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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Man \Man\ (m[a^]n), n.; pl. Men (m[e^]n). [AS. mann, man,
     monn, mon; akin to OS., D., & OHG. man, G. mann, Icel.
     ma[eth]r, for mannr, Dan. Mand, Sw. man, Goth. manna, Skr.
     manu, manus, and perh. to Skr. man to think, and E. mind.
     [root]104. Cf. Minx a pert girl.]
     1. A human being; -- opposed to beast.
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              These men went about wide, and man found they none,
              But fair country, and wild beast many [a] one. --R.
                                                    of Glouc.
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              The king is but a man, as I am; the violet smells to
              him as it doth to me.                 --Shak.
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              'Tain't a fit night out for man nor beast! --W. C.
     2. Especially: An adult male person; a grown-up male person,
        as distinguished from a woman or a child.
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              When I became a man, I put away childish things. --I
                                                    Cor. xiii. 11.
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              Ceneus, a woman once, and once a man. --Dryden.
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     3. The human race; mankind.
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              And God said, Let us make man in our image, after
              our likeness, and let them have dominion. --Gen. i.
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              The proper study of mankind is man.   --Pope.
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     4. The male portion of the human race.
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              Woman has, in general, much stronger propensity than
              man to the discharge of parental duties. --Cowper.
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     5. One possessing in a high degree the distinctive qualities
        of manhood; one having manly excellence of any kind.
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              This was the noblest Roman of them all . . . the
              So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
              And say to all the world "This was a man!" --Shak.
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     6. An adult male servant; also, a vassal; a subject.
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              Like master, like man.                --Old Proverb.
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              The vassal, or tenant, kneeling, ungirt, uncovered,
              and holding up his hands between those of his lord,
              professed that he did become his man from that day
              forth, of life, limb, and earthly honor.
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     7. A term of familiar address at one time implying on the
        part of the speaker some degree of authority, impatience,
        or haste; as, Come, man, we 've no time to lose! In the
        latter half of the 20th century it became used in a
        broader sense as simply a familiar and informal form of
        address, but is not used in business or formal situations;
        as, hey, man! You want to go to a movie tonight?.
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     8. A married man; a husband; -- correlative to wife.
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              I pronounce that they are man and wife. --Book of
                                                    Com. Prayer.
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              every wife ought to answer for her man. --Addison.
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     9. One, or any one, indefinitely; -- a modified survival of
        the Saxon use of man, or mon, as an indefinite pronoun.
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              A man can not make him laugh.         --Shak.
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              A man would expect to find some antiquities; but all
              they have to show of this nature is an old rostrum
              of a Roman ship.                      --Addison.
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     10. One of the piece with which certain games, as chess or
         draughts, are played.
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     Note: Man is often used as a prefix in composition, or as a
           separate adjective, its sense being usually
           self-explaining; as, man child, man eater or maneater,
           man-eating, man hater or manhater, man-hating,
           manhunter, man-hunting, mankiller, man-killing, man
           midwife, man pleaser, man servant, man-shaped,
           manslayer, manstealer, man-stealing, manthief, man
           worship, etc.
           Man is also used as a suffix to denote a person of the
           male sex having a business which pertains to the thing
           spoken of in the qualifying part of the compound;
           ashman, butterman, laundryman, lumberman, milkman,
           fireman, repairman, showman, waterman, woodman. Where
           the combination is not familiar, or where some specific
           meaning of the compound is to be avoided, man is used
           as a separate substantive in the foregoing sense; as,
           apple man, cloth man, coal man, hardware man, wood man
           (as distinguished from woodman).
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     Man ape (Zool.), a anthropoid ape, as the gorilla.
     Man at arms, a designation of the fourteenth and fifteenth
        centuries for a soldier fully armed.
     Man engine, a mechanical lift for raising or lowering
        people through considerable distances; specifically
        (Mining), a contrivance by which miners ascend or descend
        in a shaft. It consists of a series of landings in the
        shaft and an equal number of shelves on a vertical rod
        which has an up and down motion equal to the distance
        between the successive landings. A man steps from a
        landing to a shelf and is lifted or lowered to the next
        landing, upon which he them steps, and so on, traveling by
        successive stages.
     Man Friday, a person wholly subservient to the will of
        another, like Robinson Crusoe's servant Friday.
     Man of straw, a puppet; one who is controlled by others;
        also, one who is not responsible pecuniarily.
     Man-of-the earth (Bot.), a twining plant ({Ipomoea
        pandurata) with leaves and flowers much like those of the
        morning-glory, but having an immense tuberous farinaceous
     Man of sin (Script.), one who is the embodiment of evil,
        whose coming is represented (--2 Thess. ii. 3) as
        preceding the second coming of Christ. [A Hebraistic
     Man of war.
         (a) A warrior; a soldier. --Shak.
         (b) (Naut.) See in the Vocabulary.
         (c) See Portuguese man-of-war under man-of-war and
             also see Physalia.
     Man-stopping bullet (Mil.), a bullet which will produce a
        sufficient shock to stop a soldier advancing in a charge;
        specif., a small-caliber bullet so modified as to expand
        when striking the human body, producing a severe wound
        which is also difficult to treat medically. Types of
        bullets called hollow-nosed bullets, soft-nosed
        bullets and hollow-point bullets are classed as
        man-stopping. The dumdum bullet or dumdum is another
        well-known variety. Such bullets were originally designed
        for wars with savage tribes.
     great man, a man[2] who has become prominent due to
        substantial and widely admired contributions to social or
        intellectual endeavors; as, Einstein was one of the great
        men of the twentieth century.
     To be one's own man, to have command of one's self; not to
        be subject to another.
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