• WordNet 3.6
    • n mace a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority
    • n mace spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed
    • n mace an official who carries a mace of office
    • n Mace (trademark) a liquid that temporarily disables a person; prepared as an aerosol and sprayed in the face, it irritates the eyes and causes dizziness and immobilization
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1870, British boxing champ Jim Mace and American boxer Joe Coburn fought for three hours and 48 minutes without landing one punch.
    • Mace A heavy staff or club of metal; a spiked club; -- used as weapon in war before the general use of firearms, especially in the Middle Ages, for breaking metal armor. "Death with his mace petrific . . . smote."
    • n Mace (Bot) A kind of spice; the aril which partly covers nutmegs. See Nutmeg.Red mace is the aril of Myristica tingens, and white mace that of Myristica Otoba, -- East Indian trees of the same genus with the nutmeg tree.
    • Mace A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple.
    • n Mace mās A money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael; also, a weight of 57.98 grains.
    • Mace (Billiards) A rod for playing billiards, having one end suited to resting on the table and pushed with one hand.
    • Mace A staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an ensign of his authority. "Swayed the royal mace ."
    • Mace An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority; a macebearer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mace A weapon for striking, consisting of a heavy head, commonly of metal, with a handle or staff, usually of such length as to be conveniently wielded with one hand; by extension, any similar weapon. The head is often spiked, and sometimes consists of six, eight, or more radiating blades, grouped around a central spike, all of steel.
    • n mace A scepter; a staff of office having somewhat the form of the weapon of war defined above. Maces are borne before or by officials of various ranks in many countries, as a symbol of authority or badge of office. The mace on the table of the British House of Lords or House of Commons represents the authority of the House.
    • n mace A light stick with a flat head formerly used in playing billiards to push the cue-ball when out of reach for the proper stroke with the cue: superseded by the bridge, or rest for the cue.
    • n mace A curriers' mallet with a knobbed face, made by the insertion of pins with egg-shaped heads, used in leather-dressing to soften and supple tanned hides and enable them to absorb the oil, etc.
    • n mace A bulrush or cattail.
    • n mace A spice consisting of the dried arillode (false aril) or covering of the seed of the nutmeg, Myristica fragrans, which is a fleshy net-like envelop somewhat resembling the husk of a filbert. When fresh it is of a beautiful crimson hue. It is extremely fragrant and aromatic, and is used chiefly in cooking or in pickles. Mace is similar to nutmeg in its pharmaco-dynamic properties. See cut under arillode.
    • n mace A small gold coin of Atchin in Sumatra, weighing 9 grains, and worth about 26 cents.
    • n mace The tenth part of a Chinese tael or ounce: as a money of account it is equal to 58 grains of pure silver. See tael, liang, and candareen.
    • n mace Swindling; a swindler; a swindling loan-office.
    • mace To swindle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mace mās a staff used as a mark of authority: a light, flat-headed stick in use at billiards before the introduction of the bridge or cue-rest: formerly, a weapon of war, consisting of a staff headed with a heavy spiked ball of iron: a mallet used by a currier in dressing leather
    • n Mace mās a kind of spice: the second coat of the nutmeg.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. mace, F. masse, from (assumed) L. matea, of which the dim. mateola, a kind of mallet or beetle, is found
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. macis—L. macer—Gr. maker.


In literature:

Boil three pounds of veal with a handful of sweet herbs, and a little mace; when well boiled strain it through a sieve, skim off all the fat.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Masonry, even to-day, raises around it her mace.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The troupe is headed by a brace of blacks, who carry banners with passing strange devices, and a dancing mace-bearer.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
And first vpon thy Sister lay thy mace, Bid her maintayne my Loues maiestick grace.
"Seven Minor Epics of the English Renaissance (1596-1624)" by Dunstan Gale
Some regiments carried, in addition to the spears, heavy maces, others axes.
"The Cat of Bubastes" by G. A. Henty
Chop the onions and peppers, add tomatoes peeled and chopped; sugar, salt, mustard seed, mace, pepper, cinnamon and vinegar.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
Mix and sift flour, baking powder, mace and salt.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
Hercules had reserved this glory for him; and smiling with satisfaction he raised the mace, striding straight toward the African.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Valentine Kalondai thereupon shoved back his presidential chair, laid down his mace, girded on his sword, and donned his hat.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
Mix these thoroughly, pound them together, and season highly with salt and cayenne, and a trifle of mace.
"Dressed Game and Poultry à la Mode" by Harriet A. de Salis

In poetry:

Some time within my sleep
The night crushed in upon me like a mace.
How soon I woke I know not. On my face
I felt my warm blood creep.
"The Revenge" by George Sterling
The youthful Count his ponderous mace
With lion's rage swung round;
Destruction stalked before his face,
While groans and howlings filled the place
And hundreds bit the ground.
"Count Eberhard, The Groaner Of Wurtembert. A War Song" by Friedrich von Schiller
Their deeds of mercy and of arms,
In peaceful days, or war's alarms,
When thou dost show.
O Death, thy stern and angry face,
One stroke of thy all-powerful mace
Can overthrow.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(He could but thwart it with creative mace. . . .)
And now it rose about the heavenly Base,
Mordant at pillars rotten through and through
Of Matter's last, most firm abiding-place.
"The Abyss Triumphant" by Clark Ashton Smith
Three days since, at the time of prayer,
A certain Moollah, with his robe
All rent, and dust upon his hair,
Watched my lord's coming forth, and pushed
The golden mace-bearers aside,
And fell at the King's feet, and cried:--
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
I don't mind kings and dukes and things;
I don't mind wigs or maces;
I don't mind crowns or robes or gowns
Or ruffles, swords or laces -
But what I do object to, and some others more than I,
Are the mad old, bad old practices these baubles signify.
"A Few Remarks on Goats, Asses and the Dead Hand" by C J Dennis

In news:

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, April 17, 2012.
Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2012.
Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2012.
Citrus zest and mace create delicious shortbread .
Certificates were given to Maxine Mace as chairman of the Service for Veterans Committee and Pat Sammons for her work in the Every Name Indexing Project.
Andrew Boucher is a partner at Mace & Boucher Consulting.
Who knew Sam Worthington is a method actor because right after he was pepper sprayed in Atlanta this weekend, he claimed he was a DEA agent and threatened the bouncer who maced him -- so claims the very pissed off bouncer .
Citrus zest and mace create delicious shortbread.
Armed robber on the loose after macing store clerk .
(10TV) Columbus Police sprayed Mace on several people in a crowd that had gathered to sign up for a list to get subsidized housing at a northwest Columbus apartment complex.
Visitors to Sundstrom Hill Winery on Saturday will enjoy wine tastings and music by Custom Neon from noon to 4 pm The winery is at 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace Ranch.
Lorna Kathleen ( Cutter ) Mace, 92, of Petersburg, W.Va.
Mace, dogged by legacy issues, makes progress.
Mace sells digital media biz for $1.1 million, settles with ex-CEO.
Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Nugget Market, 1414 E Covell Blvd and 409 Mace Blvd.

In science:

Some of the most important parameters of these telescopes are listed in Table 6. A new addition to the list of new IACTs is MACE, an Indian look-alike of MAGIC; its parameters were described at this meeting.
Status of VHE Astronomy c.2000
The MACE instrument is being designed as two very large (21 m diameter) imaging Cherenkov telescopes for future deployment at Hanle [128].
The Status of VHE Gamma-Ray Astronomy
With its large size and high-altitude site, MACE should have a trigger energy threshold well below 50 GeV.
The Status of VHE Gamma-Ray Astronomy
Designs for MACE are currently in the advanced stages with a 4-5 yr construction period envisioned.
The Status of VHE Gamma-Ray Astronomy
Tseytlin, Born-Infeld action, supersymmetry and string theory, in The Many Maces of the Superworld, ed. M.
Higher order terms in the non-abelian D-brane effective action and magnetic background fields