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mailing1

[mey-ling] /ˈmeɪ lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a batch of mail, as of form letters, catalogs, or monthly statements, sent by a mailer at one time:
an enthusiastic response to our latest mailing.
Origin of mailing1
1945-1950
1945-50; mail1 + -ing1

mailing2

[mey-ling] /ˈmeɪ lɪŋ/
noun, Scot.
1.
a rented farm.
2.
the rent paid by a tenant farmer.
Origin
1425-75

mail1

[meyl] /meɪl/
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; email.
adjective
6.
of or relating to mail.
verb (used with object)
7.
to send by mail; place in a post office or mailbox for transmission.
8.
to transmit by email.
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
Can be confused
mail, male.

mail2

[meyl] /meɪl/
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
Related forms
mailless, adjective
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  • I'm mailing this early, so it should reach you in the late afternoon mail.

    Dead Giveaway Gordon Randall Garrett
  • All income of the Society is devoted to defraying cost of publication and mailing.

    A Letter to Dion Bernard Mandeville
  • He followed her to the office, where the monthly statements were ready for mailing.

    The Competitive Nephew Montague Glass
  • At a certain date each month your periodical must be ready for mailing.

    The Blue Birds' Winter Nest Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • I returned from mailing your letter at dawn this morning, very tired from the tension of the night.

    The Agony Column Earl Derr Biggers
British Dictionary definitions for mailing

mail1

/meɪl/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
7.
(mainly US & Canadian) to send by mail Usual Brit word post
8.
to contact (a person) by electronic mail
9.
to send (a message, document, etc) by electronic mail
Derived Forms
mailable, adjective
mailability, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French male bag, probably from Old High German malha wallet

mail2

/meɪl/
noun
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
verb
3.
(transitive) to clothe or arm with mail
Derived Forms
mail-less, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French maille mesh, from Latin macula spot

mail3

/meɪl/
noun
1.
(archaic, mainly Scot) a monetary payment, esp of rent or taxes
Word Origin
Old English māl terms, from Old Norse māl agreement

mail4

/meɪl/
noun
1.
(Austral, informal) a rumour or report, esp a racing tip
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Word Origin and History for mailing

mail

n.

"post, letters," c.1200, "a traveling bag," from Old French male "wallet, bag, bundle," from Frankish *malha or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *malho- (cf. Old High German malaha "wallet, bag," Middle Dutch 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). In 19c. England, mail was letters going abroad, while home dispatches were post. Sense of "personal batch of letters" is from 1844, originally American English.

"metal ring armor," c.1300, from Old French maille "link of mail, mesh of net," from Latin macula "mesh in a net," originally "spot, blemish," on notion that the gaps in a net or mesh looked like spots.

"rent, payment," from Old English mal (see blackmail (n.)).

v.

"send by post," 1828, American English, from mail (n.1). Related: Mailed; mailing; mailable. Mailing list attested from 1876.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mailing

mail

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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