What does mace mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Mace, Chemical Macenoun

    (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, macernoun

    an official who carries a mace of office

  3. macenoun

    spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed

  4. macenoun

    a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority

GCIDE

  1. Macenoun

    A chemical preparation containing tear gas in a solvent, packaged in the form of a spray, and used to temporarily incapacitate people, such as rioters or criminals, by causing intense eye and skin irritation; also called chemical mace. It is designed to be a non-lethal weapon for defending against violent people.

    Etymology: [Trademark.]

Wiktionary

  1. macenoun

    A heavy fighting club.

    Etymology: 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 ).

  2. macenoun

    A ceremonial form of this weapon.

    Etymology: 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 ).

  3. macenoun

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

    Etymology: 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 ).

  4. macenoun

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

    Etymology: 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 ).

  5. macenoun

    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.

    Etymology: 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 ).

  6. maceverb

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

    Etymology: 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 ).

  7. maceverb

    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:

    Etymology: 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 ).

  8. maceverb

    To hit someone or something with a mace.

    Get over here! I'll mace you good!

    Etymology: 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 ).

  9. Macenoun

    A brand of tear gas.

    Etymology: 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. Macenoun

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

    Etymology: [Trademark.]

  2. Macenoun

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

    Etymology: [Trademark.]

  3. Macenoun

    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

    Etymology: [Trademark.]

  4. Macenoun

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

    Etymology: [Trademark.]

  5. Macenoun

    an officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority

    Etymology: [Trademark.]

  6. Macenoun

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

    Etymology: [Trademark.]

  7. Macenoun

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

    Etymology: [Trademark.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mace

    mās, n. a staff used as a mark of authority: a light, flat-headed stick in use at billiards before the introduction of the bridge or cue-rest: formerly, a weapon of war, consisting of a staff headed with a heavy spiked ball of iron: a mallet used by a currier in dressing leather.—n. Mace′-bear′er, one who carries the mace in a procession, or before men in authority—also Mac′er. [O. Fr. mace (Fr. masse)—obs. L. matea, whence L. dim. mateola, a mallet.]

  2. Mace

    mās, n. a kind of spice: the second coat of the nutmeg. [O. Fr. macis—L. macer—Gr. maker.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mace

    A war-club of old.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mace

    A strong, short, wooden staff, with a spiked metal ball for a head. It was a favorite weapon with knights, with the cavalry immediately succeeding them, and at all times with fighting priests, whom a canon of the church forbade to wield the sword. No armor could resist the force of a well-delivered blow from the mace. The mace is now borne before magistrates as an ensign of authority.

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  1. acme, ACME, came, ECMA, eMac, EMAC

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mace in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of mace in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Ryan:

    He caught mace to the face.

  2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    Well, it’s good to know what kind of person she is early. Also good to know that Mace is cut from the same Trump cloth of dishonesty and opportunism.

  3. Kenneth Mayer:

    Mace's claim is a complete non sequitur. A state will always have at least one congressional seat no matter how small it is.

  4. Nancy Mace:

    In order for us to work together and to have bipartisanship, we need the public to have trust in our system and this really is about the integrity of our election system, and like Nancy Mace [ Mace ] says, I look forward to working with anybody and everybody who's going to work with us for the American people when all is said and done.

  5. Nicole Malliotakis:

    I don't believe that the President is undermining anything, in order for us to work together and to have bipartisanship, we need the public to have trust in our system and this really is about the integrity of our election system, and like Nancy Mace [ Mace ] says, I look forward to working with anybody and everybody who's going to work with us for the American people when all is said and done.

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