Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary



MAGNA CHARTA, n. [L. great charter.]

1. The great charter, so called obtained by the English barons from king John, A.D. 1215. This name is also given to the charter granted to the people of England in the ninth year of Henry III. and confirmed by Edward I.

2. A fundamental constitution which guarantees rights and privileges.

MAGNANIMITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.

MAGNANIMOUS, a. [L. magnanimus.]

1. Great of mind; elevated in soul or in sentiment; brave; disinterested; as a magnanimous prince or general.

2. Dictated by magnanimity; exhibiting nobleness of soul; liberal and honorable; not selfish.

There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.

MAGNANIMOUSLY, adv. With greatness of mind; bravely; with dignity and elevation of sentiment.

MAGNESIA, n. s as z. [Gr. the lodestone.]

1. A primitive earth, having for its base a metallic substance, called magnesium. It is generally found in combination with other substances. It is absorbent and antacid, and moderately cathartic.

MAGNESIAN, a. Pertaining to magnesia, or partaking of its qualities.

MAGNESITE, n. Carbonated magnesia, or magnesia combined with silex. It occurs in amorphous masses, or in masses tuberous and spungiform; its color is yellowish gray, or white with spots, and dendritic delineations of blackish brown.

MAGNESIUM, n. The undecomposable base of magnesia.

MAGNET, n. [L. from Gr. Magnesia, in Asia Minor.] The lodestone; an ore of iron which has the peculiar properties of attracting metallic iron, of pointing to the poles, and of dipping or inclining downwards. These properties it communicates to iron by contact. A bar of iron to which these properties are imparted, is called an artificial magnet.

MAGNETIC, MAGNETICAL, a. Pertaining to the magnet; possessing the properties of the magnet, or corresponding properties; as a magnetic bar of iron, or a magnetic needle.

1. Attractive.

She that had all magnetic force along--

MAGNETICALLY, adv. By means of magnetism; by the power of attraction.

MAGNETICALNESS, n. The quality of being magnetic.

MAGNETICS, n. The science or principles of magnetism.

MAGNETIFEROUS, a. Producing or conducting magnetism.

MAGNETISM, n. That branch of science which treats of the properties of the magnet, the power of the lodestone, etc.

1. Power of attraction; as the magnetism of interest.

Animal magnetism, a sympathy supposed to exist between the magnet and the human body, by means of which the magnet is said to be able to cure diseases; or a fluid supposed to exist throughout nature, and to be the medium of influence between celestial bodies, and the earth and human bodies.

MAGNETIZE, v.t. To communicate magnetic properties to any thing; as, to magnetize a needle.

Seven of Deslon’s patients were magnetized at Dr. Franklin’s house.

MAGNETIZE, v.i. To acquire magnetic properties; to become magnetic. A bar of iron standing some time in an inclined position, will magnetize.

MAGNETIZED, pp. Made magnetic.

MAGNETIZING, ppr. Imparting magnetism to.

MAGNIFIABLE, a. [See Magnify.] That may be magnified; worthy of being magnified or extolled.

MAGNIFIC, MAGNIFICAL, a. [L. magnificus.] Grand; splendid; illustrious.

MAGNIFICALLY, adv. In a magnificent manner.

MAGNIFICATE, v.t. To magnify or extol. [Not used.]

MAGNIFICENCE, n. [L. magnificentia.] Grandeur of appearance; greatness and splendor of show or state; as the magnificence of a palace or of a procession; the magnificence of a Roman triumph.

MAGNIFICENT, a. Grand in appearance; splendid; pompous.

Man he made, and for him built

Magnificent this world.

1. Exhibiting grandeur.

MAGNIFICENTLY, adv. With splendor of appearance, or pomp of show. The minister was magnificently entertained at court.

1. With exalted sentiments. We can never conceive too magnificently of the Creator and his works.

MAGNIFICO, n. A grandee of Venice.

MAGNIFIER, n. [from magnify.] One who magnifies; one who extols or exalts in praises.

1. A glass that magnifies; a convex lens which increases the apparent magnitude of bodies.

MAGNIFY, v.t. [L. magnifico; magnus, great, and facio, to make.]

1. To make great or greater; to increase the apparent dimensions of a body. A convex lens magnifies the bulk of a body to the eye.

2. To make great in representation; to extol; to exalt in description or praise. The embassador magnified the king and queen.

3. To extol; to exalt; to elevate; to raise in estimation.

Thee that day

Thy thunders magnified.

The Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly. 1 Chronicles 29:25.

To magnify one’s self, to raise in pride and pretensions.

He shall magnify in his heart. Daniel 8:25.

MAGNIFYING, ppr. Enlarging apparent bulk or dimensions; extolling; exalting.

MAGNILOQUENCE, n. [L. magnus, great, and loquens, speaking.]

A lofty manner of speaking; tumid, pompous words or style.

MAGNITUDE, n. [L. magnitudo.] Extent of dimensions or parts; bulk; size; applied to things that have length, breadth or thickness.

1. Greatness; grandeur.

With plain heroic magnitude of mind.

2. Greatness, in reference to influence or effect; importance. In affairs or magnitude, disdain not to take counsel.

MAGNOLIA, n. The laurel-leafed tulip tree, of several species.

MAGPIE, n. [L. pica, with mag.] A chattering bird of the genus Corvus.

MAGUEY, a. A species of aloe in Mexico, which furnished the natives with timber for their buildings. Its leaves were used for covering the roofs of their houses, and for paper, clothing and cordage.

The maguey is a species of the Genus Agave, and is now cultivated in Mexico, for the purpose of preparing from its leaves a spirituous liquor called pulque.

MAHOGANY, n. A tree of the genus Swietenia, growing in the tropical climates of America. The wood is of a reddish or brown color, very hard, and susceptible of a fine polish. Of this are made our most beautiful and durable pieces of cabinet furniture.

MAHOMETAN, MOHAMMEDAN. This word and the name of the Arabian prophet, so called, are written in many different ways. The best authorized and most correct orthography seems to be Mohammed, Mohammedan. [See Mohammedan.]

MAHOUND, n. Formerly a contemptuous name for Mohammed and the devil, etc.

MAID, n. A species of skate fish.


1. An unmarried woman, or a young unmarried woman; a virgin.

2. A female servant.

3. It is used in composition, to express the feminine gender, as in maid-servant.

MAIDEN, n. A maid; also, an instrument for beheading criminals, and another for washing linen.

MAIDEN, a. Pertaining to a young woman or virgin; as maiden charms.

1. Consisting of young women or virgins.

Amid the maiden throng.

2. Fresh; new; unused.

He fleshed his maiden sword.

MAIDEN, v.i. To speak and act demurely or modestly.

MAIDENHAIR, n. A plant of the genus Adiantum.


1. The state of being a maid or virgin; virginity.

The modest lore of maidenhood.

2. Newness; freshness; uncontaminated state.

MAIDENLIKE, a. Like a maid; modest.

MAIDENLINESS, n. The behavior that becomes a maid; modesty; gentleness.

MAIDENLIP, n. A plant.

MAIDENLY, a. Like a maid; gentle; modest; reserved.

MAIDENLY, adv. In a maidenlike manner.

MAIDHOOD, n. Virginity.

MAIDMARIAN, n. A dance; so called from a buffoon dressed like a man.

MAIDPALE, a. Pale, like a sick girl.

MAID-SERVANT, n. A female servant.

MAIL, n. [L. macula.]

1. A coat of steel net-work, formerly worn for defending the body against swords, poniards, etc. The mail was of two sorts, chain and plate mail; the former consisting of iron rings, each having four others inserted into it; the latter consisting of a number of small lamins of metal, laid over one another like the scales of a fish, and sewed down to a strong linen or leathern jacket.

2. Armor; that which defends the body.

We strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.

We read also of shirts of mail, and gloves of mail.

3. In ships, a square machine composed of rings interwoven, like net-work, used for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.

4. A rent. Also, a spot.

MAIL, n. A bag for the conveyance of letters and papers, particularly letters conveyed from one post office to another, under public authority.
MAIL, v.t. To put on a coat of mail or armor; to arm defensively.

1. To inclose in a wrapper and direct to a post office. We say, letters were mailed for Philadelphia.

MAIL-COACH, n. A coach that conveys the public mails.

MAILED, pp. Covered with a mail or with armor; inclosed and directed, as letters in a bundle.

1. a. Spotted; speckled.

MAILING, ppr. Investing with a coat of mail; inclosing in a wrapper and directing to a post office.

MAIM, v.t.

1. To deprive of the use of a limb, so as to render a person less able to defend himself in fighting, or to annoy his adversary.

2. To deprive of a necessary part; to cripple; to disable.

You maim’d the jurisdiction of all bishops.

MAIM, n. [written in law-language, mayhem.]

1. The privation of the use of a limb or member of the body, so as to render the sufferer less able to defend himself or to annoy his adversary.

2. The privation of any necessary part; a crippling.

Surely there is more cause to fear lest the want thereof be a maim, than the use of it a blemish.

3. Injury; mischief.

4. Essential defect.

A noble author esteems it to be a maim in history. [Not used.]

MAIMED, pp. Crippled; disabled in limbs; lame.

MAIMING, ppr. Disabling by depriving of the use of a limb; crippling; rendering lame or defective.

MAIMEDNESS, n. A state of being maimed.

MAIN, a. [L. magnus.]

1. Principal; chief; that which has most power in producing an effect, or which is mostly regarded in prospect; as the main branch or tributary stream of a river; the main timbers of an edifice; a main design; a main object.

Our main interest is to be as happy as we can, and as long as possible.

2. Mighty; vast; as the main abyss.

3. Important; powerful.

This young prince, with a train of young noblemen and gentlemen, not with any main army, came over to take possession of his patrimony.

MAIN, n. Strength; force; violent effort; as in the phrase, “with might and main.”

1. The gross; the bulk; the greater part.

The main of them may be reduced to language and an improvement in wisdom--

2. The ocean; the great sea, as distinguished from rivers, bays, sounds and the like.

He fell, and struggling in the main--

3. The continent, as distinguished from an isle. We arrived at Nantucket on Saturday, but did not reach the main till Monday. In this use of the word, land is omitted; main for main land.

4. A hamper.

5. A course; a duct.

For the main, in the main, for the most part; in the greatest part.

MAIN, n. [L. manus, hand.] A hand at dice. We throw a merry main.

And lucky mains make people wise. [Not used.]

1. A match at cock fighting.

MAIN-LAND, n. The continent; the principal land, as opposed to an isle.

MAINLY, adv. Chiefly; principally.

He is mainly occupied with domestic concerns.

1. Greatly; to a great degree; mightily.

MAIN-MAST, n. The principal mast in a ship or other vessel.

MAIN-KEEL, n. The principal keel, as distinguished from the false keel.

MAINOR, n. [L. a manu, from the hand, or in the work.] The old law phrase, to be taken as a thief with the mainor, signifies, to be taken in the very act of killing venison or stealing wood, or in preparing so to do; or it denotes the being taken with the thing stolen upon him.

MAINPERNABLE, a. That may be admitted to give surety by mainpernors; that may be mainprized.

MAINPERNOR, n. In law, a surety for a prisoner’s appearance in court at a day. Mainpernors differ from bail, in that a man’s bail may imprison or surrender him before the stipulated day of appearance; mainpernors can do neither; they are bound to produce him to answer all charges whatsoever.


1. In law, a writ directed to the sheriff, commanding him to take sureties for the prisoner’s appearance, and to let him go at large. These sureties are called mainpernors.

2. Deliverance of a prisoner on security for his appearance at a day.

MAINPRIZE, v.t. To suffer a prisoner to go at large, on his finding sureties, mainpernors, for his appearance at a day.

MAIN-SAIL, n. The principal sail in a ship. The main-sail of a ship or brig is extended by a yard attached to the main-mast, and that of a sloop, by the boom.

MAIN-SHEET, n. The sheet that extends and fastens the main-sail.

MAINSWEAR, v.i. To swear falsely; to perjure one’s self.

MAINTAIN, v.t. [L. manus and teneo.]

1. To hold, preserve or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present character or reputation.

2. To hold; to keep; not to lose or surrender; as, to maintain a place or post.

3. To continue; not to suffer to cease; as, to maintain a conversation.

4. To keep up; to uphold; to support the expense of; as, to maintain state or equipage.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

5. To support with food, clothing and other conveniences; as, to maintain a family by trade or labor.

6. To support by intellectual powers, or by force of reason; as, to maintain an argument.

7. To support; to defend; to vindicate; to justify; to prove to be just; as, to maintain one’s right or cause.

8. To support by assertion or argument; to affirm.

In tragedy and satire, I maintain that this age and the last have excelled the ancients.

MAINTAINABLE, a. That may be maintained, supported, preserved or sustained.

1. That may be defended or kept by force or resistance; as, a military post is not maintainable.

2. That may be defended by argument or just claim; vindicable; defensible.

MAINTAINED, pp. Kept in any state; preserved; upheld; supported; defended; vindicated.

MAINTAINER, n. One who supports, preserves, sustains or vindicates.

MAINTAINING, ppr. Supporting; preserving; upholding; defending; vindicating.

MAINTENANCE, n. Sustenance; sustentation; support by means of supplies of food, clothing and other conveniences; as, his labor contributed little to the maintenance of his family.

1. Means of support; that which supplies conveniences.

Those of better fortune not making learning their maintenance.

2. Support; protection; defense; vindication; as the maintenance of right or just claims.

3. Continuance; security from failure or decline.

Whatever is granted to the church for God’s honor and the maintenance of his service, is granted to God.

4. In law, an officious intermeddling in a suit in which the person has no interest, by assisting either party with money or means to prosecute or defend it. This is a punishable offense. But to assist a poor kinsman from compassion, is not maintenance.

MAIN-TOP, n. The top of the main-mast of a ship or brig.

MAIN-YARD, n. The yard on which the main-sail is extended, supported by the main-mast.

MAISTER, for master, is obsolete.

MAISTRESS, for mistress, is obsolete.

MAIZ, n. A plant of the genus Zea, the native corn of America, called Indian corn.

MAJA, n. A bird of Cuba, of a beautiful yellow color, whose flesh is accounted a delicacy.

MAJESTIC, a. [from majesty.] August; having dignity of person or appearance; grand; princely. The prince was majestic in person and appearance.

In his face

Sat meekness, hightened with majestic grace.

1. Splendid; grand.

Get the start of this majestic world.

2. Elevated; lofty.

The least portions must be of the epic kind; all must be grave, majestic and sublime.

3. Stately; becoming majesty; as a majestic air or walk.

MAJESTICAL, a. Majestic. [Little used.]

MAJESTICALLY, adv. With dignity; with grandeur; with a lofty air or appearance.

MAJESTY, n. [L. majestas, from the root of magis, major, more, greater.]

1. Greatness of appearance; dignity; grandeur; dignity of aspect or manner; the quality or state of a person or thing which inspires awe or reverence in the beholder; applied with peculiar propriety to God and his works.

Jehovah reigneth; he is clothed with majesty. Psalm 93:1.

The voice of Jehovah is full of majesty. Psalm 29:4.

It is applied to the dignity, pomp and splendor of earthly princes.

When he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom--the honor of his excellent majesty many days-- Esther 1:4.

2. Dignity; elevation of manner.

The first in loftiness of thought surpass’d,

The next in majesty--

3. A title of emperors, kings and queens; as most royal majesty; may it please your majesty. In this sense, it admits of the plural; as, their majesties attended the concert.

MAJOR, a. [L.] Greater in number, quantity or extent; as the major part of the assembly; the major part of the revenue; the major part of the territory.

1. Greater in dignity.

My major vow lies here.

2. In music, an epithet applied to the modes in which the third is four semitones above the tonic or key-note, and to intervals consisting of four semitones.

Major and minor, in music, are applied to concords which differ from each other by a semitone.

Major tone, the difference between the fifth and fourth, and major semitone is the difference between the major fourth and the third. The major tone surpasses the minor by a comma.

MAJOR, n. In military affairs, an officer next in rank above a captain, and below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.

1. The mayor of a town. [See Mayor.]

Aid-major, an officer appointed to act as major on certain occasions.

Brigade-major. [See Brigade.]

Drum-major, the first drummer in a regiment, who has authority over the other drummers.

Fife-major, the first or chief fifer.

Sergeant-major, a non-commissioned officer, subordinate to the adjutant.

MAJOR, n. In law, a person of full age to manage his own concerns.
MAJOR, n. In logic, the first proposition of a regular syllogism, containing the principal term; as, no unholy person is qualified for happiness in heaven, [the major.] Every man in his natural state is unholy, [minor.] Therefore, no man in his natural state, is qualified for happiness in heaven, [conclusion or inference.]

MAJORATION, n. Increase; enlargement. [Not used.]

MAJOR-DOMO, n. [major and domus, house.] A man who holds the place of master of the house; a steward; also, a chief minister.

MAJOR-GENERAL, n. A military officer who commands a division or a number of regiments; the next in rank below a lieutenant general.


1. The greater number; more than half; as a majority of mankind; a majority of votes in Congress. A measure may be carried by a large or small majority.

2. Full age; the age at which the laws of a country permit a young person to manage his own affairs. Henry III. had no sooner come to his majority, than the barons raised war against him.

3. The office, rank or commission of a major.

4. The state of being greater.

It is not a plurality of parts, without majority of parts. [Little used.]

5. [L. majores.] Ancestors; ancestry. [Not used.]

6. Chief rank. [Not used.]

MAKE, v.t. pret. and pp. made.

1. To compel; to constrain.

They should be made to rise at an early hour.

2. To form of materials; to fashion; to mold into shape; to cause to exist in a different form, or as a distinct thing.

He fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf. Exodus 32:4.

God not only made, but created; not only made the work, but the materials.

3. To create; to cause to exist; to form from nothing. God made the materials of the earth and of all worlds.

4. To compose; to constitute as parts, materials or ingredients united in a whole. These several sums make the whole amount.

The heaven, the air, the earth, and boundless sea,

Make but one temple for the deity.

5. To form by art.

And art with her contending, doth aspire

T’excel the natural with made delights.

6. To produce or effect, as the agent.

Call for Sampson, that he may make us sport. Judges 16:25.

7. To produce, as the cause; to procure; to obtain. Good tillage is necessary to make good crops.

Wealth maketh many friends. Proverbs 19:4.

8. To do; to perform; to execute; as, to make a journey; to make a long voyage.

9. To cause to have any quality, as by change or alteration. Wealth may make a man proud; beauty may make a woman vain; a due sense of human weakness should make us humble.

10. To bring into any state or condition; to constitute.

See I have made thee a god to Pharaoh. Exodus 7:1.

Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? Exodus 2:14.

11. To contract; to establish; as, to make friendship.

12. To keep; as, to make abode.

13. To raise to good fortune; to secure in riches or happiness; as when it is said, he is made for this world.

Who makes or ruins with a smile or frown.

14. To suffer.

He accuses Neptune unjustly, who makes shipwreck a second time.

15. To incur; as, to make a loss. [Improper.]

16. To commit; to do.

I will neither plead my age nor sickness in excuse of the faults which I made. [Little used.]

17. To intend or to do; to purpose to do.

Gomez, what mak’st thou here, with a whole brotherhood of city bailiffs? [Not used.]

We now say, what doest thou here?

18. To raise, as, profit; to gain; to collect; as, to make money in trade or by husbandry; to make an estate by steady industry.

19. To discover; to arrive in sight of; a seaman’s phrase, They made the land at nine o’clock on the larboard bow, distant five leagues.

20. To reach; to arrive at; as, to make a port or harbor; a seaman’s phrase.

21. To gain by advance; as, to make little way with a head wind; we made our way to the next village. This phrase often implies difficulty.

22. To provide; as, to make a dinner or entertainment.

23. To put or place; as, to make a difference between strict right and expedience.

24. To turn; to convert, as to use.

Whate’er they catch,

Their fury makes an instrument of war.

25. To represent. He is not the fool you make him, that is, as your representation exhibits him.

26. To constitute; to form. It is melancholy to think that sensual pleasure makes the happiness of a great part of mankind.

27. To induce; to cause. Self-confidence makes a man rely too much on his own strength and resources.

28. To put into a suitable or regular form for use; as, to make a bed.

29. To fabricate; to forge. He made the story himself.

30. To compose; to form and write; as, to make verses or an oration.

31. To cure; to dry and prepare for preservation; as, to make hay.

To make amends, to make good; to give adequate compensation; to replace the value or amount of loss.

To make account of, to esteem; to regard.

To make away, to kill; to destroy.

1. To make free with, to treat with freedom; to treat without ceremony.

To make good, to maintain, to defend.

I’ll either die, or I’ll make good the place.

1. To fulfill; to accomplish; as, to make good one’s word, promise or engagement.

2. To make compensation for; to supply an equivalent; as, to make good a loss or damage.

To make light of, to consider as of no consequence; to treat with indifference or contempt.

They made light of it, and went their way. Matthew 22:5.

To make love,

To make suit, to court; to attempt to gain the favor or affection.

To make merry, to feast; to be joyful or jovial.

To make much of, to treat with fondness or esteem; to consider as of great value, or as giving great pleasure.

To make of, to understand. He knows not what to make of the news, that is, he does not well understand it; he knows not how to consider or view it.

1. To produce from; to effect.

I am astonished that those who have appeared against this paper, have made so very little of it.

2. To consider; to account; to esteem.

Makes she no more of me than of a slave?

To make over, to transfer the title of; to convey; to alienate. He made over his estate in trust or in fee.

To make out, to learn; to discover; to obtain a clear understanding of. I cannot make out the meaning or sense of this difficult passage. Antiquaries are not able to make out the inscription on this medal.

1. To prove; to evince; to establish by evidence or argument. The plaintiff, not being able to make out his case, withdrew the suit.

In the passages from divines, most of the reasonings which make out both my propositions are already suggested.

2. To furnish; to find or supply. He promised to pay, but was not able to make out the money or the whole sum.

To make sure of, to consider as certain.

1. To secure to one’s possession; as, to make sure of the game.

To make up, to collect into a sum or mass; as, to make up the amount of rent; to make up a bundle or package.

1. To reconcile; to compose; as, to make up a difference or quarrel.

2. To repair; as, to make up a hedge. Ezekiel 13:5.

3. To supply what is wanting. A dollar is wanted to make up the stipulated sum.

4. To compose, as ingredients or parts.

Oh, he was all made up of love and charms!

The parties among us are made up of moderate whigs and presbyterians.

5. To shape; as, to make up a mass into pills.

6. To assume a particular form of features; as, to make up a face; whence, to make up a lip, is to pout.

7. To compensate; to make good; as, to make up a loss.

8. To settle; to adjust, or to arrange for settlement; as, to make up accounts.

9. To determine; to bring to a definite conclusion; as, to make up one’s mind.

In seamen’s language, to make sail, to increase the quantity of sail already extended.

To make sternway, to move with the stern foremost.

To make water, to leak.

To make words, to multiply words.

MAKE, v.i. To tend; to proceed; to move. He made towards home. The tiger made at the sportsman. Formerly authors used to make way, to make on, to make forth, to make about; but these phrases are obsolete. We now say, to make at, to make towards.

1. To contribute; to have effect. This argument makes nothing in his favor. He believes wrong to be right, and right to be wrong, when it makes for his advantage.

2. To rise; to flow toward land; as, the tide makes fast.

To make as if, to show; to appear; to carry appearance.

Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled. Joshua 8:15.

To make away with, to kill; to destroy.

To make for, to move towards; to direct a course towards; as, we apprehended a tempest approaching, and made for a harbor.

1. To tend to advantage; to favor. A war between commercial nations makes for the interest of neutrals.

To make against, to tend to injury. This argument makes against his cause.

To make out, to succeed; to have success at last. He made out to reconcile the contending parties.

To make up, to approach. He made up to us with boldness.

To make up for, to compensate; to supply by an equivalent.

Have you a supply of friends to make up for those who are gone?

To make up with, to settle differences; to become friends.

To make with, to concur.

MAKE, n. Structure; texture; constitution of parts in a body. It may sometimes be synonymous with shape or form, but more properly, the word signifies the manner in which the parts of a body are united; as a man of slender make, or feeble make,

Is our perfection of so frail a make

As every plot can undermine and shake?

MAKE, n. [Eng. match; L. par.] A companion; a mate.

MAKEBATE, n. One who excites contention and quarrels.

MAKELESS, a. Matchless; without a mate.

MAKER, n. The Creator.

The universal Maker we may praise.

1. One that makes, forms, shapes, or molds; a manufacturer; as a maker of watches, or of jewelry; a maker of cloth.

2. A poet.

MAKEPEACE, n. A peace-maker; one that reconciles persons when are variance.

MAKEWEIGHT, n. That which is thrown into a scale to make weight.

MAKI, n. An animal of the genus Lemur.

The ring-tailed maki is of the size of a cat.

The common name of a subdivision of the Linnean genus Lemur, including the macauco, the mongooz, and the vari.

MAKING, ppr. Forming; causing; compelling; creating; constituting.

MAKING, n. The act of forming, causing or constituting.

1. Workmanship. This is cloth of your own making.

2. Composition; structure.

3. A poem.

MAL, MALE, as a previx, in composition, denotes ill or veil, L. malus. [See Malady.]

MALACHITE, n. [Gr. mallows, L. malva, soft, so names from its resembling the color of the leaf of mallows.]

An oxyd of copper, combined with carbonic acid, found in solid masses of a beautiful green color. It consists of layers, in the form of nipples or needles converging towards a common center. It takes a good polish and is often manufactured into toys.

MALACOLITE, n. [Gr. mallows, from its color.]

Another name for diopside, a variety of pyroxene.