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minute steak a small, thin piece of steak, often cubed, that cooks quickly.
minutia (usu. pl.) a small or unimportant detail; triviality.
minx a flirtatious or impudent young woman.
Miocene of, relating to, or designating the geological epoch between the Oligocene and Pliocene of the Tertiary Period, from approximately 26 million to 5 million years ago, when mammals began to acquire modern characteristics. [2 definitions]
miosis severe contraction of the pupil of the eye. (Cf. mydriasis.)
Mira a red variable star in the constellation Cetus, having a widely fluctuating magnitude between 2.0 and 10.0.
mirabelle a small, sweet, deep-yellow fruit that resembles a plum. [3 definitions]
mirabile dictu (Latin) wonderful to say or relate.
miracle an event that cannot be explained by the known laws of nature and is therefore attributed to a supernatural or divine power. [2 definitions]
miracle play a type of medieval religious drama that depicted the lives of saints or Biblical stories.
miraculous of the nature of a miracle. [2 definitions]
mirage an optical effect, often occurring in the desert or on hot pavement, in which light distorted by air masses of different temperatures creates the illusion of water and sometimes inverts distant objects. [2 definitions]
Miranda of or pertaining to the legal obligation of an arresting officer to inform a person being arrested of his or her legal rights.
Miranda rights specific rights that a person has about what they can do or say after being arrested by the police.
mire deep, heavy mud or soil. [7 definitions]
mirex an insecticide used esp. against the stinging fire ant.
mirror a smooth, reflecting surface, usu. glass, with a metallic or similar backing. [5 definitions]
mirror image an image of something as though it were seen in a mirror.
mirth happiness or gaiety, esp. accompanied by laughter.
mirthless combined form of mirth.
MIRV a long-range ballistic missile that has several warheads, each of which can be directed separately, either as to target or as to time of release (acronym for "multiple independently targeted reentry vehicle").