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metricton
metric ton n. A unit of mass equal to 1,000 kilograms (2,205 pounds). * * *
metridium
/mi trid"ee euhm/, n. any sea anemone of the genus Metridium, common in cooler waters of the Northern Hemisphere. [ < NL (1815), n. use of neut. of metridius having a womb, ...
metrification
/me'treuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. metrication. 2. poetic composition in meter or verse form. [METR(IC)1 or METR(IC)2 + -I- + -FICATION] * * *
metrifonate
/mi trif"euh nayt'/, n. Pharm. an organophosphorus compound, C4H8Cl3O4P, used as an insecticide and anthelmintic. Also called trichlorfon. [appar. contr. of the chemical name] * ...
metrify
—metrifier, n. /me"treuh fuy'/, v.t., metrified, metrifying. to put into meter; compose in verse. [1515-25; < F métrifier < ML metrificare, equiv. to metri- (comb. form of ...
metrist
/me"trist, mee"trist/, n. a person who is skilled in the use of poetic meters. [1525-35; < ML metrista. See METER2, -IST] * * *
metritis
/mi truy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the uterus. [1835-45; < NL; see METR-, -ITIS] * * *
metrize
—metrizable, adj. —metrization, n. /mi truyz", me"truyz/, v.t., metrized, metrizing. Math. to find a metric for (a topological space for which the metric topology is the ...
metro
metro1 /me"troh/, n., pl. metros. (often cap.) 1. the underground electric railway of Paris, France, Montreal, Canada, Washington, D.C., and other cities. 2. subway (def. ...
Metro Toronto Zoo
▪ zoo, Ontario, Canada       zoological park in West Hill, Ontario, Can., which ranks as one of the largest zoos in the world. This 287-hectare (710-acre) park was ...
metro-
metro-1 a combining form meaning "measure," used in the formation of compound words: metronome. [comb. form repr. Gk métron measure] metro-2 a combining form meaning "uterus," ...
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
➡ MGM. * * *
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
▪ American movie company       American corporation that was once the world's largest and most profitable motion-picture studio. The studio reached its peak in the 1930s ...
Metrocles
▪ philosopher born 4th century BC       Cynic philosopher and the first philosopher known to have made a collection of instructive anecdotes and sayings, a common form ...
Metroliner
/me"troh luy'neuhr/, Trademark. any of several high-speed, reserved-seat trains run by Amtrak and serving points between Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. [METRO- + ...
metrological
See metrology. * * *
metrologically
See metrological. * * *
metrologist
See metrological. * * *
metrology
—metrological /me'treuh loj"i keuhl/, adj. —metrologically, adv. —metrologist, n. /mi trol"euh jee/, n., pl. metrologies. the science of weights and measures. [1810-20; ...
metronidazole
/me'treuh nuy"deuh zohl'/, n. Pharm. a synthetic antimicrobial substance, C6H9N3O3, used chiefly in the treatment of infections, such as Trichomonas vaginalis and certain ...
metronome
—metronomic /me'treuh nom"ik/, metronomical, adj. —metronomically, adv. /me"treuh nohm'/, n. a mechanical or electrical instrument that makes repeated clicking sounds at an ...
metronomic
met·ro·nom·ic (mĕt'rə-nŏmʹĭk) also met·ro·nom·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj. 1. Of or relating to a metronome. 2. Mechanically or unvaryingly regular in rhythm: a metronomic ...
metronomically
See metronomic. * * *
metronymic
/mee'treuh nim"ik, me'-/, adj. 1. derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor. n. 2. a metronymic name. Also, matronymic. [1865-70; < Gk metronymikós named after ...
Metrophanes Kritopoulos
▪ Greek patriarch and theologian born 1589, Beroea, Macedonia, Ottoman Empire died May 30, 1639, Walachia, Ottoman Empire       Greek Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria, ...
Metroplex
/me"treuh pleks'/, n. (sometimes l.c.) a vast metropolitan area that encompasses several cities and their suburbs: We're moving to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. [prob. METRO-3 ...
metropolis
/mi trop"euh lis/, n., pl. metropolises. 1. any large, busy city. 2. the chief, and sometimes capital, city of a country, state, or region. 3. a central or principal place, as of ...
metropolitan
—metropolitanism, n. /me'treuh pol"i tn/, adj. 1. of, noting, or characteristic of a metropolis or its inhabitants, esp. in culture, sophistication, or in accepting and ...
metropolitan area
▪ demography also called  Metropolis,         a major city together with its suburbs and nearby cities, towns, and environs over which the major city exercises a ...
metropolitan county
n each of six new administrative areas of Britain created in 1974. These were formed from large city areas which were separated from the counties they were formerly in. They are ...
metropolitan districts
➡ local government * * *
Metropolitan Museum of Art
a famous US art museum in New York, first opened in 1880. The building has about 250 rooms and more than 3.5 million works of art from around the world, including the complete ...
Metropolitan Opera
(also infml the Met) the leading US opera company, and one of the best known in the world, based in New York at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. It was established in ...
Metropolitan Opera Association
▪ American opera company       New York City, leading U.S. opera company, distinguished for the outstanding singers it has attracted since its opening performance ...
Metropolitan Police
(also infml the Met) the police force responsible for Greater London (except for the City, where the police force is the City of London Police). It was established in 1827 by Sir ...
metropolitanize
—metropolitanization, n. /me'treuh pol"i tn uyz'/, v.t., metropolitanized, metropolitanizing. to make metropolitan. Also, esp. Brit., metropolitanise. [1850-55; METROPOLITAN + ...
metrorrhagia
—metrorrhagic /mee'treuh raj"ik, me'-/, adj. /mee'treuh ray"jee euh, -jeuh, me'-/, n. Pathol. nonmenstrual discharge of blood from the uterus; uterine hemorrhage. [1770-80; < ...
metrorrhagic
See metrorrhagia. * * *
metroscope
/me"treuh skohp', mee"-/, n. Med. an instrument for examining the cavity of the uterus. [1835-45, Amer.; METRO-2 + -SCOPE] * * *
Metsu, Gabriel
▪ Dutch painter Metsu also spelled  Metzu   born January 1629, Leiden, Neth.   buried Oct. 24, 1667, Amsterdam  Dutch painter of scenes of everyday life.       The ...
Metsys
/met"suys/, n. Quentin Flemish. /kven"tin/; Eng. /kwen"tn/. See Massys, Quentin. * * *
Metsys, Quentin
born с 1465/66, Louvain, Brabant died 1530, Antwerp Flemish artist. According to tradition, Metsys (whose name was also spelled Massys and Matsys) was trained as a blacksmith ...
mettā
      (Pāli), in Buddhism, the perfect virtue of sympathy. See brahmavihāra. * * *
Metternich
—Metternichian, adj. /met"euhrdd nikh/; Eng. /met"euhr nik/, n. Prince Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von /klay"mens ven"tseuhl nay"paw mook loh"tahrdd feuhn, loh tahrdd"/, ...
Metternich (-Winneburg-Beilstein), Klemens (Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar), prince von
born May 15, 1773, Coblenz, archbishopric of Trier died June 11, 1859, Vienna, Austria Austrian statesman. He served in the diplomatic service as Austrian minister in Saxony ...
Metternich, Klemens, Fürst von
▪ Austrian statesman Introduction (prince of),in full  Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar, Fürst Von Metternich-winneburg-beilstein   born May 15, 1773, Coblenz, Archbishopric ...
Metternich,Prince Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von
Met·ter·nich (mĕtʹər-nĭk, -nĭKH), Prince Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von. 1773-1859. Austrian politician who helped form the Quadruple Alliance that ultimately defeated ...
metteur en scène
/me tuerdd ahonn sen"/, pl. metteurs en scène /me tuerdd ahonn sen"/. French. a director of a theatrical or cinematic production. * * *
Mettie
/met"ee/, n. a female given name, form of Matilda or Martha. Also, Metty. * * *
mettle
/met"l/, n. 1. courage and fortitude: a man of mettle. 2. disposition or temperament: a man of fine mettle. 3. on one's mettle, in the position of being incited to do one's best ...
mettlesome
/met"l seuhm/, adj. spirited; courageous. [1655-65; METTLE + -SOME1] * * *
Metuchen
/mi tuch"euhn/, n. a city in NE New Jersey. 13,762. * * *
Metz
/mets/; Fr. /mes/, n. a city in and the capital of Moselle, in NE France: fortress; battles 1870, 1918, 1940, 1944. 117,199. * * * City (pop., 1999 est.: 123,776), northeastern ...
Metzger, Bruce Manning
▪ 2008       American biblical scholar born Feb. 9, 1914 , Middletown, Pa. died Feb. 13, 2007 , Princeton, N.J. oversaw the publication (1990) of the New Revised ...
Meudon
▪ France       town, Hauts-de-Seine département, Île-de-France région, France, southwestern suburb of Paris, standing on a hill on the south bank of the Seine River. ...
Meulen, Adam Frans van der
▪ Flemish painter baptized Jan. 11, 1632, Brussels, Spanish Netherlands [now in Belgium] died Oct. 15, 1690, Paris, France       Flemish Baroque painter who specialized ...
meum et tuum
/me"oom et tooh"oom/; Eng. /mee"euhm et tooh"euhm, -tyooh"-/, Latin. mine and thine. * * *
Meunier, Constantin
▪ Belgian artist in full  Constantin Emile Meunier  born April 12, 1831, Etterbeek, Belgium died April 4, 1905, Ixelles       Belgian sculptor and painter, one of the ...
meunière
/meuhn yair"/; Fr. /mue nyerdd"/, adj. (of food, esp. fish) dipped in flour, sautéed in butter, and sprinkled with lemon juice and chopped parsley. [1840-50; < F, by ellipsis ...
Meursault
/merr soh"/; Fr. /muerdd soh"/, n. a dry, white Burgundy wine produced in the district around Meursault in E France. [1825-35] * * *
Meurthe-et-Moselle
/muerdd tay maw zel"/, n. a department in NE France. 722,587; 2038 sq. mi. (5280 sq. km). Cap.: Nancy. * * *
Meuse
/myoohz/; Fr. /muez/, n. 1. Dutch, Maas. a river in W Europe, flowing from NE France through E Belgium and S Netherlands into the North Sea. 575 mi. (925 km) long. 2. a ...
Meuse River
Dutch Maas River, western Europe. It rises in northeastern France and flows north into Belgium, where it forms part of the border between Belgium and The Netherlands. It ...
Meuse-Argonne, battles of the
▪ World War I       (Sept. 26–Nov. 11, 1918), a series of final confrontations on the Western Front in World War I.       Following the German retreat from the ...
meuə-
To push away. mob, mobile, moment, momentous, momentum, mosso, motif, motion, motive, motor, move, movement; commotion, emotion, promote, remote, remove, from Latin movēre, to ...
MeV
/mev/, Physics. million electron volts; megaelectron volt. Also, Mev, mev. * * *
Mevacor
Mev·a·cor (mĕvʹə-kôr', -kōr') A trademark used for the drug lovastatin. * * *
mew
mew1 /myooh/, n. 1. the tiny, high-pitched sound a cat or kitten makes. 2. the characteristic sound a gull makes. v.i. 3. to make a mew or emit a similar sound. [1275-1325; ME ...
Mew, Charlotte
▪ British author in full  Charlotte Mary Mew  born Nov. 15, 1869, London, Eng. died March 24, 1928, London       English writer who is notable for her short ...
Mewar
/me wahr"/, n. Udaipur (def. 2). * * *
Mewār painting
▪ Indian art  one of the most important schools of Indian miniature painting of the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a school in the Rājasthanī style and was developed in the ...
mewl
—mewler, n. /myoohl/, v.i. to cry, as a baby, young child, or the like; whimper. [1590-1600; imit.] * * *
mews
mews [myo͞oz] pl.n. 〚after the Mews, the royal stables in London, built on the site where royal hawks were mewed: see MEW1〛 [usually with sing. v.] Chiefly Brit. a) stables ...
Mex
Mex abbrev. 1. Mexican 2. Mexico * * *
Mex.
1. Mexican. 2. Mexico. * * *
Mexia, Ynes Enriquetta Julietta
▪ American botanist born May 24, 1870, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., U.S. died July 12, 1938, Berkeley, Calif.       American botanical collector and explorer whose ...
Mexicali
/mek'si kal"ee/; Sp. /me'hee kah"lee/, n. a city in and the capital of Lower California, in NW Mexico, on the Mexican-U.S. border. 390,400. * * * City (pop., 2000 est.: ...
Mexican
/mek"si keuhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Mexico or its people. 2. of or pertaining to Spanish as used in Mexico. 3. of or pertaining to the Nahuatl language or its ...
Mexican apple.
See white sapote. * * *
Mexican bamboo
a hardy plant, Polygonum cuspidatum, of the buckwheat family, native to Japan, having small, greenish-white flowers and tending to escape from cultivation. * * *
Mexican beaded lizard.
See beaded lizard. * * *
Mexican bean beetle
a ladybird beetle, Epilachna varivestis, introduced into the U.S. from Mexico, that feeds on the foliage of the bean plant. Also called bean beetle. [1920-25] * * *
Mexican fire-plant
/fuyeur"plant', -plahnt'/ a showy plant, Euphorbia heterophylla, of the spurge family, growing in the central U.S. to central South America, having red or mottled red and white ...
Mexican free-tailed bat
any of several small, insect-eating bats of the genus Tadarida, of Mexico and the southwestern U.S., inhabiting limestone caves: residual DDT has reduced most populations. * * *
Mexican fruitfly
a brightly colored fly, Anastrepha ludens, whose larvae are a serious pest chiefly of citrus fruits and mangoes in Mexico, Central America, and southern Texas. [1920-25] * * *
Mexican ground cherry
tomatillo. * * *
Mexican hairless
one of a breed of small dogs having no hair except for a tuft on the top of the head and a little fuzz on the lower part of the tail. [1895-1900] * * * ▪ breed of dog also ...
Mexican hat dance
1. a dance performed by couples, consisting of eight measures during which the dancers kick out each foot alternately, followed by eight more measures during which they swing ...
Mexican ivy.
See cup-and-saucer vine. * * *
Mexican jade
Mexican onyx artificially colored green. * * *
Mexican jumping bean
      the seed of certain Mexican shrubs, especially those of the genus Sebastiania, of the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae), that contain larvae of a small olethreutid moth ...
Mexican jumping bean.
See jumping bean. [1880-85] * * *
Mexican onyx
Mineral. a translucent, banded variety of calcite, used for ornamental and decorative pieces. Also called onyx marble. [1890-95] * * *
Mexican orange
an aromatic, evergreen citrus shrub, Choisya ternata, of Mexico, having fragrant, white flowers, grown as an ornamental. [1950-55] * * *
Mexican poppy.
See under prickly poppy. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
Mexican Revolution
(1910–20) Lengthy struggle that began with the overthrow of Porfirio Díaz, whose elitist and oligarchic policies had caused widespread dissatisfaction. Francisco Madero, ...
Mexican Revolutionary Party
Spanish  Partido Revolutionario Mexicano,         former name (1938–46) of Mexico's major political party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (q.v.). * * *
Mexican Spanish
Spanish as used in Mexico. Abbr.: MexSp * * *
Mexican stand-off
Informal (sometimes offensive). a stalemate or impasse; a confrontation that neither side can win. [1890-95] * * *
Mexican standoff
☆ Mexican standoff n. a general stalemate, often with the threat of violent confrontation * * *
Mexican star
frostflower (defs. 1 and 2). * * *
Mexican sunflower
tithonia. * * *
Mexican tea
a goosefoot, Chenopodium ambrosioides, having strong-smelling leaves sometimes used medicinally or as flavoring. [1820-30] * * *
Mexican War
the war between the U.S. and Mexico, 1846-48. * * * or Mexican-American War (1846–48) War between the U.S. and Mexico. It grew from a border dispute after the U.S. annexed ...
Mexican-American
/mek"si keuhn euh mer"i keuhn/, n. 1. Also, Mexican American. a citizen or resident of the U.S. of Mexican birth or descent; Chicano. adj. 2. of or pertaining to ...
Mexican-American War
▪ Mexico-United States [1846-48] also called  Mexican War , Spanish  Guerra de 1847 , or  Guerra de Estados Unidos a Mexico (“War of the United States Against ...
Mexicana Airlines
▪ Mexican company Spanish  in full Cia. Mexicana De Aviación, Sa (CMA)        oldest airline in North America, founded in 1924 in Tampico, Mex., and now ...
MexicanAmerican
Mexican American n. A U.S. citizen or resident of Mexican descent.   Mexʹi·can-A·merʹi·can (mĕkʹsĭ-kən-ə-mĕrʹĭ-kən) adj. * * *
Mexicanbean beetle
Mexican bean beetle n. A spotted ladybug (Epilachna varivestis) of the southern United States and Mexico that feeds on the leaves of the bean plant. * * *
Mexicangold poppy
Mexican gold poppy n. A small annual wildflower (Eschscholzia mexicana) native to dry mountainous regions of western North America and having dark orange to gold, cup-shaped ...
Mexicanhairless
Mexican hairless n. Any of a breed of small dog of unknown origin, found in Mexico and having a smooth hairless body except for tufts on the head and tail. * * *
Mexicanivy vine
Mexican ivy vine n. See cup-and-saucer plant. * * *
Mexicanize
—Mexicanization, n. /mek"si keuh nuyz'/, v.t., v.i., Mexicanized, Mexicanizing. to make or become Mexican or like the Mexican, as in manner, customs, or dress. Also, esp. ...
Mexicano
/me'hee kah"noh/; Sp. /me khee kah"naw/, n., pl. Mexicanos /-nohz/; Sp. /-naws/ for 2. 1. the Nahuatl language. 2. a Mexican citizen. [ < Sp mexicano MEXICAN] * * *
MexicanSpanish
Mexican Spanish n. The Spanish language as used in Mexico. * * *
Mexicantea
Mexican tea n. See wormseed. * * *
Mexicantruffle
Mexican truffle n. See cuitlacoche. * * *
Mexicanturnip
Mexican turnip n. See jicama. * * *
MexicanWar
Mexican War n. A war (1846-1848) between the United States and Mexico, resulting in the cession by Mexico of lands now constituting all or most of the states of California, ...
Mexico
/mek"si koh'/, n. 1. a republic in S North America. 97,563,374; 761,530 sq. mi. (1,972,363 sq. km). Cap.: Mexico City. 2. a state in central Mexico. 6,245,000; 8268 sq. mi. ...
Mexico Basin
▪ basin, Gulf of Mexico       triangular-shaped ocean area covering a large portion of the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The basin lies northwest of the Campeche Bank, ...
Mexico City
a city in and the capital of Mexico, in the central part. 8,906,000; ab. 7400 ft. (2255 m) above sea level. Official name, México, Distrito Federal /me"hee kaw' dees tree"taw fe ...
Mexico City earthquake of 1985
      earthquake of a moment magnitude of 8.0 whose main shock occurred at 7:18 AM on Sept. 19, 1985. The cause was a fault slip along the subduction slab under the ...
Mexico, flag of
▪ Flag History       vertically striped green-white-red national flag with a central coat of arms (arms, coat of) featuring an eagle, a cactus, and a serpent. The flag ...
Mexico, Gulf of
Gulf, southeastern coast of North America, connected to the Atlantic Ocean by the Straits of Florida and to the Caribbean Sea by the Yucatán Channel. Covering an area of ...
Mexico, National Autonomous University of
Mexican government-financed university in Mexico City, founded in 1551. The original university building, dating from 1584, was demolished in 1910, and the university was moved ...
Mexico,Gulf of
Mexico, Gulf of An arm of the Atlantic Ocean in southeast North America bordering on eastern Mexico, the southeast United States, and Cuba. It connects with the Atlantic Ocean ...
MexicoCity
Mexico City The capital and largest city of Mexico, at the southern end of the central plateau. Situated at an altitude of 2,379 m (7,800 ft), it was founded on the site of an ...
MexSp
Mexican Spanish. * * *
Meyer
/muy"euhr/, n. 1. Adolf, 1866-1950, U.S. psychiatrist, born in Switzerland. 2. Albert (Gregory), 1903-65, U.S. Roman Catholic clergyman. 3. Julius Lothar /joohl"yeuhs loh"thahr/; ...
Meyer, Adolf
born Sept. 13, 1866, Niederweningen, Switz. died March 17, 1950, Baltimore, Md., U.S. Swiss-born U.S. psychiatrist. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1892 and taught principally at ...
Meyer, Annie Florance Nathan
▪ American writer, educator, and antisuffragist née  Annie Florance Nathan  born Feb. 19, 1867, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Sept. 23, 1951, New York ...
Meyer, Conrad Ferdinand
▪ Swiss writer born Oct. 11, 1825, Zürich died Nov. 28, 1898, Kilchberg, Switz.  Swiss writer noted for his historical tales and his poetry.       After completing ...
Meyer, Debbie
▪ American athlete byname of  Deborah Elizabeth Meyer   born Aug. 14, 1952, Haddonfield, N.J., U.S.       American swimmer who was the first woman to win gold medals ...
Meyer, Eugene
▪ American publisher born Oct. 31, 1875, Los Angeles died July 17, 1959, Mt. Kisco, N.Y., U.S.       influential leader in American political and social life and ...
Meyer, Harry Martin, Jr.
▪ 2002       American pediatric virologist (b. Nov. 25, 1928, Palestine, Texas—d. Aug. 19, 2001, Kenmore, Wash.), was co-developer of the first vaccine against rubella ...
Meyer, Kuno
▪ German scholar born Dec. 20, 1858, Hamburg died Oct. 11, 1919, Leipzig       German scholar of the Celtic languages and editor whose translations made him the chief ...
Meyer, Lothar
▪ German chemist born Aug. 19, 1830, Varel, Oldenburg [Germany] died April 11, 1895, Tübingen       German chemist who, independently of Dmitry Mendeleyev, developed a ...
Meyer, Lucy Jane Rider
▪ American social worker and educator née  Lucy Jane Rider  born Sept. 9, 1849, New Haven, Vt., U.S. died March 16, 1922, Chicago, Ill.       American social worker ...
Meyer, Paul
▪ French linguist born Jan. 17, 1840, Paris died Sept. 7, 1917, Paris       French language and literary scholar and one of the great authorities on the Medieval French ...
Meyer, Ray
▪ 2007 Raymond Joseph Meyer        American collegiate basketball coach (b. Dec. 18, 1913, Chicago, Ill.—d. March 17, 2006, Wheeling, Ill.), amassed the most team ...
Meyer, Russ
▪ 2005       American filmmaker (b. March 21, 1922, Oakland, Calif.—d. Sept. 18, 2004, Los Angeles, Calif.), brought exuberant sexuality into the Hollywood mainstream ...
Meyer, Stephenie
▪ 2008 Stephenie Morgan  born Dec. 24, 1973, Hartford, Conn.  Up-and-coming American author Stephenie Meyer breathed new life into young adult fiction post-Harry Potter with ...
Meyer, Viktor
▪ German chemist born Sept. 8, 1848, Berlin died Aug. 8, 1897, Heidelberg, Baden  German chemist who contributed greatly to knowledge of both organic and inorganic ...
Meyer,Annie Florance Nathan
Mey·er (mīʹər), Annie Florance Nathan. 1867-1951. American writer and a founder of Barnard College at Columbia University (1889). Her plays include The Dominant Sex (1911) ...
Meyer-Lübke, Wilhelm
▪ Swiss-German linguist born Jan. 30, 1861, Dübendorf, Switz. died Oct. 4, 1936, Bonn       Swiss-German linguist whose comparative studies of the Romance languages ...
Meyerbeer
/muy"euhr bear'/; Ger. /muy"euhrdd bayrdd'/, n. Giacomo /jah"kaw maw/, (Jakob Liebmann Beer), 1791-1864, German composer. * * *
Meyerbeer, Giacomo
orig. Jakob Liebmann Meyer Beer born Sept. 5, 1791, Tasdorf, near Berlin, Ger. died May 2, 1864, Paris, Fr. German composer. Brother of the astronomer Wilhelm Beer and the ...
Meyerbeer,Giacomo
Mey·er·beer (mīʹər-bîr'), Giacomo. 1791-1864. German composer of French operas, notably Les Huguenots (1836). * * *
Meyerhof
/muy"euhr hof'/; Ger. /muy"euhrdd hohf'/, n. Otto /ot"oh/; Ger. /awt"oh/, 1884-1951, German physiologist: Nobel prize for medicine 1922. * * *
Meyerhof, Otto
born April 12, 1884, Hanover, Ger. died Oct. 6, 1951, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. German biochemist. His work on glycolysis remains a basic contribution to the understanding of ...
Meyerhold, Vsevolod (Yemilyevich)
born Feb. 9, 1874, Penza, Russia died Feb. 2, 1940, Moscow Russian theatrical producer and director. He acted with the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898 and formulated his avant-garde ...
Meyerhold, Vsevolod Yemilyevich
▪ Russian theatrical producer, director, and actor born Feb. 9 [Jan. 28, old style], 1874, Penza, Russia died Feb. 2, 1940, Moscow  Russian theatrical producer, director, ...
Meyers Enzyklopädisches Lexikon
▪ German encyclopaedia in full  Meyers Enzyklopädisches Lexikon in 25 Bänden, mit 100 signierten Sonderbeiträgen,        German encyclopaedia published in 25 ...
Meyerson, Émile
▪ French chemist and philosopher born Feb. 12, 1859, Lublin, Pol., Russian Empire [now in Poland] died Dec. 4, 1933, Paris, France       Polish-born French chemist and ...
Meymaneh
▪ Afghanistan also spelled  Maimāna        town, northwestern Afghanistan. It lies at the northern foot of the Torkestān Mountain Range at an elevation of 2,850 ...
Meynell
/men"l/, n. Alice Christiana (Thompson), 1850-1922, English poet and essayist. * * *
Meynell, Alice
▪ British author in full  Alice Christiana Gertrude Meynell , née  Thompson  born Sept. 22, 1847, Barnes, near London, Eng. died Nov. 27, 1922, London  English poet and ...
Meynell, Sir Francis
▪ English designer in full  Sir Francis Meredith Wilfrid Meynell   born May 12, 1891, London, Eng. died July 10, 1975, Lavenham, Suffolk       English book designer ...
mezail
/mez"ayl/, n. Armor. mesail. * * *
mézair
/may zair"/, n. Dressage. a movement in which the horse makes a series of short jumps forward while standing on its hind legs. [1745-55; < F < It mezzaria lit., middle gait] * * *
mezcal
mez·cal (mĕz-kălʹ) n. Variant of mescal. * * *
meze
meze [me zā′] n. pl. mezes, meze 〚Turk〛 any of various small appetizers typically served with an aperitif in Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine * * *
mezereon
me·ze·re·on (mə-zîrʹē-ən) or me·ze·re·um (-əm) n. 1. A poisonous Eurasian ornamental shrub (Daphne mezereum) having fragrant lilac-purple flowers and small scarlet ...
mezereum
/meuh zear"ee euhm/, n. a shrub, Daphne mezereum, native to Eurasia, having clusters of fragrant purplish flowers. Also, mezereon /meuh zear"ee on'/. Also called ...
Mezhdurechensk
▪ Russia also spelled  Meždurečensk        city, Kemerovo oblast (region), central Russia. It is located where the Usa River flows into the Tom River, in the ...
Mézières, Philippe de
▪ French knight Mézières also spelled  Maizières   born c. 1327, Mézières, France died May 29, 1405, Paris       French nobleman and author who championed ...
mezlocillin
/mez'leuh sil"in/, n. Pharm. a wide-spectrum semisynthetic penicillin, C21H25N5O8S2, used parenterally in the treatment of infections due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [ME(THYL) + ...
mezuza
mezuza [mə zoo′zə, məzo͞o′zə] n. pl. mezuzot [mə zoo′zōt] or mezuzas 〚Heb mezuza, lit., doorpost〛 Judaism a small piece of parchment inscribed with the Shema, ...
mezuzah
/meuh zooz"euh/; Seph. Heb. /meuh zooh zah"/; Ashk. Heb. /meuh zoo"zeuh/, n., pl. mezuzoth, mezuzot, mezuzos Seph. Heb. /-zooh zawt"/; Ashk. Heb. /-zoo"zohs/; Eng. mezuzahs. ...
mezza majolica
majolica also spelled  Maiolica,         in pottery, an earthenware body dipped into clay slip and covered with a lead glaze, superficially resembling true majolica, or ...
mezza voce
/met"seuh voh"chay, med"zeuh, mez"euh/ with half the power of the voice (used as a musical direction). Abbr.: m.v. [1765-75; < It] * * *
mezzaluna
mez·za·lu·na (mĕt'sə-lo͞oʹnə) n. A curved steel blade, often with a vertical handle at each end, used to chop food.   [Italian, crescent, mezzaluna : mezza, feminine ...
mezzanine
/mez"euh neen', mez'euh neen"/, n. 1. the lowest balcony or forward part of such a balcony in a theater. 2. a low story between two other stories of greater height in a building, ...
mezzavoce
mez·za vo·ce (mĕtʹsə vōʹchā, mĕdʹzə, mĕzʹə) adv. & adj. Music With moderate volume or in a subdued tone. Used chiefly as a direction.   [Italian : mezza, half + ...
mezzo
/met"soh, med"zoh, mez"oh/, adj., n., pl. mezzos. adj. 1. middle; medium; half. n. 2. a mezzo-soprano. [1805-15; < It < L medius middle] * * *
mezzo forte
/fawr"tay/, Music. somewhat softer than forte but louder than piano; moderately loud. [1805-15; < It: lit., half loud] * * *
mezzo piano
/pee ah"noh/, Music. somewhat louder than piano but softer than forte; moderately soft. [1805-15; < It: lit., half soft] * * *
mezzo-relievo
/met"soh ri lee"voh, med"zoh-, mez"oh-/, n., pl. mezzo-relievos /-vohz/. sculptured relief intermediate between high relief and bas-relief. [1590-1600; < It] * * *
mezzo-soprano
/met"soh seuh pran"oh, -prah"noh, med"zoh-, mez"oh-/, n., pl. mezzo-sopranos, mezzo-soprani /-pran"ee, -prah"nee/, adj. Music. n. 1. a voice or voice part intermediate in compass ...
mezzo-soprano clef
Music. a C clef locating middle C on the line next to the lowest line of the staff. [1805-15] * * *
mezzoforte
mezzo for·te (fôrʹtā) adv. & adj. Music Abbr. mf Moderately loud. Used chiefly as a direction.   [Italian : mezzo, half + forte, loud.] * * *
Mezzogiorno
▪ region, Italy       region in Italy roughly coextensive with the former Kingdom of Naples (Naples, Kingdom of); in current Italian administrative usage, it is a ...
mezzopiano
mezzo pi·a·no (pē-äʹnō) adv. & adj. Music Abbr. mp Moderately soft. Used chiefly as a direction.   [Italian : mezzo, half + piano, soft.] * * *
mezzotint
—mezzotinter, n. /met"soh tint', med"zoh-, mez"oh-/, n. 1. a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface. 2. a print ...
Meʾassef
▪ Jewish publication       (Hebrew: Collector), first Hebrew publication of the Haskala cultural movement within central and eastern European Jewry in the late 18th and ...
MF
1. See medium frequency. 2. Middle French. * * *
mF
millifarad; millifarads. Also, mf. * * *
mf
1. See medium frequency. 2. millifarad; millifarads. * * *
mf.
1. Music. mezzo forte. 2. microfarad. * * *
MFA
MFA or M.F.A. abbrev. Master of Fine Arts * * * MFA abbr. Master of Fine Arts. * * *
mfd
mfd abbrev. manufactured * * *
mfd.
1. manufactured. 2. microfarad. * * *
Mfecane
("The Crushing") Series of Zulu and other Nguni wars and forced migrations in the early 19th century that changed the demographic, social, and political configuration of southern ...
Mfengu
▪ people also called  Fingo         people living in Eastern Cape province of South Africa and traditionally speaking a Xhosa language (one of the Bantu ...
mfg
mfg abbrev. manufacturing * * *
mfg.
manufacturing. * * *
MFH
MFH abbrev. Master of Foxhounds * * *
MFlem
Middle Flemish. * * *
MFN
MFN abbrev. MOST FAVORED NATION * * * MFN abbr. most-favored nation. * * *
MFP
MFP abbr. mean free path. * * *
mfr
mfr abbrev. 1. manufacture 2. manufacturer * * *
MFr
MFr abbrev. Middle French * * *
mfr.
1. manufacture. 2. pl. mfrs. manufacturer. * * *
MG
1. machine gun. 2. major general. 3. military government. 4. myasthenia gravis. * * *
Mg
Music. left hand. [ < F main gauche] Symbol, Chem. magnesium. * * *
mg
milligram; milligrams. * * *
MG Rover
➡ Rover * * *
MG42
▪ machine gun       German general-purpose machine gun, used as a standard weapon by many armies around the world.       The MG42 was designed in Germany in 1938, ...
mGal
milligal; milligals. * * *
MGB
the Ministry of State Security in the U.S.S.R. that functioned as the government's secret-police organization from 1946-53. Cf. KGB. [ < Russ, for Ministérstvo gosudárstvennoi ...
mgd
millions of gallons per day. * * *
MGk.
Medieval Greek. Also, MGk. * * *
MGM
(in full Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) a well-known Hollywood film company established in 1924. In its early days it was especially famous for its musical films, made with great style. ...
mgmt
management. * * *
mgmt.
mgmt. abbr. management. * * *
MGN
➡ Mirror Group Newspapers. * * *
mgr
mgr abbrev. manager * * *
Mgr
Mgr abbrev. 1. Monseigneur 2. Monsignor 3. manager * * *
MGr
MGr abbrev. Medieval (or Middle) Greek * * *
MGr.
Medieval Greek. * * *
mgr.
1. manager. 2. Monseigneur. 3. Monsignor. Also, Mgr. * * *
mgt
mgt abbrev. management: also mgmt * * *
mgt.
management. * * *
MGy Sgt
master gunnery sergeant. * * *
MgySgt
MgySgt abbr. master gunnery sergeant. * * *
MG{™}
the name given to a series of popular and relatively cheap British sports cars, originally made by the Morris company (MG is short for ‘Morris Garages’). The first were made ...
MH
Marshall Islands (approved for postal use). * * *
mH
millihenry; millihenries. Also, mh. * * *
MHC
major histocompatibility complex: (in mammals) a group of genes located next to or near each other on a specific chromosome, the sixth in humans, most of which encode ...
MHD
Physics. magnetohydrodynamics. * * *
MHG
Middle High German. Also, M.H.G. * * *
mḫḫ
Common Semitic noun *muḫḫ-, marrow, brain, skull. nucha, from Arabic nuḫāʿ, marrow, spinal marrow, spinal cord, probably akin to muḫḫ, marrow, brain, from Common ...
MHL
MHL abbr. Master of Hebrew Literature. * * *
mho
/moh/, n., pl. mhos. Elect. See under siemens. Also called reciprocal ohm. * * *
Mhow
▪ India also called  Mau        town, western Madhya Pradesh state, central India. It lies on the southern Malwa Plateau, the watershed of the Chambal and Narmada ...
MHR
MHR abbrev. Member of the House of Representatives * * *
MHW
MHW abbr. mean high water. * * *
MHz
megahertz. * * *
mHz
millihertz. * * *
mi
/mee/, n. Music. 1. the syllable used for the third tone of a diatonic scale. 2. (in the fixed system of solmization) the tone E. Cf. sol-fa (def. 1). [1520-30; see GAMUT] mile; ...
MI
Michigan (approved esp. for use with zip code). Pathol. myocardial infarction. * * *
Mi Fu
▪ Chinese artist Introduction Wade-Giles romanization  Mi Fu , also called  Yuanzhang , Haiyue shanren , or  Xiangyang jushi  born 1051 died 1107, Huaiyang, Jiangsu ...
Mi'kmaq
Mi'k·maq (mĭkʹmăk') n. Variant of Micmac. * * * ▪ people also spelled  Micmac        the largest of the North American Indian tribes traditionally occupying ...
Mi'raj
/mear"ahj/, n. Islam. Muhammad's miraculous ascension from Jerusalem, through the seven heavens, to the throne of God. The site from which he ascended is now the shrine of the ...
Mi-Sinai tune
▪ vocal music       in the music of the Ashkenazic (Ashkenazi) (Yiddish-vernacular) Jews, any of a group of melodically fixed chants for the liturgy of the High Holy ...
mi.
1. mile; miles. 2. mill; mills. * * *
MI5
/em"uy'fuyv"/, n. (in Great Britain) the government's security and counterespionage service that works in liaison with Scotland Yard's Special Branch. [M(ilitary) I(ntelligence, ...
MI6
/em"uy'siks"/, n. (in Great Britain) the government's secret intelligence service. [M(ilitary) I(ntelligence, Section) 6] * * * ▪ British government formally  Secret ...
MIA
pl. MIA's, MIAs for 2. 1. missing in action. 2. a soldier declared missing in action. * * *
Mia Farrow
➡ Farrow * * *
mia-mia
/muy"euh muy'euh/, n. a temporary, hutlike shelter built by Aboriginal tribes in Australia. [1835-45; < Ganay (or Kurnai, Australian Aboriginal language spoken in Gippsland, ...
Miacis
▪ extinct mammal genus       genus of extinct carnivores (carnivore) found as fossils (fossil) in deposits of the late Paleocene Epoch (65.5–55.8 million years ago) ...
Miami
/muy am"ee, -am"euh/, n., pl. Miamis (esp. collectively) Miami. 1. a member of a North American Indian tribe of the Algonquian family, formerly located in northern Indiana, ...
Miami Beach
a city in SE Florida on an island 21/2 mi. (4 km) across Biscayne Bay from Miami: seaside resort. 96,298. * * * City (pop., 2000: 87,933), southeastern Florida, U.S. It is ...
Miami Dolphins
▪ American football team  American professional gridiron football (football, gridiron) team based in Miami that plays in the American Football Conference (AFC) of the ...
Miami Herald
a newspaper published every day in Miami, Florida, which has won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. The Herald is known for its excellent news stories about Latin America. * * *
Miami Herald, The
▪ American newspaper       morning daily newspaper published in Miami, generally considered the dominant paper in southern Florida and recognized for its coverage of ...
Miami River
▪ river, Ohio, United States also called  Great Miami River,         river issuing from Indian Lake, Logan county, west-central Ohio, U.S., and flowing ...
Miami Seaquarium
▪ oceanarium, Miami, Florida, United States       marine park, on Virginia Key, in Miami, Florida, U.S., that has one of the world's largest collections of marine ...
Miami Springs
a town in SE Florida, near Miami. 12,350. * * *
Miami University
▪ university, Oxford, Ohio, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Oxford, Ohio, U.S. The university is composed of seven academic ...
Miami, University of
▪ university, Coral Gables, Florida, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Coral Gables, Florida, U.S. Through its 14 schools and ...
Miamian
See Miami2. * * *
MiamiBeach
Miami Beach A city of southeast Florida across from Miami on an island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It was long famous for its gold coast strip of fashionable ...


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