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Definitions of mace

  1. ( trademark) a liquid that temporarily disables a person; prepared as an aerosol and sprayed in the face, it irritates the eyes and causes dizziness and immobilization
  2. a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority
  3. spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed
  4. an official who carries a mace of office
  5. A money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael; also, a weight of 57. 98 grains.
  6. A kind of spice; the aril which partly covers nutmegs. See Nutmeg.
  7. A staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an ensign of his authority.
  8. An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority.
  9. A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple.
  10. A rod for playing billiards, having one end suited to resting on the table and pushed with one hand.
  11. 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.
  12. A potent eye, throat, and skin irritant. One of its uses is as a riot control agent.
  13. A large and heavy staff usually topped by a crown; a staff carried by or before an official as a symbol of authority; a person who bears such a staff; a kind of aromatic spice consisting of the dried covering of the nutmeg.
  14. Arillus myristicae, the arillode, or husk, surrounding the nutmeg; employed for the same purposes as nutmeg.
  15. Condiment; mild narcotic, obtained from myristica.
  16. A staff used as an ensign of authority: the heavier rod used in billiards: formerly, a weapon of offence, consisting of a staff headed with a heavy spiked ball of iron.
  17. A spice, the second coat of the nutmeg.
  18. A metallic club; ensign of authority; aromatic inner coat of the nutmeg.
  19. A club- shaped staff of office; an officer who carries it.
  20. A spice made from the covering of the nutmeg- seed.
  21. A kind of club; an ensign of authority borne before magistrates; the heavier rod used in billiards.
  22. A spice; the external envelope of the seed of the nutmeg.
  23. The insignia of authority in the form of a club, and generally surmounted by a crown, borne before high officials, as mayors, lord provosts, the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Lord Chancellor, & c.; anciently, a weapon of war in the form of a club; the heavy rod used at billiards.
  24. A spice; the aril or second coat of the nutmeg.
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Quotes of mace

  1. Bring on your tear gas, bring on your grenades, your new supplies of Mace your state troopers and even your national guards. But let the record show we ain't going to be turned around. – Ralph Abernathy

Usage examples for mace

  1. A large tea- spoonful of powdered mace and cinnamon. – Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry Cakes, and Sweetmeats by Miss Leslie
  2. On the other hand, if the noble first President of the Royal Society could revisit the upper air and once more gladden his eyes with a sight of the familiar mace he would find himself in the midst of a material civilisation more different from that of his day, than that of the seventeenth was from that of the first century. – Autobiography and Selected Essays by Thomas Henry Huxley
  3. Miss Mace can replace you for the next few hours- and I may need you more tomorrow. – The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
  4. There was a good quantity of mace among the nutmegs, but we did not stand to make much allowance. – The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton by Daniel Defoe
  5. Or, maybe, all is bright with pleasure- seeking crowds and ladies decked in all their bravery, and just a glimpse is caught of scarlet and of black, with gleam of silver mace as the Vice- Chancellor's procession goes to give degrees. – Oxford by Frederick Douglas How
  6. First Scotty- then you- then Mis' Mace – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  7. Swinging his heavy mace he urged Sharatz against his foes, and in a very short time all were hurled to the ground. – Hero Tales and Legends of the Serbians by Woislav M. Petrovitch
  8. As soon as he has been chosen, the mace is placed on the table before him, as a symbol of his authority and a token that the Commons are sitting as a House. – The Government of England (Vol. I) by A. Lawrence Lowell
  9. When we can stand tyranny no longer, it will be seen whether good bayonets in Saxon hands will not be more than a match for a mace and a majority. – George Brown by John Lewis
  10. The youngest struck him a blow on the head with his mace bound his hands, and casting a rope round his neck, dragged him along in the presence of crowds of people. – Persian Literature, Volume 1,Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan by Anonymous
  11. Columbus came riding on horseback, as befitted a great Admiral and Viceroy, surrounded by his pilots and principal officers; and followed by men bearing golden belts, golden masks, nuggets of gold and dust of gold, and preceded by heralds, pursuivants, and mace bearers. – Christopher Columbus, Complete by Filson Young
  12. Put to them a few onions, a handful of herbs, three blades of mace a pint of stock, and a glass or two of sherry. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  13. So we all up to the lobby; and between eleven and twelve o'clock, were called in, with the mace before us, into the House, where a mighty full House; and we stood at the bar, namely, Brouncker, Sir J. Minnes, Sir T. Harvey, and myself, W. Pen being in the House, as a Member. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  14. Then put it into a barrel, and take Cloves, Mace Cinamon, and Nutmegs, as much as will please your taste, and beat them altogether; put them into a linnen bag, and hang it with a thread in the barrel. – The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened by Kenelm Digby
  15. And in her long wet hair were the white flowers of the water- violet, and she held a reed mace in her hand. – The Art of the Story-Teller by Marie L. Shedlock
  16. If he had been thy guest, why with his mace Cow- headed, has he done such violence? – Persian Literature, Volume 1,Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan by Anonymous
  17. Tom and his little ladies were received with due ceremony by the Lord Mayor and the Fathers of the City, in their gold chains and scarlet robes of state, and conducted to a rich canopy of state at the head of the great hall, preceded by heralds making proclamation, and by the Mace and the City Sword. – The Prince and The Pauper, Part 3. by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  18. Polixena- he read; but hardly had he seized the sense of the words when a hand fell on his shoulder, and a stern- looking man in a cocked hat, and bearing a kind of rod or mace pronounced a few words in Venetian. – The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 2 (of 10) by Edith Wharton
  19. Throw some salt over, and put them into a stewpan with mace and pepper. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  20. He held a wooden mace in his hand, and turning to a tablet of many- coloured squares, with a number on each of the squares, that stood near him on a chair, he repeated a form of words. – Ideas of Good and Evil by William Butler Yeats