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Meaning of MAIM

Pronunciation:  meym

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation

MAIM is a 4 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: cripple, injure, lame, mar, mutilate, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Maim\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Maimed};p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Maiming}.] [OE. maimen, OF. mahaignier, mehaignier,
    meshaignier, cf. It. magagnare, LL. mahemiare, mahennare;
    perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. mac'ha?a to mutilate,
    m[=a]c'ha to crowd, press; or cf. OHG. mang?n to lack, perh.
    akin to E. mangle to lacerate. Cf. {Mayhem}.]
    1. To deprive of the use of a limb, so as to render a person
       on fighting less able either to defend himself or to annoy
       his adversary.
             By the ancient law of England he that maimed any man
             whereby he lost any part of his body, was sentenced
             to lose the like part.                --Blackstone.
    2. To mutilate; to cripple; to injure; to disable; to impair.
             My late maimed limbs lack wonted might. --Spenser.
             You maimed the jurisdiction of all bishops. --Shak.
    Syn: To mutilate; mangle; cripple.
  2. \Maim\, n. [Written in law language {maihem}, and
    {mayhem}.] [OF. mehaing. See {Maim}, v.]
    1. The privation of the use of a limb or member of the body,
       by which one is rendered less able to defend himself or to
       annoy his adversary.
    2. The privation of any necessary part; a crippling;
       mutilation; injury; deprivation of something essential.
       See {Mayhem}.
             Surely there is more cause to fear lest the want
             there of be a maim than the use of it a blemish.
             A noble author esteems it to be a maim in history
             that the acts of Parliament should not be recited.
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