Webster's Dictionary, 1913

Search Webster
Word starts with Word or meaning contains
Misway noun A wrong way. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Miswear transitive verb To wear ill. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Miswed transitive verb To wed improperly.

Misween intransitive verb To ween amiss; to misjudge; to distrust; to be mistaken. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Miswend intransitive verb To go wrong; to go astray. [ Obsolete] "The world is miswent ." Gower.

Misword transitive verb To word wrongly; as, to misword a message, or a sentence.

Misword noun A word wrongly spoken; a cross word. [ Obsolete] Sylvester. Breton.

Misworship noun Wrong or false worship; mistaken practices in religion. Bp. Hall.

Such hideous jungle of misworships .

Misworship transitive verb To worship wrongly. Bp. Hall.

Misworshiper noun One who worships wrongly.

Miswrite transitive verb To write incorrectly.

Miswrought adjective Badly wrought. Bacon.

Misy noun [ Confer Latin misy a mineral, perhaps copperas, Greek ....] (Min.) An impure yellow sulphate of iron; yellow copperas or copiapite.

Misyoke transitive verb To yoke improperly.

Miszealous adjective Mistakenly zealous. [ Obsolete]

Mite (mīt) noun [ Anglo-Saxon mīte mite (in sense 1); akin to LG. mite , Dutch mijt , German miete , Old High German mīza ; confer Goth. maitan to cut.]
1. (Zoology) A minute arachnid, of the order Acarina, of which there are many species; as, the cheese mite , sugar mite , harvest mite , etc. See Acarina .

2. [ Dutch mijt ; probably the same word.] A small coin formerly circulated in England, rated at about a third of a farthing. The name is also applied to a small coin used in Palestine in the time of Christ.

Two mites , which make a farthing.
Mark xii. 49.

3. A small weight; one twentieth of a grain.

4. Anything very small; a minute object; a very little quantity or particle.

For in effect they be not worth a myte .

Miter, Mitre noun [ French mitre , from Latin mitra headband, turban, Greek ....]
1. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with two points or peaks. Fairholt.

2. The surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece where a miter joint is made; also, a joint formed or a junction effected by two beveled ends or edges; a miter joint.

3. (Numis.) A sort of base money or coin.

Miter box (Carp. & Print.) , an apparatus for guiding a handsaw at the proper angle in making a miter joint; esp., a wooden or metal trough with vertical kerfs in its upright sides, for guides. -- Miter dovetail (Carp.) , a kind of dovetail for a miter joint in which there is only one joint line visible, and that at the angle. -- Miter gauge (Carp.) , a gauge for determining the angle of a miter. -- Miter joint , a joint formed by pieces matched and united upon a line bisecting the angle of junction, as by the beveled ends of two pieces of molding or brass rule, etc. The term is used especially when the pieces form a right angle. See Miter , 2. -- Miter shell (Zoology) , any one of numerous species of marine univalve shells of the genus Mitra . -- Miter square (Carp.) , a bevel with an immovable arm at an angle of 45°, for striking lines on stuff to be mitered; also, a square with an arm adjustable to any angle. -- Miter wheels , a pair of bevel gears, of equal diameter, adapted for working together, usually with their axes at right angles.

Miter, Mitre transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mitered or Mitred ; present participle & verbal noun Mitering or Mitring .]
1. To place a miter upon; to adorn with a miter. " Mitered locks." Milton.

2. To match together, as two pieces of molding or brass rule on a line bisecting the angle of junction; to bevel the ends or edges of, for the purpose of matching together at an angle.

Miter, Mitre intransitive verb To meet and match together, as two pieces of molding, on a line bisecting the angle of junction.

Miterwort noun (Botany) Any plant of the genus Mitella , -- slender, perennial herbs with a pod slightly resembling a bishop's miter; bishop's cap.

False miterwort , a white-flowered perennial herb of the United States ( Tiarella cardifolia ).

Mithic adjective See Mythic .

Mithras noun [ Latin , from Greek ....] The sun god of the Persians.

Mithridate noun (Medicine) An antidote against poison, or a composition in form of an electuary, supposed to serve either as a remedy or a preservative against poison; an alexipharmic; -- so called from King Mithridates , its reputed inventor.

[ Love is] a drop of the true elixir; no mithridate so effectual against the infection of vice.

Mithridatic (mĭth`rĭ*dăt"ĭk) adjective Of or pertaining to King Mithridates, or to a mithridate.

Mitigable adjective Admitting of mitigation; that may be mitigated.

Mitigant adjective [ Latin mitigans , present participle of mitigare . See Mitigate .] Tending to mitigate; mitigating; lenitive. Johnson.

Mitigate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mitigated ; present participle & verbal noun Mitigating .] [ Latin mitigatus , past participle of mitigare to soften, mitigate; mitis mild, soft + the root of agere to do, drive.]
1. To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to lessen; as, to mitigate heat or cold; to mitigate grief.

2. To make mild and accessible; to mollify; - - applied to persons. [ Obsolete]

This opinion . . . mitigated kings into companions.

Syn. -- To alleviate; assuage; allay. See Alleviate .

Mitigation noun [ Middle English mitigacioun , French mitigation , from Latin mitigatio .] The act of mitigating, or the state of being mitigated; abatement or diminution of anything painful, harsh, severe, afflictive, or calamitous; as, the mitigation of pain, grief, rigor, severity, punishment, or penalty.

Syn. -- Alleviation; abatement; relief.

Mitigative adjective [ Latin mitigativus : confer French mitigatif .] Tending to mitigate; alleviating.

Mitigator noun One who, or that which, mitigates.

Mitigatory adjective Tending to mitigate or alleviate; mitigative.

Miting noun [ From Mite .] A little one; -- used as a term of endearment. [ Obsolete] Skelton.

Mitis casting [ Perh. from Latin mitis mild.] A process, invented by P. Ostberg, for producing malleable iron castings by melting wrought iron, to which from 0.05 to 0.1 per cent of aluminium is added to lower the melting point, usually in a petroleum furnace, keeping the molten metal at the bubbling point until it becomes quiet, and then pouring the molten metal into a mold lined with a special mixture consisting essentially of molasses and ground burnt fire clay; also, a casting made by this process; -- called also wrought-iron casting .

Mitis metal The malleable iron produced by mitis casting; -- called also simply mitis .

Mitome noun [ Greek ... a thread.] (Biol.) The denser part of the protoplasm of a cell.

Mitosis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... a thread.] (Biol.) See Karyokinesis .

Mitotic adjective (Biol.) Of or pertaining to mitosis; karyokinetic; as, mitotic cell division; -- opposed to amitotic . -- Mi*tot"ic*al*ly adverb

Mitraille noun [ French See Mitrailleur .] Shot or bits of iron used sometimes in loading cannon.

Mitrailleur noun [ French] (Mil.) One who serves a mitrailleuse.

Mitrailleur noun A mitralleuse.

Mitrailleuse noun [ French, from mitrailler to fire grapeshot, from mitraille old iron, grapeshot, dim. of Old French mite a mite.] (Mil.) A breech-loading machine gun consisting of a number of barrels fitted together, so arranged that the barrels can be fired simultaneously, or successively, and rapidly.

Mitral adjective [ Confer French mitral . See Miter .] Pertaining to a miter; resembling a miter; as, the mitral valve between the left auricle and left ventricle of the heart.

Mitre noun & v. See Miter .

Mitriform adjective [ Miter + -form : confer French mitriforme .] Having the form of a miter, or a peaked cap; as, a mitriform calyptra. Gray.

Mitt noun [ Abbrev. from mitten .] A mitten; also, a covering for the wrist and hand and not for the fingers.

Mitten noun [ Middle English mitaine , meteyn , French mitaine , perhaps of Celtic origin; confer Ir. miotog , Gael. miotag , Ir. & Gael. mutan a muff, a thick glove. Confer Mitt .]
1. A covering for the hand, worn to defend it from cold or injury. It differs from a glove in not having a separate sheath for each finger. Chaucer.

2. A cover for the wrist and forearm.

To give the mitten to , to dismiss as a lover; to reject the suit of. [ Colloq.] -- To handle without mittens , to treat roughly; to handle without gloves. [ Colloq.]

Mittened adjective Covered with a mitten or mittens. " Mittened hands." Whittier.

Mittent adjective [ Latin mittens , present participle of mittere to send.] Sending forth; emitting. [ Obsolete] Wiseman.

Mittimus noun [ Latin , we send, from mittere to send.] (Law) (a) A precept or warrant granted by a justice for committing to prison a party charged with crime; a warrant of commitment to prison. Burrill. (b) A writ for removing records from one court to another. Brande & C.

Mittler's green (Chemistry) A pigment of a green color, the chief constituent of which is oxide of chromium.