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Malthusian parameter
Ecol. See r. * * *
Malthusianism
See Malthusian. * * *
Maltings
a group of buildings in the village of Snape, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, that include a concert hall. The concerts that take place there are part of the international ...
maltliquor
malt liquor n. A fermented liquor, such as beer or ale, made with malt. * * *
maltol
/mawl"tawl, -tol/, n. Chem. a crystalline compound, C6H6O3, obtained from larch bark, pine needles, chicory, or roasted malt, used for enhancing flavors and aromas, as in foods, ...
Malton
▪ England, United Kingdom       town, Ryedale district, administrative county of North Yorkshire, historic county of Yorkshire, northern England. On the site of an ...
maltose
/mawl"tohs/, n. Chem. a white, crystalline, water-soluble sugar, C12H22O11·H2O, formed by the action of diastase, esp. from malt, on starch: used chiefly as a nutrient, as a ...
maltreat
—maltreater, n. —maltreatment, n. /mal treet"/, v.t. to treat or handle badly, cruelly, or roughly; abuse: to maltreat a prisoner. [1700-10; earlier maltrait < F maltraiter. ...
maltreatment
See maltreat. * * *
maltster
/mawlt"steuhr/, n. a maker of or dealer in malt. [1325-75; ME malt(e)stere. See MALT, -STER] * * *
maltsugar
malt sugar n. See maltose. * * *
maltwhiskey
malt whiskey n. Whiskey, especially Scotch, that is made solely from malted barley. * * *
malty
—maltiness, n. /mawl"tee/, adj., maltier, maltiest. of, like, or containing malt. [1810-20; MALT + -Y1] * * *
Maluku
Maluku [mə lo͞o′ko͞o] Indonesian name for MOLUCCAS * * * ▪ province, Indonesia English  Moluccas        propinsi (province) of the Maluccas island group, ...
Malus' law
/meuh loohs"/; Fr. /mann lyuus"/, Optics. the law stating that the intensity of a beam of plane-polarized light after passing through a rotatable polarizer varies as the square ...
Malus, Étienne-Louis
▪ French physicist born June 23, 1775, Paris died Feb. 23, 1812, Paris  French physicist who discovered that light, when reflected, becomes partially plane polarized; i.e., ...
Malvaceae
▪ plant family  the hibiscus, or mallow, family, in the order Malvales, containing 243 genera and at least 4,225 species of herbs, shrubs, and trees. Representatives occur ...
malvaceous
/mal vay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the Malvaceae, the mallow family of plants. Cf. mallow family. [1690-1700; < L malvaceus. See MALLOW, -ACEOUS] * * *
Malvales
▪ plant order Introduction  medium-sized order, known as the hibiscus or mallow order, mostly of woody plants, consisting of 10 families, 338 genera, and about 6,000 ...
Malvana, Convention of
▪ Portugal-Ceylon [1597]       (1597), agreement made between the Portuguese and the native chiefs of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The chiefs swore allegiance to the king of ...
malvasia
—malvasian, adj. /mal'veuh see"euh/, n. a sweet grape from which malmsey wine is made. [1830-40; < It, for Monemvasia. See MALMSEY] * * *
Malvern
/mawl"veuhrn, maw"-/ for 1; /mal"veuhrn/ for 2, n. 1. an urban area in W England, SW of Birmingham: mineral springs; incorporated into Malvern Hills 1974. 2. a town in central ...
Malvern Hill
/mal"veuhrn/ a plateau in E Virginia, SE of Richmond: battle 1862. * * *
Malvern Hills
/mawl"veuhrn, maw"-/ 1. a range of hills in W England, bisecting Hereford and Worcester: highest point, 1395 ft. (425 m). 2. a city in Hereford and Worcester, in W England. ...
Malvern water
➡ Malverns * * *
Malvern, Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount
▪ prime minister of Southern Rhodesia also called  (1941–55) Sir Godfrey Huggins   born July 6, 1883, Bexley, Kent, Eng. died May 8, 1971, Salisbury, ...
MalvernHills
Mal·vern Hills (môlʹvərn, môʹ) A range of hills of west-central England rising to 425.5 m (1,395 ft). The scenic hills are a popular resort area. * * *
Malverns
the name of a group of five villages and a town (Great Malvern) in the Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, England. The hills are famous for their springs of pure water, sold under ...
malversation
/mal'veuhr say"sheuhn/, n. Chiefly Law. improper or corrupt behavior in office, esp. in public office. [1540-50; < MF, equiv. to malvers(er) to embezzle ( < L male versari to ...
Malvinas,Islas
Mal·vi·nas (mäl-vēʹnäs), Islas See Falkland Islands. * * *
Malvine
/mal"veen, -vuyn/, n. a female given name. Also, Malvina /mal vee"neuh, -vuy"-/. * * *
malvoisie
/mal"voy zee, -veuh-/, n. 1. malmsey wine. 2. the malvasia grape. [1350-1400; < F; r. ME malvesie < MF < It malvasia. See MALMSEY, MALVASIA] * * *
Malvy, Louis-Jean
▪ French politician born Dec. 1, 1875, Figeac, Fr. died June 9, 1949, Paris  French politician whose activities as minister of the interior led to his trial for treason ...
Malwa
▪ historical province, India Sanskrit  Malava        historical province and physiographic region of west-central India, comprising a large portion of western and ...
Mālwa painting
▪ Indian art       17th-century school of Rājasthanī miniature painting centred largely in Mālwa and Bundelkhand (in modern Madhya Pradesh state); it is sometimes ...
Malwa Plains
▪ plains, India       alluvial plains region in central Punjab state, northern India. It lies between the Ghaggar (Ghaggar River) and Sutlej (Sutlej River) rivers ...
Malwa Plateau
▪ plateau, India       plateau region in north-central India. It is bounded by the Madhya Bharat Plateau and Bundelkhand Upland to the north, the Vindhya Range to ...
mama
/mah"meuh/; for 1 also /meuh mah"/, n. 1. Informal. mother. 2. Slang. a. a sexually attractive, usually mature woman. b. one's wife. Also, mamma. [1545-55; nursery word, with ...
mama's boy
a boy or man showing excessive attachment to or dependence on his mother. Also called mother's boy. [1840-50] * * *
mama'sboy
ma·ma's boy (mäʹməz) n. A boy or man characterized by unusual closeness to his mother and often by timidity and overly refined manners. * * *
mamaliga
mamaliga [mä΄mä lē′gə] n. a porridge of cornmeal, orig. of Romania * * *
Mamallapuram
/meuh mah'leuh poor"euhm/, n. Mahabalipuram. * * * ▪ historical town, India also called  Mahabalipuram  or  Seven Pagodas   historic town, northeast Tamil Nadu (Tamil ...
Mamaroneck
/meuh mar"euh nek'/, n. a city in SE New York. 17,616. * * * ▪ New York, United States       village, Westchester county, New York, U.S. It is located on Long Island ...
Mamas and the Papas, the
▪ American music group  American vocal quartet whose intricate harmonies brought them to the forefront of the folk rock movement of the 1960s. The original members were John ...
mamba
/mahm"bah/, n. any of several long, slender, arboreal snakes of the genus Dendroaspis, of central and southern Africa, the bite of which is often fatal. [1860-65; < Nguni; cf. ...
Mamberamo
Mam·be·ra·mo (măm'bə-räʹmō) A river, about 805 km (500 mi) long, of western New Guinea flowing northwest into the Pacific Ocean. * * *
Mamberamo River
▪ river, Indonesia also called  Tarikaikea,         river in Indonesian Irian Jaya, northwestern New Guinea. Formed by the confluence of the Taritatu (Idenburg) and ...
mambo
/mahm"boh/, n., pl. mambos, v. n. 1. a fast ballroom dance of Caribbean origin, rhythmically similar to the rumba and cha-cha but having a more complex pattern of steps. v.i. 2. ...
Mame
/maym/, n. a female given name. * * *
Mameli, Goffredo
▪ Italian poet born Sept. 5, 1827, Genoa [Italy] died July 6, 1849, Rome       Italian poet and patriot of the Risorgimento and author of the Italian anthem “Inno di ...
mameluco
▪ people       (from mamaruca, Indian for “half-breed”), in colonial Brazil, especially in the São Paulo district, a person of mixed Indian and white ancestry. The ...
Mameluke
/mam"euh loohk'/, n. 1. a member of a military class, originally composed of slaves, that seized control of the Egyptian sultanate in 1250, ruled until 1517, and remained ...
Mamers
/may"meuhrz/, n. Rom. Legend. Mars. * * *
Mamertini
▪ Italian mercenaries English  Mamertines        band of mercenaries from Campania, in Italy, who, by a shift in alliances, touched off the First Punic War (Punic ...
Mamertinus, Claudius
▪ Roman official flourished AD 360       Roman official, author of a panegyric on the emperor Julian delivered at Constantinople in AD 362 in the form of a gratiarum ...
Mamet
/mam"it/, n. David (Alan), born 1947, U.S. playwright. * * *
Mamet, David
▪ American author in full  David Alan Mamet  born November 30, 1947, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.       American playwright, director, and screenwriter noted for his often ...
Mamet, David (Alan)
born Nov. 30, 1947, Chicago, Ill., U.S. U.S. playwright, director, and screenwriter. In 1973 he founded the St. Nicholas Theatre Co. in Chicago. He won wide notice with Sexual ...
Mamet,David
Mam·et (mămʹĭt), David. Born 1947. American playwright, screenwriter, and film director. His plays include American Buffalo (1975) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1984), for which ...
mamey
/mah may", -mee"/, n. mammee. * * *
Mamfe
▪ town, Cameroon       town located in western Cameroon, at the head of navigation of the Cross River. (Cross River) Mamfe is situated about 31 miles (50 km) east of ...
Mami, Cheb
▪ 2002       In 2001 internationally renowned Algerian rai singer Cheb Mami continued his efforts to cultivate an American fan base. Before his 1999 collaboration with ...
Mamie
/may"mee/, n. a female given name, form of Mary. * * *
Mamlūk
▪ Islamic dynasty Introduction also spelled  Mameluke        slave soldier, a member of one of the armies of slaves (slavery) that won political control of several ...
Mamlūk dynasty
or Mamluke dynasty (1250–1517) Rulers of Syria and Egypt. The term mamlūk is an Arabic word for slave. Slave soldiers had been used in the Islamic world since the 9th ...
mamma
mamma1 /mah"meuh, meuh mah"/, n. mama. mamma2 /mam"euh/, n., pl. mammae /mam"ee/ for 1; mamma for 2. 1. Anat., Zool. a structure, characteristic of mammals, that comprises one or ...
mammal
—mammallike, adj. /mam"euhl/, n. any vertebrate of the class Mammalia, having the body more or less covered with hair, nourishing the young with milk from the mammary glands, ...
mammalian
—mammality /meuh mal"i tee/, n. /meuh may"lee euhn, -mayl"yeuhn/, n. 1. an animal of the class Mammalia; mammal. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the class Mammalia; ...
mammalogical
See mammalogy. * * *
mammalogist
See mammalogical. * * *
mammalogy
—mammalogist, n. /meuh mal"euh jee/, n. the science dealing with mammals. [1825-35; MAMMA(L) + -LOGY] * * * ▪ zoology       scientific study of mammals (mammal). ...
mammaplasty
mammaplasty [mam′ə plas΄tē] n. 〚 MAMMA2 + -PLASTY〛 plastic surgery to make breasts larger or smaller * * * mam·ma·plas·ty or mam·mo·plas·ty ...
mammary
/mam"euh ree/, adj. Anat., Zool. of or pertaining to the mamma or breast. [1675-85; MAMM(A)2 + -ARY] * * *
mammary artery.
See thoracic artery. * * *
mammary gland
any of the compound accessory reproductive organs of female mammals that occur in pairs on the chest or ventral surface and contain milk-producing lobes with ducts that empty ...
mammarygland
mammary gland n. Any of the milk-producing glands in female mammals, consisting of lobes containing clusters of alveoli with a system of ducts to convey the milk to an external ...
mammate
See mamma2. * * *
mammectomy
/meuh mek"teuh mee/, n., pl. mammectomies. Surg. mastectomy. [MAMM(A)2 + -ECTOMY] * * *
mammee
/mah may", -mee"/, n. 1. a tall, tropical American tree, Mammea americana, having thick, glossy leaves and fragrant white flowers. 2. the usually round, edible fruit of this ...
mammee apple
▪ fruit also called  Mamey, or Saint Domingo Apricot,    fruit of Mammea americana, a large, primarily West Indian tree of the garcinia family (Clusiaceae), with opposite, ...
mammeeapple
mam·mee apple (mä-māʹ, -mēʹ) n. See mamey. * * *
mammer
/mam"euhr/, v.i. Brit. Dial. 1. to stammer or mutter. 2. to hesitate; be undecided; waver in determination. [1350-1400; ME mamere. See MUMBLE, -ER6] * * *
Mammeri, Mouloud
▪ Algerian author born , Dec. 28, 1917, Taourirt-Mimoun, Alg. died Feb. 26, 1989, near Algiers       Kabyle novelist, playwright, and translator who depicted the ...
mammet
/mam"it/, n. maumet. * * *
mammiferous
/ma mif"euhr euhs/, adj. having mammae; mammalian. [1795-1805; MAMM(A)2 + -I- + -FEROUS] * * *
mammilla
/ma mil"euh/, n., pl. mammillae /-mil"ee/. 1. Anat. the nipple of the mamma, or breast. 2. any nipplelike process or protuberance. [1685-95; < L: breast, teat, dim. of mamma ...
mammillaria
/mam'euh lair"ee euh/, n. any of various cacti of the genus Mammillaria, including the pincushion cactus. [ < NL (1824); see MAMMILLA, -ARIA] * * * ▪ plant genus  large ...
mammillary
/mam"euh ler'ee/, adj. of, pertaining to, or resembling a mammilla. [1605-15; MAMMILL(A) + -ARY] * * *
mammillate
—mammillation, n. /mam"euh layt'/, adj. having a mammilla or mammillae. Also, mammillated. [1820-30; < LL mammillatus. See MAMMILLA, -ATE1] * * *
mammillation
See mammillate. * * *
mammock
/mam"euhk/, Brit. Dial. n. 1. a fragment; scrap. v.t. 2. to break, tear, or cut into fragments; shred. [1520-30; orig. uncert.] * * *
mammogram
/mam"euh gram'/, n. an x-ray photograph obtained by mammography. [1935-40; MAMM(A)2 + -O- + -GRAM1] * * *
mammography
—mammographic /mam'euh graf"ik/, adj. /ma mog"reuh fee/, n. x-ray photography of a breast, esp. for detection of tumors. [1935-40; MAMM(A)2 + -O- + -GRAPHY] * * *
mammon
—mammonish, adj. /mam"euhn/, n. 1. New Testament. riches or material wealth. Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:9,11,13. 2. (often cap.) a personification of riches as an evil spirit or ...
mammonism
—mammonist, mammonite, n. —mammonistic, adj. /mam"euh niz'euhm/, n. the greedy pursuit of riches. [1835-45; MAMMON + -ISM] * * *
mammoplasty
/mam"euh plas'tee/, n. Surg. reconstruction or alteration in size or contour of the female breast. [1965-70; MAMM(A)2 + -O- + -PLASTY] * * *
mammoth
/mam"euhth/, n. 1. any large, elephantlike mammal of the extinct genus Mammuthus, from the Pleistocene Epoch, having hairy skin and ridged molar teeth. adj. 2. immensely large; ...
Mammoth Cave National Park
a national park in central Kentucky: limestone caverns with onyx formations, stalagmites, and stalactites. 79 sq. mi. (205 sq. km). * * * National park, southwest-central ...
mammula
—mammular, adj. /mam"yeuh leuh/, n., pl. mammulae /-lee'/. Zool. a small nipplelike process or protuberance. [1810-20; < L: little breast. See MAMMA2, -ULE] * * *
mammy
/mam"ee/, n., pl. mammies. 1. Informal. mother1. 2. (formerly in the southern U.S.) a black woman engaged as a nurse to white children or as a servant to a white ...
mammy chair
Naut. Slang. a slinglike device for raising or lowering passengers to and from ships anchored away from the shore in a heavy swell. [1900-05] * * *
mammy wagon
mammy wagon or mammy bus n. a small, open, brightly decorated bus or truck used for public transportation in W Africa * * *
mamo
▪ bird  (species Drepanis pacifica), Hawaiian songbird of the family Drepanididae (order Passeriformes), which became extinct in about 1898. About 20 cm (8 inches) long, it ...
Mamo, Sir Anthony Joseph
▪ 2009       Maltese jurist and statesman born Jan. 9, 1909, Birkirkara, Malta died May 1, 2008, Mosta, Malta was the first president (1974–76) of the independent ...
mamoncillo
/mah'meuhn see"oh/; Sp. /mah'mawn see"yaw/, n., pl. mamoncillos /-see"ohz/; Sp. /-see"yaws/. the genip, Melicoccus bijugatus. [ < AmerSp, dim. of mamón, of uncert. orig.] * * *
Mamoré
/mah'maw rdday"/, n. a river in Bolivia, flowing N to the Beni River on the border of Brazil to form the Madeira River. 700 mi. (1125 km) long. * * *
Mamoré River
River, north-central Bolivia. It rises in the Andes Mountains and in its upper course is sometimes known as Río Grande. It flows north to the Brazilian border, where it is ...
Mamou
▪ Guinea       town, west-central Guinea. Located on the Conakry-Kankan railway and at the intersection of roads from Kindia, Dalaba, Dabola, and Faranah, Mamou was ...
Mamoulian, Rouben
born Oct. 8, 1897, Tiflis, Georgia, Russian Empire died Dec. 4, 1987, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S. Russian-U.S. director. After training as an actor at the Moscow Art Theatre, he ...
Mamprusi
▪ people also called  Mampruli         a people who inhabit the area between the White Volta and Nasia rivers in northern Ghana. The Mamprusi speak different dialects ...
Mamurius
/meuh moor"ee euhs/, n. Rom. Legend. a smith who made 11 copies of the Ancile to prevent thieves from recognizing the original. * * *
mamzer
/mom"zeuhr/, n. 1. bastard; illegitimate child. 2. Slang. rascal. 3. a child born of a marriage forbidden in Judaism. Also, momser, momzer. [1555-65; < Yiddish < Heb mamzer] * * *
man
man1 —manless, adj. —manlessly, adv. —manlessness, n. —manness, n. /man/, n., pl. men, v., manned, manning, interj. n. 1. an adult male person, as distinguished from a ...
Man
/man/, n. Isle of, an island of the British Isles, in the Irish Sea. 58,773; 227 sq. mi. (588 sq. km). Cap.: Douglas. * * * (as used in expressions) Mountain Man 2002– Man ...
man about town
a socially active, sophisticated man who frequents fashionable nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, etc.; playboy; boulevardier. [1775-85] * * *
Man and Superman
a comedy (1903) by G. B. Shaw. * * *
Man Booker Prize
➡ Booker Prize. * * *
Man City
➡ Manchester City * * *
man Friday
a male assistant to an administrator or executive; right-hand man. [1885-90; after Friday, the devoted servant in Robinson Crusoe] * * *
man in the moon
a fancied semblance of a human face in the disk of the full moon, so perceived because of variations in the moon's topography. [1275-1325; ME] * * *
man in the street
the ordinary person; the average citizen: the political opinions of the man in the street. [1825-35] * * *
man jack
man jack see phr. under n. JACK * * *
man lock
an air lock serving as a decompression chamber for workers. * * *
Man o' War
(foaled 1917) U.S. Thoroughbred racehorse. In two seasons (1919–20), he won 20 of 21 races, including the Preakness and Belmont stakes. (He did not run in the Kentucky Derby.) ...
Man of Destiny
epithet of Napoleon I. * * *
Man of Galilee
Jesus. * * *
man of God
1. a clergyman. 2. a holy or devout person, as a saint or prophet. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
Man of Kent
n (pl Men of Kent) a traditional name for an inhabitant of the eastern half of the English county of Kent. * * *
man of letters
1. a man engaged in literary pursuits, esp. a professional writer. 2. a man of great learning; scholar. [1635-45] * * *
Man of Sorrows
(in Christian exegesis) an appellation of Jesus Christ as the suffering Savior. Isa. 53:3. * * *
man of straw.
See straw man. [1615-25] * * *
man of the cloth
a clergyman or other ecclesiastic. * * *
man of the house
the male head of a household. [1900-05] * * *
man of the match
n [sing] (BrE) a man who is chosen as having given the best performance in a game of football, cricket, etc. If officially chosen, he sometimes receives a prize: They voted him ...
man of the world
a man who is widely experienced in the ways of the world and people; an urbane, sophisticated man. [1300-50; ME] * * *
man on horseback
1. a military leader who presents himself as the savior of the country during a period of crisis and either assumes or threatens to assume dictatorial powers. 2. any dictator. * ...
man on the street
man on the street n. var. of MAN IN THE STREET * * *
man on the street.
See man in the street. * * *
man orchid
▪ plant       (species Aceras anthropophorum), the only species in the genus Aceras, plant family Orchidaceae. It is native to grasslands of Great Britain, Eurasia, and ...
man power
1. the power supplied by human physical exertions: an ancient building constructed entirely by man power. 2. a unit of power, assumed to be equal to the rate at which a person ...
Man Ray
orig. Emmanuel Radnitzky born Aug. 25, 1890, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Nov. 18, 1976, Paris, France U.S. photographer, painter, and filmmaker. He grew up in New York City, ...
man spricht Deutsch
/mahn" shprddikht" doych"/, German. German is spoken (here). * * *
Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, The
/had"lee berrg'/ a short story (1900) by Mark Twain. * * *
Man United
➡ Manchester United * * *
man's best friend
a dog, esp. as a pet. * * *
Man's Fate
(French, La Condition Humaine), a novel (1933) by André Malraux. * * *
Man'yō-shū
▪ Japanese anthology       (Japanese: “Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves”), oldest (c. 759) and greatest of the imperial anthologies of Japanese poetry. Among the ...
Man, Isle Of
Man, Isle of Introduction Man, Isle of - Background: Part of the Norwegian Kingdom of the Hebrides until the 13th century when it was ceded ...
Man,Isle of
Man, Isle of An island of Great Britain in the Irish Sea off the northwest coast of England. Occupied in the 9th century by Vikings, it passed from Norway to Scotland in 1266 ...
man-
I. man-1 Also mon-. Man. 1. Extended forms *manu-, *manw-. a. man; leman, Norman1, from Old English man(n) (plural menn), man; b. fugleman, landsman2, from Old High German man, ...
man-at-arms
/man"euht ahrmz"/, n., pl. men-at-arms. 1. a soldier. 2. a heavily armed soldier on horseback, esp. in medieval times. [1325-75; ME] * * *
man-child
/man"chuyld'/, n., pl. men-children. a male child; boy; son. Also, manchild. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
man-day
/man"day'/, n., pl. man-days. a unit of measurement, esp. in accountancy; based on a standard number of man-hours in a day of work. [1920-25] * * *
man-eater
/man"ee'teuhr/, n. 1. an animal, esp. a tiger or lion, that eats or is said to eat human flesh. 2. See man-eating shark. 3. a cannibal. 4. Slang. See femme fatale. [1590-1600] * ...
man-eating
/man"ee'ting/, adj. feeding on or having an appetite for human flesh: a man-eating tiger. [1600-10] * * *
man-eating shark
any shark known to attack humans, esp. the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias. Also called man-eater shark, man-eater. [1885-90] * * *
man-for-man
man-for-man [man′fər man′] adj. MAN-TO-MAN (sense 2) * * *
man-hour
/man"oweur', -ow'euhr/, n. a unit of measurement, esp. in accountancy, based on an ideal amount of work accomplished by one person in an hour. Abbr.: man-hr [1915-20] * * *
man-made
/man"mayd"/, adj. 1. produced, formed, or made by humans. 2. produced artificially; not resulting from natural processes. 3. Textiles. a. (of a fiber) manufactured synthetically ...
man-minute
/man"min'it/, n. a unit of measurement, esp. in accountancy, based on an ideal amount of work accomplished by one person in a minute. [1930-35] * * *
man-o'-war bird
/man"euh wawr"/. See frigate bird. [1650-60] * * *
man-o'-warbird
man-o'-war bird (măn'ə-wôrʹ) n. See frigate bird. * * *
man-of-the-earth
/man"euhv dhee errth', -errth"/, n., pl. men-of-the-earth, man-of-the-earths. a morning glory, Ipomoea pandurata, of eastern North America, having white flowers and a very large, ...
man-of-war
/man"euhv wawr"/, n., pl. men-of-war. 1. a warship. 2. See Portuguese man-of-war. [1400-50 in sense "soldier"; late ME] * * *
man-of-war bird
man-of-war bird n. FRIGATE BIRD * * *
man-of-war fish
a small, tropical fish, Nomeus gronovii, that lives among the tentacles of the Portuguese man-of-war. * * * ▪ fish       (species Nomeus gronovii), small marine fish of ...
man-sized
/man"suyzd'/, adj. Informal. 1. large; big; generous: a man-sized sandwich. 2. formidable: a man-sized undertaking. Also, man-size. [1910-15] * * *
man-tailored
/man"tay"leuhrd/, adj. (of women's clothing) tailored in the general style and with the details of men's clothing. Cf. dressmaker (def. 2). [1920-25] * * *
man-to-man
/man"teuh man"/, adj. characterized by directness, openness, etc.; frank and personal: He had a man-to-man talk with his son about sex. [1570-80] * * *
man-to-man defense
Sports. a method of defense in team sports, esp. in basketball and football, in which each member of the defensive team is designated to guard a particular member of the ...
man-trap
/man"trap'/, n. 1. an outdoor trap set for humans, as to snare poachers or trespassers. 2. Slang. a woman who is purported to be dangerously seductive or who schemes in her ...
man-year
/man"year'/, n. a unit of measurement, esp. in accountancy, based on a standard number of man-days in a year of work. [1925-30] * * *
Man.
1. Manila. 2. Manitoba. * * *
man.
manual. * * *
mana
/mah"nah/, n. Anthropol. a generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or persons. [1835-45; < Polynesian] * * * Among Polynesian and ...
Mana
/man"ay/, n. Mannai. * * * Among Polynesian and Melanesian peoples, a supernatural force or power that may be ascribed to persons, spirits, or inanimate objects. Mana may be ...
manabout town
man about town n. pl. men about town A sophisticated, socially active man who frequents fashionable places. * * *
manacle
/man"euh keuhl/, n., v., manacled, manacling. n. 1. a shackle for the hand; handcuff. 2. Usually, manacles. restraints; checks. v.t. 3. to handcuff; fetter. 4. to hamper; ...
manada
/meuh nah"deuh/, n. Southwestern U.S. a herd of horses. [1835-45; < AmerSp, Sp: herd, flock, crowd, perh. to be identified with OSp manada handful, deriv. of mano hand < L ...
Manado
/mah nah"doh/, n. Menado. * * * ▪ Indonesia also spelled  Menado        city, capital of Sulawesi Utara (North Celebes) provinsi (province), Indonesia, located near ...
manage
/man"ij/, v., managed, managing. v.t. 1. to bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship: She managed to see the governor. How does she ...
manageability
See manageable. * * *
manageable
—manageability, manageableness, n. —manageably, adv. /man"i jeuh beuhl/, adj. that can be managed; governable; tractable; contrivable. [1590-1600; MANAGE + -ABLE] * * *
manageableness
See manageability. * * *
manageably
See manageability. * * *
managed care
a health plan or system that seeks to control medical costs by contracting with a network of providers and by requiring preauthorization for visits to specialists. [1985-90] * * *
managed currency
a currency whose value is established and maintained by deliberate governmental action working through national and international financial institutions, in contrast to the ...
managedcare
man·aged care (mănʹĭjd) n. Any arrangement for health care in which an organization, such as an HMO, another type of doctor-hospital network, or an insurance company, acts an ...
managedcompetition
managed competition n. A theory of health care delivery services that holds that the quality and efficiency of such services would improve if, in a market controlled by the ...
management
—managemental /man'ij men"tl/, adj. /man"ij meuhnt/, n. 1. the act or manner of managing; handling, direction, or control. 2. skill in managing; executive ability: great ...
management information system
a computerized information-processing system designed to support the activities and functions of company management. Abbr.: MIS * * *
managementinformation system
management information system n. Abbr. MIS A computer system designed to help managers plan and direct business and organizational operations. * * *
manager
—managership, n. /man"i jeuhr/, n. 1. a person who has control or direction of an institution, business, etc., or of a part, division, or phase of it. 2. a person who manages: ...
manageress
/man"i jeuhr is/; Brit. /man'i jeuh res"/, n. a woman who is a manager. [1790-1800; MANAGER + -ESS] Usage. See -ess. * * *
managerial
—managerially, adv. /man'i jear"ee euhl/, adj. pertaining to management or a manager: managerial functions; the managerial class of society. [1760-70; MANAGER + -IAL] * * *
managerial economics
Application of economic principles to decision making in business firms or other management units. The basic concepts are drawn from microeconomic theory, but new tools of ...
managerially
See managerial. * * *
managership
See manager. * * *
managing editor
an editor assigned to the supervision and coordination of certain editorial activities of a newspaper, magazine, book publishing company, or the like. Abbr.: M.E., m.e. [1860-65, ...
managingeditor
man·ag·ing editor (mănʹĭ-jĭng) n. An editor who supervises and coordinates the editorial activities of a publishing house or publication, such as a newspaper. * * *
Managua
/meuh nah"gweuh/; Sp. /mah nah"gwah/, n. 1. Lake, a lake in W Nicaragua. 390 sq. mi. (1010 sq. km). 2. a city in and the capital of Nicaragua, in the W part, on Lake Managua. ...
Managua, Lake
or Xolotlan Lake, western Nicaragua. It occupies an area of 400 sq mi (1,035 sq km), extending 36 mi (58 km) long and 16 mi (25 km) wide. Located north of the city of Managua, ...
Managuan
See Managua. * * *
manak
/man"ak/, n. a wooden ball fitted with hooks and attached to a rope, used by Eskimos to secure and haul in seals killed offshore. [ < Inuit manaq] * * *
Manakara
▪ Madagascar       town, southeastern Madagascar. It is situated along the Indian Ocean and the Pangalanes Canal. An old fishing village, it became a thriving Indian ...
manakin
/man"euh kin/, n. any of several small, songless passerine birds of the family Pipridae, of the warmer parts of the Americas, usually having brilliantly colored plumage. [var. of ...
Manala
/mahn"l euh/, n. Tuonela. * * * In Finnish mythology, the realm of the dead. Manala is ruled by the goddess Louhi, a fierce haglike creature. It is reached by crossing a fiery ...
Manama
Pers. /ma na"meuh, -ma/, n. a city in and the capital of Bahrain, on N Bahrain island. 94,697. Also called Al Manamah. * * * Arabic Al-Manāmah City (pop., 1999 est.: 162,000), ...
mañana
/mah nyah"nah/; Eng. /meuh nyah"neuh/, Spanish. n. 1. tomorrow; the (indefinite) future. adv. 2. tomorrow; in the (indefinite) future. * * *
Mananjary
▪ Madagascar       town, eastern Madagascar. It lies at the mouth of the Mananjary River. A port on the Indian Ocean and the Pangalanes Canal, it handles coastal ...
Manannan
/mah'neuh nahn", man'euh nan"/, n. Irish Myth. the god of the sea and son of Ler. * * *
Manannán mac Lir
▪ Irish deity       (Celtic: “Manannán, Son of the Sea”), Irish sea god from whom the name of the Isle of Man (Man, Isle of) allegedly derived. Manannán ...
Manáos
/mah nows"/, n. a port in and the capital of Amazonas, in N Brazil, on the Río Negro near its confluence with the Amazon: ab. 1000 mi. (1600 km) from the Atlantic but accessible ...
Manapouri Lake
Lake, southwestern South Island, New Zealand. With a maximum depth of 1,455 ft (444 m), it is the deepest lake in the country. It is one of the Southern Lakes, located in ...
Manapouri, Lake
▪ lake, New Zealand       lake, southwestern South Island, New Zealand, the deepest lake in the country. It is one of the Southern Lakes, found in the highland section ...
manas
—manasic /meuh nas"ik/, adj. /man"euhs, mun"-/, n. Hinduism, Buddhism. the rational faculty of the mind. [ < Skt: mind] * * * ▪ Indian philosophy       (Sanskrit: ...
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
▪ wildlife sanctuary, India also called  Kamrup Sanctuary        wildlife sanctuary in western Assam state, eastern India. It is situated at the foot of the ...
Manasā
▪ Hindu deity       folk goddess of snakes, worshiped mainly in Bengal and other parts of northeastern India, chiefly for the prevention and cure of snakebite and also ...
Manāslu I
▪ mountain, Nepal also called  Kutang I        one of the world's highest mountains (26,781 feet [8,163 m]); it lies in the Himalayas of north Nepal, 38 miles (61 km) ...
Manassas
/meuh nas"euhs/, n. a town in NE Virginia: battles of Bull Run 1861, 1862. 15,438. * * * ▪ Virginia, United States  residential city, seat (1892) of Prince William county, ...
Manasseh
/meuh nas"euh/, n. 1. the first son of Joseph. Gen. 41:51. 2. the tribe of Israel traditionally descended from him. Gen. 48:14-19. 3. a king of Judah of the 7th century B.C. II ...
Manasseh ben Israel
orig. Manoel Dias Soeiro born 1604, Lisbon? died Nov. 20, 1657, Middelburg, United Provinces of the Netherlands Portuguese-born Dutch Hebrew scholar and Jewish leader. He was ...
Manasseh, Prayer of
▪ apocryphal work       apocryphal work (noncanonical for Jews and Protestants), one of a collection of songs appended to the Old Testament book of Psalms in several ...
Manasses, Constantine
▪ Byzantine chronicler born c. 1130 died c. 1187       Byzantine chronicler, metropolitan (archbishop) of Naupactus, and the author of a verse chronicle (Synopsis ...
Manassite
/meuh nas"uyt/, n. a member of the tribe of Manasseh. [MANASS(EH) + -ITE1] * * *
Manat
/mah naht"/, n. a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess personifying fortune, sometimes considered a daughter of Allah. * * *
manatee
/man"euh tee', man'euh tee"/, n. any of several plant-eating aquatic mammals of the genus Trichechus, of West Indian, Floridian, and Gulf Coast waters, having two flippers in ...
Manatí
/mah nah tee"/, n. a city in N Puerto Rico. 17,347. * * * ▪ Puerto Rico       town, north-central Puerto Rico, situated on the humid coastal lowlands. Of Indian ...
Manaus
/mah nows"/, n. Manáos. * * * City (pop., 2002 est.: 1,479,200), northwestern Brazil. Located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, it lies along the northern bank of the ...
manavelins
/meuh nav"euh linz/, n.pl. Naut. Slang. miscellaneous pieces of gear and material. Also, manavilins. [1860-65; orig. uncert.] * * *
Manawatu River
River, south-central North Island, New Zealand. The Manawatu flows northwest to pass between the Ruahine and Tararua ranges. It then runs southwest past Palmerston North to ...
Manawatu-Wanganui
▪ region, New Zealand       regional council, southern North Island, New Zealand. It includes a major portion of one of the largest plains of the North Island and ...
Manawydan
/man'euh wu"dan/, n. Welsh Legend. a brother of Bran, Efnisien, and Branwen, and the second husband of Rhiannon: he rescued Pryderi from enchantments cast upon him by Llwyd. * * *
manbote
/man"boht/, n. Old Eng. Law. a sum of money paid to a lord whose vassal was murdered. [bef. 1000; < OE manbot. See MAN1, BOOT2] * * *
Mance, Jeanne
born Nov. 12, 1606, Langres, France died June 1673, Montreal French founder of the first hospital in Montreal. A member of a French association that planned a utopian colony at ...
Mance, Sir Henry Christopher
▪ British scientist born 1840, London, Eng. died April 21, 1926, Oxford, Oxfordshire       British scientist and engineer who invented the heliograph, a signaling ...
manche
/mahnch/, n. Heraldry. a conventional representation of a sleeve with a flaring end, used as a charge. Also, maunche, maunch. [1200-50; ME < MF < L manicae (pl.) long sleeves, ...
Manche
/mahonnsh/, n. a department in NW France. 451,662; 2476 sq. mi. (6413 sq. km). Cap.: Saint-Lô. * * *
Manchester
/man"ches'teuhr, -cheuh steuhr/, n. 1. a city in NW England: connected with the Mersey estuary by a ship canal (351/2 mi. [57 km] long). 506,300. 2. a city in S New Hampshire. ...
Manchester City
(also infml Man City) a football team from Manchester, England. It was formed in 1894 and has had several wins in the FA Cup, as well as many other successes in Britain and ...
Manchester Evening News
a newspaper that appears every evening in Manchester and was first published in 1868. It is owned by the same company that owns the Guardian. * * *
Manchester School
a school of economists in England in the first half of the 19th century, devoted to free trade and the repeal of the Corn Law, led by Richard Cobden and John Bright. * * ...
Manchester Ship Canal
a canal completed in 1894 linking Manchester with the River Mersey and the sea. It can take very large ships and allowed Manchester to increase its level of exports in the late ...
Manchester terrier
one of a breed of slender terriers having a short, glossy, black-and-tan coat, raised originally in Manchester, England. [1890-95] * * * ▪ breed of dog  breed of dog ...
Manchester United
(also infml Man United) a football team from Manchester, England, with a ground at Old Trafford(1). It was formed in 1902 and has won the FA Cup more times than any other team, ...
Manchester, (Victoria) University of
Public university in Manchester, England. It has its origins in a nonsectarian college for men founded in 1851. It became a university in 1880, having established colleges in ...
Manchester, Edward Montagu, 2nd earl of, Viscount Mandeville, Baron Kimbolton Of Kimbolton
▪ British general born 1602 died May 7, 1671, Whitehall, London, Eng.       Parliamentary general in the English Civil Wars.       Son of the 1st earl, Henry ...
Manchester, William Raymond
▪ 2005       American historian (b. April 1, 1922, Attleboro, Mass.—d. June 1, 2004, Middletown, Conn.), penned three popular volumes about Pres. John F. Kennedy. ...
Manchesterterrier
Manchester terrier n. Any of various shorthaired, black-and-tan dogs of a breed that originated in Manchester, England. Also called black-and-tan terrier. * * *
manchet
/man"chit/, n. Archaic. 1. a kind of white bread made from the finest flour. 2. Chiefly Dial. a piece or small loaf of such bread. [1375-1425; late ME mainchet; orig. uncert.] * ...
manchette
/mahn shet"/, n. armpad. [1825-35; < F: dim. of MANCHE; see -ETTE] * * *
manchineel
/man'cheuh neel"/, n. a tropical American tree or shrub, Hippomane mancinella, of the spurge family, having a milky, highly caustic, poisonous sap. [1620-30; earlier mancinell, ...
Manchu
/man chooh"/, n., pl. Manchus, (esp. collectively) Manchu, adj. n. 1. a member of a Tungusic people of Manchuria who conquered China in the 17th century and established a dynasty ...
Manchu language
also called  Man language        the most important of the Manchu-Tungus languages (a subfamily of the Altaic languages), formerly spoken by the Manchu people in ...
Manchu-Tungus
Man·chu-Tun·gus (mănʹcho͞o-to͝ong-go͞ozʹ, -tŭn-, măn-cho͞oʹ-) n. See Tungusic.   Manʹchu-Tun·gusʹic adj. * * *
Manchu-Tungus languages
or Tungusic languages Family of about 10 Altaic languages spoken by fewer than 55,000 people in Siberia, Mongolia, and northern China. All the languages have been losing ground ...
Manchu-Tungus Languages*, Table
▪ Table Table 40: Manchu-Tungus Languages*                               approximate  number of speakers  Southern (Manchu) ...
Manchu-Tungusic
See Manchu-Tungus. * * *
Manchukuo
/man"chooh"kwoh"/; Chin. /mahn"joh"kwaw"/, n. a former country (1932-45) in E Asia, under Japanese control: included Manchuria and parts of Inner Mongolia; now a part of ...
Manchuria
—Manchurian, adj., n. /man choor"ee euh/, n. a historic region in NE China: ancestral home of the Manchu. ab. 413,000 sq. mi. (1,070,000 sq. km). * * * Chinese Dongbei or ...
Manchurian
See Manchuria. * * *
Mancini
(1924–94) a US composer of music for films and writer of songs. He won Oscars for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), which included the song Moon River, and for Victor/Victoria ...
Mancini family
Family of Italian sisters, noblewomen noted for their great beauty. Nieces of Jules Cardinal Mazarin, they moved to France at an early age. Laure Mancini, duchess de Mercoeur ...
Mancini, Enrico
▪ 1995       ("HENRY"), U.S. composer (b. April 16, 1924, Cleveland, Ohio—d. June 14, 1994, Los Angeles, Calif.), revolutionized film scoring by incorporating elements ...
Mancini, Henry
orig. Enrico Nicola Mancini born April 16, 1924, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. died June 14, 1994, Beverly Hills, Calif. U.S. composer. While serving in the army air force during ...

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