(Mass), v. t. To form or collect into a mass; to form into a collective body; to bring together into
masses; to assemble.
But mass them together and they are terrible indeed.Coleridge.
(Mas"sa*cre) n. [F., fr. LL. mazacrium; cf. Prov. G. metzgern, metzgen, to kill cattle, G.
metzger a butcher, and LG. matsken to cut, hew, OHG. meizan to cut, Goth. máitan.]
1. The killing of a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or
contrary to the usages of civilized people; as, the massacre on St. Bartholomew's Day.
2. Murder. [Obs.] Shak.
Syn. Massacre, Butchery, Carnage. Massacre denotes the promiscuous slaughter of many who
can not make resistance, or much resistance. Butchery refers to cold-blooded cruelty in the killing of
men as if they were brute beasts. Carnage points to slaughter as producing the heaped-up bodies of
I'll find a day to massacre them all,Shak.
And raze their faction and their family.
If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds,Shak.
Brhold this pattern of thy butcheries.
Such a scent I drawMilton.
Of carnage, prey innumerable !
(Mas"sa*cre), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Massacred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Massacring ] [Cf. F. massacrer.
See Massacre, n.] To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not be made; to kill
with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to the usages of nations; to butcher; to slaughter;
limited to the killing of human beings.
If James should be pleased to massacre them all, as Maximian had massacred the Theban legion.Macaulay.
(Mas"sa*crer) n. One who massacres. [R.]
(Mas"sage) n. [F.] A rubbing or kneading of the body, especially when performed as a hygienic
or remedial measure.
(Mas`sa*sau"ga) n. (Zoöl.) The black rattlesnake (Crotalus, or Caudisona, tergemina),
found in the Mississippi Valley.
(Massé, or Massé shot) , n. (Billiards) A stroke made with the cue held vertically.
(Mass"er), n. A priest who celebrates Mass. [R.] Bale.
(Mas"se*ter) n. [NL., fr. Gr. a chewer, a muscle of the lower jaw used in chewing, from to
chew: cf. F. masséter.] (Anat.) The large muscle which raises the under jaw, and assists in mastication.
(Mas`se*ter"ic) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the masseter.
(Mas"se*ter`ine) a. (Anat.) Masseteric.
(||Mas`seur") n. m., Masseuse
(||Mas`seuse") n. f., [F., or formed in imitation of French. See
Massage.] (Med.) One who performs massage.
(Mas"si*cot) n. [F. massicot; E. masticot is a corruption.] (Chem.) Lead protoxide, PbO,
obtained as a yellow amorphous powder, the fused and crystalline form of which is called litharge; lead
ocher. It is used as a pigment.