Methylate Meth"yl·ate transitive verb To impregnate or mix with methyl or methyl alcohol.
Methylated Meth"yl·a`ted adjective (Chemistry) Impregnated with, or containing, methyl alcohol or wood spirit; as, methylated spirits.
Methylene Meth"yl·ene noun [ French méthylène , from Greek ... wine + ... wood; -- a word coined to correspond to the name wood spirit .] (Chemistry) A hydrocarbon radical, CH 2 , not known in the free state, but regarded as an essential residue and component of certain derivatives of methane; as, methylene bromide, CH 2 Br 2 ; -- formerly called also methene . Methylene blue (Chemistry) , an artificial dyestuff consisting of a complex sulphur derivative of diphenyl amine; -- called also pure blue .
Methylic Me·thyl"ic adjective (Chemistry) Pertaining to, derived from, or containing, methyl; specifically, designating methyl alcohol. See under Methyl .
Methysticin Me·thys"ti·cin noun (Chemistry) A white, silky, crystalline substance extracted from the thick rootstock of a species of pepper ( Piper methysticum ) of the South Sea Islands; -- called also kanakin .
Methæmoglobin Met`hæm·o·glo"bin noun [ Prefix met- + hæmoglobin .] (Physiol. Chem.) A stable crystalline compound obtained by the decomposition of hemoglobin. It is found in old blood stains.
Metic Met"ic noun
[ Greek ..., prop., changing one's abode; ..., indicating change + ... house, abode: confer Latin metoecus
, French métèque
.] (Gr. Antiq.) A sojourner; an immigrant; an alien resident in a Grecian city, but not a citizen. Mitford.
The whole force of Athens, metics as well as citizens, and all the strangers who were then in the city. Jowett (Thucyd. ).
Meticulous Me·tic"u·lous adjective [ Latin meticulosus , from metus fear: confer French méticuleux .] Timid; fearful. -- Me*tic"u*lous*ly , adverb
Métier Mé`tier" noun
[ French] Calling; vocation; business; trade.
Not only is it the business of no one to preach the truth but it is the métier of many to conceal it. A. R. Colquhoun.
Métif Mé`tif" noun m. Mé`tive" noun f. }[ French] See Métis .
Métis Mé`tis" noun m. Mé`tisse" noun f. }[ F.; akin to Spanish mestizo . See Mestizo .] 1. The offspring of a white person and an American Indian. 2. The offspring of a white person and a quadroon; an octoroon. [ Local, U. S.] Bartlett.
Metoche Met"o·che noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... a sharing, from ... to share in; ... with + ... to have.] (Architecture) (a) The space between two dentils. (b) The space between two triglyphs.
Metol Me"tol noun [ G.; trade name, from meta- + kre sol cresol.] A whitish soluble powder used as a developer in photography. Chemically, it is the sulphate of methyl- p -amino- m -cresol .
Metonic Me·ton"ic adjective [ Confer French métonique .] Pertaining to, or discovered by, Meton , the Athenian. Metonic cycle or year . (Astron.) See under Cycle .
Metonymic, Metonymical Met`o·nym"ic, Met`o·nym"ic·al adjective [ See Metonymy .] Used by way of metonymy. -- Met`o*nym"ic*al*ly , adverb
Metonymy Me·ton"y·my (me*tŏn"ĭ*mȳ; 277) noun [ Latin metonymia , Greek metwnymi`a ; meta` , indicating change + 'o`nyma , for 'o`noma a name: confer French métonymie . See Name .] (Rhet.) A trope in which one word is put for another that suggests it; as, we say, a man keeps a good table instead of good provisions ; we read Virgil , that is, his poems ; a man has a warm heart , that is, warm affections .
Metope Met"o·pe noun [ New Latin , from Greek ...; meta` with, between + ... opening, hole, the hole in the frieze between the beam ends.] 1. (Architecture) The space between two triglyphs of the Doric frieze, which, among the ancients, was often adorned with carved work. See Illust. of Entablature . 2. (Zoology) The face of a crab. » In the Parthenon, groups of centaurs and heroes in high relief occupy the metopes.
Metopic Me·top"ic adjective [ Greek ... the forehead.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the forehead or frontal bones; frontal; as, the metopic suture.
Metopomancy Met"o·po·man`cy noun [ Greek ... the forehead + -mancy .] Fortune telling by physiognomy. [ R.] Urquhart.
Metoposcopic, Metoposcopical Met`o·po·scop"ic, Met`o·po·scop"ic·al adjective Of or relating to metoposcopy.
Metoposcopist Met`o·pos"co·pist noun One versed in metoposcopy.
Metoposcopy Met`o·pos"co·py noun [ Greek ... observing the forehead; ... the forehead + ... to view: confer French métoposcopie .] The study of physiognomy; the art of discovering the character of persons by their features, or the lines of the face.
Metosteon Me·tos"te·on noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... after + ... bone.] (Anat.) The postero-lateral ossification in the sternum of birds; also, the part resulting from such ossification.
Metre Me"tre (mē"tẽr) noun See Meter .
Metric Met"ric (mĕt"rĭk) adjective [ Latin metricus , Greek ...: confer French métrique . See Meter rhythm.] 1. Relating to measurement; involving, or proceeding by, measurement. 2. Of or pertaining to the meter as a standard of measurement; of or pertaining to the decimal system of measurement of which a meter is the unit; as, the metric system; a metric measurement. Metric analysis (Chemistry) , analysis by volume; volumetric analysis. -- Metric system , a system of weights and measures originating in France, the use of which is required by law in many countries, and permitted in many others, including the United States and England. The principal unit is the meter (see Meter ). From this are formed the are , the liter , the stere , the gram , etc. These units, and others derived from them, are divided decimally, and larger units are formed from multiples by 10, 100, 1,000, and 10,000. The successive multiplies are designated by the prefixes, deca- , hecto- , kilo- , and myria- ; successive parts by deci- , centi- , and milli- . The prefixes mega- and micro- are sometimes used to denote a multiple by one million, and the millionth part, respectively. See the words formed with these prefixes in the Vocabulary. For metric tables , see p. 1682.
Metric system Met"ric sys"tem See Metric , adjective
Metric ton Met"ric ton A weight of 1,000 kilograms, or 2,204.6 pounds avoirdupois.
Metrical Met"ric·al adjective 1. Of or pertaining to the meter; arranged in meter; consisting of verses; as, metrical compositions. 2. Of or pertaining to measurement; as, the inch, foot, yard, etc., are metrical terms; esp., of or pertaining to the metric system.
Metrically Met"ric·al·ly adverb In a metrical manner.
Metrician Me·tri"cian noun [ Confer French métricien . See Meter rhythm.] A composer of verses. [ Obsolete]
Metrification Met`ri·fi·ca"tion noun Composition in metrical form; versification. [ R.] Tennyson.
Metrify Met"ri·fy intransitive verb [ Latin metrum meter + -fy : confer French métrifier .] To make verse. [ R.] Skelton.
Metrist Me"trist noun A maker of verses. Bale.
Spenser was no mere metrist , but a great composer. Lowell.
Metritis Me·tri"tis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... womb + -tis .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the womb.
Metrochrome Met"ro·chrome noun [ Greek ... + ... color.] An instrument for measuring colors.
Metrograph Met"ro·graph noun [ Greek ... measure + -graph .] An instrument attached to a locomotive for recording its speed and the number and duration of its stops.
Metrological Met`ro·log"ic·al adjective [ Confer French métrologique .] Of or pertaining to metrology.
Metrology Me·trol"o·gy noun [ Greek ... measure + -métrologie .] The science of, or a system of, weights and measures; also, a treatise on the subject.
Metromania Met`ro·ma"ni·a noun [ Greek ... measure + English mania .] A mania for writing verses.
Metromaniac Met`ro·ma"ni·ac noun One who has metromania.
Metrometer Me·trom"e·ter noun [ Greek ... womb + -meter .] (Medicine) An instrument for measuring the size of the womb. Knight.
Metronome Met"ro·nome noun [ Greek ... measure + ... distribute, assign: confer French métronome , Italian metronomo .] An instrument consisting of a short pendulum with a sliding weight. It is set in motion by clockwork, and serves to measure time in music.
Metronomy Me·tron"o·my noun [ See Metronome .] Measurement of time by an instrument.
Metronymic Met`ro·nym"ic adjective [ Greek ...; ... mother + ..., for ... name.] Derived from the name of one's mother, or other female ancestor; as, a metronymic name or appellation. -- noun A metronymic appellation.
Metropole Met"ro·pole noun [ Confer French métropole . See Metropolis .] A metropolis. [ Obsolete] Holinshed.
Metropolis Me·trop"o·lis noun
[ Latin metropolis
, Greek ..., prop., the mother city (in relation to colonies); ... mother + ... city. See Mother
, and Police
.] 1. The mother city; the chief city of a kingdom, state, or country.
[ Edinburgh] gray metropolis of the North. Tennyson. 2. (Eccl.) The seat, or see, of the metropolitan, or highest church dignitary.
The great metropolis and see of Rome. Shak.
Metropolitan Met`ro·pol"i·tan adjective [ Latin metropolitanus : confer French métropolitain .] 1. Of or pertaining to the capital or principal city of a country; as, metropolitan luxury. 2. (Eccl.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, a metropolitan or the presiding bishop of a country or province, his office, or his dignity; as, metropolitan authority. "Bishops metropolitan ." Sir T. More.
Metropolitan Met`ro·pol"i·tan noun [ Late Latin metropolitanus .] 1. The superior or presiding bishop of a country or province. 2. (Lat. Church.) An archbishop. 3. (Gr. Church) A bishop whose see is a civil metropolis. His rank is intermediate between that of an archbishop and a patriarch. Hook.
Metropolitanate Met`ro·pol"i·tan·ate noun The see of a metropolitan bishop. Milman.
Metropolite Me·trop"o·lite noun [ Latin metropolita , Greek ....] A metropolitan. Barrow.