(Mac"co) n. A gambling game in vogue in the eighteenth century. Thackeray.
(Mace) n. [Jav. & Malay. mas, fr. Skr. masha a bean.] A money of account in China equal to
one tenth of a tael; also, a weight of 57.98 grains. S. W. Williams.
(Mace) n. [F. macis, L. macis, macir, Gr. cf. Skr. makaranda the nectar or honey of a flower, a
fragrant mango.] (Bot.) A kind of spice; the aril which partly covers nutmegs. See Nutmeg.
Red mace is the aril of Myristica tingens, and white mace that of M. Otoba, East Indian trees of
the same genus with the nutmeg tree.
(Mace), n. [OF. mace, F. masse, from (assumed) L. matea, of which the dim. mateola a kind
of mallet or beetle, is found.]
1. 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. Chaucer.
Death with his mace petrific . . . smote.Milton.
2. Hence: A staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an ensign of his authority. "Swayed the
royal mace." Wordsworth.
3. An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority. Macaulay.
4. A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple.
5. (Billiards) A rod for playing billiards, having one end suited to resting on the table and pushed with
Mace bearer, an officer who carries a mace before persons in authority.
(Mac`e*do"ni*an) a. [L. Macedonius, Gr. .] (Geog.) Belonging, or relating, to Macedonia.
n. A native or inhabitant of Macedonia.
(Mac`e*do"ni*an), n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a certain religious sect, followers of Macedonius,
Bishop of Constantinople, in the fourth century, who held that the Holy Ghost was a creature, like the
angels, and a servant of the Father and the Son.
(Mac`e*do"ni*an*ism) n. The doctrines of Macedonius.
(Ma"cer) n. [F. massier. See Mace staff.] A mace bearer; an officer of a court. P. Plowman.
(Mac"er*ate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Macerated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Macerating.] [L. maceratus,
p. p. of macerare to make soft, weaken, enervate; cf. Gr. to knead.]
1. To make lean; to cause to waste away. [Obs. or R.] Harvey.
2. To subdue the appetites of by poor and scanty diet; to mortify. Baker.
3. To soften by steeping in a liquid, with or without heat; to wear away or separate the parts of by steeping; as,
to macerate animal or vegetable fiber.
(Mac"er*a`ter) n. One who, or that which, macerates; an apparatus for converting paper or
fibrous matter into pulp.
(Mac`er*a"tion) n. [L. maceratio: cf. F. macération.] The act or process of macerating.