American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the mind; intellectual: mental powers.
- adj. Executed or performed by the mind; existing in the mind: mental images of happy times.
- adj. Of, relating to, or affected by a disorder of the mind.
- adj. Intended for treatment of people affected with disorders of the mind.
- adj. Of or relating to telepathy or mind reading.
- adj. Slang Emotionally upset; crazed: got mental when he saw the dent in his new car.
- adj. Offensive Slang Slang Mentally or psychologically disturbed.
- adj. Of or relating to the chin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the mind; specifically, belonging to or characteristic of the intellect; intellectual: as, the mental powers or faculties; a mental state or condition; mental perception.
- Done or performed by the mind; due to the action of the mind.
- Relating to the mind; concerned with the nature, attributes, or phenomena of the human intellect: as, mental philosophy; mental sciences.
- In anat, of or pertaining to the mentum or chin; genial.
- n. An Oriental water-tight basket, having four ropes attached, by which two men raise water from a stream or cistern and discharge it into a trench for irrigation.
- adj. Of or relating to the mind or an intellectual process.
- adj. colloquial, comparable Insane, mad, crazy.
- adj. colloquial, UK, comparable Enjoyable; fun.
- adj. anatomy Of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw, genial.
- adj. biology Of or relating to the chin-like or lip-like structure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the chin; genian.
- n. (Zoöl.) A plate or scale covering the mentum or chin of a fish or reptile.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the mind; intellectual.
- adj. of or relating to the mind
- adj. of or relating to the chin- or liplike structure in insects and certain mollusks
- adj. affected by a disorder of the mind
- adj. of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw
- adj. involving the mind or an intellectual process
- From Middle French mental, from Late Latin mentālis ("of the mind, mental"), from Latin mēns ("the mind"). Also from Latin mentum ("the chin"), depending on usage. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin mentālis, from Latin mēns, ment-, mind; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.From Latin mentum, chin; see men-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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