Man v. t. [imp. & p. p. Manned p. pr. & vb. n. Manning.]
1. 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 ! --Shak.
They man their boats, and all their young men arm. --Waller.
2. To furnish with strength for action; to prepare for efficiency; to fortify. “Theodosius having manned his soul with proper reflections.”
3. To tame, as a hawk. [R.]
4. To furnish with a servant or servants. [Obs.]
5. To wait on as a manservant. [Obs.]
Note: ☞ In “Othello,” V. ii. 270, the meaning is uncertain, being, perhaps: To point, to aim, or to manage.
To man a yard Naut., to send men upon a yard, as for furling or reefing a sail.
To man the yards Naut., to station men on the yards as a salute or mark of respect.
n 1: an adult male person (as opposed to a woman); "there were
two women and six men on the bus" [syn: adult male]
2: someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a
military force; "two men stood sentry duty" [syn: serviceman,
military man, military personnel] [ant: civilian]
3: the generic use of the word to refer to any human being; "it
was every man for himself"
4: all of the inhabitants of the earth; "all the world loves a
lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind'
seemed to slight the women" [syn: world, human race, humanity,
humankind, human beings, humans, mankind]
5: any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae [syn: homo,
human being, human]
6: a male subordinate; "the chief stationed two men outside the
building"; "he awaited word from his man in Havana"
7: an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and
courageous competent); "the army will make a man of you"
8: 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" [ant: woman]
9: a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his
employer; "Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man" [syn: valet,
valet de chambre, gentleman, gentleman's gentleman]
10: one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea [syn: Isle of Man]
11: 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" [syn: piece]
v 1: take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place;
"Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning"
2: provide with men; "We cannot man all the desks"
[also: manning, manned, men (pl)]