Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Metropolitan 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 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 noun The see of a metropolitan bishop. Milman.

Metropolite noun [ Latin metropolita , Greek ....] A metropolitan. Barrow.

Metropolitical adjective Of or pertaining to a metropolis; being a metropolis; metropolitan; as, the metropolitical chair. Bp. Hall.

Metrorrhagia noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... womb + ... to break.] (Medicine) Profuse bleeding from the womb, esp. such as does not occur at the menstrual period.

Metroscope noun [ Greek ... womb + -scope .] A modification of the stethoscope, for directly auscultating the uterus from the vagina.

Metrosideros noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... heart of a tree + ... iron.] (Botany) A myrtaceous genus of trees or shrubs, found in Australia and the South Sea Islands, and having very hard wood. Metrosideros vera is the true ironwood.

Metrotome noun [ See Metrotomy .] (Surg.) An instrument for cutting or scarifying the uterus or the neck of the uterus.

Metrotomy noun [ Greek ... womb + ... to cut: confer French métrotomie .] (Surg.) The operation of cutting into the uterus; hysterotomy; the Cæsarean section.

Mette obsolete imperfect of Mete , to dream. Chaucer.

Mettle noun [ English metal , used in a tropical sense in allusion to the temper of the metal of a sword blade. See Metal .] Substance or quality of temperament; spirit, esp. as regards honor, courage, fortitude, ardor, etc.; disposition; -- usually in a good sense.

A certain critical hour which shall . . . try what mettle his heart is made of.
South.

Gentlemen of brave mettle .
Shak.

The winged courser, like a generous horse,
Shows most true mettle when you check his course.
Pope.

To put one one's mettle , to cause or incite one to use one's best efforts.

Mettled adjective Having mettle; high-spirited; ardent; full of fire. Addison.

Mettlesome adjective Full of spirit; possessing constitutional ardor; fiery; as, a mettlesome horse.

-- Met"tle*some*ly , adverb -- Met"tle*some*ness , noun

Meum noun [ Latin , neut. of meus mine.] Lit., mine; that which is mine; -- used in the phrase meum et tuum , or meum and tuum ; as, to confound meum and tuum , to fail to distinguish one's own property from that of others; to be dishonest.

Ancestors . . . generally esteemed more renowned for ancient family and high courage than for accurately regarding the trifling distinction of meum and tuum .
Sir W. Scott.

Meute noun A cage for hawks; a mew. See 4th Mew , 1. Milman.

Meve transitive verb & i. To move. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Mew noun [ Anglo-Saxon m...w , akin to Dutch meeuw , German möwe , Old High German m...h , Icelandic mār .] (Zoology) A gull, esp. the common British species ( Larus canus ); called also sea mew , maa , mar , mow , and cobb .

Mew transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mewed ; present participle & verbal noun Mewing .] [ Middle English muen , French muer , from Latin mutare to change, from movere to move. See Move , and confer Mew a cage, Molt .] To shed or cast; to change; to molt; as, the hawk mewed his feathers.

Nine times the moon had mewed her horns.
Dryden.

Mew intransitive verb To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance.

Now everything doth mew ,
And shifts his rustic winter robe.
Turbervile.

Mew noun [ Middle English mue , French mue change of feathers, scales, skin, the time or place when the change occurs, from muer to molt, mew, Latin mutare to change. See 2d Mew .]


1. A cage for hawks while mewing; a coop for fattening fowls; hence, any inclosure; a place of confinement or shelter; -- in the latter sense usually in the plural.

Full many a fat partrich had he in mewe .
Chaucer.

Forthcoming from her darksome mew .
Spenser.

Violets in their secret mews .
Wordsworth.

2. A stable or range of stables for horses; - - compound used in the plural, and so called from the royal stables in London, built on the site of the king's mews for hawks.

Mew transitive verb [ From Mew a cage.] To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure.

More pity that the eagle should be mewed .
Shak.

Close mewed in their sedans, for fear of air.
Dryden.

Mew intransitive verb [ Of imitative origin; confer German miauen .] To cry as a cat. [ Written also meaw , meow .] Shak.

Mew noun The common cry of a cat. Shak.

Mewl intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mewled ; present participle & verbal noun Mewling .] [ Confer French miauler to mew, English mew to cry as a cat. Confer Miaul .] To cry, as a young child; to squall. [ Written also meawl .] Shak.

Mewler noun One that mewls.

Mews noun sing. & plural [ Prop. plural of mew . See Mew a cage.] An alley where there are stables; a narrow passage; a confined place. [ Eng.]

Mr. Turveydrop's great room . . . was built out into a mews at the back.
Dickens.

Mexal, Mexical noun [ Spanish mexcal. ] See Mescal .

Mexican adjective Of or pertaining to Mexico or its people. -- noun A native or inhabitant of Mexico.

Mexican poppy (Botany) , a tropical American herb of the Poppy family ( Argemone Mexicana ) with much the look of a thistle, but having large yellow or white blossoms. -- Mexican tea (Botany) , an aromatic kind of pigweed from tropical America ( Chenopodium ambrosioides ).

Mexicanize transitive verb To cause to be like the Mexicans, or their country, esp. in respect of frequent revolutions of government.

Mexicanize intransitive verb To become like the Mexicans, or their country or government.

Meyne (mĕn"e) noun [ Obsolete] Same as Meine .

Mezcal noun Same as Mescal .

Mezereon noun [ French mézéréon , Persian māzriyūn .] (Botany) A small European shrub ( Daphne Mezereum ), whose acrid bark is used in medicine.

Mezquita noun [ Spanish ] A mosque.

Mezuzoth noun [ Hebrew mĕzūzōth , plural of mĕzūzāh doorpost.] A piece of parchment bearing the Decalogue and attached to the doorpost; -- in use among orthodox Hebrews.

Mezza majolica [ Italian See Mezzo ; Majolica .] (Ceramics) Italian pottery of the epoch and general character of majolica, but less brilliantly decorated, esp. such pottery without tin enamel, but painted and glazed.

Mezza voce [ Italian , from mezzo , fem. mezza middle, half + voce voice, Latin vox .] (Mus.) With a medium fullness of sound.

Mezzanine noun [ French mezzanine , Italian mezzanino , from mezzano middle, from mezzo middle, half. See Mezzo .] (Architecture) (a) Same as Entresol . (b) A partial story which is not on the same level with the story of the main part of the edifice, as of a back building, where the floors are on a level with landings of the staircase of the main house.

Mezzanine noun
1. A flooring laid over a floor to bring it up to some height or level.

2. Also mezzanine floor . (Theat.) A floor under the stage, from which various contrivances, as traps, are worked.

Mezzo adjective [ Italian , from Latin medius middle, half. See Mid , adjective ] (Mus.) Mean; not extreme.

Mezzo-relievo noun Mezzo- rilievo.

Mezzo-rilievo noun [ Italian ] (a) A middle degree of relief in figures, between high and low relief. (b) Sculpture in this kind of relief. See under Alto-rilievo .

Mezzo-soprano adjective (Mus.) Having a medium compass between the soprano and contralto; -- said of the voice of a female singer. -- noun (a) A mezzo-soprano voice. (b) A person having such a voice.

Mezzotint noun [ Confer French mezzo- tinto .] A manner of engraving on copper or steel by drawing upon a surface previously roughened, and then removing the roughness in places by scraping, burnishing, etc., so as to produce the requisite light and shade. Also, an engraving so produced.

Mezzotint transitive verb To engrave in mezzotint.

Mezzotinter noun One who engraves in mezzotint.

Mezzotinto noun [ Italian mezzo half + tinto tinted, past participle of tingere to dye, color, tinge, Latin tingere . See Mezzo .] Mezzotint.

Mezzotinto transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mezzotintoed ; present participle & verbal noun Mezzotintoing .] To engrave in mezzotint; to represent by mezzotint.