Dictionary: MOW-ED, or MOWN – MUCK'ER-ER

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MOW-ED, or MOWN, pp.

  1. Cut with a sythe.
  2. Cleared of grass with a sythe, as land.

MOW'ER, n.

One who mows; a man dextrous in the use of the sythe.


  1. The act of cutting with a sythe.
  2. Land from which grass is cut.

MOW'ING, ppr.1

Putting into a mow.

MOW'ING, ppr.2

Cutting down with a sythe.

MOX'A, n.

The down of the mugwort of China; a soft lanuginous substance prepared in Japan from the young leaves of a species of Artemisia. In the eastern countries, it is used for the gout, &c. by burning it on the skin. This produces a dark colored spot, the exulceration of which is promoted by applying a little garlic. Encyc. Coxe.


A mule. [See Mule.]

MUCH, a. [Sw. mycken; Sp. mucho; It. mucchio. See Mow. The sense is probably a heap or mass, and it may be allied to mickle, great, Gr. μεγα.]

  1. Great in quantity or amount. Thou shalt carry much seed into the field, and gather but little in. Deut. xxviii. Manasseh wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord to provoke him to anger. 2 Kings xxi. Return with much riches to your tents. Josh. xxii.
  2. Long in duration. How much time is spent in trifling amusements.
  3. Many in number. Edom came out against him with much people. Numb. xx. [This application of much is no longer used.]

MUCH, adv.

  1. In a great degree; by far; qualifying adjectives of the comparative degree; as, much more, much stronger, much heavier, much more splendid, much higher. So we say, much less, much smaller, much less distinguished, much weaker, much finer.
  2. To a great degree or extent; qualifying verbs and participles. Jonathan, Saul's son, delighted much in David. 1 Sam. xix. It is a night to be much observed. Ex. xii. The soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. Num. xxi. A much afflicted, much enduring man. Pope.
  3. Often or long. Think much, speak little. Dryden.
  4. Nearly. All left the world much as they found it. Temple.

MUCH, n.

  1. A great quantity; a great deal. He that gathered much had nothing over. Exod. xvi. To whom much is given, of him much will be required. Luke xii. They have much of the poetry of Mæcenas, but little of his liberality. Dryden.
  2. More than enough; a heavy service or burden. He thought not much to clothe his enemies. Milton. Who thought it much a man should die of love. Dryden.
  3. An uncommon thing; something strange. It was much that one who was so great a lover of peace should be happy in war. Bacon. As much, an equal quantity; used as an adjective or noun. Return as much bread as you borrowed. If you borrow money, return as much as you receive. So we say, twice as much, five times as much, that is, twice or five times the quantity. #2. A certain or suitable quantity. Then take as much as thy soul desireth. 1 Sam. ii. #3. To an equal degree; adverbially. One man loves power as much as another loves gold. So much, an equal quantity or a certain quantity, as a noun; to an equal degree, or to a certain degree, as an adverb. Of sweet cinnamon half so much. Exod. xxx. In all Israel, there was none to be so much praised as Absalom. 2 Sam. xiv. Too much; an excessive quantity, as a noun; to an excessive degree, as an adverb. To make much of, to value highly; to prize or to treat witl great kindness and attention. Milner. #2. To fondle. Much at one, nearly of equal value, effect or influence. Dryden.


Deeply regretted.


Nearly; almost. [Not elegant.] Locke.

MU'CIC, a. [from mucus.]

The mucic acid is the same as the saccholactic. It is obtained from gums, &c. Ure.

MU'CID, a. [L. mucidus, from muceo.]

Musty; moldy; slimy.


Mustiness; sliminess. Ainsworth.

MU'CIL-AGE, n. [Fr. from L. mucus, the slimy discharges from the nose; muceo, to grow moldy or musty; It. mucillaggine; Sp. mucilago. The L. mucus, in Ir. is smug; smugaim, to blow the nose. It is probably allied to Eng. muck; Heb. Ch. מוג or מוק, to dissolve, to putrefy. Class Mg, No. 8, 10.]

  1. In chimistry, one of the proximate elements of vegetables. The same substance is a gum when solid, and a mucilage when in solution. Thomson. Both the ingredients improve one another; for the mucilage adds to the lubricity of the oil, and the oil preserves the mucilage from inspissation. Ray. Mucilage is obtained from vegetable or animal substances. Nicholson.
  2. The liquor which moistens and lubricates the ligament and cartilages of the articulations or joints in animal bodies. Encyc.


  1. Pertaining to or secreting mucilage; the mucilaginous glands. Encyc.
  2. Slimy; ropy; moist, soft and lubricous; partaking of the nature of mucilage; as, a mucilaginous gum. Grew.


Sliminess; the state of being mucilaginous.


Secreting or producing mucus.


A combination of a substance with mucon acid. Parke.

MUCK, n. [Sax. meox, miox; Dan. mög, dung; mug, mold, soil; L. mucus; qu. from moisture or putrefaction. In W. mwg is smoke, which may be allied to Eng. muggy, from dissolving, wasting. So in French fumer, to smoke, to dung or muck. See the Heb. and Ch. verbs under Mucilage. In Russ. mochu is to moisten, and makayu, to dip, to soak.]

  1. Dung in a moist state, or a mass of dung and putrefied vegetable matter. With fattening muck besmear the roots. Philip.
  2. Something mean, vile or filthy. To run a muck, to run madly and attack all we meet. Pope. Dryden. Running a muck, is a phrase derived from the Malays (in whose language amock signifies to kill,) applied to desperate persons who intoxicate themselves with opium, and then arm themselves with a dagger and attempt to kill all they meet. Ed. Encyc.

MUCK, v.t.

To manure with muck. Tusser.

MUCK'EN-DER, n. [Sp. mocadero, from moco, mucus; Fr. mouchoir.]

A pocket handkerchief. [Not used.] Dorset.

MUCK'ER, v.t. [from muck.]

To scrape together money by mean labor or shifts. [Not used in America.]


A miser; a niggard. [Not used.] Chaucer.