Main definitions of mace in English

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Mace1

noun

mass nountrademark
  • An irritant chemical used in an aerosol to disable attackers.

    • ‘To reassure herself, she touched the handful of explosive caplets of Mace in one coat pocket and checked that she had all five mini-DVDs in her other pocket next to her recorder.’
    • ‘Squall remembered that she had used Mace on Scalpel.’
    • ‘You can't pull your gun, no Mace - why don't we just arm-wrestle to see if you go to jail?’
    • ‘But it would be just my luck if the girl of my dreams took a dislike to me, had a big can of Mace and an itchy trigger finger.’
    • ‘[But] why put deadbolt locks on your doors and stock up on cans of Mace and then decide to leave your windows open?’

verb

[with object]
  • Spray (someone) with Mace.

    ‘three individuals were Maced by an unknown male’
    • ‘"OK, well, somebody maced him," I said.’
    • ‘But as officers put him in a cruiser, an audio recording inside the car shows Coleman asking why they maced him.’
    • ‘According to MPD spokesman Ron Reier, officers Maced and handcuffed Doby in an attempt to subdue him.’
    • ‘At the police station, Winkler told Siewert that he maced Nelson after Nelson maced him.’

Origin

1960s (originally US): probably from mace.

Pronunciation

Mace

/meɪs/

Main definitions of mace in English

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mace2

noun

  • 1A staff of office, especially that which lies on the table in the House of Commons when the Speaker is in the chair, regarded as a symbol of the authority of the House.

    • ‘John proudly showed me a photograph of himself in his smart uniform, holding the golden mace and stood alongside the current mayor in full regalia.’
    • ‘Similar swords became used by the 9th century for ceremonial purposes too, such as coronations: the sword had become, with the mace, a symbol of majesty.’
    • ‘This ritual includes medieval regalia augmented with presidential seals, medallions and a mace as well as a section in the inauguration programme that describes the duties of the office.’
    • ‘In the melee, the mace that symbolizes the authority of the legislature was carried away and was later found in a lobby used by parliamentarians.’
    • ‘But perhaps the biggest change will be that the new mace will no longer lie on a table with its head directed at the ruling party.’
    • ‘The mace symbolises the authority of the speaker of the national assembly and its presence in the chamber indicates an official sitting of parliament.’
    • ‘The existing maces have far more in common with the same item that Kings of the period are shown holding when crowned or seated in state.’
    • ‘The high jinks consist of handcuffing themselves to the mace in the House of Assembly, or blocking the Prime Minister's path and getting arrested and quietly let go.’
    • ‘He wears a gilded crown and carries a gilded mace.’
    • ‘At the third offence he shall lose the mace and be permanently removed from office.’
    • ‘They depict the pharaoh, or rather the pharaoh's ka, in a striding pose and holding a mace in one hand and a long staff in the other.’
    • ‘He carries the mace in the Speaker's Procession each day and also into the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament.’
  • 2historical A heavy club with a spiked metal head.

    • ‘They also carried broad swords and maces to use when an enemy got in too close.’
    • ‘There were at least eight guards there, holding weapons from maces to swords to lances.’
    • ‘He and his troops were well-equipped with glaives, maces, battle axes, and long bows.’
    • ‘Bullets were scarce, however, so the guns quickly gave way to pikes, swords, kendo sticks, maces, and dirks.’
    • ‘These weapons, such as clubs, maces, axes, and hammers, are as old as warfare and are certainly the oldest form of weapon wielded by man and his ancestors.’
    staff, club, cudgel, stick, shillelagh, bludgeon, blackjack, truncheon, cosh, life preserver
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French masse ‘large hammer’.

Pronunciation

mace

/meɪs/

Main definitions of mace in English

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mace3

noun

mass noun
  • The reddish fleshy outer covering of the nutmeg, dried as a spice.

    • ‘I was supposed to sprinkle the top with clove and mace but I was out of mace so I used nutmeg instead.’
    • ‘A spice that increases the body's temperature, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace, is a warm spice.’
    • ‘Spices such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg are ideal for winter soups and paprika helps provide a rich colour, says Bridget Jones.’
    • ‘This was for fried fish spiced with all-spice, cloves, turmeric, black pepper, garlic and the other spice that comes with nutmeg, mace.’
    • ‘In a wide shallow pan, melt the butter and then add the mace and cayenne pepper.’
    • ‘They too were trying to get to the East Indies, where nutmeg, mace, pepper and cloves could be bought.’
    • ‘They wanted to trade: the market at home was eager (at one time or another) for spices - pepper, nutmeg, mace and cloves.’
    • ‘Other spices are produced for local consumption and export, including mace, cinnamon, and cloves.’
    • ‘Among the spices specified are ginger, nutmeg, mace, cloves, and saffron; caraway seeds seem always to have been included.’
    • ‘Mix together an ounce of each of the following ingredients: mace, nutmeg, cloves, caraway seeds and cinnamon.’
    • ‘Cloves, mace and nutmeg are all used as flavouring agents in cooking.’
    • ‘It was also the only time of year, we would use some of the really wacky spices in our spice drawer, like mace, and allspice and poultry seasoning.’
    • ‘Place the pumpkin, ice cream, milk and cinnamon, nutmeg and mace into a blender.’
    • ‘To prepare, pour 250 ml white wine vinegar into a pan, add ½ small shallot, sliced, a blade of mace and ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns.’
    • ‘Before La Varenne, court cuisine had over-emphasized the use of sugar and such sweet spices as cloves, mace, cardamom or nutmeg.’
    • ‘When cooked, remove the skin and place the fish in a pie dish in layers with the sliced eggs, knobs of butter, pepper and mace.’
    • ‘The principal exports are nutmeg, bananas, cocoa, and mace.’
    • ‘Mince it, not too finely with fat pork and bacon bits, season it with juniper, thyme and mace then bake the pate slowly, covered with foil, in a roasting tin half filled with water.’
    • ‘The finer spices consist of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace, which shared the fact that the places where they were grown were rather select, hence, the limited supply.’
    • ‘Chillies, turmeric, ginger, mace, saffron, nutmeg, poppy seeds, garlic, cloves, bay leaves, and curry leaves are among the most commonly used spices.’

Origin

Middle English macis (taken as plural), via Old French from Latin macir.

Pronunciation

mace

/meɪs/