Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Middle English mede
, Anglo-Saxon mēd
; akin to Old Saxon mēda
, Old High German miata
, German miethe
hire, Goth. mizdō
reward, Bohem. & Russian mzda
, Greek mistho`s
, Sanskrit mīdha
. √276.] 1. That which is bestowed or rendered in consideration of merit; reward; recompense.
A rosy garland was the victor's meed . Spenser. 2. Merit or desert; worth.
My meed hath got me fame. Shak. 3. A gift; also, a bride.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Meed transitive verb
1. To reward; to repay. [ Obsolete] Waytt. 2. To deserve; to merit. [ Obsolete] Heywood.
Meedful adjective Worthy of meed, reward, or recompense; meritorious. " Meedful works." Wiclif.
Meedfully adverb According to merit; suitably.
[ Compar. Meeker
(-ẽr); superl. Meekest
.] [ Middle English mek
; akin to Icelandic mj...kr
mild, soft, Swedish mjuk
, Danish myg
, Dutch muik
, Goth. muka
mōdei gentleness.] 1. Mild of temper; not easily provoked or orritated; patient under injuries; not vain, or haughty, or resentful; forbearing; submissive.
Now the man Moses was very meek . Num. xii. 3. 2. Evincing mildness of temper, or patience; characterized by mildness or patience; as, a meek answer; a meek face.
prayer." Chaucer. Syn.
-- Gentle; mild; soft; yielding; pacific; unassuming; humble. See Gentle
Meek, Meeken (-'n) }, transitive verb To make meek; to nurture in gentleness and humility. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Meekly adverb In a meek manner. Spenser.
Meekness noun The quality or state of being meek.
(mēr) adjective Simple; unmixed. See Mere , adjective
Meer noun See Mere , a lake.
Meer noun A boundary. See Mere .
Meerkat (mēr"kăt) noun [ D.] (Zoology) A South African carnivore ( Cynictis penicillata ), allied to the ichneumons.
(mēr"sham; 277) noun
[ G., lit., sea foam; meer
sea + schaum
foam; but it perhaps is a corruption of the Tartaric name myrsen
. Confer Mere
a lake, and Scum
.] 1. (Min.) A fine white claylike mineral, soft, and light enough when in dry masses to float in water. It is a hydrous silicate of magnesia, and is obtained chiefly in Asia Minor. It is manufacturd into tobacco pipes, cigar holders, etc. Also called sepiolite . 2. A tobacco pipe made of this mineral.
(mēt) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Met
(mĕt); present participle & verbal noun Meeting
.] [ Middle English meten
, Anglo-Saxon mētan
, from mōt
, a meeting; akin to Old Saxon mōtian
to meet, Icelandic mæta
, Goth. gamōtjan
. See Moot
, transitive verb
] 1. To join, or come in contact with; esp., to come in contact with by approach from an opposite direction; to come upon or against, front to front, as distinguished from contact by following and overtaking. 2. To come in collision with; to confront in conflict; to encounter hostilely; as, they met the enemy and defeated them; the ship met opposing winds and currents. 3. To come into the presence of without contact; to come close to; to intercept; to come within the perception, influence, or recognition of; as, to meet a train at a junction; to meet carriages or persons in the street; to meet friends at a party; sweet sounds met the ear.
His daughter came out to meet him. Judg. xi. 34. 4. To perceive; to come to a knowledge of; to have personal acquaintance with; to experience; to suffer; as, the eye met a horrid sight; he met his fate.
Of vice or virtue, whether blest or curst, Pope. 5. To come up to; to be even with; to equal; to match; to satisfy; to ansver; as, to meet one's expectations; the supply meets the demand. To meet half way
Which meets contempt, or which compassion first.
, literally, to go half the distance between in order to meet (one); hence, figuratively, to yield or concede half of the difference in order to effect a compromise or reconciliation with.
Meet transitive verb 1. To come together by mutual approach; esp., to come in contact, or into proximity, by approach from opposite directions; to join; to come face to face; to come in close relationship; as, we met in the street; two lines meet so as to form an angle.
O, when meet now Milton. 2. To come together with hostile purpose; to have an encounter or conflict.
Such pairs in love and mutual honor joined !
Weapons more violent, when next we meet , Milton. 3. To assemble together; to congregate; as, Congress meets on the first Monday of December.
May serve to better us and worse our foes.
They . . . appointed a day to meet together. 2. Macc. xiv. 21. 4. To come together by mutual concessions; hence, to agree; to harmonize; to unite. To meet with
. (a) To light upon; to find; to come to; -- often with the sense of unexpectedness.
We met with many things worthy of observation. Bacon. (b) To join; to unite in company. Shak. (c) To suffer unexpectedly; as, to meet with a fall; to meet with a loss. (d) To encounter; to be subjected to.
Prepare to meet with more than brutal fury Rowe. (e) To obviate.
From the fierce prince.
[ Obsolete] Bacon.
Meet noun An assembling together; esp., the assembling of huntsmen for the hunt; also, the persons who so assemble, and the place of meeting.
[ Middle English mete
fitting, moderate, scanty, Anglo-Saxon mǣte
moderate; akin to gemet
fit, meet, metan
to mete, and German mässig
fitting. See Mete
.] Suitable; fit; proper; appropriate; qualified; convenient.
It was meet that we should make merry. Luke xv. 32. To be meet with
, to be even with; to be equal to.
Meet (mēt) adverb Meetly. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Meeten (mēt"'n) transitive verb To render fit. [ R.]
Meeter (mēt"ẽr) noun One who meets.
(mēth) noun Mead. See Meathe .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
1. A coming together; an assembling; as, the meeting of Congress. 2. A junction, crossing, or union; as, the meeting of the roads or of two rivers. 3. A congregation; a collection of people; a convention; as, a large meeting ; an harmonious meeting . 4. An assembly for worship; as, to attend meeting on Sunday; -- in England, applied distinctively and disparagingly to the worshiping assemblies of Dissenters. Syn. -- Conference; assembly; company; convention; congregation; junction; confluence; union.
Meetinghouse noun A house used as a place of worship; a church; -- in England, applied only to a house so used by Dissenters.
Meetly adverb Fitly; suitably; properly.
Meetness noun Fitness; suitableness; propriety.
Meg- (mĕg-), Meg"a (mĕg"ȧ- ), Meg"a*lo- (-lo-) }. [ Greek me`gas , gen. mega`loy , great.] Combining forms signifying: (a) Great, extended, powerful; as, mega scope, mega cosm. (b) (Metric System, Elec., Mech., etc.) A million times, a million of; as, mega meter, a million meters; mega farad, a million farads; meg ohm, a million ohms.
Megacephalic (mĕg`ȧ*se*făl"ĭk), Meg`a*ceph"a*lous (-sĕf"ȧ*lŭs) }, adjective [ Mega- + Greek kefalh` head.] (Biol.) Large headed; -- applied to animals, and to plants when they have large flower heads.
Megaceros (me*găs"e*rŏs) noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`gas great + ke`ras horn.] (Paleon.) The Irish elk.
+ Greek ... lip.] (Zoology) A leaf-cutting bee of the genus Megachilus . See Leaf cutter , under Leaf .
+ Greek ... world.] See Macrocosm . Croft.
Megacoulomb noun [ Mega- + coulomb .] (Electricity) A million coulombs.
Megaderm noun [ Mega- + Greek ... skin.] (Zoology) Any one of several species of Old World blood-sucking bats of the genus Megaderma .
Megadyne noun [ Mega- + dyne .] (Physics) One of the larger measures of force, amounting to one million dynes.
Megafarad noun [ Mega- + farad .] (Electricity) One of the larger measures of electrical capacity, amounting to one million farads; a macrofarad.
Megalerg noun [ Megalo- + erg .] (Physics) A million ergs; a megerg.
Megalesian adjective [ Latin Megalesius , from Greek Mega`lh the Great, a surname of Cybele, the Magna Mater.] Pertaining to, or in honor of, Cybele; as, the Megalesian games at Rome.
Megalethoscope noun [ Mega- + alethoscope .] An optical apparatus in which pictures are viewed through a large lens with stereoptical effects. It is often combined with the stereoscope.
Megalith noun [ Mega- + - lith ; confer French mégalithe .] A large stone; especially, a large stone used in ancient building. -- Meg`a*lith"ic adjective
Megalocephalia, Megalocephaly noun [ New Latin megalocephalia , from Greek ... having a large head.] (Medicine) The condition of having an abnormally large head. -- Meg`a*lo*ce*phal"ic adjective
Megalocyte noun [ Megalo- + Greek ... a hollow vessel.] (Physiol.) A large, flattened corpuscle, twice the diameter of the ordinary red corpuscle, found in considerable numbers in the blood in profound anæmia.
Megalomania noun [ New Latin , from megalo- + mania .] (Pathol.) A form of mental alienation in which the patient has grandiose delusions.
Megalonyx noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`gas , mega`lh , great + 'o`nyx claw.] (Paleon.) An extinct quaternary mammal, of great size, allied to the sloth.
Megalophonous (mĕg`ȧ*lŏf"o*nŭs) adjective [ Megalo- + Greek fwnh` voice.] Having a loud voice.
Megalopolis (-lŏp"o*lĭs) noun [ New Latin , from Greek megalo`polis ; me`gas , mega`lh , great + po`lis city.] A chief city; a metropolis. [ R.]
Megalops (mĕg"ȧ*lŏps) noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`gas , - a`loy , large + 'w`ps eye.] (Zoology)
1. A larva, in a stage following the zoëa, in the development of most crabs. In this stage the legs and abdominal appendages have appeared, the abdomen is relatively long, and the eyes are large. Also used adjectively. 2. A large fish; the tarpum.
Megalopsychy noun [ Megalo- + Greek ... soul, mind.] Greatness of soul. [ Obsolete & R.]
Megalosaur Meg`a*lo*sau"rus noun [ New Latin megalosaurus , from Greek me`gas , mega`lh , great + say^ros lizard: confer French mégalosaure .] (Paleon.) A gigantic carnivorous dinosaur, whose fossil remains have been found in England and elsewhere.
Megameter noun [ Mega- + -meter : confer French mégamètre .] (Physics)
1. An instrument for determining longitude by observation of the stars. 2. A micrometer. [ R.] Knight.
Megameter, Megametre noun [ Mega- + meter , metre , noun , 2.] In the metric system, one million meters, or one thousand kilometers.