Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Moration noun [ Latin moratio .] A delaying tarrying; delay. [ R.] Sir T. Browne.
[ New Latin See Moratory
.] (Law) A period during which an obligor has a legal right to delay meeting an obligation, esp. such a period granted, as to a bank, by a moratory law.
Moratory adjective [ Latin moratorius delaying, from morari to delay.] Of or pertaining to delay; esp., designating a law passed, as in a time of financial panic, to postpone or delay for a period the time at which notes, bills of exchange, and other obligations, shall mature or become due.
Moravian adjective Of or pertaining to Moravia, or to the United Brethren. See Moravian , noun
Moravian noun (Eccl. Hist.) One of a religious sect called the United Brethren (an offshoot of the Hussites in Bohemia), which formed a separate church of Moravia, a northern district of Austria, about the middle of the 15th century. After being nearly extirpated by persecution, the society, under the name of The Renewed Church of the United Brethren, was reëstablished in 1722-35 on the estates of Count Zinzendorf in Saxony. Called also Herrnhuter .
Moravianism noun The religious system of the Moravians.
Moray noun (Zoology) A muræna.
[ Latin morbidus
, from morbus
disease; probably akin to mori
to die: confer French morbide
, Italian morbido
. See Mortal
.] 1. Not sound and healthful; induced by a diseased or abnormal condition; diseased; sickly; as, morbid humors; a morbid constitution; a morbid state of the juices of a plant.
"Her sick and morbid
heart." Hawthorne. 2. Of or pertaining to disease or diseased parts; as, morbid anatomy. Syn.
-- Diseased; sickly; sick. -- Morbid
is sometimes used interchangeably with diseased
, but is commonly applied, in a somewhat technical sense, to cases of a prolonged nature; as, a morbid
condition of the nervous system; a morbid
[ Italian , softness, delicacy. See Morbid
.] 1. (Fine Arts) Delicacy or softness in the representation of flesh. 2. (Mus.) A term used as a direction in execution, signifying, with extreme delicacy. Ludden.
1. The quality or state of being morbid. 2. Morbid quality; disease; sickness. C. Kingsley. 3. Amount of disease; sick rate.
Morbidly adverb In a morbid manner.
Morbidness noun The quality or state of being morbid; morbidity.
Morbific, Morbifical adjective
[ Latin morbus
disease + -ficare
(in comp.) to make: confer French morbifique
. See -fy
.] Causing disease; generating a sickly state; as, a morbific matter.
Morbillous adjective [ Late Latin morbilli measles, dim. of Latin morbus disease: confer French morbilleux .] Pertaining to the measles; partaking of the nature of measels, or resembling the eruptions of that disease; measly.
[ Latin morbosus
, from morbus
disease.] Proceeding from disease; morbid; unhealthy.
Morbose tumors and excrescences of plants. Ray.
Morbosity noun [ Latin morbositas .] A diseased state; unhealthiness. [ R.] Sir T. Browne.
Morceau noun [ French] A bit; a morsel.
[ Latin mordax
, from mordere
, to bite. See Morsel
.] Biting; given to biting; hence, figuratively, sarcastic; severe; scathing.
[ Latin mordacitas
: confer French mordacité
. See Mordacious
.] The quality of being mordacious; biting severity, or sarcastic quality. Bacon.
[ French, present participle of mordere
to bite; Latin mordere
. See Morsel
.] 1. Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe. 2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Serving to fix colors.
Mordant noun [ French, originally, biting.]
1. Any corroding substance used in etching. 2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Any substance, as alum or copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic fibers and coloring matter, serves as a bond of union, and thus gives fixity to, or bites in , the dyes. 3. (Gilding) Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made to adhere.
Mordant transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mordanted
; present participle & verbal noun Mordanting
.] To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to mordant goods for dyeing.
Mordantly adverb In the manner of a mordant.
Mordente noun [ Italian ] (Mus.) An embellishment resembling a trill.
Mordicancy noun A biting quality; corrosiveness. [ R.] Evelyn.
Mordicant adjective [ Latin mordicans , present participle of mordicare to bite, from mordere : confer French mordicant .] Biting; acrid; as, the mordicant quality of a body. [ R.] Boyle.
Mordication noun [ Latin mordicatio .] The act of biting or corroding; corrosion. [ R.] Bacon.
Mordicative adjective [ Latin mordicativus .] Biting; corrosive. [ R.] Holland.
[ Anglo-Saxon mōr
. See Moor
a waste.] A hill.
[ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
More noun [ Anglo-Saxon more , moru ; akin to German möhre carrot, Old High German moraha , morha .] A root. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
More adjective , compar.
[ Positive wanting
; superl. Most
(mōst).] [ Middle English more
, and (orig. neut. and adverb ) mo
, Anglo-Saxon māra
, and (as neut. and adverb ) mā
; akin to Dutch meer
, Old Saxon mēr
, German mehr
, Old High German mēro
, Icelandic meiri
, Danish meere
, Swedish mera
, Goth. maiza
, adjective , mais
, adverb , and perhaps to Latin major
greater, compar. of magnus
great, and magis
, adverb , more. √103. Confer Most
.] 1. Greater; superior; increased
; as: (a) Greater in quality, amount, degree, quality, and the like; with the singular.
He gat more money. Chaucer.
If we procure not to ourselves more woe. Milton.
, in this sense, was formerly used in connection with some other qualifying word, -- a
, etc., -- which now requires the substitution of greater
, or the like, for more
Whilst sisters nine, which dwell on Parnasse height, Spenser.
Do make them music for their more delight.
The more part knew not wherefore they were come together. Acts xix. 32.
Wrong not that wrong with a more contempt. Shak. (b) Greater in number; exceeding in numbers; -- with the plural.
The people of the children of Israel are more and mighter than we. Ex. i. 9. 2. Additional; other; as, he wept because there were no more worlds to conquer.
With open arms received one poet more . Pope.
More noun 1. A greater quantity, amount, or number; that which exceeds or surpasses in any way what it is compared with.
And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more , some less. Ex. xvi. 17. 2. That which is in addition; something other and further; an additional or greater amount.
They that would have more and more can never have enough. L'Estrange.
O! That pang where more than madness lies. Byron. Any more
. (a) Anything or something additional or further; as, I do not need any more . (b) Adverbially: Further; beyond a certain time; as, do not think any more about it.
-- No more
, not anything more; nothing in addition.
-- The more and less
, the high and low.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
"All cried, both less and more
More adverb 1. In a greater quantity; in or to a greater extent or degree. (a) With a verb or participle.
Admiring more Milton. (b) With an adjective or adverb (instead of the suffix -er ) to form the comparative degree; as, more durable; more active; more sweetly.
The riches of Heaven's pavement.
Happy here, and more happy hereafter. Bacon.
» Double comparatives were common among writers of the Elizabeth period, and for some time later; as, more
The duke of Milan Shak. 2. In addition; further; besides; again.
And his more braver daughter.
Yet once more , O ye laurels, and once more , Milton. More and more
Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere,
I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude.
, with continual increase.
"Amon trespassed more and more
." 2 Chron. xxxiii. 23.
- - The more
, to a greater degree; by an added quantity; for a reason already specified.
-- The more -- the more
, by how much more -- by so much more.
" The more
he praised it in himself, the more
he seems to suspect that in very deed it was not in him." Milton.
-- To be no more
, to have ceased to be; as, Cassius is no more ; Troy is no more .
Those oracles which set the world in flames, Byron.
Nor ceased to burn till kingdoms were no more .
More transitive verb To make more; to increase. [ Obsolete] Gower.
[ Confer Mohair
.] A thick woolen fabric, watered or with embossed figures; -- used in upholstery, for curtains, etc.
[ See Moril
.] (Botany) An edible fungus ( Morchella esculenta ), the upper part of which is covered with a reticulated and pitted hymenium. It is used as food, and for flavoring sauces.
[ Written also moril
[ See Morelle
.] (Botany) 1. Nightshade; -- so called from its blackish purple berries.
[ Written also morelle
.] 2. A kind of cherry. See Morello . Great morel
, the deadly nightshade.
-- Petty morel
, the black nightshade. See Nightshade .
Moreland noun Moorland.
[ French, orig. fem. of moreau
black, Old French morel
, from Late Latin morellus
. Confer Morello
.] (Botany) Nightshade. See 2d Morel .
[ Confer Italian morello
blackish, Old French morel
. Confer Morelle
.] (Botany) A kind of nearly black cherry with dark red flesh and juice, -- used chiefly for preserving.
Morendo adjective & noun [ Italian ] (Mus.) Dying; a gradual decrescendo at the end of a strain or cadence.
Moreness noun Greatness. [ Obsolete] Wyclif.
.] Beyond what has been said; further; besides; in addition; furthermore; also; likewise.
Moreover , he hath left you all his walks. Shak. Syn.
. Of the two words, moreover
is the stronger and is properly used in solemn discourse, or when what is added is important to be considered. See Besides
Morepork noun [ So named from its cry.] (Zoology) The Australian crested goatsucker ( Ægotheles Novæ-Hollandiæ ). Also applied to other allied birds, as Podargus Cuveiri .
Mores (mō"rēz) noun plural ; sing. Mos (mōs). [ Latin ] Customs; habits; esp., customs conformity to which is more or less obligatory; customary law.
Moresk adjective & noun Moresque. [ Obsolete]
[ French, from Italian moresco
, or Spanish morisco
. See Morris
.] Of or pertaining to, or in the manner or style of, the Moors; Moorish.
-- noun The Moresque style of architecture or decoration. See Moorish architecture , under Moorish .
[ Written also mauresque
Morgan noun (Zoology) One of a celebrated breed of American trotting horses; -- so called from the name of the stud from which the breed originated in Vermont.
[ Late Latin matrimonium ad morganaticam
, from morganatica
a morning gift, a kind of dowry paid on the morning before or after the marriage, from Old High German morgan
morning, in morgangeba
morning gift, German morgengabe
. See Morn
.] Pertaining to, in the manner of, or designating, a kind of marriage, called also left-handed marriage , between a man of superior rank and a woman of inferior, in which it is stipulated that neither the latter nor her children shall enjoy the rank or inherit the possessions of her husband. Brande & C.
-- Mor`ga*nat"ic*al*ly adverb
[ W. morgi
dogfish, shark; mor
sea + ci
dog.] (Zoology) The European small-spotted dogfish, or houndfish. See the Note under Houndfish .