Webster's Dictionary, 1913
; plural Mouths
(mou&thlig;z). [ Middle English mouth
, Anglo-Saxon mūð
; akin to Dutch mond
, Old Saxon mūð
, German mund
, Icelandic muðr
, Swedish mun
, Danish mund
, Goth. munþs
, and possibly Latin mentum
chin; or confer Dutch muil
mouth, muzzle, German maul
, Old High German mūla
, Icelandic mūli
, and Sanskrit mukha
mouth.] 1. The opening through which an animal receives food; the aperture between the jaws or between the lips; also, the cavity, containing the tongue and teeth, between the lips and the pharynx; the buccal cavity. 2.
Hence: An opening affording entrance or exit; orifice; aperture;
as: (a) The opening of a vessel by which it is filled or emptied, charged or discharged; as, the mouth of a jar or pitcher; the mouth of the lacteal vessels, etc. (b) The opening or entrance of any cavity, as a cave, pit, well, or den. (c) The opening of a piece of ordnance, through which it is discharged. (d) The opening through which the waters of a river or any stream are discharged. (e) The entrance into a harbor. 3. (Saddlery) The crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters the mouth of an animal. 4. A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a mouthpiece.
Every coffeehouse has some particular statesman belonging to it, who is the mouth of the street where he lives. Addison. 5. Cry; voice.
[ Obsolete] Dryden. 6. Speech; language; testimony.
That in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Matt. xviii. 16. 7. A wry face; a grimace; a mow.
Counterfeit sad looks, Shak. Down in the mouth
Make mouths upon me when I turn my back.
, chapfallen; of dejected countenance; depressed; discouraged.
[ Obsolete or Colloq.] -- Mouth friend
, one who professes friendship insincerely. Shak.
-- Mouth glass
, a small mirror for inspecting the mouth or teeth.
-- Mouth honor
, honor given in words, but not felt. Shak.
-- Mouth organ
. (Mus.) (a) Pan's pipes
. See Pandean
. (b) An harmonicon.
-- Mouth pipe
, an organ pipe with a lip or plate to cut the escaping air and make a sound.
-- To stop the mouth
, to silence or be silent; to put to shame; to confound.
The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped . Ps. lxiii. 11.
Whose mouths must be stopped . Titus i. 11.
(mou&thlig;) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mouthed
(mou&thlig;d); present participle & verbal noun Mouthing
.] 1. To take into the mouth; to seize or grind with the mouth or teeth; to chew; to devour. Dryden. 2. To utter with a voice affectedly big or swelling; to speak in a strained or unnaturally sonorous manner.
big phrases." Hare.
Mouthing out his hollow oes and aes. Tennyson. 3. To form or cleanse with the mouth; to lick, as a bear her cub. Sir T. Browne. 4. To make mouths at.
[ R.] R. Blair.
Mouth intransitive verb 1. To speak with a full, round, or loud, affected voice; to vociferate; to rant.
I'll bellow out for Rome, and for my country, Addison. 2. To put mouth to mouth; to kiss.
And mouth at Cæsar, till I shake the senate.
[ R.] Shak. 3. To make grimaces, esp. in ridicule or contempt.
Well I know, when I am gone, Tennyson.
How she mouths behind my back.
Mouth-footed adjective (Zoology) Having the basal joints of the legs converted into jaws.
Mouth-made adjective Spoken without sincerity; not heartfelt. " Mouth-made vows." Shak.
1. Furnished with a mouth. 2. Having a mouth of a particular kind; using the mouth, speech, or voice in a particular way; -- used only in composition; as, wide- mouthed ; hard- mouthed ; foul- mouthed ; mealy- mouthed .
Mouther noun One who mouths; an affected speaker.
; plural Mouthfuls 1. As much as is usually put into the mouth at one time. 2. Hence, a small quantity.
Mouthless adjective [ Anglo-Saxon mūðleás .] Destitute of a mouth.
Mouthpiece noun 1. The part of a musical or other instrument to which the mouth is applied in using it; as, the mouthpiece of a bugle, or of a tobacco pipe. 2. An appendage to an inlet or outlet opening of a pipe or vessel, to direct or facilitate the inflow or outflow of a fluid. 3. One who delivers the opinion of others or of another; a spokesman; as, the mouthpiece of his party.
Egmont was imprudent enough to make himself the mouthpiece of their remonstrance. Motley.
Movability noun Movableness.
[ Confer Old French movable
. See Move
.] 1. Capable of being moved, lifted, carried, drawn, turned, or conveyed, or in any way made to change place or posture; susceptible of motion; not fixed or stationary; as, a movable steam engine. 2. Changing from one time to another; as, movable feasts, i. e. , church festivals, the date of which varies from year to year. Movable letter (Heb. Gram.)
, a letter that is pronounced, as opposed to one that is quiescent.
; plural Movables 1. An article of wares or goods; a commodity; a piece of property not fixed, or not a part of real estate; generally, in the plural, goods; wares; furniture.
Furnished with the most rich and princely movables . Evelyn. 2. (Rom. Law) Property not attached to the soil.
» The word is not convertible with personal property
, since rents and similar incidents of the soil which are personal property by our law are immovables by the Roman law. Wharton.
Movableness noun The quality or state of being movable; mobility; susceptibility of motion.
Movably adverb In a movable manner or condition.
(mōv) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Moved
(mōvd); present participle & verbal noun Moving
.] [ Middle English moven
, Old French moveir
, French mouvoir
, Latin movere
; confer Greek 'amei`bein
to change, exchange, go in or out, quit, Sanskrit mīv
, past participle mūta
, to move, push. Confer Emotion
to molt, Mob
.] 1. To cause to change place or posture in any manner; to set in motion; to carry, convey, draw, or push from one place to another; to impel; to stir; as, the wind moves a vessel; the horse moves a carriage. 2. (Chess, Checkers, etc.) To transfer (a piece or man) from one space or position to another, according to the rules of the game; as, to move a king. 3. To excite to action by the presentation of motives; to rouse by representation, persuasion, or appeal; to influence.
Minds desirous of revenge were not moved with gold. Knolles.
No female arts his mind could move . Dryden. 4. To arouse the feelings or passions of; especially, to excite to tenderness or compassion; to touch pathetically; to excite, as an emotion. Shak.
When he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them. Matt. ix. 36.
[ The use of images] in orations and poetry is to move pity or terror. Felton. 5. To propose; to recommend; specifically, to propose formally for consideration and determination, in a deliberative assembly; to submit, as a resolution to be adopted; as, to move to adjourn.
Let me but move one question to your daughter. Shak.
They are to be blamed alike who move and who decline war upon particular respects. Hayward. 6. To apply to, as for aid.
[ Obsolete] Shak. Syn.
-- To stir; agitate; trouble; affect; persuade; influence; actuate; impel; rouse; prompt; instigate; incite; induce; incline; propose; offer.
Move intransitive verb 1. To change place or posture; to stir; to go, in any manner, from one place or position to another; as, a ship moves rapidly.
The foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. Ps. xviii. 7.
On the green bank I sat and listened long, . . . Dryden. 2. To act; to take action; to stir; to begin to act; as, to move in a matter. 3. To change residence; to remove, as from one house, town, or state, to another. 4. (Chess, Checkers, etc.) To change the place of a piece in accordance with the rules of the game.
Nor till her lay was ended could I move .
Move noun To make a move . (a) To take some action . (b) To move a piece, as in a game. -- To be on the move , to bustle or stir about. [ Colloq.]
1. The act of moving; a movement. 2. (Chess, Checkers, etc.) The act of moving one of the pieces, from one position to another, in the progress of the game. 3. An act for the attainment of an object; a step in the execution of a plan or purpose.
Moveless adjective Motionless; fixed. " Moveless as a tower." Pope.
[ French mouvement
. See Move
, and confer Moment
.] 1. The act of moving; change of place or posture; transference, by any means, from one situation to another; natural or appropriate motion; progress; advancement; as, the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine; the party of movement . 2. Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion. 3. Manner or style of moving; as, a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement . 4. (Mus.) (a) The rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece.
"Any change of time is a change of movement
." Busby. (b) One of the several strains or pieces, each complete in itself, with its own time and rhythm, which make up a larger work; as, the several movements of a suite or a symphony. 5. (Mech.) A system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch. Febrile movement (Medicine)
, an elevation of the body temperature; a fever.
-- Movement cure
. (Medicine) See Kinesiatrics .
-- Movement of the bowels
, an evacuation or stool; a passage or discharge. Syn.
-- Motion. -- Movement
expresses a general idea of not being at rest; movement
is oftener used to express a definite, regulated motion, esp. a progress.
[ Latin movens
, present participle of movere
. See Move
[ R.] Grew.
Movent noun That which moves anything. [ R.]
Mover noun 1. A person or thing that moves, stirs, or changes place. 2. A person or thing that imparts motion, or causes change of place; a motor. 3. One who, or that which, excites, instigates, or causes movement, change, etc.; as, movers of sedition.
These most poisonous compounds, Shak. 4. A proposer; one who offers a proposition, or recommends anything for consideration or adoption; as, the mover of a resolution in a legislative body.
Which are the movers of a languishing death.
Movie noun A moving picture or a moving picture show; -- commonly used in plural [ Slang or Colloq.]
Moving adjective 1. Changing place or posture; causing motion or action; as, a moving car, or power. 2. Exciting movement of the mind; adapted to move the sympathies, passions, or affections; touching; pathetic; as, a moving appeal.
I sang an old moving story. Coleridge. Moving force (Mech.)
, a force that accelerates, retards, or deflects the motion of a body.
-- Moving plant (Botany)
, a leguminous plant ( Desmodium gyrans ); -- so called because its leaflets have a distinct automatic motion.
Moving noun The act of changing place or posture; esp., the act of changing one's dwelling place or place of business. Moving day , a day when one moves; esp., a day when a large number of tenants change their dwelling place.
Moving picture A series of pictures, usually photographs taken with a special machine, presented to the eye in very rapid succession, with some or all of the objects in the picture represented in slightly changed positions, producing, by persistence of vision, the optical effect of a continuous picture in which the objects move in some manner, as that of some original scene. The usual form of moving pictures is that produced by the cinematograph.
Movingly adverb In a moving manner. Addison.
Movingness noun The power of moving.
Mow noun [ Written also moe and mowe .] [ French moue pouting, a wry face; confer OD. mouwe the protruded lip.] A wry face. "Make mows at him." Shak.
Mow intransitive verb To make mouths.
Nodding, becking, and mowing . Tyndale.
Mow noun (Zoology) Same as Mew , a gull.
[ present sing. Mow
, plural Mowe
.] [ Anglo-Saxon magan
. See May
] May; can.
now escapen." [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Our walles mowe not make hem resistence. Chaucer.
(mō) transitive verb
[ imperfect Mowed
(mōd); past participle Mowed
(mōn); present participle & verbal noun Mowing
.] [ Middle English mowen
, Anglo-Saxon māwan
; akin to Dutch maaijen
, German mähen
, Old High German mājan
, Danish meie
, Latin metere
to reap, mow, Greek 'ama^n
. Confer Math
a meadow, Meadow
.] 1. To cut down, as grass, with a scythe or machine. 2. To cut the grass from; as, to mow a meadow. 3. To cut down; to cause to fall in rows or masses, as in mowing grass; -- with down ; as, a discharge of grapeshot mows down whole ranks of men.
Mow intransitive verb To cut grass, etc., with a scythe, or with a machine; to cut grass for hay.
Mow noun [ Middle English mowe , Anglo-Saxon m...ga .]
1. A heap or mass of hay or of sheaves of grain stowed in a barn. 2. The place in a barn where hay or grain in the sheaf is stowed.
Mow transitive verb To lay, as hay or sheaves of grain, in a heap or mass in a barn; to pile and stow away.
Mowburn intransitive verb To heat and ferment in the mow, as hay when housed too green.
Mowe v. See 4th Mow .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Mowe noun & v. See 1st & 2d Mow .
Mower noun One who, or that which, mows; a mowing machine; as, a lawn mower .
Mowing noun Mowing machine , an agricultural machine armed with knives or blades for cutting standing grass, etc. It is drawn by a horse or horses, or propelled by steam.
1. The act of one who, or the operation of that which, mows. 2. Land from which grass is cut; meadow land.
Mown past participle & adjective Cut down by mowing, as grass; deprived of grass by mowing; as, a mown field.
Mowyer noun A mower. [ Obsolete]
Moxa noun [ A corruption of Japan. mogusa (pronounced mongsa ), an escharotic made from the plant yomigi : confer French moxa .]
1. (Medicine) A soft woolly mass prepared from the young leaves of Artemisia Chinensis , and used as a cautery by burning it on the skin; hence, any substance used in a like manner, as cotton impregnated with niter, amadou. 2. (Botany) A plant from which this substance is obtained, esp. Artemisia Chinensis , and A. moxa .
Moxie noun [ fr. Moxie, a trade name for a beverage.]
1. energy; pep. 2. courage, determination. 3. Know-how, expertise. MW10.
Moya noun Mud poured out from volcanoes during eruptions; -- so called in South America.
Mozetta, Mozzetta noun
[ Italian mozzetta
: confer French mosette
. Confer Amice
a hood or cape.] (Eccl.) A cape, with a small hood; -- worn by the pope and other dignitaries of the Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. The customary abbreviation of Mister in writing and printing. See Master , 4.
Mrs. The customary abbreviation of Mistress when used as a title of courtesy, in writing and printing.