Dictionary: MAR'ROW-FAT – MAR-SU'PI-AL

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A kind of rich pea.


Of the nature of marrow. Burton.


Destitute of marrow. Shak.


Full of marrow; pithy.

MAR'RY, exclam.

A term of asseveration, is said have been derived from the practice of swearing by the Virgin Mary. It is obsolete.

MAR'RY, v.i.

To enter into the conjugal state; to unite as husband and wife; to take a husband or a wife. If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. Matth. xix. I will therefore that the younger women marry. 1 Tim. v.

MAR'RY, v.t. [Fr. marier, from mari, a husband; L. mas, maris, a male; Finnish, mari or mord, id.; Ar. مَرَأ mara, to be manly, masculine, brave; whence its derivatives, a man, L. vir, a husband, a lord or master. See also Ludolf, Eth. Lex. Col. 62.]

  1. To unite in wedlock or matrimony; to join a man and woman for life, and constitute them man and wife according to the laws or customs of a nation. By the laws, ordained clergymen have a right to marry persons within certain limits prescribed. Tell him he shall marry the couple himself. Gay.
  2. To dispose of in wedlock. Mæcenais told Augustus he must either marry his daughter Julia to Agrippa, or take away his life. Bacon. [In this sense, it is properly applicable to females only.]
  3. To take for husband or wife. We say, a man marries a woman; or a woman marries a man. The first was the original sense, but both are now well authorized.
  4. In Scripture, to unite in covenant, or in the closest connection. Turn, O backsliding children, saith Jehovah, for I am married to you. Jer. iii.

MAR'RY-ING, ppr.

Uniting in wedlock; disposing of in marriage.

MARS, n.

In mythology, the god of war; in modern usage, a planet; and in the old chimistry, a term for iron.

MARSH, n. [Sax. mersc; Fr. marais; D. moeras; G. morast. It was formerly written marish, directly from the French. We have morass from the Teutonic. See Moor.]

A tract of low land, usually or occasionally covered with water, or very wet and miry, and overgrown with coarse grass or with detached clumps of sedge; a fen. It differs from swamp, which is merely moist or spungy land, but often producing valuable crops of grass. Low land occasionally overflowed by the tides, is called salt marsh.

MAR-SHAL, n. [Fr. marechal; D. and G. marschalk; Dan. marshalk; compounded of W. marc, a horse, and Teut. scealc, or schalk, or skalk, a servant. The latter word now signifies a rogue. In Celtic, scal or scalc signified a man, boy, or servant. In Fr. marechal, Sp. mariscal, signify a marshal and a farrier. Originally, an officer who had the care of horses; a groom. In more modern usage,]

  1. The chief officer of arms, whose duty it is to regulate combats in the lists. Johnson.
  2. One who regulates rank and order at a feast or any other assembly, directs the order of procession and the like.
  3. A harbinger; a pursuivant; one who goes before a prince to declare his coming and provide entertainment. Johnson.
  4. In France, the highest military officer. In other countries of Europe, a marshal is a military officer of high rank, and called field-marshal.
  5. In America, a civil officer, appointed by the President and Senate of the United States, in each judicial district, answering to the sherif of a county. His duty is to execute all precepts directed to him, issued under the authority of the United States.
  6. An officer of any private society, appointed to regulate their ceremonies and execute their orders. Earl marshal of England, the eighth officer of state; an honorary title, and personal, until made hereditary by Charles II. in the family of Howard. During a vacancy in the office of high constable, the earl marshal has jurisdiction in the court of chivalry. Encyc. Earl marshal of Scotland. This officer formerly had command of the cavalry, under the constable. This office was held by the family of Keith, but forfeited by rebellion in 1715. Encyc. Knight marshal, or marshal of the king's house, formerly an officer who was to execute the commands of the lord steward, and have the custody of prisoners committed by the court of verge; hence, the name of a prison in Southwark. Encyc. Marshal of the king's bench, an officer who has the custody of the prison called the king's bench, in Southwark. He attends on the court and has the charge of the prisoners committed by them. Encyc.

MAR-SHAL, v.t.

  1. To dispose in order; to arrange in a suitable manner; as, to marshal an army; to marshal troops. Dryden.
  2. To lead, as a harbinger. [Not used.] Shak.
  3. To dispose in due order the several parts of an escutcheon, or the coats of arms of distinct families. Encyc.


Arranged in due order.


One who disposes in due order.


  1. In heraldry, an arrangement in a shield which exhibits the alliances of a family.
  2. The act of arranging in due order.


Arranging in due order.


In England, the prison in Southwark, belonging to the marshal of the king's household. Johnson. Court of marshalsea, a court formerly held before the steward and marshal of the king's house, to administer justice between the king's domestic servants. Blackstone.


The office of a marshal.


Bred in a marsh. Coleridge.


The gelder rose, a species of Viburnum. Lee.


A plant of the genus Althaea.


A plant of the genus Caltha.


A species of water cresses. Johnson.

MARSH-Y, a. [from marsh.]

  1. Wet; boggy; fenny. Dryden.
  2. Produced in marshes; as, a marshy weed. Dryden.


Relating to the didelphyc animals, such as the opossum, &c.