Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Moloch noun [ Hebrew molek king.]
1. (Script.) The fire god of the Ammonites in Canaan, to whom human sacrifices were offered; Molech. Also applied figuratively. 2. (Zoology) A spiny Australian lizard ( Moloch horridus ). The horns on the head and numerous spines on the body give it a most formidable appearance.
Molokane, Molokany noun plural
[ Russian molokane
.] See Raskolnik .
Molosses noun Molasses. [ Obsolete]
Molossine noun (Zoology) A bat of the genus Molossus , as the monk bat.
Molossus noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., prop., Molossian, belonging to the Molossians, a people in the eastern part of Epirus.] (Gr. & Lat. Pros.) A foot of three long syllables. [ Written also molosse .]
obsolete imperfect of Melt . Chaucer. Spenser.
Molt, Moult intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Molted
; present participle & verbal noun Molting
.] [ Middle English mouten
, Latin mutare
. See Mew
to molt, and confer Mute
, transitive verb
] [ The prevalent spelling is, perhaps, moult
; but as the u
has not been inserted in the otherwords of this class, as, bolt
, etc., it is desirable to complete the analogy by the spelling molt
.] To shed or cast the hair, feathers, skin, horns, or the like, as an animal or a bird. Bacon.
Molt, Moult transitive verb To cast, as the hair, skin, feathers, or the like; to shed.
Molt, Moult noun The act or process of changing the feathers, hair, skin, etc.; molting.
Moltable adjective Capable of assuming a molten state; meltable; fusible. [ Obsolete]
[ See Melt
.] 1. Melted; being in a state of fusion, esp. when the liquid state is produced by a high degree of heat; as, molten iron. 2. Made by melting and casting the substance or metal of which the thing is formed; as, a molten image.
Molto adverb [ Italian ] (Mus.) Much; very; as, molto adagio, very slow.
Moly noun [ Latin , from Greek ....]
1. A fabulous herb of occult power, having a black root and white blossoms, said by Homer to have been given by Hermes to Ulysses to counteract the spells of Circe. Milton. 2. (Botany) A kind of garlic ( Allium Moly ) with large yellow flowers; -- called also golden garlic .
Molybdate noun (Chemistry) A salt of molybdic acid.
[ Latin molybdaena
galena, Greek ..., from ... lead.] (Min.) See Molybdenite .
[ Confer French molybdénite
. See Molybdena
.] (Min.) A mineral occurring in soft, lead-gray, foliated masses or scales, resembling graphite; sulphide of molybdenum.
Molybdenous adjective (Chemistry) See Molybdous .
[ New Latin : confer French molybdène
. See Molybdena
.] (Chemistry) A rare element of the chromium group, occurring in nature in the minerals molybdenite and wulfenite, and when reduced obtained as a hard, silver-white, difficulty fusible metal. Symbol Mo. Atomic weight 95.9.
[ Confer French molybdique
. See molybdena
.] (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or containing, molybdenum; specif., designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence, as contrasted with molybdous compounds; as, molybdic oxide.
Molybdite noun (Min.) Molybdic ocher.
[ See Molybdena
.] Of, pertaining to, or containing, molybdenum; specif., designating those compounds in which molybdenum has a lower valence as contrasted with molybdic compounds.
[ Confer Mumm
.] A dull, silent person; a blockhead.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ French moment
, Latin momentum
, for movimentum
movement, motion, moment, from movere
to move. See Move
, and confer Momentum
.] 1. A minute portion of time; a point of time; an instant; as, at that very moment .
In a moment , in the twinkling of an eye. 1 Cor. xv. 52. 2. Impulsive power; force; momentum.
The moments or quantities of motion in bodies. Berkley.
Touch, with lightest moment of impulse, Milton. 3. Importance, as in influence or effect; consequence; weight or value; consideration.
His free will.
Matters of great moment . Shak.
It is an abstruse speculation, but also of far less moment and consequence of us than the others. Bentley. 4. An essential element; a deciding point, fact, or consideration; an essential or influential circumstance. 5. (Math.) An infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement.
[ Obsolete] 6. (Mech.) Tendency, or measure of tendency, to produce motion, esp. motion about a fixed point or axis. Moment of a couple (Mech.)
, the product of either of its forces into the perpendicular distance between them.
-- Moment of a force
. (Mech.) (a)
With respect to a point, the product of the intensity of the force into the perpendicular distance from the point to the line of direction of the force
With respect to a line, the product of that component of the force which is perpendicular to the plane passing through the line and the point of application of the force, into the shortest distance between the line and this point
With respect to a plane that is parallel to the force, the product of the force into the perpendicular distance of its point of application from the plane.
-- Moment of inertia
, of a rotating body, the sum of the mass of each particle of matter of the body into the square of its distance from the axis of rotation; -- called also moment of rotation and moment of the mass .
-- Statical moment
, the product of a force into its leverage; the same as moment of a force with respect to a point, line, etc.
-- Virtual moment
. See under Virtual . Syn.
-- Instant; twinkling; consequence; weight; force; value; consideration; signification; avail.
[ Confer Old French momental
.] [ Obsolete] 1. Lasting but a moment; brief.
Not one momental minute doth she swerve. Breton. 2. Important; momentous. 3. (Mech.) Of or pertaining to moment or momentum.
Momentally adverb For a moment. [ Obsolete]
Momentaneous, Momentany adjective [ Latin momentaneus : confer French momentané .] Momentary. [ Obsolete] Hooker. " Momentany as a sound." Shak.
Momentarily adverb Every moment; from moment to moment. Shenstone.
Momentariness noun The state or quality of being momentary; shortness of duration.
[ Latin momentarius
. See Moment
.] Done in a moment; continuing only a moment; lasting a very short time; as, a momentary pang.
This momentary joy breeds months of pain. Shak.
1. For a moment. 2. In a moment; every moment; momentarily.
Momentous adjective [ Confer Latin momentosus rapid, momentary.] Of moment or consequence; very important; weighty; as, a momentous decision; momentous affairs. -- Mo*men"tous*ly , adverb -- Mo*men"tous*ness , noun
, French Momentums
. [ Latin See Moment
.] 1. (Mech.) The quantity of motion in a moving body, being always proportioned to the quantity of matter multiplied into the velocity; impetus. 2. Essential element, or constituent element.
I shall state the several momenta of the distinction in separate propositions. Sir W. Hamilton.
Momier noun [ French mômier , from Old French momer , mommer , to mumm, to mask one's self.] A name given in contempt to strict Calvinists in Switzerland, France, and some parts of Germany, in the early part of the 19th century.
, the native American name.] (Zoology) See Motmot .
Momus noun [ Greek ... blame, ridicule, Momus.] (Gr. Myth.) The god of mockery and censure.
Mon noun [ Jap.] (Japan) The badge of a family, esp. of a family of the ancient feudal nobility. The most frequent form of the mon is circular, and it commonly consists of conventionalized forms from nature, flowers, birds, insects, the lightnings, the waves of the sea, or of geometrical symbolic figures; color is only a secondary character. It appears on lacquer and pottery, and embroidered on, or woven in, fabrics. The imperial chrysanthemum, the mon of the reigning family, is used as a national emblem. Formerly the mon of the shoguns of the Tokugawa family was so used.
Monœcia noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek mo`nos single + ... house.] (Botany) A Linnæan class of plants, whose stamens and pistils are in distinct flowers in the same plant.
1. (Botany) Of or pertaining to the Monœcia; monœcious. -- noun One of the Monœcia. 2. (Zoology) A monœcious animal, as certain mollusks.
Monœcious adjective (Biol.) Having the sexes united in one individual, as when male and female flowers grow upon the same individual plant; hermaphrodite; -- opposed to diœcious .
Monœcism noun (Biol.) The state or condition of being monœcious.
Mona noun [ CF. Spanish & Portuguese mona , fem. of mono a monkey, ape.] (Zoology) A small, handsome, long-tailed West American monkey ( Cercopithecus mona ). The body is dark olive, with a spot of white on the haunches.
[ Latin monachus
a monk: confer French monacal
. See Monk
.] Of or pertaining to monks or a monastic life; monastic.
Monachism noun [ Confer French monachisme .] The system and influences of a monastic life; monasticism.
Monacid adjective [ Mon- + acid .] (Chemistry) Having one hydrogen atom replaceable by a negative or acid atom or radical; capable of neutralizing a monobasic acid; -- said of bases, and of certain metals.
Monad noun [ Latin monas , - adis , a unit, Greek ..., ..., from mo`nos alone.] Monad deme (Biol.) , in tectology, a unit of the first order of individuality.
1. An ultimate atom, or simple, unextended point; something ultimate and indivisible. 2. (Philos. of Leibnitz) The elementary and indestructible units which were conceived of as endowed with the power to produce all the changes they undergo, and thus determine all physical and spiritual phenomena. 3. (Zoology) One of the smallest flagellate Infusoria; esp., the species of the genus Monas, and allied genera. 4. (Biol.) A simple, minute organism; a primary cell, germ, or plastid. 5. (Chemistry) An atom or radical whose valence is one, or which can combine with, be replaced by, or exchanged for, one atom of hydrogen.
(mŏn`ȧ*dā"rĭ*ȧ) noun plural
[ New Latin See Monad
.] (Zoology) The Infusoria.