Dictionary: MACRO-COSM – MAD'E-FI-ED

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MACRO-COSM, n. [Gr. μακρος, great, and κοσμος, world.]

The great world; the universe, or the visible system of worlds; opposed to microcosm, or the world of man. Encyc.

MAC-RO-DAC'TYL, n. [Gr. μακρος, long, and δακτυλος, finger.]

One of a tribe of wading fowls, having very long toes.

MA-CROL'O-GY, n. [Gr. μακρος, great, and λογος, discourse.]

Long and tedious talk; prolonged discourse without matter; superfluity of words. Bullokar.

MA-CROT'Y-POUS, a. [Gr. μακρος, long, and τυπος, form.]

In mineralogy, having a long form. Shepard.

MAC-TA'TION, n. [L. macto, to kill.]

The act of killing a victim for sacrifice. Encyc.

MAC'U-LA, n. [L.]

A spot, as on the skin, or on the surface of the sun or other luminous orb.

MAC'U-LATE, v.t. [L. maculo.]

To spot; to stain. Elyot. MAC'U-LATE or MAC'U-LA-TED, a. Spotted.


The act of spotting; a spot; a stain. Shak.


A spot. [supra.] [Little used.]

MAD, a. [Sax. gemaad; Ir. amad; It. matto, mad, foolish; mattone, a brick, and an arrant fool; matteria and mattezza, foolishness; ammattire, to become distracted.]

  1. Disordered in intellect; distracted; furious. We must bind our passions in chains, lest like mad folks, they break their locks and bolts. Taylor.
  2. Proceeding from disordered intellect or expressing it; as, a mad demeanor. Milton.
  3. Enraged; furious; as, a mad bull. And being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them, even to foreign cities. Acts xxvi.
  4. Inflamed to excess with desire; excited with violent an unreasonable passion or appetite; infatuated; followed properly by after. The world is running mad after farce, the extremity of bad poetry. Dryden. “Mad upon their idols,” would be better rendered, “Mad after their idols.” Jer. i.
  5. Distracted with anxiety or trouble; extremely perplexed. Thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes. Deut. xxviii.
  6. Infatuated with folly. The spiritual man is mad. Hos. ix.
  7. Inflamed with anger; very angry. [This is a common and perhaps the most general sense of the word in America. It is thus used by Arbuthnot, and is perfectly proper.]
  8. Proceeding from folly or infatuation. Mad wars destroy in one year the works of many years of peace. Franklin.

MAD, v.i.

To be mad, furious or wild. Wickliffe. Spenser. MAD or MADE, n. [Sax. matha; Goth. matha.] An earthworm. [But this is the Eng. moth.] Ray.

MAD, v.t.

To make mad, furious or angry. Sidney.

MAD'AM, n. [Fr. ma, my, and dame.]

An appellation or complementary title given to married and elderly ladies, or chiefly to them.


A plant of the genus Solanum.


Disordered in mind; hot-headed; rash. Shak.

MAD'CAP, n. [mad-caput or cap.]

A violent, rash, hotheaded person; a madman.

MAD'DEN, v.i.

To become mad; to act as if mad. They rave, recite and madden around the land. Pope.

MAD'DEN, v.t. [mad'n.]

To make mad. Thomson.


Rendered mad.


Making mad or angry.

MAD'DER, n. [Sax. mæddere.]

A plant of the genus Rubia, one species of which is much used in dyeing red. The root is used in medicine and is in great reputation as an emmenagogue. It is cultivated in France and Holland. Encyc. Hill.

MAD'DING, ppr.

Of mad. Raging; furious. Milton. Dryden.

MADE, v. [pret. and pp. of make.]

MAD-E-FAC'TION, n. [L. madefacio.]

The act of making wet.

MAD'E-FI-ED, pp.

Made wet. Bacon.