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minortranquilizer
minor tranquilizer n. See antianxiety drug. * * *
Minos
/muy"neuhs, -nos/, n. Class. Myth. a king of Crete: he ordered Daedalus to build the Labyrinth. * * * In Greek legend, a king of Crete, the son of Zeus and Europa. He gained ...
Miñoso, Minnie
▪ Cuban athlete byname of  Saturnino Orestes Arrieta Miñoso Armas , also called  the Cuban Comet  born Nov. 29, 1922, El Perico, Matanzas, Cuba    Cuban professional ...
Minot
/muy"neuht/, n. 1. George Richards /rich"euhrdz/, 1885-1950, U.S. physician: Nobel prize 1934. 2. a city in N North Dakota. 32,843. * * * ▪ North Dakota, United ...
Minot, George (Richards)
born Dec. 2, 1885, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Feb. 25, 1950, Brookline, Mass. U.S. physician. He received his medical degree from Harvard University. He reversed anemia in dogs ...
Minot, George Richards
▪ American physician born Dec. 2, 1885, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Feb. 25, 1950, Brookline, Mass.  American physician who received (with George Whipple (Whipple, George H.) ...
Minot, Laurence
▪ English author flourished 1333–52       English author of 11 battle songs, preserved in an early 15th-century manuscript, first published by the antiquarian Joseph ...
Minot,George Richards
Mi·not (mīʹnət), George Richards. 1885-1950. American physician. He shared a 1934 Nobel Prize for discovering that a diet of liver relieves anemia. * * *
Minotaur
/min"euh tawr'/, n. 1. Class. Myth. a monster, the offspring of Pasiphaë and the Cretan bull, that had the head of a bull on the body of a man: housed in the Cretan Labyrinth, ...
minoxidil
/mi nok"si dil'/, n. Pharm. a potent peripheral vasodilator used in the treatment of severe hypertension, also applied topically to promote hair growth in some types of ...
Minseitō
▪ political party, Japan English  Democratic Party , or  Progressive Party        prominent pre-World War II Japanese political party that first came to power in ...
Minsk
/minsk/; Russ. /myeensk/, n. a city in and the capital of Byelorussia (Belarus), in the central part, on a tributary of the Berezina. 1,589,000. * * * Capital (pop., 2001 est.: ...
Minsky, Marvin
▪ American scientist born August 9, 1927, New York, New York, U.S.       American mathematician and computer scientist, one of the most famous practitioners of the ...
Minsky, Marvin (Lee)
born Aug. 9, 1927, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. computer scientist. He received a Ph.D. from Princeton University and joined the faculty at MIT, where he remained for his entire ...
minster
/min"steuhr/, n. 1. a church actually or originally connected with a monastic establishment. 2. any large or important church, as a cathedral. [bef. 900; ME, OE mynster (c. G ...
minstrel
/min"streuhl/, n. 1. a medieval poet and musician who sang or recited while accompanying himself on a stringed instrument, either as a member of a noble household or as an ...
minstrel show
a popular stage entertainment featuring comic dialogue, song, and dance in highly conventionalized patterns, performed by a troupe of actors, traditionally comprising two end men ...
minstrelshow
minstrel show n. A comic variety show presenting jokes, songs, dances, and skits, usually by white actors in blackface. * * *
minstrelsy
/min"streuhl see/, n. 1. the art or practice of a minstrel. 2. minstrels' songs, ballads, etc.: a collection of Scottish minstrelsy. [1275-1325; ME minstralcie ( < AF ...
mint
mint1 /mint/, n. 1. any aromatic herb of the genus Mentha, having opposite leaves and small, whorled flowers, as the spearmint and peppermint. Cf. mint family. 2. a soft or hard ...
mint family
the large plant family Labiatae (or Lamiaceae), characterized by aromatic herbaceous plants having square stems, simple leaves, clusters of two-lipped flowers, and fruit in the ...
mint geranium
costmary. * * *
mint jelly
mint jelly or mint sauce n. a jelly (or sauce) flavored with mint leaves, served esp. with lamb * * *
mint julep
an alcoholic drink traditionally made with bourbon, sugar, and finely cracked ice and garnished with sprigs of mint, served in a tall, frosted glass: also made with other kinds ...
mintadi
▪ African art       steatite (soapstone) figure from Angola. According to Italian documents, mintadi figures were brought to the Museo Preistorico Etnografico Luigi ...
mintage
/min"tij/, n. 1. the act or process of minting. 2. the product or result of minting; coinage. 3. the charge for or cost of minting or coining. 4. the output of a mint. 5. a stamp ...
minter
See mint1. * * *
mintfamily
mint family n. A large family of aromatic herbs, the Labiatae (or Lamiaceae), including lavender, mint, rosemary, sage, and thyme and characterized by opposite leaves, square ...
Minthe
/min"thee/, n. Class. Myth. a nymph who was changed into a mint plant by Persephone to protect her from Hades. * * *
mintjulep
mint julep n. An alcoholic drink made of bourbon whiskey or sometimes brandy or rum, sugar, crushed mint leaves, and shaved ice. * * *
mintmark
/mint"mahrk'/, n. a letter or other symbol on a coin that identifies the mint at which it was struck. [1790-1800; MINT2 + MARK1] * * *
Minto
/min"toh/, n. Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmond /el"ee euht merr"ee ki nin"meuhnd, -mur"ee-, el"yeuht-/, 4th Earl of, 1845-1914, British colonial administrator: governor ...
Minto, Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st earl of, Viscount Melgund Of Melgund
▪ governor general of India also called (from 1798)  Baron Minto Of Minto , original name  Gilbert Elliot   born April 23, 1751, Grey Friars, Edinburgh died June 21, 1814, ...
Minto, Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th earl of
▪ British official in full  Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th earl of Minto, Viscount Melgund of Melgund, Baron Minto of Minto  born , July 9, 1845, London died ...
Mintoff, Dom
▪ prime minister of Malta born Aug. 6, 1916, Cospicua, Malta       leader of Malta's Labour Party who served twice as prime minister (1955–58; ...
Minton ware
▪ pottery       cream-coloured and blue-printed earthenware maiolica, bone china, and Parian porcelain produced at a factory founded in 1793 in Stoke-upon-Trent, ...
Minton, Sherman
▪ United States jurist born Oct. 20, 1890, near Georgetown, Ind., U.S. died April 9, 1965, New Albany, Ind.       associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United ...
Minton{™}
n [U] high-quality English pottery and china. Until 1992 it was made at the factory in Stoke-on-Trent established by Thomas Minton (1765–1836). He is thought to have designed ...
minty
minty1 /min"tee/, adj., mintier, mintiest. having the flavor or aroma of mint. [1875-80; MINT1 + -Y1] minty2 /min"tee/, adj., mintier, mintiest. Slang. 1. homosexual. 2. ...
Minucius Felix
/mi nooh"shee euhs fee"liks, -sheuhs, -nyooh"-/ Marcus, Roman writer of the 2nd century A.D. whose dialogue Octavius is the earliest known work of Latin-Christian literature. * * ...
Minucius Felix, Marcus
▪ Christian apologist born , Africa? died c. 250, Rome       one of the earliest Christian Apologists to write in Latin.       A Roman lawyer, he wrote the ...
minuend
/min"yooh end'/, n. Arith. a number from which another is subtracted. Cf. subtrahend. [1700-10; < L minuendus (numerus) (number) to be diminished or made smaller, (gerundive of ...
minuet
/min'yooh et"/, n. 1. a slow, stately dance in triple meter, popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. 2. a piece of music for such a dance or in its rhythm. [1665-75; < F menuet, ...
Minūfīyah, Al-
▪ governorate, Egypt also spelled  Munufia,         muḥāfaẓah (governorate) of Lower Egypt in the western part of the apex of the Nile River delta, between the ...
Minuit
/min"yooh it/, n. Peter, 1580-1638, Dutch colonial administrator in America: director general of the New Netherlands 1626-31. Also, Minnewit. * * *
Minuit, Peter
born с 1589, Wesel, Kleve died June 1638, Caribbean Sea Dutch colonial governor of New Netherland. In 1626 the Dutch West India Co. named him director general of the colony on ...
Minuit,Peter
Min·u·it (mĭnʹyo͞o-ĭt) also Min·ne·wit (-ə-wĭt), Peter. 1580-1638. Dutch colonial administrator who purchased Manhattan from the Wappinger for trade goods legendarily ...
minus
/muy"neuhs/, prep. 1. less by the subtraction of; decreased by: Ten minus six is four. 2. lacking or without: a book minus its title page. adj. 3. involving or noting ...
minus sight
Survey. a foresight used in leveling. * * *
minus sign
Arith. the symbol (-) denoting subtraction or a negative quantity. [1660-70] * * *
minus tick
Stock Exchange. downtick (def. 2). * * *
minuscular
See minuscule. * * *
minuscule
—minuscular, adj. /min"euh skyoohl', mi nus"kyoohl/, adj. 1. very small. 2. (of letters or writing) small; not capital. 3. written in such letters (opposed to majuscule). n. 4. ...
minussign
minus sign n. 1. Mathematics. The symbol -, as in 4 - 2 = 2, that is used to indicate subtraction or a negative quantity. 2. Chemistry. The same symbol, used to indicate ...
minute
minute1 /min"it/, n., v., minuted, minuting, adj. n. 1. the sixtieth part (1/60) of an hour; sixty seconds. 2. an indefinitely short space of time: Wait a minute! 3. an exact ...
minute gun
/min"it/ a cannon fired at intervals of a minute, esp. as a signal of distress or in a military funeral ceremony. [1720-30] * * *
minute hand
/min"it/ the hand that indicates the minutes on a clock or watch, usually longer than the hour hand. [1720-30] * * *
minute steak
/min"it/ a thin slice of beefsteak that is prepared by sautéeing quickly on each side. [1930-35] * * *
minutehand
min·ute hand (mĭnʹĭt) n. The long hand on a clock or watch that indicates minutes. * * *
minutely
minutely1 /min"it lee/, adj. 1. occurring every minute. adv. 2. every minute; minute by minute. [1590-1600; MINUTE1 + -LY] minutely2 /muy nooht"lee, -nyooht"-, mi-/, adv. 1. in a ...
Minuteman
/min"it man'/, n., pl. Minutemen. 1. (sometimes l.c.) a member of a group of American militiamen just before and during the Revolutionary War who held themselves in readiness for ...
Minuteman missile
U.S. ICBM first deployed in 1962. Its three generations the Minuteman I (1962–73), the Minuteman II (1966–95), and the Minuteman III (from 1970) have constituted most of the ...
minuteness
See minute2. * * *
minuteof arc
min·ute of arc (mĭnʹĭt) n. See minute1. * * *
minutesteak
min·ute steak (mĭnʹĭt) n. A small thin steak, often scored or cubed, that can be cooked quickly. * * *
minutia
—minutial, adj. /mi nooh"shee euh, -sheuh, -nyooh"-/, n., pl. minutiae /-shee ee'/. Usually, minutiae. precise details; small or trifling matters: the minutiae of his ...
minutiae
minutiae [mi no͞o′shə, minnyo͞o′shə; mi no͞o′shē ē΄, mi no͞o′shēī΄] pl.n. sing. minutia [min no͞o′shə, min′nyo͞oshə, min′no͞oshē ə, min′no͞o ...
minx
—minxish, adj. /mingks/, n. a pert, impudent, or flirtatious girl. [1535-45; perh. < LG minsk man, impudent woman; c. G Mensch; see MENSCH] * * *
minxish
See minx. * * *
Minya
Minya [min′yə] Al [al] city in central Egypt, on the Nile: pop. 179,000 * * *
Minyā, Al-
▪ Egypt also spelled  Menia        city and capital of Al-Minyā (Minyā, Al-) muḥāfaẓah (governorate), in the Nile River valley of Upper Egypt. Al-Minyā is ...
Minyades
/meuh nuy"euh deez'/, n.pl. Class. Myth. the daughters of Minyas who were driven mad by Dionysus as a punishment for refusing to take part in his revels. * * *
minyan
Seph. /meen yahn"/; Ashk., Eng. /min"yeuhn/, n., pl. minyanim Seph. /meen yah neem"/; Ashk. /min yaw"nim/, Eng. minyans. Hebrew. 1. the number of persons required by Jewish law ...
Minyan
/min"yeuhn/, Class. Myth. adj. 1. descended from Minyas. 2. being or pertaining to a gray, wheel-thrown pottery produced in ancient Greece during the early part of the Helladic ...
Minyan ware
      first wheel-made pottery to be produced in Middle-Bronze-Age Greece. It was found at sites at Orchomenus. It was introduced onto the mainland from Asia Minor in the ...
Minyas
/min"ee euhs/, n. Class. Myth. a king of Orchomenus, famed for his wealth. * * *
Miocene
/muy"euh seen'/, Geol. adj. 1. noting or pertaining to an epoch of the Tertiary Period, occurring from 25 to 10 million years ago, when grazing mammals became widespread. See ...
Miocene Epoch
Major division of the Tertiary Period, from 23. 8 to 5.3 million years ago. The extensive fossil record of terrestrial life during the Miocene provides a fairly complete picture ...
Miohippus
▪ extinct horses   genus of extinct horses (horse) that originated in North America during the Late Eocene Epoch (37.2–33.9 million years ago). Miohippus evolved from the ...
miosis
/muy oh"sis/, n., pl. mioses /-seez/. Med. excessive constriction of the pupil of the eye, as a result of drugs, disease, or the like. Also, myosis. Cf. mydriasis. [1810-20; var. ...
miotic
/muy ot"ik/, adj. 1. pertaining to or producing miosis. n. 2. a miotic drug. Also, myotic. [1860-65; MIO(SIS) + -TIC] * * *
MIP
monthly investment plan. * * *
Miphiboseth
/mi fib"euh seth'/, n. Douay Bible. Mephibosheth. * * *
MIPS
/mips/ million instructions per second: a measure of computer speed. * * *
miquelet
/mik"euh let'/, n. 1. (in the Peninsular War) a Spanish guerrilla who fought against the French. 2. a soldier in any of several Spanish infantry regiments. 3. a flintlock of a ...
Miquelon
/mik'euh lon"/; Fr. /meekeu lawonn"/, n. See St. Pierre and Miquelon. * * *
mir
/mear/; Russ. /myeerdd/, n., pl. miri /mear"ee/; Russ. /myee"rddi/. Russian. a village commune of peasant farmers in prerevolutionary Russia. * * * Russian space station. It ...
Mīr Dāmād
▪ Islamic philosopher original name  Muḥammad Bāqir Ibn Ad-dāmād   died 1631/32, near Najaf, Iraq       philosopher, teacher, and leader in the cultural ...
Mīr Jaʿfar
▪ Bengali ruler in full  Mīr Muḥammad Jaʿfar Khān   born 1691? died Feb. 5, 1765, Bengal, India       first Bengal ruler (1757–60; 1763–65) under British ...
Mīr Sayyid ʿAli
▪ Persian painter flourished 16th century, India    Persian miniaturist who, together with his fellow countryman ʿAbd-uṣ-Ṣamad (Abd-uṣ-Ṣamad, Khwājaʿ), emigrated ...
Mīr Sayyid ‘Alī
flourished 16th century Persian miniature painter. Born in Tabrīz, he went to India about 1545. He and fellow countryman ‘Abd al-Samad instructed the artists of the imperial ...
Mīr ʿAlī of Tabriz
▪ Islamic calligrapher born c. 1360, Tabriz, Iran died 1420, Tabriz       Islamic calligrapher of the Timurid Age (c. 1370–c. 1500) and a contemporary of Timur ...
Mir, Pedro
▪ 2001       Dominican poet (b. June 3, 1913, San Pedro de Macorís, Dom.Rep.—d. July 11, 2000, Santo Domingo, Dom.Rep.), was national poet of the Dominican Republic ...
MIr.
Middle Irish. Also, M.Ir. * * *
Mira
/muy"reuh/, n. 1. Astron. the first long-period pulsating variable star to be discovered, with a period averaging 331 days. It is a red giant and a component of a binary star in ...
Mira Bai
born 1450?, Kudaki, India died 1547?, Dwarka, Gujarat Rajput princess and Hindu mystic whose songs are popular in northern India. According to legend, Mirabai dedicated her ...
Mira Ceti
▪ star also called  Omicron Ceti   first variable star (apart from novae) to be discovered, lying in the southern constellation Cetus, and the prototype of a class known as ...
Mira variable
Astron. any of a group of long-period variable stars having a variability similar to that of the star Mira. * * *
Mirabeau
/mir"euh boh'/; Fr. /mee rddann boh"/, n. Honoré Gabriel Victor Riqueti /aw naw rdday" gann brddee el" veek tawrdd" rddeekeu tee"/, Count de, 1749-91, French Revolutionary ...
Mirabeau, André-Boniface-Louis Riqueti, vicomte de
▪ French soldier born Nov. 30, 1754, Paris died Sept. 15, 1792, Fribourg-en-Brisgau, Fr.       brother of the famous orator, the comte de Mirabeau, and one of the ...
Mirabeau, Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, comte de
▪ French politician and orator Introduction born March 9, 1749, Bignon, near Nemours, France died April 2, 1791, Paris  French politician and orator, one of the greatest ...
Mirabeau, Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, count de
orig. Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti born March 9, 1749, Bignon, near Nemours, France died April 2, 1791, Paris French politician and orator. Son of the economist Victor Riqueti ...
Mirabeau, Victor Riqueti, marquis de
▪ French political economist born Oct. 5, 1715, Pertuis, Fr. died July 13, 1789, Argenteuil       French political economist, the forerunner and later patron of the ...
Mirabeau,Comte de
Mi·ra·beau (mîrʹə-bō', mē-rä-bōʹ), Comte de Title of Honoré Gabriel Victor Riqueti. 1749-1791. French revolutionist. As a member of the States-General (1789-1791) he ...
Mirabel
/mir"euh bel'/; Fr. /mee rddann bel"/, n. a town in S Quebec, in E Canada. 14,080. * * *
mirabelle
/mir'euh bel", mir"euh bel'/, n. a dry, white plum brandy from Alsace. [1700-10; < F; MF mirabolan MYROBALAN, by folk etym.] * * *
Mirabello Gulf
Gulf of the Aegean Sea on the northern coast of Crete, Greece. The gulf is separated by a promontory from the Bay of Sitías on the east. Olonte and Lato are ruined classical ...
Mirabéllo, Gulf of
▪ gulf, Greece Modern Greek  Kólpos Mirabéllou,         deep gulf of the Aegean Sea on the northern coast of eastern Crete, the nomós (department) of Lasíthi, ...
mirabile dictu
/mee rddah"bi le' dik"tooh/; Eng. /mi rab"euh lee dik"tooh, -tyooh/, Latin. strange to say; marvelous to relate. * * *
mirabiledictu
mi·ra·bi·le dic·tu (mĭ-rä'bĭ-lē dĭkʹto͞o) interj. Wonderful to relate.   [Latin mīrābile dictū: mīrābile, neuter sing. of mīrābilis, wonderful + dictū, ...
mirabilia
/mee'rddah bil"i ah'/; Eng. /mir'euh bil"ee euh/, n.pl. Latin. marvels; miracles. * * *
mirabilite
/mi rab"euh luyt'/, n. Mineral. a decahydrate form of sodium sulfate, Na2SO4·10H2O. Cf. Glauber's salt. [1850-55; < L (sal) mirabil(is) wonderful (salt) + -ITE1] * * * ▪ ...
miracidium
—miracidial, adj. /muy'reuh sid"ee euhm/, n., pl. miracidia /-sid"ee euh/. the larva that hatches from the egg of a trematode worm or fluke. [1895-1900; < NL, equiv. to mirac- ...
miracle
/mir"euh keuhl/, n. 1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. 2. such an ...
miracle drug
miracle drug n. Informal any medicine, esp. a new one, that is remarkably effective * * *
miracle drug.
See wonder drug. [1950-55] * * *
miracle fruit
1. the berrylike fruit of either of two African shrubs, Synsepalum dulcificum or Thaumatococcus daniellii, that, when chewed, causes sour substances to taste sweet. 2. Also ...
miracle man
1. a person who performs or appears to perform miracles. 2. a person who performs or is capable of performing exceptional deeds, as from skill or talent: He's a miracle man when ...
miracle mile
an extended area of fashionable or expensive shops, restaurants, etc., usually along an urban or suburban thoroughfare. * * *
Miracle of St. Mark, The
a painting (1548) by Tintoretto. * * *
miracle play
a medieval dramatic form dealing with religious subjects such as Biblical stories or saints' lives, usually presented in a series or cycle by the craft guilds. Cf. morality play, ...
miracledrug
miracle drug n. A usually new drug that proves extraordinarily effective. Also called wonder drug. * * *
miracleplay
miracle play n. A medieval drama portraying events in the lives of saints and martyrs. * * *
miraculous
—miraculously, adv. —miraculousness, n. /mi rak"yeuh leuhs/, adj. 1. performed by or involving a supernatural power or agency: a miraculous cure. 2. of the nature of a ...
miraculous fruit.
See miracle fruit. [1885-90] * * *
miraculously
See miraculous. * * *
miraculousness
See miraculously. * * *
mirador
/mir'euh dawr", -dohr"/, n. (in Spanish-speaking countries) any architectural feature, as a loggia or balcony, affording a view of the surroundings. [1660-70; < Sp < Catalan, ...
Miraflores
/mir'euh flawr"euhs, -flohr"-/; Sp. /mee'rddah flaw"rddes/, n.pl. the locks of the Panama Canal, near the Pacific entrance. * * * ▪ Peru       city and distrito ...
mirage
/mi rahzh"/, n. 1. an optical phenomenon, esp. in the desert or at sea, by which the image of some object appears displaced above, below, or to one side of its true position as a ...
Miramar
/mir"euh mahr'/, n. a town in SE Florida. 32,813. * * *
Miramax
a US company that produces films and distributes films to cinemas. It was started by Harvey and Robert Weinstein in 1979 to distribute independent films not considered commercial ...
Mirambo
▪ Nyamwezi warlord died 1884, Tanganyika [now Tanzania]       Nyamwezi warlord of central Africa whose ability to unite the many hitherto separate Nyamwezi clans into a ...
Miramichi
▪ city, New Brunswick, Canada       city, Northumberland county, eastern New Brunswick, Canada. It lies near the mouth of the Miramichi River, 84 miles (135 km) ...
Miramón, Miguel
▪ president of Mexico born Sept. 29, 1832, Mexico City died June 19, 1867, near Querétaro, Mex.  Mexican soldier and politician, the leader of the forces that briefly ...
Miranda
/mi ran"deuh/; also for 1, 4, Sp. /mee rddahn"dah/, n. 1. Francisco de /frddahn sees"kaw dhe/, 1750-1816, Venezuelan revolutionist and patriot. 2. Astron. a moon of the planet ...
Miranda de Ebro
▪ Spain       city, Burgos provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Castile-León, northern Spain. It lies south of Bilbao on a ...
Miranda decision
an important decision reached in 1966 by the US Supreme Court, affecting police procedures. It said that people who are arrested for a crime must be informed of their rights ...
Miranda v. Arizona
(1966) U.S. Supreme Court decision that specified a code of conduct for police during interrogations of criminal suspects. Miranda established that the police are required to ...
Miranda, Carmen
orig. Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha born Feb. 9, 1909, Lisbon, Port. died Aug. 5, 1955, Beverly Hills, Calif., U.S. Brazilian singer and actress. In the 1930s she was the ...
Miranda, Francisco de
born March 28, 1750, Caracas died July 14, 1816, Cádiz, Spain Venezuelan revolutionary who helped pave the way for his country's independence. He joined the Spanish army but ...
Mirandize
/mi ran"duyz/, v.t., Mirandized, Mirandizing. (sometimes l.c.) Informal. to advise (a person being arrested) of his or her rights under the Miranda ruling. * * *
Mirandola
▪ Italy       town, Emilia-Romagna region, north central Italy. It has automobile assembly, footwear, food-canning, and hemp industries. The Romanesque-Gothic church of ...
Mirapex
Mir·a·pex (mĭrʹə-pĕks') A trademark used for the drug pramipexole. * * *
Mirbeau, Octave
▪ French author in full  Octave-Henri-Marie Mirbeau  born Feb. 16, 1850, Trévières, France died Feb. 16, 1917, Paris       French journalist and writer of novels ...
Mirbel, Charles-François Brisseau de
▪ French botanist born March 27, 1776, Paris, France died Sept. 12, 1854, Champerret       French botanist whose book Traité d'anatomie et de physiologie végétale, 2 ...
mire
/muyeur/, n., v., mired, miring. n. 1. a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh. 2. ground of this kind, as wet, slimy soil of some depth or deep mud. v.t. 3. to plunge ...
mirepoix
/mir pwah"/, n. 1. a flavoring made from diced vegetables, seasonings, herbs, and sometimes meat, often placed in a pan to cook with meat or fish. 2. finely chopped vegetables, ...
mirex
☆ mirex [mī′reks΄ ] n. 〚coined from initials of its three developers + -ex, arbitrary suffix (suggesting ME mire, ant: see PISMIRE & REX)〛 an insecticide consisting of ...
Mirghani, Ahmad Ali al-
▪ 2009       Sudanese politician born Aug. 16, 1941, Khartoum, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan [now in The Sudan] died Nov. 2, 2008, Alexandria, Egypt headed a rare ...
Miri
▪ Malaysia       port city, East Malaysia, on the South China Sea coast of northwestern Borneo. It lies south of Baram Point and a short distance west of the sultanate ...
Miriam
/mir"ee euhm/, n. 1. the sister of Moses and Aaron. Num. 26:59. 2. a female given name, form of Mary. * * *
Miriam Rothschild
➡ Rothschild * * *
Mirim
/mi rim"/; Port. /mi rddeeonn"/, n. Lake, a lake on the E Uruguay-S Brazil border. ab. 108 mi. (174 km) long. Spanish, Merín. * * *
Mirim Lagoon
Spanish Laguna Merín Tidewater lake separating eastern Uruguay from the extreme southern tip of Brazil. It is about 118 mi (190 km) long and 30 mi (48 km) across at its widest ...
mirin
mir·in (mĭrʹĭn) n. A sweet Japanese rice wine used especially in cooking.   [Japanese : Middle Chinese mei, flavor + Middle Chinese lan, remove the astringency of ...
miriness
miriness [mīr′ē nis] n. a miry quality or condition * * * See miry. * * *
mirk
/merrk/, n., adj. murk. * * *
Mīrkhwānd
▪ Persian historian also spelled  Mirkhond,  byname of  Muḥammad Ibn Khāvandshāh Ibn Maḥmūd  born 1433, Balkh [now in Afghanistan] died June 22, 1498, ...
mirky
/merr"kee/, adj., mirkier, mirkiest. murky. * * *
mirliton
/mir"li ton'/; Fr. /meerdd lee tawonn"/, n., pl. mirlitons /mir"li tonz'/; Fr. /meerdd lee tawonn"/. 1. kazoo. 2. chayote. [1810-20; < F: lit., reed-pipe] * * * ▪ musical ...
Miró
/mee roh"/; Sp. /mee rddaw"/, n. 1. Gabriel /gah'vrddee el"/, 1879-1930, Spanish novelist, short-story writer, and essayist. 2. Joan /hoh ahn", hwahn/, 1893-1983, Spanish ...
Miro Romero, Pilar
▪ 1998       Spanish motion-picture and television director who shaped Spain's entertainment industry; in addition to making award-winning movies, she advanced the ...
Miró, Gabriel
▪ Spanish writer born July 28, 1879, Alicante, Spain died May 27, 1930, Madrid       Spanish writer distinguished for the finely wrought but difficult style and rich, ...
Miró, Joan
born April 20, 1893, Barcelona, Spain died Dec. 25, 1983, Palma de Mallorca Spanish (Catalan) artist. He attended a commercial school and worked as an office clerk until a ...
Miró,Joan
Mi·ró (mē-rōʹ), Joan. 1893-1983. Spanish artist whose abstract and surrealist paintings are characterized by bright colors and simple bold forms. * * *
Miron, Gaston
▪ 1997       French-Canadian award-winning poet whose erotic verse rhapsodized Quebec's landscape, culture, language, and customs; his measured poetry was published in ...
Mīrpur Khās
▪ Pakistan       town, southern Sindh province, Pakistan. It lies on the Let Wāh Canal and is connected by rail and road with Hyderābād (40 miles [65 km] ...
Mirren
(1945– ) an English theatre, television and film actor who is best-known for her role as a female detective in the television series Prime Suspect. Her films include The ...
Mirren, Dame Helen
▪ British actress original name  Ilynea Lydia Mironoff  born July 26, 1945, London, Eng.    British actress especially known for her role as Detective Jane Tennison on the ...
Mirren, Helen
▪ 1995       Despite the fact that Helen Mirren had been an established and highly respected stage, screen, and television actress for more than two decades, it was not ...
Mirrlees, James A.
▪ British economist in full  James Alexander Mirrlees  born July 5, 1936, Minnigaff, Scotland       Scottish economist known for his analytic research on economic ...
mirror
—mirrorlike, adj. /mir"euhr/, n. 1. a reflecting surface, originally of polished metal but now usually of glass with a silvery, metallic, or amalgam backing. 2. such a surface ...
Mirror Group Newspapers
(abbr MGN) a large newspaper company in Britain, part of Trinity Mirror. It publishes the Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People. * * *
mirror image
1. an image of an object, plan, person, etc., as it would appear if viewed in a mirror, with right and left reversed. 2. an object having a spatial arrangement that corresponds ...
mirror nucleus
▪ physics       atomic nucleus that contains a number of protons and a number of neutrons that are mutually interchanged in comparison with another nucleus. Thus, ...
mirror plant
a shrub, Coprosma repens, of the madder family, native to New Zealand and cultivated in warm regions, having glossy, often variegated leaves. * * *
mirror site
Computers. a Web site that has been copied to another server in order to provide faster access or wider availability, or to reduce traffic on the network. [1995-2000] * * *
Mirror, The
▪ British newspaper       daily newspaper published in London that frequently has the largest circulation in Britain (United Kingdom).       The Daily Mirror was ...
mirror-writing
/mir"euhr ruy'ting/, n. backward writing that resembles a mirror image of ordinary script. [1770-80] * * *
mirrorimage
mirror image n. An image that has its parts arranged with a reversal of right and left, as it would appear if seen in a mirror. * * *
mirrorsite
mirror site n. A file server that contains a duplicate set of files of another file server, thereby sharing the burden of distribution to ensure rapid availability of data when ...
mirth
—mirthless, adj. /merrth/, n. 1. gaiety or jollity, esp. when accompanied by laughter: the excitement and mirth of the holiday season. 2. amusement or laughter: He was unable ...
mirthful
—mirthfully, adv. —mirthfulness, n. /merrth"feuhl/, adj. 1. joyous; gay; jolly: a mirthful laugh. 2. providing mirth; amusing: a mirthful experience. [1275-1325; ME; see ...
mirthfully
See mirthful. * * *
mirthfulness
See mirthfully. * * *
mirthless
mirthless [mʉrth′lis] adj. without mirth; humorless; sad; melancholy mirthlessly adv. mirthlessness n. * * * mirth·less (mûrthʹlĭs) adj. Devoid of gladness and ...
mirthlessly
See mirthless. * * *
mirthlessness
See mirthlessly. * * *
MIRV
/merrv/, n. See multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle. Also, M.I.R.V. * * * in full multiple independently targeted reentry vehicle Any of several nuclear warheads ...
miry
—miriness, n. /muyeur"ee/, adj., mirier, miriest. 1. of the nature of mire; swampy: miry ground. 2. abounding in mire; muddy. 3. covered or bespattered with mire. [1350-1400; ...
mirza
/merr"zeuh/; Pers. /meerdd"zah/, n. 1. (in Persia, or Iran) 2. a royal prince (placed after the name when used as a title). 3. (a title of honor for men, prefixed to the ...
Mirzapur-Vindhyachal
▪ India       city, southeastern Uttar Pradesh state, northern India, southwest of Varanasi, on the Ganges (Ganga) River (Ganges River). Mirzapur was probably founded ...
MIS
See management information system. * * *
mis en bouteilles
/mee zahonn booh te"yeu/, French. 1. bottled. 2. (of a wine) bottled by a specified château, shipper, etc. * * *
mis-
mis-1 a prefix applied to various parts of speech, meaning "ill," "mistaken," "wrong," "wrongly," "incorrectly," or simply negating: mistrial; misprint; mistrust. [ME; OE ...
misaccused
adj. * * *
misact
v.i. * * *
misadapt
v. * * *
misadd
v. * * *
misaddress
/mis'euh dres"/, v.t., misaddressed or misaddrest, misaddressing. to address incorrectly or improperly: to misaddress a letter. [1640-50; MIS-1 + ADDRESS] * * *
misadjudicated
adj. * * *
misadjust
v. * * *
misadjusted
adj. * * *
misadventure
/mis'euhd ven"cheuhr/, n. an instance of bad fortune; mishap. [1250-1300; MIS1- + ADVENTURE; r. ME mesaventure < OF] Syn. 1. mischance, accident; disaster, calamity, ...
misadvise
—misadvice /mis'euhd vuys"/, n. /mis'euhd vuyz"/, v.t., misadvised, misadvising. to give bad or inappropriate advice to. [1325-75; ME. See MIS-1, ADVISE] * * *
misaim
v., n. * * *
misaligned
—misalignment, n. /mis'euh luynd"/, adj. improperly aligned. [1945-50; MISALIGN + -ED2] * * *
misalignment
misalignment [mis΄ə līn′mənt] n. a condition of being badly or improperly aligned misaligned adj. * * * See misaligned. * * *
misallege
v.t., misalleged, misalleging. * * *
misalliance
/mis'euh luy"euhns/, n. an improper or incompatible association, esp. in marriage; mésalliance. [1730-40; MIS-1 + ALLIANCE, modeled on F mésalliance] * * *
misallocate
—misallocation, n. /mis al"euh kayt'/, v.t., misallocated, misallocating. to allocate mistakenly or improperly: to misallocate resources. [MIS-1 + ALLOCATE] * * *
misallocation
See misallocate. * * *
misallot
v.t., misallotted, misallotting. * * *
misallotment
n. * * *
misally
/mis'euh luy"/, v.t., misallied, misallying. to ally improperly or unsuitably. [1690-1700; MIS-1 + ALLY] * * *
misalphabetize
v.t., misalphabetized, misalphabetizing. * * *
misanalysis
n., pl. misanalyses. * * *
misanalyze
v.t., misanalyzed, misanalyzing. * * *
misandry
—misandrist, n. /mis"an dree/, n. hatred of males. Cf. misogyny. [1945-50; MIS-2 + -andry (as in POLYANDRY), on the model of MISOGYNY] * * *
misanthrope
/mis"euhn throhp', miz"-/, n. a hater of humankind. Also, misanthropist /mis an"threuh pist, miz-/. [1555-65; n. use of Gk misánthropos hating humankind, misanthropic. See ...
misanthropic
—misanthropically, adv. /mis'euhn throp"ik, miz'-/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a misanthrope. 2. characterized by misanthropy. Also, ...
misanthropically
See misanthropic. * * *
misanthropist
mis·an·thro·pist (mĭs-ănʹthrə-pĭst, mĭz-) n. Variant of misanthrope. * * *
misanthropy
/mis an"threuh pee, miz-/, n. hatred, dislike, or distrust of humankind. [1650-60; < Gk misanthropía. See MISANTHROPE, -Y3] * * *
misappended
adj. * * *
misapplication
See misapply. * * *
misapplied
/mis'euh pluyd"/, adj. mistakenly applied; used wrongly. [1620-30; MIS-1 + APPLIED] * * *
misapply
—misapplication /mis'ap li kay"sheuhn/, n. —misapplier, n. /mis'euh pluy"/, v.t., misapplied, misapplying. to make a wrong application or use of. [1565-75; MIS-1 + APPLY] * * ...
misappoint
v.t. * * *
misappraisal
n. * * *
misappraise
v.t., misappraised, misappraising. * * *
misapprehend
—misapprehendingly, adv. /mis'ap ri hend"/, v.t. to misunderstand. [1645-55; MIS-1 + APPREHEND] * * *
misapprehension
—misapprehensive, adj. —misapprehensively, adv. —misapprehensiveness, n. /mis'ap ri hen"sheuhn/, n. misunderstanding. [1620-30; MIS-1 + APPREHENSION] * * *
misappropriate
—misappropriation, n. /mis'euh proh"pree ayt'/, v.t., misappropriated, misappropriating. 1. to put to a wrong use. 2. to apply wrongfully or dishonestly, as funds entrusted to ...
misappropriation
See misappropriate. * * *
misarrange
—misarrangement, n. /mis'euh raynj"/, v.t., misarranged, misarranging. to arrange incorrectly or improperly: to misarrange a file. [MIS-1 + ARRANGE] * * *
misarticulate
v., misarticulated, misarticulating. * * *
misassemble
v., misassembled, misassembling. * * *
misassert
v.t. * * *
misassertion
n. * * *
misassign
v. * * *
misattribute
v., misattributed, uting. * * *
Misau
▪ Nigeria also spelled  Missau , or  Messau        town and traditional emirate, northern Bauchi state, northern Nigeria, 5 miles (8 km) northwest of the Misau ...
misauthorize
v.t., misauthorized, misauthorizing. * * *
misaver
v.t., misaverred, misaverring. * * *
misaward
v.t. * * *
misbalance
n., v., misbalanced, misbalancing. * * *
misbecome
/mis'bi kum"/, v.t., misbecame, misbecome, misbecoming. to be unsuitable, unbecoming, or unfit for. [1520-30; MIS-1 + BECOME] * * *
misbegotten
/mis'bi got"n/, adj. 1. unlawfully or irregularly begotten; illegitimate: his misbegotten son. 2. badly conceived, made, or carried out: his misbegotten plan. Also, ...
misbehave
—misbehaver, n. /mis'bi hayv"/, v., misbehaved, misbehaving. v.i. 1. to behave badly or improperly: The children misbehaved during our visit. v.t. 2. to conduct (oneself) ...
misbehaver
See misbehave. * * *
misbehavior
/mis'bi hayv"yeuhr/, n. improper, inappropriate, or bad behavior. Also, esp. Brit., misbehaviour. [1480-90; MIS-1 + BEHAVIOR] * * *
misbelief
/mis'bi leef"/, n. 1. erroneous belief; false opinion. 2. erroneous or unorthodox religious belief. [1175-1225; ME; see MIS-1, BELIEF] * * *


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