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maiden

MA'IDEN, n.

1. An unmarried woman, or a young unmarried woman; a virgin.

2. A female servant.

3. It is used in composition, to express the feminine gender, as in maid-servant.

MA'IDEN, n. A maid; also, an instrument for beheading criminals, and another for washing linen.

MA'IDEN, a. Pertaining to a young woman or virgin; as maiden charms.

1. Consisting of young women or virgins.

Amid the maiden throng.

2. Fresh; new; unused.

He fleshed his maiden sword.

MA'IDEN, v.i. To speak and act demurely or modestly.




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MA'IDEN, n.

1. An unmarried woman, or a young unmarried woman; a virgin.

2. A female servant.

3. It is used in composition, to express the feminine gender, as in maid-servant.

MA'IDEN, n. A maid; also, an instrument for beheading criminals, and another for washing linen.

MA'IDEN, a. Pertaining to a young woman or virgin; as maiden charms.

1. Consisting of young women or virgins.

Amid the maiden throng.

2. Fresh; new; unused.

He fleshed his maiden sword.

MA'IDEN, v.i. To speak and act demurely or modestly.


MAID-EN, a.

  1. Pertaining to a young woman or virgin; as, maiden charms.
  2. Consisting of young women or virgins. Amid the maiden throng. Addison.
  3. Fresh; new; unused. He fleshed his maiden sword. Shak.

MAID-EN, n.

A maid; also, an instrument for beheading criminals, and another for washing linen.


MAID-EN, v.i.

To speak and act demurely or modestly. Bp. Hall.


Maid"en
  1. An unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid.

    She employed the residue of her life to repairing of highways, building of bridges, and endowing of maidens. Carew.

    A maiden of our century, yet most meek. Tennyson.

  2. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence.

    "Amid the maiden throng." Addison.

    Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? Shak.

  3. To act coyly like a maiden; -- with it as an indefinite object.

    For had I maiden'd it, as many use.
    Loath for to grant, but loather to refuse.
    Bp. Hall.

  4. A female servant.

    [Obs.]
  5. Never having been married; not having had sexual intercourse; virgin; -- said usually of the woman, but sometimes of the man; as, a maiden aunt.

    "A surprising old maiden lady." Thackeray.
  6. An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.

    Wharton.
  7. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.

    "Maiden flowers." Shak.

    Full bravely hast thou fleshed
    Thy maiden sword.
    Shak.

  8. A machine for washing linen.
  9. Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated.

    T. Warton. Macaulay.

    Maiden assize (Eng. Law), an assize which there is no criminal prosecution; an assize which is unpolluted with blood. It was usual, at such an assize, for the sheriff to present the judge with a pair of white gloves. Smart. -- Maiden name, the surname of a woman before her marriage. -- Maiden pink. (Bot.) See under Pink. -- Maiden plum (Bot.), a West Indian tree (Comocladia integrifolia) with purplish drupes. The sap of the tree is glutinous, and gives a persistent black stain. -- Maiden speech, the first speech made by a person, esp. by a new member in a public body. -- Maiden tower, the tower most capable of resisting an enemy.

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Maiden

MA'IDEN, noun

1. An unmarried woman, or a young unmarried woman; a virgin.

2. A female servant.

3. It is used in composition, to express the feminine gender, as in maid-servant.

MA'IDEN, noun A maid; also, an instrument for beheading criminals, and another for washing linen.

MA'IDEN, adjective Pertaining to a young woman or virgin; as maiden charms.

1. Consisting of young women or virgins.

Amid the maiden throng.

2. Fresh; new; unused.

He fleshed his maiden sword.

MA'IDEN, verb intransitive To speak and act demurely or modestly.

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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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