Maced. Unabridged


verb (used with object), Maced, Macing.
(sometimes lowercase) to attack with Mace spray.

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mace1 (meɪs)
1.  a club, usually having a spiked metal head, used esp in the Middle Ages
2.  a ceremonial staff of office carried by certain officials
3.  See macebearer
4.  an early form of billiard cue
[C13: from Old French, probably from Vulgar Latin mattea (unattested); apparently related to Latin mateola mallet]

mace2 (meɪs)
a spice made from the dried aril round the nutmeg seed
[C14: formed as a singular from Old French macis (wrongly assumed to be plural), from Latin macir an oriental spice]

Mace (meɪs)
1.  trademark a liquid causing tears and nausea, used as a spray for riot control, etc
2.  (tr; sometimes not capital) to use Mace on

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Word Origin & History

"heavy metal weapon with a spiked head," c.1300, from O.Fr. mace "a club, scepter," from V.L. *mattea (cf. It. mazza, Sp. maza "mace"), from L. mateola "a kind of mallet." The L. word probably is cognate with Skt. matyam "harrow, club," O.C.S. motyka "mattock," O.H.G. medela "plow."

"spice made from dry outer husk of nutmeg," late 14c., from O.Fr. macis (in Eng. taken as a plural), sometimes said to be a scribal error for L. macir, a red spicy bark from India, but OED finds this etymology unlikely.

chemical spray originally used in riot control, 1966, technically Chemical Mace, a proprietary name (General Ordnance Equipment Corp, Pittsburgh, Pa.), probably so called for its use as a weapon, in ref. to mace (1). The verb is first attested 1968.
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Mace or MACE (mās)

An alternate trademark used for Chemical Mace, an aerosol used to immobilize an attacker temporarily.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Macedonia

  2. Macedonian

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