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Mdme abbrev. Madame * * *
pl. Mdmes. Madame. * * *
median. * * *
midnight. * * *
minimum daily requirement. * * *
MDS or M.D.S. abbrev. Master of Dental Surgery * * * MDS abbr. Master of Dental Surgery. * * *
mdse abbrev. merchandise * * *
merchandise. * * *
1. mean downtime. 2. Also, M.D.T. Mountain daylight time. * * *
MDu abbrev. Middle Dutch * * *
/mee/, pron. 1. the objective case of I, used as a direct or indirect object: They asked me to the party. Give me your hand. 2. Informal. (used instead of the pronoun I in the ...
1. Maine (approved esp. for use with zip code). 2. Middle East. 3. Middle English. * * * (as used in expressions) Me Nam River forget me not Messerschmitt 109 Me 109 touch me ...
Chem. methyl. * * * (as used in expressions) Me Nam River forget me not Messerschmitt 109 Me 109 touch me not * * *
Me Decade
☆ Me Decade [mē ] n. 〚coined (1976) by Tom Wolfe (1931- ), U.S. writer〛 the decade of the 1970s thought of as characterized by narcissism, self-indulgence, and a lack of ...
me generation
n [sing + sing/pl v] (infml disapprov) the name used to refer to young people in the 1970s and 1980s who were especially interested in money and success and cared more about ...
I. me-1 Oblique form of the personal pronoun of the first person singular. For the nominative see eg. 1. me, myself, from Old English mē̆ (dative and accusative), from Germanic ...
I. mē-1 Expressing certain qualities of mind. Contracted from *meə₁-. 1. Suffixed o-grade form *mō-to-. a. mood1, from Old English mōd, mind, disposition; b. gemütlich>>, ...
/mee"tooh"/, adj. Slang. characterized by or involving me-tooism: a candidate's me-too campaign. [1925-30; from phrase me too] * * *
See metoo. * * *
—me-tooer, n. —me-tooist, adj., n. /mee"tooh"iz euhm/, n. 1. the adopting of policies, methods, products, etc., similar or identical to those of a peer, rival, or ...
Maine. * * *
mea culpa
/me"ah kool"pah/; Eng. /may"euh kul"peuh, mee"euh/, Latin. through my fault; my fault (used as an acknowledgment of one's responsibility). * * *
/mee"keuhn/, v.t. to give false signals to (electronic navigational equipment), as by means of a radio transmitter. [M(ISLEAD) + (B)EACON] * * *
me·a cul·pa (māʹə kŭlʹpə, mēʹə) n. An acknowledgment of a personal error or fault.   [Latin meā culpā, through my fault : meā, feminine ablative of meus, my + ...
mead1 /meed/, n. 1. an alcoholic liquor made by fermenting honey and water. 2. any of various nonalcoholic beverages. [bef. 900; ME mede, OE medu, meodu; c. D mee, G Met, ON ...
/meed/, n. 1. George Herbert, 1863-1931, U.S. philosopher and author. 2. Margaret, 1901-78, U.S. anthropologist. 3. Lake, a lake in NW Arizona and SE Nevada, formed 1936 by ...
Mead Lawrence, Andrea
▪ American skier born April 19, 1932, Rutland, Vt., U.S.       first American Alpine skier to win two gold medals in a single Winter Olympics. Her Olympic victories, ...
Mead, George Herbert
born Feb. 27, 1863, South Hadley, Mass., U.S. died April 26, 1931, Chicago, Ill. U.S. philosopher, sociologist, and social psychologist prominent in the development of ...
Mead, Lake
Reservoir of the Hoover Dam, on the Arizona-Nevada border in the U.S. One of the largest man-made lakes in the world, it was formed by the damming of the Colorado River. Lake ...
Mead, Margaret
born Dec. 16, 1901, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Nov. 15, 1978, New York, N.Y. U.S. anthropologist. She studied under Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict at Columbia University and ...
Mead, Richard
▪ British physician born Aug. 11, 1673, London died Feb. 16, 1754, London  leading 18th-century British physician who contributed to the study of preventive ...
Mead,George Herbert
Mead (mēd), George Herbert. 1863-1931. American philosopher and social theorist and reformer. He was a leader of the American pragmatists and contributed greatly to the ...
Mead, Lake A reservoir of southeast Nevada and northwest Arizona formed by Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. It is the center of a large recreational area. * * *
Mead, Margaret. 1901-1978. American anthropologist noted for her landmark studies of adolescence and sexual behavior in primitive cultures. Her books include Coming of Age in ...
/meed/, n. 1. George Gordon, 1815-72, Union general in the American Civil War. 2. James Edward, born 1907, British economist: Nobel prize 1977. * * *
Meade, George G
▪ American military officer born , Dec. 31, 1815, Cádiz, Spain died Nov. 6, 1872, Philadelphia  American army officer who played a critical role in the American Civil War ...
Meade, George G(ordon)
born , Dec. 31, 1815, Cádiz, Spain died Nov. 6, 1872, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. U.S. general in the American Civil War. He was the son of a U.S. naval agent in Spain. After ...
Meade, James Edward
▪ 1996       British economist (b. June 23, 1907, Swanage, Dorset, England—d. Dec. 22, 1995, Cambridge, England), influenced Britain's economic policies during World ...
Meade,George Gordon
Meade (mēd), George Gordon. 1815-1872. American Union general who commanded the costly victory at Gettysburg (1863). * * *
Meade,James Edward
Meade, James Edward. 1907-1995. British economist. He shared a 1977 Nobel Prize for contributions to theories of international trade and finance. * * *
Meader, Vaughn
▪ 2005       American comedian (b. March 20, 1936, Waterville, Maine—d. Oct. 29, 2004, Auburn, Maine), became famous by means of his impersonation of Pres. John F. ...
—meadowless, adj. —meadowy, adj. /med"oh/, n. 1. a tract of grassland used for pasture or serving as a hayfield. 2. a tract of grassland in an upland area near the ...
meadow beauty
any of several North American plants of the genus Rhexia, esp. R. mariana or R. virginica, having showy rose-pink flowers with eight prominent bright yellow stamens. Also called ...
meadow bird
the bobolink. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
meadow fescue
a European fescue, Festuca pratensis, of the grass family, grown for pasture in North America. [1785-95] * * *
meadow grass
any grass of the genus Poa, esp. P. pratensis, the Kentucky bluegrass. [1250-1300; ME] * * *
meadow grasshopper
▪ insect also called  meadow katydid        any of a group of grasshoppers in the family Tettigoniidae (order Orthoptera) that are slender, small to medium-sized, and ...
meadow lily
☆ meadow lily n. CANADA LILY * * *
meadow lily.
See Canada lily. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
meadow mouse
any of numerous short-tailed rodents of the genus Microtus and allied genera, chiefly of fields and meadows in the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Also called meadow ...
meadow mushroom
meadow mushroom n. a common edible mushroom (Agaricus campestris) with pinkish or brown gills, found in open, grassy areas * * *
meadow mushroom.
See under mushroom (def. 2). [1880-85] * * *
meadow nematode
meadow nematode n. any of a number of roundworms (genus Pratylenchus), parasitic on the roots of various plants * * *
meadow parsnip
any North American plant belonging to the genus Thaspium, of the parsley family, having yellow or purple flowers. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
meadow rue
any of several plants belonging to the genus Thalictrum, of the buttercup family, having leaves resembling those of rue, esp. T. dioicum, of North America. [1660-70] * * * ▪ ...
meadow saffron
meadow saffron n. COLCHICUM (sense 1) * * *
meadow saffron.
See autumn crocus. [1570-80] * * *
meadow salsify
a European weedy, composite plant, Tragopogon pratensis, naturalized in North America, having grasslike leaves and yellow flowers. Also called star-of-Jerusalem. * * *
meadow vole
▪ rodent also called  meadow mouse   one of the most common and prolific small mammals (mammal) in North America. Weighing less than 50 grams (1.8 ounces), this stout vole ...
meadow vole.
See meadow mouse. [1860-65] * * *
Meadowbank Stadium
a sports stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was opened in 1970 to hold the Commonwealth Games. The games were held there again in 1986. It has one large outdoor sports ground ...
meadow beauty n. Any of several North American plants of the genus Rhexia, growing in wet ground and having opposite leaves and showy purple flowers. Also called deer grass. * * *
meadow fern n. See sweet gale. * * *
meadow fescue n. A grass (Festuca eliator) grown for hay. * * *
/med"oh land'/, n. an area or section of land that is a meadow or is used or kept as a meadow. [1645-55; MEADOW + LAND] * * *
/med"oh lahrk'/, n. any of several American songbirds of the genus Sturnella, of the family Icteridae, esp. S. magna (eastern meadowlark) and S. neglecta (western meadowlark), ...
meadow mouse n. See field mouse. * * *
meadow mushroom n. An edible mushroom (Agaricus campestris) that thrives in moist soil and is widely cultivated for food. * * *
meadow nematode n. Any of various nematodes of the genus Pratylenchus that are parasitic on the roots of plants. * * *
meadow rue n. Any of various plants of the genus Thalictrum, having compound leaves and clusters of small white, yellowish, or purplish apetalous flowers. * * *
Meadows, Audrey
▪ 1997       U.S. Emmy award-winning actress who portrayed Alice, a strong-minded yet tenderhearted housewife whose verbal bantering with her husband, Ralph (Jackie ...
Meadows, Earle
▪ American athlete born June 29, 1913, Corinth, Miss., U.S. died Nov. 11, 1992       American pole-vaulter (pole vault) who, tied with Bill Sefton, set the world ...
meadow saffron n. See autumn crocus. * * *
/med"oh sweet'/, n. 1. any plant belonging to the genus Spiraea, of the rose family, esp. S. latifolia, having white or pink flowers. 2. any plant of the closely related genus ...
See meadow. * * *
Meads, Colin Earl
▪ New Zealand athlete born June 3, 1936, Cambridge, N.Z.       New Zealand rugby union football player and former national team captain (1971) whose outstanding ...
/meed"vil/, n. a city in NW Pennsylvania. 15,544. * * * ▪ Pennsylvania, United States       city, seat of Crawford county, Pennsylvania, U.S., on the French Creek, 87 ...
—meagerly, adv. —meagerness, n. /mee"geuhr/, adj. 1. deficient in quantity or quality; lacking fullness or richness; scanty; inadequate: a meager salary; meager fare; a ...
See meager. * * *
See meagerly. * * *
Meagher, Thomas Francis
▪ United States military officer born Aug. 23, 1823, Waterford, County Waterford, Ire. died July 1, 1867, near Fort Benton, Mont., U.S.  Irish revolutionary leader and orator ...
meal1 —mealless, adj. /meel/, n. 1. the food served and eaten esp. at one of the customary, regular occasions for taking food during the day, as breakfast, lunch, or supper. 2. ...
meal ticket
1. a ticket that entitles the bearer to meals in a specified restaurant, esp. when meals purchased in this manner are offered at reduced rates. 2. Informal. someone upon whom one ...
/mee"lee/, n. South African. 1. Sometimes, mealies. corn; maize. 2. an ear of corn. [1850-55; < Afrik mielie < Pg milho maize, millet < L milium MILLET] * * *
mealie meal n. South African Cornmeal. * * *
See mealy. * * *
Americans and British people generally eat three meals a day though the names vary according to people’s lifestyles and where they live.   The first meal of the day is ...
meals on wheels
(sometimes cap.)a program, usually one supported or subsidized by a charitable, social, or government agency, for delivering hot meals regularly to elderly, disabled, or ...
meal ticket n. 1. A card or ticket entitling the holder to a meal or meals. 2. Informal. A person or thing depended on as a source of financial support. * * *
/meel"tuym'/, n. the usual time for a meal. [1125-75; ME meeltyme. See MEAL1, TIME] * * *
/meel"werrm'/, n. the larva of any of several darkling beetles of the genus Tenebrio, which infests granaries and is used as food for birds and animals. [1650-60; MEAL2 + WORM] * ...
—mealiness, n. /mee"lee/, adj., mealier, mealiest. 1. having the qualities of meal; powdery; soft, dry, and crumbly: mealy potatoes; a mealy stone. 2. of or containing meal; ...
—mealy-mouthedly /mee"lee mow'thid lee, -dhid-, -mowtht'-, -mowdhd'-/, adv. —mealy-mouthedness, n. /mee"lee mowtht', -mowdhd'/, adj. avoiding the use of direct and plain ...
/mee"lee bug'/, n. any of several scalelike, homopterous insects of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae that are covered with a powdery wax secretion and feed on ...
mean1 /meen/, v., meant, meaning. v.t. 1. to have in mind as one's purpose or intention; intend: I meant to compliment you on your work. 2. to intend for a particular purpose, ...
mean anomaly
Astron. the anomaly of a mean planet; the angular distance of the planet from perihelion or aphelion. * * *
mean deviation
Statistics. a measure of dispersion, computed by taking the arithmetic mean of the absolute values of the deviations of the functional values from some central value, usually the ...
mean distance
Astron. the arithmetic mean of the greatest and least distances of a planet from the sun, used in stating the size of an orbit; the semimajor axis. [1885-90] * * *
mean free path
Physics, Chem. (in a collection of moving particles)the average distance that a particle travels between successive collisions with other particles. * * * ▪ ...
mean latitude.
See middle latitude. * * *
mean length of utterance
Psycholinguistics. the mean number of morphemes produced per sentence, used esp. as a measure of child language development. Abbr.: MLU * * *
mean life
Physics. 1. the average time that an unstable particle or nucleus survives before it decays. 2. See decay time. Also called average life, lifetime. * * * In radioactivity, the ...
mean line
Print. an imaginary x-high line. Also called x-line. * * *
mean noon
Astron. the moment when the mean sun's center crosses the meridian. * * *
mean planet
Astron. a hypothetical planet that coincides with a real planet when the real planet is at perihelion and that moves in an orbit at a constant velocity equal to the mean velocity ...
mean proportional
Math. (between two numbers a and b) a number x for which a/x = x/b: The number 3 is a mean proportional between 1 and 9. [1565-75] * * *
mean solar day
day (def. 3a). * * *
mean solar time
Astron. time measured by the hour angle of the mean sun. Also called mean time. * * *
mean square
Statistics. the mean of the squares of a set of numbers. [1835-45] * * *
mean square deviation
Statistics. variance (def. 3). [1890-95] * * *
Mean Streets
a US film (1973) that made stars of Martin Scorsese, who wrote and directed it, and the actor Robert De Niro. It is about four youths who meet in Tony’s Bar in the Little Italy ...
mean sun
Astron. an imaginary sun moving uniformly in the celestial equator and taking the same time to make its annual circuit as the true sun does in the ecliptic. * * *
mean value
Math. the ratio of the integral of a given function over a closed interval to the length of the interval. * * *
mean value theorem
Math. the theorem that for a function continuous on a closed interval and differentiable on the corresponding open interval, there is a point in the interval such that the ...
mean, median, and mode
In mathematics, the three principal ways of designating the average value of a list of numbers. The arithmetic mean is found by adding the numbers and dividing the sum by the ...
mean-spirited [mēn′spir′it id] adj. characterized by or displaying a propensity to be mean; selfish, malicious, etc. mean-spiritedness n. * * * mean-spir·it·ed or ...
See mean-spirited. * * *
See mean-spiritedly. * * *
mean-value theorem
▪ mathematics       theorem in mathematical analysis dealing with a type of average useful for approximations and for establishing other theorems, such as the ...
mean-value theorems
In mathematics, two theorems, one associated with differential calculus and one with integral calculus. The first proposes that any differentiable function defined on an ...
mean calorie n. See calorie. * * *
—meanderer, n. —meanderingly, adv. /mee an"deuhr/, v.i. 1. to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course: The stream meandered through the valley. 2. to wander ...
/mee an"deuhr/, n. ancient name of the Menderes. * * * Extreme U-bend in a stream, usually occurring in a series, that is caused by flow characteristics of the water. Meanders ...
meander line
Survey. a zigzag traverse made to define the approximate margin of a natural body of water. * * *
See meander. * * *
See meanderer. * * *
mean deviation n. In a statistical distribution, the average of the absolute values of the differences between individual numbers and their mean. * * *
/mee an"dreuhs/, adj. meandering; winding; rambling. [1650-60; MEAND(E)R + -OUS] * * *
/mee"nee/, n. Informal. meany. * * *
—meaningly, adv. —meaningness, n. /mee"ning/, n. 1. what is intended to be, or actually is, expressed or indicated; signification; import: the three meanings of a word. 2. ...
—meaningfully, adv. —meaningfulness, n. /mee"ning feuhl/, adj. full of meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeful; significant: a meaningful wink; a meaningful ...
meaningful relationship
a romantic relationship based upon mutual respect and supportiveness and marked by a sense of commitment and fulfillment. * * *
See meaningful. * * *
See meaningfully. * * *
—meaninglessly, adv. —meaninglessness, n. /mee"ning lis/, adj. without meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeless; insignificant: a meaningless reply; a ...
See meaningless. * * *
See meaninglessly. * * *
meanly1 /meen"lee/, adv. 1. in a poor, lowly, or humble manner. 2. in a base, contemptible, selfish, or shabby manner. 3. in a stingy or miserly manner. [1350-1400; ME meneli. ...
/meen"nis/, n. 1. the state or quality of being mean. 2. a mean act: to answer meannesses with forgiveness. [1550-60; MEAN2 + -NESS] * * *
means [mēnz] pl.n. 〚
Means grass
/meenz/. See Johnson grass. [1855-60, Amer.; after John H. Means (1812-62), governor of South Carolina, 1850-52, who obtained the original seed from Turkey] * * *
means test
an investigation into the financial position of a person applying for aid from public funds. [1925-30] * * *
/meenz"test'/, v.t. 1. to subject (a person or a specific benefit) to a means test: Government proposes to means-test Medicare. v.i. 2. to perform a means test: fair and ...
meansolar day
mean solar day n. The period of time between two successive transits of the mean sun; the standard for the 24-hour day measured from midnight to midnight. * * *
—meanspiritedly, adv. —meanspiritedness, n. /meen"spir"i tid/, adj. petty; small-minded; ungenerous: a meanspirited man, unwilling to forgive. [1685-95; MEAN2 + SPIRITED] * * ...
mean square n. The average of the squares of a set of numbers. * * *
means test (mēnz) n. An investigation into the financial well-being of a person to determine the person's eligibility for financial assistance. * * *
mean sun n. A hypothetical sun defined as moving at a uniform rate along the celestial equator at the mean speed with which the real sun apparently moves along the ecliptic, used ...
/ment/, v. pt. and pp. of mean1. * * *
/meen"tuym'/, n. 1. the intervening time: The party is Tuesday, but in the meantime I have to shop and prepare the food. adv. 2. meanwhile. [1300-50; ME; see MEAN3, TIME] * * *
meantone system
/meen"tohn'/, Music. a system for tuning keyboard instruments, used before the development of tuning by equal temperament and considered practical only for tonalities of not more ...
meantone temperament
▪ music       system of tuning keyboard instruments (keyboard instrument), prevalent from c. 1500 through the 18th century. It enabled keyboard instruments to play in ...
/meen"hwuyl', -wuyl'/, n. 1. meantime. adv. 2. in the intervening time; during the interval. 3. at the same time: Meanwhile, the others were back home enjoying ...
/mee"nee/, n., pl. meanies. Informal. a small-minded, petty, or malicious person: The children said their teacher was a real meany. Also, meanie. [1925-30; MEAN2 + -Y2] * * *
/mee"nee/, n. George, 1894-1980, U.S. labor leader: 3rd president of the AFL 1952-55; 1st president of the AFL-CIO 1955-79. * * *
Meany, George
born Aug. 16, 1894, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 10, 1980, Washington, D.C. U.S. labour leader. A plumber by trade, he joined the United Association of Plumbers and Steam ...
Mea·ny (mēʹnē), George. 1894-1980. American labor leader who exerted great political influence as the first president of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of ...
/mear/, n. Brit. Dial. mere3. * * *
Mears, Helen Farnsworth
▪ American sculptor born December 21, 1872, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S. died February 17, 1916, New York, New York       American sculptor best remembered for her ...
meas abbrev. measure * * *
1. measurable. 2. measure. 3. measurement. * * *
/mee"zeuhl/, n. sing. of measles (def. 3). * * *
/mee"zeuhld/, adj. (of swine or other livestock) affected with measles. [1350-1400; ME meseled. See MEASLES, -ED3] * * *
/mee"zeuhlz/, n. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Pathol. a. an acute infectious disease occurring mostly in children, characterized by catarrhal and febrile symptoms and an ...
/mee"zlee/, adj., measlier, measliest. 1. Informal. a. contemptibly small, meager, or slight: They paid me a measly fifteen dollars for a day's work. b. wretchedly bad or ...
See measurable. * * *
—measurability, measurableness, n. —measurably, adv. /mezh"euhr euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being measured. [1300-50; ME mesurable < MF < LL mensurabilis that can be ...
See measurability. * * *
—measurer, n. /mezh"euhr/, n., v., measured, measuring. n. 1. a unit or standard of measurement: weights and measures. 2. a system of measurement: liquid measure. 3. an ...
Measure for Measure
a comedy (1604) by Shakespeare. * * * ▪ work by Shakespeare  a “dark” comedy in five acts by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William), written about 1603–04 and ...
measure of central tendency
Statistics. a statistic that in some way specifies the central tendency of a sample of measurements, as the mean, median, or mode. * * *
measure theory
In mathematics, a generalization of the concepts of length and area (see length, area, and volume) to arbitrary sets of points not composed of line segments or rectangles. A ...
measure zero
Math. the property of a set of points for which, given any small number, there exists a set of intervals such that each point of the given set is contained in at least one of the ...
—measuredly, adv. —measuredness, n. /mezh"euhrd/, adj. 1. ascertained or apportioned by measure: The race was over the course of a measured mile. 2. accurately regulated or ...
Measured susceptibilities for rock types
▪ Table Measured susceptibilities for rock types rock type % of samples with magnetic susceptibility (in 10−6 electromagnetic units per cubic centimetre) less than ...
See measured. * * *
See measuredly. * * *
—measurelessly, adv. —measurelessness, n. /mezh"euhr lis/, adj. too large or great to be measured; unlimited; immeasurable: a measureless distance; measureless ...
See measureless. * * *
See measurelessly. * * *
/mezh"euhr meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of measuring. 2. a measured dimension. 3. extent, size, etc., ascertained by measuring. 4. a system of measuring or measures: liquid ...
measurement system
Introduction       any of the systems used in the process of associating numbers with physical quantities and phenomena (metrology). Although the concept of weights and ...
Measurement systems employed in petroleum refining
▪ Table Measurement systems employed in petroleum refining                       units of measure refinery operation international U.S. quantity ...
measurement ton
measurement ton n. TON1 (sense 5) * * *
measurement ton.
See under ton1 (def. 5). [1930-35] * * *
See measure. * * *
measuring cup
a graduated cup used esp. in cooking for measuring ingredients. [1900-05] * * *
measuring spoon
a spoon for measuring amounts, as in cooking, usually part of a set of spoons of different sizes. * * *
measuring worm
☆ measuring worm n. the caterpillar of any geometrid moth: it moves by alternately advancing the front end of its body and bringing the rear end forward to form a loop * * ...
/mezh"euhr ing werrm'/, n. the larva of any geometrid moth, which progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end. Also, measuring worm. ...
—meatless, adj. /meet/, n. 1. the flesh of animals as used for food. 2. the edible part of anything, as a fruit or nut: Crack the walnuts and remove the meats. 3. the essential ...
meat and potatoes
Informal. the essential or basic part: Community service is the meat and potatoes of this program. [‡ 1950-55] * * *
meat and two veg
(BrE infml) a meal consisting of some meat and two different vegetables, one of which is potato. It is a traditional British meal, although now British people enjoy a greater ...
meat ax
1. cleaver (def. 2). 2. Informal. a drastic or ruthless procedure or approach, esp. for reducing or trimming something, as expenditures: The committee used a meat ax on the ...
meat hooks
Slang. hands or fists. Also meat-hooks. [1835-45 for literal sense] * * *
meat house
Chiefly Midland U.S. a smokehouse. * * *
meat loaf
a dish of ground meat, often mixed with other ingredients, as bread crumbs and seasonings, molded in the shape of a loaf and baked. * * *
meat market
meat market n. Slang a bar, nightclub, etc. characterized by its patrons' aggressive pursuit of casual sex * * *
meat packing
—meat packer. the business or industry of slaughtering cattle and other meat animals and processing the carcasses for sale, sometimes including the packaging of processed meat ...
meat processing
Introduction       preparation of meat for human consumption.       Meat is the common term used to describe the edible portion of animal tissues and any processed ...
meat tea
Brit. See high tea. [1855-60] * * *
meat wagon
Slang. an ambulance. [1920-25] * * *
/meet"n peuh tay"tohz, -teuhz/, adj. Informal. fundamental; down-to-earth; basic: What are the meat-and-potatoes issues of the election? Also, meat-and-potato. [1945-50] * * *
/meet"aks'/, adj. Informal. 1. drastic or severe: meat-ax defense cuts. 2. favoring or advocating drastic reductions: a meat-ax approach to the budget. * * *
meatand potatoes
meat and potatoes pl.n. Informal (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The fundamental parts or part; the basis. * * *
/meet"bawl'/, n. 1. a small ball of ground meat, esp. beef, often mixed with bread crumbs, seasonings, etc., before cooking. 2. Slang. an awkward, clumsy, or ineffectual ...
/meeth, meedh/, n. a county in Leinster, in the E Republic of Ireland. 95,602; 902 sq. mi. (2335 sq. km). Co. seat: Trim. * * * ▪ county, Ireland Irish  An Mhí, ...
Meath, Hugh de Lacy, 1st Lord of
▪ Anglo-Norman justiciar died July 25, 1186, Durrow, Leinster, Ire.       one of the Anglo-Norman justiciars of Ireland who went to Ireland with England's King Henry ...
/meet"hed'/, n. Slang. blockhead; dunce; fool. [1940-45; MEAT + HEAD] * * *
meat hook n. 1. A hook used to hang the carcasses of slaughtered animals or large pieces of meat. 2. meat hooks Slang. The hands or fists. * * *
See meaty. * * *
meatless [mēt′lis] adj. 1. having no meat or food 2. when no meat is to be eaten [a meatless day] 3. containing no meat or meat substances [meatless vegetable soup] * * ...
meatloaf [mētlōf΄] n. a baked loaf of ground meat, usually beef or beef and pork, mixed with cracker or bread crumbs, egg, etc.: also meat loaf * * * meat loaf or meat·loaf ...
/meet"man'/, n., pl. meatmen. a dealer in meat; butcher. [1560-70; MEAT + MAN1] Usage. See -man. * * *
meat market n. 1. A market where meat is sold. 2. Slang. An establishment, such as a nightclub, where one looks for a sexual partner. 3. Slang. A location or circumstance, such ...
See meatpacking. * * *
☆ meatpacking [mēt′pak΄iŋ ] n. the process or industry of slaughtering animals and preparing their meat for market meatpacker n. * * * meat·pack·ing ...
—meatal, adj. /mee ay"teuhs/, n., pl. meatuses, meatus. Anat. an opening or foramen, esp. in a bone or bony structure, as the opening of the ear or nose. [1655-65; < L meatus ...
—meatily, adv. —meatiness, n. /mee"tee/, adj., meatier, meatiest. 1. of or like meat. 2. abounding in meat. 3. rich in content or thought-provoking matter; full of substance: ...
▪ France  town, Seine-et-Marne département, Île-de-France région, northern France, east-northeast of Paris. Situated in a loop of the Marne River in an intensively ...
/meuh ben"deuh zohl'/, n. Pharm. an anthelmintic substance, C16H13N3O3, used for treating parasitic worm infestations. [ME(THYL) + ben(zimi)dazole a component of its chemical ...
/mek/, n. French Slang. a pimp; mack. * * *
/meuh kah"tee/, n. Southwestern U.S. a rope made of horsehair or sometimes maguey. [1840-50; < MexSp < Nahuatl mecatl cord, rope] * * *
—Meccan, adj., n. /mek"euh/, n. 1. Also, Makkah, Mekka. a city in and the capital of Hejaz, in W Saudi Arabia: birthplace of Muhammad; spiritual center of Islam. 366,801. 2. ...
Mecca balsam.
See balm-of-Gilead (def. 2). [1815-25] * * *
See Mecca. * * *
n [U] a toy in the form of a set of metal or plastic parts with which mechanical models can be built. It was invented by Frank Hornby in England in 1893 and has been popular in ...
mech abbrev. 1. mechanical 2. mechanics 3. mechanism * * *
1. mechanical. 2. mechanics. 3. mechanism. * * *
Mechain, Pierre
▪ French scientist born Aug. 16, 1744, Laon, Fr. died Sept. 20, 1804, Castellón de la Plana, Spain       French astronomer and hydrographer who, with Jean Delambre ...
mechan- pref. Variant of mechano-. * * *
/meuh kan"ik/, n. 1. a person who repairs and maintains machinery, motors, etc.: an automobile mechanic. 2. a worker who is skilled in the use of tools, machines, equipment, ...
mechanic's lien
a lien secured on property, as an automobile, building, or the like, by the contractor who has repaired or built it, in order to ensure payment for labor and materials. * * *
—mechanically, adv. —mechanicalness, mechanicality, n. /meuh kan"i keuhl/, adj. 1. having to do with machinery: a mechanical failure. 2. being a machine; operated by ...
mechanical advantage
Mech. the ratio of output force to the input force applied to a mechanism. [1890-95] * * * Force-amplifying effectiveness of a simple machine (lever, wedge, wheel and axle, ...
mechanical bank
a toy bank in which a coin is deposited by a mechanical process that is usually activated by pushing a lever. * * *
mechanical drawing
drawing, as of machinery, done with the aid of rulers, scales, compasses, etc. [1885-90] * * *
mechanical efficiency
▪ physics       measure of the effectiveness with which a mechanical system performs. It is usually the ratio of the power delivered by a mechanical system to the power ...
mechanical energy
Sum of a system's kinetic energy (KE) and potential energy (PE). Mechanical energy is constant in a system that experiences no dissipative forces such as friction or air ...
mechanical engineering
—mechanical engineer. the branch of engineering dealing with the design and production of machinery. * * * Branch of engineering concerned with the design, manufacture, ...
mechanical equivalent of heat
(in any system of physical units) the number of units of work or energy equal to one unit of heat, as 4.1858 joules, which equals one small calorie. [1835-45] * * *
mechanical impedance
Physics. impedance (def. 2). * * *
mechanical metallurgy
the branch of metallurgy dealing with the response of metals to applied forces. * * *
mechanical pencil
a pencil for holding lead that can be extended by mechanical means. * * *
mechanical pulp.
See groundwood pulp. [1885-90] * * *
mechanical rides
➡ fairs * * *
mechanical scanning
1. Electronics. a technique for varying the sector covered by a transmitting or receiving antenna by rotating it. 2. Television. a technique, formerly used in televising, for ...
mechanical solidarity
Sociol. social cohesiveness that is based on shared activities, beliefs, and experiences and is characteristic of simple traditional societies. Cf. organic solidarity. * * *
mechanical suspension.
See under suspension (def. 6). * * *
mechanical system
Any building service using machines. They include plumbing, elevators, escalators, and heating and air-conditioning systems. The introduction of mechanization in buildings in ...
mechanical tissue
mechanical tissue n. a plant tissue made up of hard, thick-walled cells that add strength to an organ * * *
mechanical twin
Metall. a crystalline twin formed by the strain set up by an applied force. [1920-25] * * *
mechanical advantage n. The ratio of the output force produced by a machine to the applied input force. * * *
mechanical drawing n. 1. Drafting. 2. A drawing, such as an architect's plans, that enables measurements to be interpreted. * * *
See mechanical engineering. * * *
mechanical engineering n. The branch of engineering that encompasses the generation and application of heat and mechanical power and the design, production, and use of machines ...
See mechanical. * * *
See mechanically. * * *
/mek'euh nish"euhn/, n. a person skilled in constructing, working, or repairing machines; mechanic; machinist. [1560-70; MECHANIC + -IAN] * * *
/meuh kan"iks/, n. 1. (used with a sing. v.) the branch of physics that deals with the action of forces on bodies and with motion, comprised of kinetics, statics, and ...
mechanics' institute
▪ British-United States organization       a voluntary organization common in Britain and the United States between 1820 and 1860 for educating manual workers. Ideally ...
/meuh kan"iks vil'/, n. a village in E Virginia, near Richmond: Civil War battle 1862. * * *
—mechanismic, adj. /mek"euh niz'euhm/, n. 1. an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion, often being part of a large machine; linkage. 2. the agency or ...
/mek"euh nist/, n. 1. a person who believes in the theory of mechanism. 2. a mechanician. [1600-10; MECHAN(IC) + -IST] * * *
—mechanistically, adv. /mek'euh nis"tik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the theory of mechanism or to mechanists. 2. of or pertaining to mechanics. 3. mechanical. [1880-85; ...

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