Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Mutter intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Muttered
; present participle & verbal noun Muttering
.] [ Prob. of imitative origin; confer Latin muttire
.] 1. To utter words indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; esp., to utter indistinct complaints or angry expressions; to grumble; to growl.
Wizards that peep, and that mutter . Is. viii. 19.
Meantime your filthy foreigner will stare, Dryden. 2. To sound with a low, rumbling noise.
And mutter to himself.
Thick lightnings flash, the muttering thunder rolls. Pope.
Mutter transitive verb To utter with imperfect articulations, or with a low voice; as, to mutter threats. Shak.
Mutter noun Repressed or obscure utterance.
Mutterer noun One who mutters.
Mutteringly adverb With a low voice and indistinct articulation; in a muttering manner.
[ Middle English motoun
, Old French moton
, a sheep, wether, French mouton
, Late Latin multo
, by transposition of l
from Latin mutilus
mutilated. See Mutilate
.] 1. A sheep.
[ Obsolete] Chapman.
Not so much ground as will feed a mutton . Sir H. Sidney.
Muttons , beeves, and porkers are good old words for the living quadrupeds. Hallam. 2. The flesh of a sheep.
The fat of roasted mutton or beef. Swift. 3. A loose woman; a prostitute.
[ Obsolete] Mutton bird (Zoology)
, the Australian short-tailed petrel ( Nectris brevicaudus ).
-- Mutton chop
, a rib of mutton for broiling, with the end of the bone at the smaller part chopped off.
-- Mutton fish (Zoology)
, the American eelpout. See Eelpout .
-- Mutton fist
, a big brawny fist or hand.
[ Colloq.] Dryden.
-- Mutton monger
, a pimp.
[ Low & Obsolete] Chapman.
-- To return to one's muttons
. [ A translation of a phrase from a farce by De Brueys, revenons Ã nos moutons
let us return to our sheep.] To return to one's topic, subject of discussion, etc.
I willingly return to my muttons . H. R. Haweis.
Muttony adjective Like mutton; having a flavor of mutton.
[ French mutuel
, Latin mutuus
, orig., exchanged, borrowed, lent; akin to mutare
to change. See Mutable
.] 1. Reciprocally acting or related; reciprocally receiving and giving; reciprocally given and received; reciprocal; interchanged; as, a mutual love, advantage, assistance, aversion, etc.
Conspiracy and mutual promise. Sir T. More.
Happy in our mutual help, Milton.
And mutual love.
A certain shyness on such subjects, which was mutual between the sisters. G. Eliot. 2. Possessed, experienced, or done by two or more persons or things at the same time; common; joint; as, mutual happiness; a mutual effort. Burke.
A vast accession of misery and woe from the mutual weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Bentley.
» This use of mutual
as synonymous with common
is inconsistent with the idea of interchange, or reciprocal relation, which properly belongs to it; but the word has been so used by many writers of high authority. The present tendency is toward a careful discrimination.
Mutual , as Johnson will tell us, means something reciprocal, a giving and taking. How could people have mutual ancestors? P. Harrison. Mutual insurance
, agreement among a number of persons to insure each other against loss, as by fire, death, or accident.
-- Mutual insurance company
, one which does a business of insurance on the mutual principle, the policy holders sharing losses and profits pro rata . Syn.
-- Reciprocal; interchanged; common.
Mutualism noun (Ethics) The doctrine of mutual dependence as the condition of individual and social welfare. F. Harrison. H. Spencer. Mallock.
Mutuality noun [ Confer French mutualité .]
1. The quality of correlation; reciprocation; interchange; interaction; interdependence. 2. (Law) Reciprocity of consideration. Wharton.
Mutually adverb In a mutual manner.
[ Latin mutuarius
.] (Law) One who borrows personal chattels which are to be consumed by him, and which he is to return or repay in kind. Bouvier.
[ Latin mutuatio
, from mutuare
, to borrow, from mutuus
. See Mutual
.] The act of borrowing or exchanging.
[ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.
[ French, from Latin mutulus
.] (Architecture) A projecting block worked under the corona of the Doric corice, in the same situation as the modillion of the Corinthian and Composite orders. See Illust. of Gutta . Oxf. Gloss.
[ Confer Mixen
.] Dirt; filth; muck.
[ Prov. Eng.] ose.
Mux transitive verb To mix in an untidy and offensive way; to make a mess of. [ Prov. Eng.; Colloq. U.S.]
Muxy adjective Soft; sticky, and dirty.
[ Prov. Eng.] See Mucky
Muzarab noun [ Spanish mozarabe , from Arabic mosta'rib , a name applied to strange tribes living among the Arabs.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of a denomination of Christians formerly living under the government of the Moors in Spain, and having a liturgy and ritual of their own. [ Written also Mozarab , Mostarab .] Brande & C.
Muzarabic adjective Of or pertaining to Muzarabs; as, the Muzarabic liturgy. [ Written also Mozarabic .]
Muzziness noun The state or quality of being muzzy.
[ Middle English mosel
, Old French musel
, French museau
muzzle or snout, Late Latin musellus
, from musus
. See Muse
, intransitive verb
, and confer Morsel
.] 1. The projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a horse; a snout. 2. The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge; as, the muzzle of a gun. 3. A fastening or covering (as a band or cage) for the mouth of an animal, to prevent eating or vicious biting.
With golden muzzles all their mouths were bound Dryden. Muzzle sight
. (Gun.) See Dispart , noun , 2.
Muzzle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Muzzled
; present participle & verbal noun Muzzling
.] [ French museler
.] 1. To bind the mouth of; to fasten the mouth of, so as to prevent biting or eating; hence, figuratively, to bind; to sheathe; to restrain from speech or action.
"My dagger muzzled
Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. Deut. xxv. 4. 2. To fondle with the closed mouth.
[ Obsolete] L'Estrange.
Muzzle intransitive verb To bring the mouth or muzzle near.
The bear muzzles and smells to him. L'Estrange.
Muzzle-loader noun A firearm which receives its charge through the muzzle, as distinguished from one which is loaded at the breech.
Muzzle-loading adjective Receiving its charge through the muzzle; as, a muzzle-loading rifle.
[ Confer French muse
.] Absent-minded; dazed; muddled; stupid.
The whole company stared at me with a whimsical, muzzy look, like men whose senses were a little obfuscated by beer rather than wine. W. Irving.
My adjective & poss. pron.
[ Middle English mi
, from min
. See Mine
, and confer , for loss of n
] Of or belonging to me; -- used always attributively; as, my body; my book; -- mine is used in the predicate; as, the book is mine . See Mine .
Mya noun [ Latin mya a kind of mussel.] (Zoology) A genus of bivalve mollusks, including the common long, or soft-shelled, clam.
Myalgia noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... muscle + ... pain.] (Medicine) Pain in the muscles; muscular rheumatism or neuralgia.
Myall wood (Botany) A durable, fragrant, and dark-colored Australian wood, used by the natives for spears. It is obtained from the small tree Acacia homolophylla .
Myaria noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) A division of bivalve mollusks of which the common clam ( Mya ) is the type.
Mycelium noun [ New Latin , from Greek my`khs a mushroom.] (Botany) The white threads or filamentous growth from which a mushroom or fungus is developed; the so-called mushroom spawn. -- My*ce"li*al adjective
Myceloid adjective [ Mycel ium + -oid .] (Botany) Resembling mycelium.
[ New Latin , from Greek mykhth`s
a bellower, from myka^sqai
to bellow.] (Zoology) A genus of South American monkeys, including the howlers. See Howler , 2, and Illust.
Mycetoid [ Greek my`khs , -htos , a fungus + -oid .] (Botany) Resembling a fungus.
Mycetozoa noun plural [ New Latin ; Greek ..., ..., fungus + ... plural of ... an animal.] (Zoology) The Myxomycetes; -- so called by those who regard them as a class of animals. -- My*ce`to*zo"an adjective
[ New Latin , from Greek my`khs
a fungus + de`rma
skin.] 1. (Biol.) One of the forms in which bacteria group themselves; a more or less thick layer of motionless but living bacteria, formed by the bacteria uniting on the surface of the fluid in which they are developed. This production differs from the zoöglœa stage of bacteria by not having the intermediary mucous substance. 2. A genus of microörganisms of which the acetic ferment ( Mycoderma aceti ), which converts alcoholic fluids into vinegar, is a representative. Confer Mother .
Mycologic, Mycological adjective Of or relating to mycology, or the fungi.
Mycologist noun One who is versed in, or who studies, mycology.
Mycology noun [ Greek my`khs fungus + -logy .] That branch of botanical science which relates to the mushrooms and other fungi.
Mycomelic adjective [ Greek (spurious) my^kos mucus (L. mucus ) + me`li honey.] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, a complex nitrogenous acid of the alloxan group, obtained as a honey-yellow powder. Its solutions have a gelatinous consistency.
Mycoprotein noun [ Greek (spurious) my^kos mucus (L. mucus ) + English protein .] (Biol.) The protoplasmic matter of which bacteria are composed.
Mycose (-kōs) noun [ Greek my`khs a mushroom.] (Chemistry) A variety of sugar, isomeric with sucrose and obtained from certain lichens and fungi. Called also trehalose . [ Written also mykose .]
Mycothrix (mīk"o*thrĭks) noun [ New Latin , from Greek (spurious) my`khs mucus (L. mucus ) + qri`x , tricho`s , hair.] (Biol.) The chain of micrococci formed by the division of the micrococci in multiplication.
Mydaleine noun [ Greek myda^n to be clammy (from decay).] (Physiol. Chem.) A toxic alkaloid (ptomaine) obtained from putrid flesh and from herring brines. As a poison it is said to execute profuse diarrhœa, vomiting, and intestinal inflammation. Brieger.
Mydatoxin noun [ Greek myda^n to be clammy (from decay) + tox ic + in .] (Physiol. Chem.) A poisonous amido acid, C 6 H 13 NO 2 , separated by Brieger from decaying horseflesh. In physiological action, it is similar to curare.
Mydaus noun [ New Latin , from Greek myda^n to be clammy or damp.] (Zoology) The teledu.
Mydriasis noun [ Latin , from Greek ....] (Physiol. & Med.) A long-continued or excessive dilatation of the pupil of the eye.
Mydriatic adjective Causing dilatation of the pupil. -- noun A mydriatic medicine or agent, as belladonna.
Myelencephalic adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the myelencephalon; cerebro- spinal.
Myelencephalon noun [ New Latin , from Greek myelo`s marrow + English encephalon .] (Anat.) (a) The brain and spinal cord; the cerebro-spinal axis; the neuron. Sometimes abbreviated to myelencephal . (b) The metencephalon. Huxley.