Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Magnetomotive adjective [ Magneto- + motive , adjective ] (Electricity) Pertaining to, or designating, a force producing magnetic flux, analogous to electromotive force, and equal to the magnetic flux multiplied by the magnetic reluctance.
Magnetomotor noun A voltaic series of two or more large plates, producing a great quantity of electricity of low tension, and hence adapted to the exhibition of electro-magnetic phenomena. [ R.]
Magnetotherapy noun (Medicine) The treatment of disease by the application of magnets to the surface of the body.
[ From Magnify
.] Such as can be magnified, or extolled.
Magnific, Magnifical adjective
[ Latin magnificus
great + facere
to make: confer French magnifique
. See Magnitude
. and confer Magnificent
.] Grand; splendid; illustrious; magnificent.
[ Obsolete] 1 Chron. xxii. 5.
Magnificat noun [ Latin , it magnifies.] The song of the Virgin Mary, Luke i. 46 ; -- so called because it commences with this word in the Vulgate.
Magnificate transitive verb [ Latin magnificatus , past participle of magnificare .] To magnify or extol. [ Obsolete] Marston.
Magnification noun The act of magnifying; enlargement; exaggeration. [ R.]
[ French magnificence
, Latin magnificentia
. See Magnific
.] The act of doing what is magnificent; the state or quality of being magnificent. Acts xix. 27.
"Then cometh magnificence
And, for the heaven's wide circuit, let it speak Milton.
The Maker's high magnificence , who built
The noblest monuments of Roman magnificence. Eustace.
[ See Magnificence
.] 1. Doing grand things; admirable in action; displaying great power or opulence, especially in building, way of living, and munificence.
A prince is never so magnificent Massinger. 2. Grand in appearance; exhibiting grandeur or splendor; splendid; pompous.
As when he's sparing to enrich a few
With the injuries of many.
When Rome's exalted beauties I descry Addison. Syn.
Magnificent in piles of ruin lie.
-- Glorious; majestic; sublime. See Grand
Magnificently adverb In a Magnificent manner.
; plural Magnificoes
. [ Italian See Magnific
.] 1. A grandee or nobleman of Venice; -- so called in courtesy. Shak. 2. A rector of a German university.
Magnifier noun One who, or that which, magnifies.
Magnify transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Magnified
; present participle & verbal noun Magnifying
.] [ Middle English magnifien
, French magnifier
, Latin magnificare
. See Magnific
.] 1. To make great, or greater; to increase the dimensions of; to amplify; to enlarge, either in fact or in appearance; as, the microscope magnifies the object by a thousand diameters.
The least error in a small quantity . . . will in a great one . . . be proportionately magnified . Grew. 2. To increase the importance of; to augment the esteem or respect in which one is held.
On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel. Joshua iv. 14. 3. To praise highly; to laud; to extol.
O, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Ps. xxxiv. 3. 4. To exaggerate; as, to magnify a loss or a difficulty. To magnify one's self (Script.)
, to exhibit pride and haughtiness; to boast.
-- To magnify one's self against (Script.)
, to oppose with pride.
Magnify intransitive verb Magnifying glass , a lens which magnifies the apparent dimensions of objects seen through it.
1. To have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they really are; to increase the apparent dimensions of objects; as, some lenses magnify but little. 2. To have effect; to be of importance or significance. [ Cant & Obsolete] Spectator.
Magniloquence noun [ Latin magniloquentia .] The quality of being magniloquent; pompous discourse; grandiloquence.
[ Latin magnus
great + loquens
, present participle of loqui
to speak. See Magnitude
.] Speaking pompously; using swelling discourse; bombastic; tumid in style; grandiloquent.
Magniloquous adjective [ Latin magniloquus .] Magniloquent. [ Obsolete]
[ Latin magnitudo
, from magnus
great. See Master
, and confer Maxim
.] 1. Extent of dimensions; size; -- applied to things that have length, breadth, and thickness.
Conceive those particles of bodies to be so disposed amongst themselves, that the intervals of empty spaces between them may be equal in magnitude to them all. Sir I. Newton. 2. (Geom.) That which has one or more of the three dimensions, length, breadth, and thickness. 3. Anything of which greater or less can be predicated, as time, weight, force, and the like. 4. Greatness; grandeur.
"With plain, heroic magnitude
of mind." Milton. 5. Greatness, in reference to influence or effect; importance; as, an affair of magnitude .
The magnitude of his designs. Bp. Horsley. Apparent magnitude (Opt.)
, the angular breadth of an object viewed as measured by the angle which it subtends at the eye of the observer; -- called also apparent diameter .
-- Magnitude of a star (Astron.)
, the rank of a star with respect to brightness. About twenty very bright stars are said to be of first magnitude, the stars of the sixth magnitude being just visible to the naked eye. Telescopic stars are classified down to the twelfth magnitude or lower. The scale of the magnitudes is quite arbitrary, but by means of photometers, the classification has been made to tenths of a magnitude.
Magnolia noun [ New Latin Named after Pierre Magnol , professor of botany at Montpellier, France, in the 17th century.] (Botany) A genus of American and Asiatic trees, with aromatic bark and large sweet-scented whitish or reddish flowers. » Magnolia grandiflora has coriaceous shining leaves and very fragrant blossoms. It is common from North Carolina to Florida and Texas, and is one of the most magnificent trees of the American forest. The sweet bay ( M. glauca )is a small tree found sparingly as far north as Cape Ann. Other American species are M. Umbrella , M. macrophylla , M. Fraseri , M. acuminata , and M. cordata . M. conspicua and M. purpurea are cultivated shrubs or trees from Eastern Asia. M. Campbellii , of India, has rose-colored or crimson flowers. Magnolia warbler (Zoology) , a beautiful North American wood warbler ( Dendroica maculosa ). The rump and under parts are bright yellow; the breast and belly are spotted with black; the under tail coverts are white; the crown is ash.
Magnoliaceous adjective (Botany) Pertaining to a natural order ( Magnoliaceæ ) of trees of which the magnolia, the tulip tree, and the star anise are examples.
[ Neut. sing. of Latin magnus
great.] 1. A large wine bottle.
They passed the magnum to one another freely. Sir W. Scott. 2. (Anat.) A bone of the carpus at the base of the third metacarpal bone.
Magot noun [ French] (Zoology) The Barbary ape.
Magot-pie noun A magpie. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ Middle English & Prov. English magot pie
, maggoty pie
, from Mag
, equiv. to Margaret
, and from French Marquerite
, and common name of the magpie. Marguerite
is from Latin margarita
pearl, Greek ..., probably of Eastern origin. See Pie
magpie, and confer the analogous names Tomtit
, and Jackdaw
.] (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of the genus Pica and related genera, allied to the jays, but having a long graduated tail.
» The common European magpie ( Pica pica
, or P. caudata
) is a black and white noisy and mischievous bird. It can be taught to speak. The American magpie ( P. Hudsonica
) is very similar. The yellow-belled magpie ( P. Nuttalli
) inhabits California. The blue magpie ( Cyanopolius Cooki
) inhabits Spain. Other allied species are found in Asia. The Tasmanian and Australian magpies are crow shrikes, as the white magpie ( Gymnorhina organicum
), the black magpie ( Strepera fuliginosa
), and the Australian magpie ( Cracticus picatus
). Magpie lark (Zoology)
, a common Australian bird ( Grallina picata ), conspicuously marked with black and white; -- called also little magpie .
-- Magpie moth (Zoology)
, a black and white European geometrid moth ( Abraxas grossulariata ); the harlequin moth. Its larva feeds on currant and gooseberry bushes.
Maguari noun [ From native name: confer Portuguese magoari .] (Zoology) A South American stork ( Euxenara maguari ), having a forked tail.
[ Spanish maguey
, Mexican maguei
.] (Botany) The century plant, a species of Agave ( A. Americana ). See Agave .
Magyar (măg"yär; Hung . mŏd"yŏr) noun [ Hung.]
1. (Ethnol.) One of the dominant people of Hungary, allied to the Finns; a Hungarian. 2. The language of the Magyars.
Maha noun (Zoology) A kind of baboon; the wanderoo.
Mahabarata Ma*ha*bha"ra*tam noun [ Sanskrit mahābhārata .] A celebrated epic poem of the Hindus. It is of great length, and is chiefly devoted to the history of a civil war between two dynasties of ancient India.
Mahaled noun [ Arabic mahled .] (Botany) A cherry tree ( Prunus Mahaleb ) of Southern Europe. The wood is prized by cabinetmakers, the twigs are used for pipe stems, the flowers and leaves yield a perfume, and from the fruit a violet dye and a fermented liquor (like kirschwasser) are prepared.
Maharajah noun [ Sanskrit mahārāja ; mahat great + rāja king.] A sovereign prince in India; -- a title given also to other persons of high rank.
Maharif noun (Zoology) An African antelope ( Hippotragus Bakeri ). Its face is striped with black and white.
Maharmah noun A muslin wrapper for the head and the lower part of the face, worn by Turkish and Armenian women when they go abroad.
Mahatma noun [ Sanskrit mahātman , lit., great-souled, wise.] (Theosophy) One of a class of sages, or "adepts," reputed to have knowledge and powers of a higher order than those of ordinary men. -- Ma*hat"ma*ism noun
Mahdi noun [ Arabic , guide, leader.] Among Mohammedans, the last imam or leader of the faithful. The Sunni, the largest sect of the Mohammedans, believe that he is yet to appear. » The title has been taken by several persons in countries where Mohammedanism prevails, -- notably by Mohammad Ahmed, who overran the Egyptian Sudan, and in 1885 captured Khartum, his soldiers killing General Gordon, an Englishman, who was then the Egyptian governor of the region.
Mahdism noun Belief in the coming of the Mahdi; fanatical devotion to the cause of the Mahdi or a pretender to that title.
-- Mah"dist noun
Mahdism has proved the most shameful and terrible instrument of bloodshed and oppression which the modern world has ever witnessed. E. N. Bennett.
Mahoe noun (Botany) A name given to several malvaceous trees (species of Hibiscus , Ochroma , etc.), and to their strong fibrous inner bark, which is used for strings and cordage.
Mahogany noun [ From the South American name.] To be under the mahogany , to be so drunk as to have fallen under the table. [ Eng.] -- To put one's legs under some one's mahogany , to dine with him. [ Slang]
1. (Botany) A large tree of the genus Swietenia ( S. Mahogoni ), found in tropical America. » Several other trees, with wood more or less like mahogany, are called by this name; as, African mahogany ( Khaya Senegalensis ), Australian mahogany ( Eucalyptus marginatus ), Bastard mahogany ( Batonia apetala of the West Indies), Indian mahogany ( Cedrela Toona of Bengal, and trees of the genera Soymida and Chukrassia ), Madeira mahogany ( Persea Indica ), Mountain mahogany, the black or cherry birch ( Betula lenta ), also the several species of Cercocarpus of California and the Rocky Mountains. 2. The wood of the Swietenia Mahogoni . It is of a reddish brown color, beautifully veined, very hard, and susceptible of a fine polish. It is used in the manufacture of furniture. 3. A table made of mahogany wood. [ Colloq.]
Maholi noun (Zoology) A South African lemur ( Galago maholi ), having very large ears. [ Written also moholi .]
Mahometanize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mahometanized
; present participle & verbal noun Mahometanizing
.] To convert to the religion of Mohammed; to Mohammedanize.
Mahometist noun A Mohammedan. [ R.]
Mahometry noun Mohammedanism. [ Obsolete]
Mahon stock (Botany) An annual cruciferous plant with reddish purple or white flowers ( Malcolmia maritima ). It is called in England Virginia stock , but the plant comes from the Mediterranean.
Mahone noun A large Turkish ship. Crabb.