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Explanation of male by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. being the sex ( of plant or animal ) that produces gametes ( spermatozoa ) that perform the fertilizing function in generation

    2. a male infant
      a male holly tree
    3. for or pertaining to or composed of men or boys

    4. the male lead
      the male population
    5. characteristic of a man

    6. a deep male voice
    1. an animal that produces gametes ( spermatozoa ) that can fertilize female gametes ( ova )

    2. the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands

    3. a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies

    Definition of male by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Male ( māl ), a. [L. malus. See Malice.] Evil; wicked; bad. [Obs.] Marston.

    2. Male, n. Same as Mail, a bag. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    3. Male, a. [F. mâle, OF. masle, mascle, fr. L. masculus male, masculine, dim. of mas a male; possibly akin to E. man. Cf. Masculine, Marry, v. t.]
      1. Of or pertaining to the sex that begets or procreates young, or ( in a wider sense ) to the sex that produces spermatozoa, by which the ova are fertilized; not female; as, “male organs”.

      2. ( Bot. ) Capable of producing fertilization, but not of bearing fruit; -- said of stamens and antheridia, and of the plants, or parts of plants, which bear them.

      3. Suitable to the male sex; characteristic or suggestive of a male; masculine; as, “male courage”.

      4. Consisting of males; as, “a male choir”.

      5. ( Mech. ) Adapted for entering another corresponding piece ( the female piece ) which is hollow and which it fits; as, “a male gauge, for gauging the size or shape of a hole; a male screw, etc.”

      Male fern ( Bot. ), a fern of the genus Aspidium ( Aspidium Filixmas ), used in medicine as an anthelmintic, esp. against the tapeworm. Aspidium marginale in America, and Aspidium athamanticum in South Africa, are used as good substitutes for the male fern in medical practice. See Female fern, under Female. -- Male rhyme, a rhyme in which only the last syllables agree, as laid, afraid, dismayed. See Female rhyme, under Female. -- Male screw ( Mech. ), a screw having threads upon its exterior which enter the grooves upon the inside of a corresponding nut or female screw. -- Male thread, the thread of a male screw.

    4. Male, n.
      1. An animal of the male sex.

      2. ( Bot. ) A plant bearing only staminate flowers.