1. (Med.) A sovereign medicine or remedy. [Obs.] Burton.
2. (Fort.) A magistral line.
3. (Metal.) Powdered copper pyrites used in the amalgamation of ores of silver, as at the Spanish
mines of Mexico and South America.
(Mag`is*tral"i*ty) n.; pl. -ties Magisterialness; arbitrary dogmatism. Bacon.
(Mag"is*tral*ly) adv. In a magistral manner. Abp. Bramhall.
(Mag"is*trate) n. [L. magistratus, fr. magister master: cf. F. magistrat. See Master.] A
person clothed with power as a public civil officer; a public civil officer invested with the executive government,
or some branch of it. "All Christian rulers and magistrates." Book of Com. Prayer.
Of magistrates some also are supreme, in whom the sovereign power of the state resides; others are
(Mag`is*trat"ic Mag`is*trat"ic*al) a. Of, pertaining to, or proceeding from, a magistrate; having
the authority of a magistrate. Jer. Taylor.
(Mag"is*tra`ture) n. [Cf. F. magistrature.] Magistracy. [Obs.]
(||Mag"ma) n. [L., fr. Gr. fr. to squeeze, knead.]
1. Any crude mixture of mineral or organic matters in the state of a thin paste. Ure.
2. (Med.) (a) A thick residuum obtained from certain substances after the fluid parts are expressed
from them; the grounds which remain after treating a substance with any menstruum, as water or alcohol.
(b) A salve or confection of thick consistency. Dunglison.
3. (Geol.) (a) The molten matter within the earth, the source of the material of lava flows, dikes of
eruptive rocks, etc. (b) The glassy base of an eruptive rock.
4. (Chem.) The amorphous or homogenous matrix or ground mass, as distinguished from well-defined
crystals; as, the magma of porphyry.
(||Mag"na Char"ta) [L., great charter.]
1. The great Charter, so called, obtained by the English barons from King John, A. D. 1215. This name
is also given to the charter granted to the people of England in the ninth year of Henry III., and confirmed
by Edward I.
2. Hence, a fundamental constitution which guaranties rights and privileges.