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Definitions of mess

  1. eat in a mess; in the military
  2. a ( large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax
  3. a meal eaten by service personnel
  4. soft semiliquid food; " a mess of porridge"
  5. a state of confusion and disorderliness; " the house was a mess"; " she smoothed the mussiness of the bed"
  6. make a mess of or create disorder in; " He messed up his room"
  7. eat in a mess hall
  8. Mass; church service.
  9. A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; as, a mess of pottage; also, the food given to a beast at one time.
  10. A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table; as, the wardroom mess.
  11. The milk given by a cow at one milking.
  12. A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; as, he made a mess of it.
  13. To take meals with a mess; to belong to a mess; to eat ( with others); as, I mess with the wardroom officers.
  14. To supply with a mess.
  15. To make a mess of; to disorder or muddle; to muss; to jumble; to disturb.
  16. A number of things of the same kind, ordinarily used or classed together; a collection of articles which naturally complement each other, and usually go together; an assortment; a suit; as, a set of chairs, of china, of surgical or mathematical instruments, of books, etc.
  17. A set of four; - from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner.
  18. A number of persons who eat together, especially soldiers or sailors; the army and navy name for any meal; a state of dirt or confusion; a muddle; a botch.
  19. To eat together; to putter; to make a muddle.
  20. A mixture disagreeable to the sight or taste: a medley: disorder: confusion.
  21. A dish or quantity of food served up at one time: a number of persons who eat together, esp. in the army and navy.
  22. To eat of a mess: to eat at a common table.
  23. A service or dish of food; persons who eat together; disagreeable mixture; embarrassment.
  24. To eat at a common table.
  25. To provide for at a mess; belong to a mess.
  26. A meal.
  27. A number of persons who eat together, as on board ship.
  28. A state of disorder; confusion.
  29. A dish or a quantity of food served up at one time; a number of persons who eat together, as amongst sailors and soldiers.
  30. A confused mixture; a state of dirt and confusion; confusion.
  31. To dirty.
  32. To eat; to eat in company, as seamen.
  33. A dish of food; a quantity of food prepared for a certain number of persons; a mixed mass; in the army and navy, a number of persons who eat together.
  34. To eat together at a common table; to supply with a mess.
  35. A mixture disagreeable to the sight or taste; untidiness; disorder; a situation of distress or difficulty.
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Usage examples for mess

  1. If this isn't a pretty mess! – Hoofbeats on the Turnpike by Mildred A. Wirt
  2. There was a Dutchman in my mess by the name of Lamalfa, who understood but little of English. – California 1849-1913 or the Rambling Sketches and Experiences of Sixty-four Years' Residence in that State. by L. H. Woolley
  3. Now see what a mess I'm in." – Hoofbeats on the Turnpike by Mildred A. Wirt
  4. " Well, the truth of it is, I'm in an awful mess. – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  5. En a mighty nice mess Darkess gwine ter make un it! – Nights With Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris
  6. You've made a mess of things. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  7. Then, Mother, there's a dance tonight in the mess hall. – The Lost Wagon by James Arthur Kjelgaard
  8. Well, it served me right; I might have expected it; I might have guessed the truth, had I given it a moment's thought; but I put my trust in you, Sidney, and a nice mess I have made of it! – Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 3 of 3) by Frederick William Robinson
  9. I hope that I will be lucky enough to escape from this horrible mess, for up to now I have always been lucky. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons
  10. And going further- for he could not help doing that- what was to be the end of the mess? – In And Out by Edgar Franklin
  11. You'm makin' a mess o't- an' I thought 'ee so very clever. – I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  12. Our mess, consisting of Capt. – In and Out of Rebel Prisons by Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
  13. Didn't seem natural t' be stewin' in a mess o' hate like that. – Every Man for Himself by Norman Duncan
  14. I remember so distinctly the first time you told it to us at mess: how we did laugh, to be sure! – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  15. I'm sure it doesn't make a great mess." – Milly and Olly by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  16. Anyway, it's a mess all round. – Joe Wilson and His Mates by Henry Lawson
  17. A nice mess Edie made of things. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  18. It's a shame he has been dragged into a mess like this, that may affect him in ways that he doesn't suspect. – Guy Garrick by Arthur B. Reeve
  19. Tom Robinson is out of the mess. – A Houseful of Girls by Sarah Tytler
  20. The breakfast was a mess when Britt arrived, a half hour late. – When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day
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