• WordNet 3.6
    • v man provide with workers "We cannot man all the desks","Students were manning the booths"
    • v man take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place "Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning"
    • n man any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
    • n man all of the living human inhabitants of the earth "all the world loves a lover","she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"
    • n man game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games "he taught me to set up the men on the chess board","he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage"
    • n Man one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea
    • n man an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman) "there were two women and six men on the bus"
    • n man a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman "she takes good care of her man"
    • n man an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent) "the army will make a man of you"
    • n man the generic use of the word to refer to any human being "it was every man for himself"
    • n man a male subordinate "the chief stationed two men outside the building","he awaited word from his man in Havana"
    • n man someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force "two men stood sentry duty"
    • n man a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer "Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Man That Pleased None The Man That Pleased None
The Man and the Snake The Man and the Snake
Staggering Man Staggering Man
A man reaps wheat A man reaps wheat
An unfortunate man An unfortunate man
Old Man Winter Old Man Winter

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for approximately sixty-nine years
    • Man A human being; -- opposed to beast. "These men went about wide, and man found they none,
      But fair country, and wild beast many [a] one."
      "The king is but a man , as I am; the violet smells to him as it doth to me.""'Tain't a fit night out for man nor beast!"
    • Man A married man; a husband; -- correlative to wife. "I pronounce that they are man and wife.""every wife ought to answer for her man ."
    • Man A term of familiar address at one time implying on the part of the speaker some degree of authority, impatience, or haste; as, Come, man, we 've no time to lose! In the latter half of the 20th century it became used in a broader sense as simply a familiar and informal form of address, but is not used in business or formal situations; as, hey, man! You want to go to a movie tonight?.
    • Man An adult male person; a grown-up male person, as distinguished from a woman or a child. "When I became a man , I put away childish things.""Ceneus, a woman once, and once a man ."
    • Man An adult male servant; also, a vassal; a subject. "Like master, like man .""The vassal, or tenant, kneeling, ungirt, uncovered, and holding up his hands between those of his lord, professed that he did become his man from that day forth, of life, limb, and earthly honor."
    • Man One of the piece with which certain games, as chess or draughts, are played.
    • Man One possessing in a high degree the distinctive qualities of manhood; one having manly excellence of any kind. "This was the noblest Roman of them all . . . the elements
      So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
      And say to all the world “This was a man !”"
    • Man One, or any one, indefinitely; -- a modified survival of the Saxon use of man, or mon, as an indefinite pronoun. "A man can not make him laugh.""A man would expect to find some antiquities; but all they have to show of this nature is an old rostrum of a Roman ship."
    • Man The human race; mankind. "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion.""The proper study of mankind is man ."
    • Man The male portion of the human race. "Woman has, in general, much stronger propensity than man to the discharge of parental duties."
    • Man To furnish with a servant or servants.
    • Man To furnish with strength for action; to prepare for efficiency; to fortify. "Theodosius having manned his soul with proper reflections."
    • Man To supply with men; to furnish with a sufficient force or complement of men, as for management, service, defense, or the like; to guard; as, to man a ship, boat, or fort. "See how the surly Warwick mans the wall !""They man their boats, and all their young men arm."
    • Man To tame, as a hawk.
    • Man To wait on as a manservant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: For a typical lovemaking session, the man will thrust an average of 60 to 120 times.
    • n man In zoology, a featherless plantigrade biped mammal of the genus.Homo (which see); H. sapiens, a species of the family Hominidæ or Anthropidæ, order Primates, class Mammalia, of which there are several geographical races or varieties. Blumenbach divided mankind into five varieties
    • n man A being, whether super- or infra-natural; a person.
    • n man An individual of the human race; a human being; a person: as, all men are mortal.
    • n man Generically, the human race; mankind; human beings collectively: used without article or plural: as, man is born to trouble; the rights of man.
    • n man Specifically.
    • n man A male adult of the human race, as distinguished from a woman or a boy; one who has attained manhood, or who is regarded as of manly estate.
    • n man In an emphatic sense, an adult male possessing manly qualities in an eminent degree; one who has the gifts or virtues of true manhood.
    • n man The qualities which characterize true manhood; manliness.
    • n man An adult male considered as in some sense appertaining to or under the control of another person; a vassal, follower, servant, attendant, or employee; one immediately subject to the will of another: as, the officers and men of an army; a gentleman's man (a valet or body-servant); I am no man's man.
    • n man A husband: as, my man is not at home (said by a wife).
    • n man One subject to a mistress; a lover or suitor.
    • n man A word of familiar address, often implying some degree of disparagement or impatience.
    • n man A piece with which a game, as chess or checkers, is played.
    • n man Nautical, in compounds, a ship or other vessel: as, man-of-war; merchantman, Indiaman, etc.
    • n man plural See dead.
    • n man In some parts of England, a coal-cutting machine.
    • n man A man-at-arms.
    • n man Antichrist.
    • n man An imaginary or an irresponsible person put forward as substitute or surety for another, or for any fraudulent purpose.
    • n man See man-of-war.
    • n man In Scripture, man unregenerate or unrenewed; the old man (see below).
    • n man In Scripture, unregenerate humanity; also, the fallen human nature inherited from Adam and operative in the regenerate, though not in the same manner or degree as in the unregenerate.
    • n man The father of a family; the “governor.”
    • n man The captain or commanding officer, as of troops, a vessel, etc.; the proprietor or employer: so called by his men.
    • n man Theat., an actor who is usually cast for the parts of old men.
    • n man In certain outdoor games, the leader; “it.”
    • man To supply with men; furnish with a sufficient force or complement of men, as for service, defense, or the like.
    • man To brace up in a manful way; make manly or courageous: used reflexively.
    • man To wait on; attend; escort.
    • man To accustom to the presence or company of man; tame, as a hawk or other bird.
    • n man In Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lonsdale, a cairn or pile of stones marking a summit- or prominent point of a mountain. Compare Low Man, High Man, as local names for particular cairns, also applied to portions of the mountains themselves.
    • n man A loafer who hangs about street-corners.
    • n man In building a camp or barn of logs, one who notches the logs so that they will fit closely and make a square corner.
    • n man One who makes a corner in stocks or commodities.
    • n man A fielder who stands beyond point, but farther from the wicket, and more behind it.
    • n man His position in the field.
    • n man An honest, upright man.
    • n man A measure of weight in Persia, varying in value, in different localities, from about 6 to about 25 pounds.
    • n man Abbreviations of Manitoba.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes and man all have seven neck vertebra.
    • n Man man a human being: mankind: a grown-up male: a male attendant: one possessing a distinctively masculine character: a husband: a piece used in playing chess or draughts: a ship, as in man-of-war: a word of familiar address
    • v.t Man to supply with men: to strengthen or fortify:—pr.p. man′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. manned
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Man is more powerful than matter.”
  • Jeremy P. Johnson
    Jeremy P. Johnson
    “Every man wishes to rule the world. Unfortunately, the world rules every man.”
  • Democritus
    “The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    “A man without a vote is man without protection.”
  • Hermann Hesse
    “The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.”
  • Lana Turner
    Lana Turner
    “A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.”


A poor man's something - Something or someone that can be compared to something or someone else, but is not as good is a poor man's version; a writer who uses lots of puns but isn't very funny would be a poor man's Oscar Wilde.
As one man - If people do something as one man, then they do it at exactly the same time or in complete agreement.
Dead man walking - A dead man walking is someone who is in great trouble and will certainly get punished, lose their job or position, etc, soon.
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise - It means that sleeping well and not staying up late will help you out physically and financially.
Every man and his dog - A lot of people - as in sending out invitations to a large number of people
Every man for himself - If it's every man for himself, then people are trying to save themselves from a difficult situation without trying to help anyone else.
Every man has his price - Anyone's opinion or support can be bought, everyone's principles have a limit.
Every man jack - If every man jack was involved in something, it is an emphatic way of saying that absolutely everybody was involved.
Fortune knocks once at every man's door - Everyone gets one good chance in a lifetime.
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king - If surrounded by people less capable or able, someone who would not normally be considered special can shine.
It's not the size of the man in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the man - This idiom means that determination is often more important than size, strength, or ability. ('It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.' is also used.)
Man Friday - From 'Robinson Crusoe', a 'Man Friday' refers to an assistant or companion, usually a capable one. The common feminine equivalent is 'Girl Friday'. (Also, 'right-hand man'. )
Man in the street - The man in the street is an idiom to describe ordinary people, especially when talking about their opinions and ideas.
Man Of God - A man of God is a clergyman.
Man of his word - A man of his word is a person who does what he says and keeps his promises.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. mann, man, monn, mon,; akin to OS., D., & OHG. man, G. mann, Icel. maðr, for mannr, Dan. Mand, Sw. man, Goth. manna, Skr. manu, manus, and perh. to Skr. man, to think, and E. mind,. √104. Cf. Minx a pert girl


In literature:

He say red man white man all the same man.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
By the swift impulse of sense it seemed as if it could be the same man and no other; as if Paul Drayton and Paul Ritson were one man.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Bishop Lajeunesse is the bes' man for cause no ot'er man can look him down.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
No one man shall guess, now or ever, what a man is, what a man shall be.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
There's only one man alive to-day can swear that Soapy was the man with French Dan lying in the zacaton.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
The man I marry will have to be a man, some one who, when I do wrong, can figuratively take me across his knee.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Perhaps it was because she was beginning to realize that this man was a man among men.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Both history and sociology are concerned with the life of man as man.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The man screamed so loudly that Simon's ears rang; then the man sagged to the ground.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
It might be the man who loved her, or it might be the man she loved.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Then methought His voice grew sweeter,
And in richer music ran,
"Stand up as a man to another,
And speak as a man to man."
"I Was Alone With The Master" by Alexander Anderson
"With deeper voice than any speech
Of mortal lips from man to man,
What earth's unwisdom may not teach
The Spirit only can.
"Between The Gates" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And who think ye won the battle?
Thus the rapid changes fled—
'Twas the man of mind who conquered,
And the man of swords who fled!
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
"O that man once more were manly,
Woman's pride, and not her scorn
That once more the pale young mother
Dared to boast `a man is born'!
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"O dream-taught man," said the woman
She stayed by a running stream
"As wise, as wise as the man," she said,
"Who never told his dream."
"The Ballad Of Downal Baun" by Padraic Colum
Forgive what seem'd my sin in me,
What seem'd my worth since I began;
For merit lives from man to man,
And not from man, O Lord, to thee.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: Preface" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Wang said he grabbed the man's head and twisted it, then twisted other parts of the gunman's body while a student tried to wrestle away the man's gun.
One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor.
A Casper man is accused of shooting at another man's truck.
Is One Man's Terrorist Another Man's Freedom Fighter .
Man sentenced to death for killing Pa. A man convicted of killing a Pennsylvania game warden during a poaching investigation has been sentenced to death.
One man allegedly struck another man in the head with a steering wheel.
God, Man, Buckley, and Me Legacy of a book, legacy of a man.
A naked man biting off parts of another man's face was shot and killed by police Saturday near downtown Miami, WPLG-TV reports.
A newspaper delivery man called authorities when he saw the flames and spotted the injured man around 4 am Tuesday.
A 31-year-old city man has been charged with firing a gun at another man last month, Lebanon police said.
THE proper study of man, we are told, is man himself.
A Milwaukee man was charged Friday in connection with the death of a man who allegedly was shot when the two tried to rob a drug dealer, according to a criminal complaint.
From Die Hard to Austin Powers, from Spider-Man to Iron Man, nearly every blockbuster has screamed Evil corporations are gonna destroy you.
The moral of the story is that it's OK for a man to cry, as long as it's MANLY TEARS.
ASSAULT, ARDEN AVENUE: A Parma man, 24, and a Solon man, 22, were cited Sept 30 after they allegedly beat up a 20-year-old man they apparently did not know.

In science:

If we omit ∆ we mean all first order formulas, if we omit m∗ we man ω .
Classification theory for theories with NIP - a modest beginning
Brodda Ludwid Boltzmann, Man - Physicist -Philosopher, Ox Box Press, Woodbrige, 1983.
Complex Systems: a Physicist's Viewpoint
For the following lemma, we use the notation ∆man = an+m − an , and ∆an = ∆1an .
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
Hinich in [Hin2], and pro-representability questions were investigated by Manetti in [Man].
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
Man, Computing closed form solutions of first order ODEs using the Prelle-Singer procedure. J.
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs