ma /ˈmɑ, ˈmɔ/
1. A child's word for mother.
2. In Oriental countries, a respectful form of address given to a woman; mother. --Balfour (Cyc. of India).
Ma, conj. Mus. But; -- used in cautionary phrases; as, “Vivace, ma non troppo presto” (i. e., lively, but not too quick).
n 1: informal terms for a mother [syn: mama, mamma, mom, momma,
mommy, mammy, mum, mummy, mater]
2: a master's degree in arts and sciences [syn: Master of Arts,
Artium Magister, AM]
3: one thousandth of an ampere [syn: milliampere]
4: a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
[syn: Massachusetts, Bay State, Old Colony]