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moderate breeze
a wind of 13-18 mph (5.8-8 m/sec). [1795-1805] * * *
moderate gale
a wind of 32-38 mph (14-17 m/sec). [1695-1705] * * *
Moderate Party
▪ political party, Sweden Swedish in full  Moderata Samlingspartiet , byname  Moderaterna        centre-right Swedish political party. The Moderate Party was ...
mod·er·ate-in·come (mŏdʹər-ĭt-ĭnʹkŭm') adj. Of or relating to people or households supported by an average or slightly below average income: moderate-income housing. * ...
moderate breeze n. A wind with a speed from 13 to 18 miles (20 to 29 kilometers) per hour, according to the Beaufort scale. * * *
moderate gale n. A wind with a speed from 32 to 38 miles (51 to 61 kilometers) per hour, according to the Beaufort scale. Also called near gale. * * *
See moderate. * * *
See moderately. * * *
/mod'euh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance. 2. the act of moderating. 3. moderations, Brit. the first ...
/mod'euh ray"sheuh nist/, n. a person who favors, supports, or promotes moderation. [1840-50; MODERATION + -IST] * * *
/mod'euh rah"toh/, adj. Music. moderate; in moderate time. [1715-25; < It < L moderatus MODERATE] * * *
—moderatorial /mod'euhr euh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. —moderatorship, n. /mod"euh ray'teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that moderates. 2. a person who presides over a panel ...
Moderator of the Church of Scotland
the minister elected to be president for one year of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. * * *
—modernly, adv. —modernness, n. /mod"euhrn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to present and recent time; not ancient or remote: modern city life. 2. characteristic of present and ...
modern art
       painting, sculpture (Western sculpture), architecture, and graphic arts characteristic of the 20th century and of the later part of the 19th century. Modern art ...
Modern Art, Gallery of
▪ museum, Florence, Italy Italian  Galleria D'arte Moderna,         in Florence, Italy, museum of Italian painting and sculpture of the 19th and 20th centuries housed ...
Modern Art, Museum of
▪ museum, Mexico City, Mexico Spanish  Museo De Arte Moderno,         gallery opened in Mexico City in 1964 to house works by modern artists. The museum's ...
modern cut
Jewelry. any of several modifications or combinations of the brilliant cut, step cut, or table cut, having the girdle outline often in some novel form. Also, moderne cut. * * *
modern dance
a form of contemporary theatrical and concert dance employing a special technique for developing the use of the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas. [1910-15] * ...
Modern English
the English language since c1475. Also called New English. * * *
Modern French
the French language since c1600. [1895-1900] * * *
Modern Greek
the Greek language since c1500. Abbr.: ModGk Also called New Greek. [1740-50] * * *
Modern Hebrew
the living language of modern Israel, a revived form of ancient Hebrew. Abbr.: ModHeb Also called New Hebrew. [1970-75] * * *
Modern Icelandic
the Icelandic language since c1550. [1925-30] * * *
modern jazz
any of various styles of jazz that have evolved since the early 1940s and are marked generally by harmonic and rhythmic complexity, emphasis on chord progressions rather than ...
Modern Jazz Quartet
▪ American music group  American musical ensemble noted for delicate percussion sonorities, innovations in jazz forms, and consistently high performance standards sustained ...
Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ)
U.S. jazz ensemble. It was founded in 1951 by pianist John Lewis (1920–2001), vibraphonist Milt Jackson (1923–99), drummer Kenny Clarke (1914–85), and bassist Ray Brown ...
modern language
one of the literary languages currently in use in Europe, as French, Spanish, or German, treated as a departmental course of study in a school, college, or ...
Modern Latin
Modern Latin n. the Latin that has come into use since about 1500, chiefly in scientific literature * * *
modern pentathlon
an athletic contest comprising five different events, a 300-meter freestyle swim, a 4000-meter cross-country run, a 5000-meter equestrian steeplechase, épée fencing, and pistol ...
Modern Persian
the Persian language since the Middle Persian stage. * * *
Modern Standard Germanic Languages, Table
▪ Table Table 14: Modern Standard Germanic Languages where spoken approximate number use as a ...
modern synthesis
Biol. a consolidation of the results of various lines of investigation from the 1920s through the 1950s that supported and reconciled the Darwinian theory of evolution and the ...
Modern Times
a comedy film (1936) which Charlie Chaplin wrote and directed as well as acting the main part. It was the last time he used his ‘Little Tramp’ character. The film is an ...
modern dance n. A style of theatrical dance that rejects the limitations of classical ballet and favors movement deriving from the expression of inner feeling. * * *
/moh dairn", meuh-/, adj. pretentiously modern; striving to appear modern but lacking style or conviction. [ < F: MODERN] * * *
moderne gennembrud, det
▪ Danish literature       (Danish: “the modern breakthrough”), literary movement beginning about 1870, dominated by the Danish critic Georg Brandes (Brandes, Georg), ...
Modern English n. English since about 1500. Also called New English. * * *
Modern Greek n. Greek since the early 16th century. Also called New Greek. * * *
Modern Hebrew n. The Hebrew language as used from 18th century to the present, and an official language of Israel. Also called New Hebrew. * * *
/mod"euhr niz'euhm/, n. 1. modern character, tendencies, or values; adherence to or sympathy with what is modern. 2. a modern usage or characteristic. 3. (cap.) Theol. a. the ...
Spanish-language literary movement of the late 19th–early 20th century, founded by Rubén Darío. Reacting against the sentimental romantic writers then popular in Latin ...
/mod"euhr nist/, n. 1. a person who follows or favors modern ways, tendencies, etc. 2. a person who advocates the study of modern subjects in preference to ancient classics. 3. ...
—modernistically, adv. /mod'euhr nis"tik/, adj. 1. modern. 2. of or pertaining to modernism or modernists. [1905-10; MODERN + -ISTIC] * * *
/mo derr"ni tee, moh-/, n., pl. modernities. 1. the quality of being modern. 2. something modern. [1620-30; MODERN + -ITY] * * *
See modernize. * * * Transformation of a society from a rural and agrarian condition to a secular, urban, and industrial one. It is closely linked with industrialization. As ...
—modernization, n. —modernizer, n. /mod"euhr nuyz'/, v., modernized, modernizing. v.t. 1. to make modern; give a new or modern character or appearance to: to modernize one's ...
See modernization. * * *
See modern. * * *
See modernly. * * *
modern pentathlon n. An athletic contest in which each participant competes in five events: running, swimming, horseback riding, fencing, and pistol shooting. * * *
/moh"deuhrdd zohn bek"euhrdd/, n. Paula /pow"lah/, 1876-1907, German painter. * * *
Modersohn-Becker, Paula
orig. Paula Becker born Feb. 8, 1876, Dresden, Ger. died Nov. 30, 1907, Worpswede German painter. After studying art in London and Paris, she became one of the first artists ...
—modestly, adv. /mod"ist/, adj. 1. having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great ...
See modest. * * *
/meuh des"toh/, n. a city in central California. 106,105. * * * City (pop., 2000: 188,856), central California, U.S., east of San Francisco. Founded in 1870 by the Central ...
/mod"euh stee/, n., pl. modesties. 1. the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc. 2. regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc. 3. simplicity; ...
modesty panel
a panel across the front of a desk, esp. an office desk, designed to conceal the legs of a person seated at it. * * *
/mod"fet'/, n. Electronics. modulation-doped field effect transistor. * * *
Modern Greek. Also, Mod. Gk., Mod. Gr. * * *
ModGr abbrev. Modern Greek * * *
Modern Hebrew. Also, Mod. Heb. * * *
▪ Italy Latin  Motyca, or Mutyca,         town, southeastern Sicily, Italy, at the confluence of two mountain torrents on the south margin of the Monti (mountains) ...
/mod"i keuhm/, n. a moderate or small amount: He hasn't even a modicum of common sense. [1425-75; late ME < L, n. use of neut. of modicus moderate, equiv. to modi-, comb. form of ...
modification. * * *
See modify. * * *
See modifiability. * * *
/mod"euh fi kand'/, n. Gram. a word that is modified, or qualified, by another. In red books, books is a modificand. [1825-35; < L modificandum (a thing) to be measured or ...
/mod'euh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of modifying. 2. the state of being modified; partial alteration. 3. a modified form; variety. 4. Biol. a change in a living ...
See modificator. * * *
See modification. * * *
/mod"euh fi keuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. modifying. Also, modificative. [1815-25; < L modificat(us) (see MODIFICATION) + -ORY1] * * *
modified American plan
(in hotels) a system of paying a single fixed rate that covers room, breakfast, and one other meal, usually dinner. Abbr.: MAP Cf. American plan, demi-pension, European plan. * * ...
modifiedAmerican plan
mod·i·fied American plan (mŏdʹə-fīd') n. Abbr. MAP A system of hotel management in which guests pay a fixed daily or weekly rate for room, breakfast, and lunch or dinner. * ...
/mod"euh fuy'euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that modifies. 2. Gram. a. a word, phrase, or sentence element that limits or qualifies the sense of another word, phrase, or element ...
—modifiable, adj. —modifiability, modifiableness, n. /mod"euh fuy'/, v., modified, modifying. v.t. 1. to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend: to ...
/moh dee'lee ah"nee, moh'deel yah"-/; It. /maw'dee lyah"nee/, n. Amedeo /ah'me de"aw/, 1884-1920, Italian painter and sculptor in France. * * *
Modigliani, Amedeo
born July 12, 1884, Livorno, Italy died Jan. 24, 1920, Paris, France Italian painter and sculptor. After studying art in Italy, he settled in Paris (1906), where he exhibited ...
Modigliani, Franco
born June 18, 1918, Rome, Italy died Sept. 25, 2003, Cambridge, Mass., U.S. Italian-born U.S. economist. He fled fascist Italy for the U.S. in 1939 and earned a doctorate from ...
See modulate. * * *
/moj"euh leuhr/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a module or a modulus. 2. composed of standardized units or sections for easy construction or flexible arrangement: a modular home; a ...
modular arithmetic
arithmetic in which numbers that are congruent modulo a given number are treated as the same. Cf. congruence (def. 2), modulo, modulus (def. 2b). [1955-60] * * * sometimes ...
modular arithmetic n. A form of arithmetic dealing with the remainders after whole numbers are divided by a modulus: Clocks use modular arithmetic with modulus 12, so 4 hours ...
/moj'euh lar"i tee, mod'yeuh-/, n. the use of individually distinct functional units, as in assembling an electronic or mechanical system. [1935-40; MODULAR + -ITY] * * *
—modularization, n. /moj"euh leuh ruyz'/, v.t., modularized, modularizing. to form or organize into modules, as for flexibility. Also, esp. Brit., modularise. [1955-60; MODULAR ...
mod·u·lar·ized (mŏjʹə-lə-rīzd') adj. Having or made up of modules: modularized housing. * * *
See modularity. * * *
—modulability /moj'euh leuh bil"i tee/, n. —modulative, modulatory /moj"euh leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /moj"euh layt'/, v., modulated, modulating. v.t. 1. to regulate by ...
/moj'euh lay"sheuhn, mod'yeuh-/, n. 1. the act of modulating. 2. the state of being modulated. 3. Music. transition from one key to another. 4. Gram. a. the use of a particular ...
See modulability. * * *
/moj"euh lay'teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that modulates. 2. Telecommunications. a device for modulating a carrier wave. [1490-1500; < L modulator; see MODULATE, -TOR] * * *
See modulability. * * *
/moj"oohl/, n. 1. a separable component, frequently one that is interchangeable with others, for assembly into units of differing size, complexity, or function. 2. any of the ...
/moj"euh loh'/, adv. Math. with respect to a modulus: 6 is congruent to 11, modulo 5. [1895-1900; < NL modulo, abl. of L modulus MODULUS] * * *
/moj"euh leuhs/, n., pl. moduli /luy/. 1. Physics. a coefficient pertaining to a physical property. 2. Math. a. that number by which the logarithms in one system are multiplied ...
modulus of elasticity
Physics. any of several coefficients of elasticity of a body, expressing the ratio between a stress or force per unit area that acts to deform the body and the corresponding ...
modulus of rigidity
Physics. See shear modulus. [1875-80] * * *
modulus of torsion
Physics. See shear modulus. * * *
modus operandi
/moh"deuhs op'euh ran"dee, -duy/; Lat. /moh"doohs oh'pe rddahn"dee/, pl. modi operandi /moh"dee op'euh ran"dee, moh"duy op'euh ran"duy/; Lat. /moh"dee oh'pe rddahn"dee/. mode of ...
modus ponens and modus tollens
(Latin: "method of affirming" and "method of denying") In logic, two types of inference that can be drawn using a hypothetical proposition i. e., from a proposition of the form ...
modus vivendi
/moh"deuhs vi ven"dee, -duy/, pl. modi vivendi /moh"dee vi ven"dee, moh"duy vi ven"duy/. 1. manner of living; way of life; lifestyle. 2. a temporary arrangement between persons ...
mo·dus op·er·an·di (mō'dəs ŏp'ə-rănʹdē, -dī') n. pl. mo·di operandi (mō'dē, -dī) Abbr. MO 1. A method of operating or functioning. 2. A person's manner of ...
modus vi·ven·di (vĭ-vĕnʹdē, -dī') n. pl. modi vivendi 1. A manner of living; a way of life. 2. A temporary agreement between contending parties pending a final ...
/moh/, n. a male given name, form of Morris or Moses. * * * ▪ Victoria, Australia       city in western Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. It lies in the La Trobe River ...
/mue"bee euhs, may"-, moh"-/, n. August Ferdinand. See Möbius, August Ferdinand. * * *
Moebius strip
Moebius strip [mā′bē əs, mō′bē əs] n. MÖBIUS STRIP: also Moebius band * * *
Moeller van den Bruck, Arthur
▪ German author born April 26, 1876, Solingen, Ger. died May 30, 1925, Berlin       German cultural critic whose book Das Dritte Reich (1923; “The Third Empire,” or ...
/mee"ree/, n.pl. Class. Myth. the Fates. * * *
Moeran, Ernest John
▪ British composer born Dec. 31, 1894, Heston and Isleworth, Middlesex, Eng. died Dec. 1, 1950, near Kenmare, County Kerry, Ire.  composer whose music reflects English and ...
Moeris, Lake
Extinct lake, northern Egypt. It once occupied the Al-Fayyūm depression, now the site of the much smaller Lake Qārūn. Its waters began falling in Paleolithic times as a ...
▪ fossil mammal  extinct genus of primitive mammals (mammal) that represent a very early stage in the evolution of elephants (elephant). Its fossils are found in deposits ...
Moers also Mörs (mœrs) A city of west-central Germany west of Essen. Chartered in 1300, it is a market center. Population: 106,631. * * * ▪ Germany also spelled ...
/mee"shee euh/, n. an ancient country in S Europe, S of the Danube and N of ancient Thrace and Macedonia: later a Roman province. * * * Province of the Roman Empire, ...
Moeso-Goth or Moesogoth [mē′sō gäth΄, mē′sōgôth΄] n. a member of a Gothic people that lived in Moesia in the 4th and 5th cent. A.D. * * *
Moeso-Gothic or Moesogothic [mē΄sō gäth′ik] adj. of the Moeso-Goths, their extinct East Germanic language, or their culture * * *
/mee"soh goth', -seuh-/, n. one of the Christianized Goths who settled in Moesia in the 4th century A.D. * * *
/mee'soh goth"ik, -seuh-/, adj. of or pertaining to the Moesogoths or their language. [MOESOGOTH + -IC] * * *
moeurs [mërs] pl.n. 〚Fr〛 the manners, customs, behavior, etc. of a given group * * *
/moh fet"/; Fr. /maw fet"/, n. 1. a noxious emanation, consisting chiefly of carbon dioxide, escaping from the earth in regions of nearly extinct volcanic activity. 2. one of the ...
Moffat, David Halliday
▪ American industrialist born July 22, 1839, Washingtonville, N.Y., U.S. died March 18, 1911, New York, N.Y.       American capitalist and railway promoter after whom ...
Moffat, Robert
▪ British missionary born Dec. 21, 1795, Ormiston, East Lothian, Scot. died Aug. 9, 1883, Leigh, Kent, Eng.  Scottish missionary to Africa and Bible translator, who was known ...
Moffatt, James
▪ British biblical scholar born July 4, 1870, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scot. died June 27, 1944, New York, N.Y., U.S.       Scottish biblical scholar and translator who ...
Moffo, Anna
▪ 2007  American lyric soprano (b. June 27, 1932, Wayne, Pa.—d. March 10, 2006, New York, N.Y.), whose glamour, radiant beauty onstage, and warm voice made her a favourite ...
Mofolo, Thomas Mokopu
▪ Mosotho author born Dec. 22, 1876, Khojane, Basutoland [now Lesotho] died Sept. 8, 1948, Teyateyaneng, Basutoland       the first important writer from what is now ...
mo·fon·go (mə-fŏngʹgō, mō-fōnʹ-) n. pl. mo·fon·gos A Puerto Rican dish made of mashed plantains, garlic, and pork cracklings.   [American Spanish.] * * *
mog1 /mog/, v., mogged, mogging. Dial. v.i. 1. to move on, depart, or decamp (usually fol. by off or on). 2. to walk or move along gently, slowly, and steadily. v.t. 3. to cause ...
/maw'gah dee"shooh/, n. a seaport in and the capital of Somalia, in the S part. 400,000. Italian, Mogadiscio /maw'gah dee"shaw/. * * * City (pop., 1999 est.: metro. area, ...
/mog'euh dawr", -dohr"/; Fr. /maw gann dawrdd"/, n. 1. former name of Essaouira. 2. (l.c.) Also, mogadore. a ribbed fabric of silk or rayon warp and cotton or linen filling, used ...
Mogen David
/moh"geuhn day"vid/; Seph. Heb. /mah gen" dah veed"/; Ashk. Heb. /maw"geuhn daw"vid/, Judaism. See Star of David. [1900-05] * * *
Mo·gen Da·vid (mŏʹgən dôʹvĭd, dāʹvĭd, mä-gĕnʹ dä-vēdʹ) n. Variant of Magen David. * * *
/mog"ee/, n., pl. moggies. Brit. Informal. a cat. Also, mog. [1815-25; said to be orig. Cockney; supposed derivations from dial. (W Midlands) Moggy pet name for a calf, or from ...
/moh"geuhl, -gul, moh gul"/, n., adj. Mogul (defs. 1, 2, 6). * * *
Mogi das Cruzes
/moo zhee" dahs krddooh"zis/ a city in SE Brazil, E of São Paulo. 111,554. * * * ▪ Brazil       city, southeastern São Paulo estado (state), southeastern Brazil. It ...
Mogidas Cruzes
Mo·gi das Cru·zes (mo͝o-zhēʹ däs kro͞oʹzĭs) A city of southeast Brazil east of São Paulo. Founded in 1611, it is an industrial center. Population: 273,255. * * *
Mogila, Peter
▪ Moldavian Orthodox theologian Romanian  Petru Movilă , Ukrainian  Petro Mohyla  born Dec. 21, 1596, Moldavia [now in Romania] died Dec. 22, 1646, Kiev, Pol. [now in ...
/moj'euh lay"lee euh, -layl"yeuh/, n. any speech defect, as stuttering or stammering. Also, molilalia. [1875-80; < Gk mogilál(os) hardly talking (mógi(s) with difficulty + ...
/moh"gi lef'/; Russ. /meuh gyi lyawf"/, n. a city in E Byelorussia (Belarus), in the W Soviet Union in Europe, on the Dnieper. 359,000. * * *
/moh"goh/, n., pl. mogos. Australian. a stone hatchet used by the Aborigines. [1815-25; < Dharuk mu-gu] * * *
/moh'geuh yohn"/, n. 1. an extensive plateau or mesa in central Arizona; the southwestern margin of the Colorado Plateau. 2. a mountain range in W New Mexico. adj. 3. Archaeol. ...
Mogollon culture
Complex of North American Indians who lived in what is now southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, U.S., с 200 BC–AD 1200. The first pottery in the Southwest was ...
Mogollon Mountains
▪ mountain range, New Mexico, United States       mountain range extending for 50 miles (80 km) east of the San Francisco River in southwestern New Mexico, U.S. Topped ...
Mogollon Plateau A tableland, 2,135-2,440 m (7,000-8,000 ft) high, of east-central Arizona. Its southern edge is the rugged escarpment Mogollon Rim. * * *
/meuh goh"tee/, n. 1. a residual hillock of limestone, honeycombed with cavities. 2. Southwestern U.S. a patch of thickly grown brush or dense shrubbery. [1925-30; < AmerSp, Sp: ...
—moguled, adj. /moh"geuhl/, n. a bump or mound of hard snow on a ski slope. [1960-65; < dial. G; cf. Austrian dial. Mugel small hill] * * *
/moh"geuhl, -gul, moh gul"/, n. 1. any of the Mongol conquerors of India who established an empire that lasted from 1526 to 1857, but held only nominal power after 1803. Cf. ...
Mo·hács (mōʹhăch', -häch') A city of southern Hungary on the Danube River near the Croatian and Yugoslavian borders. It was the site of a Turkish victory (1526) that led ...
Mohács, Battle of
▪ Hungarian history       (Aug. 29, 1526), decisive defeat of Hungary by the Turks, which marked the effective destruction of the Hungarian monarchy and paved the way ...
/moh"hair'/, n. 1. the coat or fleece of an Angora goat. 2. a fabric made of yarn from this fleece, in a plain weave for draperies and in a pile weave for upholstery. 3. a ...
Mohaka River
▪ river, New Zealand       river, east-central North Island, New Zealand. It derives its name from a Maori term meaning “place for dancing.” Rising on the Kaweka and ...
Mohale's Hoek
▪ Lesotho       village, southwestern Lesotho. The area in which the village is situated is predominantly agricultural (subsistence farming of wheat, corn [maize], and ...
Moham abbrev. Mohammedan * * *
Mohammedan. * * *
(as used in expressions) Boudiaf Mohamed Nimeiri Gaafar Mohamed el Siad Barre Mohamed * * *
Mohamed Al-Fayed
➡ Al-Fayed * * *
(as used in expressions) Ayub Khan Mohammad Hatta Mohammad Khatami Mohammad Mosaddeq Mohammad Pahlavi Mohammad Reza Shah Zia ul Haq Mohammad * * *
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi
▪ shah of Iran born October 26, 1919, Tehrān, Iran died July 27, 1980, Cairo, Egypt  shah of Iran from 1941 to 1979, who maintained a pro-Western foreign policy and ...
/moo ham"id, -hah"mid, moh-/, n. Muhammad (def. 1). * * *
Mohammed Ali
/ah lee", ah"lee/ 1. Maulana /maw lah"neuh/, 1878-1931, Indian journalist and political leader: advocate of Indian nationalization. 2. See Mehemet Ali. * * *
Mohammed ibn-Kasim
/moo ham"id ib"euhn kah"sim, -hah"mid/ fl. early 8th century A.D., Muslim conqueror of the Sind region in India. Also, Mohammed ibn-Qasim. * * *
Mohammed II
("the Conqueror") 1430-81, sultan of Turkey 1451-81: conqueror of Constantinople 1453. * * *
Mohammed of Ghor
/gawr, gohr/, (Mu'izz-ad-din) died 1206, Muslim Sultan of Ghazni 1173-1206: established Muslim power in India. Also, Muhammed Ghori. * * *
Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Mohammed Reza Pahlavi [rē zä′ pä′lə vē] 1919-80; shah of Iran (1941-79); deposed * * *
Mohammed Zahir Shah
/zah hear"/ born 1914, king of Afghanistan 1933-73. * * *
Mohammed, Warith Deen
▪ 2009 Wallace D. Muhammad        American religious leader born Oct. 30, 1933, Detroit, Mich. died Sept. 9, 2008, Markham, Ill. after succeeding his father, Elijah ...
Mohammed Ali See Muhammad Ali. * * *
/moo ham"i dn, moh-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Muhammad or Islam; Islamic; Muslim. n. 2. an adherent of Islam; Muslim. [1675-85; MOHAMMED + -AN] * * *
/moo ham"i dn iz'euhm, moh-/, n. Muhammadanism; Islam. [MOHAMMEDAN + -ISM] * * *
/moo ham"i dn uyz', moh-/, v.t., Mohammedanized, Mohammedanizing. Islamize. Also, esp. Brit., Mohammedanise. [1820-30; MOHAMMEDAN + -IZE] * * *
▪ Morocco formerly  Fedala        port city, northwestern Morocco. It lies along the Atlantic Ocean 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Casablanca. The harbour, at what ...
Mohammed II See Muhammad II. * * *
/moo har"euhm, moh-/, n. the first month of the Muslim calendar. Also, Muharram. Cf. Muslim calendar. [1605-15; < Ar muharram lit., forbidden] * * *
/moh hah"vee/, n., pl. Mohaves, (esp. collectively) Mohave, adj. n. 1. a member of a North American Indian tribe belonging to the Yuman linguistic family, formerly located in the ...
Mohave Desert
Mohave Desert alt. sp. of MOJAVE DESERT * * * ➡ Mojave Desert * * *
Mohave Desert.
See Mojave Desert. * * *
Mohave Desert See Mojave Desert. * * *
/moh"hawk/, n., pl. Mohawks, (esp. collectively) Mohawk. 1. a member of a tribe of the most easterly of the Iroquois Five Nations, formerly resident along the Mohawk River, New ...
Mohawk River
River, east-central New York, U.S. The Hudson River's largest tributary, it flows 148 mi (238 km) south and east to join the Hudson at Waterford, north of Troy. The Mohawk ...
Mohawk River A river of east-central New York flowing about 225 km (140 mi) south and southeast to the Hudson River. Long an important route to the West, it is now used mainly ...
/moh hee"geuhn/, n., pl. Mohegans, (esp. collectively) Mohegan. a member of a group of Pequot Indians that broke with the Pequot and then fought against them in the Pequot War. * ...
Seph. /maw hel"/; Ashk. /moh"hayl, moh"euhl, moy"-/; Eng. /moh"hayl/, n., pl. mohalim Seph., Ashk. /maw'hah leem"/, Eng. mohels. Hebrew. the person who performs the circumcision ...
Mohenjo Daro
Ancient city on the bank of the Indus River, in present-day southern Pakistan. At about 3 mi (5 km) in circuit, it was the largest city of the Indus civilization in the ...
/moh hen"joh dahr"oh/, n. an archaeological site in Pakistan, near the Indus River: six successive ancient cities were built here. * * * ▪ archaeological site, ...
/moh hee"keuhn/, n., pl. Mohicans, (esp. collectively) Mohican. Mahican. * * * or Mahican North American Indian people living mostly in northeastern Wisconsin, U.S. Their ...
—Mohist, n., adj. /moh"iz euhm/, n. the doctrine of Mo-Tze, stressing universal love, not limited by special affections or obligations, and opposition to Confucianism and ...
Mohl, Hugo von
▪ German botanist born April 8, 1805, Stuttgart, Württemberg [Germany] died April 1, 1872, Tübingen, Ger.  German botanist noted for his research on the anatomy and ...
Möhler, Johann Adam
▪ German historian born May 6, 1796, Igersheim, Würzburg [Germany] died April 12, 1838, Munich  German Roman Catholic church historian whose theories on and efforts toward ...
Moho [mō′hō΄] n. short for MOHOROVIČIć DISCONTINUITY * * * Mo·ho (mōʹhō') n. The Mohorovičić discontinuity. * * * or Mohorovičić discontinuity Boundary between ...
—Mohockism, n. /moh"hok/, n. one of a group of aristocratic ruffians who attacked people at night on the streets of London in the early part of the 18th century. [1705-15; var. ...
/moh"hohl'/, n. a hole bored through the earth's crust into the region below the Mohorovicic discontinuity, for geological research. [Mo(horovicic) (see MOHOROVICIC ...
/meuh hoh"lee noj"/; Hung. /moh"hoy nod"yeu/, n. László /las"loh/; Hung. /lahs"loh/ or Ladislaus /lah"dis lows'/, 1895-1946, Hungarian painter, designer, and photographer, in ...
Moholy-Nagy, László
born July 20, 1895, Bacsbarsod, Hung. died Nov. 24, 1946, Chicago, Ill., U.S. Hungarian painter, photographer, and art teacher. After studying law in Budapest, he went to ...
Mo·holy-Nag·y (mə-hōʹlē-nŏjʹ, mōʹhoi-nŏdʹyə), Laszlo. 1895-1946. Hungarian-born American artist and educator known for his artistic experiments with modern ...
Mohorovicic discontinuity
/moh'haw roh"veuh chich, -hoh-/, Geol. the discontinuity between the crust and the mantle of the earth, occurring at depths that average about 22 mi. (35 km) beneath the ...
Mohorovičič, Andrija
born Jan. 23, 1857, Volosko, Croatia, Austian Empire died Dec. 18, 1936, Zagreb, Yugos. Croatian meteorologist and geophysicist who discovered the boundary between the Earth's ...
Mo·ho·ro·vi·čić discontinuity (mō'hə-rōʹvə-chĭch) n. The boundary between the earth's crust and the underlying mantle, averaging 8 kilometers (5 miles) in depth ...
Mohr, Karl Friedrich
▪ German chemist born Nov. 4, 1806, Koblenz, Prussia died Sept. 28, 1879, Bonn       German chemist who invented such laboratory apparatus as the pinchcock, cork borer, ...
Mohri Mamoru
▪ Japanese astronaut born Jan. 29, 1948, Yoichi, Hokkaido, Japan    first Japanese astronaut to go into space. He flew as a payload specialist aboard the Spacelab-J mission ...
Mohs hardness
Rough measure of the resistance of a smooth surface to scratching or abrasion, expressed in terms of a scale devised by German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs in 1812. Minerals are ...
Mohs hardness scale and observations on hardness of some additional materials
▪ Table Mohs hardness scale and observations on hardness of some additional materials mineral Mohs hardness other materials observations on the minerals talc   1 very ...
Mohs scale
/mohz/ a scale of hardness used in mineralogy. Its degrees, in increasing hardness, are: talc 1; gypsum 2; calcite 3; fluorite 4; apatite 5; feldspar 6; quartz 7; topaz 8; ...
Mohs scale (mōz) n. A scale for classifying minerals based on relative hardness, determined by the ability of harder minerals to scratch softer ones. The scale includes the ...
/moh"heuhr/, n. any of various gold coins of India, introduced in the 16th century by various Mogul princes and later used by the British as the standard gold coin of ...
/moh"weuh/, n. mahua. * * *
▪ city, Ukraine Russian  Mogilyov-Podolsky        city, western Ukraine, on the Dniester River. It is an old city, founded in the late 16th century and incorporated ...
Moi, Daniel (Toroitich) arap
born 1924, Sacho, Kenya Colony Five-term president of Kenya (from 1978). Trained as a teacher, Moi served in the cabinet and as vice president (1967–78) under Pres. Jomo ...
Moi, Daniel arap
▪ president of Kenya in full  Daniel Toroitich arap Moi   born 1924, Sacho, Kenya Colony [now Kenya]       Kenyan politician, who held the office of president ...
Moi, Daniel Toroitich arap
▪ 1999       On Jan. 5, 1998, Daniel arap Moi was sworn in for a fifth term as president of Kenya after being declared the winner of national elections held in December ...
/moy"dawr, -dohr/, n. a former gold coin of Portugal and Brazil. [1695-1705; < Pg moeda de ouro coin of gold < L moneta de auro. See MONEY, DE, OR3] * * *
/moy"i tee/, n., pl. moieties. 1. a half. 2. an indefinite portion, part, or share. 3. Anthropol. one of two units into which a tribe or community is divided on the basis of ...
moiety system
▪ sociology also called  dual organization   form of social organization characterized by the division of society into two complementary parts called “moieties.” Most ...
—moiler, n. —moilingly, adv. /moyl/, v.i. 1. to work hard; drudge. 2. to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy. v.t. 3. Archaic. to wet or smear. n. 4. hard work or ...
See moil. * * *
See moiler. * * *
/moy"reuh/, n., pl. Moirai /-ruy/ for 1, 2. 1. Class. Myth. a. the personification of fate. b. Moirai, the Fates. 2. (often l.c.) (among ancient Greeks) a person's fate or ...
/mwahr, mawr, mohr/, n. any moiré fabric. [1650-60; < F < E MOHAIR] * * *
/mwah ray", mawr"ay, mohr"ay/; Fr. /mwann rdday"/, adj. 1. (of silks and other fabrics) presenting a watery or wavelike appearance. n. 2. a design pressed on silk, rayon, etc., ...
moiré effect
n. Optics. the appearance, when two regularly spaced sets of lines are superimposed, of a new set of lines (moiré pattern) passing through the points where the original lines ...
moiré pattern
▪ physics  in physics, the geometrical design that results when a set of straight or curved lines is superposed onto another set; the name derives from a French word for ...
moiré effect n. The effect of superimposing a repetitive design, such as a grid, on the same or a different design in order to produce a pattern distinct from its components. * ...
/moy say"i vich/, n. Benno /ben"oh/, 1890-1963, English pianist, born in Russia. Also, Moiseiwitsch. * * *
Moiseiwitsch, Benno
▪ British pianist born Feb. 22, 1890, Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire died April 9, 1963, London       British pianist of Russian birth who excelled in playing the ...
Moiseiwitsch, Tanya
▪ 2004       British theatre designer (b. Dec. 3, 1914, London, Eng.—d. Feb. 19, 2003, London), was renowned for her visionary stage designs, including the influential ...
/moy say"yev, -yeuhf/; Russ. /muy sye"yif/, n. Igor Alexandrovich /ee"geuhrdd u lyi ksahn"drddeuh vyich/, born 1906, Russian dancer and choreographer. * * *
Moiseyev, Igor
▪ Russian choreographer in full  Igor Aleksandrovich Moiseyev  born Jan. 21 [Jan. 8, Old Style], 1906, Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire died Nov. 2, 2007, Moscow, ...
Moiseyev, Igor (Aleksandrovich)
born Jan. 21, 1906, Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire Russian dancer, choreographer, and founder-director of the State Academic Folk Dance Ensemble, popularly called the Moiseyev ...
Moiseyev, Igor Aleksandrovich
▪ 2008       Russian dancer and choreographer born Jan. 21 [Jan. 8, Old Style], 1906, Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire died Nov. 2, 2007, Moscow, Russia balanced ...
Moisiu, Alfred
▪ president of Albania in full  Alfred Spiro Moisiu  born Dec. 1, 1929, Shkodër, Alb.       Albanian military expert who served as president of Albania (2002–07). ...
/mwann sahonn"/, n. Henri /ahonn rddee"/, 1852-1907, French chemist: Nobel prize 1906. * * *
Moissan, Henri
▪ French chemist in full  Ferdinand-Frédéric-Henri Moissan  born Sept. 28, 1852, Paris, France died Feb. 20, 1907, Paris  French chemist who received the 1906 Nobel Prize ...
—moistful, adj. —moistless, adj. —moistly, adv. —moistness, n. /moyst/, adj. moister, moistest. 1. moderately or slightly wet; damp. 2. (of the eyes) tearful. 3. ...
—moistener, n. /moy"seuhn/, v.t., v.i. to make or become moist. [1570-80; MOIST + -EN1] Syn. dampen, wet, sponge, spray. * * *
See moisten. * * *
See moist. * * *
See moistly. * * *
—moistureless, adj. /moys"cheuhr/, n. 1. condensed or diffused liquid, esp. water: moisture in the air. 2. a small quantity of liquid, esp. water; enough liquid to ...
/moys"cheuh ruyz'/, v., moisturized, moisturizing. v.t. 1. to add or restore moisture to (something): to moisturize one's skin with lotion; to moisturize air. v.i. 2. to make ...
/moys"cheuh ruy'zeuhr/, n. a cosmetic preparation, as a cream or lotion, used to restore moisture to the skin, esp. of the face and neck. [1955-60; MOISTURIZE + -ER1] * * *
/moyt/, n. 1. a foreign particle found in wool, as a burr, twig, or seed. v.t. 2. to remove moits from (wool). Also, mote. [1860-65; orig. sp. var. (N England) of MOTE1, with ...
/moy"tee/, adj., moitier, moitiest. full of moits. Also, motey. [1875-80; MOIT + -Y1] * * *
Moivre, Abraham de
▪ French mathematician born May 26, 1667, Vitry, Fr. died Nov. 27, 1754, London       French mathematician who was a pioneer in the development of analytic trigonometry ...
/moh hahr"euh/, n. any of several chiefly tropical, silvery fishes of the family Gerridae, having a protrusible mouth and grooves at the bases of the dorsal and anal fins into ...
/moh hah"vee/, n., pl. Mojaves, (esp. collectively) Mojave, adj. Mohave. * * * or Mohave North American Indian farmers living mostly in Arizona, U.S. The Mojave language is a ...
Mojave Desert
a desert in S California: part of the Great Basin. ab. 15,000 sq. mi. (38,850 sq. km). Also, Mohave Desert. * * * or Mohave Desert Arid region, southeastern California, U.S. ...
Mojave Desert also Mohave Desert An arid region of southern California southeast of the Sierra Nevada. Once part of an ancient inland sea, the desert was formed by volcanic ...
/maw"jee/, n. See under Kitakyushu. * * *
/moh"joh/, n., pl. mojos, mojoes. 1. the art or practice of casting magic spells; magic; voodoo. 2. an object, as an amulet or charm, that is believed to carry a magic ...
/moh kah"pooh/, n. a town on E Oahu, in central Hawaii. 11,615. * * *
Mokau River
▪ river, New Zealand       river in North Island, New Zealand. It rises in the Rangitoto Range south of Te Kuiti and flows southwest for 98 miles (158 km) to enter North ...
/mohk/, n. 1. Older Slang (disparaging and offensive). a black person. 2. Brit. Slang. a donkey. 3. Australian Slang. a poor-looking, inferior horse. [1840-50; orig. uncert.] * * ...
Mokhehle, Ntsu
▪ 2000       Lesotho politician (b. Dec. 26, 1918, Teyateyaneng, Lesotho—d. Jan. 6, 1999, Bloemfontein, S.Af.), led government opposition both from inside the young ...
/moh"kee/, n., pl. Mokis, (esp. collectively) Moki. Hopi (def. 1). Also, Moqui. * * *
▪ Slavic goddess also spelled  Mokosh,         the goddess of life-giving in ancient Slavic mythology. She is the only female deity mentioned in the Old Kievan ...
▪ South Korea       port city, South Chŏlla do (province), southwestern South Korea. On the tip of Muan Peninsula, at the southwestern end of the Korean Peninsula, it ...
/mawk"poh/, n. a seaport in SW South Korea. 177,801. * * *
/mohk"sheuh/, n. Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism. freedom from the differentiated, temporal, and mortal world of ordinary experience. Also, moksa. Also called mukti. [1775-85; < Skt ...
Mokuan Reien
▪ Japanese painter born 13th century, ?, Japan died 1343?, China       Zen Buddhist priest, one of the first Japanese artists to work in the Chinese monochromatic ink ...
/mohl/, n. Chem. mole4. * * *
mol wt
mol wt abbrev. molecular weight * * *
1. molecular. 2. molecule. * * *
mol. wt.
molecular weight. * * *
mol. wt. abbr. molecular weight. * * *
mola1 /moh"leuh/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) mola, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) molas. any of several thin, silvery fishes of the family Molidae, of tropical ...
Mola di Bari
▪ Italy       town, Puglia (Apulia) regione, southern Italy. In the European Middle Ages it was an embarkation point for the crusaders, and it has a 13th-century ...
/moh"leuhl/, adj. Chem. noting or pertaining to a solution containing one mole of solute per kilogram of solvent. [1905-10; MOLE4 + -AL1] * * *
/moh lal"i tee/, n., pl. molalities. Chem. the number of moles of solute per kilogram of solvent. [1920-25; MOLAL + -ITY] * * *

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