male /ˈme(ə)l/ 名詞
Male a. Evil; wicked; bad. [Obs.]
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Suitable to the male sex; characteristic or suggestive of a male; masculine; as, male courage.
4. Consisting of males; as, a male choir.
5. 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 fern Bot., a fern of the genus Aspidium (Aspidium Filixmas), used in medicine as an anthelmintic, esp. against the tapeworm. Aspidium marginale in America, and Aspidium athamanticum in South Africa, are used as good substitutes for the male fern in medical practice. See Female fern, under Female.
Male rhyme, a rhyme in which only the last syllables agree, as laid, afraid, dismayed. See Female rhyme, under Female.
Male screw Mech., a screw having threads upon its exterior which enter the grooves upon the inside of a corresponding nut or female screw.
Male thread, the thread of a male screw.
Male, n. Same as Mail, a bag. [Obs.]
1. An animal of the male sex.
2. Bot. A plant bearing only staminate flowers.
adj 1: 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" [ant:
2: for or composed of men or boys; "the male lead"; "masculine
3: characteristic of a man; "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"
[syn: manful, manlike, manly, virile]
n 1: an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can
fertilize female gametes (ova) [ant: female]
2: a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
[syn: male person] [ant: female]
3: the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands