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Madagascar
geographical name island W Indian Ocean off SE Africa; formerly a French territory; became (1958) a republic of the French Community as the Malagasy Republic (or French ...
Madagascar periwinkle
noun Etymology: Madagascar, Africa Date: 1821 rosy periwinkle
madam
noun (plural madams) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French ma dame, literally, my lady Date: 14th century 1. plural mesdames lady — used without a name as a form of ...
madame
noun Etymology: French, from Old French ma dame Date: circa 1674 1. plural mesdames — used as a title equivalent to Mrs. for a married woman not of English-speaking ...
Madariaga y Rojo
biographical name Salvador de 1886-1978 Spanish writer & diplomat
madcap
adjective Date: 1588 marked by capriciousness, recklessness, or foolishness • madcap noun
madden
verb (maddened; maddening) Date: 1735 intransitive verb to become or act as if mad transitive verb 1. to drive mad ; craze 2. to make intensely angry ; enrage
maddening
adjective Date: 1822 1. tending to craze 2. a. tending to infuriate b. tending to vex ; irritating • maddeningly adverb
maddeningly
adverb see maddening
madder
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mædere; akin to Old High German matara madder Date: before 12th century 1. a Eurasian herb (Rubia tinctorum of the family ...
madding
adjective Date: 1579 acting in a frenzied manner — usually used in the phrase madding crowd to denote especially the crowded world of human activity and strife
maddish
adjective see mad I
made
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from past participle of maken to make Date: 14th century 1. a. fictitious, invented b. artificially produced c. put together ...
made-to-measure
adjective Date: 1900 fashioned to measurements specifically required ; custom-made
made-to-order
adjective Date: circa 1908 1. produced to supply a special or an individual demand ; custom-made 2. ideally suited (as to a particular purpose)
made-up
adjective Date: 1607 1. fully manufactured 2. marked by the use of makeup 3. fancifully conceived or falsely devised
Madeira
I. noun Etymology: Portuguese, from Madeira Islands Date: 1596 an amber-colored fortified wine from Madeira; also a similar wine made elsewhere II. geographical name 1. ...
Madeiran
adjective or noun see Madeira II
madeleine
noun Etymology: French, perhaps from Madeleine Paumier, 19th century French pastry cook Date: 1845 1. a small rich shell-shaped cake 2. one that evokes a memory
mademoiselle
noun (plural mademoiselles or mesdemoiselles) Etymology: Middle English madamoiselle, from Middle French, from Old French ma damoisele, literally, my (young) lady Date: 15th ...
Madera
geographical name city S central California NW of Fresno population 43,207
Madero
biographical name Francisco Indalecio 1873-1913 president of Mexico (1911-13)
madhouse
noun Date: 1687 1. a place where insane persons are detained and treated 2. a place of uproar or confusion
Madhya Bharat
geographical name former state central India; a union of 20 states formed 1948; became part of Madhya Pradesh 1956
Madhya Pradesh
geographical name state central India capital Bhopal area 114,710 square miles (297,099 square kilometers), population 48,561,170 — see Central Provinces and Berar, Madhya ...
Madinat ash Sha'b
geographical name city S Yemen; formerly a capital of People's Democratic Republic of Yemen & (as Al Ittihad ) capital of Federation of South Arabia
Madison
I. biographical name Dolley 1768-1849 née (Dorothea) Payne; wife of James American socialite II. biographical name James 1751-1836 4th president of the United States ...
Madison Avenue
noun Etymology: Madison Avenue, New York City, former center of the American advertising business Date: 1952 the American advertising industry
Madison Heights
geographical name city SE Michigan N of Detroit population 31,101
Madisonian
adjective see Madison II
madly
adverb Date: 13th century 1. in a mad manner 2. to an extreme or excessive degree
madman
noun Date: 14th century a man who is or acts as if insane
madness
noun Date: 14th century 1. the quality or state of being mad: as a. rage b. insanity c. extreme folly d. ecstasy, enthusiasm 2. any of several ailments of ...
Madoera
geographical name see Madura
Madonna
noun Etymology: Italian, from Old Italian ma donna, literally, my lady Date: 1584 1. archaic lady — used as a form of respectful address 2. obsolete an Italian lady 3. ...
Madonna lily
noun Date: 1877 a widely cultivated Eurasian lily (Lilium candidum) with bell-shaped to broad funnel-shaped white flowers
madras
noun Etymology: Madras, India Date: circa 1830 1. a large silk or cotton kerchief usually of bright colors that is often worn as a turban 2. a. a fine plain-woven ...
Madras
geographical name 1. — see Tamil Nadu 2. (or Chennai) city & port S India capital of Tamil Nadu population 3,841,396 • Madrasi noun
madrasa
noun see madrassa
madrasah
noun see madrassa
Madrasi
noun see Madras
madrassa
or madrasa; also madrassah or madrasah noun Etymology: Arabic madrasa Date: 1662 a Muslim school, college, or university that is often part of a mosque
madrassah
noun see madrassa
Madre de Dios
geographical name river about 700 miles (1126 kilometers) rising in SE Peru & flowing E into the Beni in Brazil
Madre, Laguna
geographical name inlet of Gulf of Mexico S Texas between Padre Island & mainland
madrepore
noun Etymology: French madrépore, from Italian madrepora, from madre mother (from Latin mater) + poro pore (from Latin porus) — more at mother Date: 1751 any of various ...
madreporian
adjective or noun see madrepore
madreporic
adjective see madrepore
madreporite
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary madrepore + 1-ite (segment); from the resemblances of the perforations to those of a madrepore Date: 1877 a perforated or ...
Madrid
geographical name 1. province central Spain in NW New Castile area 3087 square miles (7995 square kilometers), population 4,947,555 2. city, its capital & capital of Spain ...
madrigal
noun Etymology: Italian madrigale, probably from Medieval Latin matricale, from neuter of *matricalis simple, from Late Latin, of the womb, from Latin matric-, matrix womb, ...
madrigalian
adjective see madrigal
madrigalist
noun see madrigal
madrilene
noun Etymology: French (consommé) madrilène, literally, Madrid consommé Date: 1907 a consommé flavored with tomato
Madrilenian
adjective or noun see Madrid
Madrileño
noun see Madrid
madrona
noun see madrone
madrone
or madrona; also madrono noun Etymology: Spanish madroño Date: 1841 any of several evergreen trees (genus Arbutus) of the heath family; especially one (A. menziesii) of the ...
madrono
noun see madrone
Madura
or Dutch Madoera geographical name island Indonesia off coast of NE Java area (with adjacent islands) 2113 square miles (5494 square kilometers), population 1,858,183 • ...
Madurai
geographical name city S India in S Tamil Nadu population 940,989
Madurese
adjective or noun see Madura
maduro
noun (plural -ros) Etymology: Spanish, from maduro ripe, from Latin maturus — more at mature Date: 1850 a dark-colored relatively strong cigar
madwoman
noun Date: 15th century a woman who is or acts as if insane
madwort
noun Date: 1597 1. alyssum 1 2. a low hairy annual European herb (Asperugo procumbens) of the borage family with blue flowers and a root used as a substitute for madder
MAE
or MA Ed abbreviation master of arts in education
Mae West
noun Etymology: Mae West died 1980 American actress noted for her full figure Date: 1940 an inflatable life jacket in the form of a collar extending down the chest that was ...
Maeander
geographical name — see Menderes 1
Maecenas
I. noun Etymology: Latin, from Gaius Maecenas died 8 B.C. Roman statesman & patron of literature Date: 1542 a generous patron especially of literature or art II. biographical ...
maelstrom
noun Etymology: obsolete Dutch (now maalstroom), from malen to grind + strom stream Date: 1682 1. a powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given ...
maenad
noun Etymology: Latin maenad-, maenas, from Greek mainad-, mainas, from mainesthai to be mad; akin to Greek menos spirit — more at mind Date: 1579 1. bacchante 2. an ...
maenadic
adjective see maenad
Maes
biographical name Nicolaes 1634-1693 also called Nicolas Maas Dutch painter
maestoso
adjective or adverb Etymology: Italian, from Latin majestosus, from majestas majesty Date: circa 1724 majestic and stately — used as a direction in music
Maestricht
geographical name see Maastricht
maestro
noun (plural maestros or maestri) Etymology: Italian, literally, master, from Latin magister — more at master Date: 1724 a master usually in an art; especially an eminent ...
Maeterlinck
biographical name Maurice-Polydore-Marie-Bernard 1862-1949 Belgian poet, dramatist, & essayist • Maeterlinckian adjective
Maeterlinckian
adjective see Maeterlinck
maffick
intransitive verb Etymology: back-formation from Mafeking Night, English celebration of the lifting of the siege of Mafeking, South Africa, May 17, 1900 Date: 1900 to ...
Mafia
I. noun Etymology: Mafia, Maffia, a Sicilian secret criminal society, from Italian dialect (Sicily), probably from mafiusu Date: 1875 1. a. a secret criminal society of ...
mafic
adjective Etymology: New Latin magnesium + Latin ferrum iron + English -ic Date: 1912 of, relating to, or being a group of usually dark-colored minerals rich in magnesium and ...
Mafikeng
geographical name town N Republic of South Africa in North West province population 6515
mafioso
noun (plural mafiosi) Etymology: Italian, from Italian dialect (Sicily) mafiusu gallant, swaggerer, perhaps alteration of marfusu scoundrel Date: 1875 a member of the Mafia ...
mag
I. noun Date: 1796 magazine II. abbreviation 1. magnesium 2. magnetism 3. magneto 4. magnitude
mag tape
noun Date: 1960 magnetic tape
Magadan
geographical name city & port E Russia in Asia on N shore of Sea of Okhotsk population 152,000
Magadha
geographical name ancient kingdom India including Bihar S of the Ganges
Magallanes
geographical name — see Punta Arenas
magazine
noun Etymology: Middle French, from Old Occitan, from Arabic makhāzin, plural of makhzan storehouse Date: 1583 1. a place where goods or supplies are stored ; warehouse 2. ...
magazinist
noun Date: 1821 a person who writes for or edits a magazine
Magdala
geographical name city of N ancient Palestine on W shore of Sea of Galilee N of Tiberias
magdalen
or magdalene noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Mary Magdalen or Magdalene woman healed by Jesus of evil spirits (Luke 8:2), considered identical with a reformed ...
Magdalen Islands
or French Îles de la Madeleine geographical name islands Canada in Quebec in Gulf of St. Lawrence between Newfoundland & Prince Edward Island area 102 square miles (265 square ...
Magdalena
geographical name river 956 miles (1538 kilometers) Colombia flowing N into the Caribbean
magdalene
noun see magdalen
Magdalenian
adjective Etymology: French magdalénien, from La Madeleine, rock shelter in southwest France Date: 1885 of or relating to an Upper Paleolithic culture characterized by ...
Magdeburg
geographical name city central Germany on the Elbe capital of Saxony-Anhalt population 275,238
mage
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin magus Date: 14th century magus
Magellan
biographical name Ferdinand circa 1480-1521 Portuguese Fernão de Magalhães Portuguese navigator & explorer
Magellan, Strait of
geographical name strait 350 miles (563 kilometers) long at S end of South America between mainland & Tierra del Fuego (Archipelago)
Magellanic Cloud
noun Etymology: Ferdinand Magellan Date: circa 1686 either of the two small galaxies that appear as conspicuous patches of light near the south celestial pole and are ...
Magellanic penguin
noun Date: 1826 a penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) of the southern tip of South America and surrounding islands that has a pink mark above the eyes and two broad black bands ...
Magen David
or Mogen David noun Etymology: Hebrew māghēn Dāwīdh, literally, shield of David Date: circa 1904 a hexagram used as a symbol of Judaism
magenta
noun Etymology: Magenta, Italy Date: 1860 1. fuchsin 2. a deep purplish red
Mageröy
geographical name island Norway in Arctic Ocean off N coast area 111 square miles (288 square kilometers)
Maggiore, Lake
geographical name lake 40 miles (64 kilometers) long N Italy & S Switzerland traversed by Ticino River
maggot
noun Etymology: Middle English magot, probably alteration of mathek, maddok; akin to Middle Low German mēdeke maggot, Old Norse mathkr, Old English matha Date: 14th century ...
maggoty
adjective see maggot
Magherafelt
geographical name district central Northern Ireland, established 1974 area 221 square miles (575 square kilometers), population 35,874
Maghreb
or Maghrib geographical name 1. NW Africa &, at time of the Moorish occupation, Spain — now considered to include Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, & sometimes Libya 2. (or El ...
Maghrebi
adjective or noun see Maghreb
Maghrebian
adjective or noun see Maghreb
Maghrib
geographical name see Maghreb
Maghribi
adjective or noun see Maghreb
Maghribian
adjective or noun see Maghreb
magi
plural of magus
Magian
I. noun Date: 1578 magus II. adjective Date: 1716 of or relating to the Magi • Magianism noun
Magianism
noun see Magian II
magic
I. noun Etymology: Middle English magique, from Middle French, from Latin magice, from Greek magikē, feminine of magikos Magian, magical, from magos magus, sorcerer, of ...
magic bullet
noun Date: 1940 1. a substance or therapy capable of destroying pathogens (as bacteria or cancer cells) or providing an effective remedy for a disease or condition without ...
magic lantern
noun Date: 1696 an early form of optical projector of still pictures using a transparent slide
Magic Marker
trademark — used for a felt-tipped pen
magic mushroom
noun Date: 1966 a fungus (as genus Psilocybe) containing hallucinogenic alkaloids (as psilocybin)
magic realism
noun Date: 1933 1. painting in a meticulously realistic style of imaginary or fantastic scenes or images 2. a literary genre or style associated especially with Latin ...
magic realist
noun see magic realism
magic square
noun Date: circa 1704 a square containing a number of integers arranged so that the sum of the numbers is the same in each row, column, and main diagonal and often in some or ...
magical
adjective see magic II
magical realism
noun see magic realism
magically
adverb see magic II
magician
noun Date: 14th century 1. one skilled in magic; especially sorcerer 2. one who performs tricks of illusion and sleight of hand
Maginot
biographical name André 1877-1932 French politician
Maginot Line
noun Etymology: André Maginot died 1932 French minister of war Date: 1936 1. a line of defensive fortifications built before World War II to protect the eastern border of ...
magisterial
adjective Etymology: Late Latin magisterialis of authority, from magisterium office of a master, from magister Date: 1632 1. a. (1) of, relating to, or having the ...
magisterially
adverb see magisterial
magisterium
noun Etymology: Latin Date: 1866 teaching authority especially of the Roman Catholic Church
magistracy
noun (plural -cies) Date: circa 1585 1. the state of being a magistrate 2. the office, power, or dignity of a magistrate 3. a body of magistrates 4. the district under a ...
magistral
adjective Etymology: Late Latin magistralis, from Latin magistr-, magister Date: 1605 magisterial 1a • magistrally adverb
magistrally
adverb see magistral
magistrate
noun Etymology: Middle English magestrat, from Latin magistratus magistracy, magistrate, from magistr-, magister master, political superior — more at master Date: 14th ...
magistrate's court
noun Date: 1867 1. police court 2. a court that has minor civil and criminal jurisdiction
magistratical
adjective see magistrate
magistrature
noun Date: 1672 magistracy
maglev
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: magnetic levitation Date: 1969 1. the use of the physical properties of magnetic fields generated by superconducting magnets to ...
magma
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin magmat-, magma, from Greek, thick unguent, from massein to knead — more at mingle Date: 15th century 1. archaic dregs, sediment ...
magmatic
adjective see magma
Magna Carta
also Magna Charta noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, literally, great charter Date: 15th century 1. a charter of liberties to which the English barons ...
Magna Charta
noun see Magna Carta
magna cum laude
adverb or adjective Etymology: Latin Date: 1900 with great distinction — compare cum laude, summa cum laude
magna est veritas et praevalebit
foreign term Etymology: Latin truth is mighty and will prevail
Magna Graecia
geographical name the ancient Greek colonies in S Italian Peninsula including Tarentum, Sybaris, Crotona, Heraclea, & Neapolis
magnanimity
noun (plural -ties) Date: 14th century 1. the quality of being magnanimous ; loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to ...
magnanimous
adjective Etymology: Latin magnanimus, from magnus great + animus spirit — more at much, animate Date: 1567 1. showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit 2. ...
magnanimously
adverb see magnanimous
magnanimousness
noun see magnanimous
magnate
noun Etymology: Middle English magnates, plural, from Late Latin, from Latin magnus Date: 15th century a person of rank, power, influence, or distinction often in a specified ...
magnesia
noun Etymology: New Latin, from magnes carneus, a white earth, literally, flesh magnet Date: 1755 magnesium oxide — compare milk of magnesia • magnesian adjective
Magnesia
geographical name — see Manisa
magnesian
adjective see magnesia
magnesite
noun Date: 1815 native magnesium carbonate used especially in making refractories and magnesium oxide
magnesium
noun Etymology: New Latin, from magnesia Date: 1812 a silver-white malleable ductile light metallic element that occurs abundantly in nature and is used in metallurgical and ...
magnesium carbonate
noun Date: 1869 a carbonate of magnesium; especially a white crystalline salt MgCO3 that occurs naturally as dolomite and magnesite
magnesium chloride
noun Date: 1866 a bitter deliquescent salt MgCl2 used especially as a source of magnesium metal
magnesium hydroxide
noun Date: circa 1909 a slightly alkaline crystalline compound Mg(OH)2 used especially as a laxative and gastric antacid
magnesium oxide
noun Date: 1866 a white highly infusible compound MgO used especially in refractories, cements, insulation, and fertilizers, in rubber manufacture, and in medicine as an ...
magnesium sulfate
noun Date: 1869 a sulfate of magnesium: as a. a white salt MgSO4 used in medicine and in industry b. Epsom salts
magnet
noun Etymology: Middle English magnete, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnet-, magnes, from Greek magnēs (lithos), literally, stone of Magnesia, ancient city in Asia Minor ...
magnet school
noun Date: 1968 a school with superior facilities and staff and often a specialized curriculum designed to attract pupils from throughout a city or school district
magnet-
or magneto- combining form Etymology: Latin magnet-, magnes 1. magnetic force 2. magnetism ; magnetic 3. magnetoelectric 4. magnetosphere
magnetic
I. adjective Date: 1611 1. possessing an extraordinary power or ability to attract 2. a. of or relating to a magnet or to magnetism b. of, relating to, or ...
magnetic bubble
noun Date: 1969 a tiny movable magnetized cylindrical volume in a thin magnetic material that along with other like volumes can be used to represent a bit of information (as ...
magnetic disk
noun Date: circa 1960 disk 4b
magnetic equator
noun Date: 1832 an imaginary line roughly parallel to the geographical equator and passing through those points where a magnetic needle has no dip
magnetic field
noun Date: 1845 the portion of space near a magnetic body or a current-carrying body in which the magnetic forces due to the body or current can be detected
magnetic flux
noun Date: 1896 a measure of magnetic induction represented by lines of force
magnetic levitation
noun Date: 1966 maglev 1
magnetic mirror
noun Date: 1952 a magnetic field that confines a plasma by reflecting ions back toward the main plasma concentration
magnetic moment
noun Date: 1865 a vector quantity that is a measure of the torque exerted on a magnetic system (as a bar magnet or dipole) when placed in a magnetic field and that for a ...
magnetic north
noun Date: 1812 the northerly direction in the earth's magnetic field indicated by the north-seeking pole of a compass needle
magnetic pole
noun Date: 1701 1. either of two small regions which are located respectively in the polar areas of the northern and southern hemispheres and toward which a compass needle ...
magnetic quantum number
noun Date: 1923 an integer that expresses the component of the quantized angular momentum of an electron, atom, or molecule in the direction of an externally applied magnetic ...
magnetic recorder
noun see magnetic recording
magnetic recording
noun Date: 1945 the process of recording sound, data (as for a computer), or a television program by producing varying local magnetization of a moving tape or disc • ...
magnetic resonance
noun Date: 1903 the excitation of particles (as atomic nuclei or electrons) in a magnetic field by exposure to electromagnetic radiation of a specific frequency
magnetic resonance imaging
noun Date: 1977 a noninvasive diagnostic technique that produces computerized images of internal body tissues and is based on nuclear magnetic resonance of atoms within the ...
magnetic storm
noun Date: circa 1855 a marked temporary disturbance of the earth's magnetic field held to be related to sunspots
magnetic tape
noun Date: 1937 a thin ribbon (as of plastic) coated with a magnetic material on which information (as sound or television images) may be stored
magnetically
adverb see magnetic I
magnetise
British variant of magnetize
magnetism
noun Date: 1616 1. a. a class of physical phenomena that include the attraction for iron observed in lodestone and a magnet, are inseparably associated with moving ...
magnetite
noun Date: 1851 a black isometric mineral of the spinel group that is an oxide of iron and an important iron ore
magnetizable
adjective see magnetize
magnetization
noun Date: 1801 an instance of magnetizing or the state of being magnetized; also the degree to which a body is magnetized
magnetize
transitive verb (-tized; -tizing) Date: 1801 1. to induce magnetic properties in 2. to attract like a magnet ; charm • magnetizable adjective • magnetizer noun
magnetizer
noun see magnetize
magneto
noun (plural -tos) Date: 1882 a magnetoelectric machine; especially an alternator with permanent magnets used to generate current for the ignition in an internal combustion ...
magneto-
combining form see magnet-
magneto-optic
also magneto-optical adjective Date: 1848 of, relating to, or utilizing the influence of a magnetic field upon light • magneto-optics noun plural but singular or plural ...
magneto-optical
adjective see magneto-optic
magneto-optics
noun plural but singular or plural in construction see magneto-optic
magnetoelectric
adjective Date: 1831 relating to or characterized by electromotive forces developed by magnetic means
magnetoencephalography
noun Date: 1968 a noninvasive technique that detects and records the magnetic field associated with electrical activity in the brain
magnetofluiddynamics
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1962 the study of magnetohydrodynamic phenomena ; magnetohydrodynamics
magnetograph
noun Date: 1847 an automatic instrument for recording measurements of a magnetic field (as of the earth or the sun)
magnetohydrodynamics
noun plural but singular or plural in construction see magnetohydrodynamic
magnetometer
noun Date: 1827 an instrument used to detect the presence of a metallic object or to measure the intensity of a magnetic field • magnetometric adjective • magnetometry ...
magnetometric
adjective see magnetometer
magnetometry
noun see magnetometer
magnetomotive force
noun Date: 1883 a force that is the cause of a flux of magnetic induction
magneton
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary magnet- + 2-on Date: 1911 a unit of the quantized magnetic moment of a particle (as an atom)
magnetopause
noun Date: 1962 the outer boundary of a magnetosphere
magnetoresistance
noun Date: 1927 a change in electrical resistance due to the presence of a magnetic field • magnetoresistive adjective
magnetoresistive
adjective see magnetoresistance
magnetosphere
noun Date: 1959 a region of space surrounding a celestial object (as a planet or star) that is dominated by the object's magnetic field so that charged particles are trapped ...
magnetospheric
adjective see magnetosphere
magnetostatic
adjective Date: 1893 of, relating to, or being a stationary magnetic field
magnetostriction
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary magnet- + -striction (as in constriction) Date: 1896 the change in the dimensions of a ferromagnetic body caused by a ...
magnetostrictive
adjective see magnetostriction
magnetostrictively
adverb see magnetostriction
magnetron
noun Etymology: blend of magnet and -tron Date: 1921 a vacuum tube in which the flow of electrons is controlled by an applied magnetic field to generate power at microwave ...
magni nominis umbra
foreign term Etymology: Latin the shadow of a great name
magnific
adjective Etymology: Middle French magnifique, from Latin magnificus Date: 15th century 1. magnificent 2 2. imposing in size or dignity 3. a. sublime, exalted b. ...
magnifical
adjective see magnific
magnifically
adverb see magnific
magnificat
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, magnifies, from magnificare to magnify; from the first word of the canticle Date: 13th century 1. capitalized a. the canticle ...
magnification
noun Date: 15th century 1. the act of magnifying 2. a. the state of being magnified b. the apparent enlargement of an object by an optical instrument — called also ...
magnificence
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnificentia, from magnificus noble in character, magnificent, from magnus great + -ficus -fic — more at much ...
magnificent
adjective Date: 15th century 1. great in deed or exalted in place — used only of former famous rulers 2. marked by stately grandeur and lavishness 3. sumptuous in ...
magnificently
adverb see magnificent
magnifico
noun (plural -coes or -cos) Etymology: Italian, from magnifico, adjective, magnificent, from Latin magnificus Date: 1573 1. a nobleman of Venice 2. a person of high ...
magnifier
noun Date: 1550 one that magnifies; especially a lens or combination of lenses that makes something appear larger
magnify
verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English magnifien, from Anglo-French magnifier, from Latin magnificare, from magnificus Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. ...
magniloquence
noun Etymology: Latin magniloquentia, from magniloquus magniloquent, from magnus + loqui to speak Date: circa 1623 the quality or state of being magniloquent
magniloquent
adjective Etymology: back-formation from magniloquence Date: 1640 speaking in or characterized by a high-flown often bombastic style or manner • magniloquently adverb
magniloquently
adverb see magniloquent
Magnitogorsk
geographical name city W Russia in Asia on Ural River population 441,000
magnitude
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnitudo, from magnus Date: 15th century 1. a. great size or extent b. (1) spatial quality ; size ...
magnolia
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Pierre Magnol died 1715 French botanist Date: 1748 any of a genus (Magnolia of the family Magnoliaceae, the magnolia family) of American and ...
magnum
noun Etymology: Latin, neuter of magnus great Date: 1788 a large wine bottle holding about 1.5 liters
Magnum
trademark — used for revolvers
magnum opus
noun Etymology: Latin Date: 1791 a great work; especially the greatest achievement of an artist or writer
magpie
I. noun Etymology: Mag (nickname for Margaret) + 1pie Date: 1598 1. any of various birds (especially Pica pica) related to the jays but having a long graduated tail and ...
Magritte
biographical name René (-François-Ghislain) 1898-1967 Belgian painter
Magsaysay
biographical name Ramon 1907-1957 president of Philippines (1953-57)
maguey
noun Etymology: Spanish, from Taino Date: 1555 1. any of various fleshy-leaved agaves (as the century plant) 2. any of several hard fibers derived from magueys; especially ...
magus
noun (plural magi) Etymology: Latin, from Greek magos — more at magic Date: 1555 1. a. a member of a hereditary priestly class among the ancient Medes and Persians b. ...
Magyar
noun Etymology: Hungarian Date: 1797 1. a member of the dominant people of Hungary 2. Hungarian 2 • Magyar adjective
Magyarorszag
geographical name — see Hungary
mah-jongg
or mahjong noun Etymology: from Mah-Jongg, a trademark Date: 1920 a game of Chinese origin usually played by four persons with 144 tiles that are drawn and discarded until ...
Mahajanga
geographical name city & port NW Madagascar population 121,967
Mahalla El Kubra, El
geographical name — see El Mahalla El Kubra
mahalo
foreign term Etymology: Hawaiian thank you
Mahanadi
geographical name river about 560 miles (900 kilometers) E India flowing into Bay of Bengal in Orissa through several mouths
maharaja
or maharajah noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu mahārāja, from Sanskrit, from mahat great + rājan raja; akin to Latin rex king — more at much, royal Date: 1698 a Hindu prince ...
maharajah
noun see maharaja
maharanee
noun see maharani
maharani
or maharanee noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu mahārānī, from mahā great (from Sanskrit mahat) + rānī rani Date: circa 1855 1. the wife of a maharaja 2. a Hindu princess ...
Maharashtra
geographical name 1. region W central India S of the Narmada; the original home of the Marathas 2. state W India bordering on Arabian Sea, formed 1960 from SE part of former ...
maharishi
noun Etymology: Sanskrit mah{auline}rṣi, from mahat + ṛṣi sage and poet Date: 1785 a Hindu teacher of mystical knowledge
mahatma
noun Etymology: Sanskrit mahātman, from mahātman great-souled, from mahat + ātman soul — more at atman Date: 1923 1. a person to be revered for high-mindedness, ...
Mahayana
noun Etymology: Sanskrit mahāyāna, literally, great vehicle Date: 1855 a liberal and theistic branch of Buddhism comprising sects chiefly in China and Japan, recognizing a ...
Mahayanist
noun or adjective see Mahayana
Mahayanistic
adjective see Mahayana
Mahdi
noun Etymology: Arabic mahdī, literally, one rightly guided Date: 1626 1. the expected messiah of Muslim tradition 2. a Muslim leader who assumes a messianic role • ...
Mahdism
noun see Mahdi

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