• A bargain, I assure you, ma'am
    A bargain, I assure you, ma'am
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n MA a master's degree in arts and sciences
    • n MA a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
    • n ma informal terms for a mother
    • n mA one thousandth of an ampere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first lighthouse built in the USA was in Boston, MA in 1716
    • Ma A child's word for mother.
    • conj Ma (Mus) But; -- used in cautionary phrases; as, “Vivace, ma non troppo presto” (i. e., lively, but not too quick.
    • Ma In Oriental countries, a respectful form of address given to a woman; mother.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word for "name" in Japanese is "na-ma-e," in Mongolian "nameg."
    • ma A Middle English form of mo.
    • n ma A shorter or childish form of mama.
    • ma In music, but: used especially in the phrase ma non troppo, but not too much, to limit various indications of musical tempo and style, as allegro ma non troppo, quick, but not too much so, etc.
    • n ma A sling used by Polynesian islanders, made from finely braided fibers of cocoanut-husk or of similar material.
    • n ma An abbreviation of Master of Applied Science.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ma a childish contraction for mamma.
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  • Bob Dylan
    “Although the masters make the rules for the wise men and the fools got nothing, Ma, to live up to.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “Heat, ma am! It was so dreadful here that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Mamma


In literature:

I was meaning to tell ma!
"Captain Horace" by Sophie May
Pa and Ma are going to enter me in the Sunday school.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
Yes, ma'am, the flowers have come.
"Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911: The New York Idea" by Langdon Mitchell
Aw 'deed, yes, ma'am; and it's shocking the stories he's telling me.
"Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon 1893" by Hall Caine
I reckon you c'n forgive me, now, ma'am.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Donnez de ma part 100,000 kind regards a Madame Dickens.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Mr. Bertram never forgets anything, ma'am.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Having exhausted the subject of offspring, Ma Watts flashed a direct question.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
Were they neighbours of your own, ma'am?
"The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays" by William B. Yeats
I think ma might speak to pa about Captain Katskill instead of her stupid poetry!
"Three Hats" by Alfred Debrun

In poetry:

A stalwart of the days gone by,
That soon the days should chill;
Dear ma, somewhere those eyes must wear
A gleam of summer still.
"Memory of Mother" by Frank Barbour Coffin
'You want to see my Pa, I spose?'
'Wall, no; I come designin'--'
'To see my Ma? She's sprinklin' clo'es
Agin to-morrow's i'nin'.'
"High-Worthy Mister!" by James Russell Lowell
"you want to see my Pa, I s'pose?"
"Wal…no…I come dasignin'"—
"To see my Ma? She's sprinklin' clo'es
Agin to-morrer's i'nin'."
"The Courtin'" by James Russell Lowell
An' Sis she alluz say they wuz
A' Old Kriss--an' she alluz does.
But ef they is a' Old Kriss, why,
When's Chris'mus, Ma she alluz cry?
"A Dubious "Old Kriss"" by James Whitcomb Riley
"La mia man non distrugge, ma trasforma;
"Apportatrice di vita indefessa,
"La Materia non muor; muta la forma,
"Ma la creta e` la stessa."
"Circolo" by Ferdinando Fontana
The sisters, cousins, aunts, and niece,
And widowed Ma of CAPTAIN REECE,
Attended there as they were bid;
It was their duty, and they did.
"Captain Reece" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Our pundits debate disaster relief snags, Paula Jones, double standards in military sexual conduct, and the possible nomination of Gov Bill Weld (MA) as US ambassador to Mexico.
Kelvin Ma for The New York Times.
HaKol Hayehudi reports that on Friday evening, two Jewish men were walking to the Ma'aleh Hazeitim neighborhood after praying at the Kotel when they were.
Peter Parker's on top of the world, Ma.
3 Washington St, Hudson, MA, United States, 01749.
Visit Our Web Site Send Us Email Tel: 1 508 487-3332 158 Commercial St Across from The Boatslip Provincetown, MA 02657 In the Charming West end of town.
The Moorlands Inn N.Truro, MA 02652 An artistic bed and breakfast in a Victorian Captain's House.
Annual launching event at Jamaica Pond in Boston, MA, USA by Boston Family Boat Building and the students of the Dennis Haley Pilot School.
Spare Time Lanes 525 Pleasant St Northampton, MA, 413 584-4830.
30 Julio Dr, Shrewsbury, MA, United States, 01545.
22 Pratts Mill Road, Sudbury, MA, United States, 01776.
In this week's parshah Moshe Rabbeinu recounts ma'mad Har Sinai – the giving of the Torah on Har Sinai.
David Shearer, owner of Pine Hill Orchard in Colrain, MA shared a few secrets about brewing your own hard cider .
Swenson, 23, of the Lower East Side is a former student at up state Bard College who now ma jors in journalism at the Ameri can University in Cairo.
They return to a potato fry-up, a reminder that "our ma, she loved us big".

In science:

The SO(2) random polynomial can be viewed as the Ma jorana spin state [Ma j] with real random coefficients, and it models a chaotic spin wavefunction in the Ma jorana representation.
Correlations between zeros of a random polynomial
Hence we expect a ma jority of zeros in a tuple to be a distinct ma jority.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
Allowing for 3 redundant phases and the rescaling of the 2 Ma jorana masses the effective number is reduced to 7 plus, of course, the 2 Ma jorana masses.
Neutrino Phenomenology -- the case of two right handed neutrinos
MA/X ;P is a coarse moduli scheme for the moduli functor MA/X ;P .
Moduli schemes of generically simple Azumaya modules
It follows that MA/X ;P is also a coarse moduli scheme for the functor M. iv) We already know that MA/X ;P is quasipro jective.
Moduli schemes of generically simple Azumaya modules