Dictionary: MEET-LY – ME-LANGE

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MEET-LY, adv. [from meet.]

Fitly; suitably; properly.

MEET-NESS, n. [from meet.]

Fitness; suitableness; propriety. Bp. Hall.

MEG'A-COSM, n. [Gr. μεγας, great, and κοσμος, world.]

The great world. Bp. Croft.

ME-GAL'ON-YX, n. [Gr. μεγαλη, great, and ονυξ, a nail.]

An animal now extinct, whose bones have been found in Virginia, allied to the sloth. Cuvier.

MEG-A-LOP'O-LIS, n. [Gr. μεγαλη, great, and πολις, city.]

A chief city; a metropolis. [Not in use.] Herbert.

ME-GAL-O-SAU'RUS, n. [Gr. μεγαλη, and σαυρος, a lizard.]

The giant lizard, whose fossil remains have been found. It is extinct.

MEG-ATHE'RI-UM, or ME-GATH'E-RY, n. [Gr. μεγας, great, and θηρα, a wild beast.]

A quadruped now extinct, but whose remains, have been found in South America. It was larger than the megalonyx. Cyc.

ME'GRIM, n. [Fr. migraine, corrupted from L. and G. hemicrania, half the head.]

Properly, a neuralgic pain in the side of the head; periodical headache, characterized by a vehement pain confined to one side of the head, sometimes to one side of the forehead, and usually periodical, i.e. either exacerbating and unremitting, or absolutely intermittent.

MEINE, or ME'NY, n. [See Menial.]

A retinue or family of servants; domestics. [Obs.] Shak.

MEINE, v.t. [Sax. mengan.]

To mingle. [Obs.] Chaucer.

MEI-O-NITE, n. [Gr. μειων, less; from its low pyramids.]

Prismato-pyramidical feldspar, of a grayish white color. It occurs massive and crystalized. Ure.

MEI-O'SIS, n. [Gr. μειοσις.]

Diminution; a rhetorical figure, a species of hyperbole, representing a thing less than it is. Beattie.

MEL'AM-PODE, n. [Gr. μελαμποδιον, blackfoot.]

The black hellebore. Spenser.

ME-LAN-A-GOGUE, n. [melan'agog; Gr. μελας, μελανος, black, and αγω, to drive.]

A medicine supposed to expel black bile or choler. [Old.]

MEL'AN-CHOL-IC, a. [See Melancholy.]

  1. Depressed in spirits; affected with gloom; dejected; hypochondriac. Grief indulged to excess, has a tendency to render a person melancholic.
  2. Produced by melancholy; expressive of melancholy; mournful; as, melancholic strains. Just as the melancholic eye / Sees fleets and armies in the sky. Prior.
  3. Unhappy; unfortunate; causing sorrow; as, accidents and melancholic perplexities. Clarendon.


  1. One affected with a gloomy state of mind. [Melancholian, in a like sense, is not used.] Spenser.
  2. A gloomy state of mind. Clarendon.


With melancholy. Keepe.


State of being melancholy; disposition to indulge gloominess of mind. Aubrey.


Gloomy. [Not in use.] Gower.


One affected with melancholy. Glanville.


To become gloomy in mind. Burton.


To make melancholy. More. [This verb is rarely or never used.]


  1. Gloomy; depressed in spirits; dejected; applied to persons. Overwhelming grief has made me melancholy.
  2. Dismal; gloomy; habitually dejected; as, a melancholy temper.
  3. Calamitous; afflictive; that may or does produce great evil and grief; as, a melancholy event. The melancholy fate of the Albion! The melancholy destruction of Scio and of Missolonghi!

MEL'AN-CHOL-Y, n. [Gr. μελαν, black, and χολη, bile; L. melancholia.]

  1. A gloomy state of mind, often a gloomy state that is of some continuance, or habitual; depression of spirits induced by grief; dejection of spirits. This was formerly supposed to proceed from a redundance of black bile. Melancholy, when extreme and of long continuance, is a disease, sometimes accompanied with partial insanity. Cullen defines it, partial insanity without dyspepsy.
  2. In nosology, mental alienation restrained to a single object or train of ideas, in distinction from mania, in which the alienation is general. – Good. Moon-struck madness, moping melancholy. – Milton.

ME-LANGE, n. [melanj'; Fr.]

A mixture. [Not English.] – Drummond.