Dictionary: MAR – MAR-CES'SI-BLE

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MAR, n.2

  1. An injury. [Obs.]
  2. A lake. [See Mere.]

MAR, v.t. [Sax. merran, mirran, myrran, amyrran, to err, to deviate, to hinder, to lose, scatter or waste, to draw from or mislead, to corrupt or deprave; Sp. marrar, to deviate from truth and justice: marro, want, defect; Ir. mearaighim; Gr. άμαρτανω, (qu. Gr. μαραινω, L. marceo;) It. smarrire, to miss, to lose; smarrimento, a wandering.]

  1. To injure by cutting off a part, or by wounding and making defective; as, to mar a tree by incision. I pray you mar no more trees by writing songs in their barks. Shak. Neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. Lev. xix.
  2. To injure; to hurt; to impair the strength or purity of. When brewers mar their malt with water. Shak.
  3. To injure; to diminish; to interrupt. But mirth is marred, and the good cheer is lost. Dryden.
  4. To injure; to deform; to disfigure. Ire, envy and despair / Marr'd all his borrow'd visage. Milton. His visage was so marred more than any man. Is. lii. Moral evil alone mars the intellectual works of God. Buckminster. [This word is not obsolete in America.]


A species of parrot in Brazil.


A plant of the genus Passiflora.

MAR-A-NA'THA, n. [Syriac.]

The Lord comes or has come; a word used by the apostle Paul in expressing a curse. This word was used in anathematizing persons for great crimes; as much as to say, “may the Lord come quickly to take vengeance on thee for thy crime.” Calmet.


The proper name of a river in South America, the largest in the world; most absurdly called Amazon. Garcilasso.

MA-RAS'MUS, n. [Gr. μαρασμος, from μαραινω, to cause to pine or waste away.]

Atrophy; a wasting of flesh without fever or apparent disease; a kind of consumption. Coxe. Encyc.

MA-RAUD', v.i. [Fr. maraud, a rascal; Eth. መረደ, marada, to hurry, to run. The Heb. מרד, to rebel, may be the same word differently applied. Class Mr, No. 22. The Danish has the word in maroder, a robber in war, a corsair. So corsair is from L. cursus, curro.]

To rove in quest of plunder; to make an excursion for booty; to plunder.


A rover in quest of booty or plunder; a plunderer; usually applied to small parties of soldiers.


A roving for plunder; a plundering by invaders.


Roving in search of plunder.


A small copper coin of Spain, equal to three mills American money, less than a farthing sterling.


  1. Made of marble; as, a marble pillar.
  2. Variegated in color; stained or veined like marble; as, the marble cover of a book.
  3. Hard; insensible; as, a marble heart.

MAR-BLE, n. [Fr. marbre; Sp. marmol; It. marmo; L. marmor; Gr. μαρμαρος, white.]

  1. The popular name of any species of calcarious stone or mineral, of a compact texture, and of a beautiful appearance, susceptible of a good polish. The varieties are numerous, and greatly diversified in color. Marble is limestone, or a stone which may be calcined to lime, a carbonate of lime; but limestone is a more general name, comprehending the calcarious stones of an inferior texture, as well as those which admit a fine polish. Marble is much used for statues, busts, pillars, chimney-pieces, monuments, &c.
  2. A little ball of marble or other stone, used by children in play.
  3. A stone remarkable for some inscription or sculpture. Arundel marbles, or Arundelian marbles, Marble pieces with a chronicle of the city of Athens inscribed on them, presented to the University of Oxford, by Thomas earl of Arundel. Encyc.

MAR-BLE, v.t.

To variegate in color; to cloud; to stain or vein like marble; as, to marble the cover of a book.


Diversified in color; veined like marble.


Having the edges marbled.


Having a heart like marble; hard-hearted; cruel; insensible; incapable of being moved by pity, love or sympathy. Shak.


The art or practice of variegating in color, in imitation of marble.


Variegating in colors; clouding or veining like marble.

MAR-BLY, adv.

In the manner of marble.

MAR-CA-SITE, n. [It. marcassita; Fr. marcassite.]

A name which has been given to all sorts of minerals, to ores, pyrites, and semi-metals. It is now obsolete. Nicholson. Hill. Encyc.


Pertaining to marcasite; of the nature of marcasite. Encyc.

MAR-CES'CENT, a. [L. marcescens, marcesco.]

Withering; fading; decaying.


That may wither; liable to decay.