(Mer*cap"tan) n. [F., fr. NL. mercurius mercury + L. captans, p. pr. of captare to seize, v.
intens. fr. capere.] (Chem.) Any one of series of compounds, hydrosulphides of alcohol radicals, in
composition resembling the alcohols, but containing sulphur in place of oxygen, and hence called also
the sulphur alcohols. In general, they are colorless liquids having a strong, repulsive, garlic odor. The
name is specifically applied to ethyl mercaptan, C2H5SH. So called from its avidity for mercury, and
(Mer*cap"tide) n. (Chem.) A compound of mercaptan formed by replacing its sulphur hydrogen
by a metal; as, potassium mercaptide, C2H5SK.
(Mer"cat) n. [L. mercatus : cf. It. mercato. See Market.] Market; trade. [Obs.] Bp. Sprat.
(Mer`ca*tan"te) n. [It. See Merchant.] A foreign trader. [Obs.] Shak.
(Mer*ca"tor's chart") See under Chart, and see Mercator's projection, under Projection.
(Mer"ca*ture) n. [L. mercatura commerce.] Commerce; traffic; trade. [Obs.]
(Merce) v. t. [See Amerce.] To subject to fine or amercement; to mulct; to amerce. [Obs.]
(||Mer`ce*na"ri*a) n. [NL. See Mercenary.] (Zoöl.) The quahog.
(Mer`ce*na"ri*an) n. A mercenary. [Obs.]
(Mer"ce*na`ri*ly) adv. In a mercenary manner.
(Mer"ce*na*ri*ness), n. The quality or state of being mercenary; venality. Boyle.
(Mer"ce*na*ry) a. [OE. mercenarie, F. mercenaire, fr. L. mercenarius, fr. merces wages,
reward. See Mercy.]
1. Acting for reward; serving for pay; paid; hired; hireling; venal; as, mercenary soldiers.
2. Hence: Moved by considerations of pay or profit; greedy of gain; sordid; selfish. Shak.
For God forbid I should my papers blotDaniel.
With mercenary lines, with servile pen.
Syn. See Venal.
(Mer"ce*na*ry) n.; pl. Mercenaries One who is hired; a hireling; especially, a soldier hired
into foreign service. Milman.
(Mer"cer) n. [F. mercier, fr. L. merx, mercis, wares, merchandise. See Merchant.] Originally,
a dealer in any kind of goods or wares; now restricted to a dealer in textile fabrics, as silks or woolens.
(Mer"cer*ship), n. The business of a mercer.
(Mer"cer*y) n. [F. mercerie.] The trade of mercers; the goods in which a mercer deals.
(Mer"chand) v. i. [F. marchander. See Merchant.] To traffic. [Obs.] Bacon.
(Mer"chan*di`sa*ble) a. Such as can be used or transferred as merchandise.
(Mer"chan*dise) n. [F. marchandise, OF. marcheandise.]