Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Meatus noun sing. & plural ; English plural Meatuses [ Latin , a going, passage, from meare to go.] (Anat.) A natural passage or canal; as, the external auditory meatus . See Illust. of Ear .

Meaty adjective Abounding in meat.

Meaw noun The sea mew. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Meaw intransitive verb See Mew , to cry as a cat.

Meawl intransitive verb See Mewl , and Miaul .

Meazel noun See 1st Measle . [ Obsolete]

Meazling adjective Falling in small drops; mistling; mizzing. [ Obsolete] Arbuthnot.

Mebles noun plural See Moebles . [ Obsolete]

Mecate noun [ Spanish ] A rope of hair or of maguey fiber, for tying horses, etc. [ Southwestern U. S.]

Meccawee adjective Of or pertaining to Mecca, in Arabia. -- noun A native or inhabitant of Mecca.

Mechanic noun [ French mécanique mechanics. See Mechanic , adjective ]
1. The art of the application of the laws of motion or force to construction. [ Obsolete]

2. A mechanician; an artisan; an artificer; one who practices any mechanic art; one skilled or employed in shaping and uniting materials, as wood, metal, etc., into any kind of structure, machine, or other object, requiring the use of tools, or instruments.

An art quite lost with our mechanics .
Sir T. Browne.

Mechanic (me*kăn"ĭk) adjective [ French mécanique , Latin mechanicus , Greek mhchaniko`s , from mhchanh` a machine. See Machine .]
1. Having to do with the application of the laws of motion in the art of constructing or making things; of or pertaining to mechanics; mechanical; as, the mechanic arts. "These mechanic philosophers." Ray.

Mechanic slaves,
With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers.
Shak.

2. Of or pertaining to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar.

To make a god, a hero, or a king
Descend to a mechanic dialect.
Roscommon.

Sometimes he ply'd the strong, mechanic tool.
Thomson.

3. Base. [ Obsolete] Whitlock.

Mechanical adjective [ From Mechanic , adjective ]


1. Pertaining to, governed by, or in accordance with, mechanics, or the laws of motion; pertaining to the quantitative relations of force and matter, as distinguished from mental , vital , chemical , etc.; as, mechanical principles; a mechanical theory; mechanical deposits.

2. Of or pertaining to a machine or to machinery or tools; made or formed by a machine or with tools; as, mechanical precision; mechanical products.

We have also divers mechanical arts.
Bacon.

3. Done as if by a machine; uninfluenced by will or emotion; proceeding automatically, or by habit, without special intention or reflection; as, mechanical singing; mechanical verses; mechanical service.

4. Made and operated by interaction of forces without a directing intelligence; as, a mechanical universe.

5. Obtained by trial, by measurements, etc.; approximate; empirical. See the 2d Note under Geometric .

Mechanical effect , effective power; useful work exerted, as by a machine, in a definite time. -- Mechanical engineering . See the Note under Engineering . -- Mechanical maneuvers (Mil.) , the application of mechanical appliances to the mounting, dismounting, and moving of artillery. Farrow. - - Mechanical philosophy , the principles of mechanics applied to the investigation of physical phenomena. -- Mechanical powers , certain simple instruments, such as the lever and its modifications (the wheel and axle and the pulley), the inclined plane with its modifications (the screw and the wedge), which convert a small force acting through a great space into a great force acting through a small space, or vice versa , and are used separately or in combination. -- Mechanical solution (Math.) , a solution of a problem by any art or contrivance not strictly geometrical, as by means of the ruler and compasses, or other instruments.

Mechanical noun A mechanic. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Mechanicalize transitive verb To cause to become mechanical.

Mechanically adverb In a mechanical manner.

Mechanicalness noun The state or quality of being mechanical.

Mechanician noun [ Confer French mécanicien . See Mechanic .] One skilled in the theory or construction of machines; a machinist. Boyle.

Mechanico-chemical adjective Pertaining to, connected with, or dependent upon, both mechanics and chemistry; -- said especially of those sciences which treat of such phenomena as seem to depend on the laws both of mechanics and chemistry, as electricity and magnetism.

Mechanics noun [ Confer French mécanique .] That science, or branch of applied mathematics, which treats of the action of forces on bodies.

» That part of mechanics which considers the action of forces in producing rest or equilibrium is called statics ; that which relates to such action in producing motion is called dynamics . The term mechanics includes the action of forces on all bodies, whether solid, liquid, or gaseous. It is sometimes, however, and formerly was often, used distinctively of solid bodies only: The mechanics of liquid bodies is called also hydrostatics , or hydrodynamics , according as the laws of rest or of motion are considered. The mechanics of gaseous bodies is called also pneumatics . The mechanics of fluids in motion, with special reference to the methods of obtaining from them useful results, constitutes hydraulics .

Animal mechanics (Physiol.) , that portion of physiology which has for its object the investigation of the laws of equilibrium and motion in the animal body. The most important mechanical principle is that of the lever, the bones forming the arms of the levers, the contractile muscles the power, the joints the fulcra or points of support, while the weight of the body or of the individual limbs constitutes the weight or resistance. -- Applied mechanics , the principles of abstract mechanics applied to human art; also, the practical application of the laws of matter and motion to the construction of machines and structures of all kinds.

Mechanism noun [ Confer French mécanisme , Latin mechanisma . See Mechanic .]
1. The arrangement or relation of the parts of a machine; the parts of a machine, taken collectively; the arrangement or relation of the parts of anything as adapted to produce an effect; as, the mechanism of a watch; the mechanism of a sewing machine; the mechanism of a seed pod.

2. Mechanical operation or action.

He acknowledges nothing besides matter and motion; so that all must be performed either by mechanism or accident.
Bentley.

3. (Kinematics) An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.

Mechanist noun
1. A maker of machines; one skilled in mechanics.

2. One who regards the phenomena of nature as the effects of forces merely mechanical.

Mechanize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mechanized ; present participle & verbal noun Mechanizing .] [ Confer French méchaniser .] To cause to be mechanical. Shelley.

Mechanograph noun [ Greek mhchanh` machine + -graph .] One of a number of copies of anything multiplied mechanically.

Mechanographic (mĕk` a n*o*grăf"ĭk) adjective
1. Treating of mechanics. [ R.]

2. Written, copied, or recorded by machinery; produced by mechanography; as, a mechanographic record of changes of temperature; mechanographic prints.

Mechanographist (-ŏg"rȧ*fĭst) noun An artist who, by mechanical means, multiplies copies of works of art.

Mechanography noun The art of mechanically multiplying copies of a writing, or any work of art.

Mechanurgy noun [ Greek mhchanh` machine + the root of ... work.] That branch of science which treats of moving machines.

Mechitarist noun [ From Mechitar , an Armenian., who founded the congregation in the early part of the eighteenth century.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of a religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church devoted to the improvement of Armenians.

Mechlin noun A kind of lace made at, or originating in, Mechlin , in Belgium.

Mechoacan noun A species of jalap, of very feeble properties, said to be obtained from the root of a species of Convolvulus ( C. Mechoacan ); -- so called from Michoacan , in Mexico, whence it is obtained.

Meckelian adjective (Anat.) Pertaining to, or discovered by, J. French Meckel , a German anatomist.

Meckelian cartilage , the cartilaginous rod which forms the axis of the mandible; -- called also Meckel's cartilage .

Meconate noun [ Confer French méconate .] (Chemistry) A salt of meconic acid.

Meconic adjective [ Greek ... belonging to the poppy, from ... the poppy: confer French méconique .] Pertaining to, or obtained from, the poppy or opium; specif. (Chemistry) , designating an acid related to aconitic acid, found in opium and extracted as a white crystalline substance.

Meconidine noun (Chem) An alkaloid found in opium, and extracted as a yellow amorphous substance which is easily decomposed.

Meconidium noun [ New Latin , dim. of Greek ... a poppy. So called in allusion to the shape of the seed capsules of the poppy.] (Zoology) A kind of gonophore produced by hydroids of the genus Gonothyræa . It has tentacles, and otherwise resembles a free medusa, but remains attached by a pedicel.

Meconin noun [ Confer French méconine .] (Chemistry) A substance regarded as an anhydride of meconinic acid, existing in opium and extracted as a white crystalline substance. Also erroneously called meconina , meconia , etc., as though it were an alkaloid.

Meconinic adjective (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid which occurs in opium, and which may be obtained by oxidizing narcotine.

Meconium noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., from ... poppy.] (Medicine) (a) Opium. [ Obsolete] (b) The contents of the fetal intestine; hence, first excrement.

Medal noun [ French médaille , Italian medaglia , from Latin metallum metal, through (assumed) Late Latin metalleus made of metal. See Metal , and confer Mail a piece of money.] A piece of metal in the form of a coin, struck with a device, and intended to preserve the remembrance of a notable event or an illustrious person, or to serve as a reward.

Medal transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Medaled , or Medalled ; present participle & verbal noun Medaling or Medalling .] To honor or reward with a medal. " Medaled by the king." Thackeray.

Medal play (Golf) Play in which the score is reckoned by counting the number of strokes.

Medalet noun A small medal.

Medalist noun [ Confer French médailliste , Italian medaglista .] [ Written also medallist .]


1. A person that is skilled or curious in medals; a collector of medals. Addison.

2. A designer of medals. Macaulay.

3. One who has gained a medal as the reward of merit.

Medallic adjective Of or pertaining to a medal, or to medals. "Our medallic history." Walpole.

Medallion noun [ French médaillion , Italian medaglione , augm. of medaglia . See Medal .]


1. A large medal or memorial coin.

2. A circular or oval (or, sometimes, square) tablet bearing a figure or figures represented in relief.

Medalurgy noun [ Medal + the root of Greek ... work.] The art of making and striking medals and coins. [ Written also medallurgy .]

Meddle intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Meddled ; present participle & verbal noun Meddling .] [ Middle English medlen to mix, Old French medler , mesler , French mêler , Late Latin misculare , a dim. from Latin miscere to mix. √271. See Mix , and confer Medley , Mellay .]


1. To mix; to mingle. [ Obsolete]

More to know
Did never meddle with my thoughts.
Shak.

2. To interest or engage one's self; to have to do; -- in a good sense. [ Obsolete] Barrow.

Study to be quiet, and to meddle with your own business.
Tyndale.

3. To interest or engage one's self unnecessarily or impertinently, to interfere or busy one's self improperly with another's affairs; specifically, to handle or distrub another's property without permission; -- often followed by with or in .

Why shouldst thou meddle to thy hurt?
2 Kings xiv. 10.

The civil lawyers . . . have meddled in a matter that belongs not to them.
Locke.

To meddle and make , to intrude one's self into another person's concerns. [ Archaic] Shak.

Syn. -- To interpose; interfere; intermeddle.

Meddle transitive verb To mix; to mingle. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

"Wine meddled with gall."
Wyclif (Matt. xxvii. 34).

Meddler noun One who meddles; one who interferes or busies himself with things in which he has no concern; an officious person; a busybody.