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Morse
/mawrs/, n. 1. Jedidiah /jed'i duy"euh/, 1761-1826, U.S. geographer and Congregational clergyman (father of Samuel F. B. Morse). 2. Samuel F(inley) B(reese) /fin"lee breez/, ...
Morse code
either of two systems of clicks and pauses, short and long sounds, or flashes of light, used to represent the letters of the alphabet, numerals, etc.: now used primarily in ...
Morse lamp
a blinker lamp for signaling in Morse code. * * *
Morse, Barry
▪ 2009 Herbert Morse        British actor born June 10, 1918, London, Eng. died Feb. 2, 2008, London was an accomplished actor in some 3,000 stage and screen roles ...
Morse, Carlton E.
born June 4, 1901, Jennings, La., U.S. died May 24, 1993, Sacramento, Calif. U.S. radio writer and producer. He worked as a newspaper reporter before joining NBC radio as a ...
Morse, Ella Mae
▪ 2000       American singer whose vocals were deeply influenced by her apprenticeship with a black guitarist who taught her the blues and whose style defied ...
Morse, Jedidiah
▪ American geographer born Aug. 23, 1761, Woodstock, Conn., U.S. died June 9, 1826, New Haven, Conn.       American Congregational minister and geographer, who was the ...
Morse, Samuel F(inley) B(reese)
born April 27, 1791, Charlestown, Mass., U.S. died April 2, 1872, New York, N.Y. U.S. painter and inventor. The son of a distinguished geographer, he attended Yale University ...
Morse, Samuel F.B.
▪ American artist and inventor in full  Samuel Finley Breese Morse   born April 27, 1791, Charlestown, Massachusetts, U.S. died April 2, 1872, New York, New York  American ...
Morse,Samuel Finley Breese
Morse (môrs), Samuel Finley Breese. 1791-1872. American painter and inventor. A portraitist whose subjects included Lafayette, he refined (1838) and patented (1854) the ...
Morsecode
Morse code international Morse code Clarinda/Academy Artworks n. Either of two codes used for transmitting messages in which letters of the alphabet and numbers are represented ...
morsel
/mawr"seuhl/, n. 1. a bite, mouthful, or small portion of food, candy, etc. 2. a small piece, quantity, or amount of anything; scrap; bit. 3. something very appetizing; treat or ...
Morsztyn, Jan Andrzej
▪ Polish author and diplomat born June 24, 1621, near Sandomierz, Poland died January 8, 1693, Châteauvillain, France       Polish poet and diplomat noted for his ...
Morsztyn, Zbigniew
▪ Polish poet born c. 1628, Podgórze, near Kraków, Poland died December 13, 1689, Königsberg, Prussia [now Kaliningrad, Russia]       Polish poet well known for his ...
mort
mort1 /mawrt/, n. 1. Hunting. the note played on a hunting horn signifying that the animal hunted has been killed. 2. Obs. death. [1300-50; ME < MF < L mort- (s. of mors) ...
Mort
/mawrt/, n. a male given name, form of Mortimer or Morton. * * *
mortadella
/mawr'teuh del"euh/, n. a large Italian sausage of pork, beef, and pork fat chopped fine, seasoned with garlic and pepper, cooked, and smoked. [1605-15; < It < L murtat(um) ...
mortal
—mortally, adv. /mawr"tl/, adj. 1. subject to death; having a transitory life: all mortal creatures. 2. of or pertaining to human beings as subject to death; human: this mortal ...
Mortal Kombat
▪ video game series       video game series in the fighting genre created by the Midway Manufacturing Company of the United States. Mortal Kombat debuted as a ...
mortal mind
Christian Science. the illusion that mind and life arise from matter and are subject to death. Cf. mind (def. 19). [1870-75] * * *
mortal sin
Rom. Cath. Ch. a willfully committed, serious transgression against the law of God, depriving the soul of divine grace. Cf. venial sin. * * *
mortality
/mawr tal"i tee/, n., pl. mortalities. 1. the state or condition of being subject to death; mortal character, nature, or existence. 2. the relative frequency of deaths in a ...
mortality table
Insurance. an actuarial table showing the percentage of persons who die at any given age, compiled from statistics on selected population groups or on former policyholders. Also ...
mortally
See mortal. * * *
mortalsin
mortal sin n. Christianity A sin, such as murder or blasphemy, that is so heinous it deprives the soul of sanctifying grace and causes damnation if unpardoned at the time of ...
mortar
mortar1 /mawr"teuhr/, n. 1. a receptacle of hard material, having a bowl-shaped cavity in which substances are reduced to powder with a pestle. 2. any of various mechanical ...
mortar and pestle
▪ tools  ancient device for milling by pounding. Together with the saddle quern (a round stone rolled or rubbed on a flat stone bed), it was the first means known for ...
mortar board
➡ Oxbridge * * *
mortar ketch
Naut. See bomb ketch. * * *
mortarboard
/mawr"teuhr bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. a board, usually square, used by masons to hold mortar. 2. Also called cap. a cap with a close-fitting crown surmounted by a stiff, flat, ...
Morte d’Arthur
stories about the life of King Arthur, written by Thomas Malory around 1470 when he was in prison, and printed by Caxton in 1485. It is considered to be the first great work of ...
Mortensen, Richard
▪ Danish painter born October 23, 1910, Copenhagen, Denmark died January 12, 1993, Copenhagen       Danish painter whose large, colouristic compositions of the 1930s ...
mortgage
/mawr"gij/, n., v., mortgaged, mortgaging. n. 1. a conveyance of an interest in property as security for the repayment of money borrowed. 2. the deed by which such a transaction ...
mortgage bond
a bond secured by a mortgage on real estate or other property. [1885-90] * * *
mortgagee
/mawr'geuh jee"/, n. a person to whom property is mortgaged. [1575-85; MORTGAGE + -EE] * * *
mortgagee clause
Insurance. a clause attached to a fire-insurance policy for protecting a mortgagee against loss or damage. * * *
mortgages
Houses are expensive to buy and few people have enough money of their own. Most people have to take out a mortgage, a type of loan. In Britain people usually get a mortgage from ...
mortgagor
/mawr"geuh jeuhr/, n. a person who mortgages property. Also, mortgager. [1575-85; MORTGAGE + -OR2] * * *
mortice
/mawr"tis/, n., v.t., morticed, morticing. mortise. * * *
mortician
/mawr tish"euhn/, n. See funeral director. [1890-95, Amer.; MORT(UARY) + -ICIAN] * * *
Mortier, Édouard-Adolphe-Casimir-Joseph, Duc De Trevise
▪ French general born February 13, 1768, Cateau-Cambrésis, France died July 28, 1835, Paris       French general, one of Napoleon's marshals, who also served as prime ...
mortiferous
—mortiferousness, n. /mawr tif"euhr euhs/, adj. deadly; fatal. [1525-35; < L mortiferus death-bearing, equiv. to morti- (s. of mors) death + -ferus -FEROUS] * * *
mortification
/mawr'teuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. a feeling of humiliation or shame, as through some injury to one's pride or self-respect. 2. a cause or source of such humiliation or shame. 3. ...
mortify
—mortifiedly, adv. —mortifier, n. —mortifyingly, adv. /mawr"teuh fuy'/, v., mortified, mortifying. v.t. 1. to humiliate or shame, as by injury to one's pride or ...
Mortillet, Gabriel de
▪ French archaeologist born August 29, 1821, Meylan, France died September 25, 1898, Saint-Germain-en-Laye       French archaeologist who formulated the first ...
Mortimer
/mawr"teuh meuhr/, n. 1. Roger de /deuh/, 8th Baron of Wigmore /wig"mawr', -mohr'/ and 1st Earl of March, 1287-1330, English rebel leader: paramour of Isabella, queen of Edward ...
Mortimer Family
▪ Anglo-Norman family       Anglo-Norman family, afterward earls of March and Ulster, that wielded great power on the Welsh marches, attained political eminence in the ...
Mortimer, Penelope
▪ British author in full  Penelope Ruth Mortimer , née  Penelope Fletcher  born Sept. 19, 1918, Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales died Oct. 19, 1999, London, ...
Mortimer, Penelope Ruth Fletcher
▪ 2000       British writer (b. Sept. 19, 1918, Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales—d. Oct. 19, 1999, London, Eng.), was the author of about a dozen novels, which were praised for ...
Mortimer, Sir John
▪ British writer and lawyer in full  Sir John Clifford Mortimer  born April 21, 1923, Hampstead, London, Eng. died Jan. 16, 2009, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, ...
Mortimer,Roger de
Mor·ti·mer (môrʹtə-mər), Roger de. Eighth Baron of Wigmore and First Earl of March. 1287-1330. Welsh rebel and lover of Edward II's wife, Isabella (1292-1358), with whom ...
mortise
—mortiser, n. /mawr"tis/, n., v., mortised, mortising. n. 1. a notch, hole, groove, or slot made in a piece of wood or the like to receive a tenon of the same dimensions. 2. a ...
mortise block
Mach. a block having a shell cut from a single piece of wood. * * *
mortise chisel.
See framing chisel. [1670-80] * * *
mortise joint
any of various joints between two pieces of timber or the like in which a tenon is housed in or secured to a mortise. Also called mortise and tenon joint. [1880-85] * * *
mortise lock
a lock housed within a mortise in a door or the like, so that the lock mechanism is covered on both sides. [1770-80] * * *
mortling
/mawrt"ling/, n. Brit. wool obtained from dead sheep. [1400-50; earlier morling, late ME; prob. by suffix substitution from mor(t)kin dead animal < AF mortekine, for OF mortecine ...
mortmain
/mawrt"mayn'/, n. Law. 1. the condition of lands or tenements held without right of alienation, as by an ecclesiastical corporation; inalienable ownership. 2. the perpetual ...
Morton
/mawr"tn/, n. 1. Jelly Roll (Ferdinand Morton), 1885-1941, U.S. jazz pianist, composer, and band leader. 2. Levi Parsons /lee"vuy pahr"seuhnz/, 1824-1920, vice president of the ...
Morton Grove
a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago. 23,747. * * *
Morton National Park
▪ park, New South Wales, Australia       national park in eastern New South Wales, Australia, lying in the coastal range 100 miles (160 km) south of Sydney. It has an ...
Morton, J. Sterling
▪ American politician in full  Julius Sterling Morton  born April 22, 1832, Adams, N.Y., U.S. died April 27, 1902, Lake Forest, Ill.       U.S. secretary of ...
Morton, James Douglas, 4th earl of
born с 1516 died June 2, 1581, Edinburgh, Scot. Scottish nobleman. Appointed chancellor by Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1563, he conspired with other Protestant nobles to murder ...
Morton, Jelly Roll
orig. Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe born Oct. 20, 1890, New Orleans, La., U.S. died July 10, 1941, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. pianist and the first important composer in jazz. In ...
Morton, John
▪ archbishop of Canterbury born c. 1420, , Bere Regis or Milborne St. Andrew, Dorset, Eng. died Oct. 12, 1500, Knole, Kent       archbishop of Canterbury and cardinal, ...
Morton, Levi
▪ vice president of United States born May 16, 1824, Shoreham, Vt., U.S. died May 16, 1920, Rhinebeck, N.Y.  22nd vice president of the United States (1889–1893) in the ...
Morton, Oliver H. P.T.
▪ American politician in full  Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton  born Aug. 4, 1823, Salisbury, Ind., U.S. died Nov. 1, 1877, Indianapolis, Ind.  American political leader ...
Morton, Sarah Wentworth Apthorp
▪ American poet née  Sarah Wentworth Apthorp,  pseudonym  Constantia  or  Philenia  born August 1759, Boston, Mass. [U.S.] died May 14, 1846, Quincy, Mass., ...
Morton, Thomas
▪ English clergyman born c. 1590 died c. 1647, , Province of Maine [U.S.]       one of the most picturesque of the early British settlers in colonial America, who ...
Morton, William Thomas Green
▪ American surgeon born Aug. 9, 1819, Charlton, Mass., U.S. died July 15, 1868, New York City       American dental surgeon who in 1846 gave the first successful public ...
Morton,Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe
Mor·ton (môrʹtn), Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe. Known as “Jelly Roll.” 1885-1941. American musician and composer who recorded seminal jazz works during the 1920s and ...
Morton,William Thomas Green
Morton, William Thomas Green. 1819-1868. American dentist who demonstrated the use of ether as an anesthetic (1846). * * *
mortuary
/mawr"chooh er'ee/, n., pl. mortuaries, adj. n. 1. See funeral home. 2. a customary gift formerly claimed by and due to the incumbent of a parish in England from the estate of a ...
mortuary temple
▪ Egyptian temple       in ancient Egypt, place of worship of a deceased king and the depository for food and objects offered to the dead monarch. In the Old and Middle ...
morula
—morular, adj. /mawr"oo leuh, -yoo-/, n., pl. morulas, morulae /-lee'/. Embryol. the mass of cells resulting from the cleavage of the ovum before the formation of a ...
morular
See morula. * * *
morulation
See morular. * * *
Moruya
▪ New South Wales, Australia       town, southeastern New South Wales, Australia, on the Moruya River. Founded in 1851, it grew as the gateway to the goldfields at ...
Morvan
▪ region, France       highland region, central France, forming a northeastern extension of the Massif Central in the direction of the Paris Basin. The headwaters of ...
Morvi
▪ India       city, Gujarat (Gujarāt) state, west-central India. It lies in the lowlands of the Kathiawar Peninsula, south of the Little Rann of Kachchh (Kachchh, ...
Morwell
▪ Victoria, Australia       town, southeastern Victoria, Australia, situated in the Latrobe Valley of west Gippsland. It was founded in 1861, near the short Morwell ...
Morys, Huw
▪ Welsh poet also called  Eos Ceiriog   born 1622, Llangollen?, Denbighshire, Wales died August 1709, Llansilin, Denbighshire       one of the finest Welsh poets of ...
MOS
Electronics. metal oxide semiconductor. * * *
mos.
months. * * *
Mosaddeq, Mohammad
born 1880, Tehrān, Ṣafavid Persia died March 5, 1967, Tehrān, Iran Iranian politician and nationalist leader. After law school in Switzerland, he served in the government ...
Mosāferīd Dynasty
▪ Iranian dynasty also called  Sallārid , or  Kangarid        (AD c. 916–1090), Iranian dynasty that ruled in northwestern Iran.       The founder of the ...
mosaic
—mosaically, adv. /moh zay"ik/, n., adj., v., mosaicked, mosaicking. n. 1. a picture or decoration made of small, usually colored pieces of inlaid stone, glass, etc. 2. the ...
Mosaic
/moh zay"ik/, adj. of or pertaining to Moses or the writings, laws, and principles attributed to him: Mosaic ethics. Also, Mosaical. [1655-65; < NL Mosaicus, equiv. to LL Mos(es) ...
mosaic evolution
      the occurrence, within a given population of organisms, of different rates of evolutionary change in various body structures and functions. An example can be seen in ...
mosaic glass
glass having a polychrome pattern made by fusing colors or variously colored canes, rods, strips, or squares together. * * * ▪ decorative arts       glassware made by ...
mosaic gold
1. Chem. See stannic sulfide. 2. ormolu (def. 1). [1720-30; so called because used in mosaic work] * * *
mosaic image
mosaic image n. the collective image produced by the ommatidia of a compound eye * * *
Mosaic Law
1. the ancient law of the Hebrews, ascribed to Moses. 2. the part of the Scripture containing this law; the Pentateuch. [1695-1705] * * *
mosaic map.
See under mosaic (def. 4). [1915-20] * * *
mosaic rhyme
▪ literature       a type of multiple rhyme in which a single multisyllabic word is made to rhyme with two or more words, as in the end rhymes of the following two lines ...
mosaic vision
a type of vision hypothesized for the insect compound eye, in which the image is formed by hundreds of separate ommatidia. [1875-80] * * *
mosaicgold
mosaic gold n. Ormolu.   [From its use in making mosaics.] * * *
mosaicism
/moh zay"euh siz'euhm/, n. Biol. a condition in which an organism or part is composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues owing to experimental manipulation or to faulty ...
mosaicist
/moh zay"euh sist/, n. a person who works in mosaic. [1840-50; MOSAIC + -IST] * * *
MosaicLaw
Mosaic Law n. The ancient law of the Hebrews, attributed to Moses and contained in the Pentateuch. Also called Law of Moses. * * *
Mosan school
▪ visual arts       regional style of Romanesque manuscript illumination (illuminated manuscript), metalwork, and enamelwork that flourished in the 11th and 12th ...
Mosander, Carl Gustaf
▪ Swedish chemist born Sept. 10, 1797, Kalmar, Swed. died Oct. 15, 1858, Angsholmen       Swedish chemist whose work revealed the existence of numerous rare-earth ...
mosasaur
/moh"seuh sawr'/, n. any of several extinct carnivorous marine lizards from the Cretaceous Period, having the limbs modified into broad, webbed paddles. [ < NL Mosasaurus (1823) ...
Mosbacher
/maws"bak euhr, mos"-/, n. Emil, Jr. ("Bus"), born 1922, U.S. yacht racer. * * *
Mosbacher, Emil, Jr.
▪ 1998       American yachtsman and government official who won the America's Cup in 1962 and 1967; served as the State Department's chief of protocol from 1969 to 1972, ...
Mosby
/mohz"bee/, n. John Singleton /sing"geuhl teuhn/, 1833-1916, Confederate cavalry colonel. * * *
Mosby, John Singleton
born Dec. 6, 1833, Edgemont, Va., U.S. died May 30, 1916, Washington, D.C. U.S. guerrilla leader. He joined the Confederate cavalry in the American Civil War and was a scout ...
Mosby,John Singleton
Mos·by (mōzʹbē), John Singleton. 1833-1916. American Confederate soldier who led a small cavalry unit, Mosby's Rangers, on raids against advanced Union positions. * * *
Mosca, Gaetano
born April 1, 1958, Palermo, Sicily, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies died Nov. 8, 1941, Rome, Italy Italian political theorist. Educated at the University of Palermo, he taught ...
moschate
/mos"kayt, -kit/, adj. having a musky smell. [1820-30; < NL moschatus, equiv. to ML mosch(us) musk + L -atus -ATE1] * * *
moschatel
/mos'keuh tel", mos"keuh tel'/, n. a small plant, Adoxa moschatellina, having greenish or yellowish flowers with a musky odor. [1725-35; < F moscatelle < It moscatella, equiv. to ...
Moscheles, Ignaz
▪ Czech pianist born May 23, 1794, Prague, Bohemia, Austrian Habsburg domain [now in Czech Republic] died March 10, 1870, Leipzig [Germany]       Czech pianist, one of ...
Moscherosch, Johann Michael
▪ German satirist pseudonym  Philander Von Sittewald   born March 5, 1601, Willstädt, near Strassburg [now in Germany] died April 4, 1669, Worms  German Lutheran satirist ...
Moschino, Franco
▪ 1995       Italian fashion designer (b. Feb. 27, 1950, Abbiategrasso, Italy—d. Sept. 18, 1994, Annone di Brianza, Italy), as the irreverent enfant terrible of the ...
Moschopoulos, Manuel
▪ Byzantine grammarian flourished 14th century, Constantinople, Byzantine Empire [now Istanbul, Turkey]       Byzantine grammarian and critic during the reign ...
Moschops
▪ extinct reptiles       extinct genus of mammal-like reptiles (Therapsida) found as fossils in rocks of Permian age (299 million to 251 million years ago) in southern ...
Moschus
▪ Greek poet and grammarian flourished c. 150 BC, b. Syracuse, Sicily [now in Italy]       Greek pastoral poet and grammarian whose only surviving works are three short ...
Moschus, John
▪ Byzantine monk born c. 540–550, probably Damascus, Syria died 619 or 634, Rome [Italy], or Constantinople, Byzantine Empire       Byzantine monk and writer whose ...
Mościcki, Ignacy
▪ Polish statesman born Dec. 1, 1867, Mierzanów, Pol., Russian Empire [now in Poland] died Oct. 2, 1946, Versoix, Switz.       Polish statesman, scholar, and ...
Mosconi
/mo skoh"nee/, n. William Joseph (Willie), 1913-93, U.S. billiards and pool player. * * *
Mosconi, William Joseph
▪ 1994       ("WILLIE"), U.S. billiards player (b. June 21, 1913, Philadelphia, Pa.—d. Sept. 16, 1993, Haddon Heights, N.J.), reigned as world pocket billiards ...
Mosconi, Willie
in full William Joseph Mosconi born June 27, 1913, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Sept. 16, 1993, Haddon Heights, N.J. U.S. pocket billiards player. The son of a billiards ...
Moscoso de Gruber, Mireya Elisa
▪ 2000       On May 2, 1999, Mireya Moscoso won election to a five-year term as president of Panama, becoming the first woman to serve as president of the Central ...
Moscoso, Mireya
▪ president of Panama in full  Mireya Elisa Moscoso de Gruber  born July 1, 1946, Pedasi, Panama       Panamanian politician, who was Panama's first woman president ...
Moscovian Stage
▪ geology       second of four internationally defined stages of the Pennsylvanian Subsystem (Pennsylvanian Subperiod), Carboniferous System (Carboniferous Period), ...
Moscow
/mos"koh/ or, for 1, 2, /-kow/, n. 1. Russian, Moskva. a city in and the capital of the Russian Federation, in the W part: capital of the former Soviet Union. 8,967,000. 2. Also ...
Moscow Art Theater
a Russian theatrical company founded in 1898 principally by Konstantin Stanislavski and famous for its naturalistic acting. [trans. of Russ Moskóvskii Khudózhestvennyi ...
Moscow Art Theatre
Russian theatre specializing in theatrical naturalism. It was founded in 1898 by Konstantin Stanislavsky (as artistic director) and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko (administrative ...
Moscow Canal
▪ canal, Russia Russian  Kanal Moskva,        ship waterway linking Moscow to the Volga River at Ivankovo, north of Moscow. Built between 1932 and 1937, the canal ...
Moscow mule
a cocktail of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, traditionally served in a copper mug. * * *
Moscow school
School of late medieval Russian icon and mural painting. It succeeded the Novgorod school as the dominant school of painting when Moscow rose to a leading position in the ...
Moscow State University
State-operated university in Moscow, Russia. Founded in 1755 by the linguist Mikhail Lomonosov, it is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious university in Russia. By the ...
Moscow Zoo
▪ zoo, Moscow, Russia Russian  Moskovsky Zoo-park,         largest zoo in Russia, exhibiting an outstanding collection of northern animals and many exotic species. ...
Moscow, Grand Principality of
▪ medieval principality, Russia also called  Muscovy,  Russian  Moskovskoye Velikoye Knazhestvo,         medieval principality that, under the leadership of a ...
Moscow, Treaty of
▪ 1921       (March 16, 1921), pact concluded at Moscow between the nationalist government of Turkey and the Soviet Union (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) that ...
Mosebach, Martin
▪ 2008 born July 31, 1951, Frankfurt am Main, Ger.       German novelist and essayist Martin Mosebach in 2007 received the Georg Büchner Prize, his homeland's most ...
Mosel
Mo·sel (mōʹzəl) See Moselle1. * * *
Moseley
/mohz"lee/, n. Henry Gwyn Jeffreys /gwin/, 1887-1915, English physicist: pioneer in x-ray spectroscopy. * * *
Moseley Braun, Carol
▪ United States senator née  Carol Moseley  born August 16, 1947, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.    Democratic senator from Illinois, who in 1992 became the first African ...
Moseley's law
Physics. the observed law that the square root of the frequencies of lines in atomic x-ray spectra depends linearly on the atomic number of the emitting atom. [named after H. G. ...
Moseley, Henry Gwyn Jeffreys
▪ British physicist born Nov. 23, 1887, Weymouth, Dorset, Eng. died Aug. 10, 1915, Gallipoli, Tur.       English physicist who experimentally demonstrated that the ...
Moseley,Henry Gwyn Jeffreys
Mose·ley (mōzʹlē), Henry Gwyn Jeffreys. 1887-1915. British physicist who determined that the atomic number of an element can be deduced from the element's x-ray spectrum. * ...
Moselle
/moh zel"/, n. 1. German, Mosel /moh"zeuhl/. a river in W central Europe, flowing from the Vosges Mountains in NE France into the Rhine at Coblenz in W Germany. 320 mi. (515 km) ...
Moselle River
or Mosel River River, western Europe, about 340 mi (545 km) long. Rising in northeastern France, it flows north, forming part of the border between Germany and Luxembourg, then ...
Moser
/moh"zeuhr/, n. Johann Jakob /yoh"hahn yah"kawp/, 1701-85, German jurist and publicist. * * *
Moser, Jurgen
▪ 2000       American mathematician who helped provide a proof for the Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser theory, which helped explain how the solar system functions; he was the ...
Möser, Justus
▪ German writer born Dec. 14, 1720, Osnabrück, Münster [now in Lower Saxony, Germany] died Jan. 8, 1794, Osnabrück       German political essayist and poet who was a ...
Moser-Pröll, Annemarie
orig. Annemarie Pröll born March 27, 1953, Kleinarl, Austria Austrian downhill skier. She began skiing at age 4. She won downhill and slalom silver medals in the 1972 Winter ...
Moses
/moh"ziz, -zis/, n. 1. the Hebrew prophet who led the Israelites out of Egypt and delivered the Law during their years of wandering in the wilderness. 2. a male given ...
Moses de León
orig. Moses ben Shem Tov born с 1240, León died 1305, Arevalo Reputed author of the Sefer ha-zohar, the most important work of Jewish mysticism. Little is known of his life, ...
Moses Lake
a city in central Washington, on the eastern shore of Moses Lake. 10,629. * * * ▪ Washington, United States       city, Grant county, central Washington, U.S., ...
Moses of Khoren
▪ Armenian author Armenian  Movses Khorenatzi        author known as the father of Armenian literature. Traditionally believed to have lived in the 5th century, ...
Moses, Assumption of
▪ pseudepigraphal work       a pseudepigraphal work (not in any biblical canon), a prophecy of the future relating to Israel, put into the mouth of Moses and addressed ...
Moses, Edwin
born Aug. 31, 1955, Dayton, Ohio, U.S. U.S. track-and-field athlete. He went to Morehouse College on an academic scholarship but starred in track. He won the gold medal for the ...
Moses, Grandma
orig. Anna Mary Robertson born Sept. 7, 1860, Greenwich, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 13, 1961, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. U.S. painter. She began to produce embroidery pictures after her ...
Moses, Robert
born Dec. 18, 1888, New Haven, Conn., U.S. died July 29, 1981, West Islip, N.Y. U.S. public official. He began his long career in public service in New York City's bureau of ...
Moses, Sir Charles
▪ Australian broadcasting executive born Jan. 21, 1900, Little Hulton, Lancashire, Eng. died Feb. 9, 1988, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia       British-born Australian ...
Moses,Anna Mary Robertson
Moses, Anna Mary Robertson. Known as “Grandma Moses.” 1860-1961. American painter noted for her primitive and colorful paintings of rural scenes. * * *
Moses,Robert
Moses, Robert. 1888-1981. American public official who planned many important public works and buildings in New York City, including Lincoln Center and the United Nations ...
Moses-in-the-cradle
/moh"ziz in dheuh kray"deuhl, moh"zis/, n. a plant, Rhoeo spathacea, native to the West Indies and Central America, having leaves with purple undersides and white flowers ...
mosey
/moh"zee/, v.i., moseyed, moseying. Informal. 1. to wander or shuffle about leisurely; stroll; saunter (often fol. by along, about, etc.). 2. to leave quickly; decamp. [1820-30, ...
MOSFET
/mos"fet'/, n. Electronics. metal oxide semiconducter field-effect transistor. * * *
mosh
/mosh/, v.i. Slang. to engage in a form of frenzied, violent dancing; slam-dance. [1980-85; perh. var. of MASH] * * *
mosh pit
Slang. an area usually in front of a stage where people mosh at rock concerts. [1985-90] * * *
moshav
/moh shahv"/, n., pl. moshavim /moh'shah veem"/. a cooperative community in Israel made up of small farm units. Cf. kibbutz. [1930-35; < Mod Heb moshav, Heb moshabh dwelling] * * ...
Mosheim, Johann Lorenz von
▪ German theologian born Oct. 9, 1694, Lübeck died Sept. 9, 1755, Göttingen, Hanover       German Lutheran theologian who founded the pragmatic school of church ...
mosher
See mosh. * * *
Mosher, Eliza Maria
▪ American physician and educator born Oct. 2, 1846, Cayuga county, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 16, 1928, New York, N.Y.  American physician and educator whose wide-ranging medical ...
Moshi
/moh"shee/, n. a city in N Tanzania. 26,864. * * *
Moshoeshoe
or Mshweshwe born с 1786, near the upper Caledon River, northern Basutoland died March 11, 1870, Thaba Bosiu, Basutoland Founder and first paramount chief of Sotho (later ...
Moshoeshoe II
/moh shway"shway/, (Constantine Bereng Seeiso) born 1938, king of Lesotho 1966-90. * * * ▪ 1997       (CONSTANTINE BERENG SEEISO), king of Lesotho (b. May 2, 1938, ...
moshpit
mosh pit n. An area in front of a concert stage in which audience members mosh. * * *
Moskva
/mu skvah"/, n. Russian name of Moscow. * * *
Moskva River
or Moscow River River, flowing through Moscow province and part of Smolensk province, western Russia. The river is 312 mi (502 km) long and drains an area of 6,800 sq mi ...
Moskvin, Ivan Mikhailovich
▪ Russian actor born 1874, Moscow died Feb. 16, 1946, Moscow       Russian actor of stage and screen whose career is closely identified with the Moscow Art Theatre, of ...
Moslem
/moz"leuhm, mos"-/, adj., n., pl. Moslems, Moslem. Muslim (defs. 1, 2). * * *
Moslemism
/moz"leuh miz'euhm, mos"-/, n. the Muslim religion; Islam. [MOSLEM + -ISM] * * *
Mosley
(1896–1980) an English politician who left the Labour Party in 1931 to form and lead the British Union of Fascists. (He had previously also been a Conservative and an ...
Mosley, Lady Diana
▪ 2004 Diana Freeman-Mitford        British socialite (b. June 17, 1910, London, Eng.—d. Aug. 11, 2003, Paris, France), was the third and most beautiful of the six ...
Mosley, Nicholas
▪ British author in full  Sir Nicholas Mosley, 7th baronet , also called (from 1966)  Lord Ravensdale  born June 25, 1923, London, Eng.       British novelist whose ...
Mosley, Sir Oswald (Ernald), 6th Baronet
born Nov. 16, 1896, London, Eng. died Dec. 3, 1980, Orsay, near Paris, France English politician and fascist. He served in the House of Commons (1918–31) as, successively, a ...
Mosley, Sir Oswald, 6th Baronet
▪ English politician born Nov. 16, 1896, London died Dec. 3, 1980, Orsay, near Paris       English politician who was the leader of the British Union of Fascists from ...
Mosley, Walter
▪ 2005       The year 2004 offered a golden opportunity for Walter Mosley to showcase his talents as both a popular novelist and a progressive voice on social issues. In ...
Mosley,Sir Oswald Ernald
Mos·ley (mōzʹlē), Sir Oswald Ernald. 1896-1980. British politician and the founder and leader of the British fascist party. * * *
mosque
/mosk, mawsk/, n. a Muslim temple or place of public worship. [1600-10; earlier mosquee < MF < It moschea
Mosquera, Tomás Cipriano de
▪ president of New Granada and Colombia born Sept. 20, 1798, Popayán, New Granada [Colombia] died Oct. 7, 1878, Coconuco       president of New Granada from 1845 to ...
mosquito
—mosquitoey, adj. /meuh skee"toh/, n., pl. mosquitoes, mosquitos. 1. any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Culicidae, the females of which suck the blood of animals ...
Mosquito
/meuh skee"toh/, n., pl. Mosquitos, (esp. collectively) Mosquito. Miskito. * * * Any of 2,500 dipteran species in the family Culicidae. The females of most species require a ...
mosquito boat.
See PT boat. [1910-15] * * *
Mosquito Coast
a coastal region in Central America bordering on the Caribbean Sea, E of Honduras and Nicaragua. * * * or Miskito Coast Region along the coast of eastern Nicaragua and ...
mosquito fern
▪ fern genus       any of six species in the fern family Salviniaceae of the division Pteridophyta (the lower vascular plants (plant)). This family contains only one ...
mosquito fish
▪ fish  (species Gambusia affinis), live-bearing topminnow of the family Poeciliidae (see live-bearer), native to freshwaters of the southeastern United States but widely ...
mosquito fleet
a group or fleet of PT boats or other small, armed boats. [1795-1805] * * *
mosquito hawk
1. nighthawk (def. 1). 2. Chiefly Southern U.S. Also called skeeter hawk. dragonfly (def. 1). [1700-10, Amer.; so called because it feeds on nocturnal insects such as ...
mosquito net
a screen, curtain, or canopy of net, gauze, or the like, for keeping out mosquitoes. [1735-45] * * *
mosquito netting
netting used in the making of mosquito nets. [1735-45] * * *
mosquitoboat
mosquito boat n. Chiefly British A PT boat. * * *
MosquitoCoast
Mosquito Coast A region of eastern Nicaragua and northeast Honduras. A British protectorate from 1655 to 1860, it then became an autonomous state known as the Mosquito Kingdom. ...
mosquitofern
mosquito fern n. Any of several free-floating ferns of the genus Azolla of warm regions, having two-lobed minute leaves arranged in two rows. * * *
mosquitofish
/meuh skee"toh fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) mosquitofish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) mosquitofishes. any of several fishes that feed on mosquito ...
mosquitofly
mosquito fly n. Lower Southern U.S. See dragonfly. See Regional Note at dragonfly. * * *
mosquitohawk
mosquito hawk n. 1. See nighthawk. 2. Lower Southern U.S. See dragonfly. See Regional Note at dragonfly. * * *
mosquitonet
mosquito net n. A fine net or screen used to keep out mosquitoes. * * *
moss
—mosslike, adj. /maws, mos/, n. 1. any tiny, leafy-stemmed, flowerless plant of the class Musci, reproducing by spores and growing in tufts, sods, or mats on moist ground, tree ...
Moss
/maws, mos/, n. Howard, born 1922, U.S. poet, editor, and playwright. * * * I Any of at least 12,000 species of small, spore-bearing land plants in the bryophyte division, found ...
moss agate
a kind of agate or chalcedony containing brown or black mosslike dendritic markings from various impurities. [1790-1800] * * * ▪ mineral also called  mocha ...
moss animal
bryozoan. [1880-85] * * * ▪ invertebrate Introduction also called  bryozoan,         any member of the phylum Bryozoa (also called Polyzoa or Ectoprocta), in which ...
Moss Bros{™}
a British clothing company that is famous for hiring formal clothes to men for weddings, etc. It started in 1881: I’ve taken the suit back to Moss Bros. * * *
moss campion
1. See cushion pink. 2. a related garden plant, Silene schafta, of the Caucasus, having rose-colored or purple flowers. [1785-95] * * *
moss green
—moss-green, adj. a moderate to dark yellow-green color. [1880-85] * * *
moss hag
Scot. an area, pit, or hole from which peat has been dug. [1810-20] * * *
moss pink
a phlox, Phlox subulata, of the eastern U.S., having showy pink to purple flowers. [1855-60] * * *
Moss Point
a town in SE Mississippi. 18,998. * * *
moss rose
1. a variety of rose, Rosa centrifolia muscosa, having a mosslike growth on the calyx and stem. 2. See rose moss. [1725-35] * * *
Moss, Carlton
▪ 1998       American filmmaker who, excluded from a career at the Hollywood motion picture studios because he was African-American, made industrial, training, and ...
Moss, Howard
▪ American poet born Jan. 22, 1922, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Sept. 16, 1987, New York       American poet and editor who was the poetry editor of The New Yorker (New ...
Moss, Jeffrey A.
▪ 1999       American writer and composer-lyricist who created the "Sesame Street" characters Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch, wrote such songs for the show as ...
Moss, John Emerson
▪ 1998       American politician who served (1953-79) as a Democratic representative from California; he championed consumer rights, was instrumental in dismantling ...
Moss, Stirling
born Sept. 17, 1929, London, Eng. British Formula One racing driver. He won his first event in 1950 in England and went on to win scores of races, including the British Grand ...
moss-green
See moss green. * * *
moss-grown
/maws"grohn', mos"-/, adj. 1. overgrown with moss. 2. old-fashioned; antiquated: moss-grown traditions. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
moss-trooper
moss-troop·er (môsʹtro͞o'pər, mŏsʹ-) n. 1. One of a band of raiders operating in the bogs on the borders of England and Scotland during the 17th century. 2. A plunderer; a ...
Mossad
/moh sahd"/ n. the Israeli intelligence service, established in 1951. * * * Hebrew Mossad Merkazi le-Modiin U-letafkidim Meyuhadim ("Central Institute for Intelligence and ...
Mossadegh
/moh"sah dek'/, n. Mohammed, 1880-1967, Iranian statesman: premier 1951-53. * * *
mossanimal
moss animal n. See bryozoan. * * *
mossback
/maws"bak', mos"-/, n. 1. Informal. a. a person holding very antiquated notions; reactionary. b. a person living in the backwoods; rustic. 2. an old turtle. 3. Angling. a large ...
mossbacked
See mossback. * * *
Mössbauer
/maws"bow euhr, mos"-/; Ger. /mues"bow euhrdd/, n. Rudolf L. /rddooh"dawlf/, born 1929, German physicist: Nobel prize 1961. * * *
Mössbauer effect
Physics. the phenomenon in which an atom in a crystal undergoes no recoil when emitting a gamma ray, giving all the emitted energy to the gamma ray, resulting in a sharply ...
Mössbauer, Rudolf Ludwig
▪ German physicist born Jan. 31, 1929, Munich, Ger.    German physicist and winner, with Robert Hofstadter (Hofstadter, Robert) of the United States, of the Nobel Prize for ...
Mössbauereffect
Möss·bau·er effect (mœsʹbou'ər, môsʹ-, mŏsʹ-) n. The recoilless emission of gamma rays by radioactive nuclei of crystalline solids, and the subsequent absorption of ...
mossbunker
/maws"bung'keuhr, mos"-/, n. the menhaden. [1785-95, Amer.; < D marsbanker] * * *
mosscampion
moss campion n. A low-growing plant (Silene acaulis) of cool regions, having purplish-red flowers and forming dense, cushionlike mats. * * *
mossgreen
moss green n. A moderate to dark yellow, olive, or grayish green.   mossʹ-greenʹ (môsʹgrēnʹ, mŏsʹ-) adj. * * *
mossgrown
moss·grown (môsʹgrōn', mŏsʹ-) adj. 1. Overgrown with moss. 2. Old-fashioned; antiquated: mossgrown ideas about family life. * * *
Mossi
/mos"ee/, n., pl. Mossis, (esp. collectively) Mossi for 1. 1. an agricultural people of Africa living mainly in Burkina Faso. 2. Also called Moré. the language of the Mossi ...
Mossi states
Complex of independent western African kingdoms (с 1500–1895) around the headwaters of the Volta River, within present-day Burkina Faso and Ghana. Though tradition held that ...
mossiness
See mossy. * * *
mosso
/moh"soh/; It. /maws"saw/, adj. Music. rapid; fast. [1875-80; < It, ptp. of muovere to MOVE] * * *
Mossoró
/moo soo rddaw"/, n. a city in NE Brazil. 53,114. * * * ▪ Brazil       city, northwestern Rio Grande do Norte estado (state), northeastern Brazil. It lies on the Rio ...
mosspink
moss pink n. A low-growing eastern North American plant (Phlox subulata) forming dense, mosslike mats and widely cultivated for its profuse pink or white flowers. * * *
mossrose
moss rose n. A variety of rose (Rosa centifolia) native to the Caucasus, having a mossy flower stalk and calyx and fragrant pink flowers, used as a source of attar. * * *
mosstrooper
—mosstroopery, n. —mosstrooping, n., adj. /maws"trooh'peuhr, mos"-/, n. 1. a marauder who operated in the mosses, or bogs, of the border between England and Scotland in the ...
mossy
—mossiness, n. /maw"see, mos"ee/, adj., mossier, mossiest. 1. overgrown with or abounding in moss: a mossy stone. 2. covered with a mosslike growth. 3. appearing as if covered ...
mossy horn
Western U.S. 1. an old steer, esp. a longhorn with scaly horns. 2. an aged cowboy. Also, moss horn. [1880-85] * * *
mossycup oak
mossycup oak [môs′ē kup΄] n. BUR OAK * * *
most
/mohst/, adj., superl. of much or many with more as compar. 1. in the greatest quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number: to win the most votes. 2. in the majority of ...
most abundant chemical elements
▪ Table The most abundant chemical elements (by numbers of atoms per 109 atoms of ...
most common volcano types of the world
▪ Table The most common volcano types of the world volcano types number prominent examples stratovolcanoes 734 Fuji (Fuji, Mount) (Honshu, Japan), Pinatubo (Pinatubo, ...
most favored nation
most favored nation n. a nation to which privileges of trade are extended under a government policy of giving the same privileges to all nations that are given to any one of ...
Most Reverend
the official form of address for cardinals, heads of religious orders, and certain prelates, as archbishops and bishops. * * *
most significant digit
the digit farthest to the left in a number. Abbr.: MSD Cf. least significant digit. * * *
Most Valuable Brands Worldwide
▪ Table Most Valuable Brands Worldwide 1995 rank     (1994 rank) Brand name Brand value 1     (2)   Marlboro $44,614,000,000  2     ...
Most Valuable Brands Worldwide in 1993, Table
▪ Table 1993 Rank (1992 Rank) Brand Name Brand Value 1 (2) Coca-Cola $35,950,000,000 2 (1) Marlboro ...
Most Valuable Brands Worldwide in 1994, Table
▪ Table 1994 rank (1993 rank) Brand name Brand value 1 (1) Coca-Cola $39,050,000,000 2 (2) Marlboro ...
most valuable player
(abbr MVP) (in some US sports) the award and name given to the best player in a game or series of games or during a particular season. The best known are in football, baseball ...
most wanted list
an actual or supposed listing of the names of persons who are urgently being sought for a specific reason, as apprehension for an alleged crime. * * *
Most, Mickie
▪ 2004 Michael Peter Hayes        British record producer (b. June 20, 1938, Aldershot, Hampshire, Eng.—d. May 30, 2003, London, Eng.), discovered and then molded the ...
most-favored-nation
/mohst"fay"veuhrd nay"sheuhn/, adj. of or pertaining to the status, treatment, terms, etc., that are embodied in or conferred by a most-favored-nation clause. [1750-60] * * *
most-favored-nation clause
a clause in a commercial treaty or contract by which each signatory agrees to give the other the same treatment that is or will be accorded any other nation. * * *
most-favoured-nation treatment
Guarantee of same trading opportunities (i.e., tariff concessions) already granted to the most favoured nation (MFN). It is a method of establishing equal trading opportunities ...
mostaccioli
mostaccioli [mô stä΄chē ō′lē] n. PENNE * * * mos·tac·cio·li (mô-stäʹchə-lē', -stätʹchō-) n. Pasta in short tubes with slanted ends.   [Italian, pl. of ...
Mostaert, Jan
▪ Dutch painter born c. 1475, , Haarlem, Neth. died 1555/56       Dutch painter of portraits and religious subjects.       Little is known about Mostaert's life. ...
Mostaganem
▪ Algeria       town and Mediterranean port, northern Algeria, on the Gulf of Arzew. Known as Murustuge in the 11th century, it contains Bordj el-Mehal (the old ...
Mostar
Mo·star (môʹstär') A city of southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The chief Turkish administrative and commercial center of Herzegovina from the 16th century, it passed to ...


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