Dictionary: MAT'TING – MAUL

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MAT'TING, ppr.

Covering with mats; entangling.

MAT'TOCK, n. [Sax. mattuc; W. matog.]

A tool to grub up weeds or roots; a grubbing hoe. Bailey.

MAT'TRESS, n. [See MATRESS, a more correct orthography.]

MAT'U-RANT, n. [L. maturo, from maturus, mature, ripe.]

In pharmacy, a medicine or application to an inflamed part, which promotes suppuration. Encyc.

MAT'U-RATE, v.i.

To suppurate perfectly.

MAT'U-RATE, v.t. [L. maturo, to hasten, from maturus, ripe.]

To promote perfect suppuration.


Perfectly suppurated.


Suppurating perfectly, as an abscess.


  1. The process of ripening or coming to maturity; ripeness. Bacon.
  2. The process of suppurating perfectly; suppuration; the forming of pus in inflammations. Quincy.


  1. Ripening; conducing to ripeness.
  2. Conducing to perfect suppuration, or the formation of matter in an abscess.

MA-TURE, a. [L. maturus; Dan. moed, moeden. In W. mêd, is complete, perfect, mature; and medi signifies to reap, L. meto. So ripe, in English, seems to be connected with reap. In Ch. מטא signifies to come to, to reach, to be mature. See Meet.]

  1. Ripe; perfected by time or natural growth; as, a man mature age. We apply it to a young man who has arrived to the age when he is supposed to be competent to manage his own concerns; to a young woman who is fit to be married; and to elderly men who have much experience. Their prince is a man of learning and virtue, mature in years. Addison. Mature the virgin was, of Egypt's race. Prior How shall I meet or how accost the sage, / Unskilled in speech, nor yet mature of age. Pope.
  2. Brought to perfection; used of plants. The wheat is mature.
  3. Completed; prepared; ready. The plan or scheme was mature. This lies glowing, and is mature for the violent breaking out. Shak.
  4. Come to suppuration.

MA-TURE, v.i.

To advance toward ripeness; to become ripe or perfect. Wine matures by age, or by agitation in a long journey. The judgment matures by age and experience.

MA-TURE, v.t. [L. maturo.]

  1. To ripen; to hasten to a perfect state; to promote ripeness. Prick an apple with a pin full of holes, not deep and smear it with sack, to see if the virtual heat of the wine will not mature it. Bacon.
  2. To advance toward perfection. Love indulged my labours past, / Matures my present, and shall bound my last. Pope.

MA-TUR-ED, pp.

Ripened; advanced to perfection; prepared.

MA-TURE-LY, adv.

  1. With ripeness, completely.
  2. With full deliberation. A prince entering on war, ought maturely to consider the state of his finances.
  3. Early; soon. [A Latinism, little used.] Bentley.


Approaching to maturity.

MA-TUR-ING, ppr.

Ripening; being in or coming to a complete state.


  1. Ripeness; a state of perfection or completeness; as, the maturity of age or of judgment; the maturity of corn or of grass; the maturity of a plan or scheme.
  2. In commerce, the maturity of a note or bill of exchange is the time when it becomes due.

MAT'U-TI-NAL, or MAT'U-TINE, a. [L. matutinus.]

Pertaining to the morning. Herbert.


A plant of the genus Lygeum.

MAUD'LIN, a. [corrupted from Magdelen, who is drawn by painters with eyes swelled and red with weeping.]

Drunk; fuddled; approaching to intoxication; stupid. And the kind maudlin crowd melts in her praise. Southern.


A plant of the genus Achillea.

MAU'GER, adv. [Fr. malgré, ill will; mal and gré.]

In spite of; in opposition to; notwithstanding; used only in burlesque. This, mauger all the world, will I keep safe. Shak.


MAUL, n. [L. malleus. See Mall.]

A heavy wooden hammer; written also mall.