having or relating to a gender identity that corresponds to a complex, variable set of social and cultural roles, traits, and behaviors assigned to people of the sex that typically produces sperm cells. : See Usage note at gender1
Biology. of, relating to, or being an animal or human of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces sperm cells during reproduction.: See Usage note at sex1
Botany. designating or relating to a plant or its reproductive structure producing or containing microspores.
Botany. (of seed plants) staminate.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a male person; masculine: a male voice.
comprising male people: a male choir.
Machinery. made to fit into a corresponding open or recessed part: a male plug.: Compare female (def. 5).
a male person.
Biology. an animal, plant, or plant structure that normally produces sperm cells as part of the process of reproduction.
- male·ness, noun
- an·ti·male, noun, adjective
- in·ter·male, adjective
- su·per·male, noun
Other definitions for Male (2 of 3)
a city in and the capital of the Maldives.
How to use male in a sentence
But, importantly, Dawkins argues, you can also see it as an adaptation on the part of the male mouse, a way that his phenotype is manipulating the female’s reproductive timing.
His primary patients — the players — are all male, mostly very young, and of course extraordinarily athletic.Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431) | Stephen J. Dubner | September 10, 2020 | Freakonomics
The company that breeds the modified males says it addressed people’s concerns about environmental impacts.
Almost nine in every 10 male skeletons showed signs of cut marks that occurred around the time of death — as did eight in 10 of the female skeletons.Women like Mulan didn’t need to go to war in disguise | Bethany Brookshire | September 4, 2020 | Science News For Students
Most consumers are male, while sellers are women, often the family breadwinners.How the Pandemic Is Saving Lives in the Horn of Africa | Eromo Egbejule | September 3, 2020 | Ozy
The breakdown of the 114th Congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male, and 92 percent Christian.
As a white, educated, Western, middle-class male, I possess most of the unearned privilege the world has to offer.
Complete male reproductive independence would also hinge on artificial womb technology, which also made headlines in 2014.
These days, plenty of women are turning to online sites for no-frills male companionship.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex | Aurora Snow | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Families stuff a life-size male doll with memories of the outgoing year and dress him in their clothing.
Now what should college give the young citizen, male or female, upon the foundation of schooling we have already sketched out?The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Are you quite sure you have never suffered from this rather common disorder, gentle reader, at least, if you be of the male sex?The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
In these rooms male and female alike were confined, at one time to the number of fifteen; each being allowed 3d.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
What she meant neither the Reverend John Dodd, or any other male person, could ever truly know.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
When Yung Pak ate his meals, he sat upon a rug on the floor with his father and such male guests as might be in the house.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
British Dictionary definitions for male (1 of 2)
of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
of, relating to, or characteristic of a man; masculine
for or composed of men or boys: a male choir
(of gametes) capable of fertilizing an egg cell in sexual reproduction
(of reproductive organs, such as a testis or stamen) capable of producing male gametes
(of flowers) bearing stamens but lacking a functional pistil
electronics mechanical engineering having a projecting part or parts that fit into a female counterpart: a male plug
a male person, animal, or plant
- maleness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Malé (2 of 2)
the capital of the Republic of Maldives, on Malé Island in the centre of the island group. Pop: 90 000 (2005 est)
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Scientific definitions for male
In organisms that reproduce sexually, being the gamete that is smaller and more motile than the other corresponding gamete of the same species (the female gamete). The sperm cells of higher animals and plants are male gametes.
Possessing or being a structure that produces only male gametes. The testicles of humans are male reproductive organs. Male flowers possess only stamens and no carpels.
A male organism.
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