Definitions

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  • An obsolete form of mean, mean, mean, and mien.

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  • noun archaic, music The middle voice of a three-voice polyphonic musical composition.

Etymologies

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From Middle English

Examples

  • And I verily thought, if I should hurt the woman by any kind of meane,

    The Golden Asse

  • And I verily thought, if I should hurt the woman by any kind of meane, I should be throwne to the wild Beasts: But in the meane season she kissed me, and looked in my mouth with burning eyes, saying: I hold thee my canny, I hold thee my noose, my sparrow, and therewithall she eftsoones imbraced my body round about, and had her pleasure with me, whereby I thought the mother of Miniatures did not ceaseless quench her inordinate desire with a Bull.

    The Golden Asse

  • "sworde of metal keane" a useless encumbrance, 168 miles from the last water, and not knowing where the next might be; he would have to admit that the wonderful beasts which now alone remained to us were by no means to be accounted "meane," for these patient and enduring creatures, which were still alive, had tasted no water since leaving

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  • Others, and the generall, are sober and grave, and yet chearfull in a meane, and as ready to begin a Salutation as to Resalute, which yet the English generally begin, out of desire to Civilize them.

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  • I say to you againe, doe not call upp Any that you can not put downe; by the Which I meane, Any that can in Turne call up somewhat against you, whereby your Powerfullest Devices may not be of use.

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  • I say to you againe, doe not call upp Any that you can not put downe; by the Which I meane, Any that can in Turne call up somewhat against you, whereby your Powerfullest Devices may not be of use.

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  • They said that preaching might prove an effectual meane to turne me, which they heartilie wished.

    Lay Morals

  • And in the meane season by blinde and hidden passages vnder the earth, assembling themselues they came against the Tartars in warlike manner, and suddenly issuing forth, they slewe a great number of them.

    The long and wonderful voyage of Frier Iohn de Plano Carpini

  • He was of a meane stature, very wise and politike, and passing serious and graue in all his demeanour.

    The long and wonderful voyage of Frier Iohn de Plano Carpini

  • His army in the warres is ten hundred thousande men, fiue hundred Elephantes, and horses, and Cameles, a wonderfull nomber, and this is but a meane preparacion.

    The Fardle of Facions, conteining the aunciente maners, customes and lawes, of the peoples enhabiting the two partes of the earth, called Affricke and Asie

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  • In the sense of a go-between. The middle note of a triad.

    March 2, 2014