mate


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mate \Mate\ (m[=a]t), n. [F. mat, abbrev. fr. ['e]chec et mat.
   See Checkmate.] (Chess)
   Same as Checkmate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mate \Mate\, a.
   See 2d Mat. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mate \Mate\, v. t. [F. mater to fatigue, enfeeble, humiliate,
   checkmate. See Mate checkmate.]
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   1. To confuse; to confound. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   2. To checkmate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mate \Mate\, n. [Perhaps for older make a companion; cf. also
   OD. maet companion, mate, D. maat. Cf. Make a companion,
   Match a mate.]
   1. One who customarily associates with another; a companion;
      an associate; any object which is associated or combined
      with a similar object.
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   2. Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the
      lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation
      and the care of their young.
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   3. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
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            Ye knew me once no mate
            For you; there sitting where you durst not soar.
                                                  --Milton.
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   4. (Naut.) An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below
      the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title,
      they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate,
      third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or
      assistant; as, master's mate; surgeon's mate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mate \Ma"te\ (m[aum]"t[asl]), n. [Sp.]
   The Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly
   (Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with
   an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South
   America.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mate \Mate\, v. i.
   To be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual
   companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will
   not mate with that one.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mate \Mate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mated; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Mating.]
   1. To match; to marry.
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            If she be mated with an equal husband. --Shak.
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   2. To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to
      compete with.
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            There is no passion in the mind of man so weak but
            it mates and masters the fear of death. --Bacon.
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            I, . . . in the way of loyalty and truth, . . .
            Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be. --Shak.
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   3. To breed; to bring (animals) together for the purpose of
      breeding; as, she mated a doberman with a German shepherd.
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   4. To join together; to fit together; to connect; to link;
      as, he mated a saw blade to a broom handle to cut
      inaccessible branches.
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