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Ma \Ma\, conj. [It.] (Mus.) But; -- used in cautionary phrases; as, ``Vivace, ma non troppo presto'' (i. e., lively, but not too quick).
--Moore (Encyc. of Music).


Ma \Ma\ (m[aum]), n. [Cf. Mamma.]

  1. A child's word for mother.

  2. [Hind.] In Oriental countries, a respectful form of address given to a woman; mother.
    --Balfour (Cyc. of India).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1823, childish or colloquial shortening of mamma.


Etymology 2 n. (context colloquial and in direct address English) mother, mama Etymology 3

abbr. May

  1. n. informal terms for a mother [syn: mama, mamma, mom, momma, mommy, mammy, mum, mummy, mater]

  2. a master's degree in arts and sciences [syn: Master of Arts, Artium Magister, AM]

  3. one thousandth of an ampere [syn: milliampere]

  4. a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies [syn: Massachusetts, Bay State, Old Colony]


The cuneiform sign , the sumerogram (capital letter ( majuscule)) is the sign for English language "ship", or "boat", Akkadian language eleppu. When written in cuneiform texts, is preceded by the determinative for items made of wood, namely GIŠ, ( GIŠ (wood Sumerogram). For ship, or boat it is written as: GIŠ.MÁ, or .MÁ, .

As examples of words using GIŠ from the Epic of Gilgamesh, giš (cuneiform), lists 16-uses of "wood-related" words, among them Akkadian eleppu, for "ship".

Some of the Amarna letters using the sumerogram for ship, or boat, are Amarna letters: EA 86, EA 153, EA 149, and EA 245. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet XI (chapter) (the Flood Story) uses the ship/boat sumerogram; elsewhere Gilgamesh is taken by boat in other chapters of the Epic.

<!--ARAD, (also ÌR or NITÁ) is the capital letter-( majuscule) sumerogram for the Akkadian language word "ardu", for servant. It is used especially in the introduction to the Pharaoh: for example "To King, Lord-mine (of Gods(pl)-mine, Sun-god-mine), message thus Xxxxxx, "Servant-yours"-( 271). It is also used extensively in Amarna letter texts, the author, usually the "man of a city", (or scribe), where there is a constant reminder that he is a "servant", or "servant-yours"-(of the Pharaoh). Many letters are giving city-state status reports, but many are also requesting help with the Egyptian army troops-( Archers (Egyptian pitati), supplied by the Pharaoh).

Ma (myth)

Ma is a Sumerian word meaning "land" that in Sumerian mythology was also used to regard Primordial Land.

There seems to be some loss in records as to the transition, but the same name Ma appears again later, also tied to the Earth, in Ma being referred to as "Mother of the mountain" - in this case, Kur (Mountain) the first dragon god.

The underworld Kur is the void space between the primeval sea ( Abzu) and the earth ( Ma). Which seem a likely pairing for parentage, in a fuzzy set of records.

Ma was a local goddess at Ma and a Phrygian alternative name for Cybele.

Ma (kana)

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. The hiragana is made in three strokes, while the katakana in two. Both represent .





Normal m-
(ま行 ma-gyō)


, mah

まあ, まぁ

マア, マァ

Ma (Rare Earth album)

Ma is the sixth studio album by rock band Rare Earth, released in 1973.

Ma (goddess)

Ma was a local goddess at Ma and a Phrygian alternative name for Cybele.

Ma (Anjan Dutt album)

Ma is a Bengali song album of Anjan Dutt. This was Dutt's fifth solo music album.

Ma (Javanese)

is one of syllable in Javanese script that represent the sound /mɔ/, /ma/. It is transliterated to Latin as "ma", and sometimes in Indonesian orthography as "mo". It has another form (pasangan), which is , but represented by a single Unicode code point, U+A9A9.

Ma (surname)

Ma is a Chinese family name. The surname literally means " horse". It is one of the most common family names in China. As of 2006, it ranks as the 14th most common Chinese surname in Mainland China and the most common surname within the Chinese Muslim community, specifically the Hui people, Dongxiang people, and Salar people. However, this surname should not be identified with the Korean surname 'Ma' (마) which has the same pronunciation with the Chinese 'Ma' but has its own distinct history.

The offspring of Zhao She adopted "Ma" (馬), the first word of the district Ma Fu, as their surname. Other romanizations include Mah, Beh and Mar.

Hui Muslims, Salars, Bonan and Dongxiang people commonly adopted Ma as the translation for their surname Muhammad. for e.g. Ma Jian, Ma Benzhai, Ma clique.

During the Ming dynasty, the Zhengde Emperor had a Uyghur concubine with the surname Ma.

Ma (negative space)

Ma is a Japanese word which can be roughly translated as "gap", "space", "pause" or "the space between two structural parts." The spatial concept is experienced progressively through intervals of spatial designation. In Japanese, ma, the word for space, suggests interval. It is best described as a consciousness of place, not in the sense of an enclosed three-dimensional entity, but rather the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form deriving from an intensification of vision.

Ma is not something that is created by compositional elements; it is the thing that takes place in the imagination of the human who experiences these elements. Therefore, ma can be defined as experiential place understood with emphasis on interval.

Ma (cuneiform)

The cuneiform ma sign, is found in both the 14th century BC Amarna letters and the Epic of Gilgamesh. In the Epic it is also used as the sumerogram MA, (for Akkadian language "mina", manû, a weight measure, as MA.NA, or MA.NA.ÀM). The ma sign is often used at the end of words, besides its alphabetic usage inside words as syllabic ma, elsewhere for m, or a.

The usage of cuneiform ma in the Epic of Gilgamesh, is only exceeded by the usage of a (cuneiform) (1369 times, and 58, A (sumerogram), versus 1047 times for ma, 6 for MA (sumerogram)). The high usage for a is partially a result of the prepositional use for a-na-(Akkadian "ana", to, for, etc.); "i", also has an increased prepositional use of i (cuneiform), for Akkadian ina, ( i- na), for in, into, etc.

Usage examples of "ma".

Asaverus, envergonhado, repetiu a palavra, agora mais alto, para advertir o contra-regra, mas ainda nada.

Maren traversed every street of Alameda, crisscrossing the banana-shaped island, even going down Eagle Avenue and the tattered neighborhood of her childhood.

For all I know, she could be a contemporary Mata Han with a secret agenda that forebodes ill for the future Kappa Theta Eta alumnae pool.

He often escorted and protected the halfling through the dangerous first legs of the journey from Lonelywood, around the open tundra north of Maer Dualdon and down toward Bryn Shander, when Regis went to the principle city for business or council meetings.

El Rei, para que possa mandar um exercito que, se desfiler pelo deserto e pelas montonhas e mesmo sobrepujar os bravos Kukuanes e suas artes diabolicas, pelo que se deviam trazer muitos padres Far o Rei mais rico depois de Salomao Com meus proprios olhos ve os di amantes sem conto guardados nas camaras do thesouro de Salomao a traz da morte branca, mas pela traicao de Gagoal a feiticeira achadora, nada poderia levar, e apenas a minha vida.

Maren Bickers, licensed court reporter and notary public for the county of Oakland, state of Michigan, under contract to Coyne Cose et al.

CHAPTER XVII Berne--La Mata Madame de la Saone--Sara--My Departure--Arrival at Bale I reached an elevation from which I could look over a vast stretch of country watered by a little river, and noticing a path leading to a kind of stair, the fancy took me to follow it.

I was affected in a lively manner by the spectacle, and re-entered my lodging so inflamed that if my dear Dubois had not been at hand to quench my fire I should have been obliged to have extinguished it in the baths of La Mata.

El hombre mas maslisimo was surely Captain Stecker, who had made Hinch a greater thief than he had ever been, and then brought him on the flight to silence the story of their crimes.

Charley started to pull at Ma, who began to laugh with huge jellified ripples.

Era isso mesmo, a menina era realmente linda, mas eu devia sair logo dali.

O tropel assustava os animais, que se afastavam a minha passagem mas logo se aquietavam de novo.

Ana me parecia sincera, mas diferente das outras vezes em que estivemos juntos.

Eu a olhava de vez em quando, mas ela ficou um bom tempo sem olhar para mim.

Eu sabia dessas coisas, mas Liv as tratava com grande familiaridade e de um jeito muito simples.