browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

maidenmore about maiden


  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Maiden  \Maid"en\,  a. 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  maiden,  or  to  maidens;  suitable  to 
  or  characteristic  of  a  virgin;  as  maiden  innocence. 
  ``Amid  the  maiden  throng.''  --Addison. 
  Have  you  no  modesty,  no  maiden  shame  ?  --Shak. 
  2.  Never  having  been  married;  not  having  had  sexual 
  intercourse;  virgin;  --  said  usually  of  the  woman,  but 
  sometimes  of  the  man;  as  a  maiden  aunt.  ``A  surprising 
  old  maiden  lady.''  --Thackeray. 
  3.  Fresh;  innocent;  unpolluted;  pure;  hitherto  unused. 
  ``Maiden  flowers.''  --Shak. 
  Full  bravely  hast  thou  fleshed  Thy  maiden  sword. 
  4.  Used  of  a  fortress,  signifying  that  it  has  never  been 
  captured,  or  violated.  --  T.  Warton.  Macaulay. 
  {Maiden  assize}  (Eng.  Law),  an  assize  which  there  is  no 
  criminal  prosecution;  an  assize  which  is  unpolluted  with 
  blood.  It  was  usual,  at  such  an  assize,  for  the  sheriff  to 
  present  the  judge  with  a  pair  of  white  gloves.  --Smart. 
  {Maiden  name},  the  surname  of  a  woman  before  her  marriage. 
  {Maiden  pink}.  (Bot.)  See  under  {Pink}. 
  {Maiden  plum}  (Bot.),  a  West  Indian  tree  ({Comocladia 
  integrifolia})  with  purplish  drupes.  The  sap  of  the  tree 
  is  glutinous,  and  gives  a  persistent  black  stain. 
  {Maiden  speech},  the  first  speech  made  by  a  person,  esp.  by  a 
  new  member  in  a  public  body. 
  {Maiden  tower},  the  tower  most  capable  of  resisting  an  enemy. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Maiden  \Maid"en\,  n.  [OE.  maiden,  meiden,  AS  m[ae]gden,  dim.  of 
  AS  m[ae]g?,  fr  mago  son,  servant;  akin  to  G.  magd, 
  m["a]dchen,  maid,  OHG.  magad,  Icel.  m["o]gr  son,  Goth.  magus 
  boy,  child,  magaps  virgin,  and  perh.  to  Zend.  magu  youth.  Cf 
  {Maid}  a  virgin.] 
  1.  An  unmarried  woman;  a  girl  or  woman  who  has  not 
  experienced  sexual  intercourse;  a  virgin;  a  maid. 
  She  employed  the  residue  of  her  life  to  repairing  of 
  highways,  building  of  bridges,  and  endowing  of 
  maidens.  --Carew. 
  A  maiden  of  our  century,  yet  most  meek.  --Tennyson. 
  2.  A  female  servant.  [Obs.] 
  3.  An  instrument  resembling  the  guillotine,  formerly  used  in 
  Scotland  for  beheading  criminals.  --Wharton. 
  4.  A  machine  for  washing  linen. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Maiden  \Maid"en\,  v.  t. 
  To  act  coyly  like  a  maiden;  --  with  it  as  an  indefinite 
  For  had  I  maiden'd  it  as  many  use  Loath  for  to  grant, 
  but  loather  to  refuse.  --Bp.  Hall. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  serving  to  set  in  motion;  "the  magazine's  inaugural  issue"; 
  "the  initiative  phase  in  the  negotiations";  "an 
  initiatory  step  toward  a  treaty";  "his  first  (or 
  maiden)  speech  in  Congress";  "the  liner's  maiden 
  voyage"  [syn:  {inaugural},  {initiative},  {initiatory}, 
  n  1:  an  unmarried  girl  (especially  a  virgin)  [syn:  {maid}] 
  2:  (cricket)  an  over  in  which  no  runs  are  scored  [syn:  {maiden 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Maiden,  NC  (town,  FIPS  40660) 
  Location:  35.57578  N,  81.20615  W 
  Population  (1990):  2574  (1023  housing  units) 
  Area:  7.3  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  28650 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  MAIDEN,  n.  A  young  person  of  the  unfair  sex  addicted  to  clewless 
  conduct  and  views  that  madden  to  crime.  The  genus  has  a  wide 
  geographical  distribution,  being  found  wherever  sought  and  deplored 
  wherever  found  The  maiden  is  not  altogether  unpleasing  to  the  eye, 
  nor  (without  her  piano  and  her  views)  insupportable  to  the  ear,  though 
  in  respect  to  comeliness  distinctly  inferior  to  the  rainbow,  and  with 
  regard  to  the  part  of  her  that  is  audible,  bleating  out  of  the  field 
  by  the  canary  --  which  also  is  more  portable. 
  A  lovelorn  maiden  she  sat  and  sang  -- 
  This  quaint,  sweet  song  sang  she 
  "It's  O  for  a  youth  with  a  football  bang 
  And  a  muscle  fair  to  see! 
  The  Captain  he 
  Of  a  team  to  be! 
  On  the  gridiron  he  shall  shine, 
  A  monarch  by  right  divine, 
  And  never  to  roast  on  it  --  me!" 
  Opoline  Jones 

more about maiden