Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Latin mobilis
, for movibilis
, from movere
to move: confer French mobile
. See Move
.] 1. Capable of being moved; not fixed in place or condition; movable.
"Fixed or else mobile
." Skelton. 2. Characterized by an extreme degree of fluidity; moving or flowing with great freedom; as, benzine and mercury are mobile liquids; -- opposed to viscous , viscoidal , or oily . 3. Easily moved in feeling, purpose, or direction; excitable; changeable; fickle. Testament of Love.
The quick and mobile curiosity of her disposition. Hawthorne. 4. Changing in appearance and expression under the influence of the mind; as, mobile features. 5. (Physiol.) Capable of being moved, aroused, or excited; capable of spontaneous movement.
(mō"bĭl; Latin mŏb"ĭ*lē) noun
[ Latin mobile vulgus
. See Mobile
, and confer 3d Mob
.] The mob; the populace.
[ Obsolete] "The unthinking mobile
Mobility (mo*bĭl"ĭ*tȳ) noun [ Latin mobilitas : confer French mobilité .]
1. The quality or state of being mobile; as, the mobility of a liquid, of an army, of the populace, of features, of a muscle. Sir T. Browne. 2. The mob; the lower classes. [ Humorous] Dryden.
Mobilization noun [ French mobilization .] The act of mobilizing.
Mobilize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mobilized
; present participle & verbal noun Mobilizing
.] [ French mobiliser
.] To put in a state of readiness for active service in war, as an army corps.
Moble transitive verb
[ From Mob
to wrap up.] To wrap the head of in a hood.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Mobles noun plural See Moebles .
rabble + -cracy
, as in democracy
.] A condition in which the lower classes of a nation control public affairs without respect to law, precedents, or vested rights.
It is good name that Dr. Stevens has given to our present situation (for one can not call it a government), a mobocracy . Walpole.
Mobocrat noun One who favors a form of government in which the unintelligent populace rules without restraint. Bayne.
Mobocratic adjective Of, or relating to, a mobocracy.
Moccasin noun [ An Indian word. Algonquin makisin .] [ Sometimes written moccason .] Moccasin flower (Botany) , a species of lady's slipper ( Cypripedium acaule ) found in North America. The lower petal is two inches long, and forms a rose-colored moccasin-shaped pouch. It grows in rich woods under coniferous trees.
1. A shoe made of deerskin, or other soft leather, the sole and upper part being one piece. It is the customary shoe worn by the American Indians. 2. (Zoology) A poisonous snake of the Southern United States. The water moccasin ( Ancistrodon piscivorus ) is usually found in or near water. Above, it is olive brown, barred with black; beneath, it is brownish yellow, mottled with darker. The upland moccasin is Ancistrodon atrofuscus . They resemble rattlesnakes, but are without rattles.
Moccasined adjective Covered with, or wearing, a moccasin or moccasins. " Moccasined feet." Harper's Mag.
Mocha noun Mocha stone (Min.) , moss agate.
1. A seaport town of Arabia, on the Red Sea. 2. A variety of coffee brought from Mocha. 3. An Abyssinian weight, equivalent to a Troy grain.
Moche noun [ French] A bale of raw silk.
Moche adjective Much. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Mochel adjective & adverb Much. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Mochila noun [ Spanish ] A large leather flap which covers the saddletree. [ Western U.S.]
Mock transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mocked
; present participle & verbal noun Mocking
.] [ French moquer
, of uncertain origin; confer OD. mocken
to mumble, German mucken
, OSw. mucka
.] 1. To imitate; to mimic; esp., to mimic in sport, contempt, or derision; to deride by mimicry.
To see the life as lively mocked as ever Shak.
Still sleep mocked death.
Mocking marriage with a dame of France. Shak. 2. To treat with scorn or contempt; to deride.
Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud. 1 Kings xviii. 27.
Let not ambition mock their useful toil. Gray. 3. To disappoint the hopes of; to deceive; to tantalize; as, to mock expectation.
Thou hast mocked me, and told me lies. Judg. xvi. 13.
He will not . . . Milton. Syn.
Mock us with his blest sight, then snatch him hence.
-- To deride; ridicule; taunt; jeer; tantalize; disappoint. See Deride
Mock intransitive verb To make sport in contempt or in jest; to speak in a scornful or jeering manner.
When thou mockest , shall no man make thee ashamed? Job xi. 3.
She had mocked at his proposal. Froude.
Mock noun 1. An act of ridicule or derision; a scornful or contemptuous act or speech; a sneer; a jibe; a jeer.
Fools make a mock at sin. Prov. xiv. 9. 2. Imitation; mimicry.
[ R.] Crashaw.
Mock adjective Imitating reality, but not real; false; counterfeit; assumed; sham.
That superior greatness and mock majesty. Spectator. Mock bishop's weed (Botany)
, a genus of slender umbelliferous herbs ( Discopleura ) growing in wet places.
-- Mock heroic
, burlesquing the heroic; as, a mock heroic poem.
-- Mock lead
. See Blende ( a ).
-- Mock nightingale (Zoology)
, the European blackcap.
-- Mock orange (Botany)
, a genus of American and Asiatic shrubs ( Philadelphus ), with showy white flowers in panicled cymes. P. coronarius , from Asia, has fragrant flowers; the American kinds are nearly scentless.
-- Mock sun
. See Parhelion .
-- Mock turtle soup
, a soup made of calf's head, veal, or other meat, and condiments, in imitation of green turtle soup.
-- Mock velvet
, a fabric made in imitation of velvet. See Mockado .
Mockable adjective Such as can be mocked. Shak.
Mockado noun A stuff made in imitation of velvet; -- probably the same as mock velvet .
Our rich mockado doublet. Ford.
Mockadour noun See Mokadour .
Mockage noun Mockery. [ Obsolete] Fuller.
Mockbird noun (Zoology) The European sedge warbler ( Acrocephalus phragmitis ).
Mocker noun Mocker nut (Botany) , a kind of hickory ( Carya tomentosa ) and its fruit, which is far inferior to the true shagbark hickory nut.
1. One who, or that which, mocks; a scorner; a scoffer; a derider. 2. A deceiver; an impostor. 3. (Zoology) A mocking bird.
; plural Mockeries
. [ French moquerie
.] 1. The act of mocking, deriding, and exposing to contempt, by mimicry, by insincere imitation, or by a false show of earnestness; a counterfeit appearance.
It is, as the air, invulnerable, Shak.
And our vain blows malicious mockery .
Grace at meals is now generally so performed as to look more like a mockery upon devotion than any solemn application of the mind to God. Law.
And bear about the mockery of woe. Pope. 2. Insulting or contemptuous action or speech; contemptuous merriment; derision; ridicule.
The laughingstock of fortune's mockeries . Spenser. 3. Subject of laughter, derision, or sport.
The cruel handling of the city whereof they made a mockery . 2 Macc. viii. 17.
Mocking adjective Imitating, esp. in derision, or so as to cause derision; mimicking; derisive. Mocking bird (Zoology) , a North American singing bird ( Mimus polyglottos ), remarkable for its exact imitations of the notes of other birds. Its back is gray; the tail and wings are blackish, with a white patch on each wing; the outer tail feathers are partly white. The name is also applied to other species of the same genus, found in Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. -- Mocking thrush (Zoology) , any species of the genus Harporhynchus , as the brown thrush ( H. rufus ). -- Mocking wren (Zoology) , any American wren of the genus Thryothorus , esp. T. Ludovicianus .
Mockingly adverb By way of derision; in a contemptuous or mocking manner.
Mockingstock noun A butt of sport; an object of derision. [ R.]
Mockish adjective Mock; counterfeit; sham. [ Obsolete]
Moco noun (Zoology) A South American rodent ( Cavia rupestris ), allied to the Guinea pig, but larger; -- called also rock cavy .
[ Confer French modal
. See Mode
.] 1. Of or pertaining to a mode or mood; consisting in mode or form only; relating to form; having the form without the essence or reality. Glanvill. 2. (Logic & Metaph.) Indicating, or pertaining to, some mode of conceiving existence, or of expressing thought.
Modalist noun (Theol.) One who regards Father, Son, and Spirit as modes of being, and not as persons, thus denying personal distinction in the Trinity. Eadie.
Modality noun [ Confer French modalité .]
1. The quality or state of being modal. 2. (Logic & Metaph.) A modal relation or quality; a mode or point of view under which an object presents itself to the mind. According to Kant, the quality of propositions, as assertory, problematical, or apodeictic.
Modally adverb In a modal manner.
A compound proposition, the parts of which are united modally . . . by the particles "as" and "so." Gibbs.
[ Latin modus
a measure, due or proper measure, bound, manner, form; akin to English mete
: confer French mode
. See Mete
, and confer Commodious
in grammar, Modus
.] 1. Manner of doing or being; method; form; fashion; custom; way; style; as, the mode of speaking; the mode of dressing.
The duty of itself being resolved on, the mode of doing it may easily be found. Jer. Taylor.
A table richly spread in regal mode . Milton. 2. Prevailing popular custom; fashion, especially in the phrase the mode .
The easy, apathetic graces of a man of the mode . Macaulay. 3. Variety; gradation; degree. Pope. 4. (Metaph.) Any combination of qualities or relations, considered apart from the substance to which they belong, and treated as entities; more generally, condition, or state of being; manner or form of arrangement or manifestation; form, as opposed to matter .
Modes I call such complex ideas, which, however compounded, contain not in them the supposition of subsisting by themselves, but are considered as dependencies on, or affections of, substances. Locke. 5. (Logic) The form in which the proposition connects the predicate and subject, whether by simple, contingent, or necessary assertion; the form of the syllogism, as determined by the quantity and quality of the constituent proposition; mood. 6. (Gram.) Same as Mood . 7. (Mus.) The scale as affected by the various positions in it of the minor intervals; as, the Dorian mode , the Ionic mode , etc., of ancient Greek music.
» In modern music, only the major and the minor mode, of whatever key, are recognized. 8. A kind of silk. See Alamode , noun Syn.
-- Method; manner. See Method
[ French modèle
, Italian modello
, from (assumed) Latin modellus
, from modulus
a small measure, dim. of modus
. See Mode
, and confer Module
.] 1. A miniature representation of a thing, with the several parts in due proportion; sometimes, a facsimile of the same size.
In charts, in maps, and eke in models made. Gascoigne.
I had my father's signet in my purse, Shak.
Which was the model of that Danish seal.
You have the models of several ancient temples, though the temples and the gods are perished. Addison. 2. Something intended to serve, or that may serve, as a pattern of something to be made; a material representation or embodiment of an ideal; sometimes, a drawing; a plan; as, the clay model of a sculpture; the inventor's model of a machine.
[ The application for a patent] must be accompanied by a full description of the invention, with drawings and a model where the case admits of it. Am. Cyc.
When we mean to build Shak. 3. Anything which serves, or may serve, as an example for imitation; as, a government formed on the model of the American constitution; a model of eloquence, virtue, or behavior. 4. That by which a thing is to be measured; standard.
We first survey the plot, then draw the model .
He that despairs measures Providence by his own little, contracted model . South. 5. Any copy, or resemblance, more or less exact.
Thou seest thy wretched brother die, Shak. 6. A person who poses as a pattern to an artist.
Who was the model of thy father's life.
A professional model . H. James. Working model
, a model of a machine which can do on a small scale the work which the machine itself does, or is expected to do.
Model adjective Suitable to be taken as a model or pattern; as, a model house; a model husband.
Model transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Modeled
; present participle & verbal noun Modeling
.] [ Confer French modeler
, Italian modellare
.] To plan or form after a pattern; to form in model; to form a model or pattern for; to shape; to mold; to fashion; as, to model a house or a government; to model an edifice according to the plan delineated.
Model intransitive verb (Fine Arts) To make a copy or a pattern; to design or imitate forms; as, to model in wax.
Modeler noun One who models; hence, a worker in plastic art. [ Written also modeller .]
Modeling noun (Fine Arts) The act or art of making a model from which a work of art is to be executed; the formation of a work of art from some plastic material. Also, in painting, drawing, etc., the expression or indication of solid form. [ Written also modelling .] Modeling plane , a small plane for planing rounded objects. -- Modeling wax , beeswax melted with a little Venice turpentine, or other resinous material, and tinted with coloring matter, usually red, -- used in modeling.
Modelize transitive verb To model. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Modena noun [ From Modena , in Italy.] A certain crimsonlike color. Good.
Modenese adjective Of or pertaining to Modena or its inhabitants. -- noun sing. & plural A native or inhabitant of Modena; the people of Modena.
[ Middle English See Mother
female parent.] 1. A mother.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. 2. The principal piece of an astrolabe, into which the others are fixed.
Moder transitive verb To moderate. [ Obsolete]
Moderable adjective [ Latin moderabilis .] Moderate; temperate. [ Obsolete]