Maplike Map"like` adjective Having or consisting of lines resembling a map; as, the maplike figures in which certain lichens grow.
Mappery Map"per·y noun [ From Map.] The making, or study, of maps. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Maqui Ma"qui noun (Botany) A Chilian shrub ( Aristotelia Maqui ). Its bark furnishes strings for musical instruments, and a medicinal wine is made from its berries.
Mar Mar noun A small lake. See Mere . [ Prov. Eng.]
Mar Mar transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Marred
(märd); present participle & verbal noun Marring
.] [ Middle English marren
, Anglo-Saxon merran
(in comp.), to obstruct, impede, dissipate; akin to Old Saxon merrian
, Old High German marrjan
; confer Dutch marren
, to moor a ship, Icelandic merja
to bruise, crush, and Goth. marzjan
to offend. Confer Moor
] 1. To make defective; to do injury to, esp. by cutting off or defacing a part; to impair; to disfigure; to deface.
I pray you mar no more trees with wiring love songs in their barks. Shak.
But mirth is marred , and the good cheer is lost. Dryden.
Ire, envy, and despair Milton. 2. To spoil; to ruin.
Which marred all his borrowed visage.
"It makes us, or it mars
us." "Striving to mend, to mar
the subject." Shak.
Mar Mar noun A mark or blemish made by bruising, scratching, or the like; a disfigurement.
Mar-text Mar"-text` noun A blundering preacher.
Mara Ma"ra noun [ Sanskrit māra .] (Hind. Myth.) The principal or ruling evil spirit. E. Arnold.
Mara Ma"ra noun [ Icelandic mara nightmare, an ogress. See Nightmare .] (Norse Myth.) A female demon who torments people in sleep by crouching on their chests or stomachs, or by causing terrifying visions.
Mara Ma"ra noun (Zoology) The Patagonian cavy ( Dolichotis Patagonicus ).
Marabou Mar`a·bou" noun [ French] 1. (Zoology) A large stork of the genus Leptoptilos (formerly Ciconia ), esp. the African species ( Latin crumenifer ), which furnishes plumes worn as ornaments. The Asiatic species ( Latin dubius , or Latin argala ) is the adjutant. See Adjutant . [ Written also marabu .] 2. One having five eighths negro blood; the offspring of a mulatto and a griffe. [ Louisiana] Bartlett.
Marabou Mar`a·bou" noun A kind of thrown raw silk, nearly white naturally, but capable of being dyed without scouring; also, a thin fabric made from it, as for scarfs, which resembles the feathers of the marabou in delicacy, -- whence the name.
Marabout Marabout" noun [ French, from Portuguese marabuto , Arabic morābit . Confer Maravedi .] A Mohammedan saint; especially, one who claims to work cures supernaturally.
Maracan Mar"a·can noun [ Braz. maracaná .] (Zoology) A macaw.
Marai Ma·rai" noun A sacred inclosure or temple; -- so called by the islanders of the Pacific Ocean.
Maranatha Mar`a·nath"a noun [ Aramaic māran athā .] "Our Lord cometh;" -- an expression used by St. Paul at the conclusion of his first Epistle to the Corinthians (xvi. 22). This word has been used in anathematizing persons for great crimes; as much as to say, "May the Lord come quickly to take vengeance of thy crimes." See Anathema maranatha , under Anathema .
Maranta Ma·ran"ta noun [ New Latin ] (Botany) A genus of endogenous plants found in tropical America, and some species also in India. They have tuberous roots containing a large amount of starch, and from one species ( Maranta arundinacea ) arrowroot is obtained. Many kinds are cultivated for ornament.
Maraschino Ma`ra·schi"no noun [ Italian , from marasca , amarasca , a sour cherry, Latin amarus bitter.] A liqueur distilled from fermented cherry juice, and flavored with the pit of a variety of cherry which grows in Dalmatia.
Marasmus Ma·ras"mus noun
[ New Latin , from Greek ... , from ..., to quench, as fire; pass., to die away.] (Medicine) A wasting of flesh without fever or apparent disease; a kind of consumption; atrophy; phthisis.
Pining atrophy, Milton. Marasmus senilis
Marasmus , and wide-wasting pestilence.
[ Latin ], progressive atrophy of the aged.
Marathi, Mahratta Ma·ra"thi, Mah·rat"ta noun A Sanskritic language of western India, probably descended from the Maharastri Prakrit, spoken by the Marathas and neighboring peoples. It has an abundant literature dating from the 13th century. It has a book alphabet nearly the same as Devanagari and a cursive script translation between the Devanagari and the Gujarati.
Maraud Ma·raud" intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Marauded ; present participle & verbal noun Marauding .] [ French marauder , from maraud vagabond, Old French marault ; of uncertain origin, perhaps for malault , from (assumed) Late Latin malaldus ; from Latin malus bad, ill + a suffix of German origin (cf. Herald ). Confer Malice .] To rove in quest of plunder; to make an excursion for booty; to plunder. " Marauding hosts." Milman.
Maraud Ma·raud" noun An excursion for plundering.
Marauder Ma·raud`er noun [ From Maraud , v. : confer French maraudeur .] A rover in quest of booty or plunder; a plunderer; one who pillages. De Quincey.
Maravedi Mar`a·ve"di noun [ Spanish maravedí ; -- so called from the Morābitīn (lit., the steadfast), an Arabian dynasty which reigned in Africa and Spain. Confer Marabout .] (Numis.) A small copper coin of Spain, equal to three mils American money, less than a farthing sterling. Also, an ancient Spanish gold coin.
Marble Mar"ble (mär"b'l) noun [ Middle English marbel , marbre , French marbre , Latin marmor , from Greek ma`rmaros , from marmai`rein to sparkle, flash. Confer Marmoreal .] 1. A massive, compact limestone; a variety of calcite, capable of being polished and used for architectural and ornamental purposes. The color varies from white to black, being sometimes yellow, red, and green, and frequently beautifully veined or clouded. The name is also given to other rocks of like use and appearance, as serpentine or verd antique marble, and less properly to polished porphyry, granite, etc. » Breccia marble consists of limestone fragments cemented together. -- Ruin marble , when polished, shows forms resembling ruins, due to disseminated iron oxide. -- Shell marble contains fossil shells. -- Statuary marble is a pure, white, fine-grained kind, including Parian (from Paros) and Carrara marble. If coarsely granular it is called saccharoidal . 2. A thing made of, or resembling, marble, as a work of art, or record, in marble; or, in the plural, a collection of such works; as, the Arundel or Arundelian marbles ; the Elgin marbles . 3. A little ball of marble, or of some other hard substance, used as a plaything by children; or, in the plural, a child's game played with marbles. » Marble is also much used in self-explaining compounds; when used figuratively in compounds it commonly means, hard, cold, destitute of compassion or feeling; as, marble- breasted, marble- faced, marble- hearted.
Marble Mar"ble adjective 1. Made of, or resembling, marble; as, a marble mantel; marble paper. 2. Cold; hard; unfeeling; as, a marble breast or heart.
Marble Mar"ble transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Marbled ; present participle & verbal noun Marbling .] [ Confer French marbrer . See Marble , noun ] To stain or vein like marble; to variegate in color; as, to marble the edges of a book, or the surface of paper.
Marble-edged Mar"ble-edged` adjective Having the edge veined or spotted with different colors like marble, as a book.
Marbled Mar"bled adjective 1. Made of, or faced with, marble. [ Obsolete] "The marbled mansion." Shak. 2. Made to resemble marble; veined or spotted like marble. " Marbled paper." Boyle. 3. (zoöl.) Varied with irregular markings, or witch a confused blending of irregular spots and streaks.
Marbleize Mar"ble·ize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Marbleized ; present participle & verbal noun Marbleizing .] To stain or grain in imitation of marble; to cover with a surface resembling marble; as, to marbleize slate, wood, or iron.
Marbler Mar"bler noun 1. One who works upon marble or other stone. [ R.] Fuller. 2. One who colors or stains in imitation of marble.
Marbling Mar"bling noun 1. The art or practice of variegating in color, in imitation of marble. 2. An intermixture of fat and lean in meat, giving it a marbled appearance. 3. plural (Zoology) Distinct markings resembling the variegations of marble, as on birds and insects.
Marbly Mar"bly adjective Containing, or resembling, marble.
Marbrinus Mar·bri"nus noun [ Late Latin , from Old French & French marble marble. See Marble .] A cloth woven so as to imitate the appearance of marble; -- much used in the 15th and 16th centuries. Beck (Draper's Dict.).
Marc Marc noun [ French] The refuse matter which remains after the pressure of fruit, particularly of grapes.
Marc Marc noun [ Anglo-Saxon marc ; akin to German mark , Icelandic mörk , perhaps akin to English mark a sign. √106, 273.] [ Written also mark .] 1. A weight of various commodities, esp. of gold and silver, used in different European countries. In France and Holland it was equal to eight ounces. 2. A coin formerly current in England and Scotland, equal to thirteen shillings and four pence. 3. A German coin and money of account. See Mark .
Marcantant Mar"can·tant noun [ Italian mercatante . See Merchant .] A merchant. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Marcasite Mar"ca·site noun [ French marcassite ; confer Italian marcassita , Spanish marquesita , Portuguese marquezita ; all from Arabic marqashītha .] (Min.) A sulphide of iron resembling pyrite or common iron pyrites in composition, but differing in form; white iron pyrites. Golden marcasite , tin. [ Obsolete]
Marcasitic, Marcasitical Mar`ca·sit"ic, Mar`ca·sit"ic·al adjective Containing, or having the nature of, marcasite.
Marcassin Mar·cas"sin noun [ French] (Her.) A young wild boar.
Marcato Mar·ca"to adjective [ Italian ] (Mus.) In a marked emphatic manner; -- used adverbially as a direction.
Marceline Mar"cel·ine noun [ French, from Latin marcidus withered, from marcere to wither, shrivel.] A thin silk fabric used for linings, etc., in ladies' dresses.
Marcescent Mar·ces"cent adjective [ Latin marcescens , present participle of marcescere to wither, decay, from marcere to wither, droop: confer French marcescent .] (Botany) Withering without falling off; fading; decaying.
Marcescible Mar·ces"ci·ble adjective [ Confer French marcescible .] Liable to wither or decay.
March March noun
[ Latin Martius mensis
Mars'month from Martius
belonging to Mars
, the god of war: confer French mars
. Confer Martial
.] The third month of the year, containing thirty-one days.
The stormy March is come at last, Bryant. As mad as a March Hare
With wind, and cloud, and changing skies.
, an old English Saying derived from the fact that March is the rutting time of hares, when they are excitable and violent. Wright.
March March noun
[ Middle English marche
, French marche
; of German origin; confer Old High German marcha
, German mark
, akin to Old Saxon marka
, Anglo-Saxon mearc
, Goth. marka
, Latin margo
edge, border, margin, and possibly to English mark
a sign. √106. Confer Margin
.] A territorial border or frontier; a region adjacent to a boundary line; a confine; -- used chiefly in the plural, and in English history applied especially to the border land on the frontiers between England and Scotland, and England and Wales.
Geneva is situated in the marches of several dominions -- France, Savoy, and Switzerland. Fuller.
Lords of waste marches , kings of desolate isles. Tennyson.
March March intransitive verb
[ Confer Old French marchir
. See 2d March
.] To border; to be contiguous; to lie side by side.
That was in a strange land Gower. To march with
Which marcheth upon Chimerie.
, to have the same boundary for a greater or less distance; -- said of an estate.
March March intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Marched ; present participle & verbal noun Marching .] [ French marcher , in Old French also, to tread, probably from Latin marcus hammer. Confer Mortar .] 1. To move with regular steps, as a soldier; to walk in a grave, deliberate, or stately manner; to advance steadily. Shak. 2. To proceed by walking in a body or in military order; as, the German army marched into France.
March March transitive verb To cause to move with regular steps in the manner of a soldier; to cause to move in military array, or in a body, as troops; to cause to advance in a steady, regular, or stately manner; to cause to go by peremptory command, or by force.
March them again in fair array. Prior.
March March noun
[ French marche
.] 1. The act of marching; a movement of soldiers from one stopping place to another; military progress; advance of troops.
These troops came to the army harassed with a long and wearisome march . Bacon. 2. Hence: Measured and regular advance or movement, like that of soldiers moving in order; stately or deliberate walk; steady onward movement.
With solemn march Shak.
Goes slow and stately by them.
This happens merely because men will not bide their time, but will insist on precipitating the march of affairs. Buckle. 3. The distance passed over in marching; as, an hour's march ; a march of twenty miles. 4. A piece of music designed or fitted to accompany and guide the movement of troops; a piece of music in the march form.
The drums presently striking up a march . Knolles. To make a march
, (Card Playing)
, to take all the tricks of a hand, in the game of euchre.
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