Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Mountainousness noun The state or quality of being mountainous.
Mountance noun [ Old French montance .] Amount; sum; quantity; extent. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ French montant
, present participle of monter
. See Mount
, and confer Montant
.] Raised; high.
[ Italian montimbanco
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.
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]
1. One who mounts. 2. An animal mounted; a monture. [ Obsolete]
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.]
[ French montée
, from monter
. See Mount
] The rise of a hawk after prey. Sir P. Sidney.
(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 Emerson. 2. To utter in a mournful manner or voice.
The darling who shall not return.
The lovelorn nightingale Milton. Syn.
Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well.
-- See Deplore
[ 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.
(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.
[ 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, Dryden. Deep mourning
And ev'n the pavements were with mourning hid.
. 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.
; plural Mice
(mīs). [ Middle English mous
, 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
to steal. √277. Confer Muscle
.] 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.
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.
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 Mousing hook , a hook with an attachment which prevents its unhooking.
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.
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.