male

Definitions

  • 17. Male Stylops
    17. Male Stylops
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj male being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation "a male infant","a male holly tree"
    • adj male for or pertaining to or composed of men or boys "the male lead","the male population"
    • adj male characteristic of a man "a deep male voice","manly sports"
    • n male an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
    • n Male the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands
    • n male a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
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Additional illustrations & photos:

40. Male Stylops 40. Male Stylops
133. Libellula trimaculata, male 133. Libellula trimaculata, male
cartoon, male reciter cartoon, male reciter
Male elk Male elk

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An adult male ostrich, the world's largest bird, can weigh up to 345 pounds.
    • Male (Bot) A plant bearing only staminate flowers.
    • Male (Mech) Adapted for entering another corresponding piece (the female piece) which is hollow and which it fits; as, a male gauge, for gauging the size or shape of a hole; a male screw, etc.
    • Male An animal of the male sex.
    • Male (Bot) Capable of producing fertilization, but not of bearing fruit; -- said of stamens and antheridia, and of the plants, or parts of plants, which bear them.
    • Male Consisting of males; as, a male choir.
    • a Male māl Evil; wicked; bad.
    • Male Of or pertaining to the sex that begets or procreates young, or (in a wider sense) to the sex that produces spermatozoa, by which the ova are fertilized; not female; as, male organs.
    • n Male Same as Mail, a bag.
    • Male Suitable to the male sex; characteristic or suggestive of a male; masculine; as, male courage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Females have a wider peripheral vision than males.
    • male Pertaining to the sex of human kind, and by extension to that of animals in general, that begets young, as distinguished from the female, which conceives and gives birth: as, a male child; a male beast, fish, or fowl.
    • male In botany, staminate: said of organs or flowers. In old usage plants were called male or female for fanciful reasons (for example, see male-fern).
    • male Pertaining to or characteristic of males of the human kind, or men as opposed to women; appropriate to men; masculine: as, male attire; a male voice.
    • male Composed of males; made up of men and boys: as, a male choir.
    • male Possessing some quality or attribute considered as characteristic of males.
    • male Generative; fruitful, as an idea. In this sense, Bacon entitles one of his treatises the “Male Birth of Time.”
    • n male One of the sex of human kind that begets young; a man or boy; by extension, and usually, one of the sex of any animal that begets young: opposed to female. In zoölogy the sign universally used for a male is ♂ (Mars), the sign ♀ (Venus) signifying female.
    • n male In plants characterized by sexual differences and reproduced by sexual generation, that individual of which the special function is to form the substance essential to the fertility of the germ developed by the female.
    • n male An obsolete form of mail.
    • male Bad; evil; wicked. Examples of this word in English are rare, it being almost always compounded with the following noun. (See mal-.)
    • n male An apple.
    • n male The knot, a sandpiper, Tringa canutus.
    • n male The dandelion.
    • n male See mal-.
    • n male A ‘male’ precious stone. In the middle ages and until quite recent times, all the darker gems, such as sapphire, ruby, and topaz, were known as ‘male’ gems; the lighter blue, lighter red, or lighter yellow were called ‘female’ gems.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Males, on average, think about sex every 7 seconds.
    • n Male māl (Spens.) mail, armour.
    • adj Male māl masculine: pertaining to the sex that begets (not bears) young:
    • n Male one of the male sex: a he-animal: a stamen-bearing plant
    • adj Male māl (bot.) bearing stamens
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Quotations

  • James Thurber
    James%20Thurber
    “Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead.”
  • Hazel Scott
    Hazel Scott
    “There's only one free person in this society, and he is white and male.”
  • Valerie Solanis
    Valerie Solanis
    “To be sure he's a Man, the male must see to it that the female be clearly a Woman, the opposite of a Man, that is, the female must act like a faggot.”
  • Mary Daly
    Mary Daly
    “If God is male, then male is God. The divine patriarch castrates women as long as he is allowed to live on in the human imagination.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression.”
  • Lord Longford
    Lord Longford
    “The male sex still constitute in many ways the most obstinate vested interest one can find.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mâle, OF. masle, mascle, fr. L. masculus, male, masculine, dim. of mas, a male; possibly akin to E. man,. Cf. Masculine Marry (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. male—L. masculus, male—mas, a male.

Usage

In literature:

The male resident deserts its territory at intervals, even in the morning; the male migrant betrays no inclination to do so.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
They should be weaned when about three weeks old and placed in separate pens, separating the young males from the females.
"The Raising and Care of Guinea Pigs" by A. C. Smith
So desirous was she that her son should reign, that she slew all the other possible male heirs to the throne.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
It differs from male jealousy, for the male is generally possessive, the female competitive.
"The Intelligence of Woman" by W. L. George
It is equally true that such unsexed males possess a strong attraction for some abnormal individuals.
"A Problem in Modern Ethics" by John Addington Symonds
The ladies were very calm about it, but a chorus of yips sounded and swelled into a circus of cheers from the male working parties.
"The Test Colony" by Winston Marks
Male 2 flew east with male 1 in pursuit.
"Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon" by Jon C. Barlow
He discovered the male by examining small specimens, all the larger being female.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
He had taken a wife for the establishment of his realm in the hope of having male issue.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
In the males their development varies considerably.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
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In poetry:

But, male for female is a trope,
Or rather bold misnomer,
That would have startled even Pope,
When he translated Homer.
"On A Mistake In His Translation Of Homer" by William Cowper
Male God who on male lust bestows
The ruddy lip, the rounded limb,
And promises, at battle's close,
Houri, not saint nor seraphim.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Thorowe ryche male and myneyeple,
Many sterne the strocke done streght;
Many a freyke that was fulle fre,
Ther under foot dyd lyght.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
BROWN did not know that Turkish male,
He might have been his sainted mother:
The people in this simple tale
Are total strangers to each other.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Four subjects, and all of them male,
To BORRIA doubled the knee,
They were once on a far larger scale,
But he'd eaten the balance, you see
("Scale" and "balance" is punning, you see).
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The fig is a very secretive fruit.
As you see it standing growing, you feel at once it is symbolic:
And it seems male.
But when you come to know it better, you agree with the
Romans, it is female.
"Figs" by D H Lawrence

In news:

In lab experiments, male mice given the pill were rendered completely infertile during treatment as they produced fewer and less mobile sperm.
A male contraception drug is on its way.
Stephen Colbert ridicules KU Medical Center plan for male birth control pill .
Would you take the male birth control pill .
While US progress lags, Indonesia readies male contraception pill.
Amory believes a male birth-control pill (or topical equivalent) can help curb world poverty.
Male birth control pill soon a reality.
Scientists identified a new gene involved in sperm development that could lead to a non-hormonal form of male birth control.
New Gene May Lead to Elusive Male Birth Control Pill .
The Making of the Black American Male.
Male orange and white cat, Smoke, lost in Grove City.
A male student was victim of an aggravated sexual assault/kidnapping on the University of North Texas campus at 7 p.m.
Employees report robbery of business by three males.
Behold the final paragraph of Katie Roiphe's New York Times Sunday Book Review story on the lost art of freaky sex writing pioneered by the "Great Male Novelists" like Updike, Roth, and Mailer.
Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience.
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In science:

The head, right wing and midsection is male.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
Thus if development establishes an XX bilateral half that half can no longer generate a male Y based subsection.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
This reinforcement can work even in situations where the male trait confers a survival disadvantage.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
This is shown in Figure 8, which compares the normalized citation distributions for papers with male and female first authors.
Demographic and Citation Trends in Astrophysical Journal papers and Preprints
Among the latter super-cited papers all but two have male first authors.
Demographic and Citation Trends in Astrophysical Journal papers and Preprints
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