Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Mayoress noun The wife of a mayor.
Mayorship noun The office of a mayor.
Maypole noun A tall pole erected in an open place and wreathed with flowers, about which the rustic May-day sports were had.
Maypop noun [ Perh. corrupt. from maracock .] (Botany) The edible fruit of a passion flower, especially that of the North American Passiflora incarnata , an oval yellowish berry as large as a small apple.
Mayweed noun (Botany) (a) A composite plant ( Anthemis Cotula ), having a strong odor; dog's fennel. It is a native of Europe, now common by the roadsides in the United States. (b) The feverfew.
Mazama, Mazame noun (Zoology) A goatlike antelope ( Haplocerus montanus ) which inhabits the Rocky Mountains, frequenting the highest parts; -- called also mountain goat .
Mazard noun [ Confer French merise a wild cherry.] (Botany) A kind of small black cherry.
Mazard noun [ Prob. from mazer , the head being compared to a large goblet.] The jaw; the head or skull. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Mazard transitive verb , To knock on the head. [ Obsolete]
Mazarine adjective Of or pertaining to Cardinal Mazarin , prime minister of France, 1643-1661. Mazarine Bible , the first Bible, and perhaps the first complete book, printed with movable metal types; -- printed by Gutenberg at Mentz, 1450-55; -- so called because a copy was found in the Mazarine Library, at Paris, about 1760. -- Mazarine blue , a deep blue color, named in honor of Cardinal Mazarin.
Mazarine noun Mazarine blue.
Mazarine noun (Cookery) A forcemeat entrée.
Mazdean adjective Of or pertaining to Ahura- Mazda , or Ormuzd, the beneficent deity in the Zoroastrian dualistic system; hence, Zoroastrian.
Mazdeism noun The Zoroastrian religion.
[ Middle English mase
; confer Middle English masen
to confuse, puzzle, Norweg. masast
to fall into a slumber, masa
to be continually busy, prate, chatter, Icelandic masa
to chatter, dial. Swedish masa
to bask, be slow, work slowly and lazily, mas
slow, lazy.] 1. A wild fancy; a confused notion.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. 2. Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; state of bewilderment. 3. A confusing and baffling network, as of paths or passages; an intricacy; a labyrinth.
on the wanton green." Shak.
Or down the tempting maze of Shawford brook. Wordaworth.
The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate, Addison. Syn.
Puzzled with mazes , and perplexed with error.
-- Labyrinth; intricacy. See Labyrinth
Maze transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mazed
; present participle & verbal noun Mazing
.] To perplex greatly; to bewilder; to astonish and confuse; to amaze. South.
Maze intransitive verb To be bewildered. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Mazedness noun The condition of being mazed; confusion; astonishment. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Mazeful adjective Mazy. [ Obsolete] Sir P. Sidney.
[ Middle English maser
, akin to OD. maser
an excrescence on a maple tree, Old High German masar
, German maser
spot, Icelandic mösurr
maple.] A large drinking bowl; -- originally made of maple.
Their brimful mazers to the feasting bring. Drayton.
Mazily adverb In a mazy manner.
Maziness noun The state or quality of being mazy.
Mazological adjective Of or pertaining to mazology.
Mazologist noun One versed in mazology or mastology.
[ Greek ... the breast + -logy
.] Same as Mastology .
Mazourka, Mazurka noun A Polish dance, or the music which accompanies it, usually in 3-4 or 3-8 measure, with a strong accent on the second beat.
[ From Maze
.] Perplexed with turns and windings; winding; intricate; confusing; perplexing; embarrassing; as, mazy error. Milton.
To range amid the mazy thicket. Spenser.
To run the ring, and trace the mazy round. Dryden.
Me pron. One. See Men , pron.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
(mē) pers. pron.
[ Anglo-Saxon mē
, dat. & acc., mec
, acc. only ; akin to Dutch mij
, German mich
, Icelandic & Goth. mik
, Latin me
, Greek me`
, Sanskrit mā
. √187. Confer 2d Mine
.] The person speaking, regarded as an object; myself; a pronoun of the first person used as the objective and dative case of the pronoum I; as, he struck me ; he gave me the money, or he gave the money to me ; he got me a hat, or he got a hat for me .
» In methinks
is properly in the dative case, and the verb is impersonal, the construction being, it appears to me
. In early use me
was often placed before forms of the verb to be
with an adjective; as, me
Me rather had my heart might frrl your love Shak.
Than my unpleased eye see your courtesy.
Meach intransitive verb To skulk; to cower. See Mich .
Meacock noun [ Prob. from meek + cock .] An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man. [ Obsolete] Johnson.
[ Middle English mede
, Anglo-Saxon meodo
; akin to Dutch mede
, German met
, Old High German metu
, Icelandic mjöðr
, Danish miöd
, Swedish mjöd
, Russian med'
, Lithuanian midus
, W. medd
, Greek me`qy
wine, Sanskrit madhu
honey, a sweet drink, as adj., sweet. √270. Confer Metheglin
.] 1. A fermented drink made of water and honey with malt, yeast, etc.; metheglin; hydromel. Chaucer. 2. A drink composed of sirup of sarsaparilla or other flavoring extract, and water. It is sometimes charged with carbonic acid gas.
[ U. S.]
[ Anglo-Saxon mǣd
. See Meadow
.] A meadow.
A mede Chaucer.
All full of freshe flowers, white and reede.
To fertile vales and dewy meads Addison.
My weary, wandering steps he leads.
[ Anglo-Saxon meady
; akin to mǣd
, and to German matte
; probably also to English mow
. See Mow
to cut (grass), and confer 2d Mead
.] 1. A tract of low or level land producing grass which is mown for hay; any field on which grass is grown for hay. 2. Low land covered with coarse grass or rank herbage near rives and in marshy places by the sea; as, the salt meadows near Newark Bay.
Meadow adjective Of or pertaining to a meadow; of the nature of a meadow; produced, growing, or living in, a meadow.
» For many names of plants compounded with meadow
, see the particular word in the Vocabulary. Meadow beauty
. (Botany) Same as Deergrass .
-- Meadow foxtail (Botany)
, a valuable pasture grass ( Alopecurus pratensis ) resembling timothy, but with softer spikes.
-- Meadow grass (Botany)
, a name given to several grasses of the genus Poa , common in meadows, and of great value for nay and for pasture. See Grass .
-- Meadow hay
, a coarse grass, or true sedge, growing in uncultivated swamp or river meadow; -- used as fodder or bedding for cattle, packing for ice, etc.
[ Local, U. S.] -- Meadow hen
. (Zoology) (a) The American bittern
. See Stake-driver
. (b) The American coot ( Fulica ). (c) The clapper rail.
-- Meadow lark (Zoology)
, any species of Sturnella , a genus of American birds allied to the starlings. The common species ( S. magna ) has a yellow breast with a black crescent.
-- Meadow mouse (Zoology)
, any mouse of the genus Arvicola , as the common American species A. riparia ; -- called also field mouse , and field vole .
-- Meadow mussel (Zoology)
, an American ribbed mussel ( Modiola plicatula ), very abundant in salt marshes.
-- Meadow ore (Min.)
, bog-iron ore , a kind of limonite.
-- Meadow parsnip
. (Botany) See under Parsnip .
-- Meadow pink
. (Botany) See under Pink .
-- Meadow pipit (Zoology)
, a small singing bird of the genus Anthus , as A. pratensis , of Europe.
-- Meadow rue (Botany)
, a delicate early plant, of the genus Thalictrum , having compound leaves and numerous white flowers. There are many species.
-- Meadow saffron
. (Botany) See under Saffron .
-- Meadow sage
. (Botany) See under Sage .
-- Meadow saxifrage (Botany)
, an umbelliferous plant of Europe ( Silaus pratensis ), somewhat resembling fennel.
-- Meadow snipe (Zoology)
, the common or jack snipe.
Meadowsweet, Meadowwort noun (Botany) The name of several plants of the genus Spiræa , especially the white- or pink-flowered S. salicifolia , a low European and American shrub, and the herbaceous S. Ulmaria , which has fragrant white flowers in compound cymes.
Meadowy adjective Of or pertaining to meadows; resembling, or consisting of, meadow.
Meager, Meagre adjective
[ Middle English merge
, French maigre
, Latin macer
; akin to D. & German mager
, Icelandic magr
, and probably to Greek makro`s
long. Confer Emaciate
.] 1. Destitue of, or having little, flesh; lean.
Meager were his looks; Shak. 2. Destitute of richness, fertility, strength, or the like; defective in quantity, or poor in quality; poor; barren; scanty in ideas; wanting strength of diction or affluence of imagery.
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones.
Of secular habits and meager religious belief. I. Taylor.
His education had been but meager . Motley. 3. (Min.) Dry and harsh to the touch, as chalk. Syn.
-- Thin; lean; lank; gaunt; starved; hungry; poor; emaciated; scanty; barren.
Meager, Meagre transitive verb To make lean. [ Obsolete]
Meagerly, Meagrely adverb Poorly; thinly.
Meagerness, Meagreness noun The state or quality of being meager; leanness; scantiness; barrenness.
Meagre noun [ French maigre .] (Zoology) A large European sciænoid fish ( Sciæna umbra or S. aquila ), having white bloodless flesh. It is valued as a food fish. [ Written also maigre .]
Meak noun [ Confer Anglo-Saxon mēce sword, Old Saxon māki , Icelandic mækir .] A hook with a long handle. [ Obsolete] Tusser.
[ See Meak
.] (Nautical) The process of picking out the oakum from the seams of a vessel which is to be recalked. Meaking iron (Nautical)
, the tool with which old oakum is picked out of a vessel's seams.
[ Middle English mele
, Anglo-Saxon mǣl
part, portion, portion of time; akin to English meal
a repast. Confer Piecemeal
.] A part; a fragment; a portion.
[ Middle English mel
; akin to English meal
a part, and to Dutch maal
time, meal, German mal
meal, Icelandic māl
measure, time, meal, Goth. mēl
time, and to English measure
. See Measure
.] The portion of food taken at a particular time for the satisfaction of appetite; the quantity usually taken at one time with the purpose of satisfying hunger; a repast; the act or time of eating a meal; as, the traveler has not eaten a good meal for a week; there was silence during the meal .
What strange fish Shak.
Hath made his meal on thee ?
[ Middle English mele
, Anglo-Saxon melu
; akin to Dutch meel
, German mehl
, Old High German melo
, Icelandic mjöl
, SW. mjöl
, Danish meel
, also to Dutch malen
to grind, German mahlen
, Old High German , Old Saxon , & Goth. malan
, Icelandic mala
, W. malu
, Latin molere
, Greek my`lh
mill, and English mill
. √108. Confer Mill
an animal, Immolate
.] 1. Grain (esp. maize, rye, or oats) that is coarsely ground and unbolted; also, a kind of flour made from beans, pease, etc.; sometimes, any flour, esp. if coarse. 2. Any substance that is coarsely pulverized like meal, but not granulated. Meal beetle (Zoology)
, the adult of the meal worm. See Meal worm , below.
-- Meal moth (Zoology)
, a lepidopterous insect ( Asopia farinalis ), the larvæ of which feed upon meal, flour, etc.
-- Meal worm (Zoology)
, the larva of a beetle ( Tenebrio molitor ) which infests granaries, bakehouses, etc., and is very injurious to flour and meal.
Meal transitive verb
1. To sprinkle with, or as with, meal. Shak. 2. To pulverize; as, mealed powder.
Mealies noun plural
[ From Mealy
.] (Botany) Maize or Indian corn; -- the common name in South Africa.
Mealiness noun The quality or state of being mealy.