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mixed metaphor n. A succession of incongruous metaphors, as in The negotiator played his cards to the hilt. * * *
mixed nerve n. A nerve that contains both sensory and motor fibers. * * *
mixed number n. A number, such as 7 1/4, consisting of an integer and a fraction or decimal. * * *
/mik"seuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that mixes. 2. a person, with reference to sociability: She's a good mixer to have at a large party. 3. a kitchen utensil or an electrical ...
mixing faucet
a single outlet for water from separately controlled hot-water and cold-water taps. * * *
mixing ratio
the ratio of the mass of water vapor in the air to the mass of the dry air, a measure of atmospheric humidity. Cf. absolute humidity, dew point, relative humidity, specific ...
mixing valve
a valve receiving water from both a hot-water and a cold-water line and controlling the relative amount of water admitted from each. [1900-05] * * *
/mik sol"euh jist/, n. Usually Facetious. a person skilled in making mixed drinks; bartender. [1855-60, Amer.; MIX + -O- + -LOG(Y) + -IST] * * *
/mik sol"euh jee/, n. Usually Facetious. the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks. [1945-50; MIX + -O- + -LOGY] * * *
mixolydian mode
/mik"seuh lid"ee euhn, mik'-/, Music. an authentic church mode represented on the white keys of a keyboard instrument by an ascending scale from G to G. [1770-80; < Gk ...
—mixoploidy, n. /mik"seuh ployd'/, n. Genetics. an organism having an unequal number of chromosome sets in adjacent cells or tissues. [1930-35; mixo- ( < Gk, comb. form of ...
—mixotrophic, adj. /mik"seuh trof', -trohf'/, n. Biol. any organism capable of existing as either an autotroph or heterotroph. [back formation from mixotrophic, equiv. to Gk ...
/mikst/, v. a pt. and pp. of mix. [in place of MIXED by phonetic sp. of -t for -ed] * * *
mixture. * * *
—Mixtecan, adj., n. /mees"tek/, n., pl. Mixtecs, (esp. collectively) Mixtec for 1. 1. a member of an Amerindian people of Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Puebla, Mexico. 2. the ...
Mixtecan [mēs tek′ən] n. a branch of a family of American Indian languages spoken in central Mexico * * *
/mees tek"oh/, n., pl. Mixtecos, (esp. collectively) Mixteco. Mixtec. * * *
/miks"cheuhr/, n. 1. a product of mixing. 2. any combination or blend of different elements, kinds, qualities, etc.: a mixture of good and bad traits. 3. Chem., Physics. an ...
Miyagawa Chōshun
▪ Japanese painter Chōshun also rendered  Nagaharu , original name  Kiheiji , also called  Chōzaemon  born 1682, Owari province [now in Aichi prefecture], Japan died ...
▪ prefecture, Japan  ken (prefecture), northern Honshu, Japan, its indented coastline forming Sendai Bay of the Pacific Ocean. Much of its area is mountainous. The Sendai ...
Miyake Yoshinobu
▪ Japanese athlete born November 24, 1939, Miyagi prefecture, Japan    Japanese weightlifter who won three Olympic medals, including two golds, in the ...
Miyake, Issey
▪ 2007       In 2006 Issey Miyake became the first fashion designer to receive the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy for lifetime achievement, awarded by the Inamori ...
▪ port, Japan       city, Iwate ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, on the estuary of the Hei River, facing Miyako Bay. The city has been an important fishing port since ...
▪ Japan       city, Miyazaki ken (prefecture), Kyushu, Japan, on the upper Ōyodo River. The city developed around the castle built by the Shimazu family in the early ...
Miyamoto Musashi
▪ Japanese soldier-artist original name  Miyamoto Masana , artistic name  Niten  born 1584, Mimasaka or Harima, Japan died June 13, 1645, Higo  famous Japanese ...
Miyamoto, Kenji
▪ 2008       Japanese politician born Oct. 17, 1908, Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan died July 18, 2007, Tokyo, Japan held (1958–77) leadership positions in the ...
/mee"yah zah"kee/, n. a city on SE Kyushu, in Japan. 264,858. * * * ▪ prefecture, Japan  ken (prefecture), southeastern Kyushu, Japan, facing the Pacific Ocean. Most of its ...
Miyazaki Yūzen
▪ Japanese painter also called  Miyazaki Yūzensai   born , Kyōto, Japan died 1758       Japanese painter credited with perfecting a rice-paste dyeing method that ...
Miyazaki, Hayao
▪ 2003       In 2002 international acclaim came at last for Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki. His Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (released in English as ...
Miyazawa Kiichi
▪ prime minister of Japan born Oct. 8, 1919, Tokyo, Japan died June 28, 2007, Tokyo       prime minister of Japan from 1991 to 1993.       Born into a family of ...
Miyazawa, Kiichi
▪ 2008       Japanese politician born Oct. 8, 1919, Tokyo, Japan died June 28, 2007, Tokyo served briefly (1991–93) as prime minister of Japan but was unable to ...
/muy"zahr/, n. Astron. a double star in the middle of the constellation Ursa Major. [ < Ar mi'zar lit., apron] * * * ▪ star also called  Zeta Ursae Majoris, ...
Reward. meed, from Old English mēd, reward, compensation, meed, from West Germanic *mēdō-, from Germanic *mizdō.   [Pokorny mizdhó- 746.] * * *
Mize, John Robert
▪ 1994       ("JOHNNY"; "THE BIG CAT"), U.S. baseball player (b. Jan. 7, 1913, Demorest, Ga.—d. June 2, 1993, Demorest), was a slow-moving right-handed first baseman ...
Mizerak, Steve
▪ 2007 “The Miz”        American billiards player (b. Oct. 12, 1944, Perth Amboy, N.J.—d. May 29, 2006, West Palm Beach, Fla.), was considered one of the all-time ...
▪ people also called  Lushai  or  Lushei        Tibeto-Burman-speaking people numbering about 540,000 in the late 20th century. They inhabit the mountainous tract ...
Mizo Hills
▪ mountain range, India formerly  Lushai Hills        mountain range in southeastern Mizoram state, northeastern India, forming part of the north Arakan Yoma ...
Mizoguchi Kenji
born May 16, 1898, Tokyo, Japan died Aug. 24, 1956, Kyōto Japanese film director. After studying painting, he became an actor at the Nikkatsu studio in 1919 and made his debut ...
State (pop., 2001 prelim.: 891,058), northeastern India. Occupying an area of 8,139 sq mi (21,081 sq km), it is bounded by Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh and the states of ...
/miz rah"khee/, n. 1. a Zionist movement, founded in 1902, chiefly devoted to furthering the integration of Zionism and religious orthodoxy. adj. 2. of or pertaining to ...
Seph. /meez rddahkh"/; Ashk. /miz"rddahkh/, n. Hebrew. 1. a decorative figure, usually bearing an inscription, that is hung on the eastern wall in Jewish homes or synagogues to ...
▪ Jewish religious movement acronym  for Merkaz Ruḥani        (Hebrew: “Spiritual Centre”), religious movement within the World Zionist Organization and ...
Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
▪ Japanese bank holding company       Japanese bank holding company, one of the largest in the world in terms of assets, which exceeded $1 billion when it was founded. ...
mi·zu·na (mĭ-zo͞oʹnə) n. An edible plant (Brassica rapa var. nipposinica) in the mustard family, having dark green, glossy, feathery leaves and white stems.   [Japanese : ...
Mizuno Tadakuni
born July 19, 1794, Edo [Tokyo], Japan died March 12, 1851, Edo Chief adviser to the 12th Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Ieyoshi (r. 1837–53). In the face of social and economic ...
▪ Japan       former city, Iwate ken (prefecture), Japan; in 2006 it merged with a number of surrounding municipalities to form the new city of Ōshū. It lies in the ...
/miz"euhn/, Naut. n. 1. a fore-and-aft sail set on a mizzenmast. Cf. crossjack, spanker (def. 1a). See diag. under ship. 2. mizzenmast. adj. 3. of or pertaining to a ...
/miz"euhn mast', -mahst'/; Naut. /miz"euhn meuhst/, n. Naut. 1. the third mast from forward in a vessel having three or more masts. See illus. under quarterdeck. 2. the after and ...
mizzle1 /miz"euhl/, v., mizzled, mizzling, n. South Midland and Southern U.S. v.t., v.i. 1. to rain in fine drops; drizzle; mist. n. 2. mist or drizzle. [1475-85; c. dial D ...
See mizzle1. * * *
      calcium-rich variety of the mineral scapolite (q.v.). * * *
In Islamic tradition, the ascension of Muhammad into heaven. One night, according to the tradition, Muhammad was visited by two archangels, who opened his body and purified his ...
Miłosz, Czesław
born June 30, 1911, Šateiniai, Lith., Russian Empire died Aug. 14, 2004, Kraków, Pol. Polish-born U.S. author, translator, and critic. Miłosz was a socialist by the time he ...
▪ Islam  in Islamic legend, the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad into heaven. In this legend, Muhammad is prepared for his meeting with God by the archangels Jibrīl and ...
In Norse myth, the hammer of Thor and the symbol of his power. Forged by dwarfs, the hammer never failed Thor as a weapon or as an instrument of sanctification. It had many ...
/myawl"nir/, n. Scand. Myth. the hammer of Thor, used as a weapon against the Jotuns, heard as thunder by humans. [ < ON Mjollnir, akin to OCS mliniji, Russ mólniya, OPruss ...
Mjosa, Lake
Lake, southeastern Norway. It lies north of Oslo, at the southern end of Gudbrands Valley. The country's largest lake, it serves as a link between the Lågen River to the north ...
Mjøsa, Lake
▪ lake, Norway       lake, southeastern Norway. Lying 35 miles (56 km) north of Oslo at the southern end of famed Gudbrands Valley, it is the largest lake in Norway. It ...
mk abbrev. 1. mark (the monetary unit) 2. markka * * * Mk abbr. Bible Mark. * * *
1. pl. mks. mark2 (def. 1). 2. markka. * * *
meter-kilogram-second. Also, mks. * * *
meter-kilogram-second-ampere. Also, mksa. * * *
mkt abbrev. market * * *
market. * * *
mktg abbrev. marketing * * *
marketing. * * *
Medieval Latin. Also, M.L. * * *
millilambert; millilamberts. * * *
milliliter; milliliters. * * *
1. mail. 2. milliliter; milliliters. * * *
Modern Language Association. * * *
Mladá Boleslav
▪ Czech Republic German  Jungbunzlau,         city, north-central Czech Republic. It lies northeast of Prague, at the confluence of the Jizera and Klenice rivers. ...
Mladenov, Petar Toshev
▪ 2001       Bulgarian politician (b. Aug. 22, 1936, Toshevtsi, Bulg.—d. May 31, 2000, Sofia, Bulg.), served as Bulgaria's foreign minister for 18 years (1971–89) ...
Maritime Labor Board. * * *
1. median lethal dose. 2. minimum lethal dose. * * *
/mlech"euh, meuh lech"euh/, n. Hinduism. 1. a non-Indian barbarian of whatever race or color. 2. a class of untouchables comprising such persons. [ < Skt] * * *
▪ ancient Indian class Sanskrit  Mleccha,        people of foreign extraction (i.e., non-Aryans) in ancient India. A Sanskrit term, mlechchha was used by the Aryans ...
Multilateral Nuclear Force. * * *
MLG abbrev. Middle Low German * * *
Middle Low German. Also, M.L.G. * * *
Common Semitic noun *milḥ-, salt. 1. malachite, from Greek malakhē, molokhē, mallow, probably from a Semitic source akin to Hebrew mallûaḥ, a salt-marsh plant, akin to ...
West Semitic, to rule, dominate, possess, own; Common Semitic noun *malk-, ruler, king. 1. Melkite, from Aramaic malkāye, plural of malkāy, royal, royalist, from malkā, ...
Mlle abbrev. Mademoiselle * * *
Mademoiselle. Also, Mlle. * * *
Mesdemoiselles. * * *
MLowG abbrev. Middle Low German * * *
minimum lending rate. * * *
Real Estate. Multiple Listing Service. * * *
➡ football – British style * * *
See mean length of utterance. * * *
mean low water. * * *
millilux; millilucis. * * *
Mlynar, Zdenek
▪ 1998       Czech politician who sought to institute reforms during the Prague Spring of 1968. In the years after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, Mlynar ...
millimole; millimoles. * * *
millimeter; millimeters. * * *
mm Hg
millimeter of mercury. Also, mmHg. * * *
Messieurs. * * *
1. Music. measures. 2. thousands. [ < L millia] 3. millimeter; millimeters. * * *
/mah bah"toh/, n. a town in and the capital of Bophuthatswana, W of Johannesburg. * * * ▪ South Africa       town, North-West province, South Africa. It was formerly ...
Mme abbrev. Madame * * *
Madame. * * *
Mmes abbrev. Mesdames * * *
Mesdames. * * *
Elect. magnetomotive force. Also, m.m.f. * * *
millimho; millimhos. * * *
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. * * *
MMR abbrev. measles, mumps, and rubella (vaccine or vaccination) * * *
1. Astron. See Multiple Mirror Telescope. 2. Chem. methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl, C9H7MnO3, a lead-free, toxic antiknock gasoline additive. * * *
MMT Observatory
▪ telescope       one of the world's largest astronomical telescopes, located on top of 2,600-metre- (8,530-foot-) high Mount Hopkins, 60 km (37 miles) south of Tucson, ...
Minnesota (approved esp. for use with zip code). * * *
Symbol, Chem. manganese. * * *
—mnemic /nee"mik/, adj. /nee"mee/, n. 1. Psychol. the retentive basis or basic principle in a mind or organism accounting for memory. 2. (cap.) Class. Myth. the Muse of memory, ...
—mnemonically, adv. /ni mon"ik/, adj. 1. assisting or intended to assist the memory. 2. pertaining to mnemonics or to memory. n. 3. something intended to assist the memory, as ...
See mnemonic. * * *
/ni mon"iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the process or technique of improving or developing the memory. Also called mnemotechnics /nee'moh tek"niks/. [1700-10; see MNEMONIC, ...
/nee mos"euh nee', -moz"-/, n. the ancient Greek goddess of memory, a daughter of Uranus and Gaea and the mother by Zeus of the Muses. [ < Gk mnemosýne memory, akin to mnâsthai ...
/nes"euh kleez'/, n. Greek architect of the 5th century B.C. * * * ▪ Greek architect also spelled  Mnesikles   flourished 5th century BC       Greek architect known ...
▪ Egyptian god also called  Menuis,  Egyptian  Nemur,  Greek  form of Merwer        in ancient Egyptian religion, sacred bull deity worshipped at Heliopolis. As ...
Monsignor. * * *
manager. * * *
West Semitic, to be kind, show favor, patronize, disdain. manna, from Aramaic mannā, from Hebrew mān, manna, akin to Arabic mann, favor, gift, honeydew, manna, from manna, to ...
Mnong language
also called  (in Cambodia) Phnong,         a language of the Bahnaric branch of the Mon-Khmer family, itself part of the Austroasiatic stock. The terms Mnong and Phnong ...
To count. 1. mina, from Akkadian manû, a unit of weight, from manû, to count. 2. minyan, from Mishnaic Hebrew minyān, count, number, minyan, from Aramaic minyānā, count, ...
Mnyampala, Mathias E.
▪ Tanzanian poet born 1917, Dodoma, Tanganyika [now Tanzania] died June 8, 1969, Dodoma       Tanzanian poet, scholar, jurist, and author of short fiction who wrote in ...
/moh/, n. Informal. moment (def. 1). [by shortening] * * * (as used in expressions) Mo tzu Kuo Mo jo Phag mo gru family T'a k'o la ma kan Sha mo * * *
1. method of operation. 2. Missouri (approved esp. for use with zip code). 3. mode of operation. 4. modus operandi. * * * (as used in expressions) Mo tzu Kuo Mo jo Phag mo gru ...
Symbol, Chem. molybdenum. * * * (as used in expressions) Mo tzu Kuo Mo jo Phag mo gru family T'a k'o la ma kan Sha mo * * *
Mo Mowlam
➡ Mowlam * * *
Mo Ti
/maw" dee"/ Mo-tze. * * *
Mo Yan
▪ Chinese author Wade-Giles romanization  Mo Yen , original name  Guo Moye  born March 5, 1955, Gaomi, Shandong province, China       Chinese novelist and ...
Mo, Timothy
▪ Anglo-Chinese author in full  Timothy Peter Mo  born Dec. 30, 1950, Hong Kong       Anglo-Chinese writer whose critically acclaimed novels explore the intersection ...
Chin. /maw"dzu"/, n. Mo-tze. Also, Mo Tse. * * *
/maw"dzu"/, n. (Mo Ti) fl. 5th century B.C., Chinese philosopher. Also, Mo Tzu, Mo-tse, Mo Tse. * * *
1. Missouri. 2. Monday. * * *
1. pl. mos. month. 2. months. * * *
/moh"euh/, n. any of several flightless birds of the family Dinornithidae, of New Zealand, related to the kiwis but resembling the ostrich: extinct since about the end of the ...
/moh"ab/, n. an ancient kingdom E of the Dead Sea, in what is now Jordan. See map under Philistia. * * * Kingdom, ancient Palestine. Located east of the Dead Sea in what is now ...
/moh"euh buyt'/, n. 1. an inhabitant or native of Moab. 2. an extinct language of Moab, in the Canaanite group of Semitic languages. adj. 3. Also, Moabitic /moh'euh bit"ik/, ...
Moabite alphabet
      eastern subdivision of the Canaanite branch of the early Semitic alphabet, closely related to the early Hebrew alphabet. The best-known example of the Moabite ...
Moabite Stone
a slab of black basalt bearing an inscription recording the victory of Mesha, the king of Moab, over the Israelites, about 860 B.C. Also called Mesha Stele. [1865-70] * * *
Semitic people who lived in the highlands east of the Dead Sea (now in W-central Jordan). The Moabites' culture dates from the late 14th century BC to 582 BC, when they were ...
See Moabite. * * *
moai figure
Small wooden statue of uncertain religious significance, carved on Easter Island. The figures, thought to represent ancestors who live on in the form of skeletons, are of two ...
—moanful, adj. —moanfully, adv. —moaningly, adv. /mohn/, n. 1. a prolonged, low, inarticulate sound uttered from or as if from physical or mental suffering. 2. any similar ...
/moht/, n. 1. a deep, wide trench, usually filled with water, surrounding the rampart of a fortified place, as a town or a castle. 2. any similar trench, as one used for ...
—mobber, mobbist, n. —mobbish, adj. —mobbishly, adv. —mobbishness, n. —mobbism, n. /mob/, n., adj., v., mobbed, mobbing. n. 1. a disorderly or riotous crowd of ...
Mob Convention
▪ United States history formally  Women's Rights Convention         woman suffrage meeting, held September 6–7, 1853, in New York City, that earned its popular ...
See mob. * * *
See mobbish. * * *
/mob"kap'/, n. a soft cloth cap with a full crown, fitting down over the ears and frequently tying beneath the chin, formerly worn indoors by women. [1785-95; perh. mob slattern ...
mobe pearl
/mohb", moh"bee/. See mabe pearl. * * *
Moberg, Vilhelm
▪ Swedish author born Aug. 20, 1898, Algutsboda, Swed. died Aug. 8, 1973, Väddö       Swedish novelist and dramatist, best-known for his novels of the Swedish ...
/moh"beuhr lee/, n. a city in N central Missouri. 13,418. * * *
Mobil Corp.
Former name of one of the largest U.S. holding companies, primarily engaged in petroleum operations but with major interests in chemical products and retailing. Mobil's roots ...
Mobil Corporation
▪ American corporation       former American petroleum and chemical company that joined with Exxon in 1999 to form Exxon Mobil (Exxon Mobil Corporation) ...
/moh"beuhl, -beel/ or, esp. Brit., /-buyl/ for 1-8, 10, 11; /moh"beel/ or, Brit., /-buyl/ for 9, adj. 1. capable of moving or being moved readily. 2. utilizing motor vehicles for ...
/moh beel", moh"beel/, n. 1. a seaport in SW Alabama at the mouth of the Mobile River. 200,452. 2. a river in SW Alabama, formed by the confluence of the Alabama and Tombigbee ...
Mobile Bay
/moh"beel/ a bay of the Gulf of Mexico, in SW Alabama: Civil War naval battle 1864. 36 mi. (58 km) long; 8-18 mi. (13-29 km) wide. * * * Inlet of the Gulf of Mexico, extending ...
Mobile Bay, Battle of
(Aug. 5, 1864) Naval engagement in the American Civil War. The Union fleet under David Farragut sailed into Mobile Bay, Ala., breaching the protective string of mines ...
mobile home
a large house trailer, designed for year-round living in one place. Also, mobilehome. Also called manufactured home. [1950-55] * * *
mobile phone
any wireless telephone that operates over a relatively large area, as a cellular phone or PCS phone. * * *
Mobile River
▪ river, United States       river formed by the confluence of the Tombigbee (Tombigbee River) and Alabama (Alabama River) rivers, southwestern Alabama, U.S. It enters ...
mobile telephone
Introduction also called  mobile phone   portable device for connecting to a telecommunications network in order to transmit and receive voice, video, or other data. Mobile ...
mobile unit
1. a vehicle supplied with the basic equipment or materials necessary for a particular purpose, as for televising on location or being used as an x-ray or inoculation clinic. 2. ...
mo·bile home (mōʹbəl, -bēl', -bīl') n. A large trailer, fitted with parts for connection to utilities, that can be installed on a relatively permanent site and that is ...
mo·bile telephone (mōʹbəl, -bēl', -bīl') also mobile phone n. See cellular telephone. * * *
Mobilian Jargon
▪ language        pidgin, or trade language with limited vocabulary, based on Choctaw and Chickasaw, languages of the Muskogean family that were originally spoken in ...
/moh bil"i tee/, n. 1. the quality of being mobile. 2. Sociol. the movement of people in a population, as from place to place, from job to job, or from one social class or level ...
See mobilize. * * * Organization of a nation's armed forces for active military service in time of war or other national emergency. It includes recruiting and training, ...
—mobilizable, adj. —mobilization, n. —mobilizer, n. /moh"beuh luyz'/, v., mobilized, mobilizing. v.t. 1. to assemble or marshal (armed forces, military reserves, or ...
/mue"bee euhs, may"-, moh"-/; Ger. /mue"bee oos/, n. August Ferdinand /ow"goost ferdd"di nahnt'/, 1790-1868, German mathematician. Also, Moebius. * * *
Möbius strip
Geom. a continuous, one-sided surface formed by twisting one end of a rectangular strip through 180° about the longitudinal axis of the strip and attaching this end to the ...
Möbius transformation
Math. a map of the complex plane to itself in which a point z is mapped to a point w by w = (az + b)/(cz + d), where a, b, c, and d are complex numbers and ad - bc does not equal ...
Möbius, August Ferdinand
born Nov. 17, 1790, Schulpforta, Saxony died Sept. 26, 1868, Leipzig German mathematician and theoretical astronomer. He began teaching at the University of Leipzig in 1815, ...
Möbius, Karl August
▪ German zoologist born Feb. 7, 1825, Eilenburg, Prussia [Germany] died April 26, 1908, Berlin, Ger.       German zoologist who is chiefly known for his contributions ...
Mö·bi·us strip (mœʹbē-əs, māʹ-, mōʹ-) Precision Graphics n. A continuous one-sided surface that can be formed from a rectangular strip by rotating one end 180° and ...
/mob"euhl/, v.t., mobled, mobling. Archaic. to wrap the head of, as in a hood. [1595-1605; var. of MUFFLE] * * *
Mobley, Hank
▪ American musician byname of  Henry Mobley   born July 7, 1930, Eastman, Ga., U.S. died May 30, 1986, Philadelphia, Pa.       African-American lyric jazz tenor ...
—mobocrat /mob"euh krat'/, n. —mobocratic, mobocratical, adj. /mob ok"reuh see/, n., pl. mobocracies. 1. political control by a mob. 2. the mob as a ruling class. [1745-55; ...
See mobocracy. * * *
See mobocrat. * * *
See mobocrat. * * *
▪ South Dakota, United States       city, Walworth county, north-central South Dakota, U.S. It lies along the Missouri River (there broadened to form Lake Oahe), about ...
/mob"steuhr/, n. a member of a criminal mob. [1915-20, Amer.; MOB + -STER] * * *
Mo·bu·to Lake (mə-bo͞oʹtō, mō-) See Albert, Lake. * * *
Mobutu Sese Seko
/moh booh"tooh ses"ay sek"oh, meuh-/ 1. (Joseph-Désiré Mobutu), 1930-97, Zairian political leader: president 1965-97. 2. Lake, official name of Lake Albert. * * * orig. ...
Mobutu Sese Seko Koko Ngbendu wa za Banga
▪ 1998       Zairean politician (b. Oct. 14, 1930, Lisala, Belgian Congo—d. Sept. 7, 1997, Rabat, Mor.), as president of Zaire for nearly 32 years, ruled with absolute ...
MobutuSese Seko
Mobutu Se·se Se·ko (sāʹsā sāʹkō), Originally Joseph Désiré Mobutu. 1930-1997. Zairean president (1967-1997). A general in the army, Mobutu overthrew the existing ...
Moby Dick
/moh"bee dik"/ a novel (1851) by Herman Melville. * * *
a famous novel about the sea (1851) by the US writer Herman Melville. It is the story of Captain Ahab’s strong desire to find and kill Moby-Dick, a great white whale that had ...
/mok/, n. Informal. moccasin. [shortened form] * * *
▪ Dominican Republic       city, north-central Dominican Republic. It lies just east of Santiago. Founded in 1780, the city retained its Indian name, referring to moca ...
Port. /mooh'seuhm bee"keuh/, n. Mozambique. * * * ▪ Mozambique also spelled  Mozambique        town, northeastern Mozambique. Located on a small coral island at the ...
Moçâmedes Desert
▪ desert, Angola Portuguese  Desértica De Moçâmedes,         desert, southwestern Africa, extending north along the Atlantic coast of Angola from the ...
Mocatta, Frederic David
▪ British philanthropist and historian born Jan. 15, 1828, London, Eng. died Jan. 16, 1905, London       British philanthropist, historian, bibliophile, and patron of ...
/mok"euh sin, -zeuhn/, n. 1. a heelless shoe made entirely of soft leather, as deerskin, with the sole brought up and attached to a piece of U-shaped leather on top of the foot, ...
moccasin flower
1. the lady's-slipper. 2. a cypripedium, Cypripedium acaule, of the U.S. [1670-80, Amer.] * * *
moccasin flower n. See lady's slipper. * * *
Mocenigo Family
▪ Venetian patrician family  one of the most renowned patrician families of the Venetian Republic, to which it supplied military leaders, scholars, churchmen, diplomats, and ...
/moh"keuh/, n. 1. (cap.) Also, Mukha. a seaport in the Republic of Yemen on the Red Sea. 25,000. 2. a choice variety of coffee, originally grown in Arabia. 3. a flavoring ...
Mocha ware
a pottery ware of the late 18th through the early 20th centuries, ornamented with colored glaze worked into branchlike patterns by drops of a diffusing agent applied while the ...
Mochalov, Pavel Stepanovich
▪ Russian actor born Nov. 3 [Nov. 15, New Style], 1800, Moscow, Russia died March 16 [March 28], 1848, Moscow       Russian tragic actor with a Byronic flair who relied ...
Dominant civilization on the northern coast of present-day Peru in the 1st–8th centuries AD. The name comes from the great site of Moche in the Moche River valley, which was ...
/moh chee"keuh/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a pre-Inca culture that flourished on the northern coast of Peru from the 3rd century B.C. to the 7th century A.D. ...
/moh chee"leuh/, n. a flap of leather on the seat of a saddle, used as a covering and sometimes as a base to which saddlebags are attached. [1855-60, Amer.; < Sp: lit., knapsack, ...
Mochnacki, Maurycy
▪ Polish author born September 13, 1804, Bojanice, Galicia [now in Poland] died December 20, 1834, Auxerre, France       early Polish Romantic literary critic who ...
▪ Botswana       village, southeastern Botswana. It lies 23 miles (37 km) northeast of Gaborone, the national capital. Settled by the Tswana people in 1871, Mochudi is ...
—mockable, adj. —mocker, n. —mockingly, adv. /mok/, v.t. 1. to attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision. 2. to ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic ...
mock chicken
minced veal, pork, or other meat, molded onto a stick or skewer so that it somewhat resembles a chicken leg, then breaded and braised. Also called city chicken. * * *
mock epic
a long, humorous poem written in mock-heroic style. * * *
mock mold
Shipbuilding. bed (def. 23). * * *
mock moon
paraselene. [1645-55] * * *
mock orange
1. Also called syringa. any of various shrubs belonging to the genus Philadelphus, of the saxifrage family, esp. P. coronarius, a widely cultivated species having fragrant white ...
mock pendulum
a false pendulum bob attached to the balances of certain timepieces and visible through a slot in the dial or case. * * *
mock pennyroyal
pennyroyal (def. 2). [1855-60] * * *
mock privet
▪ plant       any shrub or small tree of the genus Phillyrea in the olive family, Oleaceae. The four species of mock privet, native to the Mediterranean area, sometimes ...
mock strawberry.
See Indian strawberry. * * *
mock sun
parhelion. * * *
mock turtle soup
a rich, clear soup prepared to resemble green turtle soup, made with a calf's head or other meat, seasonings, and often with wine. [1775-85] * * *
▪ literature also called  mock-heroic        form of satire that adapts the elevated heroic style of the classical epic poem to a trivial subject. The tradition, ...
—mock-heroically, adv. /mok"hi roh"ik/, adj. 1. imitating or burlesquing that which is heroic, as in manner, character, or action: mock-heroic dignity. 2. of or pertaining to a ...
See mock-heroic. * * *
/mok"up'/, n. a model, often full-size, for study, testing, or teaching: a mock-up of an experimental aircraft. Also, mockup. [1915-20; n. use of v. phrase mock up] * * *
/meuh kah"doh/, n., pl. mockadoes. a fabric simulating velvet, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. [1535-45; earlier mockeado < It moccaiardo (by assoc. with MOCK). See ...
See mock. * * *
/mok"euhr nut'/, n. 1. a North American hickory, Carya tomentosa, bearing a sweet, edible nut. 2. the nut itself. Also called mockernut hickory. [1795-1805, Amer.; appar. MOCKER ...
/mok"euh ree/, n., pl. mockeries. 1. ridicule, contempt, or derision. 2. a derisive, imitative action or speech. 3. a subject or occasion of derision. 4. an imitation, esp. of a ...
/mok"ing berrd'/, n. 1. any of several gray, black, and white songbirds of the genus Mimus, esp. M. polyglottos, of the U.S. and Mexico, noted for their ability to mimic the ...
See mocker. * * *
mock moon n. A paraselene. * * *
mock orange n. 1. Any of numerous deciduous shrubs of the genus Philadelphus, having opposite, simple leaves and white, usually fragrant flowers with four petals and numerous ...
mock sun n. A parhelion. * * *
mock·tail (mŏkʹtāl') n. A cocktail containing no alcohol.   [Blend of mock, and cocktail.] * * *
mockturtle soup
mock turtle soup n. Soup made from calf's head, veal, or other meat and spiced to taste like green turtle soup. * * *
mock·up also mock-up (mŏkʹŭp') n. 1. A usually full-sized scale model of a structure, used for demonstration, study, or testing. 2. A layout of printed matter. * * *
▪ Colombia       town, southern Colombia. It lies in the eastern flanks of the Andes Mountains, on a tributary of the Caquetá River. Founded in 1551, it is a ...
Sp. /mawk'te sooh"mah/, n. See Montezuma II. * * *
Moczar, Mieczysław
▪ Polish politician byname  Mietek,  original name  Mikołaj Demko   born Dec. 25, 1913, Łódź, Pol. died Nov. 1, 1986, Warsaw       Polish Communist leader and ...
mod1 /mod/, adj. 1. very modern; up-to-date; being in the vanguard in style, dress, etc. 2. (sometimes cap.) of or pertaining to a style of dress of the 1960s, typified by ...
1. modal auxiliary. 2. modifier. * * *
1. moderate. 2. Music. moderato. 3. modern. * * *
mod. praesc.
(in prescriptions) in the manner prescribed; as directed. [ < L modo praescripto] * * *
modacrylic [mäd΄ə kril′ik] adj. 〚mod(ified) acrylic〛 designating or of any of various synthetic fibers that resist combustion, made from long-chain polymers composed ...
modacrylic fiber
/mod"euh kril"ik, mod'-/ any of various synthetic copolymer textile fibers, as Dynel, containing less than 85 percent but more than 35 percent of acrylonitrile. Also called ...
—modally, adv. /mohd"l/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to mode, manner, or form. 2. Music. a. pertaining to mode, as distinguished from key. b. based on a scale other than major or ...
modal auxiliary
Gram. any of the group of English auxiliary verbs, including can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, and must, that are used with the base form of another verb to ...
modal logic
Formal systems incorporating modalities such as necessity, possibility, impossibility, contingency, strict implication, and certain other closely related concepts. The most ...
modal auxiliary n. A verb characteristically used with other verbs to express mood or tense. In English, the modal auxiliaries are can, may, must, ought, shall, should, will, and ...
/moh dal"i tee/, n., pl. modalities. 1. the quality or state of being modal. 2. an attribute or circumstance that denotes mode or manner. 3. Also called mode. Logic. the ...
See modal. * * *
Modane train crash of 1917
▪ French history       train derailment in Modane, France, on Dec. 12, 1917, that killed more than 500 French soldiers.       The French train was traveling from ...
mode1 /mohd/, n. 1. a manner of acting or doing; method; way: modern modes of transportation. 2. a particular type or form of something: Heat is a mode of motion. 3. a designated ...
—modeler; esp. Brit., modeller, n. /mod"l/, n., adj., v., modeled, modeling or (esp. Brit.) modelled, modelling. n. 1. a standard or example for imitation or comparison. 2. a ...
Model Parliament
the name later given to the English parliament set up in 1295 by King Edward I. It was the first to include not only members of the clergy and the aristocracy but also elected ...
Model T
an automobile with a 2.9-liter, 4-cylinder engine, produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1909 through 1927, considered to be the first motor vehicle successfully mass-produced ...
Model, Lisette
▪ Austrian photographer original name in full  Elise Amélie Felice Stern (family name changed to Seybert, 1903)  born Nov. 10, 1901, Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now ...
Model, Walther
▪ German military officer born January 24, 1891, Genthin, near Magdeburg, Germany died April 21, 1945, near Lintorf  German field marshal during World War ...
See model. * * *
/mod"l ing/, n. 1. the act, art, or profession of a person who models. 2. the process of producing sculptured form with some plastic material, as clay. 3. the technique of ...
/mod"l ist/, n. a person who makes models, as of airplanes. [1670-80; MODEL + -IST] * * *
/moh"deuhm, -dem/, Computers. n. 1. an electronic device that makes possible the transmission of data to or from a computer via telephone or other communication lines. v.t. 2. to ...
modem session n. A period of time in which two computers are connected by modem. * * *
/mohd"n euh/; It. /maw"de nah/, n. a city in N Italy, NW of Bologna. 178,959. * * * City (pop., 2001 prelim.: 175,442), Emilia-Romagna region, northern Italy. It lies between ...
Modena, Leone
▪ Italian rabbi and writer also called  Leon Of Modena,  Hebrew  Judah Aryeh  born April 23, 1571, Venice died March 24, 1648, Venice       Italian rabbi, preacher, ...
—moderately, adv. —moderateness, n. adj., n. /mod"euhr it, mod"rit/; v. /mod"euh rayt'/, adj., n., v., moderated, moderating. adj. 1. kept or keeping within reasonable or ...

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