Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Manovery noun [ See Maneuver .] (Eng. Law) A contrivance or maneuvering to catch game illegally.

Manqueller noun A killer of men; a manslayer. [ Obsolete] Carew.

Manred, Manrent noun Homage or service rendered to a superior, as to a lord; vassalage. [ Obsolete or Scots Law] Jamieson.

Manrope noun (Nautical) One of the side ropes to the gangway of a ship. Totten.

Mansard roof [ So called from its inventor, François Mansard , or Mansart , a distinguished French architect, who died in 1666.] (Architecture) A hipped curb roof; that is, a roof having on all sides two slopes, the lower one being steeper than the upper one.

Manse noun [ Late Latin mansa , mansus , mansum , a farm, from Latin manere , mansum , to stay, dwell. See Mansion , Manor .]
1. A dwelling house, generally with land attached.

2. The parsonage; a clergyman's house. [ Scot.]

Capital manse , the manor house, or lord's court.

Manservant noun A male servant.

Mansion noun [ Old French mansion , French maison , from Latin mansio a staying, remaining, a dwelling, habitation, from manere , mansum , to stay, dwell; akin to Greek .... Confer Manse , Manor , Menagerie , Menial , Permanent .]
1. A dwelling place, -- whether a part or whole of a house or other shelter. [ Obsolete]

In my Father's house are many mansions .
John xiv. 2.

These poets near our princes sleep,
And in one grave their mansions keep.
Den...am.

2. The house of the lord of a manor; a manor house; hence: Any house of considerable size or pretension.

3. (Astrol.) A twelfth part of the heavens; a house. See 1st House , 8. Chaucer.

4. The place in the heavens occupied each day by the moon in its monthly revolution. [ Obsolete]

The eight and twenty mansions
That longen to the moon .
Chaucer.

Mansion house , the house in which one resides; specifically, in London and some other cities, the official residence of the Lord Mayor. Blackstone.

Mansion intransitive verb To dwell; to reside. [ Obsolete] Mede.

Mansionary adjective Resident; residentiary; as, mansionary canons.

Mansionry noun The state of dwelling or residing; occupancy as a dwelling place. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Manslaughter noun
1. The slaying of a human being; destruction of men. Milton.

2. (Law) The unlawful killing of a man, either in negligence or incidentally to the commission of some unlawful act, but without specific malice, or upon a sudden excitement of anger.

Manslayer noun One who kills a human being; one who commits manslaughter.

Manstealer noun A person who steals or kidnaps a human being or beings.

Manstealing noun The act or business of stealing or kidnaping human beings, especially with a view to e...slave them.

Mansuete adjective [ Latin mansuetus , past participle of mansuescere to tame; manus hand + suescere to accustom: confer French mansuet .] Tame; gentle; kind. [ Obsolete] Ray.

Mansuetude noun [ Latin mansuetudo : confer French mansuétude .] Tameness; gentleness; mildness. [ Archaic]

Manswear intransitive verb To swear falsely. Same as Mainswear .

Manta noun [ From the native name.] (Zoology) See Cephaloptera and Sea devil .

Mantchoo adjective & noun Same as Manchu .

Manteau noun ; plural French Manteaux , English Manteaus . [ French See Mantle , noun ]
1. A woman's cloak or mantle.

2. A gown worn by women. [ Obsolete]

Mantel noun [ The same word as mantle a garment; confer French manteau de cheminée . See Mantle .] (Architecture) The finish around a fireplace, covering the chimney-breast in front and sometimes on both sides; especially, a shelf above the fireplace, and its supports. [ Written also mantle .]

Mantelet noun [ French, dim. of manteau , Old French mantel . See Mantle .]
1. (a) A short cloak formerly worn by knights. (b) A short cloak or mantle worn by women.

A mantelet upon his shoulders hanging.
Chaucer.

2. (Fort.) A musket-proof shield of rope, wood, or metal, which is sometimes used for the protection of sappers or riflemen while attacking a fortress, or of gunners at embrasures; -- now commonly written mantlet .

Mantelletta noun [ Italian mantelletta . See Mantelet .] (R. C. Ch.) A silk or woolen vestment without sleeves worn by cardinals, bishops, abbots, and the prelates of the Roman court. It has a low collar, is fastened in front, and reaches almost to the knees.

Mantelpiece noun Same as Mantel .

Mantelshelf noun The shelf of a mantel.

Manteltree noun (Architecture) The lintel of a fireplace when of wood, as frequently in early houses.

Mantic adjective [ Greek ... prophetic.] Of or pertaining to divination, or to the condition of one inspired, or supposed to be inspired, by a deity; prophetic. [ R.] " Mantic fury." Trench.

Mantilla noun [ Spanish See Mantle .]
1. A lady's light cloak of cape of silk, velvet, lace, or the like.

2. A kind of veil, covering the head and falling down upon the shoulders; -- worn in Spain, Mexico, etc.

Mantis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... a prophet.] (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus Mantis , and allied genera. They are remarkable for their slender grotesque forms, and for holding their stout anterior legs in a manner suggesting hands folded in prayer. The common American species is M. Carolina .

Mantis shrimp . (Zoology) See Sguilla .

Mantispid noun (Zoology) Any neuropterous insect of the genus Mantispa , and allied genera. The larvæ feed on plant lice. Also used adjectively. See Illust. under Neuroptera .

Mantissa noun [ Latin , an addition, makeweight; of Tuscan origin.] (Math.) The decimal part of a logarithm, as distinguished from the integral part, or characteristic .

Mantle noun [ Middle English mantel , Old French mantel , French manteau , from Latin mantellum , mantelum , a cloth, napkin, cloak, mantle (cf. mantele , mantile , towel, napkin); probably from manus hand + the root of tela cloth. See Manual , Textile , and confer Mandil , Mantel , Mantilla .]


1. A loose garment to be worn over other garments; an enveloping robe; a cloak. Hence, figuratively, a covering or concealing envelope.

[ The] children are clothed with mantles of satin.
Bacon.

The green mantle of the standing pool.
Shak.

Now Nature hangs her mantle green
On every blooming tree.
Burns.

2. (Her.) Same as Mantling .

3. (Zoology) (a) The external fold, or folds, of the soft, exterior membrane of the body of a mollusk. It usually forms a cavity inclosing the gills. See Illusts . of Buccinum , and Byssus . (b) Any free, outer membrane. (c) The back of a bird together with the folded wings.

4. (Architecture) A mantel. See Mantel .

5. The outer wall and casing of a blast furnace, above the hearth. Raymond.

6. (Hydraulic Engin.) A penstock for a water wheel.

Mantle transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mantled ; present participle & verbal noun Mantling .] To cover or envelop, as with a mantle; to cloak; to hide; to disguise. Shak.

Mantle intransitive verb
1. To unfold and spread out the wings, like a mantle; -- said of hawks. Also used figuratively.

Ne is there hawk which mantleth on her perch.
Spenser.

Or tend his sparhawk mantling in her mew.
Bp. Hall.

My frail fancy fed with full delight.
Doth bathe in bliss, and mantleth most at ease.
Spenser.

2. To spread out; -- said of wings.

The swan, with arched neck
Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows.
Milton.

3. To spread over the surface as a covering; to overspread; as, the scum mantled on the pool.

Though mantled in her cheek the blood.
Sir W. Scott.

4. To gather, assume, or take on, a covering, as froth, scum, etc.

There is a sort of men whose visages
Do cream and mantle like a standing pond.
Shak.

Nor bowl of wassail mantle warm.
Tennyson.

Mantlet noun See Mantelet .

Mantling noun (Her.) The representation of a mantle, or the drapery behind and around a coat of arms: -- called also lambrequin .

Manto noun [ Italian or Spanish manto , abbrev., from Latin mantelum . See Mantle .] See Manteau . [ Obsolete] Bailey.

Mantologist noun One who is skilled in mantology; a diviner. [ R.]

Mantology noun [ Greek ... prophet + -logy .] The act or art of divination. [ R.]

Mantra noun [ Sanskrit ] A prayer; an invocation; a religious formula; a charm. [ India]

» Among the Hindoos each caste and tribe has a mantra peculiar to itself; as, the mantra of the Brahmans. Balfour (Cyc. of India).

Mantrap noun
1. A trap for catching trespassers. [ Eng.]

2. A dangerous place, as an open hatch, into which one may fall.

Mantua noun
1. A superior kind of rich silk formerly exported from Mantua in Italy. [ Obsolete] Beck (Draper's Dict.).

2. A woman's cloak or mantle; also, a woman's gown. [ Obsolete]

Mantuamaker noun One who makes dresses, cloaks, etc., for women; a dressmaker.

Mantuan adjective Of or pertaining to Mantua. -- noun A native or inhabitant of Mantua.

Manu noun [ Sanskrit ] (Hind. Myth.) One of a series of progenitors of human beings, and authors of human wisdom.

Manual (măn"u* a l) adjective [ Middle English manuel , French manuel , Latin manualis , from manus hand; probably akin to Anglo-Saxon mund hand, protection, Old High German munt , German münd el a ward, vor mund guardian, Icelandic mund hand. Confer Emancipate , Legerdemain , Maintain , Manage , Manner , Manure , Mound a hill.] Of or pertaining to the hand; done or made by the hand; as, manual labor; the king's sign manual . " Manual and ocular examination." Tatham.

Manual alphabet . See Dactylology . -- Manual exercise (Mil.) the exercise by which soldiers are taught the use of their muskets and other arms. -- Seal manual , the impression of a seal worn on the hand as a ring. -- Sign manual . See under Sign .

Manual noun [ Confer French manuel , Late Latin manuale . See Manual , adjective ]
1. A small book, such as may be carried in the hand, or conveniently handled; a handbook; specifically, the service book of the Roman Catholic Church.

This manual of laws, styled the Confessor's Laws.
Sir M. Hale.

2. (Mus.) A keyboard of an organ or harmonium for the fingers, as distinguished from the pedals; a clavier, or set of keys. Moore (Encyc. of Music).

3. (Mil.) A prescribed exercise in the systematic handing of a weapon; as, the manual of arms; the manual of the sword; the manual of the piece (cannon, mortar, etc.).

Manualist noun One who works with the hands; an artificer.

Manually adverb By hand.