3. (Gr. Church) A bishop whose see is a civil metropolis. His rank is intermediate between that of an
archbishop and a patriarch. Hook.
(Met`ro*pol"i*tan*ate) n. The see of a metropolitan bishop. Milman.
(Me*trop"o*lite) n. [L. metropolita, Gr. .] A metropolitan. Barrow.
(Met`ro*po*lit"ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to a metropolis; being a metropolis; metropolitan; as,
the metropolitical chair. Bp. Hall.
(||Met`ror*rha"gi*a) n. [NL., fr. Gr. womb + to break.] (Med.) Profuse bleeding from the
womb, esp. such as does not occur at the menstrual period.
(Met"ro*scope) n. [Gr. womb + -scope.] A modification of the stethoscope, for directly
auscultating the uterus from the vagina.
(||Met`ro*si*de"ros) n. [NL., fr. Gr. heart of a tree + iron.] (Bot.) A myrtaceous genus of
trees or shrubs, found in Australia and the South Sea Islands, and having very hard wood. Metrosideros
vera is the true ironwood.
(Met"ro*tome) n. [See Metrotomy.] (Surg.) An instrument for cutting or scarifying the uterus
or the neck of the uterus.
(Me*trot"o*my) n. [Gr. womb + to cut: cf. F. métrotomie.] (Surg.) The operation of cutting
into the uterus; hysterotomy; the Cæsarean section.
(-me*try) [See -meter.] A suffix denoting the art, process, or science, of measuring; as, acidimetry,
(Mette) obs. imp. of Mete, to dream. Chaucer.
(Met"tle) n. [E. metal, used in a tropical sense in allusion to the temper of the metal of a sword
blade. See Metal.] Substance or quality of temperament; spirit, esp. as regards honor, courage, fortitude,
ardor, etc.; disposition; usually in a good sense.
A certain critical hour which shall . . . try what mettle his heart is made of.South.
Gentlemen of brave mettle.Shak.
The winged courser, like a generous horse,Pope. To put one one's mettle, to cause or incite one to use one's best efforts.
Shows most true mettle when you check his course.
(Met"tled) a. Having mettle; high-spirited; ardent; full of fire. Addison.
(Met"tle*some) a. Full of spirit; possessing constitutional ardor; fiery; as, a mettlesome horse.
Met"tle*some*ly, adv. Met"tle*some*ness, n.
(Meute) n. A cage for hawks; a mew. See 4th Mew, 1. Milman.
(Meve) v. t. & i. To move. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Mew) n. [AS. mw, akin to D. meeuw, G. möwe, OHG. mh, Icel. mar.] (Zoöl.) A gull, esp. the
common British species (Larus canus); called also sea mew, maa, mar, mow, and cobb.