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mace

MACE, n. An ensign of authority borne before magistrates. Originally, the mace was a club or instrument of war, made of iron and much used by cavalry. It was in the shape of a coffee mill. Being no longer a weapon of war, its form is changed; it is made of silver or copper gilt, and ornamented with a crown, globe and cross.

A leaden mace,

A heavy iron mace.

MACE, n. [L. macis.] A spice; the second coat which covers the nutmeg, a thin and membranaceous substance of an oleaginous nature and yellowish color, being in flakes divided into many ramifications; it is extremely fragrant and aromatic.




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MACE, n. An ensign of authority borne before magistrates. Originally, the mace was a club or instrument of war, made of iron and much used by cavalry. It was in the shape of a coffee mill. Being no longer a weapon of war, its form is changed; it is made of silver or copper gilt, and ornamented with a crown, globe and cross.

A leaden mace,

A heavy iron mace.

MACE, n. [L. macis.] A spice; the second coat which covers the nutmeg, a thin and membranaceous substance of an oleaginous nature and yellowish color, being in flakes divided into many ramifications; it is extremely fragrant and aromatic.


MACE, n.1 [It. mazza, Sp. maza, Port. ma├ža, Fr. masse, a club.]

An ensign of authority borne before magistrates. Originally, the mace was a club or instrument of war, made of iron and much used by cavalry. It was in the shape of a coffee mill. Being no longer a weapon of war, its form is changed; it is made of silver or copper gilt, and ornamented with crown, globe and cross. Encyc. A leaden mace. Shak. A heavy iron mace. Knolles.


MACE, n.2 [L. macis.]

A spice; the second coat which covers the nutmeg, a thin and membranaceous substance of an oleaginous nature and yellowish color, being in flakes divided into many ramifications; it is extremely fragrant and aromatic. Encyc.


Mace
  1. A money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael; also, a weight of 57.98 grains.

    S. W. Williams.
  2. A kind of spice; the aril which partly covers nutmegs. See Nutmeg.

    * Red mace is the aril of Myristica tingens, and white mace that of M. Otoba, -- East Indian trees of the same genus with the nutmeg tree.

  3. A heavy staff or club of metal; a spiked club; -- used as weapon in war before the general use of firearms, especially in the Middle Ages, for breaking metal armor.

    Chaucer.

    Death with his mace petrific . . . smote. Milton.

  4. A staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an ensign of his authority.

    "Swayed the royal mace." Wordsworth.
  5. An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority.

    Macaulay.
  6. A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple.
  7. A rod for playing billiards, having one end suited to resting on the table and pushed with one hand.

    Mace bearer, an officer who carries a mace before persons in authority.

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Mace

MACE, noun An ensign of authority borne before magistrates. Originally, the mace was a club or instrument of war, made of iron and much used by cavalry. It was in the shape of a coffee mill. Being no longer a weapon of war, its form is changed; it is made of silver or copper gilt, and ornamented with a crown, globe and cross.

A leaden mace

A heavy iron mace

MACE, noun [Latin macis.] A spice; the second coat which covers the nutmeg, a thin and membranaceous substance of an oleaginous nature and yellowish color, being in flakes divided into many ramifications; it is extremely fragrant and aromatic.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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ALTHO'UGH, altho', obs. verb, or used only in the Imperative.

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