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 for M.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  M \M\, n.
     1. (Print.) A quadrat, the face or top of which is a perfect
        square; also, the size of such a square in any given size
        of type, used as the unit of measurement for that type:
        500 m's of pica would be a piece of matter whose length
        and breadth in pica m's multiplied together produce that
        number. [Written also em.]
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     2. (law) A brand or stigma, having the shape of an M,
        formerly impressed on one convicted of manslaughter and
        admitted to the benefit of clergy.
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     M roof (Arch.), a kind of roof formed by the junction of
        two common roofs with a valley between them, so that the
        section resembles the letter M.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  M \M\ ([e^]m).
     1. M, the thirteenth letter of the English alphabet, is a
        vocal consonant, and from the manner of its formation, is
        called the labio-nasal consonant. See Guide to
        Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 178-180, 242.
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     Note: The letter M came into English from the Greek, through
           the Latin, the form of the Greek letter being further
           derived from the Ph[oe]nician, and ultimately, it is
           believed, from the Egyptian. Etymologically M is
           related to n, in lime, linden; emmet, ant; also to b.
           [1913 Webster] M is readily followed by b and p. the
           position of the lips in the formation of both letters
           being the same. The relation of b and m is the same as
           that of d and t to n. and that of g and k to ng.
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     2. As a numeral, M stands for one thousand, both in English
        and Latin.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  M. When persons were convicted of manslaughter in England, they were 
  formerly marked with this letter on the brawn of the thumb. 
       2. This letter is sometimes put on the face of treasury notes of the 
  United States, and signifies that the treasury note bears interest at the 
  rate of one mill per centum, and not one per centum interest. 13 Peters, 

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