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MAN, n. plu. men. [Heb.species, kind, image, similitude.]

1. Mankind; the human race; the whole species of human beings; beings distinguished from all other animals by the powers of reason and speech, as well as by their shape and dignified aspect. "Os homini sublime dedit."

And God said, Let us make man in our image, , after our likeness, and let them have dominion--Gen.1.

Man that is born of a woman, is of few days and full of trouble. Job.14.

My spirit shall not always strive with man. Gen.6.

I will destroy man whom I have created. Gen.6.

There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man. 1 Cor.10.

It is written,man shall not live by bread alone. Matt.4.

There must be somewhere such a rank as man.

Respecting man, whatever wrong we call--

But vindicate the ways of God to man.

The proper study of mankind is man.

In the System of Nature, man is ranked as a distinct genus.

When opposed to woman, man sometimes denotes the male sex in general.

Woman has, in general, much stronger propensity than man to the discharge of parental duties.

2. A male individual of the human race, of adult growth or years.

The king is but a man as I am.

And the man dreams but what the boy believed.

3. A male of the human race; used often in compound words, or in the nature of an adjective; as a man-child; men-cooks; men-servants.

4. A servant, or an attendant of the male sex.

I and my man will presently go ride.

5. A word of familiar address.

We speak no treason, man.

6. It sometimes bears the sense of a male adult of some uncommon qualifications; particularly,the sense of strength, vigor, bravery, virile powers, or magnanimity, as distinguished from the weakness, timidity or impotence of a boy, or from the narrow mindedness of low bred men.

I dare do all that may become a man.

Will reckons he should not have been the man he is, had he not broke windows--

So in popular language, it is said, he is no man. Play your part like a man. He has not the spirit of a man.

Thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 1 Sam.17.

7. An individual of the human species.

In matters of equity between man and man--

Under this phraseology, females may be comprehended. So a law restraining man, or every man from a particular act, comprehends women and children, if of competent age to be the subjects of law.

8. Man is sometimes opposed to boy or child, and sometimes to beast.

9. One who is master of his mental powers, or who conducts himself with his usual judgment. When a person has lost his senses, or acts without his usual judgment, we say, he is not his own man.

10. It is sometimes used indefinitely, without reference to a particular individual; any person; one. This is as much as a man can desire.

A man, in an instant,may discover the assertion to be impossible.

This word however is always used in the singular number, referring to an individual. In this respect it does not answer to the French on, nor to the use of man by our Saxon ancestors. In Saxon, man ofsloh, signifies,they slew; man sette ut, they set or fitted out. So in German, man sagt,may be rendered, one ways, it is said, they say, or people say. So in Danish, man siger, one says, it is said, they say.

11. In popular usage, a husband.

Every wife ought to answer for her man.

12. A movable piece at chess or draughts.

13. In feudal law, a vassal, a liege subject or tenant.

The vassal or tenant, kneeling, ungirt,uncovered and holding up his hands between those of his lord, professed that he did become his man, from that day forth, of life, limb, and earthly honor.

Man of war, a ship or war; an armed ship.




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MAN, n. plu. men. [Heb.species, kind, image, similitude.]

1. Mankind; the human race; the whole species of human beings; beings distinguished from all other animals by the powers of reason and speech, as well as by their shape and dignified aspect. "Os homini sublime dedit."

And God said, Let us make man in our image, , after our likeness, and let them have dominion--Gen.1.

Man that is born of a woman, is of few days and full of trouble. Job.14.

My spirit shall not always strive with man. Gen.6.

I will destroy man whom I have created. Gen.6.

There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man. 1 Cor.10.

It is written,man shall not live by bread alone. Matt.4.

There must be somewhere such a rank as man.

Respecting man, whatever wrong we call--

But vindicate the ways of God to man.

The proper study of mankind is man.

In the System of Nature, man is ranked as a distinct genus.

When opposed to woman, man sometimes denotes the male sex in general.

Woman has, in general, much stronger propensity than man to the discharge of parental duties.

2. A male individual of the human race, of adult growth or years.

The king is but a man as I am.

And the man dreams but what the boy believed.

3. A male of the human race; used often in compound words, or in the nature of an adjective; as a man-child; men-cooks; men-servants.

4. A servant, or an attendant of the male sex.

I and my man will presently go ride.

5. A word of familiar address.

We speak no treason, man.

6. It sometimes bears the sense of a male adult of some uncommon qualifications; particularly,the sense of strength, vigor, bravery, virile powers, or magnanimity, as distinguished from the weakness, timidity or impotence of a boy, or from the narrow mindedness of low bred men.

I dare do all that may become a man.

Will reckons he should not have been the man he is, had he not broke windows--

So in popular language, it is said, he is no man. Play your part like a man. He has not the spirit of a man.

Thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 1 Sam.17.

7. An individual of the human species.

In matters of equity between man and man--

Under this phraseology, females may be comprehended. So a law restraining man, or every man from a particular act, comprehends women and children, if of competent age to be the subjects of law.

8. Man is sometimes opposed to boy or child, and sometimes to beast.

9. One who is master of his mental powers, or who conducts himself with his usual judgment. When a person has lost his senses, or acts without his usual judgment, we say, he is not his own man.

10. It is sometimes used indefinitely, without reference to a particular individual; any person; one. This is as much as a man can desire.

A man, in an instant,may discover the assertion to be impossible.

This word however is always used in the singular number, referring to an individual. In this respect it does not answer to the French on, nor to the use of man by our Saxon ancestors. In Saxon, man ofsloh, signifies,they slew; man sette ut, they set or fitted out. So in German, man sagt,may be rendered, one ways, it is said, they say, or people say. So in Danish, man siger, one says, it is said, they say.

11. In popular usage, a husband.

Every wife ought to answer for her man.

12. A movable piece at chess or draughts.

13. In feudal law, a vassal, a liege subject or tenant.

The vassal or tenant, kneeling, ungirt,uncovered and holding up his hands between those of his lord, professed that he did become his man, from that day forth, of life, limb, and earthly honor.

Man of war, a ship or war; an armed ship.


MAN, n. [plur. Men. Sax. man, mann and mon, mankind, man, a woman, a vassal, also one, any one, like the Fr. on; Goth. manna; Sans. man; D. man, a man, a husband; mensch, a human being, man, woman, person; G. id; Dan. man, menneske; Sw. man, meniskia; Sax. mennesc, human; Ice. mann, a man, a husband; W. mynw, a person, a body, from mwn, that which rises up or stretches out. The primary sense is form, image, whence species, coinciding probably with the Fr. mine, Eng. mien, Arm. man or min, look, aspect, countenance; Ch. and Heb. מין, species, kind; Heb. תמונה, image, similitude; Syr. ܡܝܢܐ, progeny. It remarkable that in the Icelandic, this word, a little varied, is used in Gen. i, 26, 27. “Og Gud sagde, ver vilium gera mannenn, epter mind og liking vorre.” And God said, Let us make man after our image and likeness. “Og Gud skapade mannenn epter sinne mind, epter Guds mind skapade hann hann, og han skapade thau karlman og kvinnu.” Literally, And God shaped man after his image, after God's image shaped he them, and he shaped them male and female; karlman, male, (see Carl and Churl,) and kvinnu, female, that is, queen, woman. Icelandic Bible. Man in its radical sense, agrees almost precisely with Adam, in the Shemitic languages.]

  1. Mankind; the human race; the whole species of human beings; beings distinguished from all other animals by the powers of reason and speech, as well as by their shape and dignified aspect. “Os homini sublime dedit.” And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion. Gen. i. Man that is born of woman, is of few days and full trouble. Job xiv. My spirit shall not always strive with man. Gen. vi. I will destroy man whom I have created. Gen. vi. There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man. 1 Cor. x. It is written, man shall not live by bread alone. Matth. iv. There must be somewhere such a rank as man. Pope. Respecting man, whatever wrong we call — Pope. But vindicate the ways of God to man. Pope. The proper study of mankind is man. Pope. In the System of Nature, man is ranked as a distinct genus. Encyc. When opposed to woman, man sometimes denotes the male sex in general. Woman has, in general, much stronger propensity than man to discharge of parental duties. Cowper.
  2. A male individual of the human race, of adult growth or years. The king is but a man as I am. Shak. And the man dreams but what the boy believed. Dryden.
  3. A male of the human race; often used in compound words, or in the nature of an adjective; as, a man-child; men-cooks; men-servants.
  4. A servant, or an attendant of the male sex. I and my man will presently go ride. Cowley.
  5. A word of familiar address. We speak no treason, man. Shak.
  6. It sometimes bears the sense of a male adult of some uncommon qualifications; particularly, the sense of strength, vigor, bravery, virile powers, or magnanimity, as distinguished from the weakness, timidity or impotence of a boy, or from the narrow-mindedness of low-bred men. I dare do all that may become a man. Shak. Will reckons he should not have been the man he is, had he not broke windows. Addison. So in popular language, it is said, he is no man. Play your part like a man. He has not the spirit of a man. Thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 1 Sam. xvii.
  7. An individual of the human species. In matters of equity between man and man. Watts. Under this phraseology, females may be comprehended. So a law restraining man, or every man from a particular act, comprehends women and children, if of competent age to be the subjects of law.
  8. Man is sometimes opposed to boy or child, and sometimes to beast.
  9. One who is master of his mental powers, or who conducts himself with his usual judgment. When a person has lost his senses, or acts without his usual judgment, we say, he is not his own man. Ainsworth.
  10. It is sometimes used indefinitely, without reference to a particular individual; any person; one. This is as much as a man can desire. A man, in an instant, may discover the assertion to be impossible. More. This word however is always used in the singular number, referring to an individual. In this respect it does not answer to the French on, nor to the use of man by our Saxon ancestors. In Saxon, man ofsloh, signifies, they slew; man sette up, they set or fitted out. So in German, man sagt, may be rendered, one says, it is said, they say, or people say. So in Danish, man siger, one says, it is said, they say.
  11. In popular usage, a husband. Every wife ought to answer for her man. Addison.
  12. A movable piece at chess or draughts.
  13. In feudal law, a vassal, a liege subject or tenant. The vassal or tenant, kneeling, ungirt, uncovered and holding up his hands between those of his lord, professed that he did become his man from that day forth, of life, lumb, and earthly honor. Blackstone. Man of war, a ship of war, an armed ship.

MAN, v.t.

  1. To furnish with men; as, to man the lines of a fort or fortress; to man a ship or a boat; to man the yards; to man the capstan; to man a prize. It is, however, generally understood to signify, to supply with the full complement or with a sufficient number of men.
  2. To guard with men. Shak.
  3. To strengthen; to fortify. Theodosius having manned his soul with proper reflections. Addison.
  4. To tame a hawk. [Little used.] Shak.
  5. To furnish with attendants or servants. [Little used.] Shak. B. Jonson.
  6. To point; to aim. Man but a rush against Othello's breast, / And he retires. [Not used.] Shak.

Man
  1. A human being; -- opposed to beast.

    These men went about wide, and man found they none,
    But fair country, and wild beast many [a] one.
    R. of Glouc.

    The king is but a man, as I am; the violet smells to him as it doth to me. Shak.

  2. To supply with men] to furnish with a sufficient force or complement of men, as for management, service, defense, or the like; to guard; as, to man a ship, boat, or fort.

    See how the surly Warwick mans the wall ! Shak.

    They man their boats, and all their young men arm. Waller.

  3. An aviator.

    [Colloq.]
  4. Especially: An adult male person; a grown- up male person, as distinguished from a woman or a child.

    When I became a man, I put away childish things. I Cor. xiii. 11.

    Ceneus, a woman once, and once a man. Dryden.

  5. To furnish with strength for action; to prepare for efficiency; to fortify.

    "Theodosius having manned his soul with proper reflections." Addison.
  6. The human race; mankind.

    And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion. Gen. i. 26.

    The proper study of mankind is man. Pope.

  7. To tame, as a hawk.

    [R.] Shak.
  8. The male portion of the human race.

    Woman has, in general, much stronger propensity than man to the discharge of parental duties. Cowper.

  9. To furnish with a servant or servants.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  10. One possessing in a high degree the distinctive qualities of manhood; one having manly excellence of any kind.

    Shak.

    This was the noblest Roman of them all . . . the elements
    So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
    And say to all the world "This was a man!"
    Shak.

  11. To wait on as a manservant.

    [Obs.] Shak.

    * In "Othello," V. ii. 270, the meaning is uncertain, being, perhaps: To point, to aim, or to manage.

    To man a yard (Naut.), to send men upon a yard, as for furling or reefing a sail. -- To man the yards (Naut.), to station men on the yards as a salute or mark of respect.

  12. An adult male servant; also, a vassal; a subject.

    Like master, like man. Old Proverb.

    The vassal, or tenant, kneeling, ungirt, uncovered, and holding up his hands between those of his lord, professed that he did become his man from that day forth, of life, limb, and earthly honor. Blackstone.

  13. A term of familiar address often implying on the part of the speaker some degree of authority, impatience, or haste; as, Come, man, we 've no time to lose!
  14. A married man; a husband; -- correlative to wife.

    I pronounce that they are man and wife. Book of Com. Prayer.

    every wife ought to answer for her man. Addison.

  15. One, or any one, indefinitely; -- a modified survival of the Saxon use of man, or mon, as an indefinite pronoun.

    A man can not make him laugh. Shak.

    A man would expect to find some antiquities; but all they have to show of this nature is an old rostrum of a Roman ship. Addison.

  16. One of the piece with which certain games, as chess or draughts, are played.

    * Man is often used as a prefix in composition, or as a separate adjective, its sense being usually self-explaining; as, man child, man eater or maneater, man- eating, man hater or manhater, man-hating, manhunter, man-hunting, mankiller, man- killing, man midwife, man pleaser, man servant, man-shaped, manslayer, manstealer, man-stealing, manthief, man worship, etc.

    Man is also used as a suffix to denote a person of the male sex having a business which pertains to the thing spoken of in the qualifying part of the compound; ashman, butterman, laundryman, lumberman, milkman, fireman, showman, waterman, woodman. Where the combination is not familiar, or where some specific meaning of the compound is to be avoided, man is used as a separate substantive in the foregoing sense; as, apple man, cloth man, coal man, hardware man, wood man (as distinguished from woodman).

    Man ape (Zoöl.), a anthropoid ape, as the gorilla. -- Man at arms, a designation of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries for a soldier fully armed. -- Man engine, a mechanical lift for raising or lowering people through considerable distances; specifically (Mining), a contrivance by which miners ascend or descend in a shaft. It consists of a series of landings in the shaft and an equal number of shelves on a vertical rod which has an up and down motion equal to the distance between the successive landings. A man steps from a landing to a shelf and is lifted or lowered to the next landing, upon which he them steps, and so on, traveling by successive stages. -- Man Friday, a person wholly subservient to the will of another, like Robinson Crusoe's servant Friday. -- Man of straw, a puppet; one who is controlled by others; also, one who is not responsible pecuniarily. -- Man-of-the earth (Bot.), a twining plant (Ipomœa pandurata) with leaves and flowers much like those of the morning-glory, but having an immense tuberous farinaceous root. -- Man of war. (a) A warrior; a soldier. Shak. (b) (Naut.) See in the Vocabulary. -- To be one's own man, to have command of one's self; not to be subject to another.

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Man

MAN, noun plural men. [Heb.species, kind, image, similitude.]

1. Mankind; the human race; the whole species of human beings; beings distinguished from all other animals by the powers of reason and speech, as well as by their shape and dignified aspect. 'Os homini sublime dedit.'

And God said, Let us make man in our image, , after our likeness, and let them have dominion--Genesis 1:26.

MAN that is born of a woman, is of few days and full of trouble. Job 14:1.

My spirit shall not always strive with man Genesis 6:3.

I will destroy man whom I have created. Genesis 6:3.

There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man 1 Corinthians 10:13.

It is written, man shall not live by bread alone. Matthew 4:4.

There must be somewhere such a rank as man

Respecting man whatever wrong we call--

But vindicate the ways of God to man

The proper study of mankind is man

In the System of Nature, man is ranked as a distinct genus.

When opposed to woman, man sometimes denotes the male sex in general.

Woman has, in general, much stronger propensity than man to the discharge of parental duties.

2. A male individual of the human race, of adult growth or years.

The king is but a man as I am.

And the man dreams but what the boy believed.

3. A male of the human race; used often in compound words, or in the nature of an adjective; as a man-child; men-cooks; men-servants.

4. A servant, or an attendant of the male sex.

I and my man will presently go ride.

5. A word of familiar address.

We speak no treason, man

6. It sometimes bears the sense of a male adult of some uncommon qualifications; particularly, the sense of strength, vigor, bravery, virile powers, or magnanimity, as distinguished from the weakness, timidity or impotence of a boy, or from the narrow mindedness of low bred men.

I dare do all that may become a man

Will reckons he should not have been the man he is, had he not broke windows--

So in popular language, it is said, he is no man Play your part like a man He has not the spirit of a man

Thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 1 Samuel 17:8.

7. An individual of the human species.

In matters of equity between man and man--

Under this phraseology, females may be comprehended. So a law restraining man or every man from a particular act, comprehends women and children, if of competent age to be the subjects of law.

8. man is sometimes opposed to boy or child, and sometimes to beast.

9. One who is master of his mental powers, or who conducts himself with his usual judgment. When a person has lost his senses, or acts without his usual judgment, we say, he is not his own man

10. It is sometimes used indefinitely, without reference to a particular individual; any person; one. This is as much as a man can desire.

A man in an instant, may discover the assertion to be impossible.

This word however is always used in the singular number, referring to an individual. In this respect it does not answer to the French on, nor to the use of man by our Saxon ancestors. In Saxon, man ofsloh, signifies, they slew; man sette ut, they set or fitted out. So in German, man sagt, may be rendered, one ways, it is said, they say, or people say. So in Danish, man siger, one says, it is said, they say.

11. In popular usage, a husband.

Every wife ought to answer for her man

12. A movable piece at chess or draughts.

13. In feudal law, a vassal, a liege subject or tenant.

The vassal or tenant, kneeling, ungirt, uncovered and holding up his hands between those of his lord, professed that he did become his man from that day forth, of life, limb, and earthly honor.

MAN of war, a ship or war; an armed ship.

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