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noun, plural M's or Ms, m's or ms.

the thirteenth letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
any spoken sound represented by the letter M or m, as in my, summer, or him.
something having the shape of an M.
a written or printed representation of the letter M or m.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter M or m.
Printing. em.

m

Physics. mass.
Finance. (of bonds) matured.
meter; meters.
Music. minor.

m

Symbol, Electricity. magnetic pole strength.

M

Music. major.
modal auxiliary.
Economics. monetary aggregate: issued periodically by the Federal Reserve Board as various measures of money supply (M-1, M-1A, M-2, etc.).Compare L
British. motorway (used with a road number to designate a major highway): the M1.

M

Symbol.

the thirteenth in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the twelfth.
(sometimes lowercase) the Roman numeral for 1000.Compare Roman numerals.
Electricity. magnetization.
Biochemistry. methionine.

Mac-

a prefix found in many family names of Irish or Scottish Gaelic origin, as MacBride and Macdonald.
Also Mc- Mc-, M'-.

Origin of Mac-

< Irish, Scots Gaelic mac son, Old Irish macc; akin to Welsh, Cornish mab

'm

[m]

contraction of am: I'm not thirsty.

m-

(referring especially to the use of wireless electronic devices) mobile: m-commerce; m-business.

M-

U.S. Military. (used to designate the production model of military equipment, as the M-1 rifle.)

M'-

variant of Mac-.

m.

1

Origin of m.

1
From the Latin word merīdiēs

m.

2

(in prescriptions) mix.

Origin of m.

2
From the Latin word misce

m.

3

M.

1

or m.

Origin of M.

1
From the Latin word merīdiēs

M.

2

Mc-

2

variant of Mac-.
Also Mc-.

mu

[myoo, moo]

noun

the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet (M, μ).
the consonant sound represented by this letter.

Origin of mu

First recorded in 1895–1900, mu is from the Greek word
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Examples from the Web for m

Contemporary Examples of m

Historical Examples of m

  • The Syrians added to it an m, thus giving it a participial form.

  • There was the tram line, if m'sieur did not care to take a fiacre.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • I can't keep my mind on m' fishing—just wondering what the deuce he's after.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • We-e-ell, yuh see, m' son, it's my business to mind other people's business!

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • "You're across the dead line, m' son," said Stanley, with lazy significance.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for m

m

M

noun plural m's, M's or Ms

the 13th letter and tenth consonant of the modern English alphabet
a speech sound represented by this letter, usually a bilabial nasal, as in mat

m

symbol for

metre(s)
mile(s)
milli-
minute(s)

M

symbol for

mach
medium (size)
mega-
currency mark(s)
million
astronomy Messier catalogue; a catalogue published in 1784, in which 103 nebulae and clusters are listed using a numerical systemM13 is the globular cluster in Hercules
Middle
physics modulus
(in Britain) motorwaythe M1 runs from London to Leeds
(in Australia)
  1. mature audience (used to describe a category of film certified as suitable for viewing by anyone over the age of 15)
  2. (as modifier)an M film
logic the middle term of a syllogism
physics mutual inductance
chem molar
(Roman numeral) 1000See Roman numerals

abbreviation for

Malta (international car registration)

m-

prefix

short for meta- (def. 4)

m-

prefix

indicating the use of mobile-communications technologym-banking

m.

abbreviation for

cricket maiden (over)
male
mare
married
masculine

M.

abbreviation for

Majesty
(in titles) Member
million
Also: M plural MM or MM French Monsieur
mountain

Word Origin for M.

sense 4) French equivalent of Mr

M'-

prefix

a variant of Mac-

'm

contraction of

(verb) am
(noun) madamyes'm

Mc-

prefix

a variant of Mac-

usage

For names beginning with this prefix, see under Mac-

mu

1

noun

the 12th letter in the Greek alphabet (Μ, μ), a consonant, transliterated as m

mu

2

the internet domain name for

Mauritius

MU

abbreviation for

Musicians' Union

Mac-

Mc- or M'-

prefix

(in surnames of Scottish or Irish Gaelic origin) son ofMacDonald; MacNeice

Word Origin for Mac-

from Goidelic mac son of; compare Welsh mab, Cornish mab
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Word Origin and History for m

M

13th letter, from Greek mu, from Semitic mem. The Roman symbol for 1,000; sometimes used in this sense in English 15c.-16c.; but in late 20c. newspaper headlines it stands for million. As a thickness of type, from 1680s.

Mac-

common element in Scottish and Irish names, from Old Celtic *makko-s "son." Cognate root *makwos "son" produced Old Welsh map, Welsh mab, ap "son;" also probably cognate with Old English mago "son, attendant, servant," Old Norse mögr "son," Gothic magus "boy, servant," Old English mægð "maid" (see maiden).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

m in Medicine

m

abbr.

mass
meter

M

abbr.

molar1
molarity
morgan
myopia

m-

abbr.

meta-

mu

[myōō, mōō]

n.

The 12th letter of the Greek alphabet.

adj.

Of, relating to, or being a polypeptide chain that is one of five types of heavy chains present in immunoglobins.

Mu

abbr.

Mache unit
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m in Science

m

Abbreviation of mass, meter
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