MILLOCRAT, mil'[=o]-krat, _n._ a wealthy mill-owner.--_n._ MILL'OCRATISM.
MILORD, mi-lord', _n._ my lord: a rich Englishman on the Continent.
MILREIS, mil'r[=e]s, _n._ a thousand reals: a Portuguese coin worth about 4s. 5d.
MILSEY, mil'si, _n._ (_prov._) a milk-strainer.
MILT, milt, _n._ the soft roe of male fishes: (_anat._) the spleen.--_v.t._ to impregnate, as the spawn of the female fish.--_n._ MILT'ER, a male fish.
[A corr. of _milk_, as in Sw. _mjolke_, milt of fishes.]
MILTONIC, mil-ton'ik, _adj._ relating to _Milton_ (1608-74), or to his poetry.
MILVINE, mil'vin, _adj._ pertaining to, or like, birds of the kite family.
[L. _milvinus_--_milvus_, a kite.]
MIM, mim, _adj._ (_prov._) demure, precise.
MIMBAR, mim'bar, _n._ the pulpit in a mosque.
MIME, m[=i]m, _n._ a farce in which scenes from actual life were represented by gesture: an actor in such a farce.--_n._ MIM'ESIS, a mimicking of the speech, gestures, &c. of a person or a people: (_biol._) mimicry.--_adjs._ MIMET'IC, -AL, apt to imitate.--_v.t._ MIM'IC, to imitate: simulate:--_pr.p._ mim'icking; _pa.p._ mim'icked.--_n._ one who mimics: a buffoon: a servile imitator.--_adjs._ MIM'IC, -AL, imitative: mock: miniature.--_ns._ MIM'ICKER; MIM'ICRY, act of mimicking: an imitative resemblance in one animal to another or to some inanimate object. [Gr.
MIMEOGRAPH, mim'[=e]-[=o]-graf, _n._ an apparatus in which a thin fibrous paper coated with paraffin is used as a stencil for reproducing copies of written or printed matter.--_v.t._ to reproduce such by this means. [Gr.
_mimeisthai_, to imitate, _graphein_, to write.]
MIMOGRAPHY, mim-og'ra-fi, _n._ the art of writing gesture-languages by means of pictorial symbols constituting ideographs.--_n._ MIMOG'RAPHER.
MIMOSA, m[=i]-m[=o]'za, _n._ a genus of leguminous plants, including the sensitive plant. [Gr. _mimos_.]
MIMULUS, mim'[=u]-lus, _n._ a genus of figworts.
MINA, m[=i]'na, _n._ a weight in silver at Athens=100 drachmas: (_B._) a weight of money valued at fifty shekels. [L. _mina_--Gr. _mna_.]
MINA, m[=i]'na, _n._ one of several different sturnoid passerine birds of India.
MINARET, min'a-ret, _n._ a turret on a Mohammedan mosque, from which the people are summoned to prayers. [Sp. _minarete_--Ar. _manarat_, lighthouse--_nar_, fire.]
MINATORY, min'a-tor-i, _adj._ threatening, menacing.--Also MIN[=A]'CIOUS.
[L. _min[=a]ri_, _-[=a]tus_, to threaten.]
MINAUDERIE, min-[=o]'de-r[=e], _n._ a display of affectation. [Fr.]
MINCE, mins, _v.t._ to cut into small pieces: to chop fine: to diminish or suppress a part in speaking: to pronounce affectedly.--_v.i._ to walk with affected nicety: to speak affectedly:--_pr.p._ minc'ing; _pa.p._ minced (minst).--_ns._ MINCE'-MEAT, meat chopped small--hence anything thoroughly broken or cut to pieces; MINCE'-PIE, a pie made with minced meat, &c.--_adj._ MINC'ING, not speaking fully out: speaking or walking with affected nicety.--_adv._ MINC'INGLY.--MINCE MATTERS, to speak of things with affected delicacy, or to soften an account unduly.--MINCED COLLOPS (see COLLOPS). [A.S. _minsian_--_min_, small; prob. cog. with Fr. _mince_, thin, also Teut.]
MIND, m[=i]nd, _n._ the faculty by which we think, &c.: the understanding: the whole spiritual nature: memory: choice: intention: thoughts or sentiments: belief: cast of thought and feeling: (_B._) disposition.--_v.t._ to attend to: to obey: (_orig._) to remind: (_Scot._) to remember.--_v.i._ (_B._) to intend.--_adj._ MIND'ED, having a mind: disposed: determined.--_ns._ MIND'EDNESS, inclination toward anything; MIND'ER, a care-taker: one taken care of, as a pauper child by a private person.--_adj._ MIND'FUL, bearing in mind: taking thought or care: attentive: observant.--_adv._ MIND'FULLY.--_n._ MIND'FULNESS.--_adj._ MIND'LESS, without mind: stupid.--_n._ MIND'-TRANS'FERENCE, thought-transference.--MIND ONE'S P'S AND Q'S, to be accurate and precise; MIND YOUR EYE (_slang_), take care what you are about.--ABSENCE OF MIND, inattention to what is going on at the time; BEAR IN MIND, to remember; BE OUT OF ONE'S MIND, to be forgotten: to be insane; HAVE A MIND, to wish or to be inclined strongly; HAVE HALF A MIND, to be somewhat inclined; LOSE, or BE OUT OF, ONE'S MIND, to become insane; MAKE UP ONE'S MIND, to determine; MONTH'S MIND, continual prayer on a dead person's behalf for a month after death, with masses esp. on 3d, 7th, and 30th days (also A MONTHLY MIND): any very strong desire or inclination; NEVER MIND, do not concern yourself; OF ONE MIND, agreed; Of two minds, uncertain what to think or do; PRESENCE OF MIND, a state of calmness in which all the powers of the mind are on the alert and ready for action; PUT IN MIND, to warn or remind; YEAR'S MIND, a commemorative service of a similar kind to the month's mind, on the anniversary of a death. [A.S. _ge-mynd_--_munan_, to think; Ger. _meinen_, to think, L. _mens_, the mind.]
MINDERERUS SPIRIT, min-der-[=e]'rus spir'it, _n._ acetate of ammonia, much used in cases of fever.
MINE, m[=i]n, _adj. pron._ belonging to me: my. [A.S. _min;_ Ger. _mein._]
MINE, m[=i]n, _v.i._ and _v.t._ to dig for metals: to excavate: to dig under a wall or building in order to overturn it: to ruin or destroy by secret means.--_n._ a place from which metals are dug: an excavation dug under a fortification to blow it up with gunpowder: a rich source of wealth.--_ns._ MINE'-CAP'TAIN, the overseer of a mine; M[=I]'NER, one who digs in a mine.--_adj._ M[=I]'NY, rich in mines: like a mine.--See also SUBMARINE MINE. [Low L. _min[=a]re,_ to lead, open a mine.]
MINERAL, min'[.e]r-al, _n._ an inorganic substance found in the earth or at its surface: any substance containing a metal.--_adj._ relating to minerals: having the nature of minerals: impregnated with minerals, as water: denoting inorganic substances.--_n._ MINERALIS[=A]'TION.--_v.t._ MIN'ERALISE, to make into a mineral: to give the properties of a mineral to: to impregnate with mineral matter.--_v.i._ to collect minerals.--_ns._ MIN'ERALISER, an element that combines with a metal to form an ore, as sulphur: a volatile or other substance, as water, which facilitates the recrystallisation of rocks; MIN'ERALIST, one versed in or employed about minerals.--_adj._ MINERALOG'ICAL, pertaining to mineralogy.--_adv._ MINERALOG'ICALLY.--_v.i._ MINERAL'OGISE, to collect or study minerals.--_ns._ MINERAL'OGIST, one versed in mineralogy; MINERAL'OGY, the science which treats of minerals: the art of describing and classifying minerals.--MINERAL ACIDS, a name applied to sulphuric, nitric, and hydrochloric acids; MINERAL BLACK, an impure carbon used as a pigment; MINERAL CAOUTCHOUC, a variety of bitumen--also _Elaterite_; MINERAL KINGDOM, that department of nature which comprises substances that are neither animal nor vegetable; MINERAL OIL, oil which is forced up or pumped from the earth, as petroleum, naphtha, &c.; MINERAL SALT, a salt of a mineral acid; MINERAL WATER, the water of certain springs having the taste of various kinds of minerals, and used as medicines. [Fr.,--_miner_, to mine--Low L. _min[=a]re;_ cf. _Mine._]
MINERVA, mi-n[.e]r'va, _n._ the Roman goddess of wisdom, of the arts and sciences, and of war--identified with the Greek Athena.--MINERVA PRESS, a printing-office in Leadenhall Street, London, whence were issued about the close of the 18th century a long series of highly sentimental novels. [L., prob. from root of _mens_, _mentis_, the mind.]
MINEVER, min'e-v[.e]r, _n._ Same as MINIVER.
MING, ming, _v.t._ to mix:--old _pa.t._ and _pa.p._ meint, ment. [A.S.
_mengan;_ Ger. _mengen_.]
MINGLE, ming'gl, _v.t._ to mix: to unite into one mass: to confuse: to join in mutual intercourse.--_v.i._ to become mixed or confused.--_n._ a medley.--_n._ MING'LE-MANG'LE, a medley, jumble.--_v.t._ to confuse, jumble together.--_ns._ MING'LEMENT; MING'LER; MING'LING, mixture: a mixing or blending together.--_adv._ MING'LINGLY. [Freq. of _ming_.]
MINIATURE, min'i-a-t[=u]r, or min'i-t[=u]r, _n._ a painting on a very small scale, on ivory, vellum, or thick paper: a small or reduced copy of anything.--_adj._ on a small scale: minute.--_v.t._ to represent on a small scale.--_n._ MIN'IATURIST, one who paints miniatures. [It.
_miniatura_--_miniare_, to write with red lead--L. _minium_, vermilion.]
MINIBUS, min'i-bus, _n._ a small four-wheeled carriage.
MINIe RIFLE. See Rifle.
MINIFY, min'i-f[=i], _v.t._ to make little or less: to depreciate.
MINIKIN, min'i-kin, _n._ a little darling: a small sort of pin: the treble string of a lute.--_adj._ small. [Old Dut., dim. of _minne_, love, cog.
with Old High Ger. _minna_, memory, love.]
MINIM, min'im, _n._ (_med._) the smallest liquid measure, a drop, 1/60 drachm: (_mus._) a note (formerly the shortest) equal to two crotchets: (_Milt._) a diminutive creature: one of an austere order of mendicant friars founded about the middle of the 15th century by St Francis of Paola in Calabria (1416-1507)--called Minims (L. _minimi_, the least) to humble them even below the Franciscans (_Friars minor_).--_adj._ MIN'IMAL.--_v.t._ MIN'IMISE, to reduce to the smallest possible proportions: to treat slightingly.--_ns._ MINIM'ITUDE, MINIMIS[=A]'TION; MIN'IMUM, the least quantity or degree possible--opp. of _Maximum_: a trifle:--_pl._ MIN'IMA; MIN'IMUS (_Shak._), a being of the smallest size.--MINIMUM and MAXIMUM THERMOMETER (see THERMOMETER). [Fr. _minime_--L. _minimus_, _minima_, the smallest.]
MINIMENT, min'i-ment, _n._ obsolete form of _muniment_.
MINING, m[=i]'ning, _n._ the art of forming or of working mines: the work of a miner.--_adj._ of or pertaining to mines: of burrowing habits.
MINION, min'yun, _n._ a darling, a favourite, esp. of a prince: a flatterer: a fawning favourite: (_print._) a small kind of type, about 10 lines to the inch, between nonpareil and brevier. [Fr. _mignon_, a darling--Old High Ger. _minna_, _minne_, love.]
MINISH, min'ish, _v.t._ (_B._) to make little or less: to diminish. [Fr.
_menuiser_, to cut small, said of a carpenter--L. _minutia_, smallness.]
MINISTER, min'is-t[.e]r, _n._ a servant: one who serves at the altar: a clergyman: one transacting business for another: the responsible head of a department of state affairs: the representative of a government at a foreign court.--_v.i._ to act as a servant: to perform duties: to supply or do things needful.--_v.t._ to furnish:--_pr.p._ min'istering; _pa.p._ min'istered.--_adj._ MINIST[=E]'RIAL, pertaining to the work of a servant: acting under superior authority: pertaining to the office of a minister: clerical: executive.--_n._ MINIST[=E]'RIALIST, one who supports ministers or the government in office.--_adv._ MINIST[=E]'RIALLY.--_adj._ MIN'ISTERING, attending and serving.--_n._ MINIST[=E]'RIUM, the body of the ordained ministers in a district.--_adj._ MIN'ISTRANT, administering: attendant.--_n._ MINISTR[=A]'TION, the act of ministering or performing service: office or service of a minister.--_adj._ MIN'ISTR[=A]TIVE, serving to aid or assist: ministering.--_ns._ MIN'ISTRESS, a female minister; MIN'ISTRY, act of ministering: service: office or duties of a minister: the clergy: the clerical profession: the body of ministers who manage the business of the country. [L.,--_minor_, less.]
MINIUM, min'i-um, _n._ red oxide of lead.--_adj._ MIN'IATE, minium coloured.--_v.t._ to paint with minium. [Fr.,--L., _minium_, red lead.]
MINIVER, min'i-v[.e]r, _n._ a mixed or variegated fur. [O. Fr. _menu ver_--_menu_, small--L. _minutus_, _vair_, fur--L. _varius_, changing, mottled.]
MINK, mingk, _n._ a small quadruped of the weasel kind, valued for its fur.
[Perh. from Sw. _mank_.]
MINNESINGER, min'e-sing'[.e]r, _n._ one of a school of German amatory lyric poets in the 12th and 13th centuries, mostly of noble birth. [Ger. _minne_, love, _singer_, singer.]
MINNIE, min'i, _n._ (_Scot._) mother. [Dim. of _min_.]