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Thou shalt not sell her at all for money ; thou mercy; pitiless; hardhearted; ctuel; shalt not make merchandise of her. Deuteronomy. As for any merchandise you have brought, ve
His mother merciless, shall have your return in merchandise or in gold. Most merciless of women Wyden hight,
Her other son fast sleeping did oppress, So active a people will always have money, And with must cruel hand him murdered pitiwhilst they can send what merchandises they
Spenser please to Mexico.
The toe is merciless, and will not pity. Sbaks. TO MERCHANDISE. V. n. To trade ; to Think not their rage so desperate t'essay traffick; to exercise commerce.
An element more merciless than they. Denbae. The Phænicians, of whose exceeding mercban
What God so mean, dising we read so much in ancient histories were So merciless a tyrant to obey ! Dryden. Canaanites, whose very name signifies mer- Whatever ravages a merciless distemper may chants
Brerewood. com mit, she shall have one man as much her MERCHANT. n. s. (marcband, Fr.] One
adniirer as ever.
Popl who trafficks to remote countries.
The torrent merciless imbihes
Commissions, perquisites, and bribes. Swift. tach'd
MERCILESSLY. adłv. [from merciless.] In Our merchants goods at Bourdeaux. Sbaksp. a manncr void of pity.
The Lord hath given a commandment against MERCILESSNESS. n. s. [from merciless.] the mercbant city to destroy the strong hulds Want of pity. thereof.
Isaiah. The most celebrated merchants in the world MERCUʻRIAL odj. (mercuriolis, Lat.) were situated in the island of Tyre. Addison, 1. Formed under the influence of Mer. ME'RCHANTLY. adj. (trom mercbant.] cury; active ; sprizbily. ME'RCHANTLIKE. Like a merchant. I know the shape of 's leg; this is his hand,
His foot mercurial, his martial thigh
The brawns of Hercules. ME'RCHANT-MAN. n. s. (merchant and
This youth was such a mercurial, as could man.] A ship of trade.
make his own part, if at any time he chanced to Pirates have sair winds and a calm sea, when be out.
Bacon. the just and peaceful merchant-man hath them.
Tully considered the dispositions of a sincere,
Taylor. more ignorant, and less mercurial nation, by In the time of Augustus and Tiberius, the dwelling on the pathetick part. Swift. southern coasts of Spain sent great fleets of merchant-men to Italy.
2. Consisting of quicksilver : as, mercurial ME'RCHANTABLE, adj. (mercabilis, Lat.
medicines. from merchant.] Fit to be bought or
MERCURIFICA’TION. adj. [from mercasold.
ry.] The act of mixing any thing with Why they placed this invention in the beaver, quicksilver. beside the medical and merchantable commodity
I add the ways of mercurification. Beyle. of castor, or parts conceived to be bitten away, MEʻRCURY. n. s. (mercurius, Lat. ) might be the sagacity of that animal. Brown, MERCIABLE. adj. [from mercy.) This
1. The chymist's naine for quicksilver is word in Spenser signifies merciful. Not
The gall of animals and mercury kill worms; used.
and the water in which mercury is boiled has this Nought but well mought him betight:
Arbutbnet. He is so meek, wise, merciable,
2. Sprightly qualities. And with his word his work is convenable.
Thus the mercury of man is fix'd,
Strong grows the virtue with his nature mix'd; ME'RCIFUL. adj. [mercy and full.] Coin
The dross cements what else were too retin'd, passionate; tender; kind; unwilling And in one int’rest body acts with mind. Pofe. to punish ; willing to pity and spare.
3. A news-paper; so called from Mer. Be merciful, O Lord, unto thy people thou hast redeemed.
cury, the intelligencer of the gods. Observe
Ainsworth. His providence, and on him sole depend, 4. It is now applied in cant phrase, to the Merciful over all his works, with good
carriers of news and painphlets. Still overcoming evil.
Milton. MERCURY. n. s. (mercurialis, Lat.) A ME'RCIFULLY. adv. [from merciful.]
plant Tenderly; mildly; with pity; with Herb mercury is of an emollient nature, and compassion.
is eaten in the inanner of spinach, which, when Make the true use of those afflictions which cultivated in a garden, greatly excels. Hill. his hand, mercifully severe, hath been pleased to
MERCURY'S finger. n. s. (bermodactylus, lay upon thee.
Lat.] Wild saffron.
from misericor.lia, Lat.] lencies together is a kind mercifulness to such a
s. Tenderness; goodness; pity; willing: one, as is in his soul devoted to such perfections. ness to spare and save ; clemency; miid.
Sidney. ness; unwillingness to punish, Use the means ordinary and lawful, among Oh heav'n have mercy on me! which mercifulness and liberality is one, to which -I say, amen. the promise of secular wealch is most frequently And have you mercy too? made.
Mercy is not strain'd; MEʻRCILESS. adj. [from mercy.] Void of It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heav'n,
Upon the place beneath. It is twice bless; MERELY. adv. [from mere.] Simply; I blesseth him that gives and bim that takes.
only; thus and no o:her way; for this Sbakspeare.
and for no other end or purpose. Thou, O God, art gracious, longsuffering,
Which thing we ourselves would grant, if the and in meriy ordering all.
use thereof had been merely and only mystical. Examples of justice must be made for terror
Hooker. to sine; examples of mercy for comfort to
These external manners of laments others: the one procures fear, and the other lose.
Are merely shadows to the unseen grief, Good heav'n, whose darling attribute we find
That swells with silence in the tortur'd soul. Is boundless grace,
Sbakspeare. Abhors the cruel.
It is below reasonable creatures to be conver
sant in such diversions as are merely innocent, We adore his undeserved mercy towards us, that he made us the chief of the visible creation.
and have nothing else to recommend them., Bentley
Above a thousand bought his almanack merely 2. Pardon.
to find what he said against me. "Txere a paper lost,
Swift. As offer'd raccy is.
Prize not your life for other ends
Than merely to oblige your friends. Swift.
MERETRICIOUS. adj. (meretricius, That you have ta'en a tardy sluggard here.
meretrix, Lat.] Whorish; such as is I cry thee mercy with all my heart, for sus- practised by prostitutes ; alluring by pecting a friar of the least good-nature. Dryd. false show. 3. Discretion ; power of acting at pleasure. Our degenerate understandings have suffered Condition!
a sad divorce from their dearest object, defile What good condition can a treaty find
themselves with every meretricious semblance, l'th' part that is at mercy?
Shaksp. that the variety of opinion presents them with. The most authentick record of so ancient a
Glanville family should lie at the
Not by affected, meretricious arts, who dings a stone.
But strict harmonious symmetry of parts. A lover is ever complaining of cruelty while
Roscommoni, any thing is denied him; and when the lady Meretri'CIOUSLY. adv. (from meretriceases to be cruel, she is, from the next mo
cious.) Whorishly; after the manner teni, at his mercy,
Swift. of whores. MERCY-SEAT. n. s. (mercy and seat.)
MERETRICIOUSNESS. n. s. [from meriThe mercy-stat was the covering of the ark of the covenant, in which the tables of the law
tricious.] False allurement like those of were deposited: it was of gold, and at its two strumpets. ends were fixed the two cherubims, of the same MERIDIAN. n. s. (meridien, Fr. meri. metal, which with their wings extended for- dies, Lat.) wards, seemed to form a throne for the majesty
1. Noon; midday. oi God, who in scripture is represented as sit- He promis'd in his East a glorious race, ting between the cherubims, and the ark was
Now sunk from his meridian, sets apace. Dingido his footstool : it was from hence that God gave
e. The line drawn from north to south, his oracles to Moses, or to the high priest that consulted him.
which the sun crosses at noon. Make a mercy-seat of pure gold. Exodus. The true meridian is a circle passing through MERE. adj. (merus, Lat.] That or this
the poles of the world, and the zenith or vertex only ; such and nothing else; this only.
of any place, exactly dividing the cast from the
Brown. Scotland hath foisons to fill up your will
The sun or moon, rising or setting, our idea Of your mere own.
Sbakspeare. I have engag'd myself to a dear friend,
represents bigger than when on the meridian.
Watts. Engag'd my friend to his mere enemy, To feed my means.
. 3. The particular place or state of any The mere Irish were not admitted to the be- thing. nefit of the laws of England, until they had
All other knowledge merely serves the con
purchased charters of denization. Dav.on Ireland. cerns of this life, and is fitted to the meridiah
From mere success nothing can be concluded thereof; they are such as will be of little use to in favour of any nation upon whom it is be
a separate soul.
Atterbury. 4. The highest point of glory or power. What if the head, the eye, or ear repin'd, I've touch'd the highest point of all my greate To serve mere engines to the ruling mind. Pope.
ness, Let eastern tyrants from the light of heav'n Seclude their bosom slaves, meanly possess'd I haste now to my setting. Shakspeare. Of a mere, lifeless, violated form. Thomson.
Your full majesty at once breaks forth MERE or Mer, in the beginning, middle, In the meridian of your reign. Waller. or end, signify the same with the Saxon
Meri'DIAN. adj. mene, a pool or lake.
Gibson. MERE. 2. š. (mere, Saxon.]
1. Being at the point of noon.
Sometimes tow'rds Eden, which now in his 1. A pool ; commonly a large pool or
view lake: as, Winander mere.
Lay pleasant, his griev'd look he fixeš sad; Mere stored both with fish and fowl. Camden. Sometimes tow'rds heav'n, and the full blazing 2. A boundary.
sun, The mislayer of a mere-stone is to blame; but
Which now sat high ini his meridian tow'r. it is the unjust judge that is the capital remover
Milton. of land-marks, who defineth amiss of lands. 2. Extended from north to south.
Bacon, Compare the meridion Line afforded by magnis VOL.III
of my .
tical needles with one mathematically drawn, The war that hath such a foundation will not observe the variation of the needle, or its decli- ply be reputed just, but holy and meritorious. nation from the true meridian line. Boyle.
Ruleigh. 3. Rused to the highest point.
Sufficient means of redemption and salvation, MERIDIONAL, adj. (meridional, Fr.] by the satisfactory and meritorious disth and
obedience of the incarnate Son of God, Jesus 3. Southern.
Christ, God blessed for ever. Sanderrer, In the southern coast of America and Africa,
This is not only the most prudent, but the the southern point varieth toward the land, as
most meritorious charity, which we can practise. being disposed that way by the meridional or
Addison. proper hemisphere.
MERITOʻRIOUSLY. adv. (from marito. 2. Sutherly; having a southern aspect. All offices that require heat, as kitchens, stil.
rious.) In such a manner as to deserve latories, and stoves, should be meridional. Wott. reward. MERIDIONA’LITY. n. s. (from meridio
He carried bimself meritoriously in foreign nal.] Position in the south ; aspect
employments in time of the interdict, which toward the south,
held up his credit among the patriots. Wottos.
MERITO'RIOUSNESS. n. š. (trom meritaMeri'DIONALLY.adv. [from meridional.]
rious.] The act or state of deserving In the direction of the meridian.
well. The Jews, not willing to lie as their temple stood, do place their bed from north to south,
There was a full persuasion of the high merie and delight to slep meridionally. Brown.
toriousness of what they did; but still there was
no law of God to ground it upon, and conseME'RIT. n. s. [meritum, Lat. meriti, Fr.]
quently it was not conscience.
Soutb. 1. Desert ; excellence deserving honour MERITOT. n. s. Coscillum, Lat.) A kind or reward.
Ainsworth. She deem'd I well deserv'd to die,
ME'RLIN, 1.s. A kind of hawk.
Not yielding over to old age his country deWith manners gen’rous as his noble blood;
lights, he was at that time following a merlin, To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known, Me’RMAID. n.s. (mer, the sea ; and maid.]
Sidney And ev'ry author's merit but his own, Pape. The valu'd nothing less
A sea woman; an animal with a wo. Than titles, figure, shape, and dress;
man's head and fish's tail. That merit should be chiefly plac'd
I'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall. In judgment, knowledge, wit, and taste. Swift.
Sbakspeare. 2. Reward deserved.
Thou romembrest, Those laurel groves, the merits of thy youth,
Since once I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, Thy sword did godlike liberty maintain. Prior. That the rude sea grew civil at her song. Sbac 3. Claim; right; character with respect Did sense persuade Ulysses not to hear to desert of good or evil.
The mermaids songs, which so his men did please, You have the captives; use them
That they were all persuaded, through the ear, As we shall find their merits and our safety
To quit the ship and leap into the seas? Devils. May equally determine.
Few eyes have escaped the picture of a mere As I am studious to promote the honour of
maid: Horace his monster, with woman's head my native country, I put Chaucer's merits to the
above and fishy extremity below, answers the tría!, by turning some of the Canterbury Tales
shape of the ancient syrens that attempted upoa into our language.
Brown. When a point hath been well examined, and
ME'RMAID'S TRUMPET. N.S. A kind of our own judgment settled, after a large survey fish.
Ainsworth. of the merits of the cause, it would be a weak. ME'RRILY. adv. [from merry.) Gayly; ness to continue fluttering.
រ To Me'rit. v. a. (meriter, Fr.]
gayety; with laughter. 1. To deserve; to have a right to claim Merrily, merrily, shall we live now, any thing as deserved.
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough. Amply have merited of me, of all
Sbakspeare. Th’internal empire.
When men come to borrow of your masters, A man at best is uncapable of meriting cuny.
they approach sadly, and go away merrily. Sbab. thing from God.
á paisan of France thinks of no more than his
coarse bread and his onions, his canvass clothes 2. To deserve ; to earn: it is used gene- and wooden shoes, labours contentedly on work. rally of good, but sometimes of ill.
ing days, and dances or plays merrily on holiWhatsoever jewels I have merited, I am sure days.
Temple I lave received none, unless experience be a Merrily sing, and sport, and play, jewed; that I have purchased at an infinite rate. For 'tis Oriana's nuptial day. Granville. If such rewards to vanquish'd men are due,
Shakspeare. MERRIMAKE. n. s. [merry and make.] A What prize may Nisus from your bounty claim,
festival; a meeting for mirth ; merry Who merited the first rewards, and fame? Dryd.
pranks. MERITO'Rious. adj. [meritoire, Fr. from
Thenot now nis the time of merrymalı, merit.] Deserving of reward; high in
Nor Pan to herie, nor with love to play, desert.
Sike mirth in May is meetest for to make,
Or summer shade, under the cocked hay. Spers. Instead of so great and meritorious a service, in
The knight did not forbear, bringing all the Irish to acknowledge the king Her honest mirth and pleasure to partake, for their liege, they did great hurt. Spenser But when he saw her gibe, and toy, and geare,
And pass the bounds of modest merrimahe,
Alas, of ghosts I hear the ghastly cries; Her dalliance he despised. Fairy Queen. Yet there, mescems, I hear her singing loud. TO MERRIMAKE. v.a. To feast; to be
Meseem'd by my side a royal maid, With chee 'twas Marian's dear delight
Her dainty limbs full softly dowu did lay. To moil all day, and merrizake at night. Gay.
To that general subjection of the land meseems ME'RRIMENT. n. s. (from merry.) Mirth;
that the custom or tenure can be no bar nor imgayety; cheerfulness; laughter.
Spenser. Who when they heard that piteous strained MEsenterick. adj. [mesenterique, Fr,
voice, In haste forsook their rural merriment. F. Queen.
from mesentery.] Relating to the niesenA number of merriments and jests, wherewith
tery. they have pleasantly moved much laughter at They are carried into the glands of the meour manner of serving God.
Hooker. sentery, receiving a fine lymph from the lymMethought it was the sound
phatick ducts, which dilutes this chylous fluid, Of riot and ill-managed retriment. - Milton. and scours its containing vessels, which, from
the mesenterick glands, unite in large channels, ME'RRINESS. n. s. (from merry.) Mirth; and pass directly into the common receptacle of merry disposition.
Cbeync. The stile shall give us cause to climb in the ME'SENTERY. n.s. [meçsetiquor; mesene merriness.
Shakspeare. tere, Fr.] That round which the guts JERRY. adj.
are convolved. 1. Laughing; loudly cheerful; gay of When the chyle passeth through the mesexheart.
tery, it is mixed with the lymph. Arbuthnet. They drank and were merry with him. Gen. MesERA'ICK. n. s. [uscápasov ; meseraique, The vine languisheth, all the
Fr. analogy requires it mesaraick.] Be. sigh.
Isaiab. Some that are of an ill and melancholy na
longing to the mesentery.
It taketh leave of the permanent parts at the ture, incline the company into which they come to be sad and ill-diposed ; and others that are
mouths of the mescraicks, and accompanieth the of a jovial nature, do dispose the company to be
inconvertible portion into the siege. Brown. merry and cheerful.
The most subtle part of the chyle passerh imMan is the merries! species of the creation;
mediately into the blood by the absorbent vese all above and below him are serious. Addison.
sels of the guts, which discharge themselves, into the mescraick veins.
Arbuthnot. 2. Causing laughter.
You kili'd her husband, and for that vile fault MESH. n. s. [maesche, Dutch; mache, old Two of her brothers were condemn'd to death; Fr. it were therefore better written, as it
My hand cut off, and made a merry jest. Sbaksp. is commonly pronounced, mash.] The 3. Prosperous.
interstice of a net; the space between In my small pinnace I can sail,
the threads of a net. Contemning all the blast'ring roar; And running with a merry gale,
The drovers hang square nets athwart the With friendly stars my safety
tide, through which the shoal of pilchard pasWithin some little winding creek,
sing, leave many behind entangled in the measbes.
Carew. And see the storm ashore. Dryden.
Such a hare is madness the youth, to skip o'er To make MERRY. To junket ; to be jovial. the meshes of good counsel the cripple. Shaksp.
They urod the grapes and made merry, and He spreads his subtle nets from sight, went into the house of their God. Judges. With twinkling glasses to betray
A fox 'spy'd a bevy of jolly, gossiping wenches The larks that in the mesbes light. Dryden. making merry over a dish of pullets. L'Estrange. With all their mouths the nerves the spirits MERRY-A'NDREW. n. s. A buffoon; a
Which through the cells of the fine strainers zany; a jack-pudding.
Blackmore, ME'RRYTHOUGHT. n. s. [merry and To MESH. . a. [from the noun.] 'To
tbougbt.) 'A forked bone on the body catch in a net; to ensnare.
From her clear eyes, rich jewels were, rity of marriage.
They so like diamonds shone. Drayton. Let him not be breaking merrythoughts under ME'SHY. adj. [f:om mesh.] Reticulated ; the table with my cousin.
Ecbard. of network.
Some build his house, but thence his issue ME'RSION. n. s. (mersio, Lat.] The act of
barre, sinking, or thrusting over head. Ainsw.
Some make his mesby bed, but reave his rest. MESE'EMS. impersonal verb. (me and
Carew. seems, or it seems to me: for this word it Caught in the meshy snare, in vain they beat is now too common to use met hinks or
Their idle wings.
Thomson. Tretbougbt, an ungrammatical word.) I Me’slin. n. s. (from mesler, Fr. to mix ; think; it appears to me.
or rather corruptedly pronounced for
of , }
mescellane. See MASLIN.] Mixed corn : who carries an errand; one who comes as, wheat and rye.
from another to a third ; one who brings What reason is there which should but induce, an account or 'foretoken of any thing; and therefore much less enforce, us to think,
a harbinger; a forerunner. that care of old dissimilitude between the people of God and the heathen nations about them,
Came running in, much like a man dismaid,
A messenger with letters, which his message said. was any more the cause of forbidding them to
Spenser. put on garments of sundry stuff, than of charge
Yon grey lines, ing them withal not to sow their fields with
That fret the clouds, are messengers of day. Sbak. meslin.
Hooker. If worke for the thresher ye mind for to have,
The earl dispatched messengers one after anOf wheat and of mestlin unthreshed go save. Tus.
other to the king, with an account of what he MESOLEU'CYS. n. s. (ucróneux@..) A
heard and believed he saw, and yet thought not fit to stay for an answer.
Clarendor. precious stone, black, with a streak of
Joy touch'd the messenger of heav'n; he stay'd white in the middle.
Dict. Entranc'd, and all the blissful haunt survey'd. Meso’LOGARITHMS. n. s. [ué-o, aby óyou,
Pope. and appr@..] The logarithms of the MESSI'AH. n. s. [from the Hebrew.] cosines and tangents, so denominated
The Anointed ; the Christ; the sa. by Kepler.
viour of the world ; the Prince of peace. MesoʻMELAS. 1. s. [uscouénæs.] A pre
Great and public opposition the magistrates
made against Jesus, the man of Nazareth, when cious stone with a black vein parting
he appeared as the Messiah.
Wetis. every colour in the midst.
Bailey. MESSIEURS. K. s. [French, plural of ME'SPISE. n. 5. (probably misprinted for monsieur.1 Sirs; gentlemen. mesprise ; mespris, Fr.] Contempt ; Mé'ssmate. n. s. (mess and mate. ] One
who eats at the same table. Mammon was much displeas'd, yet not he
MESSU AGE. n. s. (messuagium, law Lat. chose But bear the rigour of his bold mespise,
formed perhaps from mesnage by misAnd thence him forward led, him further to
take of the n in court-hand for u, they entice.
Spenser. being written alike; mesnage from mai. MESS. n. s. (mes, old French; messo, Ita- son, Fr.] The house and ground set
lian ; missus, Latin ; mes, Gothick ; apart for household uses.
A set of well meaning gentlemen in England, The bountcous huswife, nature, on each bush
not to be met with in other countries, take it Lays her full mess before you. Sbakspo
for granted they can never be wrong so long Now your traveller,
as they oppose ministers of state. Addis. Freeb. He and his toothpick at my worship's mess.
MeraGRAʼMMATISM, n. s. [rile and
Slakspear.. γράμμα.] I had as lief you should tell me of a mess of 'Anagrammatism, or metagrammatism, is a porridge.
Sbakspeare. dissolution of a name truly written into its letHerbs and other country messes,
ters, as its elements, and a new connexion of it Which the neat-handed Phillis dresses. Milton. by artificial transposition, without addition, sub
Had either of the crimes been cooked to traction, or change of any letter into different their palates, they might have changed messes. words, making some perfect sense applicable to
Decoy of Piety.
passes from one thing to another. Dict. MESSAGE. n. š. (message, Fr.) An er.
META BOLA. 1.5. [metabonn.] In medirand; any thing committed to another
cine, a change of time, air, or disease. to be told to a third.
METACA'RPAL. a.lj. [from metacarpus.] She doth displav
Dici. The gate with pearls and rubies richly dight,
Belonging to the metacarpus. Through which her words so wise do make
It will facilitate the separation in the joint, their way,
when you cut the finger from the metacarpal
bone. To bear the message of her gentle spright.
METACARPUs. η. 5. [μετακάρπιον.] In May one, that is a herald and a prince, anatomy, a bone of the arm made up Do a fair message to his kingly ears. Shaksp. of four' bones, which are joined to the She is fair, and, fairer than that wiprd,
Dist. Of wond'rous virtues; sometimes from her eyes
The conjunction is called synarthrosis; as in I did receive fair speechless messages. Sbaksp.
the joining of the carpus to the metacurgus. Gently hast thou toid
Wisconare Thy message, which might clse in telling wound, METAL. n. s. [metal, Fr. metallur, Lat.] And in performing end us.
Milton. Let the minister be low, his interest inconsi
1. A firm, heavy, and hard substance, derable, the world will suffer for his sake; the
opake, fusible by fire, and concreting message will still find reception according to the again when cold into a solid body, such dignity of the messenger.
as it was before, which is malleable The welcome message made, was soon re- under the hammer, and is of a bright,
ceiv'd; 'Twas to be wish'd and hop'd, but scarce be
glossy, and glittering substance where liey'd.
ne:vly cut or broken. The metals are MA'SSENGER. , s. [messager, Fr.] One six in number i 1. gold ; 2. silver ; 34