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mar,mar. I.,vt, [marbbd; >tt

mar'kino.I To harm; im- ^

pair; spoil. II. n. A *"

blemish; injury. '^

mai^a-tnon, mar'a-then,n.

A race of 26 miles 385 yards ^

in Imitation of one run orig- V*

Inally during the Olymprc , ««/^# o^

games at Athens, Greece, ijeaioiKea

April, 1896. Maple.

ma-raud^<>, ma-fSd', vt. & vi. To pillage;

Slunder; rob.— ma-raud'er, n, A plun-
erer; robber.

mar'blCe, mdr'bl. I. vt. [mar'bl(e)d;
mar'bling. ] To color in imitation of mar-
ble. II. a. Made of or like marble: un-
feeling; white; cold. III. n. Afinelime-
stone, valuable for building or sculptoie;
a small ball, as of this stone, nsea in a
child's game; a piece of sculpture.

marcbs mdrch, vt. & vi. To move or
cause to move with measured steps, as a
soldier.

march ^; n. Movement together, as of
soldiers; the distance marched; progress;
music suitable for marching troops.

niarcli^ , n. The third month of the year,
having 31 days.

marclis, n. A boundarv: frontier,

mar^cblon-ess, mOr^snun-es, n. The
wife or widow of a marquis.

mar-co^ni-arrain, mOr-cG'nl-gram, n. A
wireless message.

mare, mfir, n. The female of the horse.

mar'gtn, mdr'jin, n. A border; brink;
edge.— mai^gin-al, a.

mar^gne-rlte, mdr'gg-rtt, n. A daisy.



mar^i-gold, mar'i-gOld, n. A plant with
golden -yellow flowers. See illus. in pre-
ceding column.

ma-rlne^, ma-rfn'. I. a. Pertaining to
the sea; oceanic. II. n. 1. A soldier
serving on a war-vessel. 2. Shipping.

mar'l-ner, mar^i-ner, n. A sailor.

mar'l-tal, mar'i-tal, a. Pertaining to a
husband or to marriage.

mar^i-tlme, mar'i-tim, a. Situated on
or near the sea; marine.

mar^jo-ram, mdr'jo-ram, n. A peren-
nial culinary herb.

marks mOrk, v. 1, t. 1. To make a
mark or marks on; produce by marking;
designate. 2. To heed; regard. II. t.
To pay special attention.—- mark'cr j n.

marK, n. 1. A visible trace or sign; a
character; badge; characteristic. 2. A
target; aim. 3. Distinction; eminence.

mar^ket<>, mdr'ket, vt, & vi. To take or
send to market; deal in a market.

marlcet. n. A place where articles are
exposed lor sale: traffic; sale.— mar'kei-
a«Dl(e. a. Salable; In demand.

marks^man, mOrks^m^n, n, [masks'-
MEN, pi.] One who shoots at a mark, espe-
cially if skilful.— marks'inan-ship, n.

marl, mOrl, n. An earthy deposit contain-
ing lime, clay, and sand.

mar'llne, mOr'lin, n. A small rope of
two strands.— mar'line-spike^, n. A
pointed iron pin used as In splicing ropes.

mar^ma-lade, mOr^ma-lgd, n. A pie-
serve of bitter or acid fruits with sugar.

mar^mo-set'^ mdr'mo-zet', n. A small
South-American monkey.

mar'mot, mOr'mQt, n. A stout, short*
tailed, burrowing rodent.

ma-roon^ ma-rSn', vt. To put ashon?
and abandon, as on a desolate coast.

ma-roon^, a. Havlnsr the color maroon.

ma-roon'S n. A dull-red color.

ma-roon'3, n. A neero livinj^ wild in
the mountains of some West India island^.

mar^plot'^ mdr'plef, n. One who, by
medaling, spoils a plan.

marque, mfirc, n. A license to capture the
vessels of an enemy: in the phrase letters
of marque. [tent

mar-quee^, mdr-kt', n. A large field*

mar^qnls, mdr^cwis, n. A nobleman
next in rank below a duke. — mar'qnis-
ate, n. The rank of a marquis.

mar'rlage, mar'ij, n. 1. The act of
marrying, or the state of being married;
a wedding. 2. Figuratively, any c\os<
union.— mar'rIage-a-blCe, mar'ij-a-bl, a.
Fitted by age, etc., for marriage.



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mai/roiir, mar'O, n. A soft tiasue found
in the central cavities of bones; essence;
pith.— mai^row-fat, n. A large kind of pea.

mai/rT, mar'i, vt. [-ried, -id; -ry-ing.]
To unite in wedlock; espouse; wed.

mars, mOrz, n. 1. The fourth planet
from the sun. 2. The god of war.

marshy mdrsh, n. A tract of low wet
land; swamp.— mareh^, a.

mai/slial, mdr^shal. I. vt, & vi. [mar'-
SHAUSD or -shalled; mar'shal-ing or
-SHAii-LiNG.] To array; assemble. II. n.
A civic officer, as for regulating cerebio-
nies, etc.; a military commander.

mar-su'pi-al, mdr-sift'pi-al. I. a.
Having a pouch for carrymg the young.
II. n, A marsupial mammal, as an opos-
sum, [market.

mart, mdrt, «. A place of public traffic;

mar^ten, mdr'ten, n. A weasel-like, fur-
yielding animal. [connected with war.

mar^tlal, mOr'shal, a. Pertaining to or

mar^tiii, mdr'tin, n. A bird of the swal-
low variety. [disciplinarian.

mar^'^tl-net^, mdr'ti-net', w. A strict

mar^tln-gi^ale, mOr'tin-gdl, n. 1. A
strap for holding down a horse's head.
2. iVaw/. A stay of a jib-boom, or a ver-
tical spar under the bowsprit, mar^-
tln-gal^

mar'tyr, mdr'tgr I. vt. To put to
death because of one's faith; persecute.
II. n. One who suffers death for lys
faith or for any cherished object. — maP-
tyr-dom, n. The condition or fate of a
martyr.— mar'^tyr-ol^o-iry, n. [-gie8»,
pi.] A historical record of martyrs.

mar'vel, mOr'vel. I. vt. & vi. [-veled
or -velled; -vel ing or -tbl-ling.] To
wonder. II. n. That which excites
wonder; a prodigy.— mar 'vel- ous, a.
Wonderful; amazing, -ly, adv. -nesB« n.

xnas'ca-llnCe, mas'kiu-lin, a. Distinct-
ively manly or manlike; male.

xnasli', mash, vt. To reduce to a soft
state, as by bruising.— mash'er, n.

xnasli, n. A mass of something beaten
or soaked into a soft state.

masks mgsk, vt. & vi. To conceal as with-
a mask; put on or wear a mask.

mask, n. 1 . A cover for the face; dis-
guise; protection. 2. A subterfuge. 3.
A play Dy masked actors; masquerade.

ma'son, mg'sn, n. 1 . A builder in brick
or stone.- 2. A freemason. — raa-son^c,
ma-sen'Ic, a. — ma'son-ry« mS'sn-rl, n.
r-BiBS«, pL] 1, The art of building with
orick or stone. 2. Freemasonry.

fnaaqae* v. & n. Same as mask.



j'^quer-ade', mas*kfir-M'. I. vi,

tA'DED<»; -a'dinq.] To wear a disguise.
\, n. 1. A social party of persons
masked. 2. A disguise. 3. A ^ay by
masked actors.— ma«^'quer-a'der, n.

massS mgs, vt. & vi. To form into a
mass. [quantity of matter in a body.

mass',n. An at»3emblage; principal part;

mass^. n. The celebration of the euchar-
ist in the Roman Catholic Church.

mas'sa-cre, mas'a-kgr. 1. vt. [-cred;
-CRiNG.J To butcher; slaughter. II. ru
Indiscriminate slaughter; butchery.

mass'lvCe, mgs'iv, a. Constituting a
large mass; ponderous. ''\y,adv. -ne88,n.

mast^, mgst, n. An upright spar to sus-
tain the yards, sails, etc., of a vessel.

masts n. Nuts, acorns, etc., as food for
animals.

mas'ter, mgs'tgr. I, vt. To overpower;
subdue; rule; know; understand thor-
oughly. II. a. Controlling; chief. Ill,
n. 1. A commander; teacher; employer;
owner. 2. An adept, as in an art or pro-
fession. — mas'ter-nu, a. Commanding;
arbitrary; showing mastery. — mas'ter*
key'', n. A key that will unlock a number
of locks.— mafiKter-Iy, a. Like or befitting
a master.— inas'ter-piece", n. An ad-
mirable production.— mas'ter-y, n. Do-
minion; superiority; victory.

mas'tic, mas'tic, n. 1 . A small Mediter-
ranean evergreen tree, or a resin obtained
from it. 2. A cement.

mas'tl-cate, mas'ti-k6t, vt. [-ga'ted";
-CA'TING.] To chew. — ^mas'^ti-ca'tlon, n.

mas'tlfl*. mgs'tif, n. A large watch-dog.

tnas'to-aon, mas'to-den, n. An extinct
elephant of great size.

mat, mat. I. vt. & vi. [mat'tbd**;
mat'ting.] To knot into a mat; be
tangled. II. n. 1. A flat article as of
straw for wiping the feet. 2. A border
for a picture.

mateliS mach, t7. I. ^. 1. To set beside
or against one another, as mates or com-
petitors. 2. To suit; to marry. II. t.
To be alike; tally; agiee.— match'less,
mach'les, a. Unequalled; peerless.

matchi, n. 1. An equal; mate. 2. A
contest. 3. A marriage.

matcli3,n. A splinter of soft wood tipped
with something that ignites by friction;
also, a fuse: slow- (or quick-) match.

matei, m6t, vt. & vi. [ma'ted*; ma'ting.]
To join, or be joined, as mates.

mate^, «7^ [ma'tbd«>; ma'tino.] In chess,
to checkmate.

mates n. 1. A companion; husband;



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wife; match. 2. An officer of a merchant
ship ranking below a captain.

mate^, m6t, n. In chess, a checlunate.

ma-te^rl-al, ma-tt'ri-al, a. 1. Pertain-
ing to matter; physical; corporeal; sensual.
2* Essential; important, -ly, adv.

ma-te^ri-al, n. That of which anything
is or may he made.— ma-te^rl-al-ism, n.
The denial of the existence of soul or spirit;
dCTOtlon to material interests.— -ma-te'ri-
al-it9t, n.

ma-tei/nal, ma-tgr'nol, a. Motherly.
— ma-ter'ni-ty, ma-tgr'nl-tl, n. [-tubs",
pL] The state or relation of a mother.

matli^^e-mat^lc-al, math'§-mat'ic-al, a.
Pertaining to mathematics; rigidly exact.
-ly, adt7.— math^e-ma-trcian, n. One
versed in mathematics.

matli^e-mat'lcs, math'g-n^at'ics, n.
The science of number and quantity.

mat^ln, mat'in. I. a. Of or belonging to
the morning. II. n. pi. Morning serv-
ice. — mat'T-nde', mafi-nfi' or mg'tl'nd',
n. An entertainment In the daytime.

mat^ri-ces, mat'rl-slz or mg-tri'ces, n.
Plural of XATBix.

mat'rl-clde, maVri-soid, 9t. The murder
of one's mother; one who kills his mother.

ma-trlc^n-late, ma-tric'yu-lgt. I. vt.
& vi. [-LA'TED*»; -LA'TiNG.l To enroll
or be enrolled as a student m a college.
II. n. One who is so enrolled.
— ina-tric''u-la'tion, n.

mat^ri-mo-ny, mat'ri-mo-nl, n. Mar-
riage. — mat^'^rf-mo^ni-al, a.

ma^trlx, mg'trix or mat'rix, n. [siat'ri-
CES, mat'ri-stz or mg-trl'ces, pL] A mold ;
the womb.

ma^tron, ra6'tr§n or mg'trgn, n. A mar-
ried woman; mother; housekeeper.

— mat'ron-al. a. Pertaining to a ma-
tron.— ma'tron-ly, a. Of or like a matron.

mat'ter, mat'gr. I. vi. To be of con-
cern or importance; signify. II. n. 1.
The substance of anything; material; es-
sence; importance. 2, Tnat which has
extension, inertia, weight, etc. 3. A
subject, as for discussion. 4. A condition
of aflfairs; case; trouble. 5. Pus.

mat^tlng, matting, n, A coarsely woven
floor*covering.

mat'tock, mat'^c, n. A pickax-like tool
having blades mstead of
points.

mat'tress, matures, n. A
tick stuffed with hair, Mattock,
straw, etc., used as a bed.

mat'u-rate, mat'yu-rgt, vt. & vi. [-ra'-
TBD^; -RA'TiNG.] To suppuratc; form
pus.— mat'-'u-ra'tlon, n.



ma-ture', ma-tiQr^ v. [ma-tuhed': xa-
TXTR'iNo.l I. t. To cause to ripen; bring
to maturity. II. i. To become ripe;
develop; become due.— ma-tu'ri-ty, ma-
tia'rl-ti, n. The state or condition of being
mature; full development.

ma-tnre^, a. 1. Fully developed; ripe.
2. Com. Dueandnayable.

maud^n, mSd^m, a. Foolishly affec-
tionate, as from drink.

maul, m91. I. vt. To pound; beat:
abuse. II. n. A heavy mallet.

mau^so-le^um, mS'so-lt'um, n. A
large, stately tomb. [or dyeetafl.

mauve, mOv, n. A delicate purple color

maur, mS, n. 1. The craw of a bird. 2.
The stomach. 3. The air-bladder of a
fish.

manrk'lsli, mek'Ish, a. Disgusting; in-
sipid, [to the jaw. max^ll-Iart.

max'11-la-ry, max'il-a-ry, a. Pertaining

max'lm, max'im, n. A brief, practical
saying; motto.

max^l-mnm, max'i-mum. I. a. The

freatest possible; as, the maximum speed.
I. n. L-MA, pi.] The greatest possible

quantity, amount, or degree.
may, v. [might, irnp.t' 1 . To have per-
mission or abilijU. 2. To be possible.
may, m6, n. The fifth month.— May'-

day'', n. The first day of May.
may'or, m§'er, n. The chief magistrate

of a city, borough, or municipality.
maze, mez, n. A lab^nth; x)erplexity.
me, ml, pron. The objective case of 7.
mead^, mid, n. A liquor of fermented

honey and water.
mead^, n. [Poet.] A meadow.
mead'our, med'O, n. A hay-field,
mea'ger, I mt'gsr, a. Thin; emaciateat;
mea'gre, f scanty.
meal^, mil, n. Coarsely ground grain.
meal^, n. The portion of food taken at

one time; a repast.
meal'y, mtl'i, a. Like meal; farinaceous.
mean, mtn, v. [meant, ment; mban'-

iNG.l 1. 1. To aim at; purpose; signify.

II. t. To be minded.
meani , a. 1 . Low ; lowly ; inferior : poor.

2* Ignoble; base; petty; contemptible.
-ly, adv. -ness* n.
mean^, a. Intermediate; medium; avera^.
mean, n. 1 . The middle state or quantity

between two extremes; hence, moderation;

medium. 2. pi. Instrumentality (often

with singular construction; as, this is a

means); also, property; wealth.
me-an'der, m§-anMgr. I. vi. To flo\r

circuitously. II. ft. A winding course.



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mean' Ins, mtn'ing, n. The intention;
aim; acceptation; import.

meant, ment, imp. &pp. of mbak, v.

mean'tln&e^, ) mtn'taim", -hwail'. I.

mean' Willie^, f n. Intervening time or
occasion. II. adv. In the intervemngtime.

inea'8l(e)s, mt'zlz, n. An infectious
eruptive disease.

meaui'are, mezh'ur or -yt^, v. [hbas'-
ttrbd; hbas'ur-ino.] 1. 1. To take the
dimensions of; weigh; judge; apportion.
II. i. To take the measure of some-
thing; show on measurement, a (specified)
extent. — meaa'ar-a-blCe, a.~ meas'ured,
pa. Uniform; rhythmical; guarded.—
meas^nre-lessy a. Unlimited; Immense.

— meas^nre-menty n. The act or result
of measuring.

n&eas^uret n. 1. The extent of anything.
2. A standard, instrument, or vessel of
measurement. 3. A quantity measured.
4. Moderation. 5, A specific act or
course of action; a legislative bill. 6.
Division of time, as in music; meter, as in
verse. 7. Geol. Related strata.

n&eat, mtt, n. 1. The flesh of animals
used as food. 2 II. Victuals; nourishment.

me-chan^lc, m§-can'ic. I. a. Pertain-
ing to mechanics; materialistic; atomistic.
II. n. One exercising a mechanical em-
ployment.— me-chaa^ic-al, a. Pertaining
to mechanics; produced by or as by a machine;
automatic— m ech'^a-ni^eian, n. A maker
of mechanism.— me-eh antics, n. The
science of the action of forces on material
bodies.— mech^a-nism, n. Machinery; a
machine.

medial , med'al, n. A small disk of metal,
bearing a device; given as a mark of
honor, a prize, or the like.— me-daKlion, n.
A large medal; also, a circular or oval picture.

niecl^al(e, med'l, vi. 1meddl(e)d; med'-
DLiNG.l To interfere m the concerns of
others impertinently.— ined^dl(e-8ome, a.

me'^di-te'val* Same as medieval.

me'dl-an, mt'di-an, a. Pertaining to the
middle; situated in the middle plane.
mc/dl-ai;.

me^di-ate, mt'di-gt I. vt & vi. [-a"-
TBD«*; -a'tinq.] 1. To interpose, as for
reconciliation. 2. To be intermediate.
II. a. Intervening; intermediate.— me''-
di-a^tion, n. Intercession; Interposition.

— me'di-a'''tor, n. One who mediates; an
intercessor.- me'^di-a-to^ri-al, a.

med^i-cln(e, med'i-sn or med'i-sin, n.

1 . A substance that tends to cure disease.

2. The healing art.— med^ic-al, med'ic-al,
a. Pertaining to medicine; curative; reme-
dial, •ly, adv.— med^i-ca-ment, n. A
medicine.— med'i-cate, vt. [-ca'ted*;



-ca'ting.] 1. To treat medicinally, a. To
Impregnate with medicine.— med'^l-ca'-
tion, n. Medical treatment.— me-dic^i«
nal, a. Used in medicine; curative, -ly,
adv.

me'^dl-e'ira], mfdi-t'val, a. Belonging
to the middle ages. me'^dl-te'Talf.

me^dl-o^^cre, mt'di-o'kgr, a. Of me-
dium quality; ordinary; commonplace.—
me'-'df-oc'ri-ty, n. [-ties', pl.'\ Common-
place ability or condition. ^

med'1-tate, med'i-tet,«j<. &t?i. [-ta"tbdo,* ^
-ta'tinq.] To plan; think; contemplate.
— med'^i-ta'tion, n. The act of medita-
ting; reflection.— med'i-ta-tiv(e, a.

me^di-nm, mt'di-mn. I. a. interme-
diate; middle; mediocre. II. n. [mb'-
Di-UMS« or mb'di-a, pi.] 1. Anything
that acts intermediately* a substance in
which something may exist or move, ft.
One believed to be controlled by a disem-
bodied spirit.

medlar, med'lar, n. A small European
tree, or its fruit.

medley, med'l§, n. A i
ture; jumble.

me-duFla, m§-dul'a,
n. [-uEy -It or -Ig, pi.) ^"^
Marrow; pith; the spi- ^
nal cord.— med'ul-la- -2
ry, a. me-duFlarl:.

meed, mtd, n. A well-woi
reward; recompense.

meek,mtk,a. Gentle; sub
missive; humble; lowly.

meer^sclianni, mtr'
shem or mgr'shaum, n. A
soft, light mineral, or a pipe Leaves, Flow-
made of it. er, and Fruit

meet, mtt, i;. [met; meet'- i^i^i^^B
ING.] I. t. to come to SeXr
by mutual advance from
opposite directions; encounter; pay; sat-
isfy; harmonize with; refute. . it. i. To
come together; assemble.

meet, mit, a. Suitable; adapted; fit.

meet, n. A meeting, or place of meeting,
as of huntsmen.— meet'ing, n. A com-
ing together; an assembly; encounter.



meg^a-plione, meg'a-fon, n. An appli-
ance for making the voice heard at long
distance without wires.



me^grlm, mt'grim, n. 1 . A headache on
one side of the head. 2, pi. Dulness;
depression.

mel'an-cliol-y, mel'on-cel-i. ' I. a.
Morbidly gloomy ; dejected; sad. II. n.
Low spirits; despondency. — meF'an-
choVic, a. Of melancholy temperament
or character.



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fliS^^e^, m§'I€% n. A general hand-to'
hand flght; an affray.

me^o-rate, mi'lio-rgt, vt. & vi. [-ba'-
TBD*; -RA'TiNG.] To make better , amelio-
rate.— me'-'lio-ra'tion. n.

mel-lirin-ons, mel-iif'ln-ne, a. Flow-
ing smoothly; dtdcet; euphonious.

merloiv, mero. I. vt. & vi. To make
or become mellow. II. a. Soft by reason
of ripeness; rich in quality.

mel-o'di-ouM, mel-0'di-ns. a. Agreeable
to the ear; producing melody; tuneful.

mel'^'o-dra^nia, mel'o-drd'ma or -drg'-
ma, n. A sensational drama. — mel^o-dra-
mat^ic, a.

oaeFo-dy, mel'o-di, n. [-dibs«, pi.] An
agreeable succession of sounds; a tune;
music. [the gourd family, or its fruit.

melton, mePnn, n. A trailing plant of

melt, melt, vt. & vi. [mklt'ed* or
MOLT'isN ; melt'ing.] 1 . To change from a
solid to a liauid state; dissolve. 2. To
soften the feelings of; move to sympathy.

mem'ber, mem bgr, n. A limb; organ;
part; one of an organi;;ation.— mem'ber-
Bhip, n. The state of being a member,
members collectively.

mem'brane, mem'brSn. n. A thin sheet
of animal tissue. — mem'^bra-na^ceous,
mem'bra-nous, a.

me-men^to, ni§-men'tO, n. Something
to awaken memory; a souvenir.

mem'oir, mem'wer, n. A record or
memorial; narrative of a person's life.

mem^o-ran^dam, mem'o-ran'dum^ n.
[-DA or -DUMS», pi.] A note of somethmg
to be remembered.

me-mo'rl-al, m§-mO'ri-a]. I. a. Com-
memorating something, as the memory of
the dead. II. n. 1 . Something designed
to keep in remembrance a person, event,
etc. 2. A presentation of facts; memoir.
— me-mo'ri-al-ist, n. One who writes
or presents a memorial. — me-mo'iri-al-
ize or -iae* vt. To present a memorial to.

mem^ory, mem'o-ri, n. [-ribs', pL] The
mental power of recalling the past; re-
membrance ; recollection .— mem'o-ra-ble,
a. Worthy to be remembered.— mem^o-
rizet vt. [-rized; -ri'zinq.] To commit
to memory, inem^o-riset.

men, n. Plural of man.

men'aee, mentis. 1, vt. & vi. [mbn'-
ACED*; MEN'A-ciNG.l To threaten. II.
n, A threatening; threat.

men-ag^e-rle, men-aj'e-ri, n. A collec-
tion of wild animals kept for exhibition.

mend<*, mend, vt. To repair; patch up;
change for the better.



Bou-da'cioas, men-dS'shus, a. Ad*
dieted to lying; falsifying; deceitful.
— men-dac^i-ty, n. Lying; falsity.
men^dl-cant, men'di-cant. I. a. B6



servants; servile. II. n. A servant.

men'^lii-gl^tls, men'in-joi'tis or -gt'tis,
n. Inflammation of the membranes as ol
the brain.

men^su-ra'tlon, men'shu-rg'shun, n.
The act, art, or process of measuring.

men'tal, men'tal, a. Pertaining to th(
mind; due to the mind. — men^tal-ly, adv,

me n^tt o n, men'shun. I . vt. To refer to
or name without description. II. n. Th«
act of mentioning; brief reference.

meii^tor,men'tQr, n. An adviser.

mei^caii-tl](e, mgr'csn-til, a. PotaiQ*
ing to merchants; commercial.

mer'ce-na-ry, mgr's§-ng-ri. I. a. InflU'
enced by desire for gain ; serving for pay or
profit. II. n. [-RIBS', pi.] A hired
soldier in foreign service.

mei^ehant, mgr'chant, n. A person wbo
buys and sells commodities as a bu8iDe«&
— mer^chan-dise, n. Commodities traded
In by mercbants.— mer^chant-a-bKe, a-
That can be bought or sold.— mer^chant"
man, n. Naut. A trading-vessel.

mer^ci-fnl, mer^ci-less. See mkbct.

mep'eu-ry, mgr'kiu-ri, «. 1. A silver*
white metal, liquid at ordinary tempera-
tures; quicksilver. 2. [M-] The planet o!
our system nearest the sun; the Soman
god of commerce, messenger of the gods.
— mer«cn^ri-al,a. 1. Pertaining totte
god Mercury; lively; volatile. Ji. Of or re-
lating to quicksilver.

mer'cy, mgr'si, n. [mer'cibs*, pi.] Mild
treatment of an offender: compasBion:
clemency; charity.— mer'ci-ful, a. Full
of mercy; compassionate.- mer^ci-less* o-
Having or showing no mercy.

mere, mtr, a. Only; nothing but. — mere'-
ly, mlr'll, adv. Only; solely.

mere, n. A pond; pool; boundary«lIne.

merge, mgrj, vt. & vi. [merged; mkb'-
GiNG.] To sink the identity of; be absorbed
into something else. — mer'ger, n. Som^
thing tnat absorbs other things; a combina-
tion.

me-rld^l-an, me-rld'i-an. 1. a. Pertain-
ing to the meridian; highest; brightest;
noonday. II. n. 1 . Noonday; hence, th€
highest or culminating point of anything.
2, The vertical plane, at any place, that
contains the earth^s axis; also the great
circle in which this Intersects the surface



papd, 9sk; at, air*, el^mj^nt, th6y, na§ge; It, g, t (ee); o, oh; erat^r, dr; fnU,raie;hO^



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merino
meiv




of the earth or the celeetial sphere; a
north^and'south line.
me-rl'no, me-rt'no. I. a. Of or pertain-
ing to merinos or their wool. II. n. 1.
A Spanish breed of fine»wooled sheep. 2*
A fabric of or like me-
rino wool.
meruit, mer'it. I<». vt.
Todeserve. II. n. The
state or fact of deserv-
ing; desert; worth; ex-
cellence. — mer'^i-to^ri- _ __ .

oas« a. Deserving of American Mprtno
reward; praiseworthy, ^"lencan juenno.
mer^mald, mgr'mfed, '*>

n. A fabled marine creature, half woman,
half fish.— mer'maii, n. . A fabled marine
creature, half man, half fish.
mer'ry, mer'i, a. [mkr'bi-br; mbb'ri-
BST.] Full of fun; jovial; mirthful.
— mer'ri-ly, ad©.— meWri-ment, n.
mesli, mesh. I^ vi. & vi. To net; en-
tangle; engage; as gear-teeth. II. n. 1.
One of the open spaces of a network. 2*
Anything that entangles; a trap.
mef^mer-lsiiiy mez'mer-izm, n. 1 . The
production of a trance-like condition by
control of will; hypnotism. 2. Personal
magnetism. — mes-mer'ic, a.— mes'mer-
ize* -i8e« vt. [-ized; -i'zino.] To control
by mesmerism; hypnotize; fascinate.
messS mes, vt. & vi. To provide for at a

mess; belong to a mess.
mess^ n. 1. A meal. 2* A number of
persons who eat together, as on board ship.
mess^, n. [CoUoq.] A state of disorder;

confusion.
mes^sage, mes'^j, n. Word sent; a com-
munication sent in any way.
mes^sen-ger, mes'en-jgr, n. One sent

with a message; a forerunner; herald.
XnCes-sl'ali, mes-sai'a, n. The Anointed
One; the Christ.— Mes-d'ah-ship, n. —
Af es'^si-an^ic, a.
meU <mp. &pp. of HBET, V.
met^al, met'al, n. An elementary sub-
stance, usually hard, heavy, and malleable,
as iron, gold, tin, etc.— met-al'lic, a. Be-
ing, containing, or pertaining to a metal.—
■net^al-lirer-ous, a. Yielding metal.—
■net'al-]ur''ffy» n. The art of extracting
metals from ores.— met^'^al-lur^iric, a.
nmefa-mor^plio-sis, mefa-mSr'fo-sis,
n. [-SBS, -stz, pi.] Transformation, as
of a caterpillar Into a butterfly; chemical
decomposition. — met'^a-mor^phose, vt.
[-phosbd; -pho-bikg.] To change the form
of; transmute.
met^a-plior, met'a-fer, n. A figure of
speech m which one object is spoken of as



if it were another.— met^a-phor^o-al, a.
Belatlng to or abounding In metaphor; figur-
ative, met^a-phor'icl:*
met^a-pliys'ics, mefa-fiz'ics, n. Phi-
losophy; mental science; psychology.

— met'^a - phys^ic - al, a. — met^'^a -
phy-si^cian, n. One skilled in metaphysics.

mete, mit. I. vt. [mb'tbd<^; mb'ting.]
To allot by measure; apportion. II. n.
A boundary-line; limit; measure.

me^te-or, ml'[email protected], n. A mass of matter
from the celestial spaces visiting the earth;
a falling star. me'te-or-oldt>— me''-
te-or^iCy a. Belatlng to meteors; tran-
siently brilliant.- me^te- or- ite« n. A



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