(Mil"i*ta*ry), n. [Cf. F. militaire.] The whole body of soldiers; soldiery; militia; troops; the army.
(Mil"i*tate) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Militated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Militating ] [L. militare, militatum, to
be a soldier, fr. miles, militis, soldier.] To make war; to fight; to contend; usually followed by against
These are great questions, where great names militate against each other.Burke.
The invisible powers of heaven seemed to militate on the side of the pious emperor.Gibbon.
(Mi*li"tia) n. [L., military service, soldiery, fr. miles, militis, soldier: cf. F. milice.]
1. In the widest sense, the whole military force of a nation, including both those engaged in military
service as a business, and those competent and available for such service; specifically, the body of citizens
enrolled for military instruction and discipline, but not subject to be called into actual service except in
The king's captains and soldiers fight his battles, and yet . . . the power of the militia is he.Jer. Taylor.
2. Military service; warfare. [Obs.] Baxter.
(Mi*li"tia*man) n.; pl. Militiamen One who belongs to the militia.
(Mi*li"ti*ate) v. i. To carry on, or prepare for, war. [Obs.] Walpole.
(Milk) n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG.
miluh, Icel. mjolk, Sw. mjölk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith.
milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. 'ame`lgein. &radic107. Cf. Milch, Emulsion, Milt soft roe of fishes.]
1. (Physiol.) A white fluid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals for the nourishment of
their young, consisting of minute globules of fat suspended in a solution of casein, albumin, milk sugar,
and inorganic salts. "White as morne milk." Chaucer.
2. (Bot.) A kind of juice or sap, usually white in color, found in certain plants; latex. See Latex.
3. An emulsion made by bruising seeds; as, the milk of almonds, produced by pounding almonds with
sugar and water.
4. (Zoöl.) The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
Condensed milk. See under Condense, v. t. Milk crust (Med.), vesicular eczema occurring on
the face and scalp of nursing infants. See Eczema. Milk fever. (a) (Med.) A fever which accompanies
or precedes the first lactation. It is usually transitory. (b) (Vet. Surg.) A form puerperal peritonitis in
cattle; also, a variety of meningitis occurring in cows after calving. Milk glass, glass having a milky
appearance. Milk knot (Med.), a hard lump forming in the breast of a nursing woman, due to obstruction
to the flow of milk and congestion of the mammary glands. Milk leg (Med.), a swollen condition of
the leg, usually in puerperal women, caused by an inflammation of veins, and characterized by a white
appearance occasioned by an accumulation of serum and sometimes of pus in the cellular tissue.
Milk meats, food made from milk, as butter and cheese. [Obs.] Bailey. Milk mirror. Same as
Escutcheon, 2. Milk molar (Anat.), one of the deciduous molar teeth which are shed and replaced