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mercury-vapor lamp a lamp in which light is produced by an electric discharge through vaporized mercury.
mercy kind, compassionate, and lenient treatment of someone over whom one has some power, as through the administration of justice. [3 definitions]
mercy killing see euthanasia.
-mere segment; part.
mere being neither more nor better than what is specified.
merely only; simply; nothing more than.
merengue a fast ballroom dance that originated in the Dominican Republic and in which each partner characteristically holds one leg stiff while dancing.
meretricious appealing or attracting in a cheap, showy, or shallow way. [2 definitions]
merganser any of various large diving ducks that have a narrow bill with a hooked tip and serrated edges, and usu. a crest on the head.
merge to combine or unite. [5 definitions]
merger the consolidation of two or more businesses into one, or the legal transfer of the assets of one corporation to another.
meridian a great circle circumscribing the earth and passing through both poles, or either half of such a circle from one pole to the other. [7 definitions]
meringue egg whites beaten stiff with sugar and sometimes flavoring, used to form a pastry shell or as a topping on other baked foods.
merino a breed of sheep originating in Spain. [2 definitions]
merit worth or high quality. [5 definitions]
meritless combined form of merit.
meritocracy a system in which people attain power, influence, and wealth because of their intellectual abilities rather than because of their class status or family lineage.
meritorious having merit; worthy of praise or reward.
merit system a system in which people are hired or promoted to civil service positions on the basis of the results of competitive examinations.
Meriwether Lewis U.S. co-leader with William Clark of an expedition to explore the uncharted American West, from Missouri to Oregon, from 1804 to 1807 (b.1774--d.1809).
Merlin in Arthurian legend, a magician and seer who helps King Arthur.