Dictionary: MON'STROUS-LY – MOOD

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  1. In a manner out of the common order of nature; hence, shockingly; terribly; hideously; horribly; as, a man monstrously wicked.
  2. To a great degree; enormously; extravagantly. Who with his wife is monstrously in love. Dryden


  1. The state of being monstrous.
  2. Enormity; irregular nature or behavior. Shak.

MON-TAN'IC, a. [L. montanus, from mons, mountain.]

Pertaining to mountains; consisting in mountains. Kirwan.


The tenets of Montanus.


A follower of the heresiarch Montanus, a Phrygian by birth, who pretended he was inspired by the Holy Spirit and instructed in several points not revealed to the Apostles. His sect sprung up in the second century. Encyc.


Pertaining to the heresy of Montanus.


To follow the opinions of Montanus. Hooker.

MONT'ANT, n. [Fr. from monter, to mount.]

A term in fencing. Shak.

MON-TE'RO, n. [Sp. montera.]

A horseman's cap. Bacon.


A vessel in which glasses are washed; so called from the name of the inventor. King.

MONTH, n. [Sax. monath, from mona, the moon; D. maand; G. monath; Sw. månad; Dan. maaned; L. mensis; Gr. μην, a month, from μηνη, the moon.]

A space or period of time constituting a division of the year. Month originally signified the time of one revolution of the moon, a lunation, or the period from one change or conjunction of the moon with the sun to another, a period of 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes and 5 seconds. This is the periodical month, or as we generally call it, the lunar month. In this sense we still use the word month. But we also apply the term to the space of time in which the sun passes through one sign, or a twelfth part of the zodiac. This period contains 30 days, 10 hours, 29 minutes, 5 seconds, and is called a solar month. In the year, there are twelve solar months, and thirteen lunar months. In popular language, four weeks are called a month, being nearly the length of the lunar month. A calendar month differs in some degree from a solar month; consisting of twenty eight, twenty nine, thirty or thirty one days, as the months stand in calendars or almanacs.


The being of a month.


  1. Continued a month or performed in a month; as, the monthly revolution of the moon.
  2. Done or happening once a month, or every month; as, the monthly concert of prayer; a monthly visit.

MONTH'LY, adv.

  1. Once a month; in every month. The moon changes monthly.
  2. As if under the influence of the moon; in the manner of a lunatic. [Not used.] Middleton.


Earnest desire; strong inclination. Hudibras.


A little mount; a hillock; sometimes written monticule. Lyell.

MON-TIG'E-NOUS, a. [L. mons, and Gr. γενος.]

Produced on a mountain.


A mineral of a yellowish color, occurring massive, and found at Montmartre, near Paris. It is soft, but resists the weather. It is a compound of the sulphate and carbonate of lime. Ure.

MON'TOIR, n. [Fr.]

In horsemanship, a stone used for aiding to mount a horse.


MON'U-MENT, n. [L. monumentum, from moneo, admonish or remind.]

  1. Any thing by which the memory of a person or an event is preserved or perpetuated; a building, stone or other thing placed or erected to remind men of the person who raised it, or of a person deceased, or of any remarkable event; as a mausoleum, a pillar, a pyramid, a triumphal arch, a tombstone and the like. A pillar of 200 feet in highth, composed of Portland stone, was erected in London as a monument to preserve the memory of the great conflagration in 1666. A monument is erected on Bunker Hill to commemorate the battle of June 17, 1775.
  2. A stone or a heap of stones or other durable thing, intended to mark the bounds of states, towns or distinct possessions, and preserve the memory of divisional lines. New England.
  3. A thing that reminds or gives notice.


  1. Pertaining to a monument; as, a monumental inscription.
  2. Serving as a monument; memorial; preserving memory. Of pine or monumental oak. Milton. A work outlasting monumental brass. Pope.
  3. Belonging to a tomb; as, monumental rest. Crashaw.


  1. By way of memorial. Gayton.
  2. By means of monuments. Gliddon.

MOOD, n.1 [Fr. mode; L. modus. See Mode.]

  1. The form of an argument; the regular determination of propositions according to their quantity, as universal or particular, and their quality, as affirmative or negative. Watts. Encyc.
  2. Style of music. Milton. Encyc.
  3. The variation of a verb to express manner of action or being. [See Mode.] In the foregoing senses, and in all cases, this word when derived from the Latin modus, ought to be written mode, it being a distinct word from the following.

MOOD, n.2 [Goth. mod, anger; Sax. mod, Sw. mod, the mind, a lofty mind, pride, violence; modig, proud, spirited; G. muth, mind, mood, courage, mettle, spirit; D. moed; Dan. mood, mod, heart, courage, mettfe. We observe these words unite the sense of mind with that of spirit, courage, anger, for the primary sense is derived from moving, driving or rushing forward, or from exciting. We observe analogous cases in the L. animus and Gr. θυμος. Class Md, No. 19, 24, 25.]

  1. Temper of mind; temporary state of the mind in regard to passion or feeling; humor; as, a melancholy mood; an angry mood; a suppliant mood. Dryden. Addison.
  2. Anger; heat of temper. Hooker. [in this sense little used, unless qualified by an adjective.]