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microphone {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device (transducer) used to convert sound wave into a varying electric current; normally fed into an amplifier and either recorded or broadcast.
    • 1965: Charles McDowell, Campaign Fever: The National Folk Festival, from New Hampshire to November, 1964, page 11 (Morrow) Behind the tangled garden of microphones that had sprouted on the lectern, Goldwater spoke softly and casually about his family.
    • 1967: Roderick MacLeish, The Sun Stood Still, page 41 (Atheneum) Above them, speaking over a steel garden of microphones, the agitator sweated and scowled out into the darkening street.
    • 2002: Laura Lippman, In a Strange City, page 71 (HarperCollins; ISBN 0380810239, 9780380810239) […] between the huge Depression-era horses on the plaza opposite City Hall — and Rainer was completely focused on them as they moved toward the podium and the little garden of microphones that had sprouted there. The Hilliards walked stiffly, as if they had been in a car accident.
    • 2005: Tom Stanton, Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed America, page 177 (HarperCollins; ISBN 0060722908, 9780060722906) Aaron perched himself on a wooden folding chair behind a garden of microphones and beamed as he answered questions. Sure, he was disappointed.
    • 2006: Tim Miller and Glen Johnson, 1001 Beds: Performances, Essays, and Travels, page 109 (University of Wisconsin Press; ISBN 9780299216900, 9780299216948) Walking back down the marble stairs, which now felt more like I was leaving Principal Lambas’s office than the Forum in Rome, Holly, Karen, and I made our way to a garden of microphones for the press conference. I was dreading having to say something.
    • 2009: Caroline B. Cooney, If the Witness Lied, page 53 (Random House Children’s Books; ISBN 0385734484, 9780385734486) […] garden of microphones, which stuck up like metal flowers in her face.
  • The collective noun for several microphones (such as can be observed at a press conference) is .
Synonyms: (transducer of sound waves to electricity) mic, mike
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put one or more microphones on or in.
Synonyms: mike, mike up, bug (if covert), wire up
  • neomorphic
micropoop etymology micro + poop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, biology) excretion of waste by microorganism
Microshaft etymology {{blend}} (in slang sense; see shafted).
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (computing, slang, derogatory) The computer company Microsoft.
Microsoft Alternative forms: MicroSoft, Micro-Soft (former names of the company), Micro$oft (pejorative) etymology From , the computing company; a {{blend}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /maɪk.ɹə.sɒft/
  • (US) /ˈmaɪkɹəˌsɔft/, /ˈmaɪkɹəˌsɑft/, /ˈmaɪkɹoʊˌsɔft/, /ˈmaɪkɹoʊˌsɑft/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (figuratively) a company whose products are widespread.
    • 2001, Daniel Charles, Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food (ISBN 0738202916), page 110: Similarly, said Fraley, farmers were going to demand Bt cotton or Roundup-resistant soybean plants no matter where they went shopping for seeds. Monsanto would be the Microsoft of agriculture.
    • 2005, Merrill Goozner, The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs (ISBN 0520246705), page 64: The company wanted to turn Celera into the Microsoft of the gene-hunting world, selling its version of the human genome to private or public gene hunters through a proprietary computer program.
    • 2006, Andrew Beaujon, Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock (ISBN 0306814579), page 232: Shepherding is more or less gone (though there’s an interesting move back toward discipleship in today’s church especially among those influenced by Rick Warren’s blockbuster book The Purpose-Driven Life), but Integrity remains as sort of the Microsoft of worship music.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) to Microsoftify.
  2. (transitive, slang) to make more like Microsoft with regards to perceived business practices and tactics.
    • 2003, Wine Enthusiast (volume 16, issues 2-8‎, page 122) You could call it the Microsofting of the wine industry. Of course, wine is unlikely to be dominated by one producer or one distributor.
  • costiform
Microsoftian etymology Microsoft + ian
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of or relating to Microsoft Inc., or its products.
    • {{quote-news}}
  • formications
Microsoftie etymology Microsoft + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An employee of .
    • 1990, The Economist Craig Mundie, the software giant's chief technical officer, is not a typical Microsoftie.
    • 2002, David F D'Alessandro, Michele Owens, Brand Warfare An ex-Microsoftie named Alex St. John, who founded a company called WildTangent, put it this way, "I couldn't be better equipped to run a company."
    • 2008, Chuck Sphar, Stephen Randy Davis, C# 2008 for Dummies This style of naming variables was called Hungarian notation, after Charles Simonyi, a famous Microsoftie who recently went to the International Space Station as a space tourist.
Microsoftify etymology Microsoft + ify
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To assimilate into a Microsoft framework.
Microsoft tax
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, derogatory) the licence fee for the installation that is provided with many home computer systems
Synonyms: Windows tax
Microspeak etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The computer and business jargon associated with Microsoft.
    • 2002, James Gleick, What just happened: a chronicle from the information frontier Actually, preview, in Microspeak, is what blunter software companies call "beta" — meaning incomplete, buggy, and unsupported.
    • 2003, Steven Lattimore McShane, Mary Ann Young Von Glinow, Organizational behavior Welcome to the world of Microspeak — the unofficial language of Microsoft.
    • 2004, Sarah Milstein, Rael Dornfest, Google: the missing manual (page 174) The browser buttons, shown in Figure 7-1, are simply links that you can place on the same toolbar that holds your most frequently used bookmarks (known as "favorites" in Microspeak).
microwave pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmaɪkrəˌweɪv/
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmaɪkrəʊˌweɪv/
etymology micro + wave
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An electromagnetic wave with wavelength between that of infrared light and radio wave.
  2. A microwave oven.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cook (something) in a microwave oven.
    • {{quote-news}} A vengeful mother-of-three has been jailed for 168 days after being convicted of killing a neighbour's kitten by microwaving the 10-week-old pet.
Synonyms: (cook in a microwave oven) nuke (colloquial)
microwave oven pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmaɪkrə(ʊ)ˌweɪv ˈʌv(ə)n/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An oven that uses microwave energy to heat food or other items placed within it.
Synonyms: (oven using microwave energy) microwave
coordinate terms:
  • conventional oven
  • convection oven
  • induction oven
middie Alternative forms: middy pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, slang) a midshipman
  2. (AU) A measure of 285 ml (10 fl oz) of beer; a pot.
etymology 1
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of middie
etymology 2 Shortening of middle + ie + s (possibly either genitive or plural).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Middle-grade marijuana.
Synonyms: mids
coordinate terms:
  • mersh, regs, schwag
  • kine bud, kind bud, KB, KBs
  • heads, headies
middlebrow {{wikipedia}} etymology By analogy with highbrow and lowbrow. The term first appeared in Punch (1925) and later was used by Virginia Woolf (1930's) in an unsent letter to the New Statesman, published as a chapter in the book "The Death of a Moth and Other Essays" (1942).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Neither highbrow or lowbrow, but somewhere in between.
Generally pejorative, implying pretension and vulgarity – aspiring and appropriating high culture, but not appreciating it. On occasion instead used positively.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person or thing that is neither a highbrow or lowbrow, but in between.
middle of nowhere
noun: {{head}} (singulare tantum)
  1. (idiomatic) A very remote place; a nondescript place lacking population, interesting things, or defining characteristics.
    • 1889 Nov. 2, "The Proof" (editorial), The Daily Record (Kansas, USA), p. 2 (retrieved 12 April 2013): We set out to demonstrate to the people of the county that a corrupt ring managed the Republican party in this county. . . . We want that corrupt ring knocked into the middle of Nowhere.
    • 1920, , The Hermit of Far End, ch. 29: "Only we don't happen to be in the middle of nowhere! We're just about a couple of miles from a market town where abides a nice little inn whence petrol can be obtained."
    • 1977 Oct. 17, "Now, the Poor Man's Jumbo Jet," Time: South Florida's Everglades Jetport is a fancy name for a concrete runway in the middle of nowhere.
    • 2012 May 9, Bettina Wassener, "A Modern Magellan Demonstrates Power of the Sun," New York Times (retrieved 12 April 2013): [A]fter weeks of journeying across the monotonous open sea. . . . “You see nothing for 30 days — you’re in the middle of nowhere, you feel like you are in outer space,” said Mr. Domjan.
  • Almost always preceded by the.
Synonyms: See: , backwater, backwoods, boondocks, the sticks, Timbuktu
middy Alternative forms: middie pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, slang) a midshipman
  2. (AU) A measure of 285 ml (10 fl oz) of beer; a pot.
midfuck etymology mid + fuck
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) occurring during a fuck; mid-coitus
midget etymology Diminutive of midge (from Old English mygg, mycg, from Proto-Germanic *mugjō; cognate with Dutch mug and German Mücke), using the suffix -et, originally (1865) for a "little sand fly", only around 1869 also a "very small person". pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (originally) A little sandfly. Although tiny and just two-winged, midgets can bite you manyfold till you itch all over your unprotected skin
  2. (loosely) Any small swarming insect similar to the mosquito; a midge
  3. A normally proportioned person with small stature, usually defined as reaching an adult height less than 4'10". {{defdate}}
  4. (sometimes derogatory) Any short person.
  5. (attributively) That is a small version of something; miniature the midget pony
  • Used for an insect, this is a variation on midge that is incorrect but commonly used.
Synonyms: (person below 4'10") dwarf (loosely), (derogatory: any small person) dwarf, short-arse, shortie/shorty, tich/titch, vertically challenged person (humorous), (swarming insect) midge, (miniature) dwarf
  • (derogatory: any small person) giant
  • (miniature) giant
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, pejorative) Small-minded, stupid.
    • 1949, John Joseph O'Neill, Engineering the New Age, I. Washburn, page 289, Because of this situation we are producing year after year crops of intellectually-dwarfed and midget-minded graduates whose limitations make them easy victims for compliance with a continuation of the system.
    • 1973 February 28, “The Destroyers Strike!”, editorial in The Advocate, number 106, quoted in Michael Bronski, Culture Clash: The Making of Gay Sensibility, South End Press (1984), ISBN 0896082172, page 148, The midget-minded masochists among us, it seems, cannot bear even the slightest hint of progress toward law reform and justice for Gays.
    • 1998, Charlotte Vale Allen, Matters of the Heart, Island Nation Press LLC, ISBN 1892738058, page 212, “[…] They’re the tedious little drones who refer, with fabricated ennui, to the tiresome habits of their midget-minded husbands. […]”
    • 2006, Gordon L. Patzer, The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness, Universal Publishers, ISBN 1581124430, page 123, We respect people who “stand tall” or who possess “stature,” but we lower our expectations for the “midget-minded” or those with “Napoleon complexes” and castigate negative actions with promulgating biases about “stooping really low” or “belittling.”
midget-porn Alternative forms: midget porn
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Pornography featuring dwarves and/or other participant of very short stature.
    • 1999 June 23, “Rat Bastard”, (Google group): Porn Star names (still OT): : Your porn star name is the name of your first pet, and your mother’s maiden name. So I’m Shadow Eady. Told you it was crap;-)Yipe! I’m Fuzzball Udarbe. Sounds like the name of a midgetporn actor. *cringe*
    • 2000 August 26, “Per”, (Google group): fucking Converter CD: > Hmmm… Is it just me or what, but reading the subject-line on this post i expected something very kinky? You’ve let me down, Per(vert).I’m sorry, VoltAire stole all my midgetporn.
    • 2009, Stuart Heritage, Hecklerspray, Friday the 22nd of May in 2009 at 1 o’clock p.m., “Jon & Kate Latest: People You Don’t Know Do Crap You Don’t Care About” Jon & Kate Plus 8. Not the name of a horrific-sounding midget-porn movie. It’s the reality show that everyone is talking about.Alright, not everyone. We haven’t been talking about Jon & Kate Plus 8. But that’s because we’ve only figured out what it is. It’s a show about a couple plagued by the fact that the woman keeps machinegunning babies out of her vagina and one of them hit the milkman in the eye. Or something.
midgie etymology Perhaps from midden + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɪdʒi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, colloquial) A midden.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 32: They did not have good clothes and were midgie-rakers. Their das done that, they just raked yer midgie and got yer old rubbish.
midhusband etymology mid + husband, by analogy with midwife, although midwife literally means "with the woman" in Old English.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, usually, humorous) A male midwife.
Synonyms: accoucheur, (male) midwife, man-midwife
coordinate terms:
  • accoucheuse
  • (female) midwife
midnight chow
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, informal) A meal served in the mess hall around midnight or later.
    • 1917, in United States Marine Corps, The Marines Magazine, C. A. Ketcham (1917), page 27, After the ball was over and the taxi-cab was underway some one suggested midnight chow, permitted by the censor.
    • 1957, Walter Sullivan, Quest for a Continent, McGraw-Hill, page 217, Chief Petty Officer Paul Saylor, an electronics technician, and one of his men set out from the Operations Hut for their midnight chow. It was broad daylight, even at that hour, but visibility was literally zero.
    • 2007, Michael C. Hodges, A Doctor Looks at War: My Year in Iraq, Tate Publishing, ISBN 1598865943, page 188, After quick greetings to those who were still awake, some of our group went to eat at the midnight chow, some went to use the phones, some went to shower, and others, like me, just went to sleep.
etymology 1
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of mid
etymology 2 Shortening of middle + s (possibly either genitive or plural).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Middle-grade marijuana.
Synonyms: middies
coordinate terms:
  • mersh, regs, schwag
  • kine bud, kind bud, KB, KBs
  • heads, headies
  • dims, misd., SIMD
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) An officer of the lowest rank in several navies; especially, a trainee officer.
  2. (nautical, uncountable) This officer rank.
  3. A midshipman fish.
mierda etymology Directly from Spanish mierda, from Latin merda.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, vulgar) shit
  • Usually italicized.
miffed pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mɪft/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Irritated, angry, put out or annoyed.
    • page 130, Let There Be Light Please!, Jim Brewington, “I was miffed at Rick for his behavior. I was miffed at the coach, not for his naivete of deafness, but for his arrogance, which converted his ignorance to stupidity.”, 2003, 0741414244
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of miff
Miggy etymology Diminutive form of Amiga with -y. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A computer.
    • 1989, Xenon II Megablast (video game review in Zzap! issue 54, October 1989) Fantastic, superb, brilliant, bloody marvellous — I could go on and on calling out superlatives about Xenon 2. It's had enough pre-release hype to rival Batman and it's blown away all other Miggy shoot-'em-ups to date and I can safely say, for quite a while to come as well.
    • 1997, "Chris Hewitt", Where Is everybody? (discussion on Internet newsgroup Then do like I do and keep the Miggy for all e-mail and news. No dodgy headers to give you away then :-)
    • 1998, "Zorko Antonic", Western Digital HD (discussion on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.amiga.applications) I had no problems with using WD hard drives on my Miggies.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) eye dialect of might've, might have. 1997, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, iv: ‘Got summat fer yeh here – I mighta sat on it at some point, but it’ll taste all right.’
mightn't've etymology mightn’t + ’ve pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmaɪtn̩t.əv/
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (informal) might not have
mightna etymology Written form of a of "might not".
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial) Might not. You mightna wanna do that.
etymology 1 From Middle English mightsomen, mihtsomen, apparently an alteration of Middle English nuhtsumen, from Old English ġenyhtsumian, from Proto-Germanic *ganuhtsumōną, from *nuhtiz, from Proto-Indo-European *eneḱ- 〈*eneḱ-〉, *neḱ- 〈*neḱ-〉. Cognate with Old High German ginuhtsamōn.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, dialectal) To be powerful.
etymology 2 From might + some, perhaps for mite + some.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, regional, non-standard) A (little) bit; somewhat; a tad.
    • 1993, Lee Scofield, Sweet Amity's Fire: The ranch, it can get a mightsome lonely.
  • Usually used adverbially as a mightsome.
mighty etymology From Old English scLatinx. Compare Swedish mäktig. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmaɪti/
  • (US) /ˈmaɪti/, [ˈmʌɪɾi]
  • {{audio}}
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noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. Influential, powerful beings. exampleThe high and the mighty get what they want.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, rare) A warrior of great strength and courage.
    • Bible, 1 Chronicles 11:12, King James Version: And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighties.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Very strong; possessing might. He's a mighty wrestler, but you are faster than him.
    • Bible, Job ix. 4 Wise in heart, and mighty in strength.
  2. Very heavy and powerful. Thor swung his mighty hammer. He gave the ball a mighty hit.
  3. Accomplished by might; hence, extraordinary; wonderful.
    • Bible, Matthew xi. 20 His mighty works
    • Hawthorne Mighty was their fuss about little matters.
  4. (informal) Excellent, extremely good. Tonight's a mighty opportunity to have a party. She's a mighty cook.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Very; to a high degree. You can leave that food in your locker for the weekend, but it's going to smell mighty bad when you come back on Monday. Pork chops boiled with turnip greens makes a mighty fine meal.
    • Samuel Pepys The lady is not heard of, and the King mighty angry and the Lord sent to the Tower.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Chapter IV I was mighty glad that our entrance into the interior of Caprona had been inside a submarine rather than in any other form of vessel. I could readily understand how it might have been that Caprona had been invaded in the past by venturesome navigators without word of it ever reaching the outside world, for I can assure you that only by submarine could man pass up that great sluggish river, alive.
related terms:
  • might
  • almighty
  • mightiness
  • {{rank}}
mike pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A microphone.
    • 1970, Theodore Sturgeon and Edward H. Waldo, "The Pod in the Barrier", in A Touch of Strange, Ayer Publishing, ISBN 0836935225, page 28, "Then I say to the recording, for the record," I barked, right into the mike, "[…]"
    • 1981, John Swaigen, How to Fight for What’s Right: The Guide to Public Interest Law, James Lorimer & Company, ISBN 0888624220, pages 118–119, Obviously, one must watch what one says in the vicinity of a microphone. More than one person has made a “private” statement in the presence of an open mike.
    • 2007, John Sellers, Perfect from Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0743277082, page 85, When the haggard bartender informed us that there would be an open-mike event later in the evening, I got my first sense that not everyone in Manchester cared about the music the city has produced.
Synonyms: mic
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To microphone; to place one or more microphone (mikes) on.
    • 1994 September, Jim Gaines, transcribed in Alan di Perna, "Step Lively: Recalling the recording process of SRV’s IN STEP with album producer Jim Gaines", in Guitar World Magazine, reprinted in Guitar World Presents Stevie Ray Vaughan: Stevie Ray In His Own Words, Hal Leonard (1997), ISBN 0793580803, page 81, “And sometimes I’d just have to mike the room. You could run into some weird phasing problems with the individual mics because the speakers were all reacting differently.”
    • 1996, J.R. Robinson, quoted in Mark Huntly Parsons, The Drummer’s Studio Survival Guide: How to get the best possible drum tracks on any recording project, Hal Leonard, ISBN 0793572223, page 72, He knows me, I know him, and I know how he’s going to mike the drums and what selection of mic’s he's going to use.
    • 2006, Glenn Haertlein, Project Vectus, Lulu, ISBN 1-4116-8414-1, page 108, “Zeb, is everything go on the AV equipment?” I heard Jim ask. ¶ “Yep,” Zeb replied. “I just need to mike him up.” […] “All set,” he said once he clipped the wireless microphone to my shirtfront.
  2. To measure using a micrometer.
    • 1983, Tom S. Wilson, How to Rebuild Your Big-block Chevy, HPBooks, ISBN 0895861755, page 98, Measure Valve-Stem Diameter—To be positive about it you’ll have to mike the valve stem with a 1-in. micrometer as explained on pages 100 and 101.
Synonyms: (to place a microphone on) mic
  • This term is often found in the synonymous phrasal verb mike up, as in the 2006 quotation above.
  • Kemi
mil {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /mɪl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An angular mil, a unit of angular measurement equal to 1⁄6400 of a complete circle. At 1000 metres one mil subtends about one metre (0.98 m). Also 1⁄6000 and 1⁄6300 are used in other countries.
  2. A unit of measurement equal to 1⁄1000 of an inch, usually used for thin objects, such as sheets of plastic.
  3. a former subdivision (1/1000) of the
  4. (informal) abbreviation of million
    • 2010 September, Galen Gondolfi, "Idea Fun(d)", , ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 79: You can get things done without money, but you can do a hell of a lot more with it, and $10 mil is a good starting point.
  • ILM
  • MLI
mile {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English mīl, from a Germanic borrowing of Latin mīlia, mīllia, plural of mīle, mīlle (literally ‘thousand’ but used as a short form of mīlle passūs). Cognate with Dutch mijl, German Meile. pronunciation
  • (UK) /maɪ̯l/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The international mile: a unit of length precisely equal to 1.609344 kilometer establish by treaty among Anglophone nation in 1959, divide into 5,280 feet or 1,760 yard.
  2. Any of several customary unit of length derive from the 1593 English statute mile of 8 furlong, equivalent to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yard of various precise value.
    • Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, [ “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days], 3/19/2 , “Ivor had acquired more than a mile of fishing rights with the house ; he was not at all a good fisherman, but one must do something ; one generally, however, banged a ball with a squash-racket against a wall.”
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  3. Any of many customary unit of length derive from the Roman mile (mille passus) of 8 stade or 5,000 Roman feet.
  4. Any of many customary unit of length from other measurement system of roughly similar value, as the Chinese () or Arabic mile (al-mīl).
  5. (informal) Any similarly large distance. exampleThe shot missed by a mile.
  6. (slang) A race of 1 mile's length; a race of around 1 mile's length (usually 1500 or 1600 meter) exampleThe runners competed in the mile.
  7. (slang) One mile per hour, as a measure of speed. examplefive miles over the speed limit
  • Emil
  • lime
mileage {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: milage
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the total distance travelled in mile or in air mile
  2. the number of miles travelled by a vehicle on a certain volume of fuel
  3. mileage allowance, an allowance for travel expense at a specified rate per mile
  4. (informal) the amount of service that something has yielded or may yield in future This old PC has still got plenty of mileage in it. There's quite a lot of mileage in language, speech and computing, particularly in research.
  5. (informal) something worth taking into consideration There's some mileage in your argument.
Mile High City etymology From the city's official elevation of exactly one mile (1.6 km) or 5,280 feet (1,609.344 m) above sea level.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Nickname of the city of Denver, Colorado, U. S. A..
    • 1958, "Mrs. Eisenhower Leaves Denver", The Deseret News, 15 May 1958: Mrs. Eisenhower said she was not disappointed at the rainy weather in Denver during her visit, and said, in fact, she hoped to return to the Mile High City soon.
Mile High Club {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous) A notional club that one joins by having sex aboard an aircraft.
see also :
  • Mile Long Club
Mile Long Club etymology By analogy with Mile High Club.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous) A notional club that one joins by having sex aboard a train.
    • 1997, Nick Paumgarten, "Into Training", Skiing, November 1997, page 20E: One confessed to necking in a graveyard, and another to her, um, induction into the Mile Long Club.
    • 2003, "Love is in the air", The Telegraph, 10 June 2003: Surprisingly, no one has yet set up an online shrine to the Mile Long Club, which is devoted to similar triumphs aboard Eurostar as it trundles under the Channel.
    • 2011, Bennett Gavrish, Train Wreck, unnumbered page: "Relax, sweets. It's okay," Jamal said and let out a sigh. "You don't gotta be so hostile. I've come to accept the fact that I'm not gonna join the mile long club tonight." "What's the mile long club?" asked Bradley, who was wide awake after his own snoring had interrupted his sleep, much to the relief of the other passengers. "You've heard of the mile high club, right? That means you've fucked on an airplane. The mile long club is the train version. That shit's wicked exclusive."
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miles pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of mile
  2. (slang) A great distance. His final shot missed the bullseye by miles. From the top of the hill you can see for miles. No need to hurry. The deadline is miles away.
  • {{rank}}
  • limes, slime, smile
MILF {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 acronym of mother I'd like to fuck pronunciation
  • /mɪlf/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A (putative) mother found sexually attractive; an attractive woman in her thirties or forties.
    • 1999, Adam Herz, (screenplay): Dude, that chick's a MILF!
    • 2009, Veronica Lee, "Au revoir, Margaret Mountford", The Guardian, 8 Jun 2009: She was instantly a gay icon (for men and women), and latterly has become a bit of a milf to young straight guys.
Synonyms: yummy mummy
etymology 2 initialism of Moro Islamic Liberation Front
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An organization in the Philippines seeking to establish an Islamic state on the island of .
  • film
MILFdom etymology MILF + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The status or quality of being a MILF.
    • 2007, Em & Lo, "Of MILF and Men", New York, Volume 40, page 193: Our inner feminist tells us that MILFdom is not a solution but rather a self-destructive form of female-chauvinist piggery, to borrow Ariel Levy's term: Are today's mothers really so afraid of seeming past their prime that they accept objectification as a compliment?
    • 2008, Ellen Sussman, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex, Bloomsbury USA (2008), ISBN 9781596914742, page 176: After all, there must be more than MILFdom to aspire to for women who see no contradiction between their roles as mothers and as sexual beings — something with more life, juice, verve, variety, possibility, and power in it.
    • 2011, Sarah Maizes, Got Milf?: The Modern Mom's Guide to Feeling Fabulous, Looking Great, and Rocking A Minivan, Berkley Books (2011), ISBN 9781101478974, unnumbered page: With the help of some MILFs who've “been there, done that,” I've pulled together some tips, advice and strategies to help you on your way to total MILFdom.
Milifandom {{hot word}} etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, neologism) An Internet-based youth movement in support of Ed Miliband, then leader of the British Labour Party.
related terms:
  • Milifan
military brat {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a child who has one or more parents who serves or served full-time in the military
milk pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mɪlk/
    • (UK) [mɪɫk]
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etymology 1 From Middle English milk, mylk, melk, mulc, from Old English meolc, meoluc, from Proto-Germanic *meluks, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂melǵ- 〈*h₂melǵ-〉. {{rel-top}} Cognate with Western Frisian molke, Dutch melk, Low German melk, German Milch, Yiddish scHebr, Danish mælk, Norwegian melk, mjølk, Swedish mjölk, Icelandic mjólk, Faroese mjólk, Albanian mjel, Polish mleko, Welsh blith, xto malke, Lithuanian malkas, Latvian malks, and possibly Ancient Greek μέλκιον 〈mélkion〉. {{rel-bottom}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A white liquid produced by the mammary gland of female mammal to nourish their young. From certain animal, especially cows, it is a common food for human as a beverage or used to produce various dairy product such as butter, cheese, and yogurt.
    • 2007 September 24, Chris Horseman (interviewee), Emily Harris (reporter), “Global Dairy Demand Drives Up Prices”, Morning Edition, National Public Radio …there's going to be that much less milk available to cover any other uses. Which means whether it's liquid milk or whether it's [milk that's been turned into] cheese or yogurt, the price gets pulled up right across the board.
  2. (countable, informal) An individual serving of milk. Table three ordered three milks. (Formally: The guests at table three ordered three glasses of milk.)
  3. (uncountable) A white (or whitish) liquid obtained from a vegetable source such as soy bean, coconut, almond, rice, oat. Also called non-dairy milk.
    • circa 1430 (reprinted 1888), Thomas Austin (editor), Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms. 553, & Douce ms. 55, London: for the Early English Text Society, volume I (Original Series; 91), 374760, page 11: Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke … caste þher-to Safroun an Salt …
    • 1962 (quoting a 1381 text), Hans Kurath and Sherman M. Kuhn (editors), Middle English Dictionary, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, , page 1242: dorrẹ̅, dōrī adj. & n. … cook. glazed with a yellow substance; pome(s ~, sopes ~. … 1381 Pegge Cook. Recipes p. 114: For to make Soupys dorry. Nym onyons … Nym wyn … toste wyte bred and do yt in dischis, and god Almande mylk.
  4. The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
  5. (uncountable, slang) Semen.
related terms:
  • milch
etymology 2 From Old English melcan, from Proto-Germanic *melkaną, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂melǵ- 〈*h₂melǵ-〉, the same root as the noun. Compare Dutch and German melken, Danish malke, Norwegian mjølke, also Latin mulgeō, Ancient Greek ἀμέλγω 〈amélgō〉, Albanian mjel, Russian молоко́ 〈molokó〉, Lithuanian mélžti, xto mālk-.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To express milk from (a mammal, especially a cow). The farmer milked his cows.
    • Shakespeare I have given suck, and know / How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me.
  2. (transitive) To draw (milk) from the breasts or udder. to milk wholesome milk from healthy cows
  3. (transitive) To express any liquid (from any creature).
  4. (transitive, figurative) To make excessive use of (a particular point in speech or writing, etc.); to take advantage of (a situation). When the audience began laughing, the comedian milked the joke for more laughs.
    • London Spectator They [the lawyers] milk an unfortunate estate as regularly as a dairyman does his stock.
  5. (of an electrical storage battery) To give off small gas bubble during the final part of the charging operation.
milkie pronunciation
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etymology milk + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A milkman.
  2. An opaque white marble in children's games.
Synonyms: (milkman) milko (Australian slang)
milk jug etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Feminine breast.
milko etymology From milk + o. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) A milkman.
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Synonyms: milkie (UK)
milk run
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A routine trip, especially one involving several stop
  2. (logistics) The collection of mixed loads from multiple fixed sources on a regular basis.
  3. (military, slang) An uneventful mission, especially a military sortie completed without incident
  4. (politics, slang) A campaign for a political office whose main apparent purpose is to "milk" money from supporters in order to provide a source of income for the candidate, campaign staff, and family members.
milkshake {{wikipedia}} etymology milk + shake. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thick beverage consisting of milk and ice cream mixed together, often with fruit, chocolate, or other flavoring.
  2. (New England, Australia, New Zealand) A thin beverage, similar to the above, but without ice cream or significantly less of it.
  3. A beverage consisting of fruit juice, water, and some milk, as served in Southeast Asia.
  4. (slang) Female sex appeal or promiscuity.
    • 2003, , "", in , My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.
Synonyms: (New England) frappe (thick beverage), (Australia, and, New Zealand) thickshake (thick beverage)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of bread sop in milk.
  2. (by extension, pejorative) A weak, easily frighten or ineffectual person.
milky etymology milk + y pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈmɪlki/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling milk in color or consistency.
    • Alexander Pope pails high foaming with a milky flood
    • Arbuthnot milky juice
  2. (color science, informal) Of the black in an image, appearing as dark gray rather than black.
  3. (colloquial) Cowardly.
    • Shakespeare Has friendship such a faint and milky heart?
  4. (obsolete) Yielding milk.
    • Roscommon milky mothers
mill pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mɪl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English mille, Old English mylen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A grinding apparatus for substances such as grains, seeds, etc. examplePepper has a stronger flavor when it is ground straight from a mill.
  2. The building housing such a grinding apparatus. exampleMy grandfather worked in a mill.
  3. A machine used for expelling the juice, sap, etc., from vegetable tissues by pressure, or by pressure in combination with a grinding, or cutting process. examplea cider mill; a cane mill
  4. A machine for grinding and polishing. examplea lapidary mill
  5. The raised or ridged edge or surface made in milling anything, such as a coin or screw.
  6. A manufacturing plant for paper, steel, textiles, etc. examplea steel mill
  7. A building housing such a plant.
  8. An establishment that handles a certain type of situation routinely, such as a divorce mill, etc.
  9. (informal) an engine
  10. (informal) a boxing match, fistfight 1914 , 2009 , HTML , , Edgar Rice Burrows , The Mucker , , , , The Gutenberg Project , , page , “The name of the "white hope" against whom Billy was to go was sufficient to draw a fair house, and there were some there who had seen Billy in other fights and looked for a good mill. ”
  11. (die sinking) A hardened steel roller with a design in relief, used for imprinting a reversed copy of the design in a softer metal, such as copper.
  12. (mining) An excavation in rock, transverse to the workings, from which material for filling is obtained.
  13. (mining) A passage underground through which ore is shot.
  14. A milling cutter.
  15. A treadmill.
  16. (trading card games) A card or deck that relies on the strategy of putting cards directly from the draw pile into the discard pile.
Synonyms: (plant, building) factory, works
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} Ultimately from Latin millesimum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An obsolete coin with value one-thousandth of a dollar, or one-tenth of a cent.
  2. One thousandth part, particularly in millage rates of property tax.
Synonyms: (one thousandth part) permille, ,
coordinate terms:
  • (one thousandth part)
  • percent
  • basis point
etymology 3 From the noun #Noun.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To grind or otherwise process in a mill or other machine. exampleto mill flour
  2. (transitive) To shape, polish, dress or finish using a machine.
  3. (transitive) To engrave one or more groove or a pattern around the edge of (a cylindrical object such as a coin).
  4. (intransitive, followed by around, about, etc.) To move about in an aimless fashion. exampleI didn't have much to do, so I just milled around the town looking at the shops.
    • Rudyard Kipling The deer and the pig and the nilghai were milling round and round in a circle of eight or ten miles radius, while the Eaters of Flesh skirmished round its edge.
  5. (transitive) To cause to mill, or circle around. to mill cattle
  6. (zoology, of air-breathing creatures) To swim underwater.
  7. (zoology, of a whale) To swim suddenly in a new direction.
  8. (transitive, slang) To beat; to pound.
    • Rudyard Kipling exampleOrtheris said nothing for a while. Then he unslung his belt, heavy with the badges of half a dozen regiments that his own had lain with, and handed it over to Mulvaney.<br>"I'm too little for to mill you, Mulvaney," said he, "an' you've strook me before; but you can take an' cut me in two with this 'ere if you like."
  9. To pass through a fulling mill; to full, as cloth.
  10. (transitive) To roll (steel, etc.) into bars.
  11. (transitive) To make (drinking chocolate) frothy, as by churning.
  12. (intransitive) To undergo hull. This maize mills well.
  13. (intransitive, slang) To take part in a fistfight; to box.
  14. (transitive, mining) To fill (a winze or interior incline) with broken ore, to be drawn out at the bottom.
  15. (trading card games) To place cards into the discard pile directly from the draw pile.
Synonyms: (move about in an aimless fashion) roam, wander
millihelen etymology From the prefix milli- (indicating a thousandth) + , the maiden so beautiful that her abduction by sparked the and was said, in Christopher Marlowe's 1604 Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, to have ‘launched a thousand ships’.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A unit of measure of pulchritude, corresponding to the amount of beauty required to launch one ship.
    • 1983: Robertson Davies, The Rebel Angels Now Maria seems to me to be a wonder in every respect that I have had the pleasure of examining, and her clothes are plainly not meant to conceal defects. So what do we say? I'd say 850 millihelens for Maria. anybody bid higher?
    • 1992: Isaac Asimov, Asimov Laughs Again During the days when I was a graduate student in the early forties, we were dealing with chemistry in which there were a great many units used in measuring various quantities--in particular the entire metric system. A friend of mine, Mario Castillo, and I therefore whiled away one lunch period by making up units and I finally came up with the "millihelen," which is enough beauty to launch one ship. (After all, Helen of Troy had a "face that launched a thousand ships.") Years later, I saw "millihelen" in Time, and it wasn't attributed to me, either.
    • 1993: R. E. Allen, commentator, The Symposium: The Dialogues of Plato volume 2 The finest achievement of modern aesthetic theory has been the discovery of a unit of measure of beauty. This is the millihelen: that quantum of beauty required to launch one ship. But the millihelen is an inappropriate measure of beauty in the ascent passage of the Symposium, for application of a measure implies invariance in what is measured, [...] So there is no number of millihelens by which Socrates' soul is prettier than Helen of Troy's body.
    • 1994: Carl Pollard, Ivan A. Sag, Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar three milliHelens more beautiful
    • 2001: Ray Crowther, The Nearest FarAway Place Don was referring to the time at school when Carl had first dated Sarah. ‘She was the best looking girl in the school — at least nine hundred millihelens.
    • 2005: David Morgan-Mar (Mercutio, in reaction to the mention of the millihelen) 'You can't mix metric prefixes with Troy units like that.'
According to Raymond Augustine Bauer and Kenneth J. Gergen (The Study of Policy Formation, 1968), ‘one could also speak of fractional millihelens, say, enough beauty to launch two cabin boys’.
Mills-and-Boonish etymology After the publisher Mills & Boon.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) romantic in a formulaic way
milquetoast etymology From the character of the comic strip The Timid Soul, created by Harold Webster and first published in 1924 (named after the American dish ). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɪlktəʊst/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Meek, timid.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person of meek or timid disposition.
etymology 1 {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (nonce) A nonce word in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky combining the senses of "flimsy" and "miserable".
    • All mimsy were the borogoves — Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) The vagina.
    • It seems plastic surgery for men is catching up in the lunacy stakes with the world of female plastic surgery, a place where you can fly to LA and get the shape of your vagina changed: what constitutes an appealingly shaped mimsy is something else to be filed under "unanswered questions", next to the one about who wants a huge pair of balls.{{cite news }}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A kitchen utensil used for mincing meat, etc.
  2. Someone who minces.
  3. (British, slang, derogatory) a homosexual.
mind bleach
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, humorous) brain bleach
mindboggling pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈmaɪndˌbɒɡ.(ə.)lɪŋ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈmaɪndˌbɑɡlɪŋ/
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Alternative forms: mind-boggling (especially UK)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. That causes the mind to boggle; that is beyond one's ability to understand or figure out; bewildering; mystifying. Faced with a mindboggling selection of special-purpose shampoos, he gave up and simply purchased something inexpensive with a pleasant fragrance.
Synonyms: astounding, bewildering, mystifying, overwhelming, stupefying
related terms:
  • mind boggler/mind-boggler
mind candy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Pleasurable diversion; entertainment that serves no higher purpose.
    • 2008, Cate Garrison, Choice Cuts of Lamb, 0557012465, page 119, “I read Mysteries (in which I include all the sub-classes of police dramas, detective novels and old-style who-dun-its) because, like good food and drink, I damn well like them; they pass the time pleasantly; they are mind-candy; ”
    • 2009, Nicholas Karapondo , The Pen: A Sonata and Fugue on the Eternal State of Being , 1438956797, page 581, “The world will offer you eye candy, ear candy, mind candy. . . any and all diversion to keep you from initializing the Covenant with the Source”
    • 2010 , Alison Kent , Bound to Happen, 1426853319, page 18, “Ray was her fantasy, her mind-candy, as were her plans for his seduction.”
Synonyms: brain candy
related terms:
  • ear candy
  • eye candy
mindfuck etymology Compound of mind + fuck. pronunciation
  • (US), (UK) /maɪnd.fʌk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Something that intentional destabilize, confuse or manipulate the mind of another person.
    • 2006, Ska Child, David Harris, Skavoovee, p. 106: The first four weeks of basic training were designed to be a total mindfuck. It started from the moment they stepped off the bus and were punished for not knowing how to stand at attention, even though they'd never been taught.
    • 2001, Mick Farren, Darklost, p. 311: It's a mindfuck. It's just lasers and shit, like the haunted house in Disneyland.
    • 1996, Christopher Kyle, the monogamist, p. 53: This is a total mindfuck. I guess you know we broke up.
    • 1968 Student Union for Peace Action, Our Generation, p. 66: The actual naked fact of Establishment power in the person of the police was a real mindfuck.
Synonyms: brainfuck (vulgar), headfuck (vulgar), mindscrew
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To intentional destabilize, confuse or manipulate the mind of another person.
    • 2007, Jackie Kessler, The Road to Hell‎, p. 67: I hated it when other entities mindfucked me.
    • 2003, Adam Gorightly et al., The Prankster and the Conspiracy, p. 136: In response to all of this Bavarian Illuminati paranoia, Kerry—in the midst of Garrison's probe — decided to mindfuck Garrison all the more by sending out suggesting that he (Kerry) was an agent of the Bavarian Illuminati.
    • 1974, Connie Brissenden, The Factory Lab Anthology‎, p. 10: Two young Canadians get mindfucked by a giant American, but they kill him in the end and then start in on each other.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) en-past of mindfuck
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) Having been the recipient of a mindfuck; confused due to manipulation.
mindfuckery Alternative forms: mind-fuckery etymology mindfuck + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Behaviour, material, or conditions which destabilize or confuse the mind.
    • 2006', John Dougan, The Who Sell Out, Continuum (2006), ISBN 9780826417435, page 97: As if opening the record with a jingle wasn't perverse enough, Sell Outs first track, "Armenia [pronounced 'arm and ear'] City in the Sky," was an equally confounding bit of mindfuckery.
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Synonyms: headfuckery (vulgar)
verb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) present participle of mindfuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) An act of confusing another through manipulation. The last thing I needed was another mindfucking from my skanky boss.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) plural of mindfucking
Synonyms: mindfuck (noun sense)
mindscrew etymology mind + screw ‘to play with; to meddle’
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that destabilizes, confuses, or manipulates a person's mind.
    • 2009, Jay A. Fernandez, "Abrams making a name for himself, but it's not Steven Spielberg just yet", The Hollywood Reporter, 12 May 2009: It's in television that Abrams, arguably more than Spielberg, has nudged the medium forward, with "Felicity," then "Alias" and finally the mindscrew of "Lost."
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Synonyms: brainfuck (vulgar), headfuck (vulgar), mindfuck (vulgar)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To destabilize, confuse, or manipulate a person's mind.
    • 1997, , Trespasses: Portraits of a Serial Rapist, Penguin (1997), ISBN 9780140249712: About half the detectives thought his return to the old neighborhood was proof positive that he was out of control; still others believed he had ice water running through his veins, maybe even mindscrewing the cops by rubbing their noses in the fact they couldn't stop him even though they suspected who he was
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mind you
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, chiefly, UK) Used to draw attention to a part that is important to a statement. exampleMind you, I'm not prejudiced, but I didn't like the looks of him.
    • {{RQ:Chrsty Atbgrfy}} Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. There was a great deal of them, lavish both in material and in workmanship.
  2. (literally, archaic) Mind that you; be careful that you. exampleMind you wear a scarf in this cold wind.
    • 1841, Charles Dickens, , chapter 13: “Mind you take good care of her, sir,” said John, appealing from this insensible person to his son and heir, who now appeared, fully equipped and ready.
mine pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /maɪn/
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etymology 1 Old English mīn, from Proto-Germanic *mīnaz.
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. My; belonging to me; that which belongs to me.
    1. Used predicatively. exampleThe house itself is mine, but the land is not.
    2. Used substantively, with an implied noun. exampleMine has been a long journey.
    3. Used absolutely, set off from the sentence. exampleMine for only a week so far, it already feels like an old friend.
    4. (archaic) Used attributively after the noun it modifies.
      • {{ante}} William Shakespeare, , Act V, Scene 1: … Flesh and blood, / You, brother mine, that entertain'd ambition, / …
    5. (archaic) Used attributively before a vowel.
      • 1862 February, , "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", in The Atlantic Monthly, Volume IX, Number LII, page 10, Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord: / …
  • my and are essentially two forms of the same word, with being used attributive before the noun, and being used in all other cases, as may be seen in most of the usage examples and quotations above. In this respects, this word is analogous to most of the other possessive pronouns (e.g. your vs. yours), as well as a number of other noun modifiers, such as lone/alone.
  • Historically, came to be used only before a consonant sound, and later came to be used regardless of the following sound. Nonetheless, still sees archaic pre-vocalic use, as may be seen in the 1862 quotation above.
etymology 2 From Middle English, from Old French mine, from ll mina, from Gaulish (compare to Welsh mwyn, Irish míanach), from Proto-Celtic *mēnis.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An excavation from which ore or solid mineral are taken, especially one consisting of underground tunnels. This diamond comes from a mine in South Africa. He came out of the coal mine with a face covered in black. Most coal and ore comes from open-pit mines nowadays.
  2. (military) A passage dug toward or underneath enemy lines, which is then packed with explosive.
  3. (military) A device intended to explode when stepped upon or touched, or when approached by a ship, vehicle, or person. His left leg was blown off after he stepped on a mine. The warship was destroyed by floating mines.
  4. (pyrotechnics) A type of firework that explodes on the ground, shooting sparks upward.
  5. (entomology) The cavity made by a caterpillar while feeding inside a leaf.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To remove (ore) from the ground. Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only place in the world where visitors can mine their own diamonds.
  2. To dig into, for ore or metal.
    • Ure Lead veins have been traced … but they have not been mined.
  3. (transitive) To sow mines (the explosive devices) in (an area). We had to slow our advance after the enemy mined the road ahead of us.
  4. (transitive) To damage (a vehicle or ship) with a mine (an explosive device).
  5. (intransitive) To dig a tunnel or hole; to burrow in the earth. the mining cony
  6. To dig away, or otherwise remove, the substratum or foundation of; to lay a mine under; to sap; to undermine; hence, to ruin or destroy by slow degrees or secret means.
    • Hayward They mined the walls.
    • Sir Walter Scott Too lazy to cut down these immense trees, the spoilers … had mined them, and placed a quantity of gunpowder in the cavity.
etymology 3 Borrowing from French.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of mien
  • {{rank}}
  • mien, Mien; nime
mineral {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: minerall (obsolete) etymology From Medieval Latin, minera. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɪn.ɜː(ɹ).əl/, /ˈmɪn.ɹəl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (geology) Any naturally occurring inorganic material that has a (more or less) definite chemical composition and characteristic physical properties.
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  2. Any inorganic material (as distinguished from animal or vegetable).
  3. Any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition; a dietary mineral.
  4. (British) Mineral water.
  5. (Ireland, South Africa, informal) A soft drink, particularly a single serve bottle or can.
  6. (obsolete) A mine or mineral deposit.
    • 1599, , , IV. i. 26: O'er whom his very madness, like some ore / Among a mineral of metals base, / Shows itself pure;
related terms:
  • mine
  • mineralogy
adjective: {{head}}
  1. of, related to, or containing minerals
  • manlier
  • marline
mineral water {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Water, containing dissolved minerals, which has been treated in any of several ways (filtering, aerating etc) before being bottle; used either therapeutically or out of preference.
ming pronunciation
  • (UK) /mɪŋ/
etymology 1 From Middle English mingen, mengen, from Old English mengan, from Proto-Germanic *mangijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *menk-. Cognate with Dutch mengen, German mengen, Danish mænge, Old English ġemang. More at among. Alternative forms: minge, meng
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (now rare) To mix, blend, mingle.
  2. (obsolete) To bring (people, animals etc.) together; to be joined, in marriage or sexual intercourse.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.ii: the old man [...] him brought into a secret part, / Where that false couple were full closely ment / In wanton lust and lewd embracement [...].
  3. (UK, dialectal) To produce through mixing; especially, to knead.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Mixture.
etymology 2 Backformation from minging.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang) To be unattractive (person or object).
  2. (British, slang) To be foul smelling.
related terms:
  • minger
  • minging
etymology 3 From Middle English mingen, mengen, mungen, muneȝen, from Old English myngian, mynegian, ġemynegian, from myne, from ġemunan, from Proto-Germanic *munaną, from Proto-Indo-European *men-. Merged in Middle English with Old English ġemyndgian. More at mind. Alternative forms: minge
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To speak of; mention; tell; relate.
  2. (intransitive) To speak; tell; talk; discourse.
minge pronunciation
  • /mɪndʒ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From rme, from Romany mintš.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, Australia, NZ, vulgar, slang) The pubic hair and vulva.
etymology 2 Probably corrupted from midge.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, dialect) A small biting fly; a midge.
etymology 3 From Middle English mingen, mengen, from Old English mengan. More at ming.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To mingle; to mix.
{{Webster 1913}}
minger etymology See minging (from Scots mingin) and -er. pronunciation
  • /ˈmɪŋə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, offensive) An unattractive person (of either sex). She's a minger!
minging etymology From the Scots word mingin pronunciation
  • /ˈmɪŋɪŋ/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang) unattractive or repulsive
  2. (British, slang) unclean or dirty
mingy etymology Origin uncertain. Perhaps a {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɪndʒi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Mean, miserly, stingy.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 298: After the Liberation Mrs Crewe kept on being as mingy as before with the food; and wouldn't let Harold buy any new clothes.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 413: Now all that, in its mingy way, is logical enough.
Synonyms: niggardly
miniature golf
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (golf) An informal form of golf, played with a putter on a short course featuring novelty obstacle.
Synonyms: crazy golf
minibear etymology From mini + bear.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, Philmont Scout Ranch) A critter, or, by definition, "any animal that is smaller than a bear that gets into one's food, pack, or tent."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An insect / bug etc.
minidisaster etymology mini + disaster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A minor disaster.
    • {{quote-news}}
minimike etymology mini + mike
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A small microphone.
    • {{quote-news}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) misspelling of minuscule
  • “The correct spelling is minuscule rather than miniscule. The latter is a common error, which has arisen by analogy with other words beginning with “mini”, where the meaning is similarly ‘very small’.” {{R:Oxford 1998}}
  • At the time of writing (22 May 2012), the number of hits in the printed works listed in Google Books for minuscule outnumbers those for miniscule by a large amount (by 1,990,000 to 422,000, a ratio of roughly 5:1). In contrast, the numbers of hits on Google (with language set to English) are 13,000,000 to 10,900,000, a ratio of about 6:5.
minisode etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very short episode of a television programme.
    • {{quote-news}}
ministroke etymology mini + stroke
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A transient ischemic attack.
    • {{quote-news}}
mini stroke
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) transient ischemic attack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) transient ischemic attack
Alternative forms:
minisub etymology mini + sub
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A minisubmarine.
    • {{quote-news}}
minivac etymology From mini- + vac
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A hand-held or miniature vacuum cleaner
Synonyms: (hand-held vacuum) dustbuster, dust buster
minivan {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small van.
  • Japanese: ミニバン 〈miniban〉
  • Russian: минивэ́н 〈minivé́n〉
  • Thai: มินิแวน 〈mi ni wæn〉
mint {{wikipedia}} {{wikibooks}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mɪnt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English minten, from Old English myntan, from Proto-Germanic *muntaną, *muntijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnā-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian mintsje, muntsje, Dutch munten, Dutch monter, Gothic 𐌼𐌿𐌽𐍃 〈𐌼𐌿𐌽𐍃〉, Old English munan. More at mind.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, provincial, Northern England, Scotland) To try, attempt; take aim.
  2. (transitive, provincial, Northern England, Scotland) To try, attempt, endeavor; to take aim at; to try to hit; to purpose.
  3. (intransitive, chiefly, Scotland) To hint; suggest; insinuate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (provincial, Northern England, Scotland) Intent, purpose; an attempt, try; effort, endeavor.
etymology 2 From Middle English mynt, munet, from Old English mynet, from Proto-Germanic *munitą, *munitō, from Latin monēta, from the temple of (named for Monēta mother of the Muses), where coins were made; akin to Dutch munt, German Münze, Danish mønt, and to Russian монета 〈moneta〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A building or institution where money (originally, only coin) is produced under government licence.
  2. (informal) A large amount of money. A vast sum or amount, etc. That house is worth a mint It must have cost a mint to produce!
  3. (figurative) Any place regarded as a source of unlimited supply; the supply itself.
    • Shakespeare A mint of phrases in his brain.
related terms:
  • money
  • monetary
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To reproduce (coins), usually en masse, under licence.
  2. To invent; to forge; to fabricate; to fashion.
    • Francis Bacon titles … of such natures as may be easily minted
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of condition, as new. in mint condition.
  2. (numismatics) In near-perfect condition; uncirculated.
  3. (philately) Unused with original gum; as issued originally.
  4. (UK, slang) Very good.
    • 2014, Holly Hagan, Not Quite a Geordie And my God, what a house it was – it was mint! In all my life I had never set foot in such a beautiful place.
etymology 3 From Latin menta, from Ancient Greek μίνθη 〈mínthē〉, akin to Old Norse minta.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any plant in the genus Mentha in the family Lamiaceae, typically aromatic with square stems.
  2. The flavour of the plant, either a sweet, a jelly or sauce.
  3. Any plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae.
  4. A green colour, like that of mint. {{color panel}}
  5. A mint-flavored candy, often eaten to sweeten the smell of the breath.
related terms:
  • calamint
  • menthol
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a green colour, like that of the mint plant.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of mint
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. made into coinage; coined
  2. (chiefly, British, slang) wealthy
minter pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɪntə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈmɪntɚ/, [ˈmɪɾ̃ɚ]
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who mint
  2. (British, slang) An item in mint condition (especially a motor car)
  • remint
mintox etymology From mint, i.e. in perfect condition.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, 1980s) great; excellent That dress is mintox. I have had a mintox day.
Synonyms: (excellent) mint, awesome, wicked
mint sauce
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sauce, made with mint and vinegar, that is a popular accompaniment to roast lamb.
  2. (UK, slang, archaic) Money.
minus etymology From Latin minus, neuter form of minor -- comparative form of parvus -- from the Proto-Indo-European root *mey-. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmaɪnəs/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
conjunction: {{move}} {{en-con}}
  1. (mathematics) Difference of the previous number from the following number. seven minus two is five
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (informal) Without. I walked out minus my coat.
Synonyms: lacking, without
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (mathematics) Negative. a minus number
  2. On the negative part of a scale. minus seven degrees
  3. Ranking just below a designated rating. He got a grade of B minus for his essay.
Synonyms: (negative) negative, (on the negative part of a scale) below zero (after the noun)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics) A minus sign ().
  2. (mathematics) A negative quantity.
  3. A defect or deficiency.
Synonyms: (defect or deficiency) defect, deficiency, drawback, flaw, shortcoming
  • (minus sign) plus, plus sign
  • (negative quantity) positive
  • (defect or deficiency) advantage, bonus, boon, gain, plus
  • in sum, munis
minuscule {{wikipedia}} etymology From French minuscule. Alternative forms: miniscule (Originally a misspelling, but now so common that it has come to be considered an alternative spelling by many) pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈmɪnəskjuːl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A lower-case letter.
  2. Any of the two medieval handwriting styles minuscule cursive and Caroline minuscule.
  3. A letter in these styles.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Written in minuscules, lower-case.
  2. Written in minuscule handwriting style.
  3. Very small, tiny.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    examplea minuscule dot
Synonyms: (written in minuscules) lower-case, small, (very small) microscopic, minute, tiny, See also
  • (lower-case) majuscule, uppercase
See the usage notes at miniscule
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, military, slang) To attack with MIRV missiles.
misborn etymology Old English misboren, corresponding to mis + born. pronunciation
  • (UK) /mɪsˈbɔːn/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (now rare) Born prematurely; abortive.
  2. (pejorative, now rare) Of low birth, illegitimate.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, And drawing nigh him said, Ah misborne Elfe, / In euill houre thy foes thee hither sent [...].
miscarry etymology From mis + carry. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌmɪsˈkaɹi/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To have an unfortunate accident of some kind; to be killed, or come to harm. {{defdate}}
  2. (now rare) To go astray; to do something wrong. {{defdate}}
  3. To have a miscarriage; to abort a foetus, usually without intent to do so. {{defdate}}
  4. To fail to achieve some purpose; to be unsuccessful, to go wrong (of a business, project etc.). {{defdate}}
  5. Of a letter etc.: to fail to reach its intended recipient. {{defdate}}
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, II.1: It likewise alluded to several letters—which, it appeared to me, must have miscarried or been intercepted [...].
Synonyms: (have a miscarriage) lose the baby (idiomatic)

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