Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Mucamide noun [ Muc ic + amide .] (Chemistry) The acid amide of mucic acid, obtained as a white crystalline substance.
Mucate noun (Chemistry) A salt of mucic acid.
[ From Mucus
.] (Bot. Chem.) A yellowish white, amorphous, nitrogenous substance found in wheat, rye, etc., and resembling gluten; -- formerly called also mucin .
[ Compar. & superl.
wanting, but supplied by More
(mōr), and Most
(mōst), from another root.] [ Middle English moche
, probably the same as mochel
, from Anglo-Saxon micel
; confer Greek me`gas
, fem. mega`lh
, great, and Icelandic mjök
, adverb , much. √103. See Mickle
.] 1. Great in quantity; long in duration; as, much rain has fallen; much time.
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in. Deut. xxviii. 38. 2. Many in number.
Edom came out against him with much people. Num. xx. 20. 3. High in rank or position.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Much noun 1. A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite quantity; as, you have as much as I.
He that gathered much had nothing over. Ex. xvi. 18.
in this sense can be regarded as an adjective qualifying a word unexpressed, and may, therefore, be modified by as
. 2. A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something considerable.
And [ he] thought not much to clothe his enemies. Milton. To make much of
, to treat as something of especial value or worth.
[ Confer Icelandic mjök
. See Much
] To a great degree or extent; greatly; abundantly; far; nearly.
suffering heroes." Pope.
Thou art much mightier than we. Gen. xxvi. 16.
Excellent speech becometh not a fool, much less do lying lips a prince. Prov. xvii. 7.
Henceforth I fly not death, nor would prolong Milton.
Life much .
All left the world much as they found it. Sir W. Temple.
[ √103. See Mickle
Muchness noun Greatness; extent.
[ Obsolete or Colloq.]
The quantity and muchness of time which it filcheth. W. Whately. Much of a muchness
, much the same.
[ Colloq.] "Men's men; gentle or simple, they're much of a muchness
." G. Eliot.
Muchwhat adverb Nearly; almost; much. [ Obsolete] " Muchwhat after the same manner." Glanvill.
Mucic adjective [ Latin mucus mucus: confer French mucique .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or derived from, gums and micilaginous substances; specif., denoting an acid obtained by the oxidation of gums, dulcite, etc., as a white crystalline substance isomeric with saccharic acid.
[ Latin mucidus
, from Latin mucus
mucus. See Mucus
, and confer Moist
.] Musty; moldy; slimy; mucous.
+ Latin -ficare
(in comp.) to make. See -fy
.] 1. (Medicine) Inducing or stimulating the secretion of mucus; blennogenous. 2. (Physiol.) Secreting mucus.
Muciform adjective [ Mucus + - form .] (Physiol.) Resembling mucus; having the character or appearance of mucus.
Mucigen noun [ Muc in + - gen .] (Physiol.) A substance which is formed in mucous epithelial cells, and gives rise to mucin.
Mucigenous adjective (Physiol.) Connected with the formation of mucin; resembling mucin.
The mucigenous basis is manufactured at the expense of the ordinary protoplasm of the cell. Foster.
[ French, from Latin mucilago
a musty juice, from mucus
mucus, slime. See Mucus
.] 1. (Bot. Chem.) A gummy or gelatinous substance produced in certain plants by the action of water on the cell wall, as in the seeds of quinces, of flax, etc. 2. An aqueous solution of gum, or of substances allied to it; as, medicinal mucilage ; mucilage for fastening envelopes.
[ Confer French mucilagineux
. See Mucilage
.] 1. Partaking of the nature of, or resembling, mucilage; moist, soft, and viscid; slimy; ropy; as, a mucilaginous liquid. 2. Of, pertaining to, or secreting, mucilage; as, the mucilaginous glands. 3. Soluble in water, but not in alcohol; yielding mucilage; as, mucilaginous gums or plants.
[ From Mucus
.] 1. (Bot. Chem.) See Mucedin .
[ Obsolete] 2. (Physiol. Chem.) An albuminoid substance which is contained in mucus, and gives to the latter secretion its peculiar ropy character. It is found in all the secretions from mucous glands, and also between the fibers of connective tissue, as in tendons. See Illust. of Demilune .
.] (Physiol.) Same as Mucigen .
Muciparous (mu*sĭ"pȧ*rŭs) adjective [ Mucus + Latin parere to produce.] (Physiol.) Secreting, or producing, mucus or mucin.
Mucivore (mū"sĭ*vōr) noun [ Latin mucus slime, mucus + vorare to devour.] (Zoology) An insect which feeds on mucus, or the sap of plants, as certain Diptera, of the tribe Mucivora .
(mŭk), abbreviation of Amuck . To run a muck
. See Amuck .
[ Icelandic myki
; akin to Dutch mög
. Confer Midden
.] 1. Dung in a moist state; manure. Bacon. 2. Vegetable mold mixed with earth, as found in low, damp places and swamps. 3. Anything filthy or vile. Spenser. 4. Money; -- in contempt.
The fatal muck we quarreled for. Beau. & Fl. Muck bar
, bar iron which has been through the rolls only once.
-- Muck iron
, crude puddled iron ready for the squeezer or rollers. Knight.
Muck adjective Like muck; mucky; also, used in collecting or distributing muck; as, a muck fork.
Muck transitive verb To manure with muck.
Muck rake A rake for scraping up muck or dung. See Muckrake , intransitive verb , below.
[ Spanish mocador
. Confer Mokadour
.] A handkerchief.
[ Obsolete] [ Written also muckinder
Mucker noun A term of reproach for a low or vulgar labor person. [ Slang]
Mucker transitive verb To scrape together, as money, by mean labor or shifts. [ Obsolete] Udall.
Muckerer noun A miser; a niggard. [ Obsolete]
Muckiness noun The quality of being mucky.
[ See Mickle
Muckmidden noun A dunghill. [ Scot.]
Muckrake intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle -raked
; present participle & verbal noun -raking
.] To seek for, expose, or charge, esp. habitually, corruption, real or alleged, on the part of public men and corporations. On April 14, 1906, President Roosevelt delivered a speech on "The Man with the Muck Rake," in which he deprecated sweeping and unjust charges of corruption against public men and corporations. The phrase was taken up by the press, and the verb to muck"rake` in the above sense, and the noun muck"rak`er to designate one so engaged, were speedily coined and obtained wide currency. The original allusion was to a character in Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" so intent on raking up muck that he could not see a celestial crown held above him.
Mucksy adjective Somewhat mucky; soft, sticky, and dirty; muxy. [ Prov. Eng.] R. D. Blackmore.
1. (Zoology) A larva or grub that lives in muck or manure; -- applied to the larvæ of the tumbledung and allied beetles. 2. One who scrapes together money by mean labor and devices; a miser. "Misers are muckworms ." Pope.
Mucky adjective 1. Filthy with muck; miry; as, a mucky road.
filth." Spenser. 2. Vile, in a moral sense; sordid.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
Mucky money and false felicity. Latimer.
Mucocele noun [ Mucus + Greek kh`lh tumor.] (Medicine) An enlargement or protrusion of the mucous membrane of the lachrymal passages, or dropsy of the lachrymal sac, dependent upon catarrhal inflammation of the latter. Dunglison.
Mucoid adjective [ Mucus + - oid .] Resembling mucus. Dunglison. Mucoid degeneration , a form of degeneration in which the tissues are transformed into a semisolid substance resembling mucus. Quain.
Mucoid noun [ Muc in + - oid .] (Physiol. Chem.) One of a class of mucinlike substances yielding on decomposition a reducing carbohydrate together with some form of proteid matter.
Muconate noun (Chemistry) A salt of muconic acid.
Muconic adjective [ Mu cic + ita conic .] (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or designating, an organic acid, obtained indirectly from mucic acid, and somewhat resembling itaconic acid.
Mucopurulent adjective [ Mucus + purulent .] (Medicine) Having the character or appearance of both mucus and pus. Dunglison.
Mucor noun [ Latin , from mucere to be moldy or musty.] (Botany) A genus of minute fungi. The plants consist of slender threads with terminal globular sporangia; mold.
Mucosity noun The quality or state of being mucous or slimy; mucousness.
[ Latin mucosus
, from mucus
mucus.] 1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, mucus; slimy, ropy, or stringy, and lubricous; as, a mucous substance. 2. Secreting a slimy or mucigenous substance; as, the mucous membrane. Mucous membrane
. (Anat.) See under Membrane .
-- Mucous patches (Medicine)
, elevated patches found in the mucous membranes of the mouth and anus, usually due to syphilis.
-- Mucous tissue (Anat.)
, a form of connective tissue in an early stage of development, found in the umbilical cord and in the embryo, and also in certain tumors called myxomata .
Mucousness noun The quality or state of being mucous; sliminess.
Mucro noun [ Latin ] (Bot. & Zoology) A minute abrupt point, as of a leaf; any small, sharp point or process, terminating a larger part or organ.
Mucronate, Mucronated adjective [ Latin mucronatus , from mucro a sharp point: confer French mucroné .] Ending abruptly in a sharp point; abruptly tipped with a short and sharp point; as, a mucronate leaf. -- Mu"cro*nate*ly , adverb