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mail

1 [meyl]
noun
1.
letters, packages, etc., that are sent or delivered by means of the postal system: Storms delayed delivery of the mail.
2.
a single collection of such letters, packages, etc., as sent or delivered: to open one's mail; to find a bill in the mail; The mail for England was put on the noon plane.
3.
Also, mails. the system, usually operated or supervised by the national government, for sending or delivering letters, packages, etc.; postal system: to buy clothes by mail.
4.
a train, boat, etc., as a carrier of postal matter.
5.
electronic mail; e-mail.
adjective
6.
of or pertaining to mail.
verb (used with object)
7.
to send by mail; place in a post office or mailbox for transmission.
8.
to transmit by electronic mail.
Idioms
9.
copy the mail, Citizens Band Radio Slang. to monitor or listen to a CB transmission.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English male (noun) < Old French malle < Germanic; compare Old High German mal(a)ha satchel, bag

mail

2 [meyl]
noun
1.
flexible armor of interlinked rings.
2.
any flexible armor or covering, as one having a protective exterior of scales or small plates.
3.
Textiles. an oval piece of metal pierced with a hole through which the warp ends are threaded, serving as an eyelet on a heddle or especially on the harness cords of a Jacquard loom.
verb (used with object)
4.
to clothe or arm with mail.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English maille one of the rings of which armor was composed < Old French < Latin macula spot, one of the interstices in a net; cf. macula

mailless, adjective
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mail1 (meɪl)
 
n
1.  Also called (esp Brit): post letters, packages, etc, that are transported and delivered by the post office
2.  the postal system
3.  a single collection or delivery of mail
4.  a train, ship, or aircraft that carries mail
5.  short for electronic mail
6.  (modifier) of, involving, or used to convey mail: a mail train
 
vb
7.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) Usual Brit word: post to send by mail
8.  to contact (a person) by electronic mail
9.  to send (a message, document, etc) by electronic mail
 
[C13: from Old French male bag, probably from Old High German malha wallet]
 
'mailable1
 
adj
 
maila'bility1
 
n

mail2 (meɪl)
 
n
1.  a type of flexible armour consisting of riveted metal rings or links
2.  the hard protective shell of such animals as the turtle and lobster
 
vb
3.  (tr) to clothe or arm with mail
 
[C14: from Old French maille mesh, from Latin macula spot]
 
'mail-less2
 
adj

mail3 (meɪl)
 
n
archaic chiefly (Scot) a monetary payment, esp of rent or taxes
 
[Old English māl terms, from Old Norse māl agreement]

mail4 (meɪl)
 
n
informal (Austral) a rumour or report, esp a racing tip

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mail
"post, letters," c.1200, "a traveling bag," from O.Fr. male "wallet, bag," from Frank. *malha, from P.Gmc. *malho- (cf. O.H.G. malaha "wallet, bag," M.Du. male "bag"), from PIE *molko- "skin, bag." Sense extension to "letters and parcels" (18c.) is via "bag full of letter" (1650s) or "person or vehicle
who carries postal matter" (1650s). The verb is 1828, Amer.Eng. In 19c. England, mail was letters going abroad, while home dispatches were post. Sense of "personal batch of letters" is from 1844, originally Amer.Eng. Related: Mailable.

mail
"metal ring armor," c.1320, from O.Fr. maille "link of mail, mesh of net," from L. macula "mesh in a net," originally "spot, blemish," on notion that the gaps in a net or mesh looked like spots.
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Slang Dictionary

mail definition


  1. n.
    money. : The bills are due. I need some mail.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Once a purchase is made, subscribers will be e-mailed a voucher.
Their friendship has continued through many years and they e-mailed frequently to keep in touch.
Kits, with seeds for native sunflowers, are free and are being mailed out now.
The invitations are mailed about three weeks before the wedding.
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