March-mad March"-mad` adjective Extremely rash; foolhardy. See under March , the month. Sir W. Scott.
March-ward March"-ward` noun A warden of the marches; a marcher.
Marcher March"er noun One who marches.
Marcher March"er noun [ See 2d March .] The lord or officer who defended the marches or borders of a territory.
Marchet, Merchet Mar"chet, Mer"chet noun [ Late Latin marcheta ; of uncertain origin.] In old English and in Scots law, a fine paid to the lord of the soil by a tenant upon the marriage of one the tenant's daughters.
Marching March"ing adjective & noun , from March , v. Marching money (Mil.) , the additional pay of officer or soldier when his regiment is marching. -- In marching order (Mil.) , equipped for a march. -- Marching regiment . (Mil.) (a) A regiment in active service . (b) In England, a regiment liable to be ordered into other quarters, at home or abroad; a regiment of the line.
Marchioness Mar"chion·ess noun [ Late Latin marchionissa , from marchio a marquis. See Marquis .] The wife or the widow of a marquis; a woman who has the rank and dignity of a marquis. Spelman.
Marchman March"man noun A person living in the marches between England and Scotland or Wales.
Marchpane March"pane` noun [ Confer Italian marzapane ,Sp. pan ,. massepain , probably from Latin maza frumenty (Gr. ma^za ) + Latin panis bread; but perhaps the first part of the word is from the name of the inventor.] A kind of sweet bread or biscuit; a cake of pounded almonds and sugar. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Marcian Mar"cian adjective Under the influence of Mars; courageous; bold. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Marcid Mar"cid adjective [ Latin marcidus , from marcere to wither, pine.] 1. Pining; lean; withered. Dryden. 2. Characterized by emaciation, as a fever. Harvey.
Marcidity Mar·cid"i·ty noun [ Late Latin marciditas .] The state or quality of being withered or lean. [ R.]
Marcionite Mar"cion·ite noun (Eccl. Hist) A follower of Marcion , a Gnostic of the second century, who adopted the Oriental notion of the two conflicting principles, and imagined that between them there existed a third power, neither wholly good nor evil, the Creator of the world and of man, and the God of the Jewish dispensation. Brande & C.
Marcobrunner Mar`co·brun"ner noun [ German Marcobrunner .] A celebrated Rhine wine.
Marconi Mar·co"ni adjective [ After Guglielmo Marconi (b. 1874), Italian inventor.] Designating, or pert. to, Marconi's system of wireless telegraphy; as, Marconi aërial, coherer, station, system, etc.
Marconi system Mar·co"ni system (Electricity) A system or wireless telegraphy developed by German Marconi , an Italian physicist, in which Hertzian waves are used in transmission and a coherer is used as the receiving instrument.
Marconi's law Mar·co"ni's law (Wireless Teleg.) The law that the maximum good signaling distance varies directly as the square of the height of the transmitting antenna.
Marconigram Mar·co"ni·gram noun [ Marconi + -gram .] A Marconi wireless message.
Marconigraph Mar·co"ni·graph noun [ Marconi + -graph .] The apparatus used in Marconi wireless telegraphy.
Marconism Mar·co"nism noun The theory or practice of Marconi's wireless telegraph system.
Marcor Mar"cor noun [ Latin , from marcere to wither.] A wasting away of flesh; decay. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Marcosian Mar·co"sian noun (Eccl. Hist.) One of a Gnostic sect of the second century, so called from Marcus , an Egyptian, who was reputed to be a margician.
Mardi gras Mar"di` gras" noun [ French, literally, fat Tuesday.] The last day of Carnival; Shrove Tuesday; -- in some cities a great day of carnival and merrymaking.
Mare Mare (mâr) noun [ Middle English mere , Anglo-Saxon mere , myre , fem of Anglo-Saxon mearh horse, akin to Dutch merrie mare, German mähre , Old High German marah horse, meriha mare, Icelandic marr horse, OCelt. marka (Pausan. 19, 19,4), Ir. marc , W. march . Confer Marshal .] The female of the horse and other equine quadrupeds.
Mare Mare noun
[ Anglo-Saxon mara
incubus; akin to Old High German & Icelandic mara
; confer Pol. mora
, Bohem. můra
.] (Medicine) Sighing, suffocative panting, intercepted utterance, with a sense of pressure across the chest, occurring during sleep; the incubus; -- obsolete, except in the compound nightmare .
I will ride thee o' nights like the mare . Shak.
Mare clausum Ma"re clau"sum [ Latin ] (Internat. Law) Lit., closed sea; hence, a body of water within the separate jurisdiction of the nation; -- opposed to open sea , the water open to all nations and over which no single nation has special control.
Mare's-nest Mare's"-nest` noun A supposed discovery which turns out to be a hoax; something grossly absurd.
Mare's-tail Mare's"-tail` noun 1. A long streaky cloud, spreading out like a horse's tail, and believed to indicate rain; a cirrus cloud. See Cloud .
Mackerel sky and mare's-tails Old Rhyme. 2. (Botany) An aquatic plant of the genus Hippuris ( H. vulgaris ), having narrow leaves in whorls.
Make tall ships carry low sails.
Marechal Niel Mare"chal Niel" [ French] A kind of large yellow rose. [ Written also Marshal Niel .]
Mareis Mar"eis noun A Marsh. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Marena Ma·re"na noun [ New Latin Salmo maraena , German maräne , moräne ; -- so called from Lake Morin , in the March of Brandenburg, in Prussia.] (Zoology) A European whitefish of the genus Coregonus .
Mareschal Mare"schal noun [ Old French mareschal , French maréchal . See Marshal .] A military officer of high rank; a marshal. [ Obsolete]
Margarate Mar"ga·rate noun [ Confer French margarate .] (Physiol. Chem.) A compound of the so- called margaric acid with a base.
Margaric Mar·gar"ic adjective [ Confer French margarique . See Margarite .] Pertaining to, or resembling, pearl; pearly. Margaric acid . (a) (Physiol. Chem.) A fatty body, crystallizing in pearly scales, and obtained by digesting saponified fats (soaps) with an acid. It was formerly supposed to be an individual fatty acid, but is now known to be simply an intimate mixture of stearic and palmitic acids. (b) (Chemistry) A white, crystalline substance, C 17 H 34 O 2 of the fatty acid series, intermediate between palmitic and stearic acids, and obtained from the wax of certain lichens, from cetyl cyanide, and other sources.
Margarin Mar"ga·rin noun [ Confer French margarine . See Margarite .] (Physiol. Chem.) A fatty substance, extracted from animal fats and certain vegetable oils, formerly supposed to be a definite compound of glycerin and margaric acid, but now known to be simply a mixture or combination of tristearin and tripalmitin.
Margarine Mar"ga·rine noun
[ French] 1. Artificial butter; oleomargarine.
The word margarine shall mean all substances, whether compounds or otherwise, prepared in imitation of butter, and whether mixed with butter or not. Margarine Act, 1887 (50 & 51 Vict. c. 29). 2. Margarin.
Margaritaceous Mar`ga·ri·ta"ceous adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, pearl; pearly.
Margarite Mar"ga·rite noun [ Latin margarita , Greek ... a pearl; confer French marguerite .] 1. A pearl. [ Obsolete] Peacham. 2. (Min.) A mineral related to the micas, but low in silica and yielding brittle folia with pearly luster.
Margaritic Mar`ga·rit"ic adjective [ Confer French margaritique .] (Physiol. Chem.) Margaric.
Margaritiferous Mar`ga·ri·tif"er·ous adjective [ Latin margaritifer ; margarita pearl + ferre to bear: confer French margaritifère .] Producing pearls.
Margarodite Mar·gar"o·dite noun [ Greek ... pearl- like.] (Min.) A hidrous potash mica related to muscovite.
Margarone Mar"ga·rone noun [ Margar ic + -one .] (Chemistry) The ketone of margaric acid.
Margarous Mar"ga·rous adjective (Chemistry) Margaric; -- formerly designating a supposed acid. [ Obsolete]
Margaryize Mar"ga·ry·ize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle -ized ; present participle & verbal noun -izing .] [ (J. J. Lloyd) Margary , inventor of the process + -ize .] To impregnate (wood) with a preservative solution of copper sulphate (often called Mar"ga*ry's flu"id [ -rĭz]).
Margate fish Mar"gate fish" (Zoology) A sparoid fish ( Diabasis aurolineatus ) of the Gulf of Mexico, esteemed as a food fish; -- called also red-mouth grunt .
Margay Mar"gay noun (Zoology) An American wild cat ( Felis tigrina ), ranging from Mexico to Brazil. It is spotted with black. Called also long-tailed cat .
Marge Marge noun
[ French marge
. See Margin
.] Border; margin; edge; verge.
[ Poetic] Tennyson.
Along the river's stony marge . Wordsworth.
Margent Mar"gent noun
[ Middle English See Margin
.] A margin; border; brink; edge.
The beached margent of the sea. Shak.
Margent Mar"gent transitive verb To enter or note down upon the margin of a page; to margin. [ Obsolete] Mir. for Mag.
Margin Mar"gin noun [ Middle English margine , margent , Latin margo , ginis . Confer March a border, Marge .] 1. A border; edge; brink; verge; as, the margin of a river or lake. 2. Specifically: The part of a page at the edge left uncovered in writing or printing. 3. (Com.) The difference between the cost and the selling price of an article. 4. Something allowed, or reserved, for that which can not be foreseen or known with certainty. 5. (Brokerage) Collateral security deposited with a broker to secure him from loss on contracts entered into by him on behalf of his principial, as in the speculative buying and selling of stocks, wheat, etc. N. Biddle. Margin draft (Masonry) , a smooth cut margin on the face of hammer-dressed ashlar, adjacent to the joints. -- Margin of a course (Architecture) , that part of a course, as of slates or shingles, which is not covered by the course immediately above it. See 2d Gauge . Syn. -- Border; brink; verge; brim; rim.