• "The stag stayed by his mate's body."
    "The stag stayed by his mate's body."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mate place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"
    • v mate bring two objects, ideas, or people together "This fact is coupled to the other one","Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?","The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
    • v mate engage in sexual intercourse "Birds mate in the Spring"
    • n mate a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
    • n mate an exact duplicate "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
    • n mate South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
    • n mate the officer below the master on a commercial ship
    • n mate informal term for a friend of the same sex
    • n mate the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner) "he loved the mare and all her mates","camels hate leaving their mates"
    • n mate a person's partner in marriage
    • n mate a fellow member of a team "it was his first start against his former teammates"
    • n mate South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
    • n mate one of a pair "he lost the mate to his shoe","one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Platypuses mate in the water
    • Mate A suitable companion; a match; an equal. "Ye knew me once no mate For you; there sitting where you durst not soar."
    • Mate (Naut) An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate second mate third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, master's mate; surgeon's mate.
    • Mate Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.
    • Mate One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.
    • n Mate māt (Chess) Same as Checkmate.
    • a Mate See 2d Mat.
    • n Mate The Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly (Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America.
    • v. i Mate To be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will not mate with that one.
    • Mate To breed; to bring (animals) together for the purpose of breeding; as, she mated a doberman with a German shepherd.
    • Mate To checkmate.
    • Mate To confuse; to confound.
    • Mate To join together; to fit together; to connect; to link; as, he mated a saw blade to a broom handle to cut inaccessible branches.
    • Mate To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with. "There is no passion in the mind of man so weak but it mates and masters the fear of death.""I, . . . in the way of loyalty and truth, . . .
      Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be."
    • Mate To match; to marry. "If she be mated with an equal husband."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In California, animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
    • n mate A familiar associate or companion; one who is associated with another or others in habitual intercourse or action; a fellow; a comrade: often used as the second element in a compound, as in playmate, schoolmate, shipmate.
    • n mate An equal; a match.
    • n mate One of a pair; one who or that which corresponds to or is joined with another in a pair; one of a pair of mated persons or animals, male and female, or of matched things; one of two fellows: as, a conjugal mate or partner; these shoes are not mates.
    • n mate A ship's officer whose duty it is to oversee the execution of the orders of the master or commander, or of his immediate superior.
    • n mate In the United States navy, an officer of the line not in the line of promotion.
    • mate To join or match as a mate or as mates, as in marriage or other union.
    • mate To match one's self with or against; vie or cope with.
    • mate To be joined in companionship; form a union; pair: as, to mate with one's like; birds mate in spring.
    • mate Enfeebled; fatigued; spent.
    • mate Confounded; daunted; dismayed; dejected; cast down.
    • mate Overthrown; fallen; slain.
    • mate To defeat; daunt; confound; stupefy.
    • mate To be confounded.
    • n mate In chess, the state of the king when he is in check and cannot move out of it, the player whose king is so placed losing the game.
    • mate To checkmate.
    • n mate A species of holly, Ilex Paraguayensis; also, its prepared leaves, or the tea-like beverage made from them. The mate is a small tree, or is reduced to a bush by the cutting of its branches for their leaves. It is found wild on the river-banks of Paraguay and in the neighboring mountainous districts of Brazil, and is cultivated in plantations. The leaves are prepared by roasting and pulverizing. Boiling water is poured over them to form the tea, which is imbibed through a tube, commonly without addition, sometimes with sugar or lemon. It is an aromatic beverage, whose general effects are those of tea and coffee. It is considered very refreshing in fatigue, and is consumed by miners and other heavy laborers. Its use, once adopted, is very difficult to abandon. Also called Brazil or Paraguay tea, Jesuits' tea, and yerba.
    • n mate In geometry, the element that is paired with a given element in a correlation.
    • mate In logging, to place together in a raft (logs of similar size); match.
    • n mate Same as congonha.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some lions mate 50 times a day.
    • n Mate māt a companion: an equal: one of a pair, the male or female of animals that go in pairs: in a merchant-ship the first-mate is the second in command—in the navy the term is now confined to petty-officers, such as boatswain's mate, gunner's mate, &c.: an assistant, deputy
    • v.t Mate to be equal to: to become a companion to: to marry
    • n., v.t Mate māt in chess=Checkmate.
    • n Mate mä′tā a South American species of holly, the leaves and green shoots of which, dried and roughly ground, furnish the yerba de mate of Paraguay and Brazil.
    • n Mate a South American species of holly, the leaves and green shoots of which, dried and roughly ground, furnish the yerba de mate of Paraguay and Brazil.
    • v.t Mate māt (Bacon) to weaken, to confound, to crush.
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “Of Consciousness, her awful Mate. The Soul cannot be rid -- as easy the secreting her behind the Eyes of God.”
  • David Pratt
    David Pratt
    “Friends will keep you sane, Love could fill your heart, A lover can warm your bed, But lonely is the soul without a mate.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.”
  • Hesiod
    “Try to take for a mate a person of your own neighborhood.”
  • Marie Carmichael Stopes
    Marie Carmichael Stopes
    “Each coming together of man and wife, even if they have been mated for many years, should be a fresh adventure; each winning should necessitate a fresh wooing.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “Maturity: among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play, who takes it for granted that he is at one with his play-mates.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhaps for older make, a companion; cf. also OD. maet, companion, mate, D. maat,. Cf. Make a companion, Match a mate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mater; cf. Sp. matar, to weaken.


In literature:

Shafto, though only a mate, did duty as a lieutenant.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
Cheyne and I wish to be mates, and we want the boat.
"John Frewen, South Sea Whaler" by Louis Becke
But just then the second mate came up.
"Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
At a signal from Oliver the second mate pulled up, and he, Harvey, and the chief mate again held a brief consultation.
"Tessa" by Louis Becke
The Mate went a shoar to fill Water and the Mas'r when the Mate Returned went to Gett Wood.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
The engine-room staff were worse, and the captain and mate seemed too terrified of them to bring them to their bearings.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
The mate's comment was brief but vigorous, and the matter was speedily forgotten.
"The Ebbing Of The Tide" by Louis Becke
Wolves and coyotes mate for life, or till one or the other of a pair falls victim to the wiles of man.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
Wait, I will introduce you to the mate.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
Many have but their captains and mates, with, it may be, the carpenter and cook.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

O call to your mate, bob-white, bob-white,
And I will call to mine.
Call to her by the meadow-gate,
And I will call by the pine.
"Call To Your Mate, Bob-White" by Cale Young Rice
With heart and with voice
Let us welcome this mating;
To the maid of his choice,
With a heart palpitating,
Comes Alexis, the brave!.
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And as I paused to hear his song
While swift the sunny moments slid,
Perhaps his mate sat listening long,
And listened longer than I did.
"A Green Cornfield" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Fresh haply from Palmyra desolate,
Palmyra pale in light and storyless—
From perching in old Tadmor mate by mate
In the waste wilderness.
"Kismet" by Jean Ingelow
The shepherd pipes to the shepherdess,
The bird to his mate in the tree,
And ever she sighs as she hears their song,
"Nobody sings for me."
"My Lady Of Castle Grand" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Small care for sitting in the sun
Have I--small care to war with fate:
The wine and wormwood are as one,
Since thou art dead, my pretty mate.
"My Playmate" by Alice Cary

In news:

Today's factoid: the female praying mantis often bites the head off her male partner during or just after mating.
PHILADELPHIA--John Wall has spent all of training camp with Jordan Crawford and Shelvin Mack as his backcourt running mates, with Crawford at the two guard, and Mack guarding him during scrimmages.
Captain Chaos Finds His First Mate .
Romney Picks Ryan as Running Mate to Press Fiscal Policy .
Mates of State, Crooked Fingers, Bad Veins, R Ring, Derrick Carter, and others.
He and Walter Bennett went to the Harrisonburg GOP Victory Center on Tuesday morning for tickets to see Romney and running mate Paul Ryan in Fishersville on Thursday.
Be unpredictable and pair up unlikely mates.
Though he says he won't be a running mate, the Florida senator says he'll have the chance to do much if he does "a good job as vice president".
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, jokes with Wisconsin Rep Paul Ryan Saturday, August 11, after announcing him as his running mate at a campaign event on the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia.
The big weekend story was Mitt Romney's announcement of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.
Here is a look at the Mount Mate assembled within the tire and ready to be bolted onto the hub of the truck.
The patented Tire Mount Mate is constructed from cast aluminum and comes with all the hardware necessary to simulate wheels from 14 to 28 inches in diameter and 6 to 15 inches wide.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is keeping more than a few Am Law attorneys busy in his quest to find a running mate.
Finding the right hairstylist is nearly as difficult as finding the right mate.
Augusta Country Club mates Palmer, Harbin earn wins.

In science:

The main focus of is the existence of different “species” on the viable network (or, if the system is below the percolation threshold, on viable clusters) that are reproductively isolated because matings between them cannot lead to viable offspring.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Due to nonlinear interactions between genes, mating between individuals of two different well-adapted genotypes may result in offspring with a mixed genotype that has low fitness.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Clearly, selection then prevents them from becoming numerous in a large population with random mating and recombination.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Let us first consider the case k = N with random mating, which was discussed by Serva and Peliti [153].
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
If k > (1 − ¯q)/2 (with ¯q given by Eq. (3.8)), there is hardly any difference to the random mating case.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics