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MiamiRiver
Miami River or Great Miami River A river rising in western Ohio and flowing about 257 km (160 mi) southwest to the Ohio River. * * *
Miamisburg
/muy am"eez berrg'/, n. a town in W Ohio. 15,304. * * *
Miāni, Battle of
▪ Sind-British conflict       (February 17, 1843), engagement between a British force of about 2,800 troops under Sir Charles Napier (Napier, Sir Charles James) and a ...
Miantonomo
/muy an'teuh noh"moh, mee-/, n. died 1643, leader of the Narragansetts. * * *
Miānwāli
▪ Pakistan       city, Punjab province, Pakistan. The city, the district headquarters, lies just east of the Indus River; it is connected by road and rail with Multān ...
Mianyang
▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  Mien-yang        city in north-central Sichuan sheng (province), China. It is located on the Fu River, about 70 miles (110 km) ...
Miao
/mee ow"/, n., pl. Miaos, (esp. collectively) Miao for 1. 1. Also, Meo. a member of a diverse group of seminomadic farming people of the mountains of southeastern China and ...
Miao-li
▪ Taiwan       shih (town) and seat of Miao-li hsien (county), northwestern Taiwan, 19 mi (31 km) southwest of Hsin-chu city, in the northern part of the island's ...
Miao-Yao
/myow"yow"/, n. a family of languages, affiliated with Kam-Tai, spoken in southern China and Southeast Asia. * * *
Miaoulis, Andreas Vokos
▪ Greek patriot born 1769, Negropont, Euboea, Greece died June 24, 1835, Athens       patriot who successfully commanded the Greek revolutionary naval forces during the ...
miaow
/mee ow", myow/, n., v.i. meow. Also, miaou, miaul /mee owl", mee awl"/. * * *
Miaskovsky
/muy'euh skawf"skee, -skof"-/; Russ. /myu skawf"skee/, n. Nikolai Yakovlevich /nik"euh luy'/; Russ. /nyi ku luy" yu kaw"vlyeuh vyich/, 1881-1950, Russian composer. * * *
miasma
—miasmal, miasmatic /muy'az mat"ik/, miasmatical, miasmic, adj. /muy az"meuh, mee-/, n., pl. miasmas, miasmata /-meuh teuh/. 1. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic ...
miasmal
See miasma. * * *
miasmatic
See miasmal. * * *
miasmic
See miasmal. * * *
Miass
/mee ahs"/; Russ. /myi ahs"/, n. a city in the S Russian Federation in Asia, near the Ural Mountains, W of Chelyabinsk. 150,000. * * * ▪ Russia       city, Chelyabinsk ...
miazine
/muy"euh zeen', -zin, muy az"een, -in/, n. Chem. pyrimidine (def. 1). [M(ETA-) + (D)IAZINE] * * *
mib
/mib/, n. 1. a playing marble, esp. one that is not used as a shooter. 2. mibs, (used with a sing. v.) the game of marbles. [1890-95, Amer.; shortened var. of MARBLE] * * *
mic
/muyk/, n. Informal. a microphone. [by shortening] * * *
Mic.
Bible. Micah. * * *
mica
—micalike, adj. /muy"keuh/, n. any member of a group of minerals, hydrous silicates of aluminum with other bases, chiefly potassium, magnesium, iron, and lithium, that separate ...
micaceous
/muy kay"sheuhs/, adj. 1. consisting of, containing, or resembling mica. 2. of or pertaining to mica. [1765-75; MIC(A) + -ACEOUS] * * *
Micah
/muy"keuh/, n. 1. a Minor Prophet of the 8th century B.C. 2. a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbr.: Mic. 3. a male given name. * * * flourished 8th century BC One of the ...
Micah, Book of
▪ Old Testament       the sixth of 12 Old Testament books that bear the names of the Minor Prophets, grouped together as The Twelve in the Jewish canon. According to the ...
Micawber
a character in the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. He is always in financial difficulties, but remains hopeful that ‘something will turn up’ to solve his problems ...
Miccosukee
/mik'euh sooh"kee/, n., pl. Miccosukis, (esp. collectively) Miccosuki, adj. Mikasuki. * * *
mice
/muys/, n. pl. of mouse. * * *
micellar
See micelle. * * *
micelle
—micellar, adj. —micellarly, adv. /mi sel"/, n. Physical Chem. an electrically charged particle formed by an aggregate of molecules and occurring in certain colloidal ...
Mich
Mich abbrev. 1. Michaelmas 2. Michigan * * *
Mich.
1. Michaelmas. 2. Michigan. * * *
Michael
/muy"keuhl/, n. 1. a militant archangel. Dan. 10:13. 2. Rumanian, Mihai /mee huy"/. born 1921, king of Rumania 1927-30, 1940-47 (son of Carol II). 3. (italics) a narrative poem ...
Michael Caine
➡ Caine * * *
Michael Cerularius
born с 1000, Constantinople died Jan. 21, 1059, Madytus, near Constantinople Greek Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople (1043–58). He thwarted Constantine IX's efforts to ...
Michael Collins
➡ Collins (IV) * * *
Michael Crawford
➡ Crawford (II) * * *
Michael Crichton
➡ Crichton * * *
Michael Douglas
➡ Douglas (IV) * * *
Michael Faraday
➡ Faraday * * *
Michael Flanders
➡ Flanders and Swann * * *
Michael Foale
➡ Foale * * *
Michael Foot
➡ Foot * * *
Michael Frayn
➡ Frayn * * *
Michael Gambon
➡ Gambon * * *
Michael Grade
➡ Grade * * *
Michael Howard
➡ Howard (II) * * *
Michael I Rhangabe
▪ Byzantine emperor died Jan. 11, 844       Byzantine emperor from 811 to 813.       The son-in-law of the emperor Nicephorus I, Michael was proclaimed emperor ...
Michael II
▪ Byzantine emperor born , Amorium, Diocese of Asia died Oct. 2, 829  Byzantine emperor and founder of the Amorian dynasty who attempted to moderate the Iconoclastic ...
Michael III
▪ Byzantine emperor byname  Michael The Amorian, or The Drunkard   born 838, Constantinople died Sept. 23, 867, Constantinople  Byzantine emperor—last of the Amorian, or ...
Michael IV
▪ Byzantine emperor byname  Michael The Paphlagonian   died Dec. 10, 1041, Constantinople       Byzantine emperor during whose seven-year reign an important treaty ...
Michael IX Palaeologus
▪ Byzantine emperor born c. 1277 died Oct. 12, 1320, Thessalonica, Byzantine Empire       Byzantine co-emperor with his father, Andronicus II, from 1295 who, despite ...
Michael J Fox
➡ Fox (III) * * *
Michael Jackson
➡ Jackson (VI) * * *
Michael Johnson
➡ Johnson (V) * * *
Michael Jordan
➡ Jordan * * *
Michael Moore
➡ Moore (VIII) * * *
Michael Nyman
➡ Nyman * * *
Michael Palin
➡ Palin * * *
Michael Parkinson
➡ Parkinson * * *
Michael Powell
➡ Powell (III) * * *
Michael Redgrave
➡ Redgrave (I) * * *
Michael Tippett
➡ Tippett * * *
Michael V Calaphates
▪ Byzantine emperor GreekCaulker died after 1042       Byzantine emperor (1041–42). The nephew of Michael IV, Michael Calaphates was adopted by his uncle's elderly ...
Michael VI Stratioticus
▪ Byzantine emperor Stratioticus also spelled  Stratiotikos  died c. 1057  Byzantine emperor who in his one-year reign (1056–57) failed to control the military ...
Michael VII Ducas
▪ Byzantine emperor also called  Michael VII Parapinaces   born c. 1050, Constantinople, Byzantine Empire [now Istanbul, Turkey] died c. 1090, Constantinople  Byzantine ...
Michael VIII Palaeologus
/pay'lee ol"euh geuhs, pal'ee-/ 1234-1282, Byzantine ruler 1259-82, first of the Palaeologus emperors. * * * born 1224 or 1225 died Dec. 11, 1282, Thrace Nicaean emperor ...
Michael Wiśniowiecki
▪ king of Poland Polish in full  MichaŁ Korybut Wiśniowiecki  born July 31, 1640, Lwów, Pol. died Nov. 10, 1673, Lwów       king of Poland (1669–73), whose ...
MichaelI
Michael I, Born 1921. King of Romania (1927-1930 and 1940-1947). He was forced to abdicate in 1947 by the newly formed Communist government. * * *
Michaelis, Georg
▪ chancellor of Germany born Sept. 8, 1857, Haynau, Prussia died July 24, 1936, Bad Saarow-Pieskow, Ger.  German politician and imperial chancellor during World War I, whose ...
Michaelis–Menten hypothesis
▪ biochemistry       a general explanation of the velocity and gross mechanism of enzyme-catalyzed reactions. First stated in 1913, the hypothesis assumes the rapid, ...
Michaelmas
/mik"euhl meuhs/, n. Chiefly Brit. a festival celebrated on September 29 in honor of the archangel Michael. Also called Michaelmas Day. [bef. 1150; ME Mighelmes; OE (Sanct) ...
Michaelmas daisy
an aster. [1775-85] * * *
Michaelmas Day
➡ quarter days * * *
Michaelmas term
the name given to the autumn academic term in some British schools and universities. * * *
Michaelmasdaisy
Michaelmas daisy n. Any of several North American species of asters that have leafy stems and flower in the fall. * * *
Michaels, James Walker
▪ 2008       American magazine editor born June 17, 1921, Buffalo, N.Y. died Oct. 2, 2007, New York, N.Y. was credited with having transformed the reporting of ...
Michaels, Leonard
▪ 2004       American writer (b. Jan. 2, 1933, New York, N.Y.—d. May 10, 2003, Berkeley, Calif.), penned literary short stories and novels that often featured ordinary ...
Michal
/muy"keuhl/, n. a daughter of Saul, who became the wife of David. I Sam. 14:49; 18:27. * * *
Michals, Duane
▪ American photographer in full  Duane Stephen Michals  born Feb. 18, 1932, McKeesport, Pa., U.S.       American photographer noted for his sequential images, which ...
Michaux
/mee shoh"/, n. Henri /ahonn rddee"/, 1899-1984, French poet and painter, born in Belgium. * * *
Michaux, André
▪ French botanist born March 7, 1746, Satory, Fr. died Nov. 13, 1802, Tamatave, Madagascar       French botanist who spent 12 years studying the plants of North ...
Michaux, Henri
▪ French painter and poet born May 24, 1899, Namur, Belg. died Oct. 18, 1984, Paris, France       Belgian-born French lyric poet and painter who examined the inner ...
miche
—micher, n. /mich/, v.i., miched, miching. Brit. Dial. to lurk out of sight. [1175-1225; ME mychen, michen < OF muchier to hide] * * *
Miche, Jean-Claude
▪ French missionary born , Bruyères-en-Vosges, Fr. died Dec. 1, 1873, Saigon       French Roman Catholic missionary who was instrumental in securing a French ...
Micheas
/muy kee"euhs/, n. Douay Bible. Micah (defs. 1, 2). * * *
Micheaux, Oscar
▪ American filmmaker in full  Oscar Devereaux Micheaux  born January 2, 1884, Metropolis, Ill., U.S. died March 25, 1951, Charlotte, N.C.       prolific African ...
Michel
(as used in expressions) Claude Michel Michel de Notredame Adanson Michel Aflaq Michel Debré Michel Jean Pierre Fokine Michel Foucault Michel Paul La Galissonnière Roland ...
Michel, Hartmut
▪ German biochemist born July 18, 1948, Ludwigsburg, W.Ger.       German biochemist who, along with Johann Deisenhofer (Deisenhofer, Johann) and Robert Huber (Huber, ...
Michel, Louise
▪ French revolutionary in full  Clémence-louise Michel   born May 29, 1830, Vroncourt-la-Côte, France died Jan. 10, 1905, Marseille  French anarchist who fervently ...
Michel-Lévy, Auguste
▪ French petrologist born Aug. 7, 1844, Paris, France died Sept. 27, 1911, Paris       French mineralogist and petrologist, one of the pioneers of microscopic ...
Michelangeli, Arturo Benedetti
▪ 1996       Italian pianist (b. Jan. 5, 1920, Brescia, Italy—d. June 12, 1995, Lugano, Switz.), combined superb technique, clarity of tone, and a talent for delicate ...
Michelangelo
/muy'keuhl an"jeuh loh', mik'euhl-/; It. /mee'kel ahn"je law/, n. (Michelangelo Buonarroti) 1475-1564, Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet. * * * (as used in ...
Michelangelo (di Lodovico Buonarroti)
born March 6, 1475, Caprese, Republic of Florence died Feb. 18, 1564, Rome, Papal States Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet. He served a brief apprenticeship with ...
MichelangeloBuonarroti
Mi·chel·an·ge·lo Buo·nar·ro·ti (mī'kəl-ănʹjə-lō' bwôn'ə-rôʹtē, mĭkʹ-, mē'kĕl-änʹjĕ-lō bwōn'är-rōʹtē), 1475-1564. Italian sculptor, painter, ...
Michele
/mi shel"/, n. a female given name. Also, Michelle. * * *
Michelet
/meesheu lay"/, n. Jules /zhyuul/, 1798-1874, French historian. * * *
Michelet, Jules
born Aug. 21, 1798, Paris, France died Feb. 9, 1874, Hèyres French nationalist historian. He taught history and philosophy before he was appointed head of the historical ...
Michelet,Jules
Mi·che·let (mēsh-ə-lāʹ, mēsh-lāʹ), Jules. 1798-1874. French historian noted for his lively 17-volume Histoire de France (1833-1867). * * *
Michelin
in full Compagnie Générale des Etablissments Michelin Leading French manufacturer of tires and other rubber products. It was founded in 1888 by the Michelin brothers, André ...
Michell, John
▪ British geologist and astronomer born 1724, Nottinghamshire, England died April 21, 1793, Thornhill, Yorkshire       British geologist and astronomer who is ...
Michelle
Michelle or Michele [mi shel′, mēshel′] n. a feminine name: see MICHAEL * * *
Michelozzo
▪ Italian artist in full  Michelozzo Di Bartolommeo, Michelozzo  also spelled  Michelozzi  born 1396, Florence died 1472, Florence       architect and sculptor, ...
Michels, Rinus
▪ 2006 Marinus Hendrikus Jacobus Michels        Dutch association football (soccer) player and coach (b. Feb. 9, 1928, Amsterdam, Neth.—d. March 3, 2005, Aalst, ...
Michels, Robert
▪ German-Italian sociologist born Jan. 9, 1876, Cologne died May 3, 1936, Rome       German-born Italian political sociologist and economist, noted for his formulation ...
Michelsen, Christian
▪ prime minister of Norway born March 15, 1857, Bergen, Norway died June 28, 1925, Fjøsanger, near Bergen       Norwegian statesman who, as prime minister, proclaimed ...
Michelson
/muy"keuhl seuhn/, n. Albert Abraham, 1852-1931, U.S. physicist, born in Prussia (now Poland): Nobel prize 1907. * * *
Michelson, A(lbert) A(braham)
born Dec. 19, 1852, Strelno, Prussia died May 9, 1931, Pasadena, Calif., U.S. Prussian-born U.S. physicist. His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1854. He studied at the U.S. ...
Michelson, A.A.
▪ American scientist in full  Albert Abraham Michelson  born Dec. 19, 1852, Strelno, Prussia [now Strzelno, Pol.] died May 9, 1931, Pasadena, Calif., ...
Michelson,Albert Abraham
Mi·chel·son (mīʹkəl-sən), Albert Abraham. 1852-1931. German-born American physicist who with Edward Morley disproved the existence of ether, the hypothetical medium of ...
Michelson-Morley experiment
Attempt to detect the velocity of the Earth with respect to ether, a hypothetical medium in space formerly proposed to carry light waves. It was first performed in Berlin in ...
Michener
/mish"neuhr/ for 1; /mich"euh neuhr, mich"neuhr/ for 2, n. 1. (Daniel) Roland, 1900-91, Canadian public official and diplomat: governor general 1967-74. 2. James A(lbert), ...
Michener, James
▪ American author in full  James Albert Michener  born Feb. 3, 1907?, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 16, 1997, Austin, Texas       U.S. novelist and short-story ...
Michener, James A(lbert)
born Feb. 3, 1907?, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 16, 1997, Austin, Texas U.S. novelist and short-story writer. Michener was a foundling discovered in Doylestown, Pa., and he ...
Michener, James Albert
▪ 1998       American novelist (b. Feb. 3, 1907, New York, N.Y.—d. Oct. 16, 1997, Austin, Texas), launched a 50-year literary career with Tales of the South Pacific ...
Michener, Percy Zell
▪ 1997       U.S. civil engineer who supervised the construction, completed in 1964, of the 28-km (17 1/2-mi) Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel across the mouth of the ...
Michener,James Albert
Mich·e·ner (mĭchʹə-nər, mĭchʹnər), James Albert. 1907-1997. American writer of historical novels, such as Tales of the South Pacific (1947), for which he won a Pulitzer ...
Michie, Donald
▪ 2008       British computer scientist born Nov. 11, 1923, Rangoon, Burma [Yangon, Myanmar] died July 7, 2007, near London, Eng. was an early theorist into the ...
Michiel, Vitale II
▪ doge of Venice died 1172, Venice       doge of Venice who ruled during an important crisis in the Venetian Republic's relations with the Byzantine Empire and whose ...
Michigan
/mish"i geuhn/, n. 1. a state in the N central United States. 9,258,344; 58,216 sq. mi. (150,780 sq. km). Cap.: Lansing. Abbr.: MI (for use with zip code), Mich. 2. Lake, a lake ...
Michigan bankroll
Slang. 1. a large roll of paper money in small denominations. 2. a roll of counterfeit paper money or a roll of money-sized paper surrounded by one or more genuine bills. Also ...
Michigan City
a port in NW Indiana, on Lake Michigan. 36,850. * * * ▪ Indiana, United States  city, La Porte county, northern Indiana, U.S. The city is situated on the southern end of ...
Michigan rummy
Cards. a variety of five hundred rummy in which each player scores his or her melds as played. * * *
Michigan State University
▪ university, East Lansing, Michigan, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in East Lansing, Mich., U.S. It was a pioneer among ...
Michigan, flag of
▪ Flag History       U.S. state flag consisting of a dark blue field (background) with the state coat of arms (arms, coat of) in the centre.       The coat of ...
Michigan, Lake
Third largest of the five Great Lakes and the only one lying wholly within the U.S. Bordered by the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana, it connects with Lake ...
Michigan, University of
U.S. state university with its main campus in Ann Arbor and branch campuses in Flint and Dearborn. It originated as a preparatory school in Detroit in 1817 and moved to Ann ...
Michigan,Lake
Michigan, Lake The third largest of the Great Lakes, between Wisconsin and Michigan. It is the only one of the lakes entirely within the United States. Lake Michigan is ...
Michigander
/mish'i gan"deuhr/, n. a native or inhabitant of Michigan. Also called Michiganite /mish"i geuh nuyt'/. [1825-35, Amer.; b. MICHIGAN and GANDER, name first applied to Lewis Cass, ...
Michiganian
/mish'i gay"nee euhn, -gan"ee-/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Michigan or its inhabitants. n. 2. a Michigander. [1805-15, Amer.; MICHIGAN + -IAN] * * *
Michoacán
/mee'chaw ah kahn"/, n. a state in SW Mexico. 2,805,000; 23,196 sq. mi. (60,080 sq. km). Cap.: Morelia. * * * State (pop., 2000: 3,985,667), southwestern Mexico. It covers ...
Michol
/muy"keuhl/, n. Douay Bible. Michal. * * *
Michurin, Ivan Vladimirovich
▪ Russian horticulturalist born Oct. 27 [Oct. 15, Old Style], 1855, Vershino estate, near Dolgoye, Russia died June 7, 1935, Michurinsk, Russian S.F.S.R.       Russian ...
Michurinsk
/mi choor"insk/; Russ. /myi chyooh"rddyinsk/, n. a city in the W Russian Federation in Europe, S of Ryazan. 102,000. Formerly, Kozlov. * * * ▪ Russia also spelled ...
Miciński, Tadeusz
▪ Polish writer born November 9, 1873 , Łódz, Poland, Russian Empire [now in Poland] died February 1918, near Cherikova, Russia [now Cherikov, Belarus       Polish ...
Mick
/mik/, n. (often l.c.) Slang (usually disparaging and offensive). a person of Irish birth or descent. [1870-75, Amer.; generic use of Mick, hypocoristic form of MICHAEL] * * *
Mick Jagger
➡ Jagger * * *
Mickelson, Siegfried
▪ 2001 “Sig”        American broadcasting executive (b. May 24, 1913, Clinton, Minn.—d. March 24, 2000, San Diego, Calif.), as the first president of CBS's ...
Mickey
/mik"ee/, n., pl. Mickeys, adj. n. 1. Also called Mickey Finn. Slang. a drink, usually alcoholic, to which a drug, purgative, or the like, has been secretly added, that renders ...
Mickey Finn
☆ Mickey Finn n. pl. Mickeys n. 〚< ?〛 [also m- f-] Slang a drink of liquor to which a powerful narcotic or purgative has been added, given to an unsuspecting person: often ...
mickey mouse
(often caps.) Informal. 1. trite and commercially slick in character; corny: mickey mouse music. 2. useless, insignificant, or worthless: mickey mouse activities just to fill up ...
Mickey Mouse{™}
a famous cartoon character created by Walt Disney, who called him ‘the mouse that built an empire’. Mickey has become the symbol of the company and his high voice was spoken ...
Mickey Rooney
➡ Rooney (I) * * *
Mickey Spillane
➡ Spillane * * *
MickeyFinn
Mick·ey Finn (mĭkʹē fĭnʹ) n. Slang An alcoholic beverage that is surreptitiously altered to induce diarrhea or stupefy, render unconscious, or otherwise incapacitate the ...
MickeyMouse
Mickey Mouse adj. Slang 1. a. Unimportant; trivial: “It's a Mickey Mouse operation compared to what goes on in Lyons or Paris” (Jack Higgins). b. Irritatingly petty: the ...
Mickiewicz
/mits kye"vich/, n. Adam /ah"dahm/, 1798-1855, Polish poet. * * *
Mickiewicz, Adam
▪ Polish poet in full  Adam Bernard Mickiewicz  born , December 24, 1798, Zaosye, near Nowogródek, Belorussia, Russian Empire [now in Belarus] died November 26, 1855, ...
Mickiewicz, Adam (Bernard)
born Dec. 24, 1798, Zaosye, near Nowogródek, Belorussia, Russian Empire died Nov. 25, 1855, Constantinople, Tur. Polish poet. A lifelong apostle of Polish national freedom and ...
mickle
/mik"euhl/, adj. Archaic. great; large; much. [bef. 900; ME mikel < ON mikill; r. ME michel, OE micel (see MUCH); c. OHG mihil, Goth mikils, akin to L magnus, Gk mégas] * * *
micky
/mik"ee/, n., pl. mickies. (sometimes cap.) Mickey (def. 2). * * *
Micmac
/mik"mak/, n., pl. Micmacs, (esp. collectively) Micmac for 1. 1. a member of a North American Indian people now living mostly in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince ...
Micon
or Mikon flourished 5th century BC, Greece Greek painter and sculptor. A contemporary and pupil of Polygnotus, he joined him in developing the treatment of space and ...
miconazole
mi·con·a·zole (mĭ-kŏnʹə-zōl') n. An antifungal used topically or parenterally.   [Alteration of myco- + benzimidazole.] * * *
MICR
magnetic ink character recognition: a technique for reading and processing data printed with ink that contains magnetic particles: used esp. in sorting bank checks ...
micr-
micr- pref. Variant of micro-. * * *
micra
/muy"kreuh/, n. a pl. of micron. * * *
micrify
/muy"kreuh fuy'/, v.t., micrified, micrifying. to make small or insignificant. [1830-40; MICR- + -IFY] * * *
micrite
▪ rock       sedimentary rock formed of calcareous particles ranging in diameter from 0.06 to 2 mm (0.002 to 0.08 inch) that have been deposited mechanically rather than ...
micro
/muy"kroh/, adj., n., pl. micros. adj. 1. extremely small. 2. minute in scope or capability. 3. of or pertaining to microcomputers. 4. of or pertaining to microeconomics. n. 5. ...
micro-
a combining form with the meanings "small" (microcosm; microgamete), "very small in comparison with others of its kind" (microcassette; microlith), "too small to be seen by the ...
micro-image
/muy"kroh im'ij/, n. a microreproduction. Also, microimage. [1945-50] * * *
microammeter
/muy'kroh am"mee teuhr/, n. an instrument for measuring extremely small electric currents, calibrated in microamperes. [1925-30; MICRO- + AMMETER] * * *
microampere
/muy'kroh am"pear, -am pear"/, n. Elect. a unit of electric current, equal to one millionth of an ampere. Symbol: µA [1900-05; MICRO- + AMPERE] * * *
microanalysis
—microanalyst /muy'kroh an"l ist/, n. —microanalytical /muy'kroh an'l it"i keuhl/, microanalytic, adj. /muy'kroh euh nal"euh sis/, n., pl. microanalyses /-seez'/. 1. Chem. ...
microanalyst
See microanalysis. * * *
microanalytic
See microanalyst. * * *
microanalytical
See microanalyst. * * *
microanatomical
See microanatomy. * * *
microanatomy
—microanatomic /muy'kroh an'euh tom"ik/, microanatomical, adj. —microanatomically, adv. —microanatomist, n. /muy'kroh euh nat"euh mee/, n. the branch of anatomy dealing ...
microangiopathy
/muy'kroh an'jee op"euh thee/, n. Pathol. any disease of the small blood vessels. [MICRO- + ANGIO- + -PATHY] * * *
microbacterium
/muy'kroh bak tear"ee euhm/, n., pl. microbacteria /-tear"ee euh/. Bacteriol. any of several rod-shaped, thermoduric, saprophytic bacteria of the genus Microbacterium, found ...
microbalance
/muy"kreuh bal'euhns/, n. Chem. a balance for weighing minute quantities of material. [1900-05; MICRO- + BALANCE] * * *
microbar
/muy"kreuh bahr'/, n. a centimeter-gram-second unit of pressure, equal to one millionth of a bar; one dyne per square centimeter. Also called barye. [1915-20; MICRO- + BAR3] * * *
microbarogram
/muy'kreuh bahr"euh gram'/, n. Meteorol. a record made by a microbarograph. [MICRO- + BAROGRAM] * * *
microbarograph
/muy'kreuh bahr"euh graf', -grahf'/, n. Meteorol. a barograph for recording minute fluctuations of atmospheric pressure. [1900-05; MICRO- + BAROGRAPH] * * *
microbe
—microbeless, adj. —microbial, microbic, microbian, adj. /muy"krohb/, n. a microorganism, esp. a pathogenic bacterium. [1880-85; < F < Gk mikro- MICRO- + bíos life] * * *
microbial
See microbe. * * *
microbic
See microbial. * * *
microbicide
—microbicidal, adj. /muy kroh"beuh suyd'/, n. a substance or preparation for killing microbes. [1880-85; MICROBE + -I- + -CIDE] * * *
microbiologic
See microbiological. * * *
microbiological
See microbiology. * * *
microbiologically
See microbiological. * * *
microbiologist
See microbiological. * * *
microbiology
—microbiological /muy'kroh buy'euh loj"i keuhl/, microbiologic, adj. —microbiologically, adv. —microbiologist, n. /muy'kroh buy ol"euh jee/, n. the branch of biology ...
microblade
/muy"kreuh blayd'/, n. bladelet. Also, micro-blade. [1965-70; MICRO- + BLADE] * * *
microbrew
/muy"kroh brooh'/, n. beer brewed in a microbrewery. [1980-85] * * *
microbrewer
See microbrewery. * * *
microbreweries
➡ beer * * *
microbrewery
/muy"kroh brooh'euh ree, -broor'ee/, n., pl. microbreweries. a brewery producing less than 15,000 barrels per year and usually concentrating on exotic or high quality ...
microbubble
mi·cro·bub·ble (mīʹkrō-bŭb'əl) n. An extremely small bubble, usually only a few hundred micrometers in diameter, that can be uniformly suspended in a liquid such as ...
microburst
/muy"kreuh berrst'/, n. Meteorol. an intense, localized downdraft of air that spreads on the ground, causing rapid changes in wind direction and speed; a localized ...
microbus
/muy"kroh bus'/, n. minibus. [1940-45; MICRO- + BUS1] * * *
microcap
mi·cro·cap (mīʹkrō-kăp') adj. 1. Of or relating to companies with very small capitalizations, especially less than 250 million dollars. 2. Of or relating to mutual funds ...
microcapsule
/muy"kroh kap'seuhl, -soohl, -syoohl/, n. Chem. a tiny capsule, 20-150 microns in diameter, used for slow-release application of drugs, pesticides, flavors, etc. [1960-65; MICRO- ...
microcassette
/muy"kroh keuh set', -ka-/, n. a very small audio tape cassette smaller than a minicassette, for use with a pocket-size tape recorder. [1975-80; MICRO- + CASSETTE] * * *
microcephalic
—microcephaly, n. /muy'kroh seuh fal"ik/, adj. Cephalom., Pathol. having a head with a small braincase. Also, microcephalous /muy'kroh sef"euh leuhs/. [1855-60; < NL ...
microcephalous
See microcephalic. * * *
microcephaly
microcephaly [mī΄krō sef′ə lē] n. 〚 MICRO- + -CEPHALY〛 a condition in which the head or cranial capacity is abnormally small: opposed to ...
microchemical
See microchemistry. * * *
microchemist
See microchemical. * * *
microchemistry
—microchemical /muy'kroh kem"i keuhl/, adj. /muy'kroh kem"euh stree/, n. the branch of chemistry dealing with minute quantities of substances. [1885-90; MICRO- + CHEMISTRY] * * ...
microchip
/muy"kroh chip'/, n. Electronics. chip1 (def. 5). [1965-70; MICRO- + CHIP1] * * *
Microciona
/muy'kreuh suy"euh neuh/, n. a genus of bright-red sponges of the Atlantic coasts of North America and Europe, used in experiments on the dissociation and reintegration of sponge ...
microcircuit
/muy"kroh serr'kit/, n. Electronics. See integrated circuit. [1955-60; MICRO- + CIRCUIT] * * *
microcircuitry
/muy'kroh serr"ki tree/, n. Electronics. 1. a detailed plan of an integrated circuit or a network of such circuits. 2. the components of a network of integrated ...
microcirculation
—microcirculatory /muy'kroh serr"kyeuh leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /muy'kroh serr'kyeuh lay"sheuhn/, n. the movement of blood through the arterioles, capillaries, and ...
microcirculatory
See microcirculation. * * *
microclimate
—microclimatic /muy'kroh kluy mat"ik/, adj. —microclimatically, adv. /muy"kreuh kluy'mit/, n. the climate of a small area, as of confined spaces such as caves or houses ...
microclimatic
See microclimate. * * *
microclimatologic
See microclimatic. * * *
microclimatological
See microclimatic. * * *
microclimatology
—microclimatologic /muy'kroh kluy'meuh tl oj"ik/, microclimatological, adj. —microclimatologist, n. /muy'kroh kluy'meuh tol"euh jee/, n. the study of a microclimate. Cf. ...
microcline
/muy"kreuh kluyn'/, n. a mineral of the feldspar group, potassium aluminum silicate, KAlSi3O8, identical in composition with orthoclase but having triclinic instead of monoclinic ...
micrococcal
See micrococcus. * * *
micrococcus
—micrococcal, micrococcic /muy'kreuh kok"sik/, adj. /muy'kreuh kok"euhs/, n., pl. micrococci /-kok"suy, -see/. Bacteriol. any spherical bacterium of the genus Micrococcus, ...
microcode
/muy"kreuh kohd'/, n. Computers. 1. one or more microinstructions. 2. the notation for writing microprograms on a given computer. [MICRO- + CODE] * * *
microcomponent
/muy'kroh keuhm poh"neuhnt/, n. a hi-fi component considerably smaller than a minicomponent and much smaller than a standard-size component. [MICRO- + COMPONENT] * * *
microcomputer
/muy"kroh keuhm pyooh'teuhr/, n. a compact and relatively inexpensive computer, with less capacity and capability than a minicomputer, consisting of a microprocessor and other ...
microcomputing
/muy"kroh keuhm pyooh'ting/, n. Computers. the use of microcomputers. [MICRO- + COMPUTING] * * *
microconstituent
/muy'kroh keuhn stich"ooh euhnt/, n. a microscopically small constituent of a metal or alloy. [1900-05; MICRO- + CONSTITUENT] * * *
microcopy
/muy"kreuh kop'ee/, n., pl. microcopies. a microphotographic copy of a printed page or the like, as in microfilm or microfiche. [1930-35; MICRO- + COPY] * * *
microcosm
—microcosmic, microcosmical, adj. /muy"kreuh koz'euhm/, n. 1. a little world; a world in miniature (opposed to macrocosm). 2. anything that is regarded as a world in ...
microcosmic
See microcosm. * * *
microcosmic salt
Chem. See sodium ammonium phosphate. [1775-85] * * *
microcosmical
See microcosmic. * * *
microcosmically
See microcosmic. * * *
microcosmicsalt
microcosmic salt n. A white crystalline salt of phosphorus, HNaNH4PO4·4H2O, used in blowpipe analysis of minerals to test for the presence of certain metals. * * *
microcredit
mi·cro·cred·it (mīʹkrō-krĕd'ĭt) n. The business or policy of making microloans to impoverished entrepreneurs. Also called microlending. * * * ▪ finance also called ...
microcrystal
/muy"kreuh kris'tl/, n. a microscopic crystal. [1890-95; MICRO- + CRYSTAL] * * *
microcrystalline
—microcrystallinity /muy'kroh kris'tl in"i tee/, n. /muy'kroh kris"tl in, -uyn'-/, adj. minutely crystalline; composed of microscopic crystals. [1875-80; MICRO- + ...
microcrystalline wax
▪ chemical compound       any petroleum-derived plastic material that differs from paraffin waxes (paraffin wax) in having much finer and less-distinct crystals and ...
microculture
—microcultural, adj. /muy"kroh kul'cheuhr/, n. subculture (def. 3b). [1940-45; MICRO- + CULTURE] * * *
microcurie
/muy"kreuh kyoor'ee, muy'kroh kyoo ree"/, n. Physics, Chem. a unit of radioactivity, equal to one millionth of a curie; 3.70 × 104 disintegrations per second. Symbol: µCi, ...
Microcycas
▪ plant genus       a genus of palmlike cycads (plants of the family Zamiaceae), native to Cuba. The only species, corcho (M. calocoma), is columnar in habit and ...
microcyte
—microcytic /muy'kreuh sit"ik/, adj. /muy"kreuh suyt'/, n. Pathol. an abnormally small red blood cell. [1875-80; MICRO- + -CYTE] * * *
microcytic
See microcyte. * * *
microdensitometer
/muy'kroh den'si tom"i teuhr/, n. Photog. a densitometer for measuring the density of minute areas of photographic negatives. [1930-35; MICRO- + DENSITOMETER] * * *
microdetector
/muy"kroh di tek'teuhr/, n. 1. an instrument measuring small quantities or changes. 2. Elect. an extremely sensitive galvanometer. [MICRO- + DETECTOR] * * *
microdissection
/muy'kroh di sek"sheuhn/, n. dissection performed under a microscope. [1910-15; MICRO- + DISSECTION] * * *
microdistillation
/muy'kroh dis'tl ay"sheuhn/, n. Chem. the distillation of minute quantities of material. [MICRO- + DISTILLATION] * * *
microdont
microdont [mī′krōdänt΄] adj. 〚 MICR(O)- + -ODONT〛 having very small teeth: also microdontous microdontism n. * * *
microdontia
—microdont /muy"kreuh dont'/, microdontic, microdontous, adj. /muy'kreuh don"sheuh, -shee euh/, n. abnormally small teeth. Also, microdontism /muy"kreuh don tiz'euhm/, ...
microdot
/muy"kreuh dot'/, n., v.t., microdotted, microdotting. n. 1. a photograph reduced to the size of a printed period, used esp. to transmit messages, photographs, drawings, ...
microearthquake
/muy'kroh errth"kwayk'/, n. an earthquake of very low intensity (magnitude of 2 or less on the Richter scale). Also called microtremor. [1965-70; MICRO- + EARTHQUAKE] * * *
microecology
—microecological /muy'kroh ek'euh loj"i keuhl, -ee'keuh-/, adj. /muy'kroh i kol"euh jee/, n. the ecology of a microhabitat. [1960-65; MICRO- + ECOLOGY] * * *
microeconomic
See microeconomics. * * *
microeconomics
—microeconomic, adj. —microeconomist /muy'kroh i kon"euh mist/, n. /muy'kroh ek'euh nom"iks, -ee'keuh-/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the branch of economics dealing with ...
microelectrode
mi·cro·e·lec·trode (mī'krō-ĭ-lĕkʹtrōd') n. A very small electrode, often used to study electrical characteristics of living cells and tissues. * * *
microelectromechanical system
      mechanical parts and electronic circuits combined to form miniature devices, typically on a semiconductor chip, with dimensions from tens of micrometres to a few ...
microelectromechanical system (MEMS)
Miniature devices formed by combining mechanical parts and electronic circuits, typically on a semiconductor chip, with dimensions from tens to a few hundred micrometres ...
microelectronic
See microelectronics. * * *
microelectronics
—microelectronic, adj. /muy'kroh i lek tron"iks, -ee'lek-/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the technology dealing with the design, development, and construction of electronic ...
microelectrophoresis
—microelectrophoretic /muy'kroh i lek'troh feuh ret"ik/, adj. /muy'kroh i lek'troh feuh ree"sis/, n. Chem. any of several techniques for observing, by means of a microscope or ...
microelement
mi·cro·el·e·ment (mīʹkrō-ĕl'ə-mənt) n. A trace element. * * *
microencapsulate
mi·cro·en·cap·su·late (mī'krō-ĕn-kăpʹsə-lāt') tr.v. mi·cro·en·cap·su·lat·ed, mi·cro·en·cap·su·lat·ing, mi·cro·en·cap·su·lates To enclose in ...
microencapsulation
/muy'kroh en kap"seuh lay"sheuhn, -syoo-/, n. Chem. the process of enclosing chemical substances in microcapsules. [1960-65; MICRO- + ENCAPSULATION] * * *
microenvironment
—microenvironmental /muy'kroh en vuy'euhrn men"tl, -vuy'reuhn-/, adj. /muy'kroh en vuy"euhrn meuhnt, -vuy"reuhn-/, n. the environment of a small area or of a particular ...
microevolution
—microevolutionary, adj. /muy'kroh ev'euh looh"sheuhn/ or, esp. Brit., /-ee'veuh-/, n. Biol. 1. evolutionary change involving the gradual accumulation of mutations leading to ...
microevolutionary
See microevolution. * * *
microfarad
/muy"kreuh far'euhd, -ad/, n. Elect. a unit of capacitance, equal to one millionth of a farad. Abbr.: mf., mfd. Symbol: µF, µf [1870-75; MICRO- + FARAD] * * *
microfauna
—microfaunal, adj. /muy'kroh faw"neuh/, n., pl. microfaunas, microfaunae /-nee/. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) 1. Biol. microscopic animals. 2. Ecol. the fauna of a ...
microfiber
/muy"kroh fuy'beuhr/, n. a very fine polyester fiber, weighing less than one denier per filament, used esp. for clothing. [1985-90] * * *
microfibril
/muy'kroh fuy"breuhl, -fib"reuhl/, n. Cell Biol. a microtubule, microfilament, or other fine threadlike structure of a cell. [1935-40; MICRO- + FIBRIL] * * *
microfiche
/muy"kreuh feesh'/, n., pl. microfiche, microfiches, v., microfiched, microfiching. n. 1. a flat sheet of microfilm in a form suitable for filing, typically measuring 4 by 6 in. ...


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