Dictionary: MEN'I-VER – ME-RA'CIOUS

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A small white animal in Russia, or its fur which is very fine. Chaucer.

ME-NOL'O-GY, n. [Gr. μην, μηνος, month, and λογος, discourse.]

  1. A register of months. Stillingfeet.
  2. In the Greek church, martyrology, or a brief calendar of the lives of the saints, for each day of the year, or a simple remembrance of those whose lives are not written. Lunier.

MEN'OW, n. [Fr. menu, small. Qu.]

A small fresh-water fish, the minnow. Bailey.


One who is solicitous to please men, rather than to please God, by obedience to his commands.

MEN'SAL, a. [L. mensalis, from mensa, a table.]

Belonging to the table; transacted at table. [Little used.] Clarissa.

MEN'STRU-AL, a. [Fr. from L. menstrualis, from mensis, month.]

  1. Monthly; happening once a month; as, the menstrual flux.
  2. Lasting a month; as, the menstrual orbit of the moon. Bentley.
  3. Pertaining to a menstruum. Bacon.


Subject to monthly flowings. Brown.

MEN'STRU-OUS, a. [L. menstruus, from mensis, a month.]

  1. Having the monthly flow or discharge; as a female. Sandys.
  2. Pertaining to the monthly flow of females. Brown.

MEN'STRU-UM, n. [plur. Menstruums. From L. mensis, month. The use of this word is supposed to have originated in some notion of the old chimists, about the influence of the moon in the preparation of dissolvents. Johnson.]

A solvent; any fluid or subtilized substance which dissolves a solid body. All liquors are called menstruums which are used as dissolvents, or to extract the virtues of ingredients by infusion or decoction. Quincy. Inquire what is the proper menstruum to dissolve a metal. Bacon.

MEN-SU-RA-BIL'I-TY, n. [from mensurable.]

Capacity of being measured.

MEN'SU-RA-BLE, a. [L. mensura, measure. The n is probably casual, and the word is the same as measurable.]

Measurable; capable of being measured. Holder.


Pertaining to measure.

MEN'SU-RATE, v.t. [L. mensura, measure.]

To measure. [Little used.]


  1. The act, process or art of measuring, or taking the dimensions of any thing.
  2. Measure; the result of measuring. Arbuthnot.

MENT'AL, a. [It. mentale; Fr. mental; from L. mens, mind.]

Pertaining to the mind; intellectual; as, mental faculties; mental operations; mental sight; mental taste. Milton. Addison.

MENT'AL-LY, adv.

Intellectually; in the mind; in thought or meditation; in idea. Bentley.

MEN'TION, n. [Fr. from L. mentio, from Gr. μνεια, from μναω, to put in mind; It. menzione; Sp. mencion; Port. mençaō; allied probably to L. moneo and mind. Mention is a throwing out.]

A hint; a suggestion; a brief notice or remark expressed in words or writing; used chiefly after make. Make no mention of other gods. Josh. xxiii. I will make mention of thy righteousness. Ps. lxxi. Without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers. Rom. i.

MEN'TION, v.t. [Fr. mentionner; It. menzionare.]

To speak; to name; to utter a brief remark; to state a particular fact, or to express it in writing. It is applied to something thrown in or added incidentally in a discourse or writing, and thus differs from the sense of relate, recite and narrate. I mentioned to him a fact that fell under my own observation. In the course of conversation, that circumstance was mentioned. I will mention the loving-kindness of the Lord. Is. lxiii.


That can or may be mentioned.


Named; stated.


Naming; uttering.

MEN-TO'RI-AL, a. [From Mentor, the friend and adviser of Ulysses.]

Containing advice or admonition.

ME-PHIT'IC, or ME-PHIT'IC-AL, a. [L. mephitis, an ill smell.]

Offensive to the smell; foul; poisonous; noxious; pestilential; destructive to life. Mephitic acid is carbonic acid.


Foul, offensive or noxious exhalations from dissolving substances, filth or other source; also, carbonic acid gas. Med. Repos

ME-RA'CIOUS, a. [L. meracus.]

Strong; racy.