Webster's Dictionary, 1913
M'-Naught (m a k*nat") transitive verb (Steam Engines) To increase the power of (a single- cylinder beam engine) by adding a small high-pressure cylinder with a piston acting on the beam between the center and the flywheel end, using high-pressure steam and working as a compound engine, -- a plan introduced by M'Naught, a Scottish engineer, in 1845.
Mitty noun The stormy petrel. [ Prov. Eng.]
Mitu (mī"tu) noun [ Braz. mitu poranga .] (Zoology) A South American curassow of the genus Mitua .
[ From Mite
.] Having, or abounding with, mites.
(mĭks) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mixed
(mĭkst) (less properly Mixt
); present participle & verbal noun Mixing
.] [ Anglo-Saxon miscan
; akin to Old High German misken
, German mischen
, Russian mieshate
, W. mysgu
, Gael. measg
, Latin miscere
, Greek mi`sgein
, Sanskrit miçra
mixed. The English word has been influenced by Latin miscere
), and even the Anglo-Saxon miscan
may have been borrowed from Latin miscere
. Confer Admix
to bruise, Meddle
.] 1. To cause a promiscuous interpenetration of the parts of, as of two or more substances with each other, or of one substance with others; to unite or blend into one mass or compound, as by stirring together; to mingle; to blend; as, to mix flour and salt; to mix wines.
Fair persuasions mixed with sugared words. Shak. 2. To unite with in company; to join; to associate.
Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people. Hos. vii. 8. 3. To form by mingling; to produce by the stirring together of ingredients; to compound of different parts.
Hast thou no poison mixed ? Shak.
I have chosen an argument mixed of religious and civil considerations. Bacon.
Mix intransitive verb 1. To become united into a compound; to be blended promiscuously together. 2. To associate; to mingle.
He had mixed Byron.
Again in fancied safety with his kind.
Mixable adjective Capable of being mixed.
Mixed adjective Formed by mixing; united; mingled; blended. See Mix , transitive verb & i. Mixed action (Law)
, a suit combining the properties of a real and a personal action.
-- Mixed angle
, a mixtilineal angle.
-- Mixed fabric
, a textile fabric composed of two or more kinds of fiber, as a poplin.
-- Mixed marriage
, a marriage between persons of different races or religions; specifically, one between a Roman Catholic and a Protestant.
-- Mixed number
, a whole number and a fraction taken together.
-- Mixed train
, a railway train containing both passenger and freight cars.
-- Mixed voices (Mus.)
, voices of both males and females united in the same performance.
Mixedly adverb In a mixed or mingled manner.
[ Anglo-Saxon mixen
, from meohx
, dung, filth; akin to English mist
. See Mist
.] A compost heap; a dunghill. Chaucer. Tennyson.
Mixer noun One who, or that which, mixes.
Mixer noun A person who has social intercourse with others of many sorts; a person viewed as to his casual sociability; -- commonly used with some characterizing adjective; as, a good mixer ; a bad mixer . [ Colloq. or Slang, U. S.]
Mixogamous adjective [ Greek ... a mixing + ... marriage.] (Zoology) Pairing with several males; -- said of certain fishes of which several males accompany each female during spawning.
Mixolydian mode [ Greek ... a mixing + English Lydian .] (Mus.) The seventh ecclesiastical mode, whose scale commences on G.
Mixtilineal, Mixtilinear adjective [ Latin mixtus mixed (past participle of miscere to mix) + English lineal , linear .] Containing, or consisting of, lines of different kinds, as straight, curved, and the like; as, a mixtilinear angle, that is, an angle contained by a straight line and a curve. [ R.]
[ Latin mixtio
: confer French mixtion
. See Mistion
.] 1. Mixture.
[ Obsolete] 2. A kind of cement made of mastic, amber, etc., used as a mordant for gold leaf.
Mixtly adverb With mixture; in a mixed manner; mixedly. Bacon.
[ Latin mixtura
, from miscere
, to mix: confer French mixture
. See Mix
.] 1. The act of mixing, or the state of being mixed; as, made by a mixture of ingredients. Hooker. 2. That which results from mixing different ingredients together; a compound; as, to drink a mixture of molasses and water; -- also, a medley.
There is also a mixture of good and evil wisely distributed by God, to serve the ends of his providence. Atterbury. 3. An ingredient entering into a mixed mass; an additional ingredient.
Cicero doubts whether it were possible for a community to exist that had not a prevailing mixture of piety in its constitution. Addison. 4. (Medicine) A kind of liquid medicine made up of many ingredients; esp., as opposed to solution , a liquid preparation in which the solid ingredients are not completely dissolved. 5. (Physics & Chem.) A mass of two or more ingredients, the particles of which are separable, independent, and uncompounded with each other, no matter how thoroughly and finely commingled; -- contrasted with a compound ; thus, gunpowder is a mechanical mixture of carbon, sulphur, and niter. 6. (Mus.) An organ stop, comprising from two to five ranges of pipes, used only in combination with the foundation and compound stops; -- called also furniture stop . It consists of high harmonics, or overtones, of the ground tone. Syn.
-- Union; admixture; intermixture; medley.
Mizmaze noun A maze or labyrinth. [ Obsolete]
[ Italian mezzana
, from mezzano
middle, from mezzo
middle, half: confer French misaine
foresail. See Mezzo
.] (Nautical) Hindmost; nearest the stern; as, the mizzen shrouds, sails, etc.
Mizzen noun (Nautical) The hindmost of the fore and aft sails of a three-masted vessel; also, the spanker.
Mizzenmast noun (Nautical) The hindmost mast of a three-masted vessel, or of a yawl-rigged vessel.
Mizzle intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mizzled
; present participle & verbal noun Mizzling
.] [ See Misle
, and confer Mistle
.] 1. To rain in very fine drops. Spenser. 2. To take one's self off; to go.
As long as George the Fourth could reign, he reigned, Epigram, quoted by Wright.
And then he mizzled .
Mizzle noun Mist; fine rain.
Mizzy noun [ Confer French moisi moldy, musty, past participle of moisir to mold, from Latin mucere to be moldy.] A bog or quagmire. [ Obsolete] Ainsworth.
Mnemonic (ne*mŏn"ĭk), Mne*mon"ic*al (-ĭ*k a l) adjective [ Greek mnhmoniko`s , from mnh`mwn mindful, remembering, mnh`mh memory, mna^sqai to think on, remember; akin to English mind .] Assisting in memory.
Mnemonician noun One who instructs in the art of improving or using the memory.
Mnemonics noun [ Greek ta~ mnhmonika` : confer French mnémonique .] The art of memory; a system of precepts and rules intended to assist the memory; artificial memory.
[ Latin , from Greek mnhmosy`nh
remembrance, memory, and the goddess of memory. See Mnemonic
.] (Class Myth.) The goddess of memory and the mother of the Muses.
Mnemotechny noun [ Greek ... memory + ... art: confer French mnémotechnie .] Mnemonics.
Mo adjective , adverb , & noun
[ Written also moe
.] [ Anglo-Saxon mā
. See More
.] More; -- usually, more in number.
An hundred thousand mo . Chaucer.
Likely to find mo to commend than to imitate it. Fuller.
Moa (mō"ȧ) noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) Any one of several very large extinct species of wingless birds belonging to Dinornis , and other related genera, of the suborder Dinornithes , found in New Zealand. They are allied to the apteryx and the ostrich. They were probably exterminated by the natives before New Zealand was discovered by Europeans. Some species were much larger than the ostrich.
Moabite noun One of the posterity of Moab, the son of Lot. ( Gen. xix. 37. ) Also used adjectively.
Moabite stone (Archæol.) A block of black basalt, found at Dibon in Moab by Rev. F. A. Klein, Aug. 19, 1868, which bears an inscription of thirty-four lines, dating from the 9th century b. c. , and written in the Moabite alphabet, the oldest Phœnician type of the Semitic alphabet. It records the victories of Mesha, king of Moab , esp. those over Israel ( 2 Kings iii. 4, 5, 27 ).
Moabitess noun A female Moabite. Ruth i. 22.
Moabitish adjective Moabite. Ruth ii. 6.
(mōn) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Moaned
(mōnd); present participle & verbal noun Moaning
.] [ Anglo-Saxon mǣnan
to moan, also, to mean; but in the latter sense perhaps a different word. Confer Mean
to intend.] 1. To make a low prolonged sound of grief or pain, whether articulate or not; to groan softly and continuously.
Unpitied and unheard, where misery moans . Thomson.
Let there bechance him pitiful mischances, Shak. 2. To emit a sound like moan; -- said of things inanimate; as, the wind moans .
To make him moan .
Moan transitive verb 1. To bewail audibly; to lament.
Ye floods, ye woods, ye echoes, moan Prior. 2. To afflict; to distress.
My dear Columbo, dead and gone.
Which infinitely moans me. Beau. & Fl.
[ Middle English mone
. See Moan
, intransitive verb
] 1. A low prolonged sound, articulate or not, indicative of pain or of grief; a low groan.
Sullen moans , hollow groans. Pope. 2. A low mournful or murmuring sound; -- of things.
Rippling waters made a pleasant moan . Byron.
Moanful adjective Full of moaning; expressing sorrow. -- Moan"ful*ly , adverb
[ Old French mote
hill, dike, bank, French motte
clod, turf: confer Spanish & Portuguese mota
bank or mound of earth, Italian motta
clod, Late Latin mota
, a hill on which a fort is built, an eminence, a dike, Prov. German mott
bog earth heaped up; or perhaps French motte
, and Old French mote
, are from a Late Latin past participle of Latin movere
to move (see Move
). The name of moat
, properly meaning, bank or mound, was transferred to the ditch adjoining: confer French dike
.] (Fort.) A deep trench around the rampart of a castle or other fortified place, sometimes filled with water; a ditch.
Moat transitive verb To surround with a moat. Dryden.
Moate intransitive verb
[ See Mute
to molt.] To void the excrement, as a bird; to mute.
[ See Mobcap
.] A mobcap. Goldsmith.
Mob transitive verb To wrap up in, or cover with, a cowl. [ R.]
[ Latin mobile vulgus
, the movable common people. See Mobile
] 1. The lower classes of a community; the populace, or the lowest part of it.
A cluster of mob were making themselves merry with their betters. Addison. 2.
Hence: A throng; a rabble; esp., an unlawful or riotous assembly; a disorderly crowd.
The mob of gentlemen who wrote with ease. Pope.
Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob . Madison.
Confused by brainless mobs . Tennyson. Mob law
, law administered by the mob; lynch law.
-- Swell mob
, well dressed thieves and swindlers, regarded collectively.
[ Slang] Dickens.
Mob transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mobbed
; present participle & verbal noun Mobbing
.] To crowd about, as a mob, and attack or annoy; as, to mob a house or a person.
Mobbish adjective Like a mob; tumultuous; lawless; as, a mobbish act. Bp. Kent.
Mobcap noun [ Dutch mop-muts ; OD. mop a woman's coif + Dutch muts cap.] A plain cap or headdress for women or girls; especially, one tying under the chin by a very broad band, generally of the same material as the cap itself. Thackeray.