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M, m

[em] /ɛm/
noun, plural M's or Ms, m's or ms.
1.
the thirteenth letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
2.
any spoken sound represented by the letter M or m, as in my, summer, or him.
3.
something having the shape of an M.
4.
a written or printed representation of the letter M or m.
5.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter M or m.
6.
Printing. em.

M

1.
mach.
2.
Music. major.
3.
male.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
modal auxiliary.
10.
11.
Economics. monetary aggregate: issued periodically by the Federal Reserve Board as various measures of money supply ((M-1, M-1A, M-2) etc.).
Compare L.
12.
British. motorway (used with a road number to designate a major highway):
the M1.

M

Symbol.
1.
the thirteenth in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the twelfth.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) the Roman numeral for 1000.
Compare Roman numerals.
3.
Electricity, magnetization.
4.
Biochemistry, methionine.

m

1.
Physics. mass.
2.
Finance. (of bonds) matured.
3.
4.
5.
meter; meters.
6.
7.
Music. minor.

m

1.
Symbol, Electricity. magnetic pole strength.

M-

1.
U.S. Military. (used to designate the production model of military equipment, as the M-1 rifle.)

m-

1.
2.
(referring especially to the use of wireless electronic devices) mobile:
m-commerce; m-business.

M'-

1.
variant of Mac-.

'm

[m] /m/
1.
contraction of am:
I'm not thirsty.

M.1

1.
noon.
Also, m.
Origin
< Latin merīdiēs

M.2

1.
2.
3.
markka; markkaa.
4.
5.
Music. measure.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
plural MM. Monsieur.
11.

m.1

1.
noon.
Origin
< Latin merīdiēs

m.2

1.
(in prescriptions) mix.
Origin
< Latin misce

m.3

1.
male.
2.
(in Germany) mark; marks.
3.
4.
5.
Physics. mass.
6.
7.
8.
9.
mile.
10.
11.
modification of.
12.
13.
14.
15.
moon.
16.
17.

mu

[myoo, moo] /myu, mu/
noun
1.
the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet (M, μ).
2.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
3.
micron (def 1).
Origin
1895-1900; < Greek
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British Dictionary definitions for m

m

/ɛm/
noun (pl) m's, M's, Ms
1.
the 13th letter and tenth consonant of the modern English alphabet
2.
a speech sound represented by this letter, usually a bilabial nasal, as in mat

m

symbol
1.
metre(s)
2.
mile(s)
3.
milli-
4.
minute(s)

M

symbol
1.
mach
2.
medium (size)
3.
mega-
4.
(currency) mark(s)
5.
million
6.
(astronomy) Messier catalogue; a catalogue published in 1784, in which 103 nebulae and clusters are listed using a numerical system M13 is the globular cluster in Hercules
7.
Middle
8.
(physics) modulus
9.
(in Britain) motorway the M1 runs from London to Leeds
10.
(in Australia)
  1. mature audience (used to describe a category of film certified as suitable for viewing by anyone over the age of 15)
  2. (as modifier) an M film
11.
(logic) the middle term of a syllogism
12.
(physics) mutual inductance
13.
(chem) molar
14.
(Roman numeral) 1000 See Roman numerals
abbreviation
15.
Malta (international car registration)

m-

prefix
1.
short for meta- (sense 4)

m-

prefix
1.
indicating the use of mobile-communications technology m-banking

m.

abbreviation
1.
(cricket) maiden (over)
2.
male
3.
mare
4.
married
5.
masculine

M.

abbreviation
1.
Majesty
2.
(in titles) Member
3.
million
4.
(French) Also M, (pl) MM, MM. Monsieur
5.
mountain
Word Origin
sense 4) French equivalent of Mr

M'-

prefix
1.
a variant of Mac-

'm

contraction
1.
(verb) am
2.
(noun) madam yes'm

mu1

/mjuː/
noun
1.
the 12th letter in the Greek alphabet (Μ, μ), a consonant, transliterated as m

mu2

abbreviation
1.
Mauritius

MU

abbreviation
1.
Musicians' Union
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Word Origin and History for m

M

13th letter, from Greek mu, from Semitic mem. The Roman symbol for 1,000; sometimes used in this sense in English 15c.-16c.; but in late 20c. newspaper headlines it stands for million. As a thickness of type, from 1680s.

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m in Medicine

m abbr.

  1. mass

  2. meter

M 2
abbr.

  1. molar

  2. molarity

  3. morgan

  4. myopia

m- abbr. often m-
meta-

mu (myōō, mōō)
n.

Symbol μ The 12th letter of the Greek alphabet. adj.
Of, relating to, or being a polypeptide chain that is one of five types of heavy chains present in immunoglobins.

Mu abbr.
Mache unit

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m in Science
m  
Abbreviation of mass, meter
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Slang definitions & phrases for m

M

noun
  1. Morphine: You've got to get M to get that tingle-tingle (1912+ Narcotics)
  2. Marijuana (1960+ Narcotics)

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Related Terms

mooter


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m in Technology

1. Alternative name for MUMPS.
2. A C-like language from Silicon Compiler Systems for multilevel hardware description. It is currently available in the GDT package from Mentor Graphics.
[Jargon File]
(1994-10-26)
3. The abbreviated for of mega-.
(1995-01-10)
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Related Abbreviations for m

m

  1. masculine
  2. mass
  3. meter
  4. minute
  5. modulus

M

  1. em
  2. Maccabees
  3. Mach number
  4. male
  5. Malta (international vehicle ID)
  6. married (as in personal ads)
  7. medium
  8. megabyte
  9. mellow
  10. metal
  11. middle term
  12. million
  13. mint
  14. molar
  15. molarity
  16. moment
  17. Monday
  18. month
  19. more (shortwave transmission)
  20. [heart] murmur
  21. mutual inductance
  22. 1000

m.

  1. manual
  2. married
  3. Latin meridies (noon)
  4. meridian
  5. mile
  6. morning

M.

  1. majesty
  2. mark
  3. master
  4. medieval
  5. mill
  6. minim
  7. Monsieur

MU

multiple unit
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