What does mail mean?

Definitions for mail
meɪlmail

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mail.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mailnoun

    the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service

  2. mail, mail service, postal service, postnoun

    the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office

    "the mail handles billions of items every day"; "he works for the United States mail service"; "in England they call mail `the post'"

  3. mailnoun

    a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system

  4. mail, postnoun

    any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered

    "your mail is on the table"; "is there any post for me?"; "she was opening her post"

  5. chain mail, ring mail, mail, chain armor, chain armour, ring armor, ring armourverb

    (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings

  6. mail, get offverb

    send via the postal service

    "I'll mail you the check tomorrow"

  7. mail, post, sendverb

    cause to be directed or transmitted to another place

    "send me your latest results"; "I'll mail you the paper when it's written"

Wikipedia

  1. Mail

    The mail or post is a system for physically transporting postcards, letters, and parcels. A postal service can be private or public, though many governments place restrictions on private systems. Since the mid-19th century, national postal systems have generally been established as a government monopoly, with a fee on the article prepaid. Proof of payment is usually in the form of an adhesive postage stamp, but a postage meter is also used for bulk mailing. Postal authorities often have functions aside from transporting letters. In some countries, a postal, telegraph and telephone (PTT) service oversees the postal system, in addition to telephone and telegraph systems. Some countries' postal systems allow for savings accounts and handle applications for passports. The Universal Postal Union (UPU), established in 1874, includes 192 member countries and sets the rules for international mail exchanges.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mailnoun

    a spot

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  2. Mailnoun

    a small piece of money; especially, an English silver half-penny of the time of Henry V

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  3. Mailnoun

    rent; tribute

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  4. Mailnoun

    a flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  5. Mailnoun

    hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  6. Mailnoun

    a contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  7. Mailnoun

    any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  8. Mailverb

    to arm with mail

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  9. Mailverb

    to pinion

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  10. Mailnoun

    a bag; a wallet

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  11. Mailnoun

    the bag or bags with the letters, papers, papers, or other matter contained therein, conveyed under public authority from one post office to another; the whole system of appliances used by government in the conveyance and delivery of mail matter

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  12. Mailnoun

    that which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received through the post office

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  13. Mailnoun

    a trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

  14. Mailverb

    to deliver into the custody of the postoffice officials, or place in a government letter box, for transmission by mail; to post; as, to mail a letter

    Etymology: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]

Freebase

  1. Mail

    Mail, or post, is a system for transporting letters and other tangible objects: written documents, typically enclosed in envelopes, and also small packages are delivered to destinations around the world. Anything sent through the postal system is called mail or post. A postal service can be private or public, though many governments place restrictions on private systems. Since the mid-19th century national postal systems have generally been established as government monopolies with a fee on the article prepaid. Proof of payment is often in the form of adhesive postage stamps, but postage meters are also used for bulk mailing. Postal authorities often have functions other than transporting letters. In some countries, a Postal Telegraph and Telephone service oversees the postal system as well as having authority over telephone and telegraph systems. Some countries' postal systems allow for savings accounts and handle applications for passports.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mail

    māl, n. defensive armour for the body formed of steel rings or network: armour generally.—v.t. to clothe in mail: (Scot.) to stain.—adjs. Mail′-clad, clad with a coat of mail; Mailed, protected by mail. [Fr. maille—L. macula, a spot or a mesh.]

  2. Mail

    māl, n. a bag for the conveyance of letters, &c.: the contents of such a bag: the person or the carriage by which the mail is conveyed.—v.t. to put into the mail: to send by mail.—adj. Mail′able, capable of being sent by mail.—ns. Mail′-bag, a bag in which letters are carried; Mail′-boat, a boat which carries the public mails; Mail′-cart, a cart in which mails are carried: a small cart, with long handles, for the amusement of children; Mail′-catch′er, an apparatus attached to a mail-carriage to catch up mail-bags while the train is in motion; Mail′-coach, -car, or -drag, the conveyance which carries the public mails; Mail′-guard, an officer who guards the public mails; Mail′ing-tā′ble, a table used in a post-office in sorting letters; Mail′-train, a railway train which carries the public mails. [O. Fr. male, a trunk, a mail—Old High Ger. malaha, a sack; Gael. mala, a sack.]

  3. Mail

    māl, n. an old French coin—half a denier: rent.—n. Mail′ing, a farm. [See Blackmail.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mail

    A coat of armour. Also, a number of rings interwoven net-wise, and used for rubbing off the loose hemp from white cordage after it is made.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mail

    (Fr. maille, It. maglia; from the Lat. macula, a “spot, hole, or mesh of a net”). Signifies a metal net-work, and is ordinarily applied to such net-work when used as body defensive armor. Well-made mail formed an admirable defense against all weapons except fire-arms, and its pliability and comparative lightness gave it favor over the more cumbrous plate-armor.

  2. mail

    To put a coat of mail or armor upon; to arm defensively.

Rap Dictionary

  1. mailnoun

    Money. "Mo' mail than the rest of the pushers" -- E-40

Editors Contribution

  1. mail

    A type of electronic or digital structure or system.

    The mail box online is very efficient and is valued.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  
  2. mail

    A type of system created to transport documents, letters and other similar items.

    The mail system is so efficient.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Mail

    The American term for “post”--i.e. a letter. This word is, of course, derived from the mail bag in which letters are transmitted.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mail' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3051

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mail' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3378

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mail' in Nouns Frequency: #1296

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mail in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of mail in a Sentence

  1. Mack Julion:

    Any letter carrier who does not feel safe in any one of these communities then they are not to deliver mail and customers have to pick up their mail, we are not going to have another situation where the letter carrier is shot down.

  2. Alex Smith:

    You can't send direct mail or advertising to an 18-24 year old on a college campus, that's just not going to work, but if you look at Rand Paul, he was one of the first candidates to be on SnapChat ... he often visits college campuses, which not many candidates do, and those are two examples of where he's taking his message, again a relevant message to this generation, directly to them.

  3. The Corrections:

    On review, we acknowledge that this letter should have been withheld, we have made changes to the management of this prisoners mail to ensure that our robust processes are as effective as we need them to be.

  4. David Lewis:

    North Carolina's had voting by mail literally since the end of the Civil War, so this is not a new phenomenon for us.

  5. Kent Peterman:

    I inadvertently deleted Mr. Peterman's quote on the humor of the Cable Man I would appreciate it if you could send me a copy by e-mail. lavergne1930@live.com Thank you. Lavergne B.

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Translations for mail

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  • بريدArabic
  • по́штаBelarusian
  • poštaCzech
  • postvæsenet, e-mail, post, e-post, mail, postenDanish
  • Post, Kettenpanzer, Kettenhemd, E-MailGerman
  • ταχυδρομείο, πανοπλία, αλληλογραφία, θώρακας, ταχυδρομώ, ηλεκτρονικό ταχυδρομείοGreek
  • poŝto, retpoŝtoEsperanto
  • mail, correo, malla, enviar por correo, correo electrónicoSpanish
  • پست, رایانامهPersian
  • meili, posti, rengaspanssari, postittaaFinnish
  • e-mail, courrier électronique, poste, mail, courriel, courrierFrench
  • דוארHebrew
  • डाकHindi
  • posta, páncél, levélHungarian
  • փոստArmenian
  • posta, inviar, postarInterlingua
  • posta elettronica, posta, cotta di maglia, maglia, inviare, impostare, e-mail, cottaItalian
  • 郵便Japanese
  • ფოსტაGeorgian
  • 우편물, 우편Korean
  • sūtaLatin
  • paštas, siųsti, el-paštasLithuanian
  • pasts, e-pasts, mailsLatvian
  • postDutch
  • expedir, enviar, correspondência, correio, malha, correio eletrônico, postar, e-mail, remeterPortuguese
  • poștăRomanian
  • электронная почта, почта, кольчуга, мыло, корреспонденцияRussian
  • poslati, послатиSerbo-Croatian
  • poštaSlovak
  • post, brynja, posta, mejlSwedish
  • తపాలాTelugu
  • ڈاکUrdu
  • פּאָסטYiddish

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    • A. auspices
    • B. squint-eye
    • C. profaneness
    • D. macron

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