(Mar"-text`) n. A blundering preacher.
(Mar"tial) a. [F., fr. L. martialis of or belonging to Mars, the god of war. Cf. March the month.]
1. Of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military; as, martial music; a martial appearance. "Martial equipage."
2. Practiced in, or inclined to, war; warlike; brave.
But peaceful kings, o'er martial people set,Dryden.
Each other's poise and counterbalance are.
3. Belonging to war, or to an army and navy; opposed to civil; as, martial law; a court- martial.
4. Pertaining to, or resembling, the god, or the planet, Mars. Sir T. Browne.
5. (Old Chem. & Old Med.) Pertaining to, or containing, iron; chalybeate; as, martial preparations. [Archaic]
Martial flowers (Med.), a reddish crystalline salt of iron; the ammonio-chloride of iron. [Obs.] - - Martial
law, the law administered by the military power of a government when it has superseded the civil authority
in time of war, or when the civil authorities are unable to enforce the laws. It is distinguished from military
law, the latter being the code of rules for the regulation of the army and navy alone, either in peace or in
Syn. Martial, Warlike. Martial refers more to war in action, its array, its attendants, etc.; as, martial
music, a martial appearance, a martial array, courts-martial, etc. Warlike describes the feeling or
temper which leads to war, and the adjuncts of war; as, a warlike nation, warlike indication, etc. The
two words are often used without discrimination.
(Mar"tial*ism) n. The quality of being warlike; exercises suitable for war. [Obs.]
(Mar"tial*ist), n. A warrior. [Obs.] Fuller.
(Mar"tial*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Martialized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Martializing ] To render
warlike; as, to martialize a people.
(Mar"tial*ly), adv. In a martial manner.
(Mar"tial*ness), n. The quality of being martial.
(Mar"tin) n. (Stone Working) [Etymol. uncertain.] A perforated stone-faced runner for grinding.
(Mar"tin), n. [F. martin, from the proper name Martin. Cf. Martlet.] (Zoöl.) One of several
species of swallows, usually having the tail less deeply forked than the tail of the common swallows.
[Written also marten.]
The American purple martin, or bee martin (Progne subis, or purpurea), and the European house, or
window, martin are the best known species.
Bank martin. (a) The bank swallow. See under Bank. (b) The fairy martin. See under Fairy.
Bee martin. (a) The purple martin. (b) The kingbird. Sand martin, the bank swallow.
(Mar"ti*net`) n. [So called from an officer of that name in the French army under Louis XIV. Cf.
Martin the bird, Martlet.] In military language, a strict disciplinarian; in general, one who lays stress
on a rigid adherence to the details of discipline, or to forms and fixed methods. [Hence, the word is
commonly employed in a depreciatory sense.]
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