Definitions for macemeɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

macemeɪs(n.)

  1. a clublike armor-breaking weapon, often with a spiked metal head, used chiefly in the Middle Ages.

  2. a ceremonial staff symbolic of office.

    Category: Government

  3. Category: Government

    Ref: macebearer.

Origin of mace:

1250–1300; ME < OF (F masse) large hammer, mace < VL *mattea

macemeɪs(n.)

  1. a spice made from the inner husk of the nutmeg.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of mace:

1350–1400; ME, back formation from macis < MF < ML

Macemeɪs(v.)Maced, Mac•ing.

  1. Trademark.a chemical spray that causes severe eye and skin irritation: used to incapacitate rioters, assailants, etc.

    Category: Trademark, Chemistry

  2. (v.t.)(sometimes l.c.) to spray with Mace.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Mace, Chemical Mace(noun)

    (trademark) a liquid that temporarily disables a person; prepared as an aerosol and sprayed in the face, it irritates the eyes and causes dizziness and immobilization

  2. macebearer, mace, macer(noun)

    an official who carries a mace of office

  3. mace(noun)

    spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed

  4. mace(noun)

    a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority

Wiktionary

  1. mace(Noun)

    A heavy fighting club.

  2. mace(Noun)

    A ceremonial form of this weapon.

  3. mace(Noun)

    A spice obtained from the outer layer of the kernel of the fruit of the nutmeg.

  4. mace(Noun)

    A common name for some types of tear gas and pepper spray.

  5. mace(Noun)

    A long baton used by some drum majors to keep time and lead a marching band. If this baton is referred to as a mace, by convention it has a ceremonial often decorative head, which, if of metal, usually is hollow and sometimes intricately worked.

  6. mace(Verb)

    To spray in defense or attack with mace (pepper spray, or, formerly, tear gas) using a hand-held device.

  7. mace(Verb)

    To spray a similar noxious chemical in defense or attack using an available hand-held device such as an aerosol spray can.

    1989 Hiaasen, Carl, Skin Tight, Ballantine Books, New York, ch.22:

  8. mace(Verb)

    To hit someone or something with a mace.

    Get over here! I'll mace you good!

  9. Mace(ProperNoun)

    A brand of tear gas.

  10. Origin: from mace, mache, from mattia or *mattea (compare Italian mazza, Spanish maza), from mat (compare Latin mateola, Old High German medela, Russian мотыга, Persian آماج ‘plow’, Sanskrit ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mace(noun)

    a money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael; also, a weight of 57.98 grains

  2. Mace(noun)

    a kind of spice; the aril which partly covers nutmegs. See Nutmeg

  3. Mace(noun)

    a heavy staff or club of metal; a spiked club; -- used as weapon in war before the general use of firearms, especially in the Middle Ages, for breaking metal armor

  4. Mace(noun)

    a staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an ensign of his authority

  5. Mace(noun)

    an officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority

  6. Mace(noun)

    a knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple

  7. Mace(noun)

    a rod for playing billiards, having one end suited to resting on the table and pushed with one hand

Freebase

  1. Mace

    A mace is a blunt weapon, a type of club or virge—that uses a heavy head on the end of a handle to deliver powerful blows. A mace typically consists of a strong, heavy, wooden or metal shaft, often reinforced with metal, featuring a head made of stone, copper, bronze, iron, or steel. The head of a military mace can be shaped with flanges or knobs to allow greater penetration of plate armour. The length of maces can vary considerably. The maces of foot soldiers were usually quite short. The maces of cavalrymen were longer and thus better suited for blows delivered from horseback. Two-handed maces could be even larger. Maces are rarely used today for actual combat, but a large number of government bodies, universities and other institutions have ceremonial maces and continue to display them as symbols of authority. They are often paraded in academic, parliamentary or civic rituals and processions.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

mace(noun)

a metal or metal-headed war club, often with spikes.

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