Minacious to Mineralogy

(Mi*na"cious) a. [L. minax, -acis. See Menace.] Threatening; menacing. [R.]

(Mi*nac"i*ty) n. Disposition to threaten. [R.]

(Min"a*ret) n. [Sp. minarete, Ar. manarat lamp, lantern, lighthouse, turret, fr. nar to shine.] (Arch.) A slender, lofty tower attached to a mosque and surrounded by one or more projecting balconies, from which the summon to prayer is cried by the muezzin.

(Min*ar"gent) n. [Prob. contr. from aluminium + L. argentum silver.] An alloy consisting of copper, nickel, tungsten, and aluminium; — used by jewelers.

(Min`a*to"ri*al*ly Min"a*to*ri*ly) , adv. In a minatory manner; with threats.

(Min"a*to*ry) a. [L. minatorius, fr. minari to threaten. See Menace.] Threatening; menacing. Bacon.

(Mi*naul") n. (Zoöl.) Same as Manul.

(Mince) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Minced (minst); p. pr. & vb. n. Minging ] [AS. minsian to grow less, dwindle, fr. min small; akin to G. minder less, Goth. minniza less, mins less, adv., L. minor, adj. (cf. Minor); or more likely fr. F. mincer to mince, prob. from (assumed) LL. minutiare. &radic101. See Minish.]

1. To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as, to mince meat. Bacon.

2. To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half and keep back half of.

I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say — "I love you."

Siren, now mince the sin,
And mollify damnation with a phrase.

If, to mince his meaning, I had either omitted some part of what he said, or taken from the strength of his expression, I certainly had wronged him.

3. To affect; to make a parade of. [R.] Shak.

(Mince), v. i.

1. To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.

The daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, . . . mincing as they go.
Is. iii. 16.

I 'll . . . turn two mincing steps
Into a manly stride.

2. To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.

(Mince), n. A short, precise step; an affected manner.

(Mince"-meat`) n. Minced meat; meat chopped very fine; a mixture of boiled meat, suet, apples, etc., chopped very fine, to which spices and raisins are added; — used in making mince pie.

Mince pie
(Mince" pie`) A pie made of mince-meat.

(Min"cer) n. One who minces.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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