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Thoughts my tormentors armd with dead!y mediocrity, while we are in this world can attaia stings,
Locke. Mangle ny apprehensive tenderest parts; 2. Moderation; temperance. Exasperate, exulcerate and raise
Lest appetite, in the use of food, should lead Dire inflammation, which no cooling herb
us beyond that which is meet, we owe obe Nor medicinal liquor can assuage.
dience to that law of reason which teacheth me The second causes took the swift command,
diocrity in meats and drinks.
Hooker. The medicinal head, the ready hand;
When they urge us to extreme opposition All but eternal doom was conquer'd by their
against the church of Rome, do they mean we Dryden.
should be drawn unto it only for a time, and 2. Belonging to physick.
afterwards return to a mediocrity? Hooker. Learn'd he was in med"cinal lore,
TO ME'DITATE. v. a. (mediter, Fr. me For by his side a pouch he wore,
ditor, Lat.) Replete with strange hermetick powder, That wounds nine miles point-blank with solder.
1. To plan ; to scheme; to contrive. Butier.
Some affirmed that I meditated a war; God Such are called medicinal-days by some writers,
knows, I did not then think of war. K. Charles. wherein no crisis or change is expected, so as to
Like a lion that unhecded lay, forbid the use of medicines; but it is most pro
Dissembling sleep, and watchful to betray, perly used for those days wherein puiging, or
With inward rage he ineditates his prey. any other evacuation, is more conveniently
Drydes. complied with.
Quincy. Before the memory of the flood was lost, men Medicinal-hours are those wherein it is sup- meditated the setting up a false religion at Babel posed that medicines may be taken, commonly
Forbes. reckoned in the morning fasting, about an hour 2. To think on; to revolve in the mind. before dinner, about four hours after dinner, and going to bed; but times are to be governed by 'There set a man of ripe and perfect age, the symptoms and aggravation of the distemper. Who did them meditatc all his lite long. F. Qu.
Quincy. Blessed is the man that doth meditate good MEDICINALLY. adv. [from medicinal.] things in wisdom, and that reasoneth of holy Physica ly.
Ecclesiastica... The witnesses that leech-like livid on blood,
TO ME'DITATE. V. n. To think ; to Sucking for thein were med'cinally gocd. Dryd. muse; to contemplate ; to dwell on ME'DICINE. n. s. [medicine, Fr. medicina, with intense thought. It is commonly
Lat. It is generally pronounced as if used of pious contemplation. only of two syllables, med cine.) Phy- His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in sick; any remedy administered by a his law doth he meditate night and day. Psalms. physician.
I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk ó, my dear father! restauration, hang
of all thy dongs.
Pialas. Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss
Meditat: till you make some act of piety upe Repair those violent harms. Shakspeare.
on the occasion of what you meditate; either A merry heart doth good like a medicine; but
get some new arguments against a sin, or some a broken spirit dricth the bones. Proverbs. new encouragements to virtue. Tayler. I wish to die, yer dare not death endure;
To worship God, to study his will, to medio Detest the med"cine, yet desire the cure. Dryd.
tate upon hiin, and to love him; all these being pleasure and peace.
Tiliot see. To MEDICINE. v. a. (from the noun.] MEDITA’Tion, n. s. [n:editation, Fr. mediTo affect as physick. Not used.
tetio, Lat.) Not all the drowsy syrups of the world, 1. Deep thought; close attention; conShall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep Which thou owedst yesterday. Sbakspeare.
trivance ; contemplation.
I lett the meditations wherein I was, and spake MEDI'ETY. n. s. [medieté, Fr. medietas, to her in anger.
2 Esuras, Lat.] Middle state; participation of
'Tis most true, two extremes ; half.
That musing meditation most affects They contained no fishy composure, but were
The pensive secrecy of desert cell. Miltene, made up of man and bird; the human mediety
Some thought and meditation are necessary ; variously placed not only above but below. and a man may possibly be so stupid as not to
have God in all his thoughts, or to say in his
heart, there is none. MEDIO'CRITY. n. s. [mediocrité, Fr. me
Bently. diocritas, Lat.)
2. Thought employed upon sacred objects.
His name was heavenly contemplation; 1. Moderate degree; niddle rate.
Of God and goodness was his meditation, Men of age seldom drive business home to
Fairy Queen, the full period, but content themselves with a Thy thoughts to nobler meditations give, mediocrity of success.
And study how to die, not how to life. Grass. There appeared a sudden ond marvellous con
3. A series of thoughts, occasioned by version in the duke's case, from the mosi exalted to the most depressed, as is liis expeditiin
any object or occurrence. In this sense had been capable of no mediocrities. Wutton.
are books of meditations. He likens tbe mediocrity of wit to one of a
MEDITATIVE. adj. (from meditatc.) mean fortune, who manages his store with great 1. Addicted to meditation. Ainswort b. parsimony; but who, with fear of running into profuseness, never arrives to the magnificence MEDITERRANE.
2. Expressing intention or design. of living.
Dryden. Getting and improving our knowledge in sub
terra; mediler stances only by experience and history, is ali that
MEDITERRANEOUS. ranée, Fr.) the weakness of our faculties in ti.is sidevi 1. Encircled with land.
In all that part that lieth on the north side of ME'DLY. n. s. (from meddle for mingle. I the scáte tare sea, it is thought not to be, the A mixture ; a miscellany; a mingled vulgar tongue.
Brerewood. 2. inland ; remote from the sea.
mass. It is commonly used with some It is found in mountains and melit rraneous
drgree of contempt. parts, and so it is a fat and unctuous sublimation
Somc imagined that the powder in the ar, of the earth.
mory had taken fire; others, that troops of We have taken a less height of the moun
horsemen approached; in which medley of contains than is requisire, if we respect the medi
ceits they bare down one upon another, and terraneus mountains, or those that are at a great
jostled many into the tower ditch. Hayward. divance from the sea,
Love is a medley of endearments, jars,
Suspicions, quarrels, reconcilements, wars;
W slib. 1. Any thing intervening.
They count their toilsome marches, loog Whether any other liquors being made mee
fatigues, dires, cause a divers ty of sound from water may Unusual fastings, and will bear no more be tried.
T'nis medley of philosophy and war. Addison I must bring tngether
Mahomet began to knock down his fellowAll these extremes; and must remove all me- citizens, and to fill all Arabia with an unnaturai dues,
moilley of religion and bloodshed. Addisor. That each may be the other's object. Dirbam.
There are that a compounded Auid drain seeing requires light and a free medium, and a From different mixtures : and the blendet rig's late to the objects; we can hear in the
streams, dark, immured, and by curve lines. Holder, Each mutually correcting each, create He, who looks upon the soul through its out
A pleasurable meilley.
PLH ward actions, often sees it through a deceitful
ME'DLEY. adj. Níingled; confused. münz, which is apt to disculour the object.
I'm strangely discompos'd;
Qualms at my heart, convulsions in my nerves, The parts of bodies on which their colours
Within my little world make medley war. Dryd. depend, are danser than the medium which perrades their interstices.
MEDU'LLAR. adj. (medulla re, Fr. from Against filing the heavens with fluid meliems, MEDU'LLARY.) medulla, Latin.) Pervoless they be exceeding rare, a great objection taining to the marrow. arises from the regular and very lasting motions These little emissaries united together at the of the planets and comers in all manner of cortical part of the brain, make the medud's
courses through the heavens. Neauton's Opticks. part, being a bundle of very small, thread-like 2. Any thing used in ratiocina'ion, in canels or fibres. Cheyne's Pbil. Principles.
order to a conclusion; the middle term Meed. n. . (mes, Saxon; miete, Teuin an argument, by which propositions
tonick.) are connected.
1. Reward; recompence. Now rarely used. This cannot be answered by those mediums
He knows his meed, if he be spide, which have been used. Dryden's Juvenal.
To be a thousand deaths, and shame beside. We, whose understandings are short, are
Spenser. forced to collect one thing from another, and in
Whether in beauties glory did exceed tai process we seck out proper mediuins. A rosy garland was the victor's meeds. Fa. Qu. Baker on Learning.
Thanks to men
Of noble minds ia honourable meed. Shakspeare. 3. The middle place or degree ; the just
He must nor float upon his wat’ry bier temperature between extremes.
Unwept, and welter to the par ching wind, I ne just medium of this case lies betwixt the Without the meed of some melodious tear. pride and the abjection, the two extremes.
Milton. L'Estrange. If so, a cloak and vesture be my need ME'DLAR. H. s. (rr.espilus, Latin.)
Till his return no title shall I plead. 1. A tree.
2. Present; gift. The leaves of the medlar are either whole,
Plutus, the god of gold,
Is but his steward: no meed but he repays and shaped like those of the laurel, as in the
Seven-fold above itself. manured sorts; or lasciniated, as in the wild
Sbakspeare. sorts: the flower consists of five leaves, which Mitk. adj. (minkr, Islandick.] expand in the form of a rose: the fruits are 1. Mild of temper; not proud; not rough; umbilicated, and are not eatable till they decay; not easily provoked ; soft ; gentle. and have, for the most part, five hard secds in Moses was very merk above all mnen. Numb. tach.
Miller. Bur he her fears to cease, Now will he sit under a medlar tree,
Sent down the meck-ey'd peace.
Milton. And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit, We ought to be very cautious and mecko
Which maids call medlørs. Sbatspeures spirited, till we are assured of the honesty of 2. I be fruit of that tree.
Collier. You'll be reiten ere you be half ripe, 2. Expressing humility and gentleness. And that's the right virtue of the medlar, Sbak.
Both confess'd October is drawn in a garment of yellow and
Humbly their faults, and pardon begg’d with ration; with a basket of services, medars, and chesnuts.
Peaba. Watering the ground, and with their sighs the No rotter. medlars, whilst there be Whole orchards in virginity. Cleaveland. Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in siga Men have gather'd from the bawthorn's Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek. branch
Milton. Large mediats, imitating regal crowns. Philips. To Me’EKEN. v. a. (from meek.] To T. MEDLE.
make meek ; to soften, This won I T. M'DLY.} v.a. To iningle. Spenser.
bave found no where else.
T'he glaring lion saw, his horrid heart 2. To encounter in hostility.
To meet the noise
Of his almighty engine, he shall hear ME'EKLY. adv. [from meek.] Miidly; Infernal thunder
Millor, gently; not ruggedly; not proudly.
So inatch'd they stood;
For never but once more was either like
Stepnry. Which thou incurr'st by flying, meet thy flight Me'EKNE55. n. s. [from meek.] Gentle. Sev’nfold, and scourge that wisdom back to Hell. ness; mildness; softness of temper.
Milton, That pride and meekness mixt by equal part, 4. To join another in the same place. Do both appear to adorn her beauty's grace. When shall we three meet again,
Spenser. In thunder, lightning, or in rain? Sbakspeart. You sign your place and calling in full seem
Chance may lead where I may mut ing,
Some wand'ring spirit of heav'n by fountain side With meekness and humility; but your heart Or in thick shade retir'd.
Milton, Is cramm’d with arrogancy, spleen, and pride.
I knew 1101 till I met
Shakspeare. My friends, at Ceres' now deserted seat. Dryd. When his distemper attack'd him, he sub
Not look back to see, mitted to it with great meekness and resignation, When what we love we ne'er must meet again. as became a christian. Atterbury
Drydene MEER. adj. See MERE. Simple;. un- 5. To close one with another. mixed.
The nearer you come to the end of the lake, MEER. n.s. See MERE. A lake; a boun- the mountains on each side grow higher, till at dary.
Jast they recko
Addison. Me'erEd: adj. Relating to a boundary; 6. To find; to be treated with ; to light
on. meer being a boundary, or mark of di
had I a hundred mouths, a hundred tongues, vision.
I could not half those horrid crimes repeat, What, although you fled! why should he follow you?
Nor half the punis..menis those crimes have met. The itch of his affection should not then
Of vice or virtue, whether blest or curst, Have nickt his captainship; at such a point, When half to hal: the world oppos'd, he being
Which meets contenpt, or which coinpassion first. The meered question. Sbakspeure.
To me no greater joy, Meer, adj. [of obscure etymology.! Than that your labours meet a prosp'rous end. 3. Fit; proper; qualified : a;plied both
TO MEET. V. n. to persons and things. Now rarely used. Ah! my dear love, why do you sleep thus 1. To encounter; to close face to face. long,
2. To encounter in hostility. When meeter were that you should no:v awake? Then born to distance by the tides of men,
Spenser. Like adamant and stcel they meet again. Dryd. If the election of the minister should be
3. To assemble; to come together.
2 Maccabees. I am a tainted wether of the flock,
Their choice nobility and flower Meetest for death.
Shakspeare. To be known shortens my laid intent,
Met from all parts to solemnize this feast.
Milton. My boon I make it, that you know nie not, The materials of that building happily met Till time and I think meet. Shakspeare.
together, and very fortunately ranged themWhat, at any time have you heard her say ? selves into that delicate order, that it must be 3 -That, sir, which I will not report after her. - You may to me, and 'tis most meet you should.
very great chance that parts chem. Tillotsan. Shakspeare,
4. TO MEET with. To light on ; to find : York is meetest man
it includes, sometimes obscurely, the To be your regent in the realm of France. idea of soinething unexpected.
Sbakspeare. When he cometh to experience of service is very proper and moet for seeing. abroad, he maketh as worthy a soldier as any Bentley. nation he meetetb with.
Spenser. 2. Meet with. Even with. [from meci, We met with many things worthy ot' observathe verb.) A low expression.
Bacon. Niece, you tax signic, Benedict too much;
Hercules' meeting with pleasure and virtue, but he'll be meet with you. Sbakspeare.
was invented by Prodicus, who lived before
Socrates. TO MEET. v. Q. pret. I met ; I bave met;
Addison. particip. met. (meran, Saxon, to find;
What a majesty and force does one meet with
in these short inscriptions: are not you amazed moeten. Dutch.)
to see so much history gathered into so small a 1. To come face to face; to encounter,
Addison en Medals. by travelling in opposite directions. 5. TO MEET with. To join. 'Met'st thou my posts ? Sbakspeare.
Falstaff at that oak shall med with us. Sbaksp. His daughter came out to meet hin with tim- 6. TO MEET 7. ith. To suffer unexpectedly, brels and dances.
Judges, He that hath suffered this disordered spring, Mean while our primitive great size, to meet Hath now: Simself met with the fall of leaf. His godlike guest walks forth. Milton.
a little sum you mourn, while most have met MELANAGOʻGUES. n. s. [from péreros Wiik twice the loss, and by as vile a cheat. and dyw.] Such medicines as are sup
Creech. 7. To encounter ; to engage.
posed particularly to purge off black
choler. Royal mistress,
MELANCHOʻLICK. adj. (from melanPrepare to meet with inore than brutal fury From the fierce prince.
Rowe. choly. ] 8. A latinism. To obviate ; occurrere 1. Disordered with melancholy ; fanciful; objecto.
hypochondriacal ; gloomy. Before I proceed farther, it is good to meet If he be mad or angry, or melanoholick, or with an objection, which if not removed, the sprightly, he will paint whatsoever is proportionconclusion of experience from the time past to able to any one.
Dryden. the present will not be sound.
The commentators on old Ari9. To advance half way.
Stotle, 'tis urg'd, in judgment vary: he yields himself to the man of business They to their own conceits have brought; with reluctancy, tue offers himself to the visits The image of his general thought : of a friend with facility, and all the meeting rea- Just as the melancholick eye diness of desire.
Soutb. Sees fleets and armies in the sky. Prior. Our meeting hearts
2. Unhappy ; unfortunate; causing sor. Consented sson, and marriage made us one.
The king found himself at the head of his 30. To unite; to join : as, these rivers
army, after so many accidents and melancholick mzeet at such a place and join.
Clarendon MEETER, 1. s. (fro.n meet.] One that
MELANCHOʻLY. n. s. (melancolie, Fr. accosts another.
froιη μέλαιος and χολή.) There are beside Lascivious meeters, to whose venom'd sound 1. A disease supposed to proceed from a The open ear of youth doch always listen. redundance of black bile; but it is
Sbakspears. better known to arise from too heavy Mi'ETING. 2. s. (from meet.]
and too viscid blood : its cure is in eva. 3. An assembly; a convention.
cuation, nervous medicines, and powerIf the fathers and husbands of those, whose ful stimuli.
sing: relief this your meeting intends, were of the
2. A kind of madness, in which the mind houshold of faith, then their relicts and children ought not to be strangers to the good that is done
is always fixed on one object. in it, if the: want it.
Spratt's Sermons. I have neither the scholar's melanc%d!y, which Since the ladies have been left out of all mect
is emulation; nor the musician's, which is fan
tastical; nor the courtier's, which is proud; nor jags except parties at play, our conversation hath degenerated.
the soldier's, which is ambitious; nor the law2. An interview,
yer's, which is političk; nor the lady's, which Let's be rever.ged on him; let's appoint him
is nice; nor the lover's, which is all these; but
it is a melancboly of mine own, compounded of a aucting, and lead him on with a fine baited delay.
many simples, extracted from many objects,
and, indeed, the sundry contemplation of my 3. A conventicle; an assembly of dissen.
travels, in which my often rumination wraps me ters.
in a most humorous sadness.
Sbakspeures 4. A conflux: as, the meeting of two Moonstruck madness, moping melancholy. rivers.
Milton. MEETING-HOUSE. n. s. (meeting and · 3. A gloomy, pensive, discontented
bouse. ] Place where dissenters assemble temper. to worship.
He protested, that he had only been to seek His heart misgave him that the churches solitary places by an extreme melancholy that Kere so many meeting-houses ; but I soon made
had possessed him.
Eidney. Addison. All these gifts come from him; and if we Me'ETLY. adv. (from the adjective.]
murmur here, we may at the next melancholy
be troubled that God did not make us angels. Fitly; properly. MÉ'ETKESS. n. 6. (from meet.] Fitness;
This melancholy Aatters, but unmans you; propriety
What is it else but penury of soul, Mickim. 2.5. (from bemicrany, migrain, A lazz trost, a numbness of the mind? Dryden.
megrim, rysugæsiz.] Disorder of the In those deep solitudes and awful cells, head.
Where heav'nly pensive contemplation dwells
And ever musing melancholy reigns. Pope. In
every negrim or vertigo there is an obtene. brations joined with a semblance of turning round. MELANCHOʻLY. adj. (melancholique, Fr.)
Bacon, 1. Gloo.ny; dismal. There sereen'd in shades from day's decested
Think of all our miseries glars,
But as some melancholy dream, which has awak'd Spleen sighs for ever on her pensive bed,
Pain at her side, and negrim at her head. Pope. To the renewing of our joys. Denbam. To MEINE, v. a. fo mingle.
Ainsw. If in the melancholy shades belov., ME'INY. a. s. (menizi, Sax. See MANY.
The flames of friends and lovers cease to glow; Mesnie, Fr.) A retinue ; domestick
Yet mine shall sacred last, mine undecay'd, servants.
Burn on through death, and animate my shade.
Pope. They summon'd up their meiny; serait took horse;
2. Diseased with melancholy ; fanciful ; Corswanded me to follow, and attend. Shaksa habituaily dejected.
How now, sweet Frank; art thou melancholy? As all those things which are most me!S f uend
Shakspeare. are soonest changed into choler and bitterness, so He observes Lamech more melancholy than are our vanities and pleasures converted into the , usual, and imagines it to be froin a suspicion le bitterest sorrows.
Raleigh. has of his wite Adah, whom he loved. Locke.
Innumerous songsters in the freshening shade MELICE'RIS. n. s. [mshornets:]
Of new sprung leaves, their modulations mix Meliceris is a tumour inclosed in a cystis, and Mellifluous.
Thomson's Spring. consisting of matter like honev. If the maiter ME'Llow. adj. (meanipa, soft, Six. Skinresembles milk curds, the tumour is called atieroma; if like honey, meliceris ; and if composed
ner, more nearly froni mollis, molle, mol. of fat, or a suety substance, steatoma. Sburp.
low, mellow : though r is indeed easily MELILOT. niso (melilot, Fr. melilotus,
changed into l in common speech.) Lat.) A plant.
1. Soft with ripeness ; full ripe. TO MELIORATE. v.a. (meliorer, Fr. from
A storm, a robbery, call it what you will,
Shook down my mellow hangings, nay, my melior.) To hetter; to improve.
Sbakspcare. Grafting meliorates the fruit; for that the An apple in my hand works different effects nourishment is better prepared in the stock than
upon my senses: my eye tells me it is green; in the crude earth.
my nose, that it hath a meticw scent; and my But in en we graft, or buds inoculate,
taste, that it is sweet.
Digby. Nature by art we nobly meliurte. Denbam.
A little longer,
And nature drops him down without your sin, should be able so much as to alier or meliorate Like mellow fruit without a winter storm. the humour of an ungrateful person by any acts
Dryden. of kindness.
2. Soft in sound. Castration serves to meliorate the flesh of those
Of seven smooth joints a mellow pipe I hare, beasts that suffer it.
Which with his dying breath Damætas gave.
Dryden. Well must the ground be digg'd and better dress'd,
3. Soft; unctuous. New soil to make, and meliorate the rest. Dryd.
Camomile sheweth mellow grounds fit for MELIORA’TION. n. s. (melioration, fr.
Bacon, from melicrate.] Improvenient; act of 4. Drunk; melted down with drink. bettering.
Greedy of physicians frequent fees,
From female mellow praise he takes degrees. For the melioration of musick there is yet
RoscommoE. much left, in this point of exquisite consorts to
In all thy humours, whether grave or melleer, ury.
Thou’rt such a testy, touchy, pleasant feitos ; MELIO'RITY. n. s. [from melior.] State of
Hast so much wit, and mirth, and spleen about being better. A word very elegant,
thee, but not used.
There is no living with thee, nor witbout thee. Men incline unto them which are softest, and
Addison. least in their way, in despight of them that hold To Me'llow. v.a. [from the adjective. } them hardest to it; so that this colour of me
1. To ripen; to mature; to soften by liorily and pre-eminence is a sign of weakness.
ripeness; to ripen by age. The order and beauty of the inanimate parts
Lord Aubrey Vere of the world, the discernible ends of them, the
Was done to death, and more than so, my mcliority above what was necessary to be, do
father; evince, by a reflex argument, that it is the work
Even in the downfall of his mellow'd years. manship not of blind mechanism, but of an in
Sbakspeare. telligent and benign agent.
The royal tree hath left us royal fruit, TO MELL. v.n. (melır, se meler, French.]
Which mellow'd by the stealing hours of time,
Will well become the seat of majesty. Sbaksp. To mix; to meddle. Obsolete.
On foreign mountains may the sun refine It fathers tits not with such things to mell, The grape's soft juice, and mcilo v it to wine. Spenser.
Addisert Here is a great deal of good matter
2. To soften. I ost for lack of telling : Now I see thou dost but clatter,
They plow in the wheat stubble in DecemHarm may come of melling:
ber; and if the weather prove frosty to allow
it, they do not plow it again țill April. Mortimer. MELLI'FEROUS, adj. Productive of ho.
3. To mature to perfection, ney.
This episode, now the most pleasing enterMELLIFICA’TION. . s. (mellifico, Lat.) tainment of the Æneis, was so accounted in his
The art or practice of making honey ; own age, and before it was mellowed into that production of honey.
reputation which time has given it. Drydenis In judging of the air, many things besides the To ME'LLOW. v. n. To be matured ; to weather ought to be observed: in some coun- ripen. ties, the silence of grass-ho, pers, and art of
Though no stone tell thee what I was, yet thou mellification in bees.
In my grave's inside see'st, what thou art now; NELLA'FLUENCE. n. s. (mel and fiuo, Yer thou'rt not yet so good, till us death lay Lat.) A honied flow; a tuw of sweet. To ripe and mellow there, we're stubborn clay.
Donna. MELLIFLUENT. adj. (mel and fiuo, Lat.] ME'LLOWNESS. n. s. [from mellow.] MELLI'FLUOUS. 3 Flowing with honey; 1. Maturity of fruits ; ripeness ; softness fiowing with sweetness.
by maturity. A mellifluous voice, as I am a true knight. My reason can consider greenness, mellowness,
sweetness, or coldness, singly, and without relas