maculate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj maculate spotted or blotched
    • adj maculate morally blemished; stained or impure
    • v maculate spot, stain, or pollute "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
    • v maculate make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air","Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Maculate Marked with spots or maculæ; blotched; hence, defiled; impure; as, most maculate thoughts.
    • v. t Maculate To spot; to stain; to blur. "Maculate the honor of their people."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • maculate To spot; stain; blur.
    • maculate Spotted; marked with spots; blotted; hence, stained; defiled; impure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Maculate to spot, to defile
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. maculatus, p. p. of maculare, to spot. See Macula, and cf. Macule (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. maculāre, -ātummacula, a spot.

Usage

In literature:

The posters, maculated with filth, garnished like tapestry the sweep of the curbstone.
"The Secret Agent" by Joseph Conrad
Maculate -ed: spotted or marked with figures of any shape, of a color different from the ground.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The population had not been maculated by inferior races.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The lesions are but slightly elevated, and seem to partake of the nature of both macules and papules.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The room was long, dark, narrow, slovenly, spaced with tables on which were maculate cloths and lamps with faded shades.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
His heavy, blunt hand fumbled under the maculate apron; his chest heaved with a sudden, tempestuous breathing.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Ten priests, in white vestments, maculated with red, stepped out to the centre of the altar.
"Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity" by Alexandre Kuprin
It is a maculated typhus, and considered to be a special product of the Emerald Isle.
"Epidemics Examined and Explained: or, Living Germs Proved by Analogy to be a Source of Disease" by John Grove
He has never decided whether His mother came into the world maculate or immaculate.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 8 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
A few drops of lukewarm water maculated the sidewalks with spots as big as dollars.
"Joan Thursday" by Louis Joseph Vance
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In news:

Showing multiple purpuric macules and confluent patches on both lower legs and feet.
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In science:

Universit´e de Provence, CMI, 39 rue Joliot Curie, 13013 Marseille, France ; PUC de Chile, Facultad de Matem´aticas, Vicu˜na Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile.
Principal eigenvalue for random walk among random traps on Z^d
Universit´e de Provence, CMI, 39 rue Joliot Curie, 13013 Marseille, France ; PUC de Chile, Facultad de Matem´aticas, Vicu˜na Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile.
Scaling limit of the random walk among random traps on Z^d
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