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MED'LE, v.t.

To mix; not used, but hence,


Mingled; confused. [Little used.] Dryden.


A mixture; a mingled and confused mass of ingredients; used often or commonly with some degree of contempt. This medley of philosophy and war. Addison. Love is a medley of endearments, jars, suspicions, reconcilements, wars – then peace again. Walsh.

ME-DUL'LAR, or MED'UL-LA-RY, a. [L. medullaris, from medulla, marrow; W. madruz; allied to matter, that is, soft.]

Pertaining to marrow; consisting of marrow; resembling marrow; as, medullary substance.

ME-DUL'LIN, n. [L. medulla.]

The pith of the sunflower and lilac, which has neither taste nor smell. It is insoluble in water, ether, alcohol and oils, but soluble in nitric acid, and instead of yielding suberic acid, it yields the oxalic. Cyc.

ME-DU'SA, n.

In mythology, a personage who possessed the power of turning all who looked upon her into stone.

ME-DU'SI-DANS, n. [plur.]

Gelatinous radiate animals, which float or swim in the sea.

MEED, n. [Sax. med, Gr. μισθος, G. miethe, hire; Sans. medha, a gift.]

  1. Reward; recompense; that which is bestowed or rendered in consideration of merit. Thanks to men / Of noble minds is honorable need. Shak.
  2. A gift or present. [Not used.] Shak.

MEEK, a. [Sw. miuk, soft, tender; Dan. myg; Sp. mego; Port. meigo; G. gemach. The primary sense is flowing, liquid, or thin, attenuated, and allied to muck, L. mucus, Eng. mucilage, Heb. and Ch. מוג, to melt. Class Mg, No. 8. See also No. 10, and No. 2, 9, 13.]

  1. Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries. Now the man Moses was very meek, above all men. Num. xii.
  2. Appropriately, humble, in an evangelical sense; submissive to the divine will; not proud, self-sufficient or refractory; not peevish and apt to complain of divine dispensations. Christ says, “Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls.” Matth. xi. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matth. v.

MEEK-EN, v.t. [mee'kn.]

To make meek; to soften; to render mild. Thomson.


Made meek; softened.


Having eyes indicating meekness. Milton.

MEEK-LY, adv.

Mildly; gently; submissively; humbly; not proudly or roughly. And this mis-seeming discord meekly lay aside. Spenser.


  1. Softness of temper; mildness; gentleness; forbearance under injuries and provocations.
  2. In an evangelical sense, humility; resignation; submission to the divine will, without murmuring or peevishness; opposed to pride, arrogance, and refractoriness. Gal. v. I beseech you by the meekness of Christ. 1 Cor. x. Meekness is a grace which Jesus alone inculcated, and which no ancient philosopher seems to have understood or recommended. Buckminster.

MEER, a.

Simple; unmixed; usually written mere.

MEER, n.

A lake; a boundary. [See Mere.]


Relating to a boundary. [See Mere.] Shak.

MEER-SCHAUM, n. [G. sea-foam.]

A hydrate of magnesia combined with silex. It occurs in beds in Natolia, and when first taken out, is soft, and makes lather like soap. It is manufactured into tobacco-pipes, which are boiled in oil or wax, and baked. Cyc.

MEET, a. [Sax. gemet, with a prefix, from the root of metan, gemetan, to meet, to find, that is, to come to, to come together. So the equivalent word convenient, is from L. convenio.]

Fit; suitable; proper; qualified; convenient; adapted, as to a use or purpose. Ye shall pass over armed before your brethren, the children of Israel, all that are meet for the war. Deut. iii. It was meet that we should make merry. Luke xv. Bring forth fruits meet for repentance. Matth. iii.

MEET, v.i.

  1. To come together or to approach near, or into company with. How pleasant it is for friends to meet on the road; still more pleasant to meet in a foreign country.
  2. To come together in hostility; to encounter. The armies met at Waterloo, and decided the fate of Buonaparte.
  3. To assemble; to congregate. The council met at 10 o'clock. The legislature will meet on the first Wednesday in the month.
  4. To come together by being extended; to come in contact; to join. Two converging lines will meet in a point. To meet with, to light on; to find; to come to; often with the sense of an unexpected event. We met with many things worthy of observation. Bacon. #2. To join; to unite in company. Falstaff at that oak shall meet with us. Shak. #3. To suffer unexpectedly; as, to meet with a fall; to meet with a loss. #4. To encounter; to engage in opposition. Royal mistress, / Prepare to meet with more than brutal fury / From the fierce prince. Rowe. #5. To obviate; a Latinism. [Not used.] Bacon. To meet half way, to approach from an equal distance and meet; metaphorically, to make mutual and equal concessions, each party renouncing some pretensions.

MEET, v.t. [pret. and pp. met. Sax. metan, mætan, gemetan, to meet, to find, to measure, to mete; Goth. motyan; D. ontmoeten, gemoetan, to meet, and gemoet, a meeting; Sw. möta, to meet, to fall, come, or happen; möte, a meeting; mot, toward, against; Dan. möder, to meet; möde, a meeting; mod, contrary, against, toward. The sense is to come to, to fall to or happen, to reach to; Gr. μετα,with; G. mit, D. met, mede, Sw. and Dan. med, with or by; W. med, to; Ch. Syr. מטא, מטה, to come to, to arrive, to happen; Heb. Ch. Eth. מצא. Qu. W. ammod, a covenant; commod, agreement.]

  1. To come together, approaching in opposite or different directions; to come face to face; as, to meet a man in the road. His daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances. Judges xi.
  2. To come together in any place; as, we met many strangers at the levee.
  3. To come together in hostility; to encounter. The armies met on the plains of Pharsalia.
  4. To encounter unexpectedly. Milton.
  5. To come together in extension; to come in contact; to join. The line A. meets the line B. and forms an angle.
  6. To come to; to find; to light on; to receive. The good man meets his reward; the criminal in due time meets the punishment he deserves. Of vice or virtue, whether blest or curst, / Which meets contempt, or which compassion first. Pope.


One that meets another; one that accosts another. Shak.


  1. A coming together; an interview; as, a happy meeting of friends.
  2. An assembly; a congregation; a collection of people; a convention. The meeting was numerous; the meeting was clamorous; the meeting was dissolved at sunset.
  3. A conflux, as of rivers; a joining, as of lines.

MEET-ING, ppr.

Coming together; encountering; joining; assembling.


A place of worship; a church.