating, one of several isomeric acids obtained from citric acid.
mesentery noun The membranes, or one of the membranes (consisting of a fold of the peritoneum and inclosed tissues), which connect the intestines and their appendages with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity. The mesentery proper is connected with the jejunum and ilium, the other mesenteries being called mesocaecum, mesocolon, mesorectum, etc., One of the vertical muscular radiating partitions which divide the body cavity of Anthozoa into chambers.
mesitylol noun A crystalline substance obtained from mesitylene.
mesmerism noun The art of inducing an extraordinary or abnormal state of the nervous system, in which the actor claims to control the actions, and communicate directly with the mind, of the recipient. See Animal magnetism, under Magnetism.
mesmerist noun One who practices, or believes in, mesmerism.
mesmerize verb t. To bring into a state of mesmeric sleep.
mesoarium noun The fold of peritoneum which suspends the ovary from the dorsal wall of the body cavity.
mesoblast noun The mesoderm., The cell nucleus; mesoplast.
mesocoele noun Alt. of Mesocoelia
mesocolon noun The fold of peritoneum, or mesentery, attached to the colon.
mesohepar noun A fold of the peritoneum connecting the liver with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity.
mesonasal adjective Of or pertaining to the middle portion of the nasal region.
mesonotum noun The dorsal portion of the mesothorax of insects.
mesoplast noun The nucleus of a cell; mesoblast.
mesorhine adjective Having the nose of medium width; between leptorhine and platyrhine.
mesosperm noun A membrane of a seed. See Secundine.
mesostate noun A product of metabolic action.
mesotheca noun The middle layer of the gonophore in the Hydrozoa.
mesoxalic adjective Pertaining to, or designating, an acid, CH2O2(CO2H)2, obtained from amido malonic acid.
messenger noun One who bears a message; the bearer of a verbal or written communication, notice, or invitation, from one person to another, or to a public body; specifically, an office servant who bears messages., One who, or that which, foreshows, or foretells., A hawser passed round the capstan, and having its two ends lashed together to form an endless rope or chain; — formerly used for heaving in the cable., A person appointed to perform certain ministerial duties under bankrupt and insolvent laws, such as to take charge og the estate of the bankrupt or insolvent.
messianic adjective Of or relating to the Messiah; as, the Messianic office or character.
messieurs noun pl. Sirs; gentlemen; — abbreviated to Messrs., which is used as the plural of Mr., of Monsieur
messinese adjective Of or pertaining to Messina, or its inhabitans.
metabases plural of Metabasis
metabasis noun A transition from one subject to another., Same as Metabola.
metabolia noun pl. A comprehensive group of insects, including those that undegro a metamorphosis.
metabolic adjective Of or pertaining to metamorphosis; pertaining to, or involving, change., Of or pertaining to metabolism; as, metabolic activity; metabolic force.
metagenic adjective Metagenetic.
metalling of Metal
metalepsy noun Exchange; replacement; substitution; metathesis.
metalline adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, a metal; metallic; as, metalline properties., Impregnated with metallic salts; chalybeate; as, metalline water., A substance of variable composition, but resembling a soft, dark-colored metal, used in the bearings of machines for obviating friction, and as a substitute for lubricants.
metallist noun A worker in metals, or one skilled in metals.
metallize verb t. To impart metallic properties to; to impregnate with a metal.
metalloid noun Formerly, the metallic base of a fixed alkali, or alkaline earth; — applied by Sir H. Davy to sodium, potassium, and some other metallic substances whose metallic character was supposed to be not well defined., Now, one of several elementary substances which in the free state are unlike metals, and whose compounds possess or produce acid, rather than basic, properties; a nonmetal; as, boron, carbon, phosphorus, nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur, chlorine, bromine, etc., are metalloids., Having the appearance of a metal., Having the properties of a nonmetal; nonmetallic; acid; negative.
metameric adjective Having the same elements united in the same proportion by weight, and with the same molecular weight, but possessing a different structure and different properties; as, methyl ether and ethyl alcohol are metameric compounds. See Isomeric., Of or pertaining to a metamere or its formation; as, metameric segmentation.
metanotum noun The dorsal portion of the metaphorax of insects.
metaplasm noun A change in the letters or syllables of a word.
metaplast noun A word having more than one form of the root.
metapodia plural of Metapodium
metastoma noun Alt. of Metastome
metastome noun A median elevation behind the mouth in the arthropods.
metatarse noun Metatarsus.
metatarsi plural of Metatarsus
metazoans plural of Metazoan
meteorism noun Flatulent distention of the abdomen; tympanites.
meteorite noun A mass of stone or iron which has fallen to the earth from space; an aerolite.
meteorize verb i. To ascend in vapors; to take the form of a meteor.
meteoroid noun A small body moving through space, or revolving about the sun, which on entering the earth’s atmosphere would be deflagrated and appear as a meteor.
meteorous adjective Of the nature or appearance of a meteor.
metergram noun A measure of energy or work done; the power exerted in raising one gram through the distance of one meter against gravitation.
metheglin noun A fermented beverage made of honey and water; mead.
methought imp. of Methinks
methionic adjective Of, pertaining to, or designating, a sulphonic (thionic) acid derivative of methane, obtained as a stable white crystalline substance, CH2.(SO3H)2, which forms well defined salts.
methodios noun The art and principles of method.
methodism noun The system of doctrines, polity, and worship, of the sect called Methodists.
methodist noun One who observes method., One of an ancient school of physicians who rejected observation and founded their practice on reasoning and theory., One of a sect of Christians, the outgrowth of a small association called the “Holy Club,” formed at Oxford University, A.D. 1729, of which the most conspicuous members were John Wesley and his brother Charles; — originally so called from the methodical strictness of members of the club in all religious duties., A person of strict piety; one who lives in the exact observance of religious duties; — sometimes so called in contempt or ridicule., Of or pertaining to the sect of Methodists; as, Methodist hymns; a Methodist elder.
methodize verb t. To reduce to method; to dispose in due order; to arrange in a convenient manner; as, to methodize one’s work or thoughts.
methylate noun An alcoholate of methyl alcohol in which the hydroxyl hydrogen is replaced by a metal, after the analogy of a hydrate; as, sodium methylate, CH3ONa., To impregnate or mix with methyl or methyl alcohol.
methylene noun A hydrocarbon radical, CH2, not known in the free state, but regarded as an essential residue and component of certain derivatives of methane; as, methylene bromide, CH2Br2; — formerly called also methene.
metonymic adjective Alt. of Metonymical
metosteon noun The postero-lateral ossification in the sternum of birds; also, the part resulting from such ossification.
metrician noun A composer of verses.
metrology noun The science of, or a system of, weights and measures; also, a treatise on the subject.
metronome noun An instrument consisting of a short pendulum with a sliding weight. It is set in motion by clockwork, and serves to measure time in music.
metronomy noun Measurement of time by an instrument.
metropole noun A metropolis.
metrotome noun An instrument for cutting or scarifying the uterus or the neck of the uterus.
metrotomy noun The operation of cutting into the uterus; hysterotomy; the Caesarean section.
mezzanine noun Same as Entresol., A partial story which is not on the same level with the story of the main part of the edifice, as of a back building, where the floors are on a level with landings of the staircase of the main house.
mezzotint noun A manner of engraving on copper or steel by drawing upon a surface previously roughened, and then removing the roughness in places by scraping, burnishing, etc., so as to produce the requisite light and shade. Also, an engraving so produced., To engrave in mezzotint.
miasmatic adjective Alt. of Miasmatical
micaceous adjective Pertaining to, or containing, mica; splitting into laminae or leaves like mica.
micraster noun A genus of sea urchins, similar to Spatangus, abounding in the chalk formation; — from the starlike disposal of the ambulacral furrows.
microbion noun A microscopic organism; — particularly applied to bacteria and especially to pathogenic forms; as, the microbe of fowl cholera.
microbian adjective Of, pertaining to, or caused by, microbes; as, the microbian theory; a microbian disease.
microcosm noun A little world; a miniature universe. Hence (so called by Paracelsus), a man, as a supposed epitome of the exterior universe or great world. Opposed to macrocosm.
microcyte noun One of the elementary granules found in blood. They are much smaller than an ordinary corpuscle, and are particularly noticeable in disease, as in anaemia.
microdont adjective Having small teeth.
microform noun A microscopic form of life; an animal or vegetable organism microscopic size.
microlite noun A rare mineral of resinous luster and high specific gravity. It is a tantalate of calcium, and occurs in octahedral crystals usually very minute., A minute inclosed crystal, often observed when minerals or rocks are examined in thin sections under the microscope.
microlith noun Same as Microlite, 2.
micrology noun That part of science which treats of microscopic objects, or depends on microscopic observation., Attention to petty items or differences.
micromere noun One of the smaller cells, or blastomeres, resulting from the complete segmentation of a telolecithal ovum.
micropyle noun An opening in the membranes surrounding the ovum, by which nutrition is assisted and the entrance of the spermatozoa permitted., An opening in the outer coat of a seed, through which the fecundating pollen enters the ovule.
microseme adjective Having the orbital index relatively small; having the orbits broad transversely; — opposed to megaseme.
microtome noun An instrument for making very thin sections for microscopical examination.
microtomy noun The art of using the microtome; investigation carried on with the microtome.
microvolt noun A measure of electro-motive force; the millionth part of one volt.
microzyme noun A microorganism which is supposed to act like a ferment in causing or propagating certain infectious or contagious diseases; a pathogenic bacterial organism.
middlemen plural of Middleman
middleman noun An agent between two parties; a broker; a go-between; any dealer between the producer and the consumer; in Ireland, one who takes land of the proprietors in large tracts, and then rents it out in small portions to the peasantry., A person of intermediate rank; a commoner., The man who occupies a central position in a file of soldiers.
middlings noun pl. A combination of the coarser parts of ground wheat the finest bran, separated from the fine flour and coarse bran in bolting; — formerly regarded as valuable only for feed; but now, after separation of the bran, used for making the best quality of flour. Middlings contain a large proportion of gluten., In the southern and western parts of the United States, the portion of the hog between the ham and the shoulder; bacon; — called also middles.
midheaven noun The midst or middle of heaven or the sky., The meridian, or middle line of the heavens; the point of the ecliptic on the meridian.
midrashim plural of Midrash
midsummer noun The middle of summer.
midwifery noun The art or practice of assisting women in childbirth; obstetrics., Assistance at childbirth; help or cooperation in production.
midwinter noun The middle of winter.
mightless adjective Without; weak.
migrating present participle & vb. noun of Migrate
migration noun The act of migrating.
migratory adjective Removing regularly or occasionally from one region or climate to another; as, migratory birds., Hence, roving; wandering; nomad; as, migratory habits; a migratory life.
mildewing present participle & vb. noun of Mildew
milestone noun A stone serving the same purpose as a milepost.
miliolite noun A fossil shell of, or similar to, the genus Miliola., The same Milliolitic.
militancy noun The state of being militant; warfare., A military spirit or system; militarism.
militated imp. & past participle of Militate
militiate verb i. To carry on, or prepare for, war.
milkiness noun State or quality of being milky.
millboard noun A kind of stout pasteboard.
mill-cake noun The incorporated materials for gunpowder, in the form of a dense mass or cake, ready to be subjected to the process of granulation.
millenary adjective Consisting of a thousand; millennial., The space of a thousand years; a millennium; also, a Millenarian.
millepora noun A genus of Hydrocorallia, which includes the millipores.
millepore noun Any coral of the genus Millepora, having the surface nearly smooth, and perforated with very minute unequal pores, or cells. The animals are hydroids, not Anthozoa. See Hydrocorallia.
millerite noun A believer in the doctrine of William Miller (d. 1849), who taught that the end of the world and the second coming of Christ were at hand., A sulphide of nickel, commonly occurring in delicate capillary crystals, also in incrustations of a bronze yellow; — sometimes called hair pyrites.
millifold adjective Thousandfold.
milligram noun Alt. of Milligramme
millinery noun The articles made or sold by milliners, as headdresses, hats or bonnets, laces, ribbons, and the like., The business of work of a milliner.
millioned adjective Multiplied by millions; innumerable.
millionth adjective Being the last one of a million of units or objects counted in regular order from the first of a series or succession; being one of a million., The quotient of a unit divided by one million; one of a million equal parts.
millstone noun One of two circular stones used for grinding grain or other substance.
miltonian adjective Miltonic.
miltwaste A small European fern (Asplenium Ceterach) formerly used in medicine.
mimetical Apt to imitate; given to mimicry; imitative., Characterized by mimicry; — applied to animals and plants; as, mimetic species; mimetic organisms. See Mimicry.
mimicking present participle & vb. noun of Mimic
mimically adverb In an imitative manner.
minacious adjective Threatening; menacing.
minargent noun An alloy consisting of copper, nickel, tungsten, and aluminium; — used by jewelers.
mince pie A pie made of mince-meat.
mincingly adverb In a mincing manner; not fully; with affected nicety.
mingledly adverb Confusedly.
minaceous adjective Of the color of minium or red lead; miniate.
miniating present participle & vb. noun of Miniate
miniature verb Originally, a painting in colors such as those in mediaeval manuscripts; in modern times, any very small painting, especially a portrait., Greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale., Lettering in red; rubric distinction., A particular feature or trait., Being on a small; much reduced from the reality; as, a miniature copy., To represent or depict in a small compass, or on a small scale.
minifying present participle & vb. noun of Minify
minimized imp. & past participle of Minimize
minioning noun Kind treatment.
minionize verb t. To flavor.
ministery noun See Ministry.
ministral adjective Ministerial.
mino bird An Asiatic bird (Gracula musica), allied to the starlings. It is black, with a white spot on the wings, and a pair of flat yellow wattles on the head. It is often tamed and taught to pronounce words.
minuscule noun Any very small, minute object., A small Roman letter which is neither capital nor uncial; a manuscript written in such letters., Of the size and style of minuscules; written in minuscules.
minutemen plural of Minuteman
minuteman noun A militiaman who was to be ready to march at a moment’s notice; — a term used in the American Revolution.
miohippus noun An extinct Miocene mammal of the Horse family, closely related to the genus Anhithecrium, and having three usable hoofs on each foot.
mirabilis noun A genus of plants. See Four-o’clock.
mirifical adjective Working wonders; wonderful.
mirroring present participle & vb. noun of Mirror
mirthless adjective Without mirth.
misadjust verb t. To adjust wrongly of unsuitably; to throw of adjustment.
misadvice noun Bad advice.
misadvise verb t. To give bad counsel to.
misaffect verb t. To dislike.
misaffirm verb t. To affirm incorrectly.
misallege verb t. To state erroneously.
misallied adjective Wrongly allied or associated.
misassign verb t. To assign wrongly.
misattend verb t. To misunderstand; to disregard.
misbecome verb t. Not to become; to suit ill; not to befit or be adapted to.
misbehave verb t. & i. To behave ill; to conduct one’s self improperly; — often used with a reciprocal pronoun.
misbelief noun Erroneous or false belief.
misbeseem verb t. To suit ill.
misbestow verb t. To bestow improperly.
misbileve noun Misbelief; unbelief; suspicion.
mischance noun Ill luck; ill fortune; mishap., To happen by mischance.
mischarge verb t. To charge erroneously, as in account., A mistake in charging.
mischosen past participle of Mischoose
mischoose verb t. To choose wrongly., To make a wrong choice.
miscreant noun One who holds a false religious faith; a misbeliever., One not restrained by Christian principles; an unscrupulous villain; a while wretch., Holding a false religious faith., Destitute of conscience; unscrupulous.
miscreate adjective Miscreated; illegitimate; forged; as, miscreate titles., To create badly or amiss.
misdating present participle & vb. noun of Misdate
misdemean verb t. To behave ill; — with a reflexive pronoun; as, to misdemean one’s self.
misdepart verb t. To distribute wrongly.
misderive verb t. To turn or divert improperly; to misdirect., To derive erroneously.
misdesert noun Ill desert.
misdirect verb t. To give a wrong direction to; as, to misdirect a passenger, or a letter; to misdirect one’s energies.
misdivide verb t. To divide wrongly.
misemploy verb t. To employ amiss; as, to misemploy time, advantages, talents, etc.
miserable adjective Very unhappy; wretched., Causing unhappiness or misery., Worthless; mean; despicable; as, a miserable fellow; a miserable dinner., Avaricious; niggardly; miserly., A miserable person.
miserably adverb In a miserable; unhappily; calamitously; wretchedly; meanly.
misesteem noun Want of esteem; disrespect.
misfallen past participle of Misfall
misformed imp. & past participle of Misform
misgiving present participle & vb. noun of Misgive, Evil premonition; doubt; distrust.
misgotten adjective Unjustly gotten.
misgovern verb t. To govern ill; as, to misgovern a country.
misground verb t. To found erroneously.
misgrowth noun Bad growth; an unnatural or abnormal growth.
mishandle verb t. To handle ill or wrongly; to maltreat.
mishappen verb i. To happen ill or unluckily.
misinform verb t. To give untrue information to; to inform wrongly., To give untrue information; (with against) to calumniate.
misintend verb t. To aim amiss.
miskindle verb t. To kindle amiss; to inflame to a bad purpose; to excite wrongly.
mislaying present participle & vb. noun of Mislay
misleader noun One who leads into error.
misliking present participle & vb. noun of Mislike, Dislike; aversion.
mismanage verb t. & i. To manage ill or improperly; as, to mismanage public affairs.
misnumber verb t. To number wrongly.
mispickel noun Arsenical iron pyrites; arsenopyrite.
misplaced imp. & past participle of Misplace
mispolicy noun Wrong policy; impolicy.
mispraise verb t. To praise amiss.
misrecite verb t. & i. To recite erroneously.
misreckon verb t. & i. To reckon wrongly; to miscalculate.
misreform verb t. To reform wrongly or imperfectly.
misregard noun Wrong understanding; misconstruction.
misrelate verb t. To relate inaccurately.
misrender verb t. To render wrongly; to translate or recite wrongly.
misrepeat verb t. To repeat wrongly; to give a wrong version of.
misreport verb t. & i. To report erroneously; to give an incorrect account of., An erroneous report; a false or incorrect account given.
misrepute verb t. To have in wrong estimation; to repute or estimate erroneously.
misseltoe noun See Mistletoe.
misshapen adjective Having a bad or ugly form.
missingly adverb With a sense of loss.
missioner noun A missionary; an envoy; one who conducts a mission. See Mission, n., 6.
misspeech noun Wrong speech.
misspense noun A spending improperly; a wasting.
misstayed adjective Having missed stays; — said of a ship.
mistaking present participle & vb. noun of Mistake, An error; a mistake.
mistaught adjective Wrongly taught; as, a mistaught youth., of Misteach
mistemper verb t. To temper ill; to disorder; as, to mistemper one’s head.
misthrive verb i. To thrive poorly; to be not thrifty or prosperous.
mistigris noun Alt. of Mistigri
mistihead noun Mistiness.
mistiness noun State of being misty.
mistletoe noun A parasitic evergreen plant of Europe (Viscum album), bearing a glutinous fruit. When found upon the oak, where it is rare, it was an object of superstitious regard among the Druids. A bird lime is prepared from its fruit.
mistonusk noun The American badger.
miswander verb i. To wander in a wrong path; to stray; to go astray.
miterwort noun Any plant of the genus Mitella, — slender, perennial herbs with a pod slightly resembling a bishop’s miter; bishop’s cap.
mitigable adjective Admitting of mitigation; that may be mitigated.
mitigated imp. & past participle of Mitigate
mitigator noun One who, or that which, mitigates.
mitraille noun Shot or bits of iron used sometimes in loading cannon.
mitriform adjective Having the form of a miter, or a peaked cap; as, a mitriform calyptra.
mnemonics noun The art of memory; a system of precepts and rules intended to assist the memory; artificial memory.
mnemosyne noun The goddess of memory and the mother of the Muses.
moabitess noun A female Moabite.
moabitish adjective Moabite.
mobilized imp. & past participle of Mobilize
mobocracy noun A condition in which the lower classes of a nation control public affairs without respect to law, precedents, or vested rights.
mockadour noun See Mokadour.
mockeries plural of Mockery
mockingly adverb By way of derision; in a contemptuous or mocking manner.
modelling of Model
moderable adjective Modeate; temperate.
moderance noun Moderation.
moderated imp. & past participle of Moderate
moderator noun One who, or that which, moderates, restrains, or pacifies., The officer who presides over an assembly to preserve order, propose questions, regulate the proceedings, and declare the votes., In the University of Oxford, an examiner for moderations; at Cambridge, the superintendant of examinations for degrees; at Dublin, either the first (senior) or second (junior) in rank in an examination for the degree of Bachelor of Arts., A mechamical arrangement for regulating motion in a machine, or producing equality of effect.
modernism noun Modern practice; a thing of recent date; esp., a modern usage or mode of expression.
modernist noun One who admires the moderns, or their ways and fashions.
modernity noun Modernness; something modern.
modernize verb t. To render modern; to adapt to modern person or things; to cause to conform to recent or present usage or taste.
modifying present participle & vb. noun of Modify
modillion noun The enriched block or horizontal bracket generally found under the cornice of the Corinthian and Composite entablature, and sometimes, less ornamented, in the Ionic and other orders; — so called because of its arrangement at regulated distances.
modulated imp. & past participle of Modulate
modulator noun One who, or that which, modulates.
moistened imp. & past participle of Moisten
moistener noun One who, or that which, moistens.
moistless adjective Without moisture; dry.
moistness noun The quality or state of being moist.
mouldable adjective Capable of being molded or formed.
moldboard noun Alt. of Mouldboard
mouldered of Moulder
moldering present participle & vb. noun of Moulder
moldiness noun Alt. of Mouldiness
mouldwarp noun See Mole the animal.
molecular adjective Pertaining to, connected with, produced by, or consisting of, molecules; as, molecular forces; molecular groups of atoms, etc.
mole-eyed adjective Having eyes like those of the mole; having imperfect sight.
molesting present participle & vb. noun of Molest
molestful adjective Troublesome; vexatious.
mollebart noun An agricultural implement used in Flanders, consisting of a kind of large shovel drawn by a horse and guided by a man.
mollemoke noun Any one of several species of large pelagic petrels and fulmars, as Fulmarus glacialis, of the North Atlantic, and several species of Aestrelata, of the Southern Ocean. See Fulmar.
mollifier noun One who, or that which, mollifies.
mollified imp. & past participle of Mollify
mollities noun Unnatural softness of any organ or part.
mollitude noun Softness; effeminacy; weakness.
molluscan adjective Of or pertaining to mollusks., A mollusk; one of the Mollusca.
molluscum noun A cutaneous disease characterized by numerous tumors, of various forms, filled with a thick matter; — so called from the resemblance of the tumors to some molluscous animals.
molossine noun A bat of the genus Molossus, as the monk bat.
molybdate noun A salt of molybdic acid.
molybdena noun See Molybdenite.
molybdite noun Molybdic ocher.
molybdous adjective Of, pertaining to, or containing, molybdenum; specif., designating those compounds in which molybdenum has a lower valence as contrasted with molybdic compounds.
momentany adjective Momentary.
momentary adjective Done in a moment; continuing only a moment; lasting a very short time; as, a momentary pang.
momentous adjective Of moment or consequence; very important; weighty; as, a momentous decision; momentous affairs.
momentums plural of Momentum
monachism noun The system and influences of a monastic life; monasticism.
monadaria noun pl. The Infusoria.
monadical adjective Of, pertaining to, or like, a monad, in any of its senses. See Monad, n.
monandria noun pl. A Linnaean class of plants embracing those having but a single stamen.
monandric adjective Of or pertaining to monandry; practicing monandry as a system of marriage.
monarchal adjective Pertaining to a monarch; suiting a monarch; sovoreign; regal; imperial.
monarchic adjective Alt. of Monarchical
monastery noun A house of religious retirement, or of secusion from ordinary temporal concerns, especially for monks; — more rarely applied to such a house for females.
monatomic adverb Consisting of, or containing, one atom; as, the molecule of mercury is monatomic., Having the equivalence or replacing power of an atom of hydrogen; univalent; as, the methyl radical is monatomic.
monecious adjective See Monoecian, and Monoecious.
moneyless adjective Destitute of money; penniless; impecunious.
moneywort noun A trailing plant (Lysimachia Nummularia), with rounded opposite leaves and solitary yellow flowers in their axils.
mongolian adjective Of or pertaining to Mongolia or the Mongols., One of the Mongols.
mongoloid adjective Resembling a Mongol or the Mongols; having race characteristics, such as color, hair, and features, like those of the Mongols.
monitress noun Alt. of Monitrix
monkeries plural of Monkery
monkshood noun A plant of the genus Aconitum; aconite. See Aconite.
monobasic adjective Capable of being neutralized by a univalent base or basic radical; having but one acid hydrogen atom to be replaced; — said of acids; as, acetic, nitric, and hydrochloric acids are monobasic.
monoceros noun A one-horned creature; a unicorn; a sea monster with one horn., The Unicorn, a constellation situated to the east Orion.
monochord noun An instrument for experimenting upon the mathematical relations of musical sounds. It consists of a single string stretched between two bridges, one or both of which are movable, and which stand upon a graduated rule for the purpose of readily changing and measuring the length of the part of the string between them.
monocline noun A monoclinal fold.
monocotyl noun Any monocotyledonous plant.
monocracy noun Government by a single person; undivided rule.
monocular adjective Having only one eye; with one eye only; as, monocular vision., Adapted to be used with only one eye at a time; as, a monocular microscope.
monodelph noun Alt. of Monodelphian
monodical adjective Belonging to a monody., For one voice; monophonic., Homophonic; — applied to music in which the melody is confined to one part, instead of being shared by all the parts as in the style called polyphonic.
monodrama noun Alt. of Monodrame
monodrame noun A drama acted, or intended to be acted, by a single person.
monoecian adjective Of or pertaining to the Monoecia; monoecious., One of the Monoecia., A monoecious animal, as certain mollusks.
monoecism noun The state or condition of being monoecious.
monogamia noun pl. A Linnaean order of plants, having solitary flowers with united anthers, as in the genus Lobelia.
monogamic adjective Pertaining to, or involving, monogamy., Of or pertaining to the Monogamia; having a simple flower with united anthers.
monogenic adjective Of or pertaining to monogenesis., Producing only one kind of germs, or young; developing only in one way.
monograph noun A written account or description of a single thing, or class of things; a special treatise on a particular subject of limited range.
monogynia noun pl. A Linnaean order of plants, including those which have only one style or stigma.
monoicous adjective Monoecious.
monolatry noun Worship of a single deity.
monologue noun A speech uttered by a person alone; soliloquy; also, talk or discourse in company, in the strain of a soliloquy; as, an account in monologue., A dramatic composition for a single performer.
monomachy noun A duel; single combat.
monomania noun Derangement of the mind in regard of a single subject only; also, such a concentration of interest upon one particular subject or train of ideas to show mental derangement.
monometer noun A rhythmic series, consisting of a single meter.
monomyary adjective Of or pertaining to the Monomya., One of the Monomya.
monopathy noun Suffering or sensibility in a single organ or function.
monoplast noun A monoplastic element.
monopodia plural of Monopodium
monopoler noun A monopolist.
monoptera plural of Monopteron
monoptote noun A noun having only one case., A noun having only one ending for the oblique cases.
monorhina noun pl. The Marsipobranchiata.
monorhyme noun A composition in verse, in which all the lines end with the same rhyme.
monosperm noun A monospermous plant.
monostich noun A composition consisting of one verse only.
monotonic adjective Alt. of Monotonical
monotreme noun One of the Monotremata.
monotropa noun A genus of parasitic or saprophytic plants including the Indian pipe and pine sap. The name alludes to the dropping end of the stem.
monotypic adjective Having but one type; containing but one representative; as, a monotypic genus, which contains but one species.
monoxylon noun A canoe or boat made from one piece of timber.
monstrous adjective Marvelous; strange., Having the qualities of a monster; deviating greatly from the natural form or character; abnormal; as, a monstrous birth., Extraordinary in a way to excite wonder, dislike, apprehension, etc.; — said of size, appearance, color, sound, etc.; as, a monstrous height; a monstrous ox; a monstrous story., Extraordinary on account of ugliness, viciousness, or wickedness; hateful; horrible; dreadful., Abounding in monsters., Exceedingly; very; very much.
montaigne noun A mountain.
montanist noun A follower of Mintanus, a Phrygian enthusiast of the second century, who claimed that the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, dwelt in him, and employed him as an instrument for purifying and guiding men in the Christian life.
monthling noun That which is a month old, or which lives for a month.
monthlies plural of Monthly
monticule noun See Monticle.
montiform adjective Resembling a mountain in form.
moodiness noun The quality or state of being moody; specifically, liability to strange or violent moods.
moodishly adverb Moodily.
moonblind adjective Dim-sighted; purblind.
moonblink noun A temporary blindness, or impairment of sight, said to be caused by sleeping in the moonlight; — sometimes called nyctalopia.
moon-eyed adjective Having eyes affected by the moon; moonblind; dim-eyed; purblind.
moonglade noun The bright reflection of the moon’s light on an expanse of water.
moonlight noun The light of the moon., Occurring during or by moonlight; characterized by moonlight.
moonraker noun Same as Moonsail.
moonshine noun The light of the moon., Hence, show without substance or reality., A month., A preparation of eggs for food., Moonlight.
moonshiny adjective Moonlight.
moonstone noun A nearly pellucid variety of feldspar, showing pearly or opaline reflections from within. It is used as a gem. The best specimens come from Ceylon.
moorstone noun A species of English granite, used as a building stone.
moosewood noun The striped maple (Acer Pennsylvanicum)., Leatherwood.
moot-hall noun Alt. of Moot-house
moot-hill noun A hill of meeting or council; an elevated place in the open air where public assemblies or courts were held by the Saxons; — called, in Scotland, mute-hill.
mope-eyed adjective Shortsighted; purblind.
moralized imp. & past participle of Moralize
moralizer noun One who moralizes.
morbidity noun The quality or state of being morbid., Morbid quality; disease; sickness., Amount of disease; sick rate.
morbosity noun A diseased state; unhealthiness.
mordacity noun The quality of being mordacious; biting severity, or sarcastic quality.
mordanted imp. & past participle of Mordant
mordantly adverb In the manner of a mordant.
mordicant adjective Biting; acrid; as, the mordicant quality of a body.
mormondom noun The country inhabited by the Mormons; the Mormon people.
mormonism noun The doctrine, system, and practices of the Mormons.
mormonite noun A Mormon., Mormon.
moroxylic adjective Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the mulberry; moric.
morphosis noun The order or mode of development of an organ or part.
morphotic adjective Connected with, or becoming an integral part of, a living unit or of the morphological framework; as, morphotic, or tissue, proteids.
mortality noun The condition or quality of being mortal; subjection to death or to the necessity of dying., Human life; the life of a mortal being., Those who are, or that which is, mortal; the human cace; humanity; human nature., Death; destruction., The whole sum or number of deaths in a given time or a given community; also, the proportion of deaths to population, or to a specific number of the population; death rate; as, a time of great, or low, mortality; the mortality among the settlers was alarming.
mortalize verb t. To make mortal.
mortgaged imp. & past participle of Mortgage
mortgagee noun The person to whom property is mortgaged, or to whom a mortgage is made or given.
mortgagor noun One who gives a mortgage.
mortgager noun gives a mortgage.
mortified imp. & p. p. of Mortify., of Mortify
mortifier noun One who, or that which, mortifies.
mortising present participle & vb. noun of Mortise
morwening noun Morning.
moschatel noun A plant of the genus Adoxa (A. moschatellina), the flowers of which are pale green, and have a faint musky smell. It is found in woods in all parts of Europe, and is called also hollow root and musk crowfoot.
mossiness noun The state of being mossy.
mostahiba noun See Mustaiba.
mothering present participle & vb. noun of Mother, A rural custom in England, of visiting one’s parents on Midlent Sunday, — supposed to have been originally visiting the mother church to make offerings at the high altar.
motioning present participle & vb. noun of Motion
motionist noun A mover.
mountable adjective Such as can be mounted.
mountance noun Amount; sum; quantity; extent.
mournival noun See Murnival.
mouse-ear noun The forget-me-not (Myosotis palustris) and other species of the same genus., A European species of hawkweed (Hieracium Pilosella).
mousefish noun See Frogfish.
mousehole noun A hole made by a mouse, for passage or abode, as in a wall; hence, a very small hole like that gnawed by a mouse.
mousetail noun A genus of ranunculaceous plants (Myosurus), in which the prolonged receptacle is covered with imbricating achenes, and so resembles the tail of a mouse.
moustache noun Mustache.
mouthfuls plural of Mouthful
mouthless adjective Destitute of a mouth.
mozarabic Same as Muzarab, Muzarabic.
mucinogen noun Same as Mucigen.
muckender noun A handkerchief.
muckiness noun The quality of being mucky.
mucronate adjective Alt. of Mucronated
muddiness noun The condition or quality of being muddy; turbidness; foulness caused by mud, dirt, or sediment; as, the muddiness of a stream., Obscurity or confusion, as in treatment of a subject; intellectual dullness.
mudsucker noun A woodcock.
muffineer noun A dish for keeping muffins hot.
mugginess noun The condition or quality of being muggy.
mulattoes plural of Mulatto
mulctuary adjective Imposing a pecuniary penalty; consisting of, or paid as, a fine.
mulierose adjective Fond of woman.
mullerian adjective Of, pertaining to, or discovered by, Johannes Muller.
multiflue adjective Having many flues; as, a multiflue boiler. See Boiler.
multifoil noun An ornamental foliation consisting of more than five divisions or foils., Having more than five divisions or foils.
multifold adjective Many times doubled; manifold; numerous.
multiform adjective Having many forms, shapes, or appearances.
multiplex adjective Manifold; multiple.
multisect adjective Divided into many similar segments; — said of an insect or myriapod.
multitude noun A great number of persons collected together; a numerous collection of persons; a crowd; an assembly., A great number of persons or things, regarded collectively; as, the book will be read by a multitude of people; the multitude of stars; a multitude of cares., The state of being many; numerousness.
mummeries plural of Mummery
mummichog noun Any one of several species of small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus, and of allied genera; the killifishes; — called also minnow.
mummified adjective Converted into a mummy or a mummylike substance; having the appearance of a mummy; withered., of Mummify
mummiform adjective Having some resemblance to a mummy; — in zoology, said of the pupae of certain insects.
mummychog noun See Mummichog.
mundanity noun Worldliness.
mundation noun The act of cleansing.
mundatory adjective Cleansing; having power to cleanse.
mundungus noun A stinking tobacco.
munnerary adjective Having the nature of a gift.
munnerate verb t. To remunerate.
municipal adjective Of or pertaining to a city or a corporation having the right of administering local government; as, municipal rights; municipal officers., Of or pertaining to a state, kingdom, or nation.
munjistin noun An orange-red coloring substance resembling alizarin, found in the root of an East Indian species of madder (Rubia munjista).
muraenoid adjective Alt. of Murenoid
murdering present participle & vb. noun of Murder
murderess noun A woman who commits murder.
murderous adjective Of or pertaining to murder; characterized by, or causing, murder or bloodshed; having the purpose or quality of murder; bloody; sanguinary; as, the murderous king; murderous rapine; murderous intent; a murderous assault.
muricated adjective Formed with sharp points; full of sharp points or of pickles; covered, or roughened, as a surface, with sharp points or excrescences.
murkiness noun The state of being murky.
murmuring present participle & vb. noun of Murmur, Uttering murmurs; making low sounds; complaining.
murmurous adjective Attended with murmurs; exciting murmurs or complaint; murmuring.
murtherer noun A murderer.
musaceous adjective Of, pertaining to, or resembling, plants of the genus Musa.
muscadine noun A name given to several very different kinds of grapes, but in America used chiefly for the scuppernong, or southern fox grape, which is said to be the parent stock of the Catawba. See Grapevine., A fragrant and delicious pear., See Muscardin.
muscardin noun The common European dormouse; — so named from its odor.
musciform adjective Having the form or structure of flies of the genus Musca, or family Muscidae., Having the appearance or form of a moss.
muscogees noun pl. See Muskogees.
muscology noun Bryology.
muscosity noun Mossiness.
muscovado adjective Pertaining to, or of the nature of, unrefined or raw sugar, obtained from the juice of the sugar cane by evaporating and draining off the molasses. Muscovado sugar contains impurities which render it dark colored and moist., Unrefined or raw sugar.
muscovite noun A native or inhabitant of Muscovy or ancient Russia; hence, a Russian., Common potash mica. See Mica.
musculous adjective Muscular.
musically adverb In a musical manner.
musketeer noun A soldier armed with a musket.
musketoon noun A short musket., One who is armed with such a musket.
muskiness noun The quality or state of being musky; the scent of musk.
muskmelon noun The fruit of a cucubritaceous plant (Cicumis Melo), having a peculiar aromatic flavor, and cultivated in many varieties, the principal sorts being the cantaloupe, of oval form and yellowish flesh, and the smaller nutmeg melon with greenish flesh. See Illust. of Melon.
muskogees noun pl. A powerful tribe of North American Indians that formerly occupied the region of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. They constituted a large part of the Creek confederacy.
musomania noun See Musicomania.
mussulman noun A Mohammedan; a Moslem.
mustaches plural of Mustache
musteline adjective Like or pertaining to the family Mustelidae, or the weasels and martens.
mustering present participle & vb. noun of Muster
mustiness noun The quality or state of being musty.
mute-hill noun See Moot-hill.
mutilated imp. & past participle of Mutilate
mutilator noun One who mutilates.
mutinying present participle & vb. noun of Mutiny
muttering present participle & vb. noun of Mutter
mutualism noun The doctrine of mutual dependence as the condition of individual and social welfare.
mutuality noun The quality of correlation; reciprocation; interchange; interaction; interdependence., Reciprocity of consideration.
mutuation noun The act of borrowing or exchanging.
muzarabic adjective Of or pertaining to Muzarabs; as, the Muzarabic liturgy.
muzziness noun The state or quality of being muzzy.
mycoderma noun One of the forms in which bacteria group themselves; a more or less thick layer of motionless but living bacteria, formed by the bacteria uniting on the surface of the fluid in which they are developed. This production differs from the zooloea stage of bacteria by not having the intermediary mucous substance., A genus of microorganisms of which the acetic ferment (Mycoderma aceti), which converts alcoholic fluids into vinegar, is a representative. Cf. Mother.
mycologic adjective Alt. of Mycological
mycomelic adjective Pertaining to, or designating, a complex nitrogenous acid of the alloxan group, obtained as a honey-yellow powder. Its solutions have a gelatinous consistency.
mycothrix noun The chain of micrococci formed by the division of the micrococci in multiplication.
mydaleine noun A toxic alkaloid (ptomaine) obtained from putrid flesh and from herring brines. As a poison it is said to execute profuse diarrhoea, vomiting, and intestinal inflammation.
mydatoxin noun A poisonous amido acid, C6H13NO2, separated by Brieger from decaying horseflesh. In physiological action, it is similar to curare.
mydriasis noun A long-continued or excessive dilatation of the pupil of the eye.
mydriatic adjective Causing dilatation of the pupil., A mydriatic medicine or agent, as belladonna.
myeloidin noun A substance, present in the protoplasm of the retinal epithelium cells, and resembling, if not identical with, the substance (myelin) forming the medullary sheaths of nerve fibers.
myeloplax noun One of the huge multinucleated cells found in the marrow of bone and occasionally in other parts; a giant cell. See Osteoclast.
mylohyoid adjective Pertaining to, or in the region of, the lower jaw and the hyoid apparatus; as, the mylohyoid nerve.
myochrome noun A colored albuminous substance in the serum from red-colored muscles. It is identical with hemoglobin.
myocommas plural of Myocomma
myography noun The description of muscles, including the study of muscular contraction by the aid of registering apparatus, as by some form of myograph; myology.
myologist noun One skilled in myology.
myomorpha noun pl. An extensive group of rodents which includes the rats, mice, jerboas, and many allied forms.
myopathia noun Any affection of the muscles or muscular system.
myopathic adjective Of or pertaining to myopathia.
myriagram noun Alt. of Myriagramme
myriapoda noun pl. A class, or subclass, of arthropods, related to the hexapod insects, from which they differ in having the body made up of numerous similar segments, nearly all of which bear true jointed legs. They have one pair of antennae, three pairs of mouth organs, and numerous trachaae, similar to those of true insects. The larvae, when first hatched, often have but three pairs of legs. See Centiped, Galleyworm, Milliped.
myriopoda noun pl. See Myriapoda.
myriorama noun A picture made up of several smaller pictures, drawn upon separate pieces in such a manner as to admit of combination in many different ways, thus producing a great variety of scenes or landscapes.
myristate noun A salt of myristic acid.
myristone noun The ketone of myristic acid, obtained as a white crystalline substance.
myrmicine adjective Of or pertaining to Myrmica, a genus of ants including the small house ant (M. molesta), and many others.
myrobalan noun Alt. of Myrobolan
myrobolan noun A dried astringent fruit much resembling a prune. It contains tannin, and was formerly used in medicine, but is now chiefly used in tanning and dyeing. Myrobolans are produced by various species of Terminalia of the East Indies, and of Spondias of South America.
myroxylon noun A genus of leguminous trees of tropical America, the different species of which yield balsamic products, among which are balsam of Peru, and balsam of Tolu. The species were formerly referred to Myrospermum.
myrtiform adjective Resembling myrtle or myrtle berries; having the form of a myrtle leaf.
mystagogy noun The doctrines, principles, or practice of a mystagogue; interpretation of mysteries.
mysterial adjective Mysterious.
mysterize verb t. To make mysterious; to make a mystery of.
mysteries plural of Mystery, of Mystery
mysticete noun Any right whale, or whalebone whale. See Cetacea.
mysticism noun Obscurity of doctrine., The doctrine of the Mystics, who professed a pure, sublime, and wholly disinterested devotion, and maintained that they had direct intercourse with the divine Spirit, and aquired a knowledge of God and of spiritual things unattainable by the natural intellect, and such as can not be analyzed or explained., The doctrine that the ultimate elements or principles of knowledge or belief are gained by an act or process akin to feeling or faith.
mystified imp. & past participle of Mystify
mythology noun The science which treats of myths; a treatise on myths., A body of myths; esp., the collective myths which describe the gods of a heathen people; as, the mythology of the Greeks.