- suffix forming superlative adjectives and adverbs from prepositions and other words indicating relative position (foremost; uttermost). [old english]
- —adj. - greatest in quantity or degree.
- the majority of (most people think so). —n. - greatest quantity or number (this is the most i can do).
- the majority (most of them are missing). —adv. - in the highest degree.
- forming the superlative of adjectives and adverbs, esp. Those of more than one syllable (most absurd; most easily).
- us colloq. Almost. at most no more or better than (this is at most a makeshift). At the most 1 as the greatest amount.
- not more than. For the most part 1 mainly.
n. Speck of dust. [old english]
n. - nocturnal insect like a butterfly but without clubbed antennae.
- insect of this type breeding in cloth etc., on which its larva feeds. [old english]
—v. (-ving) 1 (cause to) change position or posture.
- put or keep in motion; rouse, stir.
- a take a turn in a board-game. B change the position of (a piece) in a board-game.
- (often foll. By about, away, off, etc.) Go or proceed.
- take action, esp. Promptly (moved to reduce crime).
- make progress (project is moving fast).
- (also absol.) Change (one's home or place of work).
- (foll. By in) be socially active in (a specified group etc.) (moves in the best circles).
- affect (a person) with (usu. Tender) emotion. 10 (foll. By to) provoke (a person to laughter etc.) (was moved to tears). 11 (foll. By to, or to + infin.) Prompt or incline (a person to a feeling or action). 12 (cause to) change one's attitude (nothing can move me on this issue). 13 a cause (the bowels) to be evacuated. B (of the bowels) be evacuated. 14 (often foll. By that) propose in a meeting, etc. 15 (foll. By for) make a formal request or application. 16 sell; be sold. —n. - act or process of moving.
- change of house, premises, etc.
- step taken to secure an object.
- a changing of the position of a piece in a board-game. B player's turn to do this. get a move on colloq. Hurry up. Make a move take action. Move along (or on) advance, progress, esp. To avoid crowding etc. Move away go to live in another area. Move heaven and earth (foll. By to + infin.) Make extraordinary efforts. Move in 1 take up residence in a new home.
- get into a position of readiness or proximity (for an offensive action etc.). Move in with start to share accommodation with (an existing resident). Move out leave one's home. Move over (or up) adjust one's position to make room for another. On the move moving. [latin moveo]
—adj. - existing or occurring in a great quantity (much trouble; too much noise).
- (prec. By as, how, that, etc.) With relative sense (i don't know how much money you want). —n. - a great quantity (much of that is true).
- (prec. By as, how, that, etc.) With relative sense (we do not need that much).
- (usu. In neg.) Noteworthy or outstanding example (not much to look at). —adv. - in a great degree (much to my surprise; is much the same; i much regret it; much annoyed; much better; much the best).
- for a large part of one's time; often (he is not here much). as much so (i thought as much). A bit much colloq. Excessive, immoderate. Much as even though (cannot come, much as i would like to). Much of a muchness very nearly the same. Not much of a colloq. A rather poor. [from *mickle]
—n. - colloq. Dirt or filth; anything disgusting.
- farmyard manure.
- colloq. Mess. —v. - (usu. Foll. By up) colloq. A bungle (a job). B make dirty or untidy.
- (foll. By out) remove manure from. make a muck of colloq. Bungle. Muck about (or around) colloq. - potter or fool about.
- (foll. By with) fool or interfere with. Muck in (often foll. By with) colloq. Share tasks etc. Equally. [scandinavian]
n. Covering, esp. Of fur, for keeping the hands or ears warm. [dutch mof]
- v. Colloq. - bungle.
- miss (a catch, ball, etc.). [origin unknown]
n. - offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, or (in general use) of a female donkey and a male horse (cf. *hinny).
- stupid or obstinate person.
- (in full spinning mule) a kind of spinning-machine. [latin mulus]
- n. Backless slipper. [french]
v. (often foll. By over) ponder, consider. [probably dutch]
- v. Warm (wine or beer) with added sugar, spices, etc. [origin unknown]