Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: machinery – magic
machinery, n. [Fr.]
Technology; mechanistic invention; mere human engineering; [fig.] mortality.
mad (madder, maddest), adj. [OE gemad, insane.] (webplay: break, delirium).
- Strange; exotic; outlandish; primitive; adventurous; [fig.] pungent; fragrant.
- Unrealistic; quixotic; impossible; wild-eyed.
- Distracted; frenzied; crazy with jealousy.
- Wildest; worst; stormiest; most tumultuous; most furious.
- Ecstatic; rapturous; jubilant; exhilarated.
- Frantic; inflamed; delirious; frustrated.
mad (madder), adv. [see mad, adj.]
Briskly; actively; wildly; with spirit; without inhibition.
madam, n. [OFr ma, my + dame, lady.]
Lady; dame; gentlewoman; socially-accepted appellation for a female; title for a woman showing respect, refinement, or elevated social standing.
made, v. [preterite from; see make, v.]
madness, n. [see mad, adj.]
- Distraction; preoccupation; absent-mindedness; [fig.] artistic genius; intellectual brilliance; poetic creativity.
- Disorder; craziness; passion; frivolity; erratic behavior; lack of caution; [fig.] windiness; unpredictable weather.
- Ecstacy; rapture; jubilee; exhilaration.
madonna (-s), n. [Sp. madona, It. madonna, my lady; cf. Notre Dame, Our Lady]
- The Virgin Mary; Mother of God; holy woman who serves as an intermediary between humanity and Jesus Christ.
- Nurturer; nursing mother; [fig.] high place; chain of slopes; range of cliffs; [fig.] merciful saviors of the church of nature.
- Shrine; symbolic representation of the merciful intervention of Mary; inanimate religious icon representing the mother of Jesus Christ.
maelstrom, n. [Early modern Dutch 'whirlpool' < malen, to grind.]
- Famous whirlpool; cyclone in the Arctic Ocean on the west coast of Norway; sea vortex that destroys all vessels within a long radius.
- Whirlwind; tornado.
magic (-al), adj. [see magic, n.]
- Brilliant; wonderful; exquisite.
- Ethereal; airy; [fig.] cloudy.
- Invisible; hidden; secret.
- Celestial; heavenly.
- Enchanting; charming; fascinating.
magic, n. [OFr < late L.] (webplay: passive).
- Supernatural power; secret operations of natural causes.
- Sorcery; witchcraft; [fig.] poetry; literature; belle lettres; powerful language.
- Nature; natural causes; surprising effects.