Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Megampère noun [ Mega- + ampère .] (Electricity) A million ampères.
Megaphone noun [ Mega- + Greek fwnh` voice.] A device to magnify sound, or direct it in a given direction in a greater volume, such as a very large funnel used as an ear trumpet or as a speaking trumpet.
Megaphyton noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`gas great + fyto`n plant.] (Paleon.) An extinct genus of tree ferns with large, two-ranked leaves, or fronds.
+ Greek poy`s
, foot.] (Zoology) Any one of several species of large-footed, gallinaceous birds of the genera Megapodius and Leipoa , inhabiting Australia and other Pacific islands. See Jungle fowl (b) under Jungle , and Leipoa .
Megapolis noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`gas great + po`lis city.] A metropolis. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Herbert.
Megarian, Megaric adjective Belonging, or pertaining, to Megara, a city of ancient Greece. Megarian , or Megaric , school , a school of philosophy established at Megara, after the death of Socrates, by his disciples, and remarkable for its logical subtlety.
Megascope noun [ Mega- + -scope : confer French mégascope .] A modification of the magic lantern, used esp. for throwing a magnified image of an opaque object on a screen, solar or artificial light being used. [ archaic]
Megascopic, Megascopical adjective
1. (Physics) Of or pertaining to the megascope or the projection upon a screen of images of opaque objects. (b) Enlarged or magnified; -- said of images or of photographic pictures, etc. 2. (Geol.) Large enough to be seen; -- said of the larger structural features and components of rocks which do not require the use of the microscope to be perceived. Opposed to microscopic .
Megaseme adjective [ Mega- + Greek ... sing, mark: confer French mégasème .] (Anat.) Having the orbital index relatively large; having the orbits narrow transversely; -- opposed to microseme .
Megasthene noun [ Greek me`gas great + sthe`nos strength.] (Zoology) One of a group which includes the higher orders of mammals, having a large size as a typical characteristic.
Megasthenic adjective (Zoology) Having a typically large size; belonging to the megasthenes.
Megastome noun [ Greek me`gas great + sto`ma mouth.] (Zoology) One of a group of univalve shells, having a large aperture or mouth.
Megathere Meg`a*the"ri*um noun [ New Latin megatherium , from Greek me`gas great + thyri`on beast.] (Paleon.) An extinct gigantic quaternary mammal, allied to the ant-eaters and sloths. Its remains are found in South America.
Megatheroid noun [ Megatherium + -oid .] (Paleon.) One of a family of extinct edentates found in America. The family includes the megatherium, the megalonyx, etc.
Megavolt noun [ Mega- + volt .] (Electricity) One of the larger measures of electro-motive force, amounting to one million volts.
Megaweber noun [ Mega- + weber .] (Electricity) A million webers.
Megerg noun [ Mega- + erg .] (Physics) One of the larger measures of work, amounting to one million ergs; -- called also megalerg .
Megilp, Megilph noun (Paint.) A gelatinous compound of linseed oil and mastic varnish, used by artists as a vehicle for colors. [ Written also magilp , and magilph .]
Megohm noun [ Mega- + ohm .] (Electricity) One of the larger measures of electrical resistance, amounting to one million ohms.
[ Middle English migrim
, French migraine
, Late Latin hemigrania
, Latin hemicrania
, Greek "hmikrani`a
half + krani`on
skull. See Hemi-
, and confer Hemicrania
.] 1. A kind of sick or nervous headache, usually periodical and confined to one side of the head. 2. A fancy; a whim; a freak; a humor; esp., in the plural, lowness of spirits.
These are his megrims , firks, and melancholies. Ford. 3. plural (Far.) A sudden vertigo in a horse, succeeded sometimes by unconsciousness, produced by an excess of blood in the brain; a mild form of apoplexy. Youatt.
Megrim noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Zoology) The British smooth sole, or scaldfish ( Psetta arnoglossa ).
Meibomian adjective (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or discovered by, Meibomius . Meibomian glands , the slender sebaceous glands of the eyelids, which discharge, through minute orifices in the edges of the lids, a fatty secretion serving to lubricate the adjacent parts.
Meine transitive verb See Menge .
Meine, Meiny noun
[ Old French maisniée
. See Menial
.] 1. A family, including servants, etc.; household; retinue; train.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. Shak. 2. Company; band; army.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Meiocene adjective (Geol.) See Miocene .
Meionite noun [ Greek mei`wn smaller. So called in a allusion to the low pyramids of the crystals.] (Min.) A member of the scapolite group, occuring in glassy crystals on Monte Somma, near Naples.
[ New Latin , from Greek mei`wsis
, from meioy^n
to make smaller, from mei`wn
. See Meionite
.] (Rhet.) Diminution; a species of hyperbole, representing a thing as being less than it really is.
Meiostemonous adjective [ Greek mei`wn smaller + ... warp, thread.] (Botany) Having fever stamens than the parts of the corolla.
Melaconite noun [ Greek me`las black + ... dust.] (Min.) An earthy black oxide of copper, arising from the decomposition of other ores.
Melada Me*la"do noun [ Spanish , propast participle p. of melar to sugar, candy, from Latin mel honey. See Molasses .] A mixture of sugar and molasses; crude sugar as it comes from the pans without being drained.
[ See Melæna
.] The dark coloring matter of the liquid of the cuttlefish.
Melam (mē"lăm) noun [ Confer French mélam .] (Chemistry) A white or buff-colored granular powder, C 6 H 9 N 11 , obtained by heating ammonium sulphocyanate.
Melamine noun (Chemistry) A strong nitrogenous base, C 3 H 6 N 6 , produced from several cyanogen compounds, and obtained as a white crystalline substance, -- formerly supposed to be produced by the decomposition of melam . Called also cyanuramide .
Melampode noun [ Greek melampo`dion ; of uncertain origin.] The black hellebore. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Melampyrin, Melampyrite noun
[ New Latin Melampyrum
cowwheat; Greek me`las
black + pyro`s
wheat.] (Chemistry) The saccharine substance dulcite; -- so called because found in the leaves of cowwheat ( Melampyrum ). See Dulcite .
Melanagogue noun [ Greek me`las , -anos , black + ... leading, driving, ... to lead.] (Medicine) A medicine supposed to expel black bile or choler. [ Obsolete]
[ Latin See Melancholy
.] (Medicine) A kind of mental unsoundness characterized by extreme depression of spirits, ill-grounded fears, delusions, and brooding over one particular subject or train of ideas.
Melancholian noun A person affected with melancholy; a melancholic. [ Obsolete] Dr. J. Scott.
[ Latin melancholicus
, Greek ...: confer French mélancholique
.] Given to melancholy; depressed; melancholy; dejected; unhappy.
Just as the melancholic eye Prior.
Sees fleets and armies in the sky.
Melancholic noun [ Obsolete]
1. One affected with a gloomy state of mind. J. Spenser. 2. A gloomy state of mind; melancholy. Clarendon.
Melancholily adverb In a melancholy manner.
Melancholiness noun The state or quality of being melancholy. Hallywell.
Melancholious adjective [ Confer Old French melancholieux .] Melancholy. [ R.] Milton.
Melancholist noun One affected with melancholy or dejection. [ Obsolete] Glanvill.
Melanæmia noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`las , -anos , black + a"i^ma blood.] (Medicine) A morbid condition in which the blood contains black pigment either floating freely or imbedded in the white blood corpuscles.
Melæna noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`las , m., me`laina , f., black.] (Medicine) A discharge from the bowels of black matter, consisting of altered blood.