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mother tongue n. 1. One's native language. 2. A parent language. * * *
/mudh"euhr wel', -weuhl/, n. 1. Robert, 1915-91, U.S. painter. 2. an administrative district in the Strathclyde region, in S Scotland. 161,104. * * *
Motherwell and Wishaw
/wish"aw/ a burgh in the Motherwell district, in S Scotland. 74,038. * * * ▪ area, Scotland, United Kingdom       urban and industrial area comprising the neighbouring ...
Motherwell, Robert
born Jan. 24, 1915, Aberdeen, Wash., U.S. died July 16, 1991, Provincetown, Mass. U.S. painter, writer, and teacher. He received an art scholarship at 11, but he earned degrees ...
Moth·er·well (mŭthʹər-wĕl'), Robert. 1915-1991. American artist whose abstract expressionist paintings are characterized by austere colors and bold amorphous shapes. * * *
Motherwelland Wishaw
Moth·er·well and Wish·aw (mŭthʹər-wĕl', -wəl; wĭshʹô) A burgh of south-central Scotland on the Clyde River southeast of Glasgow. Consolidated in 1920, it has various ...
mother wit n. Innate intelligence or common sense. * * *
/mudh"euhr werrt', -wawrt'/, n. a European plant, Leonorus cardiaca, of the mint family, an introduced weed in the U.S., having cut leaves with a whorl of lavender flowers in the ...
Mother’s Day
1. (BrE also Mothering Sunday) (in Britain) the fourth Sunday in Lent (around the middle of March), when mothers traditionally receive gifts and cards from their children. It was ...
—mothproofer, n. /mawth"proohf', moth"-/, adj. 1. resistant to attack by moths. v.t. 2. to render (fabric, clothing, etc.) mothproof. [1890-95; MOTH + -PROOF] * * *
/maw"thee, moth"ee/, adj., mothier, mothiest. 1. containing moths. 2. moth-eaten. [1590-1600; MOTH + -Y1] * * *
/moh teef"/, n. 1. a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., esp. in a literary, artistic, or musical work. 2. a distinctive and recurring form, shape, figure, etc., in a design, ...
▪ India       city, northwestern Bihar state, northeastern India. Motihari is situated on the east bank of a lake. It was constituted a municipality in 1869. A major ...
—motility /moh til"i tee/, n. /moht"l, moh"til/, adj. Biol. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores. [1860-65; < L mot(us) (ptp. of movere to ...
See motile. * * *
▪ people       (Spanish: “Hairless Ones”), collective name loosely applied by the Spaniards to various highland and lowland American Indian peoples who lived in and ...
—motional, adj. —motioner, n. /moh"sheuhn/, n. 1. the action or process of moving or of changing place or position; movement. 2. power of movement, as of a living body. 3. ...
motion picture
—motion-picture, adj. 1. a sequence of consecutive pictures of objects photographed in motion by a specially designed camera (motion-picture camera) and thrown on a screen by a ...
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of
 professional organization for those engaged in the production of motion pictures in the United States. Membership, which is by invitation only, is based on distinctive ...
Motion Picture Association of America
      (MPAA), in the United States, organization of the major motion-picture studios that rates films for suitability to various kinds of audiences, aids the studios in ...
Motion Picture Patents Company
▪ American company also called  Movie Trust, Edison Trust, or The Trust,         trust of 10 film producers and distributors who attempted to gain complete control of ...
motion picture, history of the
Introduction       history of the medium from the 19th century to the present. Early years, 1830–1910 Origins       The illusion of motion pictures is based on ...
Motion Pictures
▪ 1995 Introduction       
motion sickness
Pathol. a feeling of nausea and dizziness, sometimes accompanied by vomiting, resulting from stimulation by motion of the semicircular canals of the ear during travel by car, ...
motion study
motion study see TIME STUDY n. * * *
motion study.
See time and motion study. [1910-15] * * *
motion work
clockwork by which the hour hand is driven from the shaft of the minute hand. [1785-95] * * *
Motion, Andrew
▪ British poet and author in full  Andrew Peter Motion  born October 26, 1952, London, England       British poet, biographer, and novelist, especially noted for his ...
motion, equation of
Mathematical formula that describes the motion of a body relative to a given frame of reference, in terms of the position, velocity, or acceleration of the body. In classical ...
See motion picture. * * *
motion-picture camera
also called  Movie Camera,         any of various complex photographic cameras that are designed to record a succession of images on a reel of film that is repositioned ...
motion-picture technology
Introduction       the means for the production and showing of motion pictures. It includes not only the motion-picture camera and projector but also such technologies as ...
—motionlessly, adv. —motionlessness, n. /moh"sheuhn lis/, adj. without motion: a motionless statue. [1590-1600; MOTION + -LESS] Syn. still, stationary, unmoving, inert, ...
See motionless. * * *
See motionlessly. * * *
motion picture n. 1. A movie. 2. motion pictures The movie industry.   moʹtion-picʹture (mōʹshən-pĭkʹchər) adj. * * *
motion sickness n. Nausea and dizziness induced by motion, as in travel by aircraft, car, or ship. * * *
motion study n. See time and motion study. * * *
—motivator, n. /moh"teuh vayt'/, v.t., motivated, motivating. to provide with a motive or motives; incite; impel. [1860-65; MOTIVE + -ATE1] Syn. induce, move, provoke, prompt, ...
—motivational, adj. —motivative, adj. /moh'teuh vay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or an instance of motivating. 2. the state or condition of being motivated. 3. something that ...
motivation research
the application of the knowledge and techniques of the social sciences, esp. psychology and sociology, to understanding consumer attitudes and behavior: used as a guide in ...
See motivation. * * *
motivational research
☆ motivational research n. a systematic and scientific analysis of the forces influencing people so as to control the making of their decisions: applied in advertising, ...
See motivational. * * *
motivational research n. Systematic analysis of the motives behind consumer decisions, used especially by advertisers and marketers to assess attitudes toward products and ...
See motivate. * * *
—motiveless, adj. —motivelessly, adv. —motivelessness, n. /moh"tiv/, n., adj., v., motived, motiving. n. 1. something that causes a person to act in a certain way, do a ...
motive power
1. any power used to impart motion; any source of mechanical energy. 2. Railroads. locomotives or other vehicles that supply tractive power. [1615-25] * * *
motivic [mō tiv′ik] adj. 〚
/moh tiv"i tee/, n. the power of initiating or producing motion. [1680-90; MOTIVE + -ITY] * * *
mot juste (mō zhüstʹ) n. pl. mots justes (mō zhüstʹ) Exactly the right word or expression.   [French : mot, word + juste, right.] * * *
Motlanthe, Kgalema
▪ president of South Africa born July 19, 1949, Alexandra township, Johannesburg, S.Af.    South African politician who became president of South Africa in ...
/mot"lee/, adj., n., pl. motleys. adj. 1. exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous: a motley crowd. 2. being of different colors combined; parti-colored: a motley ...
/mot"lee/, n. John Lothrop /loh"threuhp/, 1814-77, U.S. historian and diplomat. * * *
Motley, Constance Baker
▪ 2006       American lawyer, jurist, and civil rights activist (b. Sept. 14, 1921, New Haven, Conn.—d. Sept. 28, 2005, New York, N.Y.), argued 10 civil rights cases ...
Motley, John Lothrop
▪ American diplomat and writer born April 15, 1814, Boston, Mass., U.S. died May 29, 1877, Dorchester, Dorset, Eng.  American diplomat and historian best remembered for The ...
Motley, Marion
born June 5, 1920, Leesburg, Ga., U.S. died June 27, 1999, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. gridiron football player. He played fullback and linebacker for South Carolina State University ...
/mot"mot/, n. any of several tropical and subtropical American birds of the family Momotidae, related to the kingfishers, having a serrate bill and chiefly greenish and bluish ...
/moh"toh/, n., pl. motos. one of the heats in a motocross. [1970-75; see MOTOCROSS] * * *
/moh"toh kraws', -kros'/, n. a timed motorcycle race over a closed course consisting of a winding dirt trail with hills, jumps, sharp turns, and often muddy terrain. [ < F: ...
Motoda Nagazane, Danshaku
▪ Japanese imperial tutor also called  Motoda Eifu   born Oct. 30, 1818, Kumamoto, Japan died Jan. 21, 1891, Tokyo  imperial tutor responsible for the conservative tone of ...
/moht"n/, n. Armor. besague. [1480-90; orig. uncert.] * * *
/moh'teuh noor"on, -nyoor"-/, n. Cell Biol., Physiol. motor neuron. [1905-10; moto- (comb. form repr. MOTOR) + NEURON] * * *
Motoori Norinaga
born June 21, 1730, Matsuzaka, Japan died Nov. 5, 1801, Matsuzaka Japanese Shintō scholar. Trained as a physician, he came under the influence of the Kokugaku movement, which ...
/moh"teuhr/, n. 1. a comparatively small and powerful engine, esp. an internal-combustion engine in an automobile, motorboat, or the like. 2. any self-powered vehicle. 3. a ...
motor aphasia
Pathol. See Broca's aphasia. * * *
motor cortex
the region of the cerebral cortex concerned with transmitting impulses to the voluntary muscles. [1885-90] * * *
motor court
motel. [1935-40, Amer.] * * *
motor drive
—motor-driven /moh"teuhr driv'euhn/, adj. a mechanical system, including an electric motor, used to operate a machine or machines. [1905-10] * * *
motor generator
Elect. one or more motors mechanically coupled to one or more generators for converting or transforming electric current into mechanical energy. Also called motor generator ...
motor home
a small bus or trucklike vehicle with a roomlike area behind the driver's seat outfitted as living quarters. Also, motorhome. [1965-70] * * *
motor hotel
☆ motor hotel n. MOTEL: also motor court or motor inn or motor lodge * * *
motor inn
(also motor lodge, motor court) n (AmE) a motel (= hotel, often near a motorway/freeway, for people driving cars, with space for parking cars near the rooms). Many US companies ...
motor lodge
motel. [1960-65] * * *
motor lorry
Brit. a motor truck, esp. one with open sides. [1900-05] * * *
motor neuron
Cell Biol., Physiol. a nerve cell that conducts impulses to a muscle, gland, or other effector. Also, motoneuron. [1895-1900] * * *
motor pool
a standby fleet of motor vehicles available for temporary use by appropriate personnel, as at a military or governmental installation. [1940-45, Amer.] * * *
motor root.
See under nerve root. [1830-40] * * *
motor sailer
Naut. a yacht having sails and an engine as an alternative or auxiliary means of propulsion. [1930-35] * * *
motor scooter
scooter1 (def. 2). [1915-20] * * *
motor ship
motor ship n. a ship propelled by an internal-combustion engine or engines * * *
Motor Show
a large international exhibition of new cars, held in October every two years at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England. It started in 1903, in London. * * *
motor torpedo boat
☆ motor torpedo boat n. a high-speed powerboat equipped with torpedoes and machine guns * * *
motor torpedo boat.
See PT boat. [1935-40] * * *
motor truck
truck1 (def. 1). Also, motortruck. [1915-20] * * *
motor unit
Cell Biol., Physiol. a motor neuron and the muscle fibers innervated by its axon. [1965-70] * * *
motor van
Brit. a motor truck, esp. one enclosed to protect the cargo. [1895-1900] * * *
motor vehicle
an automobile, truck, bus, or similar motor-driven conveyance. [1885-90] * * *
motor vehicle insurance
also called  automotive insurance         a contract by which the insurer assumes the risk of any loss the owner or operator of a car may incur through damage to ...
motor voter law
a law that enables prospective voters to register when they obtain or renew a driver's license. [1990-93] * * *
See motor drive. * * *
—motor-mindedness, n. /moh"teuhr muyn'did/, adj. disposed to perceive one's environment in terms of mechanical or muscular activity. Cf. ear-minded, eye-minded. [1895-1900] * * ...
/moh"teuhr mowth'/, n., pl. motor-mouths /-mowths', mowdhz'/. Slang. a person who is a constant or irrepressible talker. * * *
motor-paced race
▪ cycling       in bicycle racing, a form of competition in which each bicycle racer competes behind a motorbike or motorcycle. (Originally, racers followed tandem ...
—motorbiker, n. /moh"teuhr buyk'/, n., v., motorbiked, motorbiking. n. 1. a small, lightweight motorcycle. 2. a bicycle that is propelled by an attached motor. v.i. 3. to go by ...
—motorboater, n. /moh"teuhr boht'/, n. 1. a boat propelled by an inboard or outboard motor. v.i. 2. to travel in or operate a motorboat: to motorboat from Hyannis to Martha's ...
/moh"teuhr boh'ting/, n. 1. the recreational activity of operating or traveling in a motorboat. 2. a malfunction in audio equipment resulting in sounds like those produced by an ...
/moh"teuhr bus'/, n., pl. motorbuses, motorbusses. a passenger bus powered by a motor. Also called motor coach. [1900-05; MOTOR + BUS1] * * *
/moh"teuhr kayd'/, n., v., motorcaded, motorcading. n. 1. a procession or parade of automobiles or other motor vehicles. v.i. 2. to travel by or in a motorcade. [1910-15; MOTOR + ...
/moh"teuhr kahr'/, n. 1. Chiefly Brit. an automobile. 2. Railroads. a self-propelled car for freight or passengers. [1885-90, Amer.; MOTOR + CAR1] * * *
motor coach n. See motorbus. * * *
motor cortex n. The area of the cerebral cortex where impulses from the nerve centers to the muscles originate. * * *
motor court n. See motel. * * *
—motorcyclist /moh"teuhr suy'klist/, n. /moh"teuhr suy'keuhl/, n., v., motorcycled, motorcycling. n. 1. a motor vehicle similar to a bicycle but usually larger and heavier, ...
motorcycle racing
Sport of running motorcycles on tracks, closed circuits, or natural terrain. The main types are (1) road racing, conducted on a course made up wholly or partly of public roads; ...
motorcycle trial
▪ motor sports       either of two forms of motorcycle competition based on point systems, as opposed to a race for a finish line. The first form includes time trials ...
See motorcycle. * * *
motor drive n. A system consisting of an electric motor and accessory parts, used to power machinery.   moʹtor-driv'en (mōʹtər-drĭv'ən) adj. * * *
/moh"teuhr drohm'/, n. a rounded course or track for automobile and motorcycle races. [1905-10; MOTOR + -DROME] * * *
/moh"teuhrd/, adj. having a motor or motors, esp. of a specified number or type (usually used in combination): a bimotored airplane. [1925-30; MOTOR + -ED3] * * *
motor home n. A motor vehicle built on a truck or bus chassis and designed to serve as self-contained living quarters for recreational travel. * * *
—motorically, adv. /moh tawr"ik, -tor"-/, adj. 1. motor (def. 11). 2. (of music or musical performance) full of movement or energy. [1925-30; MOTOR + -IC] * * *
/moh"teuhr ing/, n. traveling in a car, esp. when considered as a recreation. [MOTOR + -ING1] * * *
motor inn n. An urban motel usually having several stories. Also called motor hotel. * * *
/moh"teuhr ist/, n. a person who drives or travels in a privately owned automobile. [1895-1900; MOTOR + -IST] * * *
See motorize. * * *
—motorization, n. /moh"teuh ruyz'/, v.t., motorized, motorizing. 1. to furnish with a motor, as a vehicle. 2. to supply with motor-driven vehicles, usually in the place of ...
motor lodge n. See motel. * * *
/moh"teuhr meuhn/, n., pl. motormen. 1. a person who operates or drives an electrically operated vehicle, as a streetcar or subway train. 2. a person who operates a ...
☆ motormouth [mot′ərmouth΄ ] n. Slang a person who talks incessantly: also motor-mouth or motor mouth * * * motor mouth n. Slang An incessant talker. * * *
motor neuron n. A neuron that conveys impulses from the central nervous system to a muscle, gland, or other effector tissue. * * *
Motorola, Inc.
U.S. manufacturer of wireless communications, electronic systems, and semiconductors. The company, headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., was founded in 1928 in Chicago by brothers ...
motor pool n. A centrally managed group of motor vehicles intended for the use of personnel, as of a governmental agency or military installation. * * *
motor scooter n. A usually two-wheeled vehicle with small wheels and a low-powered gasoline engine geared to the rear wheel. * * *
/moh"teuhr ship'/, n. a ship driven by a diesel or other internal-combustion engine. Also called motor vessel. [1900-05] * * *
/moh"teuhr spawrts', -spohrts'/, n.pl. competitions, esp. races, involving motor vehicles, as automobiles, motorboats, or motorcycles. [MOTOR + SPORTS] * * *
motor vehicle n. A self-propelled wheeled conveyance, such as a car or truck, that does not run on rails. * * *
/moh"teuhr way'/, n. Brit. an expressway. [1900-05; MOTOR + WAY1] * * *
motorway junctions
➡ motorway * * *
motorway service areas
➡ motorway * * *
/moh"town'/, n. 1. Detroit, Michigan: a nickname. 2. Also called Motown sound. an upbeat, often pop-influenced style of rhythm and blues associated with the city of Detroit and ...
Motown sound
➡ Motown * * *
/maw trddeel"/, n. a town in S Spain: resort center. 31,716. * * *
/moh"trin/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of ibuprofen. * * *
Motsepe, Patrice Tlhopane
▪ 2009 born Jan. 28, 1962, Soweto, S.Af.       The price of gold rose to historic highs in 2008, causing the value of many mining companies to rise with it. In South ...
/mot"seuhr/, n. Australian Slang. a large amount of money, esp. a sum won in gambling. Also, motzer, motza. [1940-45; perh. alter. of Polari medzers, medzies, metzes money, pl. ...
/mot/, n. 1. John Raleigh, 1865-1955, U.S. religious leader: Nobel peace prize 1946. 2. Lucretia Coffin, 1793-1880, U.S. social reformer: advocate of women's rights. 3. Sir ...
Mott, Charles Stewart
▪ American industrialist born June 2, 1875, Newark, N.J., U.S. died Feb. 18, 1973, Flint, Mich.       American automotive industrialist and ...
Mott, John R.
▪ American evangelist in full  John Raleigh Mott   born May 25, 1865, Livingston Manor, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 31, 1955, Orlando, Fla.  American Methodist layman and ...
Mott, Lucretia
orig. Lucretia Coffin born Jan. 3, 1793, Nantucket, Mass., U.S. died Nov. 11, 1880, near Abington, Pa. U.S. social reformer and women's rights advocate. She attended a Quaker ...
Mott, Sir Nevill F.
▪ British physicist in full  Sir Nevill Francis Mott   born Sept. 30, 1905, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Eng. died Aug. 8, 1996, Milton Keynes, ...
Mott, Sir Nevill Francis
▪ 1997       British physicist (b. Sept. 30, 1905, Leeds, Eng.—d. Aug. 8, 1996, Milton Keynes, Eng.), shared the 1977 Nobel Prize for Physics with Philip Anderson and ...
Mott,John Raleigh
Mott (mŏt), John Raleigh. 1865-1955. American religious leader. He shared the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership of the YMCA. * * *
Mott,Lucretia Coffin
Mott, Lucretia Coffin. 1793-1880. Library of Congress American feminist and social reformer who was active in the antislavery movement and with Elizabeth Cady Stanton called the ...
Motta, Giuseppe
▪ Swiss political leader born Dec. 29, 1871, Airolo, Switz. died Jan. 23, 1940, Bern       Swiss political leader, longtime head of the federal political department and ...
Motta, Sergio Roberto Vieira da
▪ 1999       Brazilian politician who, as minister of communications from 1995, devised the breakup and privatization of Brazil's telecommunications monopoly (b. Nov. ...
/mot/, n. Chiefly Southwestern U.S. a grove or clump of trees in prairie land or open country. Also, mott. [1830-40, Amer.; < MexSp mata; Sp: grove, plantation, perh. < LL matta ...
motte and bailey
➡ castles * * *
/mot"l seuhn, -sawn'/, n. Ben R(oy), born 1926, Danish physicist, born in the U.S.: Nobel prize 1975. * * *
Mottelson, Ben R.
▪ Danish physicist in full  Ben Roy Mottelson   born July 9, 1926, Chicago, Ill., U.S.       American-Danish physicist who shared the 1975 Nobel Prize for Physics ...
Mottl, Felix
▪ Austrian musician born Aug. 24, 1856, Unter-St.-Veit, Austria died July 2, 1911, Munich, Ger.       Austrian conductor known for his performances of the operas of ...
—mottlement, n. —mottler, n. /mot"l/, v., mottled, mottling, n. v.t. 1. to mark or diversify with spots or blotches of a different color or shade. n. 2. a diversifying spot ...
/mot"ld/, adj. spotted or blotched in coloring. [1670-80; MOTTLE + -ED2] * * *
mottled enamel
Dentistry. fluorosis (def. 2). [1925-30] * * *
mottled enamel n. Discolored and spotted tooth enamel caused by excessive amounts of fluorides in drinking water. * * *
See mottle. * * *
/mot"oh/, n., pl. mottoes, mottos. 1. a maxim adopted as an expression of the guiding principle of a person, organization, city, etc. 2. a sentence, phrase, or word expressing ...
/mo"treuh muyt'/, n. Mineral. a copper and lead vanadate. [1875-80; named after Mottram St. Andrew's, Cheshire, England, where it was found; see -ITE1] * * ...
motu proprio
/moh"tooh proh"pree oh'/, Latin. of one's own accord: used of certain documents issued by the pope without counsel from others. * * * ▪ Roman Catholicism       (Latin: ...
Motz, Dick
▪ 2008 Richard Charles Motz        New Zealand cricketer born Jan. 12, 1940, Christchurch, N.Z. died April 29, 2007, Christchurch was the first New Zealand cricketer ...
/mot"seuhr/, n. motser. Also, motza /mot"seuh/. * * *
▪ Chinese unit of measurement       Chinese unit of land measurement that varies with location but is commonly 806.65 square yards (0.165 acre, or 666.5 square metres). ...
▪ Gabon also spelled  Moanda,    town, southeastern Gabon. Large manganese deposits were discovered near the town in 1938, and exploitation began in 1951; the reserves are ...
/moohch/, v.i., v.t., n. Slang. mooch. * * *
▪ architecture Arabic  mashrabiyyah,  or  mushrabiyyah   in Islamic or Islamic-influenced architecture, an oriel, or projecting second-story window of latticework. The ...
/mooh shet"/, n. Archit. a daggerlike form, esp. in tracery, created by a segmental and an ogee curve so that it is pointed at one end and circular at the other. [1925-30; < F: ...
/mooh shwannrdd"/, n., pl. mouchoirs /-shwannrdd"/. French. a handkerchief. * * *
/mooh/, n., pl. moues /mooh/. a pouting grimace. [ < F; OF moe; see MOW3] * * *
/moohf"lon/, n. a wild sheep, Ovis musimon, inhabiting the mountainous regions of Sardinia and Corsica, the male of which has large curving horns. Also, moufflon. [1765-75; < F < ...
/mawt/, South Midland and Southern U.S. a pt. of may. * * *
Mouhot, Henri
▪ French explorer born May 15, 1826, Montbéliard, Fr. died Nov. 10, 1861, near Luang Prabang, Laos       French naturalist and explorer who alerted the West to the ...
▪ Gabon       town, southwestern Gabon. It lies along the Ngounié River and on the road from Lambaréné to Pointe-Noire. The town is a trading centre in cassava, ...
/mooh yay"/, adj. Phonet. 1. palatal or palatalized, esp. referring to sounds spelled ll and ñ in Spanish, gl and gn in Italian, etc. 2. (of French sounds) spelled l or ll and ...
/mooh zhik", mooh"zhik/, n. muzhik. * * *
/mooh lahzh"/, n. 1. the making of a mold, esp. with plaster of Paris, of objects, footprints, tire tracks, etc., as for the purpose of identification. 2. the mold ...
/mohld/, n., v.t., v.i. Chiefly Brit. mold. * * *
mouldboard [mōldbôrd΄] n. chiefly Brit. sp. of MOLDBOARD * * *
moulder [mōl′dər] vt., vi. chiefly Brit. sp. of MOLDER * * * moul·der (mōlʹdər) v. Chiefly British Variant of molder. * * *
moulding [mōl′diŋ] n. chiefly Brit. sp. of MOLDING * * * mould·ing (mōlʹdĭng) n. Chiefly British Variant of molding. * * *
/mohl"dee/, n., pl. mouldies. Brit. Mil. Slang. a torpedo. [1915-20; prob. identical with Scot and north dial. moudie a mole] * * *
moule [mo͞ol] n. 〚Fr〛 a mussel, esp. an edible variety * * *
/mooh laonn"/, n. a nearly vertical shaft or cavity worn in a glacier by surface water falling through a crack in the ice. [1855-60; < F < LL molinum MILL1] * * * ▪ ...
Moulin Rouge
Fr. /mooh laonn rddoohzh"/ a dance hall in the Montmartre section of Paris, France, opened in 1889 and famous for its cancan dancers and the drawings of its performers and ...
Moulin, Jean
▪ French resistance leader born June 20, 1899, Béziers, Fr. died July 8, 1943, Metz, Ger. [now in France]       French civil servant and hero of the Résistance ...
▪ France       town, Allier département,, Auvergne région, central France. It lies northwest of Lyon and is situated on the right bank of the Allier ...
Moulins faience
▪ pottery       tin-glazed earthenware produced in Moulins, Fr., at first a slavish copy of the wares of nearby Nevers (Nevers faience). It is distinguished only by its ...
Moulins, Master of
▪ French painter flourished c. 1480–c. 1500       anonymous French painter and miniaturist, considered the most significant artist of the French school of ...
/moohl mayn", mohl-/, n. a seaport in S Burma at the mouth of the Salween River. 171,767. Also, Maulmain. * * * ▪ Myanmar       town, southeastern Myanmar (Burma). It ...
Moulouya River
▪ river, Morocco       chief river of northeastern Morocco. Rising in the High Atlas (Haut Atlas) mountains in central Morocco, it flows for 320 miles (515 km) ...
/mohlt/, v.i., v.t., n. Brit. molt. * * *
Moulton, Ellen Louise Chandler
▪ American writer, critic and hostess née  Ellen Louise Chandler  born April 10, 1835, Pomfret, Conn., U.S. died Aug. 10, 1908, Boston, Mass.  American writer, critic, and ...
/mohl"tree, moohl"-/, n. 1. William, 1730-1805, U.S. general. 2. a city in S Georgia. 15,708. 3. Fort. See Fort Moultrie. * * *
Moultrie, William
born Dec. 4, 1730, Charleston, S.C. died Sept. 27, 1805, Charleston, S.C., U.S. American Revolutionary officer. He served in the provincial assembly of South Carolina ...
/mowl"vee/, n. maulvi. * * *
▪ Gabon       town, southeastern Gabon. It lies along the road from Lastoursville to Franceville. Uranium was discovered in the locality in 1956, exploitation began in ...
mound1 /mownd/, n. 1. a natural elevation of earth; a hillock or knoll. 2. an artificial elevation of earth, as for a defense work or a dam or barrier; an embankment. 3. a heap ...
Mound Builders
the various American Indian tribes who, in prehistoric and early historic times, erected the burial mounds and other earthworks of the Mississippi drainage basin and southeastern ...
/mownd"berrd'/, n. megapode. [1850-55; MOUND1 + BIRD; so called because it covers its eggs with mounds of dirt and compost] * * *
mound builder n. See megapode. * * *
Mound Builder (mound) n. A member of any of various Native American peoples flourishing from around the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century A.D. especially in the Ohio and ...
n [pl] early Native-American groups who built mounds (= raised masses of earth). These were used for graves and as the bases for religious temples and other important buildings. ...
▪ Chad       city located in southwestern Chad, on the Logone River. With a warm, seasonally wet climate, it lies in the centre of the nation's cotton-growing region ...
Mounds View
a town in E Minnesota. 12,593. * * *
/mowndz"meuhn/, n., pl. moundsmen. Baseball Slang. pitcher2 (def. 2). [1910-15; MOUND1 + 'S1 + MAN1] * * *
/mowndz"vil/, n. a city in NW West Virginia, on the Ohio River. 12,419. * * * ▪ West Virginia, United States       city, seat (1835) of Marshall county, in the northern ...
Moundville Archaeological Park
▪ archaeological site, Alabama, United States       habitation site (from AD 1000 to 1450) of Native American farmers and pottery makers, near Moundville, western ...
mount1 —mountable, adj. —mountless, adj. /mownt/, v.t. 1. to go up; climb; ascend: to mount stairs. 2. to get up on (a platform, a horse, etc.). 3. to set or place at an ...
Mount Ararat
Ararat. * * *
Mount Aspiring National Park
Park, southwestern South Island, New Zealand. Established in 1964, it has an area of 1,223 sq mi (3,167 sq km), including much of the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring (9,932 ft ...
Mount Barker
▪ Western Australia, Australia       town, southwest Western Australia, lying at the base of 1,890-foot (576-metre) Mount Barker, which was sighted in 1829 and named ...
Mount Carmel
▪ Pennsylvania, United States       borough (town), Northumberland county, east-central Pennsylvania, U.S., at the head of Shamokin Creek. Settled about 1770, it was ...
Mount Carmel man
an early human of Neanderthaloid type, known from skeletal remains from the late Pleistocene Epoch, c50,000-40,000 B.C., found in Palestine. * * *
Mount Cenis Tunnel
▪ railway tunnel, Europe       first great Alpine tunnel to be completed. It lies under the Fréjus Pass, from Modane, France, to Bardonècchia, Italy. The 8.5-mile ...
Mount Clemens
/klem"euhnz/ a city in SE Michigan. 18,806. * * * ▪ Michigan, United States       city, seat (1818) of Macomb county, southeastern Michigan, U.S. The city lies along ...
Mount Cook National Park
Park, western central South Island, New Zealand. Established in 1953, it has an area of 270 sq mi (700 sq km) and shares a western boundary with Westland National Park. It ...
Mount Darwin
▪ Zimbabwe       town, northern Zimbabwe. It formerly served as administrative headquarters for the Tribal Trust Lands areas set aside for African occupation and is now ...
Mount Desert
Mount Desert [dez′ərt] 〚< Fr Isle des Monts Deserts, lit., island of desert mountains〛 island off the S coast of Me.: resort c. 100 sq mi (259 sq km) * * *
Mount Desert Island
/dez"euhrt, di zerrt"/ an island off the coast of E central Maine: summer resort; forms part of Acadia National Park. 14 mi. (23 km) long; 8 mi. (13 km) wide. * * * ▪ island, ...
Mount Everest
1. Everest (def. 1). 2. something regarded as the most difficult or challenging of its kind: the Mount Everest of international sailing. * * *
mount exhibitions
➡ art galleries and art museums * * *
Mount Gambier
/gam"bear/ a city in S Australia. 19,880. * * * ▪ South Australia, Australia       city, southeastern South Australia. It is situated about 280 miles (450 km) ...
Mount Hagen
▪ Papua New Guinea  town, east-central New Guinea island, Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean. The town, established as a patrol post in 1936, is near the Wahgi ...
Mount Holly
▪ New Jersey, United States       township (town), seat (1795) of Burlington county, south-central New Jersey, U.S. It lies along Rancocas Creek, 19 miles (31 km) east ...
Mount Holyoke College
Private liberal arts college for women in South Hadley, Mass. Founded by Mary Lyon as a female seminary in 1837, it was one of the first institutions of higher education for ...
Mount Hood National Forest
▪ forest, Oregon, United States  mountainous, heavily forested region in northwestern Oregon, U.S. The forest starts about 20 miles (32 km) east of Portland and extends ...
Mount Hope Bay
▪ bay, Massachusetts-Rhode Island, United States       bay, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, U.S. It is the northeastern arm of Narragansett Bay. Mount Hope Bay is ...
Mount Isa
▪ Queensland, Australia       mining city, Queensland, Australia, located at the northern end of the Selwyn Range. The city's name is attributed to John Campbell Miles, ...
Mount Lebanon
a town in SW Pennsylvania, SW of Pittsburgh. 34,414. * * *
Mount Lofty Ranges
▪ hills, South Australia, Australia  series of hills in southeastern South Australia, east of Adelaide. A southerly continuation of the Flinders Range, they extend south ...
Mount McKinley
➡ McKinley (I) * * *
Mount McKinley National Park
former name of Denali National Park. * * *
Mount Morgan
▪ Queensland, Australia       mining town, eastern Queensland, Australia, in the Dee Range. One of Australia's most important gold strikes, called the “mountain of ...
Mount Palomar
➡ Palomar * * *
Mount Pearl
a town in Newfoundland, in E Canada, on the SE part of the island, S of St. John's. 11,543. * * *
Mount Pleasant
1. a city in central Michigan. 23,746. 2. a town in SE South Carolina. 13,838. 3. a town in NE Texas. 11,003. * * * ▪ Iowa, United States       city, seat (1836) of ...
Mount Prospect
a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago. 52,634. * * *
Mount Rainier
/ray near", reuh-, ray"near/ See Rainier, Mount. * * *
Mount Rainier National Park
a national park in W Washington, including Mount Rainier. 378 sq. mi. (980 sq. km). * * * ▪ park, Washington, United States  scenic area of the Cascade Range in ...
Mount Revelstoke National Park
▪ park, British Columbia, Canada       park, southeastern British Columbia, Canada, occupying the western slope of the Selkirk Mountains, above the city of Revelstoke, ...
Mount Robson Park
/rob"seuhn/ a national park in the Rocky Mountains of E British Columbia, Canada. * * *
Mount Rushmore
➡ Rushmore * * *
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
▪ memorial, South Dakota, United States  colossal sculpture in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota, U.S. It lies about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Rapid City. ...
Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
See under Rushmore. * * *
Mount Shasta.
See Shasta, Mount. * * *
Mount St Helens
➡ St Helens * * *
Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories
▪ observatory, Australia       pair of astronomical observatories in southeast Australia that are operated by the Australian National University and that together ...
Mount Vernon
1. the home and tomb of George Washington in NE Virginia, on the Potomac, 15 mi. (24 km) below Washington, D.C. 2. a city in SE New York, near New York City. 66,713. 3. a city in ...
Mount Washington.
See Washington, Mount. * * *
Mount Whitney
➡ Whitney (II) * * *
Mount Wilson Observatory
an astronomical observatory on Mount Wilson, near Los Angeles, California, having a 100-in. (254-cm) reflecting telescope. * * * Astronomical observatory located atop Mount ...
Mount, William Sidney
born Nov. 26, 1807, Setauket, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 19, 1868, Setauket U.S. painter. He was apprenticed at 17 to his older brother as a sign painter. After studying drawing at ...
See mount1. * * *
—mountainless, adj. /mown"tn/, n. 1. a natural elevation of the earth's surface rising more or less abruptly to a summit, and attaining an altitude greater than that of a hill, ...
mountain ash
1. any of several small trees of the genus Sorbus, of the rose family, having flat-topped clusters of small, white flowers and bright-red to orange berries. 2. any of certain ...
mountain avens
any evergreen plant of the genus Dryas, of the rose family, growing in northern or alpine regions of the Northern Hemisphere and having showy, solitary, white or yellow ...
mountain beaver
a small, burrowing rodent, Aplodontia rufa, of the Pacific coastal region of North America, considered the most primitive living rodent. Also called sewellel. [1880-85, Amer.] * ...
mountain bike
—mountain biker. —mountain biking. a bicycle designed for off-road use, typically having a smaller and sturdier frame and smaller and wider tires than a standard ...
mountain bluebird
a bluebird, Siala currucoides, of western North America. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
mountain bluet
a European composite plant, Centaurea montana, having raylike blue flowerheads. * * *
Mountain Brook
a city in central Alabama, near Birmingham. 17,400. * * *
mountain cat
1. a cougar. 2. a bobcat. [1655-65] * * *
mountain chain
mountain chain n. 1. a mountain range 2. two or more relatively adjacent mountain ranges * * *
mountain chain.
See mountain system. [1815-25] * * *
mountain climbing
—mountain climber. mountaineering. [1870-75] * * *

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