Webster's Dictionary, 1913

Search Webster
Word starts with Word or meaning contains
Mountainousness noun The state or quality of being mountainous.

Mountance noun [ Old French montance .] Amount; sum; quantity; extent. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Mountant adjective [ French montant , present participle of monter . See Mount , and confer Montant .] Raised; high. [ Obsolete]

Mountebank noun [ Italian montimbanco , montambanco ; montare to mount + in in, upon + banco bench. See Mount , and 4th Bank .]
1. One who mounts a bench or stage in the market or other public place, boasts of his skill in curing diseases, and vends medicines which he pretends are infallible remedies; a quack doctor.

Such is the weakness and easy credulity of men, that a mountebank . . . is preferred before an able physician.
Whitlock.

2. Any boastful or false pretender; a charlatan; a quack.

Nothing so impossible in nature but mountebanks will undertake.
Arbuthnot.

Mountebank transitive verb To cheat by boasting and false pretenses; to gull. [ R.] Shak.

Mountebank intransitive verb To play the mountebank.

Mountebankery noun The practices of a mountebank; quackery; boastful and vain pretenses.

Mountebankish adjective Like a mountebank or his quackery. Howell.

Mountebankism noun The practices of a mountebank; mountebankery.

Mounted adjective
1. Seated or serving on horseback or similarly; as, mounted police; mounted infantry.

2. Placed on a suitable support, or fixed in a setting; as, a mounted gun; a mounted map; a mounted gem.

Mountenaunce noun Mountance. [ Obsolete]

Mounter noun
1. One who mounts.

2. An animal mounted; a monture. [ Obsolete]

Mounting noun
1. The act of one that mounts.

2. That by which anything is prepared for use, or set off to advantage; equipment; embellishment; setting; as, the mounting of a sword or diamond.

Mounting noun (Aëronautics) = Carriage .

Mountingly adverb In an ascending manner.

Mountlet noun A small or low mountain. [ R.]

Mounty noun [ French montée , from monter . See Mount , v. ] The rise of a hawk after prey. Sir P. Sidney.

Mourn (mōrn) intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mourned (mōrnd); present participle & verbal noun Mourning .] [ Anglo-Saxon murnan ; akin to Old Saxon mornian , Old High German mornen , Goth. maúrnan .]
1. To express or to feel grief or sorrow; to grieve; to be sorrowful; to lament; to be in a state of grief or sadness.

Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
Gen. xxiii. 2.

2. To wear the customary garb of a mourner.

We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood?
Shak.

Grieve for an hour, perhaps, then mourn a year.
Pope.

Mourn transitive verb
1. To grieve for; to lament; to deplore; to bemoan; to bewail.

As if he mourned his rival's ill success.
Addison.

And looking over the hills, I mourn
The darling who shall not return.
Emerson.

2. To utter in a mournful manner or voice.

The lovelorn nightingale
Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well.
Milton.

Syn. -- See Deplore .

Mourne (mōrn) noun [ See 2d Morne .] The armed or feruled end of a staff; in a sheephook, the end of the staff to which the hook is attached. Sir P. Sidney.

Mourner (mōrn"ẽr) noun
1. One who mourns or is grieved at any misfortune, as the death of a friend.

His mourners were two hosts, his friends and foes.
Byron.

2. One who attends a funeral as a hired mourner.

Mourners were provided to attend the funeral.
L'Estrange.

Mournful adjective Full of sorrow; expressing, or intended to express, sorrow; mourning; grieving; sad; also, causing sorrow; saddening; grievous; as, a mournful person; mournful looks, tones, loss. -- Mourn"ful*ly , adverb -- Mourn"ful*ness , noun

Syn. -- Sorrowful; lugubrious; sad; doleful; heavy; afflictive; grievous; calamitous.

Mourning noun [ Anglo-Saxon murnung .]
1. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.

2. Garb, drapery, or emblems indicative of grief, esp. clothing or a badge of somber black.

The houses to their tops with black were spread,
And ev'n the pavements were with mourning hid.
Dryden.

Deep mourning . See under Deep .

Mourning adjective
1. Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting.

2. Employed to express sorrow or grief; worn or used as appropriate to the condition of one bereaved or sorrowing; as, mourning garments; a mourning ring; a mourning pin, and the like.

Mourning bride (Botany) , a garden flower ( Scabiosa atropurpurea ) with dark purple or crimson flowers in flattened heads. -- Mourning dove (Zoology) , a wild dove ( Zenaidura macroura ) found throughout the United States; -- so named from its plaintive note. Called also Carolina dove . See Illust. under Dove . -- Mourning warbler (Zoology) , an American ground warbler ( Geothlypis Philadelphia ). The male has the head, neck, and chest, deep ash- gray, mixed with black on the throat and chest; other lower parts are pure yellow.

Mourningly adverb In a mourning manner.

Mournival noun See Murnival .

Mouse (mous) noun ; plural Mice (mīs). [ Middle English mous , mus , Anglo-Saxon mūs , plural mȳs ; akin to Dutch muis , German maus , Old High German & Icelandic mūs , Danish muus , Swedish mus , Russian muishe , Latin mus , Greek my^s , Sanskrit mūsh mouse, mush to steal. √277. Confer Muscle , Musk .]
1. (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Mus and various related genera of the family Muridæ . The common house mouse ( Mus musculus ) is found in nearly all countries. The American white-footed, or deer, mouse ( Hesperomys leucopus ) sometimes lives in houses. See Dormouse , Meadow mouse , under Meadow , and Harvest mouse , under Harvest .

2. (Nautical) (a) A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping. (b) Same as 2d Mousing , 2.

3. A familiar term of endearment. Shak.

4. A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow. [ Slang]

5. A match used in firing guns or blasting.

Field mouse , Flying mouse , etc. See under Field , Flying , etc. -- Mouse bird (Zoology) , a coly. -- Mouse deer (Zoology) , a chevrotain, as the kanchil. -- Mouse galago (Zoology) , a very small West American galago ( Galago murinus ). In color and size it resembles a mouse. It has a bushy tail like that of a squirrel. -- Mouse hawk . (Zoology) (a) A hawk that devours mice . (b) The hawk owl; -- called also mouse owl . -- Mouse lemur (Zoology) , any one of several species of very small lemurs of the genus Chirogaleus , found in Madagascar. -- Mouse piece (Cookery) , the piece of beef cut from the part next below the round or from the lower part of the latter; -- called also mouse buttock .

Mouse intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Moused ; present participle & verbal noun Mousing .]
1. To watch for and catch mice.

2. To watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something.

Mouse transitive verb
1. To tear, as a cat devours a mouse. [ Obsolete] "[ Death] mousing the flesh of men." Shak.

2. (Nautical) To furnish with a mouse; to secure by means of a mousing. See Mouse , noun , 2.

Mouse-ear noun (Botany) (a) The forget-me-not ( Myosotis palustris ) and other species of the same genus. (b) A European species of hawkweed ( Hieracium Pilosella ).

Mouse-ear chickweed , a name of two common species of chickweed ( Cerastium vulgarium , and C. viscosum ). -- Mouse-ear cress , a low cruciferous herb ( Sisymbrium Thaliana ). All these are low herbs with soft, oval, or obovate leaves, whence the name.

Mousefish noun (Zoology) 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.

Mousekin noun A little mouse. Thackeray.

Mouser noun
1. A cat that catches mice.

2. One who pries about on the lookout for something.

Mousetail noun (Botany) A genus of ranunculaceous plants ( Myosurus ), in which the prolonged receptacle is covered with imbricating achenes, and so resembles the tail of a mouse.

Mousie noun Diminutive for Mouse . Burns.

Mousing adjective Impertinently inquisitive; prying; meddlesome. " Mousing saints." L'Estrange.

Mousing noun
1. The act of hunting mice.

2. (Nautical) A turn or lashing of spun yarn or small stuff, or a metallic clasp or fastening, uniting the point and shank of a hook to prevent its unhooking or straighening out.

3. A ratchet movement in a loom.

Mousing hook , a hook with an attachment which prevents its unhooking.

Mousle transitive verb To sport with roughly; to rumple. [ Written also mouzle .] [ Obsolete] Wycherley.

Mousquetaire noun [ French]
1. A musketeer, esp. one of the French royal musketeers of the 17th and 18th centuries, conspicuous both for their daring and their fine dress.

2. A mosquetaire cuff or glove, or other article of dress fancied to resemble those worn by the French mosquetaires.

Mousquetaire cuff A deep flaring cuff.

Mousquetaire glove A woman's glove with a long, loosely fitting wrist.

Mousse (mōs) noun [ French] (Cookery) A frozen dessert of a frothy texture, made of sweetened and flavored whipped cream, sometimes with the addition of egg yolks and gelatin. Mousse differs from ice cream in being beaten before -- not during -- the freezing process.

Mousseline noun [ French] Muslin.

Mousseline de soie [ French] A soft thin silk fabric with a weave like that of muslin.

Moustache noun [ French] Mustache.

Mousy (mouz"ȳ) adjective Infested with mice; smelling of mice.

Moutan noun (Botany) The Chinese tree peony ( Pæonia Mountan ), a shrub with large flowers of various colors.