3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

M \M\, noun

1. (Print.) A quadrat, the face or top of which is a perfect square; also, the size of such a square in any given size of type, used as the unit of measurement for that type: 500 m's of pica would be a piece of matter whose length and breadth in pica m's multiplied together produce that number. [Written also {em}.]

2. (law) A brand or stigma, having the shape of an M, formerly impressed on one convicted of manslaughter and admitted to the benefit of clergy.

{M roof} (Arch.), a kind of roof formed by the junction of two common roofs with a valley between them, so that the section resembles the letter M.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

M \M\ ([e^]m).

1. M, the thirteenth letter of the English alphabet, is a vocal consonant, and from the manner of its formation, is called the labio-nasal consonant. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 178-180, 242.

Note: The letter M came into English from the Greek, through the Latin, the form of the Greek letter being further derived from the Ph[oe]nician, and ultimately, it is believed, from the Egyptian. Etymologically M is related to n, in lime, linden; emmet, ant; also to b. M is readily followed by b and p. the position of the lips in the formation of both letters being the same. The relation of b and m is the same as that of d and t to n. and that of g and k to ng.

2. As a numeral, M stands for one thousand, both in English and Latin.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units [syn: {thousand}, {one thousand}, {1000}, {m}, {k}]


1: the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards) [syn: {meter}, {metre}, {m}]

2: concentration measured by the number of moles of solute per liter of solution [syn: {molarity}, {molar concentration}, {M}]

3: the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100 [syn: {thousand}, {one thousand}, {1000}, {M}, {K}, {chiliad}, {G}, {grand}, {thou}, {yard}]

4: a unit of information equal to 1000 kilobytes or 10^6 (1,000,000) bytes [syn: {megabyte}, {M}, {MB}]

5: a unit of information equal to 1024 kibibytes or 2^20 (1,048,576) bytes [syn: {megabyte}, {mebibyte}, {M}, {MB}, {MiB}]

6: the 13th letter of the Roman alphabet [syn: {M}, {m}]

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