• MAIL
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mail cause to be directed or transmitted to another place "send me your latest results","I'll mail you the paper when it's written"
    • v mail send via the postal service "I'll mail you the check tomorrow"
    • n mail (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings
    • n mail a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system
    • n mail the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office "the mail handles billions of items every day","he works for the United States mail service","in England they call mail `the post'"
    • n mail the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service
    • n mail any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered "your mail is on the table","is there any post for me?","she was opening her post"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The total volume of mail that went through the Canadian postal system in 1950 was 1,362,310,155 items
    • Mail A bag; a wallet.
    • Mail (Naut) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
    • Mail A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor.
    • Mail A small piece of money; especially, an English silver half-penny of the time of Henry V.
    • n Mail māl A spot.
    • Mail A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried.
    • Mail (Zoöl) Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc. "We . . . strip the lobster of his scarlet mail ."
    • Mail Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering.
    • Mail Rent; tribute.
    • Mail That which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received through the post office.
    • Mail The bag or bags with the letters, papers, or other matter contained therein, conveyed under public authority from one post office to another; the whole system of appliances used by government in the conveyance and delivery of mail matter. "There is a mail come in to-day, with letters dated Hague."
    • Mail To arm with mail.
    • v. t Mail To deliver into the custody of the postoffice officials, or place in a government letter box, for transmission by mail; to post; as, to mail a letter.☞ In the United States to mail and to post are both in common use; as, to mail or post a letter. In England post is the commoner usage.
    • Mail To pinion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The full name of the Titanic ship is R.M.S. Titanic, which stands for Royal Mail Steamship
    • n mail A spot; especially, a spot or speck on a bird's feather; hence, a spotted or speckled feather.
    • n mail In armor, a ring, link, or scale on a coat of mail. See def. 3.
    • n mail A fabric of meshes, especially and almost exclusively of metal, used as a defense against weapons; a kind of armor, specifically called chain-mail, composed of rings of metal, interlinked as in a chain, but extended in width as well as in length. : ; . Chain-mail seems to have been introduced into the Roman army in imitation of the Gauls, and was much worn under the later empire. It was the favorite armor in Europe during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but was slow of fabrication and expensive. It was of three kinds
    • n mail By extension, armor of any sort.
    • n mail Any defensive covering, as the shell of a lobster or a tortoise.
    • n mail Nautical, a square utensil composed of rings interwoven like network, formerly used for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
    • n mail In weaving, a small metal eye or guide-ring in a heddle, through which the warp is threaded.
    • n mail That part of a clasp which receives the spring.
    • mail To spot or stain.
    • mail To put mail upon; dress in mail; by extension, to protect with armor of any kind (see mail, n., 4): hardly used except in the past participle. See mailed.
    • mail To pinion or fasten down, as the wings of a hawk.
    • n mail A bag, sack, or other receptacle for the conveyance or keeping of small articles of personal property or merchandise, especially the clothing or other baggage of a traveler, the equipments of a soldier, etc.
    • n mail Specifically.
    • n mail A bag for the conveyance of letters, papers, etc., particularly letters forwarded from one post-office to another under governmental authority and care; a mail-bag.
    • n mail A mass or assemblage of mail-matter; collectively, the letters, papers, etc., conveyed by post; the matter sent in any way through the post-office.
    • n mail The person by whom or the conveyance by which the mail is carried; hence, the system of transmission by public post; postal conveyance: as, to send a package by mail; news received through the mail.
    • mail To put in the mail; send by mail; put into the post-office for transmission by mail; post: as, to mail a letter.
    • n mail A small coin of billon or silver current in France from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century. It had half the value of the denier. Sometimes called obole.
    • n mail Rent; hence, payment at a fixed rate, as the rent or annual payment formerly extorted by the border robbers. Compare blackmail.
    • n mail A mall or mallet.
    • n mail A French game similar to chicane.
    • n mail A weight equal to about 105 pounds avoirdupois.
    • n mail The breast feathers of a hawk when full grown.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Roughly 44% of junk mail is thrown away unopened
    • n Mail māl defensive armour for the body formed of steel rings or network: armour generally
    • v.t Mail to clothe in mail:
    • n Mail māl a bag for the conveyance of letters, &c.: the contents of such a bag: the person or the carriage by which the mail is conveyed
    • v.t Mail to put into the mail: to send by mail
    • n Mail māl an old French coin—half a denier: rent
    • v.t Mail (Scot.) to stain
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  • Charles F. Kettering
    “If a fellow wants to be a nobody in the business world, let him neglect sending the mail man to somebody on his behalf.”
  • Doug Horton
    “If it looks like shit, smells like shit, mail it to your enemy... he'll know what to do with it.”
  • Jamais Cascio
    Jamais Cascio
    “The difference between e-mail and regular mail is that computers handle e-mail, and computers never decide to come to work one day and shoot all the other computers.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.”
  • Henry Lewis Stimson
    Henry Lewis Stimson
    “Gentlemen do not read each others mail.”


Mailed fist - Someone who rules or controls something with a mailed fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. A mailed fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard. 'Iron fist' is an alternative form.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. male, bag, OF. male, F. malle, bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male,; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin


In literature:

Had they had any mails?
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
On the way we put in to White Dogs, in expectation of finding the "Vigilant" with our mail.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
His head was bare, his mail hood thrown back and his mail collar open.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Mormon looked up tennis outfits in his mail catalogue and sent for a book on the game, which he soon abandoned.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
The Robbery of the Mails.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Wouldn't he shuffle the mail fer you?
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
The revolution spreads; the news circulates, and every mail steamer from Porto Rico brings correspondence for me from the agent in that island.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
He learned that the mail had been detained and no one had gone for it, and, tired though he was, started at once.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Will be mailed FREE TO ALL applicants and to customers of last year without ordering it.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
The mail had come to Galeyville after young Breckenbridge left.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt

In poetry:

Voiceless passed the years; and Rumour
Falsely slew him, whose steel mail
Flashed o'er white walls, azure sea girt,
Watched, and feared by Moslem sail.
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
ONCE I knelt in my shining mail
Here by Thine altar all the night.
My heart beat proudly, my prayer rose loudly,
But I looked to my armor to win the fight.
"Vigils" by Aline Murray Kilmer
"Gae seek your succour at Branksome Ha'.
For succour ye'se get nane frae me!
Gae seek your succour where ye paid black-mail,
For, man! ye ne'er paid money to me."
"Jamie Telfer" by Andrew Lang
Cast in the lot.
Again, with looks aghast,
The captive in the trench a billet cast. Pronounce his name who here pollutes the plain,
The leader of the mailed hosts of Spain!
"The Missionary - Canto Fourth" by William Lisle Bowles
Just as he said: Bill had been on the rail,
Ready to make out the day's repair,
And the mist coming down, we had unaware
Run him down, for we always drove fast with the mail.
"Bill's Length" by Alexander Anderson
"All the night, Bob, from the time we lay through
For the mail, this sight has been in my view,
And right ahead in the snow I can see
My wife with her youngest upon her knee.
"Jim Dalley" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Officials said voting by mail is the easiest and most accessible choice for many people, but some voters have difficulty filling out mail ballots.
Levine was identified as the owner of Snipermail, an e-mail company that mailed out pitches for advertisers or their brokers.
The busiest mailing day for holiday cards and packages is Monday, Dec 17, when more than 655 million pieces of mail are expected to be processed - compared to 538 million on an average day.
If you haven't received your mail-in or sample ballot yet, chances are it's in the mail.
If your comments are mailed or e-mailed to us, we'll consider them for publication — unless you request otherwise.
While I was away, the garden continued to grow, and so did the piles of newspapers, and mail and the e-mails and phone messages, until I almost despair of getting caught up.
E-mail to a friend: E-mail.
Many CRM programs consist only of outbound e-mail or direct mail, despite consumers becoming increasingly more engaged with new digital channels ("I never check my e-mail," says my teenage daughter).
Or at least check the voice mail and e-mail.
Yahoo re-designed the e-mail service with speed in mind, saying it will save all of its users a combined 36 million minutes every day, according to Vivek Sharma, general manager of Yahoo Mail & Messenger.
As customers have turned their attention to social media and Web-based communication for marketing, direct mail has been an increasingly tough sell for mailing services providers.
It launched a new version of Yahoo Mail for Android and the web, alongside completely new Yahoo Mail apps for the iPhone and Windows 8.
The Hunts can be reached at 800 899-7348 or by e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.
Hospitals and other health related agencies may e-mail items to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.
(AP) _ A 77-year-old former mail carrier who did not deliver thousands of pieces of mail was fined $1,000 but was spared from prison.

In science:

Toom (1981) Mathematical Olympiads by Mail. (In Russian).
Random Bulgarian solitaire
The interpretations of the examples and the semantics of cases not covered in are currently matter of long discussions in the W3C mailing lists.
Semantics and Complexity of SPARQL
Institut f ¨ur Astro- und Teilchenphysik, Universit ¨at Innsbruck, Technikerstr. 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria E-mail: Sabine.
Thermodynamical properties of the ICM from hydrodynamical simulations
The topology on Spehm (A) is generated by subsets of the form U (cid:0) a so uncompatible with archimedean analytic geometry as was explained to us by Huber (private mail).
Global analytic geometry
Now we can give a list of all SN -invariant ergodic measures on the space of all universal countable graphs (or on the set of corresponding 0; 1 matrices), which is the mail goal of this section.
Uncountable Graphs and Invariant Measures on the Set of Universal Countable Graphs