(||Mac"u*la) n.; pl. Maculæ [L., spot, stain, blot. See Mail armor, and cf. Mackle, Macule.]
1. A spot, as on the skin, or on the surface of the sun or of some other luminous orb.
2. (Zoöl.) A rather large spot or blotch of color.
(Mac"u*late) v. t. [L. maculatus, p. p. of maculare to spot. See Macula, and cf. Macule,
v.] To spot; to stain; to blur.
Maculate the honor of their people.Sir T. Elyot.
(Mac"u*late) a. [L. maculatus, p. p.] Marked with spots or maculæ; blotched; hence, defiled; impure; as,
most maculate thoughts. Shak.
(Mac"u*la`ted) a. Having spots or blotches; maculate.
(Mac"u*la"tion) n. [L. maculatio.] The act of spotting; a spot; a blemish. Shak.
(Mac"u*la*to*ry) a. Causing a spot or stain. T. Adams.
(Mac"u*la*ture) n. Blotting paper. [Obs.]
(Mac"ule) n. [F. macule. See Macula.]
1. A spot. [Obs.]
2. (Print.) A blur, or an appearance of a double impression, as when the paper slips a little; a mackle.
(Mac"ule), v. t. [Cf. F. maculer. See Maculate, v.] To blur; especially (Print.), to blur or
double an impression from type. See Mackle.
(Mac"u*lose`) a. [L. maculosus.] Of or pertaining to spots upon a surface; spotted; maculate.
(Mad) obs. p. p. of Made. Chaucer.
(Mad) a. [Compar. Madder ; superl. Maddest ] [AS. gemd, gemad, mad; akin to OS. gemd
foolish, OHG. gameit, Icel. meia to hurt, Goth. gamáids weak, broken. .]
1. Disordered in intellect; crazy; insane.
I have heard my grandsire say full oft,Shak.
Extremity of griefs would make men mad.
2. Excited beyond self-control or the restraint of reason; inflamed by violent or uncontrollable desire,
passion, or appetite; as, to be mad with terror, lust, or hatred; mad against political reform.
It is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.Jer. 1. 88.
And being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.Acts xxvi. 11.
3. Proceeding from, or indicating, madness; expressing distraction; prompted by infatuation, fury, or extreme
rashness. "Mad demeanor." Milton.
Mad wars destroy in one year the works of many years of peace.Franklin.
The mad promise of Cleon was fulfilled.Jowett
4. Extravagant; immoderate. "Be mad and merry." Shak. "Fetching mad bounds." Shak.