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medium-scale integration
/mee"dee euhm skayl'/, Electronics. See MSI. * * *
medium-sized
/mee"dee euhm suyzd'/, adj. neither very large nor very small: a medium-sized house. [1880-85] * * *
mediumfrequency
medium frequency n. Abbr. MF A radio frequency or radio-frequency band in the range 300 to 3,000 kilohertz. * * *
mediumistic
/mee'dee euh mis"tik/, adj. pertaining to a spiritualistic medium. [1865-70; MEDIUM + -ISTIC] * * *
mediumof exchange
medium of exchange n. pl. media of exchange or mediums of exchange Something, such as a precious metal, that is commonly used in a specific area or among a certain group of ...
medius
/mee"dee euhs/, n., pl. medii /-dee uy'/. Anat. the middle finger. [1555-65; < L: middle (adj.); see MID1] * * *
medivac
/med"euh vak'/, n., v.t., medivacked, medivacking. medevac. * * *
medlar
/med"leuhr/, n. 1. a small tree, Mespilus germanica, of the rose family, the fruit of which resembles a crab apple and is not edible until the early stages of decay. 2. any of ...
medley
/med"lee/, n., pl. medleys, adj. n. 1. a mixture, esp. of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge; jumble. 2. a piece of music combining tunes or passages from various sources: a ...
medley race
medley race n. 1. a relay race in which each contestant must cover a different distance 2. a swimming race in which a different stroke must be used for each length of the pool: ...
medley relay
1. Track. a relay race in which individual members of a team usually run an unequal portion of the total distance. Cf. distance medley, sprint medley. 2. Swimming. a relay race ...
Médoc
/may dok"/; Fr. /may dawk"/, n. 1. a wine-growing region in Gironde, in SW France. 2. a red Bordeaux wine produced there. * * * ▪ district, France       wine-producing ...
Medon
/meed"n/, n. (in the Odyssey) a herald who warned Penelope that her suitors were conspiring against Telemachus. * * *
medroxyprogesterone
/mi drok'see proh jes"teuh rohn'/, n. Pharm. a progesterone derivative, C24H34O4, used in the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding and secondary amenorrhea, as a contraceptive ...
meds
meds [medz] pl.n. Informal medications or medicines * * *
medulla
/meuh dul"euh/, n., pl. medullas, medullae /-dul"ee/. 1. Anat. a. the marrow of the bones. b. the soft, marrowlike center of an organ, as the kidney or adrenal gland. c. See ...
medulla oblongata
pl. medulla oblongatas, medullae oblongatae. Anat. the lowest or hindmost part of the brain, continuous with the spinal cord. See diag. under brain. [1670-80; < NL: the long ...
medullaoblongata
medulla ob·lon·ga·ta (ŏb'lông-gäʹtə) n. pl. medulla ob·lon·ga·tas or me·dul·lae ob·lon·ga·tae (mĭ-dŭlʹē ŏb'lông-gäʹtē) The lowermost portion of the ...
medullar
See medulla. * * *
medullary
/med"l er'ee, mej"euh ler'ee, meuh dul"euh ree/, adj. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling the medulla of an organ or the medulla oblongata. [1610-20; MEDULL(A) + -ARY] * ...
medullary ray
Bot. (in the stems of woody plants) one of the vertical bands or plates of unspecialized tissue that radiate between the pith and the bark. Also called pith ray. [1820-30] * * *
medullary sheath
1. Bot. a narrow zone made up of the innermost layer of woody tissue immediately surrounding the pith in plants. 2. Anat. See myelin sheath. [1840-50] * * *
medullarysheath
medullary sheath n. See myelin sheath. * * *
medullated
/med"l ay'tid, mej"euh lay'-, meuh dul"ay tid/, adj. Anat. myelinated. [1865-70; MEDULL(A) + -ATE1 + -ED2] * * *
medullation
/med'l ay"sheuhn, mej'euh lay"-/, n. Biol. the formation of a medullary sheath about a nerve fiber. [MEDULL(A) + -ATION] * * *
medullization
med·ul·li·za·tion (mĕd'l-ĭ-zāʹshən) n. Replacement of bone tissue by marrow, as in inflammatory bone disease. * * *
medusa
—medusoid /meuh dooh"soyd, -dyooh"-/, adj. /meuh dooh"seuh, -zeuh, -dyooh"-/, n., pl. medusas, medusae /-see, -zee/. Zool. a saucer-shaped or dome-shaped, free-swimming ...
Medusa
/meuh dooh"seuh, -zeuh, -dyooh"-/, n., pl. Medusas. Class. Myth. the only mortal of the three Gorgons. She was killed by Perseus, and her head was mounted upon the aegis of Zeus ...
medusafish
/meuh dooh"seuh fish', -zeuh-, -dyooh"-/, n., pl. medusafishes, (esp. collectively) medusafish. a stromateid fish, Icichthys lockingtoni, of deep waters off the coast of ...
medusahead
me·du·sa·head (mĭ-do͞oʹsə-hĕd', -zə, -dyo͞oʹ-) n. A grass (Taeniatherum caput-medusae) with long bristly awns that is native to Europe and has become naturalized in ...
medusan
/meuh dooh"seuhn, -zeuhn, -dyooh"-/, adj. 1. pertaining to a medusa or jellyfish. n. 2. a medusa or jellyfish. [1840-50; MEDUS(A) + -AN] * * *
medusoid
medusoid [mə do͞osoid΄, mə do͞ozoid΄, mə dyo͞o′soid΄, mə dyo͞ozoid΄] adj. like a medusa, or jellyfish n. a medusa-shaped gonophore of a hydrozoan * * ...
Medved, Aleksandr Vasilyevich
▪ Russian athlete born Sept. 16, 1937, Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine, U.S.S.R. [now Bila Tserkva, Ukraine]       Russian wrestler who is considered one of the greatest ...
Medvedev, Dmitry
▪ 2009 born Sept. 14, 1965, Leningrad, U.S.S.R. [now St. Petersburg, Russia]  After Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin's party, United Russia, won an overwhelming majority of ...
Medvedev, Roy Aleksandrovich
▪ Soviet historian and dissident born Nov. 14, 1925, Tbilisi, Georgia, U.S.S.R. [now in Georgia]       Soviet historian and dissident who was one of his country's ...
Medvedev, Zhores Aleksandrovich
▪ Soviet biologist and dissident born Nov. 14, 1925, Tbilisi, Georgia, U.S.S.R. [now in Georgia]       Soviet biologist who became an important dissident historian in ...
Medwall, Henry
▪ English author born September 1461, Southwark, London, Eng. died after 1501       author remembered for his Fulgens and Lucrece, the first known secular play in ...
Medway
a river in Kent in south-east England which starts at the town of Rochester, flows through Chatham and joins the River Thames to the east of London. * * * ▪ unitary ...
Mee, Bertram
▪ 2002 “Bertie”        British association football (soccer) physiotherapist and manager (b. Dec. 25, 1918, Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, Eng.—d. Oct. 21, 2001, ...
meed
/meed/, n. Archaic. a reward or recompense. [bef. 900; ME mede, OE med; c. G Miete hire; akin to OE meord, Goth mizdo, Gk misthós reward] * * *
Meegeren, Han van
orig. Henricus Antonius van Meegeren born Oct. 10, 1889, Deventer, Neth. died Dec. 30, 1947, Amsterdam Dutch art forger. He forged at least 14 "Old Masters" and sold them at ...
Meehan, Tony
▪ 2006 Daniel Joseph Anthony Meehan        British drummer and music producer (b. March 2, 1943, London, Eng.—d. Nov. 28, 2005, London), was a founding member of the ...
meek
—meekly, adv. —meekness, n. /meek/, adj., meeker, meekest. 1. humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others. 2. overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; ...
Meekatharra
▪ Western Australia, Australia       town, west-central Western Australia. Founded in the 1890s, it became the centre of the Murchison goldfield, but with the ...
Meeker, Nathan Cook
▪ American journalist and social reformer born July 12, 1817, Euclid, Ohio, U.S. died September 1879, White River Agency, Colo.       American journalist and social ...
meekly
See meek. * * *
Meer
/mear/; Du. /mayrdd/, n. Jan van der /yahn vahn derdd/. See Vermeer, Jan. Also called Meer van Delft /vahn delft"/. * * *
Meer, Simon van der
▪ Dutch physicist born Nov. 24, 1925, The Hague, Neth.       Dutch physical engineer who in 1984, with Carlo Rubbia (Rubbia, Carlo), received the Nobel Prize for ...
meerkat
/mear"kat/, n. suricate. [D: lit., monkey, appar. = meer see (see MERE2) + kat CAT] * * * or suricate colonial species (Suricata suricatta) of the mongoose family ...
Meersch, Jean-André van der
▪ Belgian military leader born Feb. 10, 1734, Menen, Austrian Netherlands [now in Belgium] died Sept. 14, 1792, Dadizeele       military leader of the Belgian revolt ...
meerschaum
/mear"sheuhm, -shawm/, n. 1. a mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, H4Mg2Si3O10, occurring in white, claylike masses, used for ornamental carvings, for pipe bowls, etc.; ...
Meerson, Lazare
▪ British-born motion-picture set designer born 1900, Russia died May 1938, London       motion-picture set designer whose work transformed French set design. His ...
Meerut
/mear"euht/, n. a city in W Uttar Pradesh, in N India. 367,821. * * * ▪ India       city, northwestern Uttar Pradesh state, northern India. It lies northeast of ...
meet
meet1 —meeter, n. /meet/, v., met, meeting, n. v.t. 1. to come upon; come into the presence of; encounter: I would meet him on the street at unexpected moments. 2. to become ...
Meet the Press
a US television news programme, broadcast every Sunday, in which several journalists ask politicians questions. Meet the Press began on radio in 1945 and moved to television in ...
meeting
/mee"ting/, n. 1. the act of coming together: a chance meeting in the park. 2. an assembly or conference of persons for a specific purpose: a ten o'clock business meeting. 3. the ...
meeting house
1. a house or building for religious worship. 2. a house of worship for Quakers. Also, meetinghouse. [1625-35] * * *
meeting post
a timber with a chamfer at the outer edge of a lock gate that fits against the meeting post of another lock gate. Also called miter post. [1870-75] * * *
meeting rail
(in a double-hung window) the rail of each sash that meets a rail of the other when the window is closed. See diag. under double-hung. * * *
meetinghouse
meetinghouse [mēt′iŋhous΄] n. a building used for public meetings, esp. for worship, as by Friends, or Quakers * * * meet·ing·house (mēʹtĭng-hous') n. A building used ...
meetly
/meet"lee/, adv. suitably; fittingly; properly; in a seemly manner. [1350-1400; ME; see MEET2, -LY] * * *
mefenamic acid
/mef"euh nam"ik, mef'-/, Pharm. a white powder, C15H15NO2, used as a mild analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic in certain types of arthritis and for the relief of ...
mefenamicacid
mef·e·nam·ic acid (mĕf'ə-nămʹĭk) n. A crystalline compound, C15H15NO2, used as an anti-inflammatory drug and as an analgesic.   [dimethyl + alteration of phenyl + ...
mefloquine
mef·lo·quine (mĕfʹlə-kwīn', -kwēn') n. A drug, C17H17ClF6N2O, used mainly for the treatment and prevention of chloroquine-resistant malaria.   [methyl + fluoro- + ...
Meg
/meg/, n. a female given name, form of Margaret. * * *
MEG
magnetoencephalogram. * * *
meg
Elect. megohm; megohms. * * *
meg-
Great. Oldest form *meg̑-, becoming *meg- in centum languages. Derivatives include much, magnate, mayor, maestro, and maharajah. 1. a. mickle, much, from Old English micel, ...
mega
mega [meg′ə] adj. Informal great in size, quantity, etc., often in relation to others of its kind * * *
mega-
var. of megalo- (megalith); also the initial element in units of measure that are equal to one million of the units denoted by the base word (megahertz). Symbol: M Also, esp. ...
megabit
/meg"euh bit'/, n. Computers. 1. 220 (1,048,576) bits. 2. (loosely) one million bits. Abbr.: Mb [1955-60; MEGA- + BIT3] * * *
megabuck
/meg"euh buk'/, n. Informal. 1. one million dollars. 2. megabucks, very large sums of money. [1945-50; MEGA- + BUCK1] * * *
megabyte
/meg"euh buyt'/, n. Computers. 1. 220 (1,048,576) bytes. 2. (loosely) one million bytes. Abbr.: MB [1965-70; MEGA- + BYTE] * * *
Megabyzus
▪ Achaemenian general flourished 5th century BC       one of the greatest generals of the ancient Achaemenid Empire of Persia.       He was the son of Zopyrus ...
megacephalic
—megacephaly, n. /meg'euh seuh fal"ik/, adj. Cephalom. macrocephalic. Also, megacephalous /meg'euh sef"euh leuhs/. [1875-80; MEGA- + CEPHALIC] * * *
megacephalous
See megacephalic. * * *
megacephaly
meg·a·ceph·a·ly (mĕg'ə-sĕfʹə-lē) n. pl. meg·a·ceph·a·lies See macrocephaly.   meg'a·ce·phalʹic (-sə-fălʹĭk) or meg'a·cephʹa·lous (-sĕfʹə-lĕs) ...
megachurch
meg·a·church (mĕgʹə-chûrch') n. A large, independent, usually nondenominational worship group, especially one formed as an offshoot of a Protestant church. Also called ...
megacity
/meg"euh sit'ee/, n., pl. megacities. a city having a population of one million or more. [1965-70; MEGA- + CITY] * * *
Megacles
▪ Athenian statesman [flourished mid-6th century BC] flourished 6th century BC       the leader of one of the parties that struggled for control of Athens during the ...
megacolon
▪ pathology       massive enlargement and dilation of the large intestine (colon). The two main types of the syndrome are congenital megacolon, or Hirschsprung disease, ...
megacorporation
/meg"euh kawr'peuh ray'sheuhn/, n. a giant company formed from two or more large companies or a number of companies of various sizes. Also called megacompany. [MEGA- + ...
megacycle
/meg"euh suy'keuhl/, n. Elect. a unit of frequency, equal to one million cycles per second; megahertz. The term megahertz is now preferred in technical use. Abbr.: Mc, ...
megadeal
/meg"euh deel'/, n. a large business transaction. [1980-85] * * *
megadeath
/meg"euh deth'/, n. a unit of one million deaths: used in estimating or predicting the fatalities that would occur in a nuclear war. [1950-55; MEGA- + DEATH] * * *
megadont
/meg"euh dont'/, adj. macrodont. Also, megadontic. [MEGA- + -(O)DONT] * * *
megadontia
/meg'euh don"sheuh, -shee euh/, n. macrodontia. Also, megadontism, megadonty. [ < NL; see MEGA-, -ODONT, -IA] * * *
megadose
/meg"euh dohs'/, n. a dose many times the usual amount, as of a vitamin or drug. [1970-75; MEGA- + DOSE] * * *
megaelectron volt
/meg'euh i lek"tron/, Physics. See million electron volts. [MEGA- + ELECTRON VOLT] * * *
Megaera
/meuh jear"euh/, n. Class. Myth. one of the Furies. * * *
megafauna
/meg"euh faw'neuh/, n. Ecol. land animals of a given area that can be seen with the unaided eye. [MEGA- + FAUNA] * * * ▪ biology       in soil science, animals such as ...
megafaunal
See megafauna. * * *
megaflop
meg·a·flop (mĕgʹə-flŏp') n. A measure of computing speed equal to one million floating-point operations per second.   [mega- + FLOP.] * * *
megaflops
/meg"euh flops'/, n. a measure of computer speed, equal to one million floating-point operations per second. [1985-90; see FLOPS] * * *
Megagaea
Megagaea [meg΄ə jē′ə] n. 〚ModL
megagamete
/meg'euh geuh meet", -gam"eet/, n. Cell Biol. macrogamete. [1890-95; MEGA- + GAMETE] * * *
megagametophyte
—megagametophytic /meg'euh geuh mee'teuh fit"ik, -gam'i-/, adj. /meg'euh geuh mee"teuh fuyt'/, n. Bot. the female gametophyte in seed plants. [1930-35; MEGA- + GAMETOPHYTE] * * ...
megahertz
/meg"euh herrts'/, n., pl. megahertz, megahertzes. Elect. a unit of frequency, equal to one million cycles per second. Abbr.: MHz [1940-45; MEGA- + HERTZ] * * *
megahit
/meg"euh hit'/, n. an enterprise, as a movie, that is outstandingly successful. [1980-85] * * *
megajoule
/meg"euh jowl', -joohl'/, n. Physics. a unit of work or energy, equal to one million joules. [MEGA- + JOULE] * * *
megakaryoblast
/meg'euh kar"ee euh blast'/, n. Cell Biol. a cell that gives rise to a megakaryocyte. [MEGA- + KARYO- + -BLAST] * * *
megakaryocyte
—megakaryocytic /meg'euh kar'ee euh sit"ik/, adj. /meg'euh kar"ee euh suyt'/, n. Cell Biol. a large bone-marrow cell having a lobulate nucleus, regarded as the source of blood ...
megal-
var. of megalo- before a vowel: megalopsia. * * *
megalecithal
/meg'euh les"euh theuhl/, adj. Embryol. having a large amount of yolk, as certain eggs or ova. [1955-60; MEGA- + LECITHAL] * * *
Megalesia
/meg'euh lee"zheuh, -sheuh, -see euh/, n. (sometimes used with a pl. v.) an ancient Roman festival in honor of the Magna Mater. Also called Megalesian Games. [ < L, short for ...
megalith
—megalithic, adj. /meg"euh lith/, n. a stone of great size, esp. in ancient construction work, as the Cyclopean masonry, or in prehistoric Neolithic remains, as dolmens or ...
megalithic
See megalith. * * *
megalithic astronomy
archaeoastronomy. * * *
megaliths
➡ Stone Age Britain * * *
megalo-
a combining form with the meanings "large, great, grand," "abnormally large," used in the formation of compound words: megalopolis; megalocardia. Also, esp. before a vowel, ...
megaloblast
—megaloblastic, adj. /meg"euh leuh blast'/, n. Pathol. an abnormally large, immature, and dysfunctional red blood cell found in the blood of persons with pernicious anemia or ...
megaloblastic
See megaloblast. * * *
megalocardia
/meg'euh loh kahr"dee euh/, n. Pathol. hypertrophy of the heart. [1850-55; MEGALO- + -CARDIA] * * *
megalocephalic
—megalocephaly, n. /meg'euh loh seuh fal"ik/, adj. 1. Cephalom., Craniom. macrocephalic. 2. Pathol. afflicted with leontiasis. Also, megalocephalous /meg'euh loh sef"euh ...
megalocephalous
See megalocephalic. * * *
megalocephaly
meg·a·lo·ceph·a·ly (mĕg'ə-lō-sĕfʹə-lē) n. pl. meg·a·lo·ceph·a·lies See macrocephaly.   meg'a·lo·ce·phalʹic (-sə-fălʹĭk) or meg'a·lo·cephʹa·lous ...
megalomania
/meg'euh loh may"nee euh/, n. 1. Psychiatry. a symptom of mental illness marked by delusions of greatness, wealth, etc. 2. an obsession with doing extravagant or grand ...
megalomaniac
/meg'euh loh may"nee ak'/, n. 1. a person afflicted with megalomania. adj. 2. Also, megalomaniacal /meg'euh loh meuh nuy"euh keuhl/, megalomanic /meg'euh loh man"ik/. of, ...
megalomaniacal
See megalomaniac. * * *
megalomanic
See megalomaniac. * * *
megalopolis
/meg'euh lop"euh lis/, n. 1. a very large city. 2. an urban region, esp. one consisting of several large cities and suburbs that adjoin each other. Also, megapolis. [1825-35; ...
megalopolistic
See megalopolis. * * *
megalopolitan
—megalopolitanism, n. /meg'euh loh pol"i tn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a megalopolis. n. 2. an inhabitant of a megalopolis. Also, megapolitan. [1925-35; ...
megalops
/meg"euh lops'/, n. Zool. the larval stage of marine crabs immediately prior to and resembling the adult stage. [1850-55; < NL, orig. a genus name, equiv. to Gk megal- MEGAL- + ...
megalopsia
/meg'euh lop"see euh/, n. Ophthalm. macropsia. Also, megalopia /meg'euh lop"ee euh/. [1885-90; MEGAL- + -OPSIA] * * *
megalosaur
—megalosaurian, adj., n. /meg"euh leuh sawr'/, n. any gigantic carnivorous dinosaur of the genus Megalosaurus, of the Jurassic and early Cretaceous periods. [1835-45; < NL ...
megalosaurian
See megalosaur. * * *
Megalosaurus
▪ dinosaur       carnivorous dinosaur and the subject of the first scientific description of a dinosaur ever published. Known from fossils of the Middle Jurassic ...
Megan
/meg"euhn/, n. a female given name. * * *
Megan's Law
/may"geuhnz/ any of various laws aimed at people convicted of sex-related crimes, requiring community notification of the release of offenders, establishment of a registry of ...
Meganthropus
/meuh gan"threuh peuhs, meg'an throh"peuhs/, n. a proposed genus of extinct, late lower Pleistocene primates based on two large lower jaws found in Java, and believed to be ...
Megan’s Law
☆ Megan’s Law [meg′ənz, mā′gənz ] n. 〚after Megan Kanka, 7-year-old N.J. girl raped and murdered in 1994 by a neighbor previously incarcerated for child ...
megaparsec
meg·a·par·sec (mĕgʹə-pär'sĕk) n. One million parsecs. * * *
megaphone
—megaphonic /meg'euh fon"ik/, adj. —megaphonically, adv. /meg"euh fohn'/, n., v., megaphoned, megaphoning. n. 1. a cone-shaped device for magnifying or directing the voice, ...
megaphonic
See megaphone. * * *
megaphonically
See megaphonic. * * *
megaplex
/meg"euh pleks'/, n. a large building containing usually more than a dozen movie theaters. [1990-95; MEGA- + -PLEX] * * *
megapod
megapod [meg′ə päd΄] adj. 〚 MEGA- + -POD〛 large-footed n. MEGAPODE * * *
megapode
/meg"euh pohd'/, n. any of several large-footed, short-winged gallinaceous Australasian birds of the family Megapodiidae, typically building a compostlike mound of decaying ...
megapolis
—megapolitan /meg'euh pol"i tn/, adj., n. /meuh gap"euh lis/, n. megalopolis. [1630-40; MEGA- + -POLIS] * * *
Megara
—Megarian, Megarean /mjeuh gar"ee euhn, me-/, Megaric, adj. /meg"euhr euh/, n. 1. a city in ancient Greece: the chief city of Megaris. 2. Class. Myth. a daughter of Creon whose ...
Megara Hyblaea
▪ ancient city, Sicily, Italy       ancient city on the east coast of Sicily, 12 miles (19 km) north of Syracuse, founded about 728 BC by colonists from Megara in ...
Megarian school
or Megarics School of philosophy founded in Greece in the early 4th century BC by Eucleides of Megara died с 380 BC . It is noted more for its criticism of Aristotle and its ...
Megaris
/meg"euhr is/, n. a district in ancient Greece, between the Gulf of Corinth and Saronic Gulf. * * *
megaron
/meg"euh ron'/, n., pl. megara /-euhr euh/, megarons. (in pre-Hellenic Greek architecture) a building or semi-independent unit of a building, generally used as a living apartment ...
megascopic
megascopic [meg΄ə skäp′ik] adj. 〚 MEGA- + -SCOP(E) + -IC〛 MACROSCOPIC (sense 1) megascopically adv. * * * meg·a·scop·ic ...
megascopically
See megascopic. * * *
megasporangium
/meg'euh spaw ran"jee euhm, -spoh-/, n., pl. megasporangia /-jee euh/. Bot. a sporangium containing megaspores. [1885-90; MEGA- + SPORANGIUM] * * *
megaspore
—megasporic /meg'euh spawr"ik, -spor"-/, adj. /meg"euh spawr', -spohr'/, n. Bot. 1. the larger of the two kinds of spores characteristically produced by seed plants and a few ...
megasporemother cell
megaspore mother cell n. Botany A cell that undergoes meiosis to produce four megaspores. Also called megasporocyte. * * *
megasporic
See megaspore. * * *
megasporocyte
meg·a·spo·ro·cyte (mĕg'ə-spôrʹə-sīt', -spōrʹ-) n. See megaspore mother cell. * * *
megasporogenesis
meg·a·spo·ro·gen·e·sis (mĕg'ə-spôr'ə-jĕnʹĭ-sĭs, -spōr'-) n. pl. meg·a·spo·ro·gen·e·ses (-sēz) The formation of megaspores. * * *
megasporophyll
/meg'euh spawr"euh fil, -spohr"-/, n. Bot. a sporophyll producing megasporangia only. [1895-1900; MEGA- + SPOROPHYLL] * * *
megass
/meuh gas", -gahs"/, n. bagasse. Also, megasse. [1840-50; unexplained var.] * * *
megastar
megastar [meg′ə stär΄] n. SUPERSTAR * * *
Megasthenes
▪ Greek historian born c. 350 BC died c. 290       ancient Greek historian and diplomat, author of an account of India, the Indica, in four books. An Ionian, he was ...
megastructure
/meg"euh struk'cheuhr/, n. 1. a very large, usually high-rise building or a complex of such buildings used for many purposes, as for apartments, offices, stores, theaters, and ...
megathere
/meg"euh thear'/, n. any of the huge, slothlike animals of the extinct genus Megatherium, or closely related genera, that lived from the Oligocene to the Pleistocene ...
megatherian
See megathere. * * *
megatherium
megatherium [meg΄əthir΄meg΄ə thir′ē əm] n. 〚ModL < Gr megas (see MEGA-) + thērion, beast < thēr, wild animal: see FIERCE〛 any of an extinct genus (Megatherium) of ...
megatherm
—megathermic, megathermal, adj. /meg"euh therrm'/, n. a plant requiring a constant high temperature and abundant moisture for growth. [1875-80; MEGA- + THERM] * * *
megaton
—megatonic /meg'euh ton"ik/, adj. /meg"euh tun'/, n. 1. one million tons. 2. an explosive force equal to that of one million tons of TNT, as that of atomic or hydrogen bombs. ...
megatonnage
/meg"euh tun'ij/, n. the destructive capacity of nuclear explosives as measured in megatons. [1960-65; MEGATON + -AGE, after TONNAGE] * * *
megatrend
/meg"euh trend'/, n. a major trend or movement. [MEGA- + TREND] * * *
megavitamin
/meg"euh vuy'teuh min/; Brit. also /meg"euh vit'euh min/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or using very large amounts of vitamins: megavitamin therapy. Cf. orthomolecular. n. 2. ...
megavolt
/meg"euh vohlt'/, n. Elect. a unit of electromotive force, equal to one million volts. Abbr.: MV [1920-25; MEGA- + VOLT] * * *
megavoltage
See megavolt. * * *
megawatt
/meg"euh wot'/, n. Elect. a unit of power, equal to one million watts. Abbr.: MW [1895-1900; MEGA- + WATT] * * *
megawattage
See megawatt. * * *
Meges
/mee"jeez/, n. (in the Iliad) a nephew of Odysseus who commanded the Epeans in the Trojan War. * * *
Meghalaya
State (pop., 2001 prelim.: 2,306,069), northeastern India. Occupying an area of 8,660 sq mi (22,429 sq km), it is bordered by Bangladesh and Assam state. Its few urban centres ...
Meghan
/meg"euhn/, n. a female given name. * * *
Meghna River
River, Bangladesh. It is formed by the Surma River. Flowing south, it is joined southeast of Dhaka by the Padma River, which is formed from the waters of the Ganges and ...
Megiddo
/meuh gid"oh/, n. an ancient city in N Israel, on the plain of Esdraelon: site of many battles; often identified with the Biblical Armageddon. * * * City, ancient Palestine. It ...
megillah
/meuh gil"euh/; for 2 also Seph. Heb. /meuh gee lah"/, n., pl. megillahs, Seph. Heb. megilloth, megillot /-gee lawt"/. 1. Slang. a. a lengthy, detailed explanation or account: ...
megilp
/meuh gilp"/, n. a jellylike vehicle used in oil paints and usually consisting of linseed oil mixed with mastic varnish. [1760-70; orig. obscure] * * *
MEGO
/mee"goh/ my eyes glaze over. * * *
megohm
/meg"ohm'/, n. Elect. a unit of resistance, equal to one million ohms. Abbr.: meg [1865-70; MEG- + OHM] * * *
megohmmeter
/meg"ohm mee'teuhr/, n. Elect. an instrument for measuring large resistances, esp. the resistance of insulation. [MEGOHM + -METER] * * *
Megrez
Me·grez (mēʹgrĕz') n. A star in the Big Dipper.   [Short for Arabic maġriz aḏ-ḏanab ad-dubb al-’akbar, the root of the tail of the greater bear, from maġriz, root, ...
megrim
/mee"grim/, n. 1. megrims, low spirits; the blues. 2. a whim or caprice. 3. migraine. [1350-1400; ME migrame a type of headache < MF migraine (by misreading, in taken as m); see ...
Mehemet Ali
/mi hem"et ah lee", ah"lee, may"met/ 1769-1849, viceroy of Egypt 1805-48. Also, Mohammed Ali. * * *
Meher Baba
orig. Merwan Sheriar Irani born Feb. 25, 1894, Poona, India died Jan. 31, 1969, Ahmednagar Indian spiritual master. Born into a Zoroastrian family of Persian descent, he ...
mehitzah
Seph. /meuh khee tsah"/; Ashk. /meuh khee"tseuh/, n., pl. mehitzoth, hitzot, mehitzos Seph. /-khee tsawt"/; Ashk. /-khee"tseuhz, -khee"tsohs/. Hebrew. a curtain or other divider ...
Mehldau, Brad
▪ 2008 Bradford Alexander Mehldau  born Aug. 23, 1970, Jacksonville, Fla.  In January 2007 an enthusiastic cover story in Down Beat magazine featuring Brad Mehldau ...
Mehmed
(as used in expressions) Emin Pasha Mehmed Fuzuli Mehmed bin Süleyman Mehmed II Mehmed the Conqueror * * *
Mehmed Ağa
▪ Turkish architect Ağa also spelled  Āghā  flourished 16th century and early 17th century, Turkey       an architect whose masterpiece is the Sultan Ahmed Cami ...
Mehmed Fuat Köprülü
▪ Turkish statesman also known as  Köprülüzade   born Dec. 5, 1890, Constantinople died June 28, 1966, Istanbul       scholar, historian, and statesman who made ...
Mehmed I
▪ Ottoman sultan also called  Çelebi Sultan Mehmed  died May 26, 1421, Edirne, Ottoman Empire  Ottoman sultan who reunified the dismembered Ottoman territories following ...
Mehmed II
byname Mehmed the Conqueror born March 30, 1432, Adrianople, Thrace, Ottoman Empire died May 3, 1481, near Constantinople Ottoman sultan (1444–46, 1451–81). His father, ...
Mehmed III
▪ Ottoman sultan born 1566, Manisa, Ottoman Empire died Dec. 22, 1603, Constantinople       Ottoman sultan (1595–1603) whose reign saw a long and arduous conflict ...
Mehmed IV
▪ Ottoman sultan byname  Avcı  (“The Hunter”)  born , Jan. 2, 1642, Constantinople died Jan. 6, 1693, Edirne, Ottoman Empire       Ottoman sultan whose reign ...
Mehmed Siyah-Kalem
▪ Islamic painter flourished 15th century, , Turkestan or Iran       artist known solely by the attribution of his name to a remarkable series of paintings preserved in ...
Mehmed V
▪ Ottoman sultan original name  Mehmed Reşad   born Nov. 2, 1844, Constantinople died July 3, 1918, Constantinople  Ottoman sultan from 1909 to 1918, whose reign was ...
Mehmed VI
▪ Ottoman sultan original name  Mehmed Vahideddin  born Jan. 14, 1861 died May 16, 1926, San Remo, Italy       the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, whose forced ...
mehndi
/men"dee/, n. 1. the art or practice of painting elaborate patterns on the skin with henna. 2. a design or designs so made. [ < Hindi < Skt mendi the henna plant] * * *
Mehring, Franz
▪ German historian and journalist born Feb. 27, 1846, Schlawe, Pomerania died Jan. 28, 1919, Berlin       radical journalist, historian of the German Social Democratic ...
Mehsana
▪ India       town, Gujarat (Gujarāt) state, west-central India. It lies in the lowlands between the Aravalli Range and the Little Rann of Kachchh (Kachchh, Rann of) ...
Mehta
/may"teuh/, n. Zubin /zooh"bin/, born 1936, Indian orchestra conductor, in the U.S. since 1961. * * *
Mehta, Sir Pherozeshah
▪ Indian politician born Aug. 4, 1845, Bombay, India died Nov. 5, 1915, Bombay       Indian political leader, planner of Bombay's municipal charter and founder of the ...
Mehta, Zubin
▪ Indian conductor and musician born April 29, 1936, Bombay [Mumbai], India    Indian orchestral conductor and musical director known for his expressiveness on the podium ...
Méhul
/may yuul"/, n. Étienne Nicolas /ay tyen" nee kaw lah"/ or Étienne Henri /ahonn rddee"/, 1763-1817, French composer. * * *
Méhul, Étienne-Nicolas
▪ French composer born June 22, 1763, Givet, Ardennes, Fr. died Oct. 18, 1817, Paris  composer who influenced the development of French opera and who was one of the principal ...
Mehuman
/mi hyooh"meuhn/, n. one of the seven eunuchs who served in the court of King Ahasuerus. Esther 1:10. * * *
Mei Juecheng
born May 19, 1681, Xuan Cheng, Anhui province, China died Nov. 20, 1763, China Chinese court official, mathematician, and astronomer. He learned mathematics from his ...
Mei Lanfang
▪ Chinese singer, actor, and dancer Wade-Giles romanization  Mei Lan-fang  born October 22, 1894, Beijing, China died August 8, 1961, Beijing       Chinese theatrical ...
Mei Wending
born 1633, Xuangcheng, Anhui province, China died 1721, China Chinese writer on astronomy and mathematics whose work represented an association of Chinese and Western ...
Mei Yaochen
▪ Chinese poet Wade-Giles romanization  Mei Yao-ch'en , also called  Wanling Xiansheng (Chinese: “Mr. Wanling” [Wanling being an ancient name for Mei Yaochen's ...
mei-
I. mei-1 To change, go, move; with derivatives referring to the exchange of goods and services within a society as regulated by custom or law. Derivatives include mad, molt, ...
mei-no-
Opinion, intention. 1. moan, from Old English *mān, opinion, complaint, from Germanic *main-. 2. mean1; bemoan, from Old English mǣnan, to signify, tell, complain of, moan, ...
Meidias Painter
flourished с 420–400 BC, Greece Greek vase painter known for his theatrical "florid" style. A large hydria (water vessel) with scenes from the rape of the daughters of ...
Meier Helmbrecht
▪ work by Wernher der Gartenaere       realistic medieval epic poem (c. 1250), remarkable for its portrayal of the seamy decline of chivalry, when knights became robbers ...
Meier, Richard
▪ American architect in full  Richard Alan Meier  born Oct. 12, 1934, Newark, N.J., U.S.       American architect noted for his refinements of and variations on ...
Meier, Richard (Alan)
born Oct. 12, 1934, Newark, N.J., U.S. U.S. architect. Educated at Cornell University, Meier's early experience included work with the firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and ...
Meier,Richard
Mei·er (mīʹər), Richard. Born 1934. American architect noted for technically innovative designs that blend respectfully with their natural environments. His best-known works ...
meig-
See meik-. * * *
meigh-
To urinate. Oldest form *meig̑h-, becoming *meigh- in centum languages. 1. a. mist, from Old English mist, mist; b. mizzle1, from Middle English misellen, to drizzle, from a ...
Meighen
/mee"euhn/, n. Arthur, 1874-1960, Canadian statesman: prime minister 1920-21, 1926. * * *
Meighen, Arthur
▪ prime minister of Canada born June 16, 1874, near Anderson, Ontario, Canada died August 5, 1960, Toronto  Canadian politician who was Conservative Party leader (1920–26; ...
Meighen,Arthur
Meigh·en (mēʹən), Arthur. 1874-1960. Canadian politician who served as prime minister (1920-1921 and 1926). * * *
Meigs
/megz/, n. Fort. See Fort Meigs. * * *
Meigs, Montgomery C
▪ American engineer and architect born May 3, 1816, Augusta, Ga., U.S. died Jan. 2, 1892, Washington, D.C.       U.S. engineer and architect, who, as quartermaster ...
Meiji
/may"jee"/, n. Japanese Hist. the designation of the period of the reign of Emperor Mutsuhito from 1868 to 1912. [1870-75; < Japn meiji, earlier meidi enlightened peace < MChin, ...
Meiji Constitution
Constitution of Japan from 1890 to 1947. After the Meiji Restoration (1868), Japan's leaders sought to create a constitution that would define Japan as a capable, modern nation ...
Meiji emperor
orig. Mutsuhito born Nov. 3, 1852, Kyōto, Japan died July 30, 1912, Tokyo Emperor of Japan during whose reign (1867–1912) the Tokugawa shogunate was overthrown, Japan was ...
Meiji period
(1868–1912) Period in Japanese history beginning with the enthronment of the Meiji emperor and ending with his death. It was a time of rapid modernization and westernization. ...
Meiji Restoration
Meiji Restoration n. revolution in Japanese life and government that occurred after the accession of Emperor Mutsuhito (1867), characterized by the downfall of the shogun and ...
meik-
Also meig-. To mix. Oldest forms *meik̑-, *meig̑-, becoming *meik-, *meig- in centum languages. 1. Zero-grade variant form *mig-. amphimixis, apomixis, panmixia, from Greek ...
Meikle, Andrew
▪ Scottish inventor born 1719, Scotland died Nov. 27, 1811, Houston Mill, near Dunbar, East Lothian       Scottish millwright and inventor of the threshing machine for ...
Meiktila
▪ Myanmar       town, central Myanmar (Burma), on Meiktila Lake. A major road and rail centre on the Thazi-Myingyan railway, the town also has an airfield. It is a ...
Meilhac
/me yannk"/, n. Henri /ahonn rddee"/, 1831-97, French dramatist: collaborator with Ludovic Halévy. * * *
Meillet
/me ye"/, n. Antoine /ahonn twannn"/, 1866-1936, French linguist. * * *
Meillet, Antoine
born Nov. 11, 1866, Moulins, France died Sept. 21, 1936, Châteaumeillant French linguist. He argued that any attempt to account for linguistic change must recognize that ...
Meillet,Antoine
Meil·let (mā-yāʹ), Antoine. 1866-1936. French linguist and Indo-Europeanist. He was the author of over two dozen books and reference works that are still widely consulted, ...
Mein Kampf
/muyn kahmpf"/ the autobiography (1925-27) of Adolf Hitler, setting forth his political philosophy and his plan for German conquest. * * * ▪ work by Hitler German“My ...
Meinecke, Friedrich
▪ German historian born Oct. 30, 1862, Salzwedel, Prussia died Feb. 6, 1954, Berlin  the leading German historian of the first half of the 20th century and, together with his ...
Meinhof, Carl
born July 23, 1857, Barzwitz, near Schlawe, Pomerania, Prussia died Feb. 10, 1944, Greifswald, Ger. German scholar of African languages. A specialist in the Bantu languages who ...
meinie
meinie or meiny [mā′nē] n. pl. meinies [mā′ēz] 〚ME menie < OFr meisniee: see MENIAL〛 1. Obs. feudal retainers or attendants, collectively; retinue or household 2. ...
Meiningen
▪ Germany       city, Thuringia Land (state), central Germany. It lies along the Werra River, between the Thuringian Forest (Thüringer Wald) and the Rhön Mountains. ...
Meiningen Company
▪ German theatrical troupe German  Meininger Hoftheatertruppe (“Meiningen Court Theatre Troupe”)        experimental acting group begun in 1866 and directed by ...
Meinong
/muy"nawng/, n. Alexius /ah lek"see oos/, 1853-1920, Austrian psychologist and philosopher. * * *
Meinong, Alexius
▪ Austrian philosopher and psychologist born July 17, 1853, Lemberg, Galicia, Austrian Empire [now Lviv, Ukraine] died Nov. 27, 1920, Graz, Austria       Austrian ...
Meinong, Alexius, Ritter (knight) von Handschuchsheim
born July 17, 1853, Lemberg, Galicia, Austrian Empire died Nov. 27, 1920, Graz, Austria Austrian philosopher and psychologist. He taught at the University of Graz from 1889 ...
meiny
/may"nee/, n., pl. meinies. 1. Archaic. a group or suite of attendants, followers, dependents, etc. 2. Scot. Archaic. a multitude; crowd. Also, meinie. [1250-1300; ME meynee ...
meionite
/muy"euh nuyt'/, n. Mineral. a member of the scapolite group, rich in calcium and containing no sodium. [1800-10; < Gk meíon less + -ITE1; cf. F méionite] * * *
meiosis
—meiotic /muy ot"ik/, adj. /muy oh"sis/, n. 1. Cell Biol. part of the process of gamete formation, consisting of chromosome conjugation and two cell divisions, in the course of ...
meiotic
See meiosis. * * *
meiotically
See meiotic. * * *
meiping
▪ pottery English“prunus vase” Wade-Giles romanization  mei-p'ing        type of Chinese pottery vase inspired by the shape of a young female body. The meiping ...
Meir
/may ear", muy"euhr/, n. Golda /gohl"deuh/, (Goldie Mabovitch, Goldie Myerson), 1898-1978, Israeli political leader, born in Russia: prime minister 1969-74. * * * (as used in ...
Meir of Rothenburg
orig. Meir ben Baruch born с 1215, Worms, Franconia died May 2, 1293, Ensisheim Fortress, Alsace German Jewish scholar. After studying in France, he served as rabbi in ...
Meir, Golda
orig. Goldie Mabovitch later Goldie Myerson born May 3, 1898, Kiev, Russian Empire died Dec. 8, 1978, Jerusalem Ukrainian-born Israeli stateswoman, fourth prime minister of ...
Meir,Golda
Me·ir (mīʹər, mā-ērʹ), Golda. Originally Goldie Mabovitch. 1898-1978. Russian-born Israeli politician. After living in the United States (1906-1921), she moved to ...
Meireles, Cecília
▪ Brazilian poet born Nov. 7, 1901, Rio de Janeiro died Nov. 9, 1964, Rio de Janeiro       poet, teacher, and journalist, whose lyrical and highly personal poetry, ...
Meireles, Cildo
▪ 2009 born 1948, Rio de Janeiro, Braz.       In winning the 2008 Ordway Prize, an unrestricted gift of $100,000, Brazilian conceptual artist Cildo Meireles won more ...
Meisner, Sanford
▪ 1998       American drama instructor, original member of the Group Theater (founded 1931), and director (1936-59; 1964-89) of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the ...
Meissen
/muy"seuhn/, n. a city in E central Germany, on the Elbe River: famous for fine porcelain. 38,137. * * * ▪ Germany  city, Saxony Land (state), southeastern Germany. It ...
Meissen porcelain
German hard-paste, or true, porcelain produced at the Meissen factory, near Dresden in Saxony (now Germany), from 1710 until the present day. It was the first successfully ...
Meissen porcelain.
See Dresden china. [1935-40] * * *
Meissner effect
/muys"neuhr/, Physics. the loss of magnetism that a superconductor displays when cooled to its transition temperature in a magnetic field. [after German physicist Fritz Walther ...
Meissner's corpuscle
/muys"neuhrz/ See tactile corpuscle. [after German anatomist Georg Meissner (1829-1905), who described them in 1853] * * *
Meissner, Alexander
▪ Austrian engineer born Sept. 14, 1883, Vienna died Jan. 3, 1958, Berlin       Austrian engineer whose work in antenna design, amplification, and detection advanced ...
Meissonier
/me saw nyay"/, n. Jean Louis Ernest /zhahonn lwee erdd nest"/, 1815-91, French painter. * * *
Meissonier, Ernest
▪ French painter in full  Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier  born February 21, 1815, Lyon, France died January 31, 1891, Paris       French painter and illustrator of ...


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