• Cinq-mars and de Thou Going to Execution——215
    Cinq-mars and de Thou Going to Execution——215
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Mars a small reddish planet that is the 4th from the sun and is periodically visible to the naked eye; minerals rich in iron cover its surface and are responsible for its characteristic color "Mars has two satellites"
    • n Mars (Roman mythology) Roman god of war and agriculture; father of Romulus and Remus; counterpart of Greek Ares
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mars is the home of Olympus Mons, the largest known volcano in our solar system
    • Mars (Astron) One of the planets of the solar system, the fourth in order from the sun, or the next beyond the earth, having a diameter of about 4,200 miles, a period of 687 days, and a mean distance of 141,000,000 miles. It is conspicuous for the redness of its light.
    • Mars (Rom. Myth) The god of war and husbandry.
    • Mars (Alchemy) The metallic element iron, the symbol of which ♂ was the same as that of the planet Mars.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name "Snickers" for the popular candy bar was named after a horse that the Mars family owned
    • n Mars A Latin deity, identified at an early period by the Romans with the Greek Ares, with whom he had originally no connection. He was principally worshiped as the god of war, and as such bore the epithet Gradivus; but he was earlier regarded as a patron of agriculture, which procured him the title of Silvanus, and as the protector of the Roman state, in virtue of which he was called Quirinus. In works of art Mars is generally represented as of a youthful but powerful figure, armed with the helmet, shield, and spear; in other examples he is bearded and heavily armed. See cut under Ares.
    • n Mars The planet next outside the earth in the solar system. Its diameter (about 4,200 miles) is only 0.53 that of the earth, its superficies 0.28, and its volume 0.147. Its mean density is 0.71 that of the earth, so that the density of its crust may very likely be about the same as the earth's; but the weight of a given mass at the surface of Mars is only three eighths of the weight of the same mass on the earth. The strength of materials is therefore relatively much greater there, and mountains, animals, and buildings would naturally be much larger. The mean distance from the sun is 141,500,000 miles. The eccentricity of its orbit is very much greater than that of the earth, being 0.093 in place of 0.017; the inclination of its equator to its orbit is about the same. Its day is half an hour longer than ours. Its year is 687 of our days. The surface of Mars has been carefully mapped, and is characterized by the predominance of land and the great number of canals or straits. Its color is strikingly red. Its climate is, perhaps, not very different from that of the earth. It has two moons, discovered by Professor Asaph Hall in Washington in 1877, conformably to the prediction of Kepler, and realizing the fancies of Swift and of Voltaire. The inner of these, Phobos, revolves in less than 8 hours, so that to an observer on the planet it rises in the west and sets in the east; the outer, Deimos, revolves in 30 hours, so that it appears nearly stationary for a long time. The symbol of Mars is ♂, which seems to show the shield and spear of the god.
    • n Mars In old chemistry, iron.
    • n Mars In heraldry, the tincture red, when blazoning is done by the planets: see blazon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest volcano known is on Mars: Olympus Mons, 370 miles wide and 79,000 feet high, is almost three times higher than Mount Everest
    • n Mars märz the Roman god of war: the planet next to the earth in the order of distance from the sun.
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  • Victor Hugo
    “Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.”
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    “They are as much for Mars, as for Mercury; as well qualified for war, as for business.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    “A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.”
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “The intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.”
  • Seneca
    “So enjoy present pleasures as to not mar those to come.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Mars, gen. Martis, archaic Mavors, gen. Mavortis,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. Mars, Martis.


In literature:

We've got to blast off for Mars in half an hour and we haven't got our gear packed.
"The Space Pioneers" by Carey Rockwell
This act will not mar the reputation of a true leader, one whom they can emulate, and in whom they have confidence.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
The earth is moving relatively to Mars and is rotating.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
Its poetry seems marred by the rude touch of the actual.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
Mars Jasper'll git arter you.
"The Starbucks" by Opie Percival Read
Two were from Venus and one was from Mars.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
Behind it, to one side, Mars floated like the red tip of a smoldering cigar in the blackness.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Probably they are not dancing on Mars, but are getting ready to make us dance.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putman Serviss
Father Hullin died of the pilmonary; mar died next.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
On the Champ de Mars I found troops returned from Clamart.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère

In poetry:

For a chance to make your little much,
To gain a lover and lose a friend,
Venture the tree and a myriad such,
When nothing you mar but the year can mend:
But a last leaf—-fear to touch!
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
By the still pool of Mar-nan-otha
Have I found me a bride
That was a dog-wood tree some syne.
She hath called me from mine old ways
She hath hushed my rancour of council,
Bidding me praise
"La Fraisne" by Ezra Pound
Yes, here He dwelt and dreamed: and there,
Gleams Porto Venere the fair,
The mockery of a name.
Where fervent Venus once was Queen,
Hot Mars now ravishes the scene,
And fans a fiercer flame.
"At Shelley’s House At Lerici" by Alfred Austin
To make some thing: the old want dark and deep,
The thirst of men, the hunger of the stars,
Since first it tinged even the Eternal's sleep,
With monstrous dreams of trees and towns and mars.
"Another Tattered Rhymster In The Ring" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The silken softness of your hair
Where faint bronze shadows are,
Your strangely slight and youthful air,
No passions seem to mar,--
Oh, why, since Fate has made you fair,
Must Fortune keep you far?
"Three Songs Of Zahir-u-Din" by Laurence Hope
It is under the small, dim, summer star.
I know not who these mute folk are
Who share the unlit place with me—
Those stones out under the low-limbed tree
Doubtless bear names that the mosses mar.
"Ghost House" by Robert Frost

In news:

Curiosity rover hit the perfect spot on Mars, scientists say.
The tension was palpable in the control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the minutes leading up to the Aug 5 landing of the Mars rover Curiosity.
If you ask me, this whole Mars thing has been oversold.
Adjusting to 'Mars time' with coffee, naps, and bright blue light .
I whipped through Blue Monday (Viking/Pamela Dorman, Mar.
Mars Rover Curiosity Team Includes "Mohawk Guy" and Former Rock 'n' Roller.
He has 10,000 new followers on Twitter after Monday's touchdown of the Mars rover.
The event is hosted every year by the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club and is a fundraiser for the club's many youth programs and humanitarian projects.
Media Rachel Swan — Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM.
Published Tue, Mar 20, 2012 4:09 pm Dateline.
Updated Thursday, Mar 17 at 1:07 PM.
Updated Thursday, Mar 17 at 10:07 AM.
So far the Giro d'Italia has had two sprint stages, both marred by crashes in the final few hundred meters.
00 AM Monday Mar 28, 2011.
Literary Guide to London — by Verlyn Klinkenborg, Published Mar 2010.

In science:

This problem is very timely, as it is also confirmed by the very recent exam by Mar´ın-Franch et al. (2009b) of the influence, of CNO and helium variations, on the relative age determination of GCs, purely from a theoretical point of view.
The influence of the C+N+O abundances on the determination of the relative ages of Globular Clusters: the case of NGC 1851 and NGC 6121 (M4)
Let us look at the final comparison between the two clusters under discussion in the analysis of De Angeli et al. (2005) and Mar´ın-Franch et al. (2009a) summarized in Table 1.
The influence of the C+N+O abundances on the determination of the relative ages of Globular Clusters: the case of NGC 1851 and NGC 6121 (M4)
Here we report the result for the Carretta & Gratton (1997) abundances, and for the models by Cassisi et al. (2004) in De Angeli, and by Dotter et al. (2007) in Mar´ın-Franch.
The influence of the C+N+O abundances on the determination of the relative ages of Globular Clusters: the case of NGC 1851 and NGC 6121 (M4)
The comparison in Figs. 1 and 2 has shown that the two clusters we are considering may differ in age by about 2 Gyr (as found by Mar´ın-Franch et al. 2009a).
The influence of the C+N+O abundances on the determination of the relative ages of Globular Clusters: the case of NGC 1851 and NGC 6121 (M4)
The eigenvalue density of the matrix (1/T )ξ ξ T is known to converge to the Marˇcenko-Pastur law ρ∗ (λ) = p(λ+ − λ)(λ − λ− )/(2πrλ), where λ± = (1 ± r)2 and r = N/T in the limit N → ∞, r = const [Mar67].
Heavy-tailed random matrices