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.
(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
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."Shak.
Siren, now mince the sin,Dryden.
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.Dryden.
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 stepsShak.
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`) A pie made of mince-meat.
(Min"cer) n. One who minces.