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MAIL, n. [L.macula.]

1. A coat of steel net-work, formerly worn for defending the body against swords, poniards, &c. The mail was of two sorts, chain and plate mail; the former consisting of iron rings, each having four others inserted into it; the latter consisting of a number of small lamins of metal, laid over one another like the scales of a fish, and sewed down to a strong linen or leathern jacket.

2. Armor; that which defends the body.

We strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.

We read also of shirts of mail, and gloves of mail.

3. In ships, a square machine composed of rings interwoven, like net-work, used for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.

4. A rent. Also, a spot.

MAIL, n. A bag for the conveyance of letters and papers, particularly letters conveyed from one post office to another, under public authority.

MAIL, v.t. To put on a coat of mail or armor; to arm defensively.

1. To inclose in a wrapper and direct to a post office. We say, letters were mailed for Philadelphia.



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MAIL, n. [L.macula.]

1. A coat of steel net-work, formerly worn for defending the body against swords, poniards, &c. The mail was of two sorts, chain and plate mail; the former consisting of iron rings, each having four others inserted into it; the latter consisting of a number of small lamins of metal, laid over one another like the scales of a fish, and sewed down to a strong linen or leathern jacket.

2. Armor; that which defends the body.

We strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.

We read also of shirts of mail, and gloves of mail.

3. In ships, a square machine composed of rings interwoven, like net-work, used for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.

4. A rent. Also, a spot.

MAIL, n. A bag for the conveyance of letters and papers, particularly letters conveyed from one post office to another, under public authority.

MAIL, v.t. To put on a coat of mail or armor; to arm defensively.

1. To inclose in a wrapper and direct to a post office. We say, letters were mailed for Philadelphia.

MAIL, n.1 [Fr. maille, a stitch in knitting, a mail; Sp. malla, a mesh, net-work, a coat of mail; Port. id. and a spot; It. maglia and camaglio; Arm. mailh; D. maal; W. magyl, a knot, a mesh; maglu, to knit, to entangle, to entrap, to form meshes. The sense of spot, which occurs in the French and Portuguese, indicates this word to be from the root of L. macula, and the Welsh words prove it to be contracted from magel.]

  1. A coat of steel net-work, formerly worn for defending the body against swords, poniards, &c. The mail was of two sorts, chain and plate mail; the former consisting of iron rings, each having four others inserted into it; the latter consisting of a number of small lamins of metal, laid over one another like the scales of a fish, and sewed down to a strong linen or leathern jacket. Cyc.
  2. Armor; that which defends the body. We strip the lobster of his scarlet mail. Gay. We read also of shirts of mail and gloves of mail.
  3. In ships, a square machine composed of rings interwoven, like net-work, used for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
  4. A rent. [Sax. mal.] Also, a spot. [Obs.]

MAIL, n.2 [Fr. malette; Ir. mala; Fr. malle; Arm. mal.]

A bag for the conveyance of letters and papers, particularly letters conveyed from one post-office to another, under public authority.


MAIL, v.t.

  1. To put on a coat of mail or armor; to arm defensively. Shak.
  2. To inclose in a wrapper and direct to a post-office. We say, letters were mailed for Philadelphia.

Mail
  1. A spot.

    [Obs.]
  2. A small piece of money; especially, an English silver half-penny of the time of Henry V.

    [Obs.] [Written also maile, and maille.]
  3. A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor.

    Chaucer.

    Chain mail, Coat of mail. See under Chain, and Coat.

  4. To arm with mail.
  5. A bag] a wallet.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  6. To deliver into the custody of the postoffice officials, or place in a government letter box, for transmission by mail] to post; as, to mail a letter.

    [U. S.]

    * In the United States to mail and to post are both in common use; as, to mail or post a letter. In England post is the commoner usage.

  7. Rent; tribute.

    [Obs., except in certain compounds and phrases, as blackmail, mails and duties, etc.]

    Mail and duties (Scots Law), the rents of an estate, in whatever form paid.

  8. Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering.
  9. To pinion.

    [Obs.]
  10. The bag or bags with the letters, papers, or other matter contained therein, conveyed under public authority from one post office to another; the whole system of appliances used by government in the conveyance and delivery of mail matter.

    There is a mail come in to-day, with letters dated Hague. Tatler.

  11. A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
  12. That which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received through the post office.
  13. Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.

    We . . . strip the lobster of his scarlet mail. Gay.

  14. A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried.

    [Obs.] Sir W. Scott.

    Mail bag, a bag in which mailed matter is conveyed under public authority. -- Mail boat, a boat that carries the mail. -- Mail catcher, an iron rod, or other contrivance, attached to a railroad car for catching a mail bag while the train is in motion. -- Mail guard, an officer whose duty it is to guard the public mails. [Eng.] -- Mail train, a railroad train carrying the mail.

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Mail

MAIL, noun [Latin macula.]

1. A coat of steel net-work, formerly worn for defending the body against swords, poniards, etc. The mail was of two sorts, chain and plate mail; the former consisting of iron rings, each having four others inserted into it; the latter consisting of a number of small lamins of metal, laid over one another like the scales of a fish, and sewed down to a strong linen or leathern jacket.

2. Armor; that which defends the body.

We strip the lobster of his scarlet mail

We read also of shirts of mail and gloves of mail

3. In ships, a square machine composed of rings interwoven, like net-work, used for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.

4. A rent. Also, a spot.

MAIL, noun A bag for the conveyance of letters and papers, particularly letters conveyed from one post office to another, under public authority.

MAIL, verb transitive To put on a coat of mail or armor; to arm defensively.

1. To inclose in a wrapper and direct to a post office. We say, letters were mailed for Philadelphia.

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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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DIGAMMA, n. [Gr., double gamma.] The name of F, most absurdly given to that letter, when first invented or used by the Eolians, on account of its figure. A letter should be named from its sound, and not from its shape. The letter is ef.

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