• Font, St. Martin's, Cologne
    Font, St. Martin's, Cologne
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n martin any of various swallows with squarish or slightly forked tail and long pointed wings; migrate around Martinmas
    • n Martin United States singer (1917-1995)
    • n Martin United States actress (1913-1990)
    • n Martin United States actor and comedian (born in 1945)
    • n Martin French bishop who is a patron saint of France (died in 397)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

St. Martin's St. Martin's
St. Martin, Worms St. Martin, Worms
St. Martin-in-the-Vale, Chartres St. Martin-in-the-Vale, Chartres

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1912, a wrestling match in Stockholm between Finn Alfred Asikainen and Russian Martin Klein lasted more than 11 hours. Klein eventually won, but was to tired to participate in the championship match
    • n Martin (Stone Working) A perforated stone-faced runner for grinding.
    • n Martin (Zoöl) One of several species of swallows, usually having the tail less deeply forked than the tail of the common swallows.☞ The American purple martin, or bee martin Progne subis or Progne purpurea), and the European house martin, or window martin Hirundo urbica or Chelidon urbica), are the best known species.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Julius Caesar, Martin Luther and Jonathan Swift all suffered from Ménièr's disease. It is a disorder of the hearing and balance senses causing hissing, roaring or whistling sounds to be perceived.
    • n martin An obsolete spelling of marten.
    • n martin Any swallow of the family Hirundinidæ; a martinet; a martlet. The name has no specific meaning, and is commonly used with a qualifying term. The house-martin (or house-swallow), Ilirundo or Chelidon urbica of Europe, is one of the best-known, so named because it nests under the eaves of houses. (See Chelidon.) The sand-martin, Cotile or Clivicola riparia, common to Europe, Asia, and America, is oftener known as the bank-swallow. (See Cotile, and cut under bank-swallow.) Purple martins are the several American species of the genus Progne, one of which, P. subis or purpurea, is an abundant and familiar bird of the United States; it is one of the largest of the swallow family, and the adult male is entirely of a glossy blue-black color. (See cut under Progne.) A few birds not of this family are sometimes called martins, as the king-bird or tyrant fiycatcher of North America, Tyrannus carolinensis, popularly known as the bee-martin. (See cut under king-bird.) Kingfishers are sometimes called by their French name, martin-pêcheur. Also called martinet.
    • n martin An ape.
    • n martin See the quotation.
    • n martin A tool for grinding or polishing stone. It consists of a brass plate faced with a flat stone. An opening is pierced through the plate and stone to permit sand to pass through and come between the martin and the stone which is being ground.
    • n martin A shortened form of freemartin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nine U.S. Presidents never went to college: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, and Harry Truman.
    • n Martin mär′tin a bird of the swallow kind
    • Martin Also Mar′tinet
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  • Joe E. Lewis
    “I don't drink any more than the man next to me, and the man next to me is Dean Martin.”


All my eye and Peggy Martin - (UK) An idiom that appears to have gone out of use but was prevalent in the English north Midlands of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire from at least the turn of the 20th century until the early 1950s or so. The idiom's meaning is literally something said or written that is unbelievable, rumor, over embellished, the result of malicious village gossip etc.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. martin, from the proper name Martin,. Cf. Martlet


In literature:

Martin sat by on the bridge-approach to the barn, smoking a very short and very black clay pipe upside down.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Martin Lord took the familiar path to Niaga's village.
"Impact" by Irving E. Cox
But it was not in James Martin's nature to work steadily at anything.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
Dr. Martin, the psychiatrist, was deeply interested in Mel's problem.
"The Memory of Mars" by Raymond F. Jones
We've only Martin," replied Hoodie, "and Martin loves Hec and Duke and Maudie best.
"Hoodie" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
"Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light" by Vera C. Barclay
Martin has been working hard at it, I know.
"The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays" by William B. Yeats
Mr. Martin from Virginia had a requisition from that colony for his arrest.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
At that moment Martin Dockerill suggested that the carburetor was dirty.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
She's got young Martin out in the boat, restin' on his oars, while she's puttin' him into her picture.
"The Associate Hermits" by Frank R. Stockton
For, he was Martin now, Martin Pinzon.
"My Shipmate--Columbus" by Stephen Wilder
Presently Millard drew Uncle Martin into talk.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
Martin said that Jurgen was certainly passionate, but a good fellow after all.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The Martin family never charged groceries.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
Martin was no fighting man, and the odds against me would be at least two to one.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Martin Paz knows his duty and he will do it.
"The Pearl of Lima" by Jules Verne
Rogers said that very likely it was the light from some old rotten stumps, but Martin was not of this opinion.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
Martin Hewitt seemed singularly excited.
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
This was to be done by colonists assigned to Martin's Hundred.
"The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624" by Charles E. Hatch
They met Mr. Martin the very next day, as they were walking on the Donwell road.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen

In poetry:

Blue martins gossiped in the sun,
And pairs of chattering daws flew by,
And sailing brigs rocked softly on
In company.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Grand rough old Martin Luther
Bloomed fables—-flowers on furze,
The better the uncouther:
Do roses stick like burrs?
"The Twins" by Robert Browning
Though flowers have perished at the touch
Of Frost, the early comer,
I hail the season loved so much,
The good St. Martin's summer.
"St. Martin's Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The purple martin darts about
The purlieus of the iris fen;
The king-bird rushes up and out,
He screams and whirls and screams again.
"The Voice And The Dusk" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Over the cane-fields breaks the day.
The boats are out in *Martin's Bay;
Sliding and plunging into the surf,
Seaward to safety they bear away.
"Christmas in Alurio" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
All seemed the same: the martin-box--
Sun-warped with pigmy balconies--
Still stood with all its twittering flocks,
Perched on its pole above the peas
And silvery-seeded onion-stocks.
"A Flower Of The Fields" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Artists of the Pennsylvania Ballet in Peter Martins's "Barber Violin Concerto," part of the program at McCarter Theatre on October 23.
(AP Photo/Bruno Martin Bruno Martin).
Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley.
The display includes The Martin-Young Aviation Collection created by artists Frank Martin and Judeen Young.
After Idol contestant Angela Martin 's mother, Viola Brown Martin, was reported missing on December 29, the family was frantic.
Deana Martin's Tribute to Dean Martin .
Deana Martin's Tribute to her father, Dean Martin , was filled with love and happy memories.
0 Dean Martin and Rosemary Clooney on "The Dean Martin Show" in May 1968.
MARTIN – When US 131 Motorsports Park director Jason Peterson introduced the Funny Car Nationals eight years ago, he wanted to pattern it after the annual Popular Hot Rodding Weekends that Martin hosted in the 1970s and 1980s.
Martin and AJ Allmendinger collided on lap 226, sending Martin into the wall.
11:29 AM Jun 7, 2012 Reporter: Liam Martin Email Address:
The annual Martins Ferry Christmas Parade, put on by the Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, is scheduled for Friday night at 6:30.
In this undated photo provided by the Martin family, shows Trayvon Martin snowboarding.
On display at the Martin stand (F54) will be the MAC 700, the latest high-performance luminaire in Martin's line of award-winning moving heads.
Martin Professional A/S announces that, effective by late April 2005, Pio Nahum , managing director of Martin's Italian subsidiary, will be seeking new challenges outside of the Martin Professional organization.

In science:

Kunen, and Shelah and Harrington considered the consistency strength of obtaining Lebesgue measurability of pro jective sets together with Martin’s axiom.
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
This shows that adding Martin’s axiom to pro jective measurability increases the consistency strength.
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
Martin, Spin and Link Overlaps in Three-Dimensional Spin Glasses , Phys.
Computer Science in Physics
We study the Langevin dynamics of the standard random heteropolymer model by mapping the problem to a supersymmetric field theory using the Martin-Siggia-Rose formalism.
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
Most solar theorists seem to agree on the value of 108 m2 s−1 as an upper limit for η for the convection zone proper and surface observational estimates also point to a similar figure (Wang, Nash, and Sheeley 1989a,b; Dikpati and Choudhuri 1995; Schrijver and Martin 1990).
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
Martins, “Primordial adiabatic fluctuations from cosmic defects,” Phys.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
Schlottmann, Martin, “Generalized model sets and dynamical systems”, in: Directions in mathematical quasicrystals, 143-159, CRM Monogr.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
The latter one uses methods from descriptive set theory, for instance the Martin-Solovay tree and the Kunen-Martin theorem.
A simple proof of \Sigma^1_3 correctness of K
Martin Vesely, Tibor Simko, and Thomas Baron.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
Our formal starting point is the Martin-Siggia-Rose generating functional for the Langevin dynamics of the model [27–30], written, for convenience and compactness, in its supersymmetric form .
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
Constructive dimension refines the theory of Martin-L¨of randomness by assigning each individual binary sequence a dimension.
Gales Suffice for Constructive Dimension
Negatively curved manifolds, Elliptic operators, and Martin boundary.
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds
In [C3], the four concepts of randomness in an infinite binary sequence (Chaitin, weak Chaitin, Martin-L¨of, and Solovay randomness) are considered.
A Generalization of Chaitin's Halting Probability \Omega and Halting Self-Similar Sets
Let T ⊂ N ×X and D ≥ 0. T is called Martin-L¨of D-test if T is an r.e. set and ∀ i ∈ N Xs ∈ Ti Definition 3.3 (Martin-L¨of D-random).
A Generalization of Chaitin's Halting Probability \Omega and Halting Self-Similar Sets
We say α is MartinL¨of D-random if ∀ T : Martin-L¨of D-test ∃ i ∈ N α /∈ I(Ti ).
A Generalization of Chaitin's Halting Probability \Omega and Halting Self-Similar Sets