Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ 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.
[ 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 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 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 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.
[ 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.
March-mad adjective Extremely rash; foolhardy. See under March , the month. Sir W. Scott.
March-ward noun A warden of the marches; a marcher.
Marcher noun One who marches.
[ See 2d March
.] The lord or officer who defended the marches or borders of a territory.
Marchet, Merchet 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 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 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 noun A person living in the marches between England and Scotland or Wales.
Marchpane 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 adjective Under the influence of Mars; courageous; bold. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Marcid adjective [ Latin marcidus , from marcere to wither, pine.]
1. Pining; lean; withered. Dryden. 2. Characterized by emaciation, as a fever. Harvey.
Marcidity noun [ Late Latin marciditas .] The state or quality of being withered or lean. [ R.]
Marcionite 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 noun [ German Marcobrunner .] A celebrated Rhine wine.
Marconi 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 (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 (Wireless Teleg.) The law that the maximum good signaling distance varies directly as the square of the height of the transmitting antenna.
Marconigram noun [ Marconi + -gram .] A Marconi wireless message.
Marconigraph noun [ Marconi + -graph .] The apparatus used in Marconi wireless telegraphy.
Marconism noun The theory or practice of Marconi's wireless telegraph system.
Marcor noun [ Latin , from marcere to wither.] A wasting away of flesh; decay. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Marcosian 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 noun [ French, literally, fat Tuesday.] The last day of Carnival; Shrove Tuesday; -- in some cities a great day of carnival and merrymaking.
[ Middle English mere
, Anglo-Saxon mere
, fem of Anglo-Saxon mearh
horse, akin to Dutch merrie
mare, German mähre
, Old High German marah
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.
[ 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 [ 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 noun A supposed discovery which turns out to be a hoax; something grossly absurd.
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 [ French] A kind of large yellow rose. [ Written also Marshal Niel .]
Mareis noun A Marsh. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Marena 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 .
[ Old French mareschal
, French maréchal
. See Marshal
.] A military officer of high rank; a marshal.
Margarate noun [ Confer French margarate .] (Physiol. Chem.) A compound of the so- called margaric acid with a base.
[ 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.
[ 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.
[ 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 adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, pearl; pearly.
Margarite 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 adjective [ Confer French margaritique .] (Physiol. Chem.) Margaric.
Margaritiferous adjective [ Latin margaritifer ; margarita pearl + ferre to bear: confer French margaritifère .] Producing pearls.
Margarodite noun [ Greek ... pearl- like.] (Min.) A hidrous potash mica related to muscovite.
Margarone noun [ Margar ic + -one .] (Chemistry) The ketone of margaric acid.
Margarous adjective (Chemistry) Margaric; -- formerly designating a supposed acid. [ Obsolete]
Margaryize 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 (Zoology) A sparoid fish ( Diabasis aurolineatus ) of the Gulf of Mexico, esteemed as a food fish; -- called also red-mouth grunt .
Margay noun (Zoology) An American wild cat ( Felis tigrina ), ranging from Mexico to Brazil. It is spotted with black. Called also long-tailed cat .
[ French marge
. See Margin
.] Border; margin; edge; verge.
[ Poetic] Tennyson.
Along the river's stony marge . Wordsworth.