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    MOTET, n. A musical composition; an air or hymn.

    MOTH, n.

    1. An animal of the genus Phalaena, which breeds in yard and garments, and often does injury by eating the substance and destroying the texture. Matthew 6:19-20.NWAD MOTH.2

    The name is also applied to the whole genus.NWAD MOTH.3

    2. Figuratively, that which gradually and silently eats, consumes or wastes any thing. Idle persons are a moth to the community.NWAD MOTH.4

    MOTHEAT, v.t. [moth and eat.] To eat or prey upon, as a moth eats a garment.

    MOTHEATEN, a. Eaten by moths. Job 13:28.

    MOTHEN, a. Full of moths. [Not in use.]

    MOTHER, n. [L. mater, mother; matrix, the womb; materia, matter, stuff, materials of which any thing is made. We observe that in some other languages, as well as in English, the same word signifies a female parent, and the thick slime formed in vinegar; and in all the languages of Europe here cited, the orthography is nearly the same as that of mud and matter. The question then occurs whether the name of a female parent originated in a word expressing matter, mold; either the soil of the earth, as the producer, or the like substance, when shaped and fitted as a mold for castings; or whether the name is connected with the opinion that the earth is the mother of all productions; whence the word mother-earth. We are informed by a fragment of Sanchoniathon, that the ancient Phenicians considered mud to be the substance from which all things were formed. See Mud. The word matter is evidently from the Ar. madda, to secrete, eject or discharge a purulent substance; and I think cannot have any direct connection with mud. But in the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, the same word madre signified mother, and a mold for castings; and the northern languages, particularly the German and Danish, seem to establish the fact that the proper sense of mother is matrix. Hence mother of pearl, the matrix of pearl. If this word had its origin in the name of the earth used for the forms of castings, it would not be a singular fact; for our word mold, in this sense, I suppose to be so named from mold, fine earth. The question remains sub judice.]

    1. A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child; correlative to son or daughter.NWAD MOTHER.2

    2. That which has produced any thing.NWAD MOTHER.3

    Alas, poor country! it cannotNWAD MOTHER.4

    Be called our mother, but our grave.NWAD MOTHER.5

    So our native land is called mother country, and a plant from which a slip or cion is taken, is called the mother plant. In this use, mother may be considered as an adjective.NWAD MOTHER.6

    3. That which has preceded in time; the oldest or chief of any thing; as a mother-church.NWAD MOTHER.7

    4. Hysterical passion. [Not used.]NWAD MOTHER.8

    5. A familiar term of address or appellation of an old woman or matron.NWAD MOTHER.9

    6. An appellation given to a woman who exercises care and tenderness towards another, or gives parental advice; as when one says,” a woman has been a mother to me.”NWAD MOTHER.10

    7. A thick slimy substance concreted in liquors, particularly in vinegar, very different from scum or common lees.NWAD MOTHER.11

    MOTHER, a. Native; natural; received by birth; as mother-wit.

    1. Native; vernacular; received from parents or ancestors; as mother-tongue.NWAD MOTHER.13

    MOTHER, v.i. To concrete, as the thick matter of liquors.

    MOTHER, v.t. To adopt as a son or daughter.

    MOTHERHOOD, n. The state of being a mother.

    MOTHER-IN-LAW, n. The mother of a husband or wife.

    MOTHERLESS, a. Destitute of a mother; having lost a mother; as motherless children.

    MOTHERLY, a. Pertaining to a mother; as motherly power or authority.

    1. Becoming a mother; tender; parental; as motherly love or care.NWAD MOTHERLY.2

    MOTHERLY, adv. In the manner of a mother.

    MOTHER OF PEARL, n. The matrix of pearl; the shell in which pearls are generated; a species of Mytilus or Mussel.

    MOTHER OF THYME, n. A plant of the genus Thymus.

    MOTHER-WATER, n. A fluid remaining after the evaporation of salt water, and containing deliquescent salts and impurities.

    MOTHER-WIT, n. Native wit; common sense.

    MOTHER-WORT, n. A plant of the genus Leonurus.

    MOTHERY, a. Concreted; resembling or partaking of the nature of mother; as the mothery substance in liquors.

    MOTHMULLEN, n. A plant.

    MOTHWORT, n. A plant.

    MOTHY, a. [from moth.] Full of moths; as an old mothy saddle.

    MOTION, n. [L. motio. See Move.] The act or process of changing place; change of local position; the passing of a body from one place to another; change of distance between bodies; opposed to rest.

    Animal motion is that which is performed by animals in consequence of volition or an act of the will; but how the will operates on the body in producing motion, we cannot explain.NWAD MOTION.2

    Mechanical motion is effected by the force or power of one body acting on another.NWAD MOTION.3

    Perpetual motion is that which is effected or supplied by itself, without the impulse or intervention of any external cause. Hitherto it has been found impossible to invent a machine that has this principle.NWAD MOTION.4

    1. Animal life and action.NWAD MOTION.5

    Devoid of sense and motion.NWAD MOTION.6

    2. Manner of moving the body; port; gait; air.NWAD MOTION.7

    Each member move and every motion guide.NWAD MOTION.8

    3. Change of posture; action.NWAD MOTION.9

    Watching the motion of her patron’s eye.NWAD MOTION.10

    4. Military march or movement.NWAD MOTION.11

    5. Agitation; as the motions of the sea.NWAD MOTION.12

    6. Internal action; excitement; as the motions of the breast.NWAD MOTION.13

    7. Direction; tendency.NWAD MOTION.14

    In our proper motion we ascend.NWAD MOTION.15

    8. The effect of impulse; action proceeding from any cause, external or internal. In the growth of plants and animals, there must be a motion of the component parts, though invisible. Attraction or chimical affinity produces sensible motion of the parts of bodies. Motions of the mind ascribed to the invisible agency of the Supreme Being, are called good motions.NWAD MOTION.16

    Let a good man obey every good motion rising in his heart, knowing that every such motion proceeds from God.NWAD MOTION.17

    9. Proposal made; proposition offered; particularly, a proposition made in a deliberative assembly. A motion is made for a committee; a motion for introducing a bill; a motion to adjourn.NWAD MOTION.18

    10. A puppet-show or puppet. [Not used.]NWAD MOTION.19

    MOTION, v.t. To propose. [Little used. See Move.]

    MOTIONER, n. A mover. [Not used.]

    MOTIONLESS, a. Wanting motion; being at rest.

    I grow a statue, fixed and motionless.NWAD MOTIONLESS.2

    MOTIVE, a. [See the Noun.] Causing motion; having power to move or tending to move; as a motive argument; motive power.

    MOTIVE, n.

    1. That which incites to action; that which determines the choice, or moves the will. Thus we speak of good motives, and bad motives; strong and weak motives. The motive to continue at rest is ease or satisfaction; the motive to change is uneasiness, or the prospect of good.NWAD MOTIVE.3

    2. That which may or ought to incite to action; reason; cause.NWAD MOTIVE.4

    3. A mover. [Not in use.]NWAD MOTIVE.5

    MOTIVITY, n. The power of producing motion.

    MOTLEY, a. [Eng. mote.]

    1. Variegated in color; consisting of different colors; dappled; as a motley coat.NWAD MOTLEY.2

    2. Composed of different or various parts, characters or kinds; diversified; as a motley style.NWAD MOTLEY.3

    And doubts of motley hue.NWAD MOTLEY.4

    [This word primarily means spotted; but it may signify also striped.]NWAD MOTLEY.5

    MOTOR, n. [L. from moveo, to move.]

    A mover. The metals are called motors of electricity.NWAD MOTOR.2

    MOTORY, a. Giving motion; as motory muscles.

    MOTTO, n. Primarily, a word; but more commonly, a sentence or phrase prefixed to an essay or discourse, containing the subject of it, or added to a device.

    In heraldry, the motto is carried in a scroll, alluding to the bearing or to the name of the bearer, or expressing some important idea.NWAD MOTTO.2

    MOULD, an incorrect orthography. [See Mold, and its derivatives.]

    MOULT. [See Molt.]

    MOUNCH, MAUNCH, v.t. To chew.

    MOUND, n. [L. mons. See Mount.] Something raised as a defense or fortification, usually a bank of earth or stone; a bulwark; a rampart or fence.

    God has thrownNWAD MOUND.2

    That mountain as his garden mound, high raised.NWAD MOUND.3

    To thrid the thickets or to leap the mounds.NWAD MOUND.4

    MOUND, v.t. To fortify with a mound.

    MOUNDED, pp. Surrounded or defended by mounds.

    The lakes high mounded.NWAD MOUNDED.2

    MOUNDING, ppr. Defending by a mound.

    MOUNT, n. [L. mons, literally a heap or an elevation.]

    1. A mass of earth, or earth and rock, rising considerably above the common surface of the surrounding land. Mount is used for an eminence or elevation of earth, indefinite in highth or size, and may be a hillock, hill or mountain. We apply it to Mount Blanc, in Switzerland, to Mount Tom and Mount Holyoke, in Massachusetts, and it is applied in Scripture to the small hillocks on which sacrifice was offered as well as to Mount Sinai. Jacob offered sacrifice on the mount or heap of stones raised for a witness between him and Laban. Genesis 31:54.NWAD MOUNT.2

    2. A mound; a bulwark for offense or defense.NWAD MOUNT.3

    Hew ye down trees and cast a mount against Jerusalem. Jeremiah 6:6.NWAD MOUNT.4

    3. Formerly, a bank or fund of money.NWAD MOUNT.5

    MOUNT, v.i.

    1. To rise on high; to ascend; with or without up.NWAD MOUNT.7

    Doth the eagle mount up at thy command? Job 39:27.NWAD MOUNT.8

    The fire of trees and houses mounts on high.NWAD MOUNT.9

    2. To rise; to ascend; to tower; to be built to a great altitude.NWAD MOUNT.10

    Though Babylon should mount up to heaven. Jeremiah 51:53.NWAD MOUNT.11

    3. To get on horseback.NWAD MOUNT.12

    4. To leap upon any animal.NWAD MOUNT.13

    5. To amount; to rise in value.NWAD MOUNT.14

    Bring then these blessings to a strict account,NWAD MOUNT.15

    Make fair deductions, see to what they mount.NWAD MOUNT.16

    MOUNT, v.t. To raise aloft; to lift on high.

    What power is it which mounts my love so high?NWAD MOUNT.18

    1. To ascend; to climb; to get upon an elevated place; as, to mount a throne.NWAD MOUNT.19

    2. To place one’s self on horseback; as, to mount a horse.NWAD MOUNT.20

    3. To furnish with horses; as, to mount a troop. The dragoons were well mounted.NWAD MOUNT.21

    4. To put on or cover with something; to embellish with ornaments; as, to mount a sword.NWAD MOUNT.22

    5. To carry; to be furnished with; as, a ship of the line mounts seventy four guns; a fort mounts a hundred cannon.NWAD MOUNT.23

    6. To raise and place on a carriage; as, to mount a cannon.NWAD MOUNT.24

    To mount guard, to take the station and do the duty of a sentinel.NWAD MOUNT.25

    MOUNTAIN, n. [L. adjective, montanus.] A large mass of earth and rock, rising above the common level of the earth or adjacent land, but of no definite altitude. We apply mountain to the largest eminences on the globe; but sometimes the word is used for a large hill. In general, mountain denotes an elevation higher and larger than a hill; as the Altaic mountains in Asia, the Alps in Switzerland, the Andes in South America, the Allegheny mountains in Virginia, the Catskill in New York, the White mountains in New Hampshire, and the Green mountains in Vermont. The word is applied to a single elevation, or to an extended range.

    MOUNTAIN, a. Pertaining to a mountain; found on mountains; growing or dwelling on a mountain; as mountain air; mountain pines; mountain goats.

    MOUNTAIN-BLUE, n. Malachite; carbonate of copper.

    MOUNTAINEER, MOUNTAINER, a. An inhabitant of a mountain.

    1. A rustic; a freebooter; a savage.NWAD MOUNTAINEER.2

    MOUNTAINET, n. A small mountain; a hillock. [Not used.]

    MOUNTAIN-GREEN, n. A carbonate of copper.

    MOUNTAINOUS, a. Full of mountains; as the mountainous country of the Swiss.

    1. Large as a mountain; huge; as a mountainous heap.NWAD MOUNTAINOUS.2

    2. Inhabiting mountains. [Not used.]NWAD MOUNTAINOUS.3

    MOUNTAINOUSNESS, n. The state of being full of mountains.

    MOUNTAIN-PARSLEY, n. A plant of the genus Athamanta.

    MOUNTAIN-ROSE, n. A plant.

    MOUNTAIN-SOAP, n. A mineral of a pale brownish black color.

    MOUNTANT, a. Rising on high.


    1. One who mounts a bench or state in the market or other public place, boasts of his skill in curing diseases, vends medicines which he pretends are infallible remedies, and thus deludes the ignorant multitude. Persons of this character may be indicted and punished.NWAD MOUNTEBANK.2

    2. Any boastful and false pretender.NWAD MOUNTEBANK.3

    Nothing so impossible in nature, but mountebanks will undertake.NWAD MOUNTEBANK.4

    MOUNTEBANK, v.t. To cheat by boasting and false pretenses; to gull.

    MOUNTEBANKERY, n. Quackery; boastful and vain pretenses.

    MOUNTED, pp. Raised; seated on horseback; placed on a carriage; covered or embellished; furnished with guns.

    MOUNTENAUNCE, n. Amount in space. [Not used.]

    MOUNTER, n. One that mounts or ascends.

    MOUNTING, ppr. Rising; soaring; placing on horseback; ascending an eminence; embellishing.

    MOUNTINGLY, adv. By rising or ascending.

    MOUNTY, n. The rise of a hawk.

    MOURN, v.i. [L. maereo.]

    1. To express grief or sorrow; to grieve; to be sorrowful. Mourning may be expressed by weeping or audible sounds, or by sobs, sighs or inward silent grief.NWAD MOURN.2

    Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep. Genesis 23:2.NWAD MOURN.3

    Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4.NWAD MOURN.4

    2. To wear the customary habit of sorrow.NWAD MOURN.5

    We mourn in black.NWAD MOURN.6

    Grieve for an hour perhaps, then mourn a year.NWAD MOURN.7

    MOURN, v.t. To grieve for; to lament. But there is an ellipsis of for, the verb not being transitive. When we say, we mourn a friend or a child, the real sense and complete phrase is, we mourn for a friend, or mourn for the loss of a friend. “He mourn’d his rival’s ill success,” that is, he mourned for his rival’s ill success.

    1. To utter in a sorrowful manner.NWAD MOURN.9

    The love lorn nightingaleNWAD MOURN.10

    Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well.NWAD MOURN.11

    MOURNE, n. morn. The round end of a staff; the part of a lance to which the steel is fixed, or the ferrel. [Not used.]

    MOURNER, n. One that mourns or is grieved at any loss or misfortune.

    1. One that follows a funeral in the habit of mourning.NWAD MOURNER.2

    2. Something used at funerals.NWAD MOURNER.3

    The mourner eugh and builder oak were there.NWAD MOURNER.4

    MOURNFUL, a. Intended to express sorrow, or exhibiting the appearance of grief, as a mournful bell; mournful music.

    No funeral rites nor man in mournful weeds.NWAD MOURNFUL.2

    1. Causing sorrow; sad; calamitous; as a mournful death.NWAD MOURNFUL.3

    2. Sorrowful; feeling grief.NWAD MOURNFUL.4

    The mournful fair--NWAD MOURNFUL.5

    Shall visit her distinguished urn.NWAD MOURNFUL.6

    MOURNFULLY, adv. In a manner expressive of sorrow; with sorrow. Malachi 3:14.

    MOURNFULNESS, n. Sorrow; grief; state of mourning.

    1. Appearance or expression of grief.NWAD MOURNFULNESS.2

    MOURNING, ppr. Grieving; lamenting; sorrowing; wearing the appearance of sorrow.

    MOURNING, n. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.

    1. The dress or customary habit worn by mourners.NWAD MOURNING.3

    And ev’n the pavements were with mourning hid.NWAD MOURNING.4

    MOURNING-DOVE, n. A species of dove found in the U. States, the Columba Caroliniensis.

    MOURNINGLY, adv. With the appearance of sorrow.

    MOUSE, n. plu. mice. [L. mus; The L. mus forms muris in the genitive, and the root is not obvious.]

    1. A small animal of the genus Mus, inhabiting houses. The name is also applied to many other species of the genus, as the field mouse, meadow mouse, rock mouse, etc.NWAD MOUSE.2

    2. Among seamen, a knob formed on a rope by spun yarn or parceling.NWAD MOUSE.3

    MOUSE, v.i. mouz. To catch mice.

    MOUSE, v.t. mouz. To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.

    To mouse a hook, with seamen, is to fasten a small line across the upper part to prevent unhooking.NWAD MOUSE.6

    MOUSE-EAR, n. mouse’-ear. A plant of the genus Hieracium; also, a plant of the genus Myosotis, called likewise mouse-ear scorpion grass. The mouse-ear chickweed is of the genus Cerastium.

    MOUSE-HOLE, n. mous’hole. A hole where mice enter or pass; a very small hole or entrance.

    He can creep in at a mouse-hole.NWAD MOUSE-HOLE.2

    MOUSE-HUNT, n. mous’hunt. A hunting for mice.

    1. A mouser; one that hunts mice.NWAD MOUSE-HUNT.2

    MOUSER, n. mouz’er. One that catches mice. The cat is a good mouser.

    MOUSE-TAIL, n. mous’-tail. A plant of the genus Myosurus.

    MOUSE-TRAP, n. mous’trap. A trap for catching mice.

    MOUTH, n.

    1. The aperture in the head of an animal, between the lips, by which he utters his voice and receives food. In a more general sense, the mouth consists of the lips, the gums, the insides of the cheeks, the palate, the salival glands, the uvula and tonsils.NWAD MOUTH.2

    2. The opening of a vessel by which it is filled or emptied; as the mouth of a jar or pitcher.NWAD MOUTH.3

    3. The part or channel of a river by which its waters are discharged into the ocean or into a lake. The Mississippi and the Nile discharge their waters by several mouths.NWAD MOUTH.4

    4. The opening of a piece of ordnance at the end, by which the charge issues.NWAD MOUTH.5

    5. The aperture of a vessel in animal bodies, by which fluids or other matter is received or discharged; as the mouth of the lacteals.NWAD MOUTH.6

    6. The opening or entrance of a cave, pit, well or den. Daniel 6:17.NWAD MOUTH.7

    7. The instrument of speaking; as, the story is in every body’s mouth.NWAD MOUTH.8

    8. A principal speaker; one that utters the common opinion.NWAD MOUTH.9

    Every coffee house has some statesman belonging to it, who is the mouth of the street where he lives.NWAD MOUTH.10

    9. Cry; voice.NWAD MOUTH.11

    The fearful dogs divide,NWAD MOUTH.12

    All spend their mouth aloft, but none abide.NWAD MOUTH.13

    10. In Scripture, words uttered. Job 19:16; Isaiah 49:2; Psalm 73:9.NWAD MOUTH.14

    11. Desires; necessities. Psalm 103:5.NWAD MOUTH.15

    12. Freedom and boldness of speech; force of argument. Luke 21:15.NWAD MOUTH.16

    13. Boasting; vaunting. Judges 9:38.NWAD MOUTH.17

    14. Testimony. Deuteronomy 17:6.NWAD MOUTH.18

    15. Reproaches; calumnies. Job 5:15.NWAD MOUTH.19

    To make a mouth, to distort the mouth;NWAD MOUTH.20

    To make mouths, to make a wry face; hence, to deride or treat with scorn.NWAD MOUTH.21

    1. To pout; to treat disdainfully.NWAD MOUTH.22

    Down in the mouth, dejected; mortified.NWAD MOUTH.23

    To have God’s law in the mouth, to converse much on it and delight in it. Exodus 13:9.NWAD MOUTH.24

    To draw near to God with the mouth, to make an external appearance of devotion and worship, while there is no regard to him in the heart. Isaiah 29:13.NWAD MOUTH.25

    A froward mouth, contradictions and disobedience. Proverbs 8:13.NWAD MOUTH.26

    A smooth mouth, soft and flattering language. Proverbs 5:3.NWAD MOUTH.27

    To stop the mouth, to silence or to be silent; to put to shame; to confound. Romans 3:19. To lay the hand on the mouth, to be struck silent with shame. Micah 7:16.NWAD MOUTH.28

    To set the mouth against the heavens, to speak arrogantly and blasphemously. Psalm 73:9.NWAD MOUTH.29

    MOUTH, v.t. To utter with a voice affectedly big or swelling; as, to mouth words or language.

    Twitch’d by the sleeve, he mouths it more and more.NWAD MOUTH.31

    1. To take into the mouth; to seize with the mouth.NWAD MOUTH.32

    2. To chew; to grind, as food; to eat; to devour.NWAD MOUTH.33

    3. To form by the mouth, as a bear her cub. [Not used.]NWAD MOUTH.34

    4. To reproach; to insult.NWAD MOUTH.35

    MOUTH, v.i. To speak with a full, round, or loud, affected voice; to vociferate; to rant; as a mouthing actor.

    I’ll bellow out for Rome and for my country,NWAD MOUTH.37

    And mouth at Caesar, till I shake the senate.NWAD MOUTH.38

    MOUTHED, pp. Uttered with a full, swelling, affected voice.

    1. Taken into the mouth; chewed.NWAD MOUTHED.2

    2. a. Furnished with a mouth; used chiefly in composition; as well-mouthed; foul-mouthed, contumelious, reproachful or obscene; mealy-mouthed, bashful, reserved in speaking the plain truth; hard-mouthed, as a horse, not obedient to the bit, difficult to be restrained or governed by the bridle.NWAD MOUTHED.3

    3. Borne down or overpowered by clamor.NWAD MOUTHED.4

    MOUTHFRIEND, n. One who professes friendship without entertaining it; a pretended friend.

    MOUTHFUL, n. As much as the mouth contains at once.

    1. A quantity proverbially small; a small quantity.NWAD MOUTHFUL.2

    MOUTHHONOR, n. Civility expressed without sincerity.

    MOUTHING, ppr. Uttering with an affected swelling voice.

    MOUTHLESS, a. Destitute of a mouth.

    MOUTHMADE, a. Expressed without sincerity; hypocritical.

    MOUTHPIECE, n. The piece of a musical wind instrument to which the mouth is applied.

    MOVABLE, a. [from move.] That may be moved; that can or may be lifted, carried, drawn, turned or conveyed, or in any way made to change place or posture; susceptible of motion.

    1. That may or does change from one time to another; as a movable feast.NWAD MOVABLE.2

    A movable letter, in Hebrew grammar, is one that is pronounced, as opposed to one that is quiescent.NWAD MOVABLE.3

    MOVABLENESS, n. The state or quality of being movable; mobility; susceptibility of motion.

    MOVABLES, plu. Goods, wares, commodities, furniture; any species of property not fixed, and thus distinguished from houses and lands.

    MOVABLY, adv. So that it may be moved.

    MOVE, v.t. moov. [L. moveo.]

    1. To impel; to carry, convey or draw from one place to another; to cause to change place or posture in any manner or by any means. The wind moves a ship; the cartman moves goods; the horse moves a cart or carriage. Mere matter cannot move itself. Machines are moved by springs, weights, or force applied.NWAD MOVE.2

    2. To excite into action; to affect; to agitate; to rouse; as, to move the passions.NWAD MOVE.3

    3. To cause to act or determine; as, to move the will.NWAD MOVE.4

    4. To persuade; to prevail on; to excite from a state of rest or indifference.NWAD MOVE.5

    Minds desirous of revenge were not moved with gold.NWAD MOVE.6

    But when no female arts his mind could move,NWAD MOVE.7

    She turn’d to furious hate her impious love.NWAD MOVE.8

    5. To excite tenderness, pity or grief in the heart; to affect; to touch pathetically; to excite feeling in.NWAD MOVE.9

    The use of images in orations and poetry is to move pity or terror.NWAD MOVE.10

    When he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them-- Matthew 9:36.NWAD MOVE.11

    6. To make angry; to provoke; to irritate.NWAD MOVE.12

    7. To excite tumult or commotion.NWAD MOVE.13

    When they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was moved about them. Ruth 1:19; Matthew 21:10.NWAD MOVE.14

    8. To influence or incite by secret agency.NWAD MOVE.15

    God moved them to depart from him. 2 Chronicles 18:31; 2 Peter 1:21.NWAD MOVE.16

    9. To shake; to agitate.NWAD MOVE.17

    The kingdoms were moved. Psalm 46:6; Jeremiah 49:21.NWAD MOVE.18

    10. To propose; to offer for consideration and determination; as, to move a resolution in a deliberative assembly.NWAD MOVE.19

    11. To propose; to recommend.NWAD MOVE.20

    They are to be blamed alike who move and who decline war upon particular respects.NWAD MOVE.21

    12. To prompt; to incite; to instigate. Acts 17:5.NWAD MOVE.22

    MOVE, v.i. To change place or posture; to stir; to pass or go in any manner or direction from one place or part of space to another. The planets move in their orbits; the earth moves on its axis; a ship moves at a certain rate an hour. We move by walking, running or turning; animals move by creeping, swimming or flying.

    On the green bank I sat and listened long,NWAD MOVE.24

    Nor till her lay was ended could I move.NWAD MOVE.25

    1. To have action.NWAD MOVE.26

    In him we live, and move, and have our being. Acts 17:28.NWAD MOVE.27

    2. To have the power of action.NWAD MOVE.28

    Every moving thing that liveth, shall be meat for you. Genesis 9:3.NWAD MOVE.29

    3. To walk.NWAD MOVE.30

    He moves with manly grace.NWAD MOVE.31

    4. To march. The army moved and took a position behind a wood.NWAD MOVE.32

    5. To tremble; to shake.NWAD MOVE.33

    The foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. Psalm 18:7.NWAD MOVE.34

    6. To change residence. Men move with their families from one house, town or state to another.NWAD MOVE.35

    MOVE, n. The act of moving; the act of transferring from place to place, as in chess.

    MOVED, pp. Stirred; excited.

    MOVELESS, a. That cannot be moved; fixed.

    The Grecian phalanx, moveless as a tower.NWAD MOVELESS.2

    MOVEMENT, n. Motion; a passing, progression, shaking, turning or flowing; any change of position in a material body; as the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine.

    1. The manner of moving.NWAD MOVEMENT.2

    2. Excitement; agitation; as the movement of the mind.NWAD MOVEMENT.3

    3. In music, any single strain or part having the same measure or time.NWAD MOVEMENT.4

    Any change of time is a change of movement.NWAD MOVEMENT.5

    MOVENT, a. [L. movens.] Moving; not quiescent. [Little used.]

    MOVENT, n. That which moves any thing. [Little used.]

    MOVER, n. The person or thing that gives motion or impels to action.

    1. He or that which moves.NWAD MOVER.2

    2. A proposer; one that offers a proposition, or recommends any thing for consideration or adoption; as the mover of a resolution in a legislative body.NWAD MOVER.3

    MOVING, ppr. Causing to move or act; impelling; instigating; persuading; influencing.

    1. a. Exciting the passions or affections; touching; pathetic; affecting; adapted to excite or affect the passions; as a moving address or discourse.NWAD MOVING.2

    MOVING, n. Motive; impulse.

    MOVINGLY, adv. In a manner to excite the passions or affect sensibility; pathetically.

    His air, his voice, his looks and honest soul,NWAD MOVINGLY.2

    Speak all so movingly in his behalf.NWAD MOVINGLY.3

    MOVINGNESS, n. The power of affecting, as the passions.

    MOW, n. A heap, mass or pile of hay deposited in a barn.

    [We never give this name to hay piled in the field or open air. The latter is called a stack or rick.]NWAD MOW.2

    MOW, v.t. To lay hay in a heap or mass in a barn, or to lay it in a suitable manner.

    MOW, v.t. pret. mower; pp. mowed or mown. [The L. has meto, and the Gr. to mow or reap. The last radical letter is not ascertained.]

    1. To cut down with a scythe, as grass or other plants. We say, to mow grass.NWAD MOW.5

    2. To cut the grass from; as, to mow a meadow.NWAD MOW.6

    3. To cut down with speed; to cut down indiscriminately, or in great numbers or quantity. We say, a discharge of grape shot mows down whole ranks of men. Hence Saturn or Time is represented with a scythe, an emblem of the general and indiscriminate destruction of the human race by death.NWAD MOW.7

    MOW, v.i. To cut grass; to practice mowing; to use the scythe. Does the man mow well?

    1. To perform the business of mowing; to cut and make grass into hay; to gather the crop of grass, or other crop.NWAD MOW.9

    [In America, mow is not applied to the cutting of wheat or rye. When these are cut with a scythe, they are said to be cradled. Oats and barley are sometimes mowed.]NWAD MOW.10

    MOW, n. [from mouth.] A wry face.

    MOW, v.i. To make mouths.

    MOWBURN, v.i. To heat and ferment in the mow, as hay when housed too green.

    MOWE, v.i. To be able; must; may.

    MOWED, MOWN, pp. Cut with a scythe.

    1. Cleared of grass with a scythe, as land.NWAD MOWED.2

    MOWER, n. One who mows; a man dexterous in the use of the scythe.

    MOWING, ppr. Putting into a mow.

    MOWING, ppr. Cutting down with scythe.

    MOWING, n. The act of cutting with a scythe.

    1. Land from which grass is cut.NWAD MOWING.4

    MOXA, n. The down of the mugwort of China; a soft lanuginous substance prepared in Japan from the young leaves of a species of Artemisia. In the eastern countries, it is used for the gout, etc. by burning it on the skin. This produces a dark colored spot, the exulceration of which is promoted by applying a little garlic.

    MOYLE, n. A mule. [See Mule.]

    MUCH, a.

    1. Great in quantity or amount.NWAD MUCH.2

    Thou shalt carry much seed into the field, and gather but little in. Deuteronomy 28:38.NWAD MUCH.3

    Manasseh wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord to provoke him to anger. 2 Kings 21:6.NWAD MUCH.4

    Return with much riches to your tents. Joshua 22:8.NWAD MUCH.5

    2. Long in duration. How much time is spent in trifling amusements!NWAD MUCH.6

    3. Many in number.NWAD MUCH.7

    Edom came out against him with much people. Numbers 20:20.NWAD MUCH.8

    [This application of much is no longer used.]NWAD MUCH.9

    MUCH, adv. In a great degree; by far; qualifying adjectives of the comparative degree; as much more, much stronger, much heavier, much more splendid, much higher. So we say, much less, much smaller, much less distinguished, much weaker, much finer.

    1. To a great degree or extent; qualifying verbs and participles.NWAD MUCH.11

    Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted much in David. 1 Samuel 19:2.NWAD MUCH.12

    It is a night to be much observed. Exodus 12:42.NWAD MUCH.13

    The soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. Numbers 21:4.NWAD MUCH.14

    A much afflicted, much enduring man.NWAD MUCH.15

    2. Often or long.NWAD MUCH.16

    Think much, speak little.NWAD MUCH.17

    3. Nearly.NWAD MUCH.18

    All left the world much as they found it.NWAD MUCH.19

    MUCH, n. A great quantity; a great deal.

    He that gathered much had nothing over. Exodus 16:18.NWAD MUCH.21

    To whom much is given, of him much shall be required. Luke 12:48.NWAD MUCH.22

    They have much of the poetry of Maecenas, but little of his liberality.NWAD MUCH.23

    1. More than enough; a heavy service or burden.NWAD MUCH.24

    He thought not much to clothe his enemies.NWAD MUCH.25

    Who thought it much a man should die of love.NWAD MUCH.26

    2. An uncommon thing; something strange.NWAD MUCH.27

    It was much that one who was so great a lover of peace should be happy in war.NWAD MUCH.28

    As much, an equal quantity; used as an adjective or noun. Return as much bread as you borrowed. If you borrow money, return as much as you receive. So we say, twice as much, five times as much, that is, twice or five times the quantity.NWAD MUCH.29

    1. A certain or suitable quantity.NWAD MUCH.30

    Then take as much as thy soul desireth. 1 Samuel 2:16.NWAD MUCH.31

    2. To an equal degree; adverbially. One man loves power as much as another loves gold.NWAD MUCH.32

    So much, an equal quantity or a certain quantity, as a noun; to an equal degree, or to a certain degree, as an adverb.NWAD MUCH.33

    Of sweet cinnamon half so much. Exodus 30:23.NWAD MUCH.34

    In all Israel, there was none to be so much praised as Absalom. 2 Samuel 14:25.NWAD MUCH.35

    Too much, an excessive quantity, as a noun; to an excessive degree, as an adverb.NWAD MUCH.36

    To make much of, to value highly; to prize or to treat with great kindness and attention.NWAD MUCH.37

    1. To fondle.NWAD MUCH.38

    Much at one, nearly of equal value, effect or influence.NWAD MUCH.39

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