Dictionary: MAR-SU'PI-AL – MAR-TYR-IZE

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MAR-SU'PI-AL, a. [L. marsupium, a bag.]

Pertaining to a bag or pouch; having a sack or pouch; as, a marsupial animal. Lawrence.


Animals having a pouch or bag, as the kangaroo and opossum. Bell.


A fossil resembling a purse, the remains of a moluscous animal. Mantell.

MART, n. [from market.]

  1. A place of sale or traffick. It was formerly applied chiefly to markets and fairs in cities and towns, but it has now a more extensive application. We say, the United States are a principal mart for English goods; England and France are the marts of American cotton.
  2. Bargain; purchase and sale. [Not used.] Shak.

MART, v.t.

To buy and sell; to traffick. [Not used.] Shak.


A kind of lily. Herbert.

MAR-TEL, v.t. [Fr. marteler.]

To strike. [Obs.]


A round tower with one cannon, such as are erected on the southern shore of England.

MAR'TEN, n.1 [See MARTIN.]

MAR-TEN, n.2 [D. marter; G. marder; Fr. marte; Arm. mart, martr; Sp. marta; It. martora.]

An animal of the genus Mustela, or weasel kind, whose fur is used in making hats and muffs.

MAR-TIAL, a. [Fr. from L. martialis; Sp. marcial; It. marziale; from L. Mars, the god of war.]

  1. Pertaining to war; suited to war; as, martial equipage; martial music; a martial appearance.
  2. Warlike; brave; given to war; as, a martial nation or people. 3, Suited to battle; as, a martial array.
  3. Belonging to war, or to an army and navy; opposed to civil; as, martial law; a court martial.
  4. Pertaining to Mars, or borrowing the properties of that planet. The natures of the fixed stars are esteemed martial or jovial, according to the colors by which they answer to those planets. [Obs.] Brown.
  5. Having the properties of iron, called by the old chimists, Mars.


Bravery; martial exercises. [Not in use.] Prince.


A warrior; a fighter. [Not used ] Howell.


MAR-TIN, n. [Fr. martinet; Sp. martinete. The Germans call it mauer-schwalbe, wall-swallow; and perhaps the word is formed from the root of L. murus, W. mur, a wall.]

A bird of the genus Hirundo, which forms its nest in buildings. It was formerly written by some authors martlet. Dryden.


In military language, a strict disciplinarian; so called from an officer of that name.


In ships, martinets are small lines fastened to the leech of a sail, to bring it close to the yard when the sail is furled. Bailey.

MAR-TIN-GAL, n. [Fr. martingale; It and Sp. martingala. The Portuguese call it gamarra.]

  1. A strap or thong fastened to the girth under a horse's belly, and at the other end to the musrole, passing between the fore legs. Encyc.
  2. In ships; a rope extending from the jib-boom, to the end of a bumpkin under the cap of the bowsprit. Mar. Dict

MAR-TIN-MAS, n. [Martin and mas.]

The feast of St. Martin, the eleventh of November. Johnson.

MART-LET, n. [See Martin.]

Martlet, in heraldry, is a bird without legs or beak. It is added to the family-arms by the fourth of the junior branches of a family, as the mark of their cadency. – E. H. B.]

MAR-TYR, n. [Gr. μαρτυρ, a witness.]

  1. One who, by his death, bears witness to the truth of the Gospel. Stephen was the first Christian martyr. To be a martyr, signifies only to witness the truth of Christ. South.
  2. One who suffers death in defense of any cause. We say, a man dies a martyr to his political principles, or to the cause of liberty.

MAR-TYR, v.t.

  1. To put to death for adhering to what one believes to be the truth; to sacrifice one on account of his faith or profession. Pearson.
  2. To murder; to destroy. Chaucer.


The death of a martyr; the suffering of death on account of one's adherence to the faith of the Gospel. He intends to crown their innocence with the glory of martyrdom. Bacon.


Put to death on account of one's faith or profession.


To offer as a martyr. [Little used.] Spenser.