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Mighty adjective [ Compar. Mightier ; superl. Mightiest .] [ Anglo-Saxon meahtig , mihtig ; akin to German mächtig , Goth. mahteigs . See Might , noun ]


1. Possessing might; having great power or authority.

Wise in heart, and mighty in strength.
Job ix. 4.

2. Accomplished by might; hence, extraordinary; wonderful. "His mighty works." Matt. xi. 20.

3. Denoting an extraordinary degree or quality in respect of size, character, importance, consequences, etc. "A mighty famine." Luke xv. 14. "Giants of mighty bone." Milton.

Mighty was their fuss about little matters.
Hawthorne.

Mighty noun ; plural Mighties . A warrior of great force and courage. [ R. & Obsolete] 1 Chron. xi. 12.

Mighty adverb In a great degree; very. [ Colloq.] "He was mighty methodical." Jeffrey.

We have a mighty pleasant garden.
Doddridge.

Migniard adjective [ French mignard , akin to mignon . See Minion .] Soft; dainty. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

Migniardise noun [ French mignardise .] Delicate fondling. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

Mignon adjective [ French] See 3d Minion .

Mignon transitive verb To flatter. [ R. & Obsolete] Danie....

Mignonette noun [ French mignonnette , dim. of mignon darling. See 2d Minion .] (Botany) A plant ( Reseda odorata ) having greenish flowers with orange-colored stamens, and exhaling a delicious fragrance. In Africa it is a low shrub, but further north it is usually an annual herb.

Mignonette pepper , coarse pepper.

Migraine noun [ French] Same as Megrim . -- Mi*grain"ous , adjective

Migrant adjective [ Latin migrans , present participle of migrare . See Migrate .] Migratory. Sir T. Browne. -- noun A migratory bird or other animal.

Migrate intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Migrated ; present participle & verbal noun Migrating .] [ Latin migratus , past participle of migrare to migrate, transfer.]


1. To remove from one country or region to another, with a view to residence; to change one's place of residence; to remove; as, the Moors who migrated from Africa into Spain; to migrate to the West.

2. To pass periodically from one region or climate to another for feeding or breeding; -- said of certain birds, fishes, and quadrupeds.

Migration noun [ Latin migratio : confer French migration .] The act of migrating.

Migratory adjective [ Confer French migratoire .]


1. Removing regularly or occasionally from one region or climate to another; as, migratory birds.

2. Hence, roving; wandering; nomad; as, migratory habits; a migratory life.

Migratory locust (Zoology) See Locust . -- Migratory thrush (Zoology) , the American robin. See Robin .

Mikado noun [ Jap.] The popular designation of the hereditary sovereign of Japan.

Mikmaks noun Same as Micmacs .

Milady noun [ French, from English.] Lit., my lady; hence (as used on the Continent), an English noblewoman or gentlewoman.

Milage noun Same as Mileage .

Milanese adjective Of or pertaining to Milan in Italy, or to its inhabitants. -- noun sing. & plural A native or inhabitant of Milan; people of Milan.

Milch adjective [ Middle English milche ; akin to German melk , Icelandic milkr , mjōlkr , and to English milk . See Milk .]


1. Giving milk; -- now applied only to beasts. " Milch camels." Gen. xxxii. " Milch kine." Shak.

2. Tender; pitiful; weeping. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Mild adjective [ Compar. Milder ; superl. Mildest .] [ Anglo-Saxon milde ; akin to Old Saxon mildi , D. & German mild , Old High German milti , Icelandic mildr , Swedish & Danish mild , Goth. milds ; confer Lithuanian melas dear, Greek ... gladdening gifts.] Gentle; pleasant; kind; soft; bland; clement; hence, moderate in degree or quality; -- the opposite of harsh , severe , irritating , violent , disagreeable , etc.; -- applied to persons and things; as, a mild disposition; a mild eye; a mild air; a mild medicine; a mild insanity.

The rosy morn resigns her light
And milder glory to the noon.
Waller.

Adore him as a mild and merciful Being.
Rogers.

Mild , or Low , steel , steel that has but little carbon in it and is not readily hardened.

Syn. -- Soft; gentle; bland; calm; tranquil; soothing; pleasant; placid; meek; kind; tender; indulgent; clement; mollifying; lenitive; assuasive. See Gentle .

Milden transitive verb To make mild, or milder. Lowell.

Mildew noun [ Anglo-Saxon meledeáw ; akin to Old High German militou , German mehlthau , mehltau ; probably orig. meaning, honeydew; confer Goth. milip honey. See Mellifluous , and Dew .] (Botany) A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.

Mildew transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mildewed ; present participle & verbal noun Mildewing .] To taint with mildew.

He . . . mildews the white wheat.
Shak.

Mildew intransitive verb To become tainted with mildew.

Mildly adverb In a mild manner.

Mildness noun The quality or state of being mild; as, mildness of temper; the mildness of the winter.

Mile noun [ Anglo-Saxon mīl , from Latin millia , milia ; plural of mille a thousand, i. e., milia passuum a thousand paces. Confer Mill the tenth of a cent, Million .] A certain measure of distance, being equivalent in England and the United States to 320 poles or rods, or 5,280 feet.

» The distance called a mile varies greatly in different countries. Its length in yards is, in Norway, 12,182; in Brunswick, 11,816; in Sweden, 11,660; in Hungary, 9,139; in Switzerland, 8,548; in Austria, 8,297; in Prussia, 8,238; in Poland, 8,100; in Italy, 2,025; in England and the United States, 1,760; in Spain, 1,552; in the Netherlands, 1,094.

Geographical , or Nautical mile , one sixtieth of a degree of a great circle of the earth, or 6080.27 feet. -- Mile run . Same as Train mile . See under Train . -- Roman mile , a thousand paces, equal to 1,614 yards English measure. -- Statute mile , a mile conforming to statute, that is, in England and the United States, a mile of 5,280 feet, as distinguished from any other mile.

Mileage noun
1. An allowance for traveling expenses at a certain rate per mile.

2. Aggregate length or distance in miles; esp., the sum of lengths of tracks or wires of a railroad company, telegraph company, etc. [ Written also milage .]

Constructive mileage , a mileage allowed for journeys supposed to be made, but not actually made. Bartlett.

Milepost noun A post, or one of a series of posts, set up to indicate spaces of a mile each or the distance in miles from a given place.

Milesian adjective [ Latin Milesius , Greek ....]


1. (Anc. Geology) Of or pertaining to Miletus, a city of Asia Minor, or to its inhabitants.

2. (Irish Legendary Hist.) Descended from King Milesius of Spain, whose two sons are said to have conquered Ireland about 1300 b. c. ; or pertaining to the descendants of King Milesius; hence, Irish.

Milesian noun
1. A native or inhabitant of Miletus.

2. A native or inhabitant of Ireland.

Milestone noun A stone serving the same purpose as a milepost.

Milfoil noun [ French mille- feuille , Latin millefolium ; mille thousand + folium leaf. See Foil a leaf.] (Botany) A common composite herb ( Achillea Millefolium ) with white flowers and finely dissected leaves; yarrow.

Water milfoil (Botany) , an aquatic herb with dissected leaves ( Myriophyllum ).

Miliaria noun [ New Latin See Miliary .] (Medicine) A fever accompanied by an eruption of small, isolated, red pimples, resembling a millet seed in form or size; miliary fever.

Miliary adjective [ Latin miliarius , from milium millet: confer French miliaire .]


1. Like millet seeds; as, a miliary eruption.

2. (Medicine) Accompanied with an eruption like millet seeds; as, a miliary fever.

3. (Zoology) Small and numerous; as, the miliary tubercles of Echini.

Miliary noun (Zoology) One of the small tubercles of Echini.

Milice noun [ French] Militia. [ Obsolete]

Milieu noun [ French, from mi middle (L. medius ) + lieu place. See Demi- , Lieu .] Environment.

The intellectual and moral milieu created by multitudes of self-centered, cultivated personalities.
J. A. Symonds.

It is one of the great outstanding facts of his progressive relation to the elements of his social milieu .
J. M. Baldwin.

Miliola noun [ New Latin , dim. of Latin milium millet. So named from its resemblance to millet seed.] (Zoology) A genus of Foraminifera, having a porcelanous shell with several longitudinal chambers.

Miliolite noun (Paleon.) A fossil shell of, or similar to, the genus Miliola.

Miliolite adjective The same Miliolitic .

Miliolite limestone (Geol.) , a building stone, one of the group of the Paris basin, almost entirely made up of many-chambered microscopic shells.

Miliolitic adjective Of or pertaining to the genus Miliola; containing miliolites.

Militancy noun [ See Militant .]


1. The state of being militant; warfare.

2. A military spirit or system; militarism. H. Spencer.

Militant adjective [ Latin militans , -antis , present participle of militare to be soldier: confer French militant . See Militate .] Engaged in warfare; fighting; combating; serving as a soldier. -- Mil"i*tant*ly , adverb

At which command the powers militant . . .
Moved on in silence.
Milton.

Church militant , the Christian church on earth, which is supposed to be engaged in a constant warfare against its enemies, and is thus distinguished from the church triumphant , in heaven.

Militar adjective Military. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Militarily adverb In a military manner.

Militarism noun [ Confer French militarisme .]


1. A military state or condition; reliance on military force in administering government; a military system.

2. The spirit and traditions of military life. H. Spencer.

Militarist noun A military man. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Military adjective [ Latin militaris , militarius , from miles , militis , soldier: confer French militaire .]


1. Of or pertaining to soldiers, to arms, or to war; belonging to, engaged in, or appropriate to, the affairs of war; as, a military parade; military discipline; military bravery; military conduct; military renown.

Nor do I, as an enemy to peace,
Troop in the throngs of military men.
Shak.

2. Performed or made by soldiers; as, a military election; a military expedition. Bacon.

Military law . See Martial law , under Martial . -- Military order . (a) A command proceeding from a military superior. (b) An association of military persons under a bond of certain peculiar rules; especially, such an association of knights in the Middle Ages, or a body in modern times taking a similar form, membership of which confers some distinction. -- Military tenure , tenure of land, on condition of performing military service.

Military noun [ Confer French militaire .] The whole body of soldiers; soldiery; militia; troops; the army.