mailing

1
[mey-ling]

noun

a batch of mail, as of form letters, catalogs, or monthly statements, sent by a mailer at one time: an enthusiastic response to our latest mailing.

Origin of mailing

1
First recorded in 1945–50; mail1 + -ing1

mailing

2
[mey-ling]

noun Scot.

a rented farm.
the rent paid by a tenant farmer.

Origin of mailing

2
First recorded in 1425–75

mail

1
[meyl]

noun

letters, packages, etc., that are sent or delivered by means of the postal system: Storms delayed delivery of the mail.
a single collection of such letters, packages, etc., as sent or delivered: to open one's mail; to find a bill in the mail; The mail for England was put on the noon plane.
Also mails. the system, usually operated or supervised by the national government, for sending or delivering letters, packages, etc.; postal system: to buy clothes by mail.
a train, boat, etc., as a carrier of postal matter.
electronic mail; email.

adjective

of or relating to mail.

verb (used with object)

to send by mail; place in a post office or mailbox for transmission.
to transmit by email.

Origin of mail

1
1175–1225; Middle English male (noun) < Old French malle < Germanic; compare Old High German mal(a)ha satchel, bag
Can be confusedmail male

mail

2
[meyl]

noun

flexible armor of interlinked rings.
any flexible armor or covering, as one having a protective exterior of scales or small plates.
Textiles. an oval piece of metal pierced with a hole through which the warp ends are threaded, serving as an eyelet on a heddle or especially on the harness cords of a Jacquard loom.

verb (used with object)

to clothe or arm with mail.

Origin of mail

2
1250–1300; Middle English maille one of the rings of which armor was composed < Old French < Latin macula spot, one of the interstices in a net; cf. macula
Related formsmail·less, adjective
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Related Words for mailing

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Contemporary Examples of mailing

Historical Examples of mailing

  • All income of the Society is devoted to defraying cost of publication and mailing.

    A Letter to Dion

    Bernard Mandeville

  • I'm mailing this early, so it should reach you in the late afternoon mail.

    Dead Giveaway

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • He had his doubts, as well he might, about the propriety of mailing the letter.

    Freaks of Fortune

    Oliver Optic

  • At a certain date each month your periodical must be ready for mailing.

    The Blue Birds' Winter Nest

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • Now, if you'll sign this contract, we'll put you on our mailing list.

    Subversive

    Dallas McCord Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for mailing

mail

1

noun

Also called (esp Brit): post letters, packages, etc, that are transported and delivered by the post office
the postal system
a single collection or delivery of mail
a train, ship, or aircraft that carries mail
short for electronic mail
(modifier) of, involving, or used to convey maila mail train

verb (tr)

mainly US and Canadian to send by mailUsual Brit word: post
to contact (a person) by electronic mail
to send (a message, document, etc) by electronic mail
Derived Formsmailable, adjectivemailability, noun

Word Origin for mail

C13: from Old French male bag, probably from Old High German malha wallet

mail

2

noun

a type of flexible armour consisting of riveted metal rings or links
the hard protective shell of such animals as the turtle and lobster

verb

(tr) to clothe or arm with mail
Derived Formsmail-less, adjective

Word Origin for mail

C14: from Old French maille mesh, from Latin macula spot

mail

3

noun

archaic, mainly Scot a monetary payment, esp of rent or taxes

Word Origin for mail

Old English māl terms, from Old Norse māl agreement

mail

4

noun

Australian informal a rumour or report, esp a racing tip
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Word Origin and History for mailing

mail

n.1

"post, letters," c.1200, "a traveling bag," from Old French male "wallet, bag, bundle," from Frankish *malha or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *malho- (cf. Old High German malaha "wallet, bag," Middle Dutch male "bag"), from PIE *molko- "skin, bag." Sense extension to "letters and parcels" (18c.) is via "bag full of letter" (1650s) or "person or vehicle who carries postal matter" (1650s). In 19c. England, mail was letters going abroad, while home dispatches were post. Sense of "personal batch of letters" is from 1844, originally American English.

mail

n.2

"metal ring armor," c.1300, from Old French maille "link of mail, mesh of net," from Latin macula "mesh in a net," originally "spot, blemish," on notion that the gaps in a net or mesh looked like spots.

mail

v.

"send by post," 1828, American English, from mail (n.1). Related: Mailed; mailing; mailable. Mailing list attested from 1876.

mail

n.3

"rent, payment," from Old English mal (see blackmail (n.)).

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