English dictionary


ma |ˌem ˈeɪ| — informal terms for a mother

ma'am |mam| — a woman of refinement

mac |mæk| — a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric

macabre |məˈkɑːbrə| — shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

macadam |məˈkædəm| — broken stone used in macadamized roadways

macadamize |məˈkædəmaɪz| — surface with macadam

macaque |məˈkæk| — short-tailed monkey of rocky regions of Asia and Africa

macaroni |ˌmækəˈroʊni| — a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms

macaronic |ˌmækəˈrɑːnɪk| — of or containing a mixture of Latin words and vernacular words jumbled together

macaroon |ˌmækəˈruːn| — chewy cookie usually containing almond paste

macaw |məˈkɔː| — long-tailed brilliantly colored parrot of Central America and South America; among the largest and showiest of parrots

mace |meɪs| — (trademark) a liquid that temporarily disables a person; prepared as an aerosol and sprayed in the face, it irritates the eyes and causes dizziness and immobilization

Macedonian |ˌmæsəˈdoʊniən| — a native or inhabitant of Macedon

macerate |ˈmæsəreɪt| — separate into constituents by soaking

maceration |ˌmæsəˈreɪʃən| — softening due to soaking or steeping

machete |məˈʃeti| — a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation

machiavellian |ˌmækiəˈveliən| — a follower of Machiavelli's principles

machicolation |mətʃɪkəˈleɪshən| — a projecting parapet supported by corbels on a medieval castle; has openings through which stones or boiling water could be dropped on an enemy

machinate |ˈmækʌneɪt| — arrange by systematic planning and united effort

machination |ˌmæʃɪˈneɪʃn| — a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends

machine |məˈʃiːn| — any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks

machine-made |məˈʃiːn meɪd| — made by machine

machinery |məˈʃiːnəri| — machines or machine systems collectively

machinist |məˈʃiːnɪst| — a craftsman skilled in operating machine tools

machismo |mɑːˈtʃiːzmoʊ| — exaggerated masculinity

macho |ˈmɑːtʃoʊ| — a male exhibiting or characterized by machismo

macintosh |ˈmækənˌtɒʃ| — a lightweight waterproof (usually rubberized) fabric

mack |ˈmæk| — a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric

mackerel |ˈmækrəl| — flesh of very important usually small (to 18 in) fatty Atlantic fish

mackintosh |ˈmækɪntɑːʃ| — a lightweight waterproof (usually rubberized) fabric

mackle |ˈmakəl| — a printed impression that is blurred or doubled

macro |ˈmækroʊ| — a single computer instruction that results in a series of instructions in machine language

macrobiotic |ˌmækroʊbaɪˈɑːtɪk| — of or relating to the theory or practice of macrobiotics

macrocephalic |ˌmakrə(ʊ)sɪˈfalɪk| — having an exceptionally large head and brain

macrocephalous |ˌmækrəʊˈsefələs| — having an exceptionally large head and brain

macrocosm |ˈmækroʊkɑːzəm| — everything that exists anywhere

macroeconomic |ˌmækroʊˌekəˈnɑːmɪk| — of or relating to macroeconomics

macron |ˈmeɪkrɑːn| — a diacritical mark (-) placed above a vowel to indicate a long sound

macrophage |ˈmækrəfeɪdʒ| — a large phagocyte; some are fixed and other circulate in the blood stream

macroscopic |ˌmækrʌˈskɑːpɪk| — visible to the naked eye; using the naked eye

macula |ˈmakyələ| — a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's photosphere; associated with a strong magnetic field

maculate |ˈmækjʊleɪt| — make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically

mad |mæd| — roused to anger

madam |ˈmædəm| — a woman of refinement

madame |ˈmædəm| — title used for a married Frenchwoman

madcap |ˈmædkæp| — a reckless impetuous irresponsible person

madden |ˈmædn| — cause to go crazy; cause to lose one's mind

maddening |ˈmædnɪŋ| — extremely annoying or displeasing

madder |ˈmadər| — Eurasian herb having small yellow flowers and red roots formerly an important source of the dye alizarin

made |meɪd| — produced by a manufacturing process

made-to-order |ˌmeɪdtəˈɔrdər| — built for a particular individual

made-up |meɪdˈʌp| — having been paved

mademoiselle |ˌmædəməˈzel| — small silvery drumfish often mistaken for white perch; found along coasts of United States from New York to Mexico

madhouse |ˈmædhaʊs| — pejorative terms for an insane asylum

madia |ˈmɑːdiə| — genus of sticky herbs with yellow flowers open in morning or evening but closed in bright light

madly |ˈmædli| — in an uncontrolled manner

madman |ˈmædmən| — an insane person

madness |ˈmædnəs| — obsolete terms for legal insanity

madonna |məˈdɑːnə| — the mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary; she is especially honored by Roman Catholics

madrasah |məˈdræsə| — Muslim schools in Bangladesh and Pakistan

madrepore |mædrʌˌpɔːr| — corals having calcareous skeletons aggregations of which form reefs and islands

madrid |məˈdrid| — the capital and largest city situated centrally in Spain; home of an outstanding art museum

madrono |məˈdrəʊnjə| — evergreen tree of the Pacific coast of North America having glossy leathery leaves and orange-red edible berries; wood used for furniture and bark for tanning

madwoman |ˈmædwʊmən| — a woman lunatic

maelstrom |ˈmeɪlstrɑːm| — a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)

maenad |ˈmiːnæd| — an unnaturally frenzied or distraught woman

maestro |ˈmaɪstroʊ| — an artist of consummate skill

mafia |ˈmɑːfiə| — a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia

mag |maɡ| — a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it

magazine |ˈmæɡəziːn| — a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it

magenta |məˈdʒentə| — a primary subtractive color for light; a dark purple-red color; the dye for magenta was discovered in 1859, the year of the battle of Magenta

maggot |ˈmæɡət| — the larva of the housefly and blowfly commonly found in decaying organic matter

maggoty |ˈmæɡəti| — spoiled and covered with eggs and larvae of flies

magi |ˈmeɪdʒaɪ| — (New Testament) the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born; the Gospel According to Matthew says they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh; because there were three gifts it is usuall

magic |ˈmædʒɪk| — any art that invokes supernatural powers

magical |ˈmædʒɪkl| — possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers

magically |ˈmædʒɪkli| — in a magical manner

magician |məˈdʒɪʃn| — someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience

magisterial |ˌmædʒɪˈstɪriəl| — offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

magistracy |ˈmædʒɪstrəsi| — the position of magistrate

magistrate |ˈmædʒɪstreɪt| — a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law (especially one who conducts a court dealing with minor offenses)

magma |ˈmæɡmə| — molten rock in the earth's crust

magnanimity |ˌmæɡnəˈnɪməti| — liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit

magnanimous |mæɡˈnænɪməs| — noble and generous in spirit

magnanimously |mægˈnænɪməsli| — in a magnanimous manner

magnate |ˈmæɡneɪt| — a very wealthy or powerful businessman

magnesia |mæɡˈniːʃə| — a white solid mineral that occurs naturally as periclase; a source of magnesium

magnesium |mæɡˈniːziəm| — a light silver-white ductile bivalent metallic element; in pure form it burns with brilliant white flame; occurs naturally only in combination (as in magnesite and dolomite and carnallite and spinel and olivine)

magnet |ˈmæɡnət| — (physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field

magnetic |mæɡˈnetɪk| — possessing an extraordinary ability to attract

magnetically |mægˈnetɪkəli| — by the use of magnetism

magnetics |mægˈnetɪks| — the branch of science that studies magnetism

magnetism |ˈmæɡnətɪzəm| — attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force

magnetite |ˈmæɡnəˌtaɪt| — an oxide of iron that is strongly attracted by magnets

magnetization |ˌmæɡnətəˈzeɪʃən| — the extent or degree to which something is magnetized

magnetize |ˈmæɡnətaɪz| — make magnetic

magneto |mæɡˈniːtoʊ| — a small dynamo with a secondary winding that produces a high voltage enabling a spark to jump between the poles of a spark plug in a gasoline engine

magnetometer |ˌmæɡnəˈtɑːmətər| — a meter to compare strengths of magnetic fields

magneton |ˈmaɡnətən| — a unit of magnetic moment of a molecular or atomic or subatomic particle

magnetosphere |maɡˈniːtəsfɪə| — the magnetic field of a planet; the volume around the planet in which charged particles are subject more to the planet's magnetic field than to the solar magnetic field

magnetron |ˈmæɡnəˌtrɑːn| — a diode vacuum tube in which the flow of electrons from a central cathode to a cylindrical anode is controlled by crossed magnetic and electric fields; used mainly in microwave oscillators

magnification |ˌmæɡnɪfɪˈkeɪʃn| — the act of expanding something in apparent size

magnificence |mæɡˈnɪfɪsns| — splendid or imposing in size or appearance

magnificent |mæɡˈnɪfɪsnt| — characterized by grandeur

magnificently |mæɡˈnɪfɪsntli| — extremely well

magnifier |ˈmæɡnəˌfaɪər| — a scientific instrument that magnifies an image

magnify |ˈmæɡnɪfaɪ| — increase in size, volume or significance

magniloquence |maɡˈniləkwəns| — high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation

magniloquent |maɡˈniləkwənt| — lofty in style

magnitude |ˈmæɡnɪtuːd| — the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)

magnolia |mæɡˈnoʊliə| — dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine

magnum |ˈmæɡnəm| — a large wine bottle for liquor or wine

magpie |ˈmæɡpaɪ| — long-tailed black-and-white crow that utters a raucous chattering call

magus |ˈmeɪɡəs| — a magician or sorcerer of ancient times

Magyar |ˈmæˌɡjɑːr| — a native or inhabitant of Hungary

Maharaja |ˌmɑːhəˈrɑːdʒə| — a great raja; a Hindu prince or king in India ranking above a raja

Maharajah |ˌmɑːrhəˈrɑːrdʒə| — a great raja; a Hindu prince or king in India ranking above a raja

Maharanee |ˌmɑːrhəˈrɑːrniː| — a great rani; a princess in India or the wife of a maharaja

mahdi |ˈmɑːdi| — (Islam) a messianic leader who (according to popular Muslim belief) will appear before the end of the world and restore justice and religion

mahogany |məˈhɑːɡəni| — wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture

Mahomet |məˈhɒmɪt| — the Arab prophet who, according to Islam, was the last messenger of Allah (570-632)

mahout |məˈhaʊt| — the driver and keeper of an elephant

maid |meɪd| — a female domestic

maiden |ˈmeɪdn| — an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)

maidenhair |ˈmeɪdnher| — any of various small to large terrestrial ferns of the genus Adiantum having delicate palmately branched fronds

maidenhead |ˈmeɪdnhed| — a fold of tissue that partly covers the entrance to the vagina of a virgin

maidenhood |ˈmeɪdnhʊd| — the childhood of a girl

maidenlike |ˈmeɪdnlaɪk| — befitting or characteristic of a maiden

maidenly |ˈmeɪdnli| — befitting or characteristic of a maiden

maidhood  — the childhood of a girl

maidservant |ˈmeɪdsɜːrvənt| — a female domestic

mail |meɪl| — the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service

mail-clad |ˈmeɪlklæd| — wearing protective mail

mailbag |ˈmeɪlbæɡ| — pouch used in the shipment of mail

mailbox |ˈmeɪlbɑːks| — a private box for delivery of mail

mailed |ˈmeɪld| — wearing protective mail

mailer |ˈmeɪlər| — United States writer (born in 1923)

mailing |ˈmeɪlɪŋ| — mail sent by a sender at one time

maillot |mɑːˈjoʊ| — a woman's one-piece bathing suit

mailman |ˈmeɪlmæn| — a man who delivers the mail

maim |meɪm| — injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation

main |meɪn| — any very large body of (salt) water

mainframe |ˈmeɪnfreɪm| — a large digital computer serving 100-400 users and occupying a special air-conditioned room

mainland |ˈmeɪnlænd| — the main land mass of a country or continent; as distinguished from an island or peninsula

mainline |ˈmeɪnˌlaɪn| — inject into the vein

mainly |ˈmeɪnli| — for the most part

mainmast |ˈmeɪnmæst| — the chief mast of a sailing vessel with two or more masts

mainsail |ˈmeɪnseɪl| — the lowermost sail on the mainmast

mainspring |ˈmeɪnsprɪŋ| — the most important spring in a mechanical device (especially a clock or watch); as it uncoils it drives the mechanism

mainstay |ˈmeɪnsteɪ| — a prominent supporter

mainstream |ˈmeɪnstriːm| — the prevailing current of thought

maintain |meɪnˈteɪn| — cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'

maintenance |ˈmeɪntənəns| — activity involved in maintaining something in good working order

maiolica |məˈjɒlɪkə| — highly decorated earthenware with a glaze of tin oxide

maisonette |ˌmeɪzəˈnet| — a self-contained apartment (usually on two floors) in a larger house and with its own entrance from the outside

maisonnette |ˌmeɪzəˈnet| — a self-contained apartment (usually on two floors) in a larger house and with its own entrance from the outside

maize |meɪz| — tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times

majestic |məˈdʒestɪk| — majestic in manner or bearing; superior to mundane matters

majestically |məˈdʒestɪkli| — in a majestic manner

majesty |ˈmædʒəsti| — impressiveness in scale or proportion

majolica |məˈdʒɒlɪkə| — highly decorated earthenware with a glaze of tin oxide

major |ˈmeɪdʒər| — a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain

major-domo |ˌmeɪdʒər ˈdoʊmoʊ| — the chief steward or butler of a great household

major-general |ˌmeɪdʒə ˈdʒenrəl| — a general officer ranking above a brigadier general and below a lieutenant general

majority |məˈdʒɔːrəti| — the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part

majuscule |məˈdʒʌskjuːl| — one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis

make |meɪk| — a recognizable kind

make off |ˈmeɪk ˈɒf| — run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

make out |ˈmeɪk ˈaʊt| — detect with the senses

make over |ˈmeɪk ˈoʊvr̩| — use again in altered form

make up |ˈmeɪk ʌp| — form or compose

make-believe |ˈmeɪk bɪliːv| — imaginative intellectual play

make-peace |ˈmeɪkpiːs| — someone who tries to bring peace

make-up |meɪk| — an event that is substituted for a previously cancelled event

makeover |ˈmeɪkoʊvər| — an overall beauty treatment (involving a person's hair style and cosmetics and clothing) intended to change or improve a person's appearance

maker |ˈmeɪkər| — a person who makes things

makeshift |ˈmeɪkʃɪft| — something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency

makeup |ˈmeɪkʌp| — cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance

makeweight |ˈmeɪkweɪt| — anything added to fill out a whole

making |ˈmeɪkɪŋ| — the act that results in something coming to be

Malacca |məˈlækə| — stem of the rattan palm used for making canes and umbrella handles

malachite |ˈmæləkaɪt| — a green or blue mineral used as an ore of copper and for making ornamental objects

malacology |ˌmælʌˈkɑːlədʒiː| — the branch of zoology that studies the structure and behavior of mollusks

maladaptive |ˌmaləˈdaptiv| — showing faulty adaptation

maladjustment |ˌmæləˈdʒʌsmənt| — the condition of being unable to adapt properly to your environment with resulting emotional instability

maladroit |ˌmæləˈdrɔɪt| — not adroit

malady |ˈmælədi| — any unwholesome or desperate condition

Malaga |ˈmæləɡə| — a port city and resort in Andalusia in southern Spain on the Mediterranean

malaise |məˈleɪz| — physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)

malapropos |ˌmælˌæprəˈpoʊ| — of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature

malaria |məˈleriə| — an infective disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito; marked by paroxysms of chills and fever

malarial |məˈleriəl| — of or infected by or resembling malaria

malarkey |məˈlɑːrki| — empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk

Malay |məˈleɪ| — a member of a people inhabiting the northern Malay Peninsula and Malaysia and parts of the western Malay Archipelago

Malayan |məˈleɪən| — a member of a people inhabiting the northern Malay Peninsula and Malaysia and parts of the western Malay Archipelago

Malaysian |məˈleɪʒən| — a native or inhabitant of Malaysia

malcontent |ˌmælkənˈtent| — a person who is discontented or disgusted

male |meɪl| — an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)

malediction |ˌmælɪˈdɪkʃən| — the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)

malefactor |ˈmælɪfæktər| — someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

malefic |məˈlefik| — having or exerting a malignant influence

maleficence |məˈlefɪsəns| — doing or causing evil

maleficent |məˈlefɪsnt| — harmful or evil in intent or effect

maleness |meɪl| — the properties characteristic of the male sex

malevolence |məˈlevələns| — wishing evil to others

malevolent |məˈlevələnt| — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred

malevolently |məˈlevəlntli| — in a malevolent manner

malfeasance |ˌmælˈfiːzəns| — wrongful conduct by a public official

malfeasant |mælˈfiːzənt| — one guilty of malfeasance

malformation |ˌmælfɔːrˈmeɪʃn| — an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed

malformed |ˌmælˈfɔːrmd| — so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly

malfunction |ˌmælˈfʌŋkʃn| — a failure to function normally

Malian |ˈmɑːlɪən| — a native or inhabitant of Mali

malice |ˈmælɪs| — feeling a need to see others suffer

malicious |məˈlɪʃəs| — having the nature of or resulting from malice

malign |məˈlaɪn| — speak unfavorably about

malignancy |məˈlɪɡnənsi| — (medicine) a malignant state; progressive and resistant to treatment and tending to cause death

malignant |məˈlɪɡnənt| — dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor)

malignantly |məˈlɪɡnəntli| — in a malignant manner, as of a tumor that spreads

malignity |məˈlɪɡnɪti| — wishing evil to others

malinger |məˈlɪŋɡər| — avoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill

malingerer |məˈlɪŋɡərər| — someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity

malingering |məˈlɪŋɡərɪŋ| — evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated

mall |mɔːl| — a public area set aside as a pedestrian walk

mallard |ˈmælərd| — wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed

malleability |ˌmæliəˈbɪləti| — the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking

malleable |ˈmæliəbl| — easily influenced

mallet |ˈmælɪt| — a sports implement with a long handle and a head like a hammer; used in sports (polo or croquet) to hit a ball

malleus |ˈmæliːəs| — the ossicle attached to the eardrum

mallow |ˈmæloʊ| — any of various plants of the family Malvaceae

malmsey |ˈmɑːmzi| — sweet Madeira wine

malnutrition |ˌmælnuːˈtrɪʃn| — a state of poor nutrition; can result from insufficient or excessive or unbalanced diet or from inability to absorb foods

malodor  — a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

malodorous |ˌmælˈoʊdərəs| — having an unpleasant smell

malposition |ˈmælpəˈzɪʃən| — faulty position

malpractice |ˌmælˈpræktɪs| — professional wrongdoing that results in injury or damage

malt |mɔːlt| — a milkshake made with malt powder

Maltese |ˈmɔːltiːz| — a native or inhabitant of Malta

maltha |ˈmælθʌ| — a thick black tar intermediate between petroleum and asphalt

maltose |ˈmɔːltoʊz| — a white crystalline sugar formed during the digestion of starches

maltreat |ˌmælˈtriːt| — treat badly

maltreatment |ˌmælˈtriːtmənt| — cruel or inhumane treatment

maltster |ˈmɔːrltstər| — a maker of malt

Malvaceae |mælˈveɪsɪiː| — herbs and shrubs and some trees: mallows; cotton; okra

malversation |ˌmælvəˈseɪʃən| — misconduct in public office

malware |ˈmælwer| — malicious software, designed to break into a system

mama |ˈmæmə| — informal terms for a mother

mamilla |maˈmɪlə| — the small projection of a mammary gland

mamma |ˈmɑːmə| — informal terms for a mother

mammal |ˈmæml| — any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk

mammalia |mæˈmeɪljə| — warm-blooded vertebrates characterized by mammary glands in the female

mammalian |mæˈmeɪliən| — any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk

mammalogy |məˈmælʌdʒiː| — the branch of zoology that studies mammals

mammary |ˈmæməri| — of or relating to the milk-giving gland of the female

mammilla |mæˈmɪlə| — the small projection of a mammary gland

mammogram |ˈmæməɡræm| — X-ray film of the soft tissue of the breast

mammography |mæˈmɑːɡrəfi| — a diagnostic procedure to detect breast tumors by the use of X rays

mammon |ˈmæmən| — wealth regarded as an evil influence

mammoth |ˈmæməθ| — any of numerous extinct elephants widely distributed in the Pleistocene; extremely large with hairy coats and long upcurved tusks

mammy |ˈmæmi| — an offensive term for a Black nursemaid in the southern U.S.

man |mæn| — an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)

man-at-arms |ˌmæn ət ˈɑːrmz| — a heavily armed and mounted soldier in medieval times

man-child |tʃaɪld| — a child who is male

man-eater |ˈmæn iːtər| — a person who eats human flesh

man-made |meɪd| — not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially

man-of-war |ˌmæn əv ˈwɔːr| — a warship intended for combat

man-sized |ˈmæn saɪzd| — calling for the strength of a man

manacle |ˈmænəkl| — shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs

manage |ˈmænɪdʒ| — be successful; achieve a goal

manageable |ˈmænɪdʒəbl| — capable of existing or taking place or proving true; possible to do

management |ˈmænɪdʒmənt| — the act of managing something

manager |ˈmænɪdʒər| — someone who controls resources and expenditures

manageress |ˌmænɪdʒəˈres| — a woman manager

managerial |ˌmænəˈdʒɪriəl| — of or relating to the function or responsibility or activity of management

manana  — an indefinite time in the future

manatee |ˈmænətiː| — sirenian mammal of tropical coastal waters of America; the flat tail is rounded

Mancunian |mænˈkjuːniən| — a native or resident of Manchester

mandamus |mænˈdeɪməs| — an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion; used only when all other judicial remedies fail

mandarin |ˈmændərɪn| — shrub or small tree having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame-orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to southeastern Asia

mandatary |ˈmændətəri| — the recipient of a mandate

mandate |ˈmændeɪt| — a document giving an official instruction or command

mandatory |ˈmændətɔːri| — the recipient of a mandate

mandible |ˈmændɪbl| — the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth

mandibular |mænˈdɪbjələr| — relating to the lower jaw

mandolin |ˈmændəlɪn| — a stringed instrument related to the lute, usually played with a plectrum

mandrake |ˈmændreɪk| — the root of the mandrake plant; used medicinally or as a narcotic

mandrel |ˈmandrəl| — any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts

mandril |ˈmændrɪl| — any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts

mandrill |ˈmændrɪl| — baboon of west Africa with a bright red and blue muzzle and blue hindquarters

mane |meɪn| — long coarse hair growing from the crest of the animal's neck

maneuver |məˈnuvər| — a military training exercise

maneuverability |məˌnuːvərəˈbɪləti| — the quality of being maneuverable

maneuverable |məˈnuːvərəbəl| — capable of maneuvering or changing position

manful |ˈmænfəl| — characteristic of a man

manganese |ˈmæŋɡəniːz| — a hard brittle grey polyvalent metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic; used in making steel; occurs in many minerals

mange |meɪndʒ| — a persistent and contagious disease of the skin causing inflammation and itching and loss of hair; affects domestic animals (and sometimes people)

mangel-wurzel |ˈmæŋɡl wɝːzəl| — beet with a large yellowish root; grown chiefly as cattle feed

manger |ˈmeɪndʒər| — a container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed

manginess  — a lack of elegance as a consequence of wearing threadbare or dirty clothing

mangle |ˈmæŋɡl| — clothes dryer for drying and ironing laundry by passing it between two heavy heated rollers

mango |ˈmæŋɡoʊ| — large evergreen tropical tree cultivated for its large oval fruit

mangold |ˈmæŋɡoʊld| — beet with a large yellowish root; grown chiefly as cattle feed

mangonel |ˈmæŋɡʌˌnel| — an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

mangrove |ˈmæŋɡroʊv| — a tropical tree or shrub bearing fruit that germinates while still on the tree and having numerous prop roots that eventually form an impenetrable mass and are important in land building

mangy |ˈmeɪndʒi| — having many worn or threadbare spots in the nap

manhandle |ˈmænhændl| — handle roughly

manhole |ˈmænhoʊl| — a hole (usually with a flush cover) through which a person can gain access to an underground structure

manhood |ˈmænhʊd| — the state of being a man; manly qualities

manhunt |ˈmænhʌnt| — an organized search (by police) for a person (charged with a crime)

mania |ˈmeɪniə| — an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action

maniac |ˈmeɪniæk| — an insane person

maniacal |məˈnaɪəkl| — wildly disordered

maniacally |məˈnaɪəkəli| — in a maniacal manner or to a maniacal degree

manic |ˈmænɪk| — affected with or marked by frenzy or mania uncontrolled by reason

manicure |ˈmænɪkjʊr| — professional care for the hands and fingernails

manicurist |ˈmænɪkjʊrɪst| — a beautician who cleans and trims and polishes the fingernails

manifest |ˈmænɪfest| — a customs document listing the contents put on a ship or plane

manifestation |ˌmænɪfeˈsteɪʃn| — a clear appearance

manifestly |ˈmænɪfestli| — unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')

manifesto |ˌmænɪˈfestoʊ| — a public declaration of intentions (as issued by a political party or government)

manifold |ˈmænɪfoʊld| — a pipe that has several lateral outlets to or from other pipes

manikin |ˈmænɪkɪn| — a person who is very small but who is not otherwise deformed or abnormal

Manila |məˈnɪlə| — a strong paper or thin cardboard with a smooth light brown finish made from e.g. Manila hemp

Manilla |məˈnɪlə| — a strong paper or thin cardboard with a smooth light brown finish made from e.g. Manila hemp

manioc |ˈmæniɑːk| — a starch made by leaching and drying the root of the cassava plant; the source of tapioca; a staple food in the tropics

manipulate |məˈnɪpjuleɪt| — influence or control shrewdly or deviously

manipulation |məˌnɪpjuˈleɪʃn| — exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage

manipulative |məˈnɪpjəleɪtɪv| — skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage

manipulator |məˈnɪpjuleɪtər| — an agent that operates some apparatus or machine

mankind |mænˈkaɪnd| — all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

manlike |ˈmænlaɪk| — characteristic of a man

manliness |ˈmænlinəs| — the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male

manly |ˈmænli| — characteristic of a man

manna |ˈmænə| — hardened sugary exudation of various trees

manned |mænd| — having a crew

mannequin |ˈmænɪkɪn| — a woman who wears clothes to display fashions

manner |ˈmænər| — how something is done or how it happens

mannered |ˈmænərd| — having unnatural mannerisms

mannerism |ˈmænərɪzəm| — a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

mannerly |ˈmænəli| — socially correct in behavior

manners |ˈmænərz| — social deportment

mannikin |ˈmænɪkɪn| — a person who is very small but who is not otherwise deformed or abnormal

mannish |ˈmænɪʃ| — resembling or imitative of or suggestive of a man rather than a woman

manoeuvrability |məˌnuːvrəˈbɪlɪti| — the quality of being maneuverable

manoeuvrable |məˈnuːvərəbl| — capable of maneuvering or changing position

manoeuvre |məˈnuːvər| — a plan for attaining a particular goal

manometer |məˈnɑːmɪtər| — a pressure gauge for comparing pressures of a gas

manor |ˈmænər| — the mansion of a lord or wealthy person

manorial |məˈnɔːrɪəl| — of or relating to or based on the manor

manpower |ˈmænpaʊər| — the force of workers available

manque  — unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition

mansard |ˈmænsɑːrd| — a hip roof having two slopes on each side

manse |mæns| — a large and imposing house

manservant |ˈmænsɜːrvənt| — a man servant

mansion |ˈmænʃn| — (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided

manslaughter |ˈmænslɔːtər| — homicide without malice aforethought

mantel |ˈman(t)l| — shelf that projects from wall above fireplace

mantelet |ˈmænˌtlet| — portable bulletproof shelter

mantelpiece |ˈmæntlpiːs| — shelf that projects from wall above fireplace

mantilla |mænˈtɪlə| — a woman's silk or lace scarf

mantis |ˈmæntɪs| — predacious long-bodied large-eyed insect of warm regions; rests with forelimbs raised as in prayer

mantle |ˈmæntl| — the cloak as a symbol of authority

mantlet |ˈmæntlɪt| — portable bulletproof shelter

mantra |ˈmæntrə| — a commonly repeated word or phrase

mantrap |ˈmæntræp| — a very attractive or seductive looking woman

manual |ˈmænjuəl| — a small handbook

manually |ˈmænjuəli| — by hand

manufactory |ˌmænjʌˈfæktʌriː| — a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing

manufacture |ˌmænjuˈfæktʃər| — the organized action of making of goods and services for sale

manufactured |ˌmænjəˈfæktʃərd| — produced in a large-scale industrial operation

manufacturer |ˌmænjuˈfæktʃərər| — a business engaged in manufacturing some product

manufacturing |ˌmænjəˈfæktʃərɪŋ| — the act of making something (a product) from raw materials

manumission |ˌmænjʊˈmɪʃən| — the formal act of freeing from slavery

manumit |ˌmanyəˈmit| — free from slavery or servitude

manure |məˈnʊr| — any animal or plant material used to fertilize land especially animal excreta usually with litter material

manuscript |ˈmænjuskrɪpt| — the form of a literary work submitted for publication

Manx |mæŋks| — the ancient Gaelic formerly spoken on the Isle of Man; the language is sometimes used on ceremonial occasions

many |ˈmeni| — a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number

many-sided |ˌmeni ˈsaɪdɪd| — having many aspects or qualities

Maori |ˈmaʊri| — an ethnic minority of Polynesian and Melanesian descent who speak Maori and live in New Zealand

map |mæp| — a diagrammatic representation of the earth's surface (or part of it)

map out |ˈmæp ˈaʊt| — plan, delineate, or arrange in detail

maple |ˈmeɪpl| — wood of any of various maple trees; especially the hard close-grained wood of the sugar maple; used especially for furniture and flooring

maple-leaf |ˈmeɪpl liːf| — the emblem of Canada

mapping |ˈmæpɪŋ| — (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function)

Maquis |ˈmækiː| — a guerrilla fighter in the French underground in World War II

mar |mɑːr| — the month following February and preceding April

marabou |ˈmerəˌbuː| — large African black-and-white carrion-eating stork; its downy underwing feathers are used to trim garments

marabout |ˈmærʌˌbuːt| — large African black-and-white carrion-eating stork; its downy underwing feathers are used to trim garments

maraca |məˈrakə| — a percussion instrument consisting of a hollow gourd containing pebbles or beans; often played in pairs

marasmus |məˈrazməs| — extreme malnutrition and emaciation (especially in children); can result from inadequate intake of food or from malabsorption or metabolic disorders

Marathon |ˈmærəθɑːn| — any long and arduous undertaking

maraud |məˈrɒd| — a sudden short attack

marauder |məˈrɔːdər| — someone who attacks in search of booty

marauding |məˈrɔːdɪŋ| — characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding

marble |ˈmɑːrbl| — a hard crystalline metamorphic rock that takes a high polish; used for sculpture and as building material

marbled |ˈmɑːrbld| — patterned with veins or streaks or color resembling marble

marc |mɑːrk| — made from residue of grapes or apples after pressing

marcel |marˈsel| — a hairdo characterized by deep regular waves that are made by a heated curling iron

march |mɑːrtʃ| — the month following February and preceding April

march on |ˈmɑːrtʃ ɑːn| — move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

march out |ˈmɑːrtʃ ˈaʊt| — march out (as from a defile) into open ground

marching |ˈmɑːrtʃɪŋ| — the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind)

marchioness |ˌmɑːrʃəˈnes| — the wife or widow of a marquis

marchland  — district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area

marchpane |ˈmɑːrtʃpeɪn| — almond paste and egg whites

mare |mer| — female equine animal

margarine |ˈmɑːrdʒərən| — a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter

marge |mɑːdʒ| — a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter

margin |ˈmɑːrdʒən| — the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary

marginal |ˈmɑːrdʒɪnl| — at or constituting a border or edge

marginalia |ˌmɑːrdʒɪˈneɪliə| — notes written in the margin

marginality  — the property of being marginal or on the fringes

marginalization |ˌmɑːrdʒɪnələˈzeɪʃn| — the social process of becoming or being made marginal (especially as a group within the larger society)

marginalize |ˈmɑːrdʒɪnəlaɪz| — relegate to a lower or outer edge, as of specific groups of people

marginally |ˈmɑːrdʒɪnəli| — in a marginal manner

margrave |ˈmɑːrˌɡrev| — the military governor of a frontier province in medieval Germany

marguerite |ˌmɑːrɡəˈriːt| — tall leafy-stemmed Eurasian perennial with white flowers; widely naturalized; often placed in genus Chrysanthemum

marigold |ˈmæriɡoʊld| — any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers

marihuana |ˌmærɪˈwɑːrnə| — a strong-smelling plant whose dried leaves can be smoked for a pleasant effect or pain reduction

marijuana |ˌmærəˈwɑːnə| — a strong-smelling plant whose dried leaves can be smoked for a pleasant effect or pain reduction

marimba |məˈrɪmbə| — a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators; played with small mallets

marina |məˈriːnə| — a fancy dock for small yachts and cabin cruisers

marinade |ˌmærɪˈneɪd| — mixtures of vinegar or wine and oil with various spices and seasonings; used for soaking foods before cooking

marinate |ˈmærɪneɪt| — soak in marinade

marine |məˈriːn| — a member of the United States Marine Corps

mariner |ˈmærɪnər| — a man who serves as a sailor

marionette |ˌmæriəˈnet| — a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer

marital |ˈmærɪtl| — of or relating to the state of marriage

maritime |ˈmærɪtaɪm| — bordering on or living or characteristic of those near the sea

marjoram |ˈmɑːrdʒərəm| — aromatic Eurasian perennial

mark |mɑːrk| — a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)

mark down |ˈmɑːrk ˈdaʊn| — reduce the price of

mark off |ˈmɑːrk ˈɒf| — set boundaries to and delimit

mark out |ˈmɑːrk ˈaʊt| — set boundaries to and delimit

mark up |ˈmɑːrk ʌp| — increase the price of

marked |mɑːrkt| — strongly marked; easily noticeable

markedly |ˈmɑːrkɪdli| — in a clearly noticeable manner

marker |ˈmɑːrkər| — some conspicuous object used to distinguish or mark something

market |ˈmɑːrkɪt| — the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold

marketable |ˈmɑːrkɪtəbl| — being in demand by especially employers

marketer |ˈmɑːrkɪtər| — someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money

marketing |ˈmɑːrkɪtɪŋ| — the exchange of goods for an agreed sum of money

marketplace |ˈmɑːrkɪtpleɪs| — the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold

marking |ˈmɑːrkɪŋ| — a distinguishing symbol

markka |ˈmɑːrkə| — formerly the basic unit of money in Finland

marksman |ˈmɑːrksmən| — someone skilled in shooting

marksmanship |ˈmɑːrksmənʃɪp| — skill in shooting

markup |ˈmɑːrkkʌp| — the amount added to the cost to determine the asking price

marl |mɑːrl| — a loose and crumbling earthy deposit consisting mainly of calcite or dolomite; used as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime

marley |ˈmɑːrli| — Jamaican singer who popularized reggae (1945-1981)

marlin |ˈmɑːrlɪn| — large long-jawed oceanic sport fishes; related to sailfishes and spearfishes; not completely cold-blooded i.e. able to warm their brains and eyes

marline |ˈmɑːrlɪn| — a small usually tarred line of 2 strands

marlinespike |ˈmɑːrlɪnspaɪk| — a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing)

marlinspike |ˈmɑːlɪnspʌɪk| — a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing)

marly |ˈmɑːlɪ| — of or relating to or resembling or abounding in marl

marmalade |ˈmɑːrməleɪd| — a preserve made of the pulp and rind of citrus fruits

marmoreal |mɑːrˈmɔːriəl| — of or relating to or characteristic of marble

marmoset |ˈmɑːrməzet| — small soft-furred South American and Central American monkey with claws instead of nails

marmot |ˈmɑːrmət| — stocky coarse-furred burrowing rodent with a short bushy tail found throughout the northern hemisphere; hibernates in winter

maroon |məˈruːn| — a person who is stranded (as on an island)

marque |mɑːrk| — a name given to a product or service

marquee |mɑːrˈkiː| — large and often sumptuous tent

marquess |ˈmɑːrkwɪs| — nobleman (in various countries) ranking above a count

marquetry |ˈmɑːrkɪtri| — inlaid veneers are fitted together to form a design or picture that is then used to ornament furniture

marquis |ˈmɑːrkwɪs| — humorist who wrote about the imaginary life of cockroaches (1878-1937)

marquise |mɑːrˈkiːz| — a noblewoman ranking below a duchess and above a countess

marriage |ˈmærɪdʒ| — the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)

marriageable |ˈmærɪdʒəbl| — of girls or women who are eligible to marry

married |ˈmærid| — a person who is married

marrow |ˈmæroʊ| — the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones

marrowbone |ˈmæroʊboʊn| — a bone containing edible marrow; used especially in flavoring soup

marry |ˈmæri| — take in marriage

Mars |mɑːrz| — a small reddish planet that is the 4th from the sun and is periodically visible to the naked eye; minerals rich in iron cover its surface and are responsible for its characteristic color

Marsala |mɑːrˈsɑːlə| — dark sweet or semisweet dessert wine from Sicily

Marseillaise |ˌmæsəˈleɪz| — the French national anthem

marsh |mɑːrʃ| — low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water

marshal |ˈmɑːrʃl| — a law officer having duties similar to those of a sheriff in carrying out the judgments of a court of law

marshland |ˈmɑːrʃlænd| — low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water

marshy |ˈmɑːrʃi| — (of soil) soft and watery

marsupial |mɑːrˈsuːpiəl| — mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried

mart |mɑːrt| — an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up

marten |ˈmɑːrtn| — agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels

martial |ˈmɑːrʃl| — Roman poet noted for epigrams (first century BC)

martially |ˈmɑːrʃəli| — in a martial manner

Martian |ˈmɑːrʃn| — imaginary people who live on the planet Mars

martin |ˈmɑːrtən| — French bishop who is a patron saint of France (died in 397)

martinet |ˌmɑːrtnˈet| — someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms

martingale |ˈmɑːrtɪˌŋel| — a harness strap that connects the nose piece to the girth; prevents the horse from throwing back its head

Martini |mɑːrˈtiːni| — a cocktail made of gin (or vodka) with dry vermouth

Martinmas |ˈmɑːrtnməs| — the feast of Saint Martin; a quarter day in Scotland

martyr |ˈmɑːrtər| — one who suffers for the sake of principle

martyrdom |ˈmɑːrtərdəm| — death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause

martyrize |ˈmɑːrtəˌraɪz| — torture and torment like a martyr

marvel |ˈmɑːrvl| — something that causes feelings of wonder

marvellous |ˈmɑːrvələs| — extraordinarily good or great; used especially as intensifiers

marvelous |ˈmɑːrvələs| — extraordinarily good or great; used especially as intensifiers

Marxism |ˈmɑːrksɪzəm| — the economic and political theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that hold that human actions and institutions are economically determined and that class struggle is needed to create historical change and that capitalism will ultimately be superseded

Marxism-Leninism |ˈlenɪˌnɪzəm| — the political and economic theories of Lenin which provided the guiding doctrine of the Soviet Union; the modification of Marxism by Lenin stressed that imperialism is the highest form of capitalism (which shifts the struggle from developed to underdevelo

Marxist |ˈmɑːrksɪst| — an advocate of Marxism

Marxist-Leninist |ˌmɑːksɪstˈlenɪnɪst| — following the ideas of Marx expanded to include those of Lenin

marzipan |ˈmɑːrtsəpæn| — almond paste and egg whites

mascara |mæˈskærə| — makeup that is used to darken and thicken the eye lashes

mascot |ˈmæskɑːt| — a character, animal or object that is adopted by a team or group as a symbolic figure

masculine |ˈmæskjəlɪn| — a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as male

masculinity |ˌmæskjuˈlɪnəti| — the properties characteristic of the male sex

mash |mæʃ| — a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water; used in brewing

masher |ˈmæʃər| — a man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to women

mask |mæsk| — a covering to disguise or conceal the face

masked |mæskt| — having its true character concealed with the intent of misleading

masker |ˈmaskər| — a participant in a masquerade

masking |ˈmæskɪŋ| — the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it

masochism |ˈmæsəkɪzəm| — sexual pleasure obtained from receiving punishment (physical or psychological)

mason |ˈmeɪsn| — American Revolutionary leader from Virginia whose objections led to the drafting of the Bill of Rights (1725-1792)

masonic |məˈsɑːnɪk| — of or relating to stonemasons or masonry

masonry |ˈmeɪsənri| — structure built of stone or brick by a mason

masque |mæsk| — a party of guests wearing costumes and masks

masquer |ˈmæskʌr| — a participant in a masquerade

masquerade |ˌmæskəˈreɪd| — a party of guests wearing costumes and masks

mass |mæs| — the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field

mass-produce |ˌmæs prəˈdjuːs| — produce on a large scale

mass-produced |ˌmæs prəˈdjuːst| — produced in quantity often by assembly-line techniques

massacre |ˈmæsəkər| — the savage and excessive killing of many people

massage |məˈsɑːʒ| — kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation

masses |ˈmæsəz| — the common people generally

masseur |mæˈsɜːr| — a male massager

masseuse |məˈsuːs| — a female massager

massicot |ˈmæsʌˌkɑːt| — the mineral form of lead monoxide; in the form of yellow powder it is used as a pigment

massif |mæˈsiːf| — a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range

massive |ˈmæsɪv| — imposing in size or bulk or solidity

massively |ˈmæsɪvli| — to a massive degree or in a massive manner

massiveness |ˈmæsɪvnəs| — an unwieldy largeness

mast |mæst| — a vertical spar for supporting sails

master |ˈmæstər| — an artist of consummate skill

masterful |ˈmæstərfl| — having or revealing supreme mastery or skill

masterfully |ˈmæstərfəli| — in a skillfully masterful manner; with the skill of a master

mastering |ˈmæstərɪŋ| — becoming proficient in the use of something; having mastery of

masterless |ˈmæstr̩ləs| — having no lord or master

masterly |ˈmæstərli| — having or revealing supreme mastery or skill

mastermind |ˈmæstərmaɪnd| — someone who creates new things

masterpiece |ˈmæstərpiːs| — the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman

mastership |ˈmæstr̩ʃɪp| — the skill of a master

masterstroke |ˈmæstr̩stroʊk| — an achievement demonstrating great skill or mastery

mastery |ˈmæstəri| — great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

masthead |ˈmæsthed| — a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.

mastic |ˈmæstɪk| — an aromatic exudate from the mastic tree; used chiefly in varnishes

masticate |ˈmæstɪkeɪt| — grind and knead

mastication |ˌmæstɪˈkeɪʃən| — biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow

mastiff |ˈmæstɪf| — an old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used chiefly as a watchdog and guard dog

mastitis |mæˈstaɪtɪs| — inflammation of a breast (or udder)

mastodon |ˈmæstəˌdɒn| — extinct elephant-like mammal that flourished worldwide from Miocene through Pleistocene times; differ from mammoths in the form of the molar teeth

mastoid |ˈmastoid| — process of the temporal bone behind the ear at the base of the skull

masturbate |ˈmæstərbeɪt| — stimulate sexually

masturbation |ˌmæstərˈbeɪʃn| — manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure

mat |mæt| — a thick flat pad used as a floor covering

matador |ˈmætədɔːr| — the principal bullfighter who is appointed to make the final passes and kill the bull

match |mætʃ| — lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction

matchboard |ˈmatʃbɔːd| — a board that has a groove cut into one edge and a tongue cut into the other so they fit tightly together (as in a floor)

matchbox |ˈmætʃbɑːks| — a box for holding matches

matched |ˈmætʃt| — provided with a worthy adversary or competitor

matching |ˈmætʃɪŋ| — being two identical

matchless |ˈmætʃləs| — eminent beyond or above comparison

matchlock |ˈmætʃˌlɑːk| — an early style of musket; a slow-burning wick would be lowered into a hole in the breech to ignite the charge

matchmaker |ˈmætʃmeɪkər| — someone who arranges (or tries to arrange) marriages for others

matchmaking |ˈmætʃmeɪkɪŋ| — mediation in order to bring about a marriage between others

matchwood |ˈmætʃwʊd| — wood in small pieces or splinters

mate |meɪt| — the officer below the master on a commercial ship

matelote |ˈmætˌloʊt| — highly seasoned soup or stew made of freshwater fishes (eel, carp, perch) with wine and stock

mater |ˈmɑːtər| — an informal use of the Latin word for mother; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously

material |məˈtɪriəl| — the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

materialism |məˈtɪriəlɪzəm| — a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters

materialist |məˈtɪriəlɪst| — someone with great regard for material possessions

materialistic |məˌtɪriəˈlɪstɪk| — marked by materialism

materiality |məˌtɪriˈæləti| — relevance requiring careful consideration

materialization |məˌtɪərɪəlaɪˈzeɪʃən| — the process of coming into being; becoming reality

materialize |məˈtɪriəlaɪz| — come into being; become reality

materially |məˈtɪriəli| — with respect to material aspects

materiel |məˌtɪriˈel| — equipment and supplies of a military force

maternal |məˈtɜːrnl| — related on the mother's side

maternity |məˈtɜːrnəti| — the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus

matey |ˈmeɪti| — (used colloquially) having the relationship of friends or pals

math |mæθ| — a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

mathematical |ˌmæθəˈmætɪkl| — beyond question

mathematically |ˌmæθəˈmætɪkli| — with respect to mathematics

mathematician |ˌmæθəməˈtɪʃn| — a person skilled in mathematics

mathematics |ˌmæθəˈmætɪks| — a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

maths |mæθs| — a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

matinee |ˌmætnˈeɪ| — a theatrical performance held during the daytime (especially in the afternoon)

mating |ˈmeɪtɪŋ| — the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes

matins |ˈmætnz| — the first canonical hour; at daybreak

matriarchy |ˈmeɪtriɑːrki| — a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line

matric |məˈtrɪk| — admission to a group (especially a college or university)

matricide |ˈmætrɪsaɪd| — a person who murders their mother

matriculate |məˈtrɪkjuleɪt| — someone who has been admitted to a college or university

matriculation |məˌtrɪkjuˈleɪʃn| — admission to a group (especially a college or university)

matrilineal |ˌmætrɪˈlɪniəl| — based on or tracing descent through the female line

matrimonial |ˌmætrɪˈmoʊniəl| — of or relating to the state of marriage

matrimony |ˈmætrɪmoʊni| — the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)

matrix |ˈmeɪtrɪks| — (mathematics) a rectangular array of quantities or expressions set out by rows and columns; treated as a single element and manipulated according to rules

matron |ˈmeɪtrən| — a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified

matronly |ˈmeɪtrənli| — befitting or characteristic of a fully mature woman

matt |mæt| — the property of having little or no contrast; lacking highlights or gloss

matte |mat| — a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted

matted |ˈmætɪd| — tangled in a dense mass

matter |ˈmætər| — a vaguely specified concern

matter-of-course |ˌmætər əv ˈkɔːrs| — expected or depended upon as a natural or logical outcome

matter-of-fact |ˈmæt̬ərəvˈfækt| — not fanciful or imaginative

matting |ˈmætɪŋ| — a covering of coarse fabric (usually of straw or hemp)

mattock |ˈmætək| — a kind of pick that is used for digging; has a flat blade set at right angles to the handle

mattress |ˈmætrəs| — a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed

maturate |ˈmætʃəˌret| — develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation

maturation |ˌmætʃuˈreɪʃn| — coming to full development; becoming mature

mature |məˈtʃʊr| — develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation

maturely |məˈtjʊəli| — in a mature manner

matureness  — state of being mature; full development

maturity |məˈtʃʊrəti| — the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed

matutinal |məˈtjuːtɪnəl| — pertaining to or occurring in the morning

maudlin |ˈmɔːdlɪn| — effusively or insincerely emotional

maul |mɔːl| — a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges

mauler |ˈmɒlər| — a fighter who batters the opponent

maulstick |ˈmɔːlstɪk| — a long stick that a painter uses to support the hand holding the brush

maunder |ˈmɔːndər| — wander aimlessly

maundy |ˈmɔːndiː| — a public ceremony on Maundy Thursday when the monarch distributes Maundy money

Mauser |ˈmouzər| — German arms manufacturer and inventor of a repeating rifle and pistol (1838-1914)

mausoleum |ˌmɔːsəˈliːəm| — a large burial chamber, usually above ground

mauve |moʊv| — a moderate purple

maven |ˈmeɪvn| — someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

maverick |ˈmævərɪk| — someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

mavis |ˈmeɪˌvɪs| — common Old World thrush noted for its song

maw |mɔː| — informal terms for the mouth

mawkish |ˈmɔːkɪʃ| — effusively or insincerely emotional

maxilla |mækˈsɪlə| — the jaw in vertebrates that is fused to the cranium

maxillary |mækˈsɪləri| — the jaw in vertebrates that is fused to the cranium

maxim |ˈmæksɪm| — a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits

maximal |ˈmæksɪml| — the greatest or most complete or best possible

maximally |ˈmæksɪməli| — to a maximal degree

maximization |ˌmæksəməˈzeɪʃən| — the mathematical process of finding the maximum value of a function

maximize |ˈmæksɪmaɪz| — make as big or large as possible

maximum |ˈmæksɪməm| — the largest possible quantity

maxwell |ˈmakswel| — a cgs unit of magnetic flux equal to the flux perpendicular to an area of 1 square centimeter in a magnetic field of 1 gauss

may |meɪ| — the month following April and preceding June

Maya |ˈmaɪə| — a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy

Mayan |ˈmaɪən| — a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy

maybe |ˈmeɪbi| — by chance

Mayflower |ˈmeɪˌflɑːwər| — the ship in which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from England to Massachusetts in 1620

mayfly |ˈmeɪflaɪ| — slender insect with delicate membranous wings having an aquatic larval stage and terrestrial adult stage usually lasting less than two days

mayhap |meɪˈhap| — by chance

mayhem |ˈmeɪhem| — the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person

mayo |ˈmeɪoʊ| — egg yolks and oil and vinegar

mayonnaise |ˈmeɪəneɪz| — egg yolks and oil and vinegar

mayor |ˈmeɪər| — the head of a city government

mayoralty |ˈmeɪərəlti| — the position of mayor

mayoress |ˈmeɪərəs| — the wife of a mayor

maypole |ˈmeɪpoʊl| — a vertical pole or post decorated with streamers that can be held by dancers celebrating May Day

mays |ˈmeɪz| — United States baseball player (born in 1931)

mayweed |ˈmeɪwiːd| — widespread rank-smelling weed having white-rayed flower heads with yellow discs

maze |meɪz| — complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost

mazer |ˈmeɪzər| — a large hardwood drinking bowl

mazurka |məˈzɜːrkə| — music composed for dancing the mazurka

mazy |mazy| — resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity